For Parisians tired of wondering whether the French capital is going to be reconfined, this week you could instead wonder if the British royal family is racist. Prince William reacting to his brother and sister-in-law’s bombshell Oprah interview. Late night TV show hosts in the States clearly siding with Meghan. In the UK, different story. The Daily Mail headlining William blasts back and if you don’t get it, as he and Kate show what duty really means with full coverage on the inside pages of their visit to an East London elementary school.
In commoner news the European Medicines Agency approving the single jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is cheaper, easier to transport and store. But it is anyone’s guess when enough of the doses will arrive on a continent where less than seven percent of the population’s been inoculated. The French, whose president famously disparaged the AstraZeneca jab at the outset, now siding with the European Medicines Agency.
Contrast the United States where bars and restaurants are already reopening with Brazil where in many places, they never closed. The results are tragic with more than two thousand dead of Covid on both Wednesday and Thursday and long lines outside hospitals like this one in Sao Paulo. Populist president Jair Bolsonaro easing off his remarks of a week ago when he told Brazilians to stop whining and even donning a mask when he spoke Wednesday. The first salvo in next year’s race for president fired by Lula at the same metalworkers’ union in Sao Paulo where he ran all those years ago.
Despite the crackdown, they are still marching in Myanmar. This Friday in Yangon, police firing tear gas as protesters against the February First coup again braved live ammunition in other cities. But not all cops agree with the orders from above.