COVID-19 news update

This 3 May 2021 Voice of America video says about itself:

US Noncommittal on Vaccine Patents Waiver

Biden torn between progressives and Big Pharma on whether to support proposal at WTO to allow generic vaccine production.

USA: PHARMA-BACKED DEMS DON’T SUPPORT VACCINE PATENT WAIVER A new letter to Biden calling for a temporary patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines lacks the signatures of Congress’s biggest recipients of pharmaceutical industry money, HuffPost’s Daniel Marans writes. Experts say the waiver is needed to speed up production of vaccines. [HuffPost]

NYPD ASKS HELP FINDING ASIAN WOMAN’S HAMMER ATTACKER The Hate Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department is looking for the person who viciously struck an Asian woman in the head with a hammer after the attacker demanded that she and her friend remove their face masks. The victim said she plans on moving back to Taiwan and coming back when New York City is safer. [HuffPost]

USA: Ex-Newsmax host who attacked “lying freak” Fauci over “scamdemic” has died of COVID.

CONSERVATIVE RADIO HOST PHIL VALENTINE DIES AFTER COVID-19 ILLNESS Phil Valentine, a conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic who said he wouldn’t get vaccinated because he had a “low risk” of getting COVID-19 and dying from it, has died after being hospitalized with the disease, his employer said. A statement from his family at the time of his hospitalization said his illness led him to have second thoughts about the vaccines’ significance and encouraged people to “go get vaccinated.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BOOED AT HIS OWN RALLY FOR TELLING THE TRUTH Former President Donald Trump gently urged his followers at a rally Saturday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, leading the crowd to go from cheers to jeers. Trump was vaccinated back in January when he was still in the White House, but said nothing about it publicly at the time. [HuffPost]

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR 30-SOMETHINGS HIT RECORD HIGH COVID-19 hospitalizations for people in their 30s have reached a record high in the U.S. in the latest evidence that the delta variant of the coronavirus poses formidable risks for younger age groups. Hospitalizations for children also hit a record high over the weekend. [HuffPost]

These are the current symptoms of the delta variant in kids.

India’s Black Market for Oxygen Is Booming. Only the Ultra-Rich Can Afford It: here.