2021-01-17: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-17). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Sam Mellins (2021-01-16). New York Coalition Pushes 'Tax the Rich' to Raise State Revenue. zcomm.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession…

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Syrian refugee makes cheese to survive the pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

_____ (2021-01-16). The US Economy Could Use Some 'Overheating'. popularresistance.org Recent proposals for large-scale fiscal relief and recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 have drawn criticism that they could lead to "overheating" of the U.S. economy. These criticisms should be ignored. Proposals under discussion—including Biden's economic plan introduced tonight—are highly unlikely to lead to any durable uptick in inflation or interest rates (the normal indicators of "overheating") and even if they did, these higher interest rates and inflation would be a welcome sign of economic healing, not something to worry about. | Warnings about economic "overheating" normally mean t…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). COVID-19 cases in Africa exceed 3.1 million. peoplesdispatch.org The total number of COVID-19 cases in Africa exceeded 3.1 million on January 15. According to data from the Over the last two weeks alone, almost 10,000 new deaths have been recorded on the continent and the total number of cases has risen by 447,967 from the

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2021-01-16). Prepare for a surge in Global inequality. mronline.org The evidence clearly is that the Covid-crisis has upended the fiscal conservatism that has been the hallmark of the neoliberal era since the 1980s.

WSWS (2021-01-16). Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike. wsws.org In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

Mary Elizabeth Williams (2021-01-16). Andrew Yang "can't imagine" my New York City pandemic life. salon.com The mayoral candidate doesn't know that I'm the "lucky" one, though…

Sunshine Behavioral Health (2021-01-16). Mental Health Issues Facing the Asian American Community. indybay.org

MEE staff (2021-01-15). Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times | Police said the suspect, a health ministry employee, sent messages on four separate occasions to his ex-girlfriend telling her she needed to isolate | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 13: 48 | An Israeli woman wearing a protective mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic sits on a park bench by feeding pigeons in Jerusalem on 16 April 2020 (2020) | An Israe…

Staff (2021-01-15). Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccination. truthout.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. J…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVD Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

RT (2021-01-15). 'Unacceptable': 6 EU countries urge bloc to address Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delays, as Canada also flags supply issues. rt.com Six EU governments have written to the bloc's executive to call for action as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, while supply issues have also been reported in Canada. | The health ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia called on the EU Commission to ensure the "stability and transparency of timely deliveries" of the Pfizer jab in a letter on Friday. | "This situation is unacceptable. Not only does it impact the planned vaccination schedules, it also decreases the credibility of the vaccination process," the letter reads, according to Reute…

news.un (2021-01-15). Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration. news.un.org Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

news.un (2021-01-15). As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating 'vaccinationalism'. news.un.org With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic's deadly impact.

news.un (2021-01-15). COVID-19 committee stresses need for equitable vaccine access, more data sharing. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases spike in parts of Europe, Africa and the Americas, and new variants of the virus emerge in some countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday called for greater global collaboration in ending the pandemic.

RT (2021-01-15). EC president von der Leyen dares European nations to call her bluff with announcement of (mandatory?) vaccine certificates. rt.com Europeans must carry certificates proving they've been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel, EC president Ursula von der Leyen told Portuguese media – likely shocking Europeans who'd never heard of such a rule. | Von der Leyen sprung the idea of a "mutually recognized vaccination certificate" as a "medical requirement" for travel on Thursday in the course of praising a similar plan outlined to her in a letter from Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. | "It is a medical requirement to have a certificate proving that you have been vaccinated," von der Leyen told Portuguese reporters. | While Mitsotakis' plan was not m…

RT (2021-01-15). Covid clampdown: UK closing ALL travel corridors in bid to block new virus variants arriving from overseas. rt.com The UK will shut all of its remaining international travel corridors from 4am GMT on Monday until at least February 15, in a bid to shield the country from new coronavirus variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. | The decision means that from next week, any UK-bound arrivals will have to self-isolate for 10 days as soon as they enter the country, unless they can provide a negative test result after five days in quarantine. | Passengers must also be able to provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before leaving their country of origin, and a completed Passenger Locator Form, which airline staff…

RT (2021-01-15). Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand. rt.com US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. | Along with healthcare nonprofit Mayo Clinic, health and tech companies including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle have united to form the Vaccination Credential Initiative, aimed at devising a secure "health passport" that tracks the bearer's vaccination status across borders. | In a press release on Thursday, the CEO of VCI member the Commons Project Foundation argued such passports were necessary to "safely…

_____ (2021-01-15). Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Will Administer Vaccines. popularresistance.org Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will be playing a much more hands-on role in the city's vaccine distribution efforts. | Consortium founder Dr. Ala Stanford shared on Instagram that the group — which has provided COVID-19 testing to more than 20,000 people — will be administering the vaccine to Philly's Black communities. | People can sign up through a contact form or can reach out via email at info@blackdoctorsconsortium.com. Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis. | The consortium will begin administering the vaccines when Philadelphia enters Phase 1B of its…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-15). Global vaccine apartheid. mronline.org A vaccine alone will not be enough to end the pandemic as it must also be made available at an affordable price and allocated in a way that achieves equity. It follows that suspending intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 is the most appropriate solution to our current situation of global vaccine apartheid.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-15). The Heat: U.S. battles COVID-19 Crisis. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 rages across the United States as the number of people who have died from the virus in the country closes in on 400,000. While the last week here in Washington has been dominated by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the impeachment of …

WSWS (2021-01-15). Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan. wsws.org At least four Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can't contain.

Staff (2021-01-15). Neo-fascists found their voice in Trump. Where will the left's voice come from? therealnews.com With COVID-19 still raging and Biden's inauguration around the corner, Warnock and Ossoff win big in Georgia, Trumpist insurgents storm the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats and Republicans seethe with internal strife. What's next?

teleSUR (2021-01-15). U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Soar To Nearly 1 Million. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday reported that initial jobless claims in the United States soared to 965,000 last week, showing severe disruption to the labor market recovery by COVID-19 spikes. | RELATED: | In the week ending Jan. 9, the number of citizens filing for unemployment benefits jumped by 181,000 from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 784,000, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

WSWS (2021-01-15). UK passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War…

Editor (2021-01-15). EDITORIAL øPor qué el país más rico del mundo no está tan preparado? workers.org La gran pregunta que uno debe hacerse sobre la epidemia de COVID-19, —que hasta el 2 de enero ha matado a más de 1.850.000 personas en todo el mundo,— es, " øPor qué Estados Unidos no estaba preparado?" Larga fila en la despensa de alimentos de Chelsea, Massachusetts. Este es un . . . |

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Misiones Province's Health Secretary Oscar Alarcon Thursday confirmed the first cases of dengue fever amid the COVID-19-related health emergency in Argentina. | RELATED: | "We are in an inter-breeding phase where the notifications of new cases are minimal. We are working hard on patients who tested positive," Alarcon said. | Argentina's Health Ministry announced a comprehensive prevention plan that includes training to local governments to reduce dengue's impa…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-15). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Makia Freeman (2021-01-15). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is many things indeed, but a vaccine is not one …

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-15). As COVID cases surge: Sharp rise in new US unemployment claims. wsws.org The adjusted number of new jobless claims rose to 965,000 for the week ending January 9 as the US Federal Reserve reports 20 percent of low-income workers are unemployed.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-15). Reimagining the World: Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

Igor Derysh (2021-01-15). Joe Biden wants to use coronavirus relief to raise federal minimum wage to $15. salon.com His $1.9B plan includes $1,400 checks, $350B in state and local aid, and billions for schools and vaccinations…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Paraguay Approves Emergency Use of Russian Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that Paraguay's Ministry of Health authorized the Sputnik V vaccine's emergency use. | RELATED: | "Registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Paraguay proves the increasing interest of Latin American countries in a safe and effective Russian vaccine against coronavirus," said the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund Kirill Dmitriev. | El anuncio de esta mañana del Fondo S…

_____ (2021-01-15). National Day Of Action For Eviction Moratorium. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – As part of the National Day of Action to Prevent Evictions, City Life/Vida Urbana organized a rally called "Housing Is The Cure!" on January 13. Protesters gathered outside of the Boston Housing Court on New Chardon Street and marched to the JFK Building. Speakers included frontline residents and faith leaders. | The housing crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus, leaving many who have lost their jobs unable to pay rent. According to City Life, a new study from UCLA estimates that states that allowed evictions to continue this summer led to almost 11,000 preventable pandemic-related deaths.

