• Virus variant in Brazil infected many who had already recovered from COVID-19

    Mar 03, 2021 15:28

    In just a matter of weeks, two variants of the coronavirus have become so familiar that you can hear their inscrutable alphanumeric names regularly uttered on television news.

  • The real deadly global pandemic: acute food shortages

    Mar 02, 2021 09:42

    A June 2020 report by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University, which relied on data provided by the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey state in the United States, “food insecurity has doubled overall, and tripled among households with children” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Answer to climate crisis is not more US militarism

    Mar 01, 2021 16:10

    Last year, the Pentagon diverted $1 billion in COVID-19 relief money that was supposed to fund protective equipment to weapons manufacturers for jet parts. Moreover, the U.S. military itself is a massive greenhouse gas polluter. The U.S. has over 800 overseas military bases, many of which are increasingly at risk from climate change.

  • As US mourns 500,000 lives, billionaires gained $1.3 trillion during pandemic

    Feb 28, 2021 15:27

    According to the new analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), America’s 664 billionaires now have a combined net worth of $4.2 trillion — a figure that stands in staggering contrast to the economic pain being felt by countless families across the U.S. as joblessness, uninsurance, and hunger remain sky-high.

  • Anti-immigrant racism complicates COVID-19 vaccine rollout in South US

    Feb 27, 2021 17:36

    As Tennessee, like other states, embarks on the daunting task of inoculating millions of residents against COVID-19, many health officials find their mission complicated by a pervasive mistrust of government and law enforcement among unauthorized immigrants, a population estimated at 11 million across the US.

  • Pandemic may have left 265 million people with acute food shortages in 2020

    Feb 26, 2021 09:41

    According to a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) report, COVID-19 might have left up to 265 million people with acute food shortages in 2020.

  • Over 33 percent of US low-paid workers lost jobs during pandemic

    Feb 25, 2021 16:08

    About half of American workers rely on employer-provided health insurance. So, by last June, as Covid-19 caused joblessness to skyrocket, nearly eight million working adults and nearly seven million of their dependents lost their coverage once they became unemployed.

  • Fauci laments 'historic' COVID toll as US nears 500,000 deaths

    Feb 25, 2021 10:02

    As the US approached half a million COVID-19 deaths, the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, struggled for words to convey the grim magnitude of the death toll from the pandemic.

  • COVID aid has been too small to pull millions of American families out of severe hardship

    Feb 24, 2021 17:39

    Despite trillions of dollars in government assistance, about two-thirds of American families that suffered job losses or reduced wages during the pandemic still reported facing serious financial hardship. Many people were struggling — and still are — just to pay for basic necessities, like food and rent.

  • Texas blackout reveals deep impact of environmental racism, aid organizers say

    Feb 24, 2021 10:36

    The parts of Texas which took the biggest hit from Winter Storm Uri are largely under-resourced communities of color whose infrastructure has long been inadequate and neglected, mutual aid organizers say.