by news.yahoo 02/22/2021
Italy reported 274 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday against 232 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 9,630 from 13,452 the day before. Some 170,672 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with 250,986 previously, the ministry said. Italy has registered 95,992 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak began in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the sixth-highest in the world.
The decree, signed into law by President Luis Arce this month has angered health workers and doctors' unions because it bans them from striking during the coronavirus pandemic emergency period, and permits the hiring of foreign medical personnel.Bolivian healthcare workers began striking on Friday (February 19), demanding the emergency law be repealed, claiming it is unconstitutional and restricts the right to protest.Health workers said that during the national strike they will not suspend care for COVID-19 patients and emergency services.
Ibarra, Ecuador Feb. 19 — Almost 10 million voters, a record 81% of those eligible, went to the polls Feb. 7, despite the pandemic, to choose among 16 candidates in Ecuador’s presidential elections. The two top vote-getters will compete in the April 11 runoff elections. No candidate received enough…
Patents are slowing the vaccinations down. Since last year, India and South Africa have been pushing for a ban on vaccine patents. Only to be stonewalled by the rich countries. A last-ditch attempt is now underway to unlock the vaccine patents. The world's leading powers are struggling as they are at the mercy of vaccine makers. The supply of shots has been slow as there aren't enough vials to go around. More than seven billion people are to be vaccinated but only a handful of companies can produce vaccines.