WSWS (2021-01-15). Germany records highest daily coronavirus death toll as fatalities double in just one month. wsws.org While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-15). Coronavirus causes 35% weekly hike in jobless claim applications. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More closures due to the fight against community spread of the coronavirus led to a 35% increase in combined applications for state and federal jobless aid in the week ending Jan. 9, compared to the week before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. BLS said 1.435 million workers sought state (1,151,015 claims) and federal pandemic …

2021-01-16: News Headlines

_____ (2021-01-16). The US Economy Could Use Some 'Overheating'. popularresistance.org Recent proposals for large-scale fiscal relief and recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 have drawn criticism that they could lead to "overheating" of the U.S. economy. These criticisms should be ignored. Proposals under discussion—including Biden's economic plan introduced tonight—are highly unlikely to lead to any durable uptick in inflation or interest rates (the normal indicators of "overheating") and even if they did, these higher interest rates and inflation would be a welcome sign of economic healing, not something to worry about. | Warnings about economic "overheating" normally mean t…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

The Canary (2021-01-16). UK to face short-term delay in delivery of the Pfizer vaccine. thecanary.co The UK is set to face short-term delays in delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as the pharmaceutical company upgrades its production capacity.Delays: Pfizer is upscaling production at its plant in Puurs, Belgium. This is in an to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021 — temporarily reducing deliveries to all European countries. Shipments of the vaccine, produced in partnership with Germany's BioNTech, to the UK are set to be affected during January. But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same, according to the US fir…

The Canary (2021-01-16). Public warned over coronavirus cons amid rising vaccine fraud reports. thecanary.co Doctors and police are warning the public not to fall for fraudsters trying to sell fake coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, affirming that the jab will always be free. | Scams rising: | Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. City of London Police are investigating one case in which a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered a fake vaccine before charging £160 and claiming it would be reimbursed by the NHS. | Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public u…

The Canary (2021-01-16). Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action. thecanary.co Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from "inappropriate" legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued.A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don't feel "vulnerable to the risk of prosecution for unlawful killing" when treating coronavirus patients "in circumstances beyond their control"."Very substantial" risk of ICUs being overwhelmed: Health groups argued that there's no legal protection for coronavirus…

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Syrian refugee makes cheese to survive the pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

Sam Mellins (2021-01-16). New York Coalition Pushes 'Tax the Rich' to Raise State Revenue. zcomm.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). COVID-19 cases in Africa exceed 3.1 million. peoplesdispatch.org The total number of COVID-19 cases in Africa exceeded 3.1 million on January 15. According to data from the Over the last two weeks alone, almost 10,000 new deaths have been recorded on the continent and the total number of cases has risen by 447,967 from the

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike. wsws.org In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2021-01-16). Prepare for a surge in Global inequality. mronline.org The evidence clearly is that the Covid-crisis has upended the fiscal conservatism that has been the hallmark of the neoliberal era since the 1980s.

Sunshine Behavioral Health (2021-01-16). Mental Health Issues Facing the Asian American Community. indybay.org

_____ (2021-01-15). Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Will Administer Vaccines. popularresistance.org Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will be playing a much more hands-on role in the city's vaccine distribution efforts. | Consortium founder Dr. Ala Stanford shared on Instagram that the group — which has provided COVID-19 testing to more than 20,000 people — will be administering the vaccine to Philly's Black communities. | People can sign up through a contact form or can reach out via email at info@blackdoctorsconsortium.com. Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis. | The consortium will begin administering the vaccines when Philadelphia enters Phase 1B of its…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVD Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

news.un (2021-01-15). As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating 'vaccinationalism'. news.un.org With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic's deadly impact.

news.un (2021-01-15). Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration. news.un.org Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

news.un (2021-01-15). COVID-19 committee stresses need for equitable vaccine access, more data sharing. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases spike in parts of Europe, Africa and the Americas, and new variants of the virus emerge in some countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday called for greater global collaboration in ending the pandemic.

RT (2021-01-15). Covid clampdown: UK closing ALL travel corridors in bid to block new virus variants arriving from overseas. rt.com The UK will shut all of its remaining international travel corridors from 4am GMT on Monday until at least February 15, in a bid to shield the country from new coronavirus variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. | The decision means that from next week, any UK-bound arrivals will have to self-isolate for 10 days as soon as they enter the country, unless they can provide a negative test result after five days in quarantine. | Passengers must also be able to provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before leaving their country of origin, and a completed Passenger Locator Form, which airline staff…

MEE staff (2021-01-15). Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times | Police said the suspect, a health ministry employee, sent messages on four separate occasions to his ex-girlfriend telling her she needed to isolate | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 13: 48 | An Israeli woman wearing a protective mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic sits on a park bench by feeding pigeons in Jerusalem on 16 April 2020 (2020) | An Israe…

Staff (2021-01-15). Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccination. truthout.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. J…

RT (2021-01-15). 'Unacceptable': 6 EU countries urge bloc to address Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delays, as Canada also flags supply issues. rt.com Six EU governments have written to the bloc's executive to call for action as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, while supply issues have also been reported in Canada. | The health ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia called on the EU Commission to ensure the "stability and transparency of timely deliveries" of the Pfizer jab in a letter on Friday. | "This situation is unacceptable. Not only does it impact the planned vaccination schedules, it also decreases the credibility of the vaccination process," the letter reads, according to Reute…

RT (2021-01-15). Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand. rt.com US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. | Along with healthcare nonprofit Mayo Clinic, health and tech companies including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle have united to form the Vaccination Credential Initiative, aimed at devising a secure "health passport" that tracks the bearer's vaccination status across borders. | In a press release on Thursday, the CEO of VCI member the Commons Project Foundation argued such passports were necessary to "safely…

RT (2021-01-15). EC president von der Leyen dares European nations to call her bluff with announcement of (mandatory?) vaccine certificates. rt.com Europeans must carry certificates proving they've been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel, EC president Ursula von der Leyen told Portuguese media – likely shocking Europeans who'd never heard of such a rule. | Von der Leyen sprung the idea of a "mutually recognized vaccination certificate" as a "medical requirement" for travel on Thursday in the course of praising a similar plan outlined to her in a letter from Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. | "It is a medical requirement to have a certificate proving that you have been vaccinated," von der Leyen told Portuguese reporters. | While Mitsotakis' plan was not m…

WSWS (2021-01-15). Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan. wsws.org At least four Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can't contain.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-15). The Heat: U.S. battles COVID-19 Crisis. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 rages across the United States as the number of people who have died from the virus in the country closes in on 400,000. While the last week here in Washington has been dominated by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the impeachment of …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

Editor (2021-01-15). EDITORIAL øPor qué el país más rico del mundo no está tan preparado? workers.org La gran pregunta que uno debe hacerse sobre la epidemia de COVID-19, —que hasta el 2 de enero ha matado a más de 1.850.000 personas en todo el mundo,— es, " øPor qué Estados Unidos no estaba preparado?" Larga fila en la despensa de alimentos de Chelsea, Massachusetts. Este es un . . . |

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

WSWS (2021-01-15). UK passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Misiones Province's Health Secretary Oscar Alarcon Thursday confirmed the first cases of dengue fever amid the COVID-19-related health emergency in Argentina. | RELATED: | "We are in an inter-breeding phase where the notifications of new cases are minimal. We are working hard on patients who tested positive," Alarcon said. | Argentina's Health Ministry announced a comprehensive prevention plan that includes training to local governments to reduce dengue's impa…

Staff (2021-01-15). Neo-fascists found their voice in Trump. Where will the left's voice come from? therealnews.com With COVID-19 still raging and Biden's inauguration around the corner, Warnock and Ossoff win big in Georgia, Trumpist insurgents storm the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats and Republicans seethe with internal strife. What's next?

teleSUR (2021-01-15). U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Soar To Nearly 1 Million. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday reported that initial jobless claims in the United States soared to 965,000 last week, showing severe disruption to the labor market recovery by COVID-19 spikes. | RELATED: | In the week ending Jan. 9, the number of citizens filing for unemployment benefits jumped by 181,000 from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 784,000, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-15). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

Makia Freeman (2021-01-15). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is many things indeed, but a vaccine is not one …

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-15). As COVID cases surge: Sharp rise in new US unemployment claims. wsws.org The adjusted number of new jobless claims rose to 965,000 for the week ending January 9 as the US Federal Reserve reports 20 percent of low-income workers are unemployed.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-15). Reimagining the World: Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

_____ (2021-01-15). National Day Of Action For Eviction Moratorium. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – As part of the National Day of Action to Prevent Evictions, City Life/Vida Urbana organized a rally called "Housing Is The Cure!" on January 13. Protesters gathered outside of the Boston Housing Court on New Chardon Street and marched to the JFK Building. Speakers included frontline residents and faith leaders. | The housing crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus, leaving many who have lost their jobs unable to pay rent. According to City Life, a new study from UCLA estimates that states that allowed evictions to continue this summer led to almost 11,000 preventable pandemic-related deaths.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Paraguay Approves Emergency Use of Russian Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that Paraguay's Ministry of Health authorized the Sputnik V vaccine's emergency use. | RELATED: | "Registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Paraguay proves the increasing interest of Latin American countries in a safe and effective Russian vaccine against coronavirus," said the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund Kirill Dmitriev. | El anuncio de esta mañana del Fondo S…

Igor Derysh (2021-01-15). Joe Biden wants to use coronavirus relief to raise federal minimum wage to $15. salon.com His $1.9B plan includes $1,400 checks, $350B in state and local aid, and billions for schools and vaccinations…

WSWS (2021-01-15). Germany records highest daily coronavirus death toll as fatalities double in just one month. wsws.org While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-15). Coronavirus causes 35% weekly hike in jobless claim applications. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More closures due to the fight against community spread of the coronavirus led to a 35% increase in combined applications for state and federal jobless aid in the week ending Jan. 9, compared to the week before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. BLS said 1.435 million workers sought state (1,151,015 claims) and federal pandemic …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-15). Sunrise Movement to Rally in NYC, Chicago, Calling on Senate Dems to Tackle Pandemic and Unemployment Crises. commondreams.org The youth-led climate action group called on Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin to use their new majority "to deliver on the needs of the people who backed their victory." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dems_1.jpg

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WSWS (2021-01-15). Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan. wsws.org At least four Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can't contain.

MEE staff (2021-01-15). Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times | Police said the suspect, a health ministry employee, sent messages on four separate occasions to his ex-girlfriend telling her she needed to isolate | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 13: 48 | An Israeli woman wearing a protective mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic sits on a park bench by feeding pigeons in Jerusalem on 16 April 2020 (2020) | An Israe…

_____ (2021-01-15). Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Will Administer Vaccines. popularresistance.org Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will be playing a much more hands-on role in the city's vaccine distribution efforts. | Consortium founder Dr. Ala Stanford shared on Instagram that the group — which has provided COVID-19 testing to more than 20,000 people — will be administering the vaccine to Philly's Black communities. | People can sign up through a contact form or can reach out via email at info@blackdoctorsconsortium.com. Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis. | The consortium will begin administering the vaccines when Philadelphia enters Phase 1B of its…

George J. Annas, Sandro Galea (2021-01-15). [Commentary] Addressing public health's failings during year one of Covid-19. thelancet.com By almost any measure, public health fell short during 2020. In retrospect, the list of what public health professionals, including federal and state public health officials, public health practitioners, and academics, could have done better is easy to articulate, and has already been the subject of angry books about the disasterous responses to the pandemic in Europe and the US [1,2]. It falls to all of us to pause, reflect, and ask: how do we move forward? We have five suggestions.

news.un (2021-01-15). As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating 'vaccinationalism'. news.un.org With more than two million lives now lost worlwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic's deadly impact.

news.un (2021-01-15). Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration. news.un.org Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

Staff (2021-01-15). Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccination. truthout.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. J…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVD Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-15). The Heat: U.S. battles COVID-19 Crisis. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 rages across the United States as the number of people who have died from the virus in the country closes in on 400,000. While the last week here in Washington has been dominated by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the impeachment of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

Staff (2021-01-15). Neo-fascists found their voice in Trump. Where will the left's voice come from? therealnews.com With COVID-19 still raging and Biden's inauguration around the corner, Warnock and Ossoff win big in Georgia, Trumpist insurgents storm the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats and Republicans seethe with internal strife. What's next?

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-15). Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-15). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

Andrea Arroyo (2021-01-15). Have Covid, Will Travel. thenation.com Have Covid, Will Travel…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Makia Freeman (2021-01-15). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is many things indeed, but a vaccine is not one …

WSWS (2021-01-15). As COVID cases surge: Sharp rise in new US unemployment claims. wsws.org The adjusted number of new jobless claims rose to 965,000 for the week ending January 9 as the US Federal Reserve reports 20 percent of low-income workers are unemployed.

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-15). Reimagining the World: Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

_____ (2021-01-15). National Day Of Action For Eviction Moratorium. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – As part of the National Day of Action to Prevent Evictions, City Life/Vida Urbana organized a rally called "Housing Is The Cure!" on January 13. Protesters gathered outside of the Boston Housing Court on New Chardon Street and marched to the JFK Building. Speakers included frontline residents and faith leaders. | The housing crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus, leaving many who have lost their jobs unable to pay rent. According to City Life, a new study from UCLA estimates that states that allowed evictions to continue this summer led to almost 11,000 preventable pandemic-related deaths.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-15). Coronavirus causes 35% weekly hike in jobless claim applications. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More closures due to the fight against community spread of the coronavirus led to a 35% increase in combined applications for state and federal jobless aid in the week ending Jan. 9, compared to the week before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. BLS said 1.435 million workers sought state (1,151,015 claims) and federal pandemic …

WSWS (2021-01-15). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.

Dean Baker (2021-01-15). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. zcomm.org The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed…

WSWS (2021-01-15). How Germany's Left Party promotes herd immunity. wsws.org As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party's only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-15). Global warming emergency: 2020 joins 2016 as hottest year ever. peoplesdispatch.org The rise in temperature in 2020 was recorded despite a fall in global emissions due to the pandemic-induced lockdown and the absence of El Niño, which leads to a rise in temperature, that occurred in 2016…

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-15). Trump Hardliners Poisoning US-China Relations. Pompeo "Spreads Political Viruses" globalresearch.ca In its waning days in power, Trump regime hardliners are going all-out to more greatly deteriorate US relations with China than already — Pompeo leading the assault. | Mindful of what's going on with more coming, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao …

Sunshine Behavioral Health (2021-01-15). Mental Health Issues Facing the Asian American Community. indybay.org

Amanda E. Perry, Mitch G. Waterman, Veronica Dale, Keeley Moore, Allan House (2021-01-15). [Research Paper] The effect of a peer-led problem-support mentor intervention on self-harm and violence in prison: An interrupted time series analysis using routinely collected prison data. thelancet.com Universal prison-wide strategies should consider a series of multi-level interventions to address mental health and well-being in prisons.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-15). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. counterpunch.org Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department, which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United States was made "on the grounds of his mental health and consequent suicide risk."

Richard Gale (2021-01-15). The New America of Terror and Discontent. globalresearch.ca For the vast majority of Americans, the past year has been the most challenging in their lives — certainly for young adults. However, not everyone has been suffering equally. The nation's health or illness is not uniform. Much of our …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-15). Allergy analyses and prestigious professorships: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-15). Imperial leads new consortium to study threats from new SARS-CoV-2 variants. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers will lead a new consortium of UK virologists to study the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of Sinovac as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced more than 250,000 health wor…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of the Sinovac jab as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives a shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan anno…

Kareem Chehayeb (2021-01-14). Oxygen for sale: Covid-hit Lebanon running out of breath. middleeasteye.net Oxygen for sale: Covid-hit Lebanon running out of breath | As Lebanese health sector struggles with soaring Covid-19 cases, a serious shortage in oxygen tanks throws the cash-strapped country into another crisis | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 15: 00 | A worker carries oxygen canisters to be used by hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, at a factory in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on 9 January 202…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week | Israel's health minister made the announcement after President Reuven Rivlin criticised plans to exclude prisoners from vaccination programme | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 02 | Israel has been criticised for shirking its responsibilities as an occupying power by failing to deliver vaccines to millions of Palestinians living in…

Jens Martens (2021-01-14). 8 points for a global agenda of structural change in the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org "We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both," said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice,…

RT (2021-01-14). UK bans all arrivals from Portugal and South America after discovery of Brazil Covid-19 variant. rt.com The UK will ban all travel from South America and Portugal from 4am GMT on Friday after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in Brazil, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday. | UK-bound travellers from Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela who do not live in the UK will be banned from entering the country. | "This measure does not apply to British and Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residence rights — but passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 da…

RT (2021-01-14). 12hr Covid curfews announced for all of France for at least 15 days, PM says pressure on hospitals is 'high'. rt.com The entirety of France will be placed under a 6pm-6am curfew for at least 15 days from Saturday in a bid to ease the pressure of Covid-19 on the country's health system, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday. | The 12-hour curfews are currently already in place for 25 of mainland France's 95 administrative areas — known as departements — but they will now be extended to the rest of the country, which is currently under an 8pm curfew. | "While the resumption of the epidemic was concentrated at the end of December in certain departments, viral circulation now concerns the entire country," th…

RT (2021-01-14). Far-Eastern Russian island Sakhalin to introduce mask exemption for those inoculated against Covid-19, regional head reveals. rt.com People inoculated against Covid-19 in the Far East's Sakhalin Region will be given a badge to show they are exempt from wearing a face mask. That's according to Valery Limarenko, acting governor of the island, located near Japan. | Sakhalin, one of Russia's wealthiest places per capita, is home to a substantial oil and gas industry. On Thursday, Limarenko revealed that the island will soon receive 9,000 doses of Russia's domestically produced Sputnik V vaccine and will get over 10,000 every month after that. | "Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive a special badge," he said. "[The badge] will give the wear…

news.un (2021-01-14). Health experts arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID-19 origins. news.un.org Members of an international team studying the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 arrived in Wuhan, China, on Thursday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced during an expert meeting on the disease.

news.un (2021-01-14). 2020, one of three warmest years on record: World Meteorological Organization. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic was not the only long-term crisis the world will remember from 2020. In terms of climate change, the year was also one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the UN weather agency said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-01-14). Israel: Ensure equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians — UN Independent experts. news.un.org Israel's "impressive" vaccination programme against the COVID-19 pandemic must include Palestinians under occupation, UN independent human rights experts stressed on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-01-14). Chaotic Vaccine Rollout Leaves Seniors Frustrated and Confused. truthout.org For weeks, doctors' phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. | "When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?" these patients want to know. "And where?" | Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors after giving them first to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents — the groups initially given priority by state and federal authorities. | My 91-year-old mother-in-law, who lives in upst…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Nicaragua To Allocate Over $115 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's Vice President Rosario Murillo on Wednesday announced her government's effort to secure COVID-19 vaccines to immunize 55 percent of the country's population. | RELATED: | Highligithg the approval of a high budget to ensure vaccines' conservation, Murillo pointed out that over 7 million doses would be applied at a cost of almost US$90 million. | "We propose the purchase of the Russian Federation's Sputnik V vaccine, the Modern vacc…

sputniknews (2021-01-14). Associated Press Casts Doubt on Beijing's Cooperation as WHO's COVID-19 Origins Probe Begins. sputniknews.com After months without a significant number of COVID-19 cases, several dozen new cases in just a few days have sent millions in China back into lockdown, threatening to cancel Spring Festival celebrations for a second year in a row.

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MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week | Israel's health minister made the announcement after President Reuven Rivlin criticised plans to exclude prisoners from vaccination programme | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 02 | Israel has been criticised for shirking its responsibilities as an occupying power by failing to deliver vaccines to millions of Palestinians living in…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of Sinovac as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced more than 250,000 health wor…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of the Sinovac jab as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives a shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan anno…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-01-14). Review: As Coronavirus Rises Past Three Million, Africa Still Lacks Its Own Vaccine. globalresearch.ca With its large population and fragile health systems, Africa has recorded more than three million Covid-19 cases, still less deadly as compared to other regions in the world, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). …

Staff (2021-01-14). Chaotic Vaccine Rollout Leaves Seniors Frustrated and Confused. truthout.org For weeks, doctors' phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. | "When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?" these patients want to know. "And where?" | Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors after giving them first to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents — the groups initially given priority by state and federal authorities. | My 91-year-old mother-in-law, who lives in upst…

Akram Al-Waara (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Palestinians still awaiting vaccines as Israel dismisses calls to provide jabs. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinians still awaiting vaccines as Israel dismisses calls to provide jabs | Palestinian Authority also criticised for failure to secure vaccines and lack of planning on how to administer them | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 11: 11 | PA officials have made statements on who will be given priority when it comes to the vaccine, but have yet to put forward a comprehensive strategy for rolling it…

Jens Martens (2021-01-14). 8 points for a global agenda of structural change in the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org "We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both," said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice,…

news.un (2021-01-14). 2020, one of three warmest years on record: World Meteorological Organization. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic was not the only long-term crisis the world will remember from 2020. In terms of climate change, the year was also one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the UN weather agency said on Wednesday.

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

Walden Bello (2021-01-14). America Has Entered the Weimar Era. counterpunch.org By mid-February 2021, American deaths from COVID-19 may well surpass the country's 405,400 deaths during the Second World War. By around mid-May, more Americans will have died from the virus than during the Civil War, which killed 655,000, and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, when 675,000 are estimated to have perished. Yet America's largely

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) and ten other health workers unions began an indefinite national strike on January 13. The measure was taken in the absence of an agreement with President Francisco Sagasti's administration on improving the working conditions of healthcare personnel in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. | On the first day of the strike, in the capital city Lima, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health workers held a massive demonstration in front of the health ministry to draw attention towards their legitimate claims and demand their immediate compliance. | The healthcare professionals are demand…

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-01-14). Bury Me Furious. thenation.com Bury Me Furious…

Staff (2021-01-14). Dr. Ali Khan: U.S. Needs to Quickly Ramp Up Vaccinations as COVID Kills Over 4,000 in Single Day. democracynow.org As the United States breaks all records for coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns another 92,000 could die in the next three weeks as complaints grow over the slow distribution of COVID vaccines. Across the country, hospitals are overflowing, and ICU beds are in short supply. In Los Angeles County, an epicenter of the outbreak, a staggering one in three residents has gotten the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to new data. For more on the pandemic, we speak with epidemiologist Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Publi…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-14). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

WSWS (2021-01-14). Australia: Highly infectious strain of COVID spreads in Queensland hotel quarantine. wsws.org For months, governments have rejected warnings from medical experts that private hotels in the middle of city centres are not equipped to be placed on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-14). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-01-14). Ich rebelliere, also bin ich! globalresearch.ca Der Mensch vermag es nur dann, sich zu seiner vollen Grà∂àüe aufzurichten, wenn er sich den Anordnungen der Macht nicht beugt, sondern kraft seiner inneren Befreiung dagegen aufbegehrt. Zahlreiche Psychologen dieser Tage — aber auch schon vor der Corona-Krise — …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). Pandemic public engagement supported through Rapid Response Seed Fund. imperial.ac.uk In April 2020, the Societal Engagement team launched a Rapid Response Seed Fund to support engagement initiatives during the pandemic.

Shamus Cooke (2021-01-14). DSA's Moment of Truth. zcomm.org In a pandemic people deserve and are demanding bold action, and DSA must help lead these efforts rather than stymie them…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-14). Organic food co-op faces closure. greenleft.org.au Pressures from the pandemic mean that the long-running Alfalfa House Community Food Cooperative is facing the prospect of having to close at the end of January, reports Pip Hinman.

Marie Kelly (2021-01-14). On the picket line. workers.org Year of the Nurse The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. That January hospital administrators surely planned to deliver their standard "angel of mercy" platitudes and pizza parties to commemorate. Then the pandemic happened, and the Year of the Nurse turned . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-14). Poorest UK schoolchildren sent meagre pandemic food parcels, as contractors reap massive profits. wsws.org Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic…

WSWS (2021-01-14). Warning that Wall Street bubble may burst. wsws.org Concerns are starting to be voiced that the orgy of speculation, literally feeding off the death and destruction of the pandemic because of the actions of the Fed, could end in a major crash.

_____ (2021-01-14). Tennessee Capital: Group Demands Racial Equality And Medicare For All. popularresistance.org Nashville, TN – A social justice group out of Knoxville, Tennessee made the trek to the State Capitol building on Tuesday, demanding that lawmakers take immediate action on issues like Medicare for all, and the fight for racial equality. This comes on the first day of the legislative session. | Earlier Tuesday afternoon when the demonstration was still happening, the rally organizers said their groups wasn't as big as they had hoped it would be, partly because of what happened at the U.S. Capitol last week. But despite their small numbers, they say their message carried big importance. | "What's that spell? Black…

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-14). How to have a happy humanity. nationofchange.org I am sure that we could solve worldwide issues of poverty, climate change, and health. Our efforts involving happiness should be made with respect to all peoples everywhere.

Devin C (2021-01-14). Pensacola fights anti-abortion terror. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land — Pensacola, Fla. A group of activists, organizers and those in support of reproductive justice held Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 demonstrations at American Family Planning, a reproductive health clinic that provides abortion. The community gathered to oppose anti-abortion reactionaries, who have been terrorizing clinic workers, . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). The National Student Survey 2021 launches at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Final year undergraduates are asked to rate their experience at Imperial as the 2021 National Student Survey opens for responses.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). White City's new hoardings showcase Imperial's innovation community. imperial.ac.uk In recent weeks, a series of eye-catching new hoardings have been installed at White City Campus while construction work continues.

Revolution Books (2021-01-14). Sunday 1/17: Andy Worthington on America's Torture Colony: 19 Years of Guantanamo Online Event. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Karen Conner (2021-01-14). Family Benefits in US Fall Further Behind. cepr.net The New York Times recently noted that South Korea would be "offering monthly allowances of 300,000 won, or about $274, for every newborn and infant up to the age of 1 starting in 2022. Expectant couples would get a 2 million won cash bonus starting next year, along with increased medical and other benefits." South …

WSWS (2021-01-13). Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous ruling class "herd immunity" policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-13). Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians. dissidentvoice.org Israel's decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel's poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government's decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence …

Shelby Bradford (2021-01-13). Empathy is key to overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. salon.com COVID-19 vaccines are an enormous feat. Their use will hinge on explaining how it was done…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in LA, Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life and Culture. truthout.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero…

_____ (2021-01-13). On His Way To Prison, Activist Advocates For COVID-19 Prisoner Release. popularresistance.org On Thursday (Jan. 14), Patrick O'Neill will report to the Federal Correctional Institution near Elkton, Ohio, to serve a 14-month sentence for breaking into a nuclear submarine base as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action he took up with six other Catholic pacifists more than two years ago. | But on his way to prison, O'Neill has taken up a new cause: protecting inmates from COVID-19. | Some 329,298 prisoners across the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus and about 2,020 have died, according to the Marshall Project, the online journalism organization focused on criminal justice. | Pris…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Perfect storm': WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be 'even tougher' than the first. rt.com Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the "perfect storm" in Europe and the US. | "We are going into a second year of this, it could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing," WHO's Health Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, said during a Q&A session broadcast Following a drop in new cases reported over the…

RT (2021-01-13). A long goodbye? Russian expert says pandemic will be over by summer, but Covid-19 here to stay as seasonal virus. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic in Russia could begin fading away by summer, one of the country's top scientists has said. According to him, infections and deaths should tail off as more and more people develop protective antibodies. | Albert Rizvanov, the Director of the Center for Precision and Regenerative Medicine at Kazan Federal University, told TASS on Wednesday that, whereas the end of widespread infection might be in sight, society would have to learn to live with an evolving virus for years to come. | "There are seasonal diseases that usually die out in late spring and early summer," the academic said. He a…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Stay at home': Portuguese PM announces new lockdown after record Covid-19 death and infection rates. rt.com Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa urged people to stay at home as he announced on Wednesday that the country would enter another national lockdown following record rates of Covid-19 deaths and new cases. | "We are at the most dangerous moment [of the pandemic]. The rule is simple: all of us should stay home," Costa told reporters during a briefing at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. | On Wednesday, the Portuguese authorities reported a record daily increase of 156 deaths, taking total fatalities to 8,236, which Costa said was "not acceptable." | The country also recorded a further 10,556 new Covid-19 infectio…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-13). The most dangerous law of our time continues to be pushed through parliament. thecanary.co While most of the public are still distracted by coronavirus (Covid-19) headlines, the disgraceful The spycops bill authorises covert agents, such as police officers, MI5 agents, or military personnel, to legally carry out what would usually be considered criminal conduct. | Why is the bill so…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in L.A., Hard-Hit Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life, Culture & Language. democracynow.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero also laments "the loss of knowledge" that comes with the devastation of COVID-19. "Some of the elders have passed away, and…

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era. news.un.org The UN's labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up vigil for emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

WSWS (2021-01-13). London Mayor declares "major incident" as UK capital devastated by COVID-19. wsws.org The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.

Sam Mellins (2021-01-13). 'Enough Is Enough': How a New York Coalition Is Pushing Lawmakers to Raise the State's Revenue. progressive.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession.

WSWS (2021-01-13). Global COVID-19 death toll nears 2 million. wsws.org It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-01-13). German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs. wsws.org As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

teleSUR (2021-01-13). IlO Urges Governments To Protect Homeworkers. telesurenglish.net The International Labor Organization (ILO) urged governments on Thursday to protect homeworkers as figures have risen alarmingly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that one in five people has had to work from home worldwide during the first half of 2020. | RELATED: | The ILO points out that homeworkers "are usually worse off than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled professions" as they have…

WSWS (2021-01-13). California hospitals ration oxygen as COVID-19 death toll surpasses 30,000. wsws.org More than one in ten of the total number of COVID-19 deaths in California since the beginning of the pandemic took place in just the last week, at a rate of almost 500 per day.

2021-01-13: News Headlines

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up vigil for emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era. news.un.org The UN's labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2021-01-13). On His Way To Prison, Activist Advocates For COVID-19 Prisoner Release. popularresistance.org On Thursday (Jan. 14), Patrick O'Neill will report to the Federal Correctional Institution near Elkton, Ohio, to serve a 14-month sentence for breaking into a nuclear submarine base as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action he took up with six other Catholic pacifists more than two years ago. | But on his way to prison, O'Neill has taken up a new cause: protecting inmates from COVID-19. | Some 329,298 prisoners across the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus and about 2,020 have died, according to the Marshall Project, the online journalism organization focused on criminal justice. | Pris…

Jens Martens (2021-01-13). 8 points for a global agenda of structural change in the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org "We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both," said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice,…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-13). The most dangerous law of our time continues to be pushed through parliament. thecanary.co While most of the public are still distracted by coronavirus (Covid-19) headlines, the disgraceful The spycops bill authorises covert agents, such as police officers, MI5 agents, or military personnel, to legally carry out what would usually be considered criminal conduct. | Why is the bill so…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in LA, Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life and Culture. truthout.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in L.A., Hard-Hit Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life, Culture & Language. democracynow.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero also laments "the loss of knowledge" that comes with the devastation of COVID-19. "Some of the elders have passed away, and…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Stay at home': Portuguese PM announces new lockdown after record Covid-19 death and infection rates. rt.com Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa urged people to stay at home as he announced on Wednesday that the country would enter another national lockdown following record rates of Covid-19 deaths and new cases. | "We are at the most dangerous moment [of the pandemic]. The rule is simple: all of us should stay home," Costa told reporters during a briefing at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. | On Wednesday, the Portuguese authorities reported a record daily increase of 156 deaths, taking total fatalities to 8,236, which Costa said was "not acceptable." | The country also recorded a further 10,556 new Covid-19 infectio…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Perfect storm': WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be 'even tougher' than the first. rt.com Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the "perfect storm" in Europe and the US. | "We are going into a second year of this, it could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing," WHO's Health Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, said during a Q&A session broadcast Following a drop in new cases reported over the…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-13). Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians. dissidentvoice.org Israel's decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel's poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government's decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence …

WSWS (2021-01-13). Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous ruling class "herd immunity" policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

WSWS (2021-01-13). London Mayor declares "major incident" as UK capital devastated by COVID-19. wsws.org The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.

Sam Mellins (2021-01-13). 'Enough Is Enough': How a New York Coalition Is Pushing Lawmakers to Raise the State's Revenue. progressive.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession.

WSWS (2021-01-13). German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs. wsws.org As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

WSWS (2021-01-13). Global COVID-19 death toll nears 2 million. wsws.org It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Dr. Patrick Phillips (2021-01-13). Video: "Lockdown" Public Health Policies in Ontario: Dr. Naomi Wolf Talks to Courageous Physician Dr. Patrick Phillips. globalresearch.ca Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family physician and front liner in health care in Ontario, talks with Dr. Naomi Wolf of Daily Clout on the devastating impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. | He firmly believes that the consequences outweigh the benefits and …

_____ (2021-01-13). DSA's Moment Of Truth. popularresistance.org Now that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, expectations have been raised around covid relief, rent relief, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and Medicare For All. | Covid has especially elevated the demand of Medicare For All: the trillion dollar healthcare industry that annually leaves tens of thousands of uninsured dying unnecessary deaths — while bankrupting hundreds of thousands more — has proven a historic failure in the face of the pandemic, while pushing millions more into the realm of the uninsured. The totality of the disaster is similar to a poorer nation in th…

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-13). The UK's Brexit-and-Covid Languors. counterpunch.org The UK has been in a protracted capitalist crisis since the collapse of…

RT (2021-01-13). Australian scientists urge pause on deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine over efficacy concerns, suggest Pfizer or Moderna instead. rt.com Scientists in Australia have called for a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming recent data has cast doubt on the inoculation's ability to create herd immunity. | The scientists pointed to data from a study A larg…

Makia Freeman (2021-01-13). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Experimental COVID Vaccines | are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This next phase of the COVID scamdemic is an incredibly dangerous one — the phase where authorities take their sovereignty-violating …

Alexander Rubinstein (2021-01-13). Saint Anthony Fauci: The Hidden History. mintpressnews.com Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top scientist on the Coronavirus taskforce, is being reproached after it was revealed last month that he was "moving the goalposts" on coronavirus herd immunity. But his long history of misleading the American public, or getting things completely wrong, remains unscrutinized — until now. | Before I get started on Dr. Fauci's handling of the coronavirus and his handling of the HIV/AIDS crisis and other major outbreaks of infectious diseases, I want to be clear that the point of this article is not to push covid-denialism. I can already envision some mainstream media hack, foaming at…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-13). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. globalresearch.ca Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that …

Dr. Jeff Masters (2021-01-13). The Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of a Record-setting Year. globalresearch.ca Calendar year 2020 was an extreme and abnormal year, in so many ways. The global coronavirus pandemic altered people's lives around the world, as did extreme weather and climate events. Let's review the year's top 10 such events. | . ….

RT (2021-01-13). No mask, no money? HSBC warns UK customers they could FORFEIT their accounts if they don't obey pandemic rules. rt.com UK customers who refuse to wear masks inside HSBC branches will be refused service and may have their accounts closed, the bank says. The threat was not well-received, particularly given HSBC's criminal history. | HSBC customers who enter a branch bare-faced without a medical exemption could forfeit their money, a spokesperson told UK tabloid

_____ (2021-01-13). War Of The (Financial) Worlds. popularresistance.org Sometimes things only make sense when seen through a magnifying lens. As it happens, I'm thinking about reality, the very American and global reality clearly repeating itself as 2021 begins. | We all know, of course, that we're living through a once-in-a-century-style pandemic; that millions of people have lost their jobs, a portion of which will never return; that the poorest among us, who can withstand such acute economic hardship the least, have been slammed the hardest; and that the global economy has been kneecapped, thanks to a battery of lockdowns, shutdowns, restrictions of various sorts, and health-relat…

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2021-01-13). Europe in 2021. zcomm.org Portugal assumes the EU presidency at a crucial moment. Amid a fluid scenario and systemic risks, the way Europe emerges from the pandemic may be relevant in terms of rebalancing a disparate global agenda…

Karen Conner (2021-01-13). A Big Jump In Gas Prices Pushes Overall CPI Up 0.4 Percent In December. cepr.net (This is a compilation of Dean Baker's quick-take analysis over Twitter. Follow @DeanBaker13 on Twitter to get his quick-take analysis of government data immediately upon release.) The pandemic has led to a real flip in price trends. Rent, medical care, and education had been sectors with higher inflation. This is no longer the case; now food and cars …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). New digital finance platform launches for Imperial students. imperial.ac.uk The new platform, Blackbullion, is being provided to students for free and hosts features intended to support good financial health.

Eleanor J. Bader (2021-01-13). Pregnant People of Color are Bearing the Brunt of the War on Drugs. progressive.org 'Fetal protection' laws are criminalizing pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, rather than approaching this as a public-health issue.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-13). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. dissidentvoice.org Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department, which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United States was made "on the grounds of his mental health and consequent suicide risk." …

Ashley Curtin (2021-01-13). Former Michigan governor and others in his administration face charges in Flint water crisis. nationofchange.org While the nature of the charges are unknown, charges were brought against former governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, Nick Lyon, former health department director, and other officials in his administration.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). £7.2m quantum network will develop technology to probe Universe's mysteries. imperial.ac.uk The Atom Interferometry Observatory and Network (AION), led by Imperial researchers, will accelerate searches for dark matter and gravitational waves.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). Non-invasive brain stimulation helps to ease tremors. imperial.ac.uk UK researchers have used electrical pulses to help suppress the tremors typically found in conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

Revolution Books (2021-01-13). Sunday 1/17: Andy Worthington on America's Torture Colony: 19 Years of Guantanamo Online Event. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. news.un.org The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic. news.un.org In southern Madagascar, "famine-like conditions" have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

_____ (2021-01-12). Transit Unions Join Forces To Win Safety Protections And Beat Back Layoffs. popularresistance.org Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19. | Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all. | That unity forced reluctant politicians to make Covid safety a priority. It also set the stage for the unions and riders to team up again to stave…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-12). Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar | Health officials have warned that Lebanon is quickly running out of beds as coronavirus spread intensifies | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 07: 59 | People wait to get tested for coronavirus at the Covid-19 department of the Nabih Berri university hospital, in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh, on 9 January 2021 (AFP) | Lebanon has imposed a…

RT (2021-01-12). A Russian Strain: Covid-19 found to have mutated 18 different times in one person, with some never seen before. rt.com A Russian woman with a malignant lymphoma, who battled Covid-19 for five months, was found to have 18 different mutations of the virus inside her body. She first caught it in April and last tested positive in September. | The revelation was made last week, when Russian scientists published their research on Virological, a discussion forum for analysis and interpretation of virus molecular evolution and epidemiology. Contributors from four universities and one hospital analyzed the woman's genome and found two of the Danish 'mink mutations,' as well as one recently discovered in the UK. | With so many changes,…

RT (2021-01-12). London re-opens Nightingale field hospital as number of Covid-19 patients in capital doubles since Christmas. rt.com The Nightingale hospital in London has been reopened in an urgent bid to ease patient pressure on the capital's health system amid rising Covid-19 cases. However, the capital's health chief has warned the move may not be enough. | The number of people hospitalised with Covid in London is nearly at 8,000 — almost double what it was on Christmas Day, NHS England's Regional Medical Director for London Vin Diwakar said during a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday. | In response to the caseload, he said the Nightingale field hospital in East London had been re-opened on Monday in an effort to ease some of…

RT (2021-01-12). Spain pushes to vaccinate all nursing home residents within a week. rt.com All nursing home residents in Spain are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 this week, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Tuesday after the government's weekly cabinet meeting. | The country launched its mass vaccination program shortly after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab in December. | As of Monday, Spain has successfully inoculated 406,000 with the first dose of the two-part vaccine, and health officials are expected to begin the second round of doses from January 18 for patients who fall into the most vulnerable and elderly group. | A…

RT (2021-01-12). Symbolic moment as Russian cosmonauts get jabs of Sputnik V — named for first space satellite — ahead of latest ISS mission. rt.com Cosmonauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in April have been inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine, named after the world's first artificial Earth satellite, which was launched by the USSR. | The first shots of the pioneering jab were administered to members of both the main and substitute crews on Tuesday, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said. The course of Sputnik V requires two injections, with the follow-up administered around 21 days after the initial one. | The men who received the vaccine were Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov, Anton Shkaplerov and Dmitry Peteli…

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Vaccine Producers Seek Liability Immunity. projectcensored.org Hyun Jung Kim reported in a November 2020 report for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that adopting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to speed development of a vaccine for COVID-19 entails…

WSWS (2021-01-12). Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs. wsws.org Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

Raul Diego (2021-01-12). Africa to Become Testing Ground for "Trust Stamp" Vaccine Record and Biometric Digital Payment System. globalresearch.ca First published on July 10, 2020, this article reviews the biometric vaccine project sponsored by GAVI. | "A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, …

VINS (2021-01-12). Online Monitoring of Students During Pandemic Raises Concerns. projectcensored.org As students across the nation attend school online via video sharing programs due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person education, government officials are "being allowed carte blanche visual access" to students'…

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-01-12). The other pandemic: Loneliness widespread with the loss of social connections. juancole.com By Chloe Jones | Special for Cronkite News | — PHOENIX — The pandemic has affected different people in different ways, causing financial stress due to job loss, sliding grades, relationship pressures and worries that vulnerable loved ones could contract COVID-19. But one factor that has affected Americans across the country is the loss of …

2021-01-12: News Headlines

_____ (2021-01-12). Transit Unions Join Forces To Win Safety Protections And Beat Back Layoffs. popularresistance.org Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19. | Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all. | That unity forced reluctant politicians to make Covid safety a priority. It also set the stage for the unions and riders to team up again to stave…

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic. news.un.org In southern Madagascar, "famine-like conditions" have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. news.un.org United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added health and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RT (2021-01-12). London re-opens Nightingale field hospital as number of Covid-19 patients in capital doubles since Christmas. rt.com The Nightingale hospital in London has been reopened in an urgent bid to ease patient pressure on the capital's health system amid rising Covid-19 cases. However, the capital's health chief has warned the move may not be enough. | The number of people hospitalised with Covid in London is nearly at 8,000 — almost double what it was on Christmas Day, NHS England's Regional Medical Director for London Vin Diwakar said during a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday. | In response to the caseload, he said the Nightingale field hospital in East London had been re-opened on Monday in an effort to ease some of…

RT (2021-01-12). Symbolic moment as Russian cosmonauts get jabs of Sputnik V — named for first space satellite — ahead of latest ISS mission. rt.com Cosmonauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in April have been inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine, named after the world's first artificial Earth satellite, which was launched by the USSR. | The first shots of the pioneering jab were administered to members of both the main and substitute crews on Tuesday, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said. The course of Sputnik V requires two injections, with the follow-up administered around 21 days after the initial one. | The men who received the vaccine were Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov, Anton Shkaplerov and Dmitry Peteli…

RT (2021-01-12). Spain pushes to vaccinate all nursing home residents within a week. rt.com All nursing home residents in Spain are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 this week, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Tuesday after the government's weekly cabinet meeting. | The country launched its mass vaccination program shortly after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab in December. | As of Monday, Spain has successfully inoculated 406,000 with the first dose of the two-part vaccine, and health officials are expected to begin the second round of doses from January 18 for patients who fall into the most vulnerable and elderly group. | A…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-12). Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar | Health officials have warned that Lebanon is quickly running out of beds as coronavirus spread intensifies | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 07: 59 | People wait to get tested for coronavirus at the Covid-19 department of the Nabih Berri university hospital, in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh, on 9 January 2021 (AFP) | Lebanon has imposed a…

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Vaccine Producers Seek Liability Immunity. projectcensored.org Hyun Jung Kim reported in a November 2020 report for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that adopting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to speed development of a vaccine for COVID-19 entails…

Raul Diego (2021-01-12). Africa to Become Testing Ground for "Trust Stamp" Vaccine Record and Biometric Digital Payment System. globalresearch.ca First published on July 10, 2020, this article reviews the biometric vaccine project sponsored by GAVI. | "A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, …

Raul Diego (2021-01-12). Africa to Become Testing Ground for "Trust Stamp" Vaccine Record and Biometric Digital Payment System. globalresearch.ca A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, cashless payments, and potential law enforcement applications. | *** | A biometric digital identity platform that "evolves just as …

Jaklevic M. (2021-01-12). Pandemic Spotlights In-home Colon Cancer Screening Tests. jamanetwork.com This article describes efforts to increase the use of in-home stool-based colon cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Rise in Hidden Foster Care. projectcensored.org The COVID-19 pandemic has "put roadblocks in the way of approval of family members as foster parents," Angie Schwartz and Cathy Krebs reported for the American Bar Association in June…

VINS (2021-01-12). Online Monitoring of Students During Pandemic Raises Concerns. projectcensored.org As students across the nation attend school online via video sharing programs due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person education, government officials are "being allowed carte blanche visual access" to students'…

VINS (2021-01-12). Charter Schools "Highjacked" More Than $1 Billion in CARES Relief Intended for Small Businesses. projectcensored.org During the COVID-19 pandemic, the charter school industry has sought small business relief aid that was earmarked for minority-owned businesses and redirected it to schools that "further isolate Black families,"…

Kuehn BM. (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Precautions Hamper Breastfeeding Support. jamanetwork.com Nearly 1 in 5 hospitals reduced in-person lactation support and nearly three-quarters discharged new mothers in less than 48 hours to lessen the risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, according to a CDC report.

Sandra Park (2021-01-12). Tenants' Right to Counsel is Critical to Fight Mass Evictions and Advance Race Equity During the Pandemic and Beyond. aclu.org As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and worsens, people across the country face the devastation left in its wake. The public health and economic consequences of the pandemic have cost millions of people their jobs and the ability to pay rent — leaving far too many renters facing the added threat of eviction and losing their homes., , The patchwork of responses has yet to slow down the eviction crisis thus far. Congress first responded through the CARES Act by putting a halt on evictions with a moratorium for a fraction of tenants across the country, but this expired in July 2020. In September, the Cent…

Art Carden (2021-01-12). COVID Lesson: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. anti-empire.com After they successfully take over Manor Farm, the animals in George Orwell's Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. | Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. | No animal shall wear clothes. | No animal shall sleep in a bed. | No animal shall drink alcohol. | No anima…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-12). The mainstream media shows its usual racial bias around Covid policing. thecanary.co You will have probably seen the recent news Derbyshire police sent seven officers to confront two women on a walk at a reservoir. | Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were read their rights and fined £200 each…

Rebekah Jones (2021-01-12). COVID Scientist Condemns Armed Police Raid on Her Home. zcomm.org As Florida sets new records for daily coronavirus cases, we speak with a whistleblower who was fired in May from the Florida Department of Health after she refused to censor information…

David Bacon (2021-01-12). Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It's Also a Fight. thenation.com Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It's Also a Fight.

Betsey Piette (2021-01-12). Free Maroon! Jan. 18 day of actions. workers.org Prison abolitionists in several Northeast cities are organizing "Justice Is Dead" car caravans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to demand an end of "Death by COVID" in prisons. The Jan. 18 actions will target governors in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who have allowed genocidal prison neglect to . . . |

Al Neal (2021-01-12). In the UK too, teachers lead the way on Covid safety. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

David DeGraw (2021-01-12). COVID Tests Scientifically Fraudulent, Epidemic of "False Positives" globalresearch.ca First published by GR on August 5, 2020 | Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests are used worldwide to "diagnose" Sars-Cov-2 infection. An in-depth investigation reveals clear scientific evidence proving that these tests are not accurate and create a statistically significant …

John C. A. Manley (2021-01-12). Hyperbolic COVID Modelling Oracle Predicts Nothing More than Typical Winter Flu Season. globalresearch.ca Yesterday, the "We are in a desperate situation, and when you see the [COVID] modelling, you'll fall off your chair," [Ontario Premier] Ford said Friday during a news conference filled with dire warnings of what Ontario faces …

David DeGraw (2021-01-12). National Security Alert: COVID Tests Scientifically Fraudulent, Epidemic of False Positives. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on August 5, 2020 | Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests are used worldwide to "diagnose" Sars-Cov-2 infection. An in-depth investigation reveals clear scientific evidence proving that these tests are not accurate and create a statistically significant …

news.un (2021-01-12). UNICEF chief: Closing schools should be 'measure of last resort'. news.un.org The head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) underscored on Tuesday that "no effort should be spared" to keep children in school, as the coronavirus pandemic continues into a second year.

Steve Sweeney (2021-01-12). German communists hit out at police brutality on Rosa Luxemburg march. peoplesworld.org Police have been condemned for brutality after attacking a peaceful demonstration in the capital Berlin with pepper spray after communist groups gathered for the annual commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht who were murdered the same day. Some 3,000 people attended Sunday's annual march despite coronavirus restrictions; the official ceremony has been delayed until …

Kuehn BM. (2021-01-12). Health Workers' Antibody Levels Wane After SARS-CoV-2 Infection. jamanetwork.com Antibodies to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) decline during the weeks after infection, in some cases falling below the threshold for seropositivity within 2 months, according to a national study of health care workers.

Eds. (2021-01-12). Health professionals issue dire warning that NHS faces biggest crisis since its inception. mronline.org THE NHS is facing its biggest ever crisis, medical professionals and unions warned today, with hospitals at risk of being swamped by coronavirus admissions.

Jeff Schuhrke (2021-01-12). Chicago Teachers Are Considering a Strike Amid Pandemic Surge. zcomm.org Over 10,000 CTU members have pledged their opposition to the reopening plan put forward by the mayor and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), citing serious concerns over safety and transparency…

Karen Conner (2021-01-12). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the December Consumer Price Index. cepr.net The resurgence of the pandemic had a major impact on the economy last month, as we saw in the December jobs report. This means that we are likely to see some of the pandemic-specific price effects that occurred in the spring, although they will not be as pronounced, since the December hit was nowhere near …

Abbasi J. (2021-01-12). Broad, Durable Antibody Response in Universal Flu Vaccine Trial. jamanetwork.com An experimental flu vaccine regimen induced lasting antibodies against a range of influenza strains, according to the final results of a phase 1 trial.

Zachary Denman (2021-01-12). Video: Masked Agenda: Dystopian Sci-Fi Short Film. globalresearch.ca Masked Agenda is a dystopian sci-fi short film set after the masks were introduced into society to prevent the spread of the virus. | The vaccine has been found, but is only successful on a few… | Kain is a survivor after …

VINS (2021-01-12). Prescription Drug Costs Set to Become Leading Cause of Death in the US. projectcensored.org More than 1.1 million seniors in the Medicare program could die prematurely over the next decade because they cannot afford the exorbitant prices of prescription medications. As Kenny Stancil reported…

The Canary (2021-01-12). Health checks for refugees at Bosnia camp after days in cold. thecanary.co Many refugees and refugees staying at a camp in northwestern Bosnia have complained of respiratory and skin infections after spending days in makeshift tents and containers amid freezing weather and snowstorms, aid workers warned.Military tents: Most of the hundreds of refugees stuck at the Lipa facility near Bosnia's border with Croatia have been accommodated in heated military tents following days of uncertainty after a fire gutted most of the camp on 23 December.Bosnia has faced sharp criticism for leaving around 1,000 people without shelter after the blaze.The authorities first said they would move the…

Perakslis E, Ginsburg GS. (2021-01-12). Digital Health—The Need to Assess Benefits, Risks, and Value. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint reviews the regulatory, ethical, and security issues attending the explosive growth in digital health technologies (apps, devices, and systems) and proposes a framework for evaluating the benefits, risks, and value of these new tools before recommending them for routine clinical care.

Arterburn DE, Kushner RF, Courcoulas AP. (2021-01-12). Long-term Complications of Bariatric Surgery—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Dr Weiss calls attention to 2 health conditions—nephrolithiasis and osteoporosis—after bariatric procedures, which we did not cover in our review.

_____ (2021-01-12). State Propaganda in Action — Boris Johnson the 'Liberal'. truepublica.org.uk By Sam Fowles: Those saying that what's happening in the US couldn't happen here should take a look at the record of Boris Johnson. In the past fortnight the UK has left the EU and plunged into a third lockdown (the latter some two weeks after doing so was recommended by the government's medical advisers), …

Abbasi J. (2021-01-12). Promising Strategies for Sickle Cell Disease and β-Thalassemia. jamanetwork.com Genetic approaches against sickle cell disease (SCD) and transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) increased fetal hemoglobin and appeared to improve clinical outcomes in 2 small early trials, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Huynh PP, Ishii LE, Ishii M. (2021-01-12). Patient Information: Prolactinomas. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page describes the symptoms of prolactinomas, benign tumors of the pituitary gland, and explains how they are diagnosed and treated.

jamanetwork (2021-01-12). The Prevention of Diabetes Mellitus. jamanetwork.com Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Boston…

Zitter J. (2021-01-12). Hummingbird Lessons—Limits and Beauty of End-of-Life Interventions. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a critical care and palliative care physician draws a valuable lesson about the limits and beauty of last-ditch interventions after failing to save a fledgling hummingbird chick in its nest.

Hirai AH, Ko JY, Owens PL, et al. (2021-01-12). Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Opioid-Related Diagnoses in the US, 2010-2017. jamanetwork.com This study uses US national hospital database data to update estimates of prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal opioid-related diagnoses between 2010 and 2017, and to describe state-level variation and associated lengths of stay and costs.

Kim F, Maynard C, Dezfulian C, et al. (2021-01-12). Effect of Out-of-Hospital Sodium Nitrite on Survival to Hospital Admission After Cardiac Arrest. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effects of paramedic-administered parenteral sodium nitrite (45 mg vs 60 mg) vs placebo on survival to hospital admission among adult patients with out-of-hospital pulseless collapse and cardiac arrest.

Balhara KS, Irvin N. (2021-01-12). "The Guts to Really Look at It"—Medicine and Race in Robert Colescott's Emergency Room. jamanetwork.com This Arts and Medicine feature describes the use of the painting Emergency Room, by Robert Colescott, to broach uncomfortable discussions with emergency medicine trainees and faculty about organized medicine's contribution to racial injustice and inequity, past and present.

Goff DC. (2021-01-12). Pharmacologic Treatment of Schizophrenia in 2021. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Insights review summarizes medication options for patients with schizophrenia, including formulations and adverse effects of first- and second-generation antipsychotic drugs, and the psychosocial and rehabilitation interventions to improve treatment adherence and outcomes.

Insogna IG, Lanes A, Lee MS, et al. (2021-01-12). Association of Fresh vs Cryopreserved-Thawed Embryo Transfers With Live Birth Rate After Assisted Reproduction. jamanetwork.com This cohort study uses US national registry data to compare the association of fresh vs cryopreserved-thawed embryo transfer and live birth rates among women undergoing assisted reproduction technology (ART) procedures using freshly retrieved donor oocytes between 2014 and 2017.

jamanetwork (2021-01-12). Glaucoma—Topical Drug Summary. jamanetwork.com This Medical Letter review summarizes topical drug treatments for glaucoma by class, formulation, dosage, and cost.

Abbasi J. (2021-01-12). Mixed Findings in Pediatric Neuroblastoma CAR-T Therapy Trial. jamanetwork.com An experimental chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy was well tolerated without off-tumor effects in a trial involving children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. Although the treatment did not achieve a prespecified clinical response, and some participants have since died, the research suggests a way forward for solid tumor CAR T-cell therapy, a major oncology goal.

Stein JD, Khawaja AP, Weizer JS. (2021-01-12). Glaucoma in Adults—Screening, Diagnosis, and Management. jamanetwork.com This narrative review provides an update on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of glaucoma.

2021-01-11: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-01-11). Israel 'declined WHO request' to provide Covid-19 vaccine for Palestinian medics. middleeasteye.net Israel 'declined WHO request' to provide Covid-19 vaccine for Palestinian medics | Israeli authorities accused of 'racial discrimination' for refusing to provide Palestinians with jabs | Mon, 01/11/2021 – 13: 22 | An Israeli senior citizen receives his second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in the northern coastal city of Haifa on 11 January 2021 (AFP) | An official at the World Health Organisatio…

Yvette Allen (2021-01-11). My Brother Was Condemned to Death—Then He Was Condemned to Covid-19. thenation.com My Brother Was Condemned to Death—Then He Was Condemned to Covid-19…

WSWS (2021-01-11). Netanyahu government denies vaccine to Palestinians as it lauds mass rollout to Israelis. wsws.org Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program does not include the five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel has illegally occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The Canary (2021-01-11). Stark warning from Chris Whitty — UK has not yet hit the peak of Covid-19 infection. thecanary.co The UK has not yet hit the peak of the current wave of Covid-19 infection, with the next few weeks being "the worst" of the pandemic for the NHS, England's chief medical officer has warned.Professor Chris Whitty said the vaccine rollout offered hope that lockdown restrictions could be lifted in the coming months, but described the current UK death rate as "appalling". | During a BBC phone-in on the current high case rates, he said: "I don't think we're yet at the peak, I'm afraid."I think we will be at the peak if everybody can double down and absolutely minimise their contacts."The point of the lockdown is to br…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Cuban Abdala Vaccine to End Its First Phase of Clinical Trial. telesurenglish.net Abdala, one of the four Cuban COVID-19 vaccines, will finish its first phase of clinical trials with scarce adverse reactions and an adequate security profile. | RELATED: | "So far, the volunteers only manifest discomfort in the area of vaccine administration," Saturnino Lora Hospital's director Rafael Suarez said. | The first phase of the clinical trial started in a hospital in Santiago de Cuba province in December. I…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-11). Covid-19: Palestine first in Middle East to register for Russian vaccine, says wealth fund. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestine first in Middle East to register for Russian vaccine, says wealth fund | With delivery expected 'within a month', Russia's Sputnik V will be the first shipment of coronavirus vaccine for the Palestinians | Mon, 01/11/2021 – 13: 27 | A Palestinian health worker collects random swab samples from people to test for the coronavirus in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on 1…

news.un (2021-01-11). Get COVID-19 vaccinations for 'high-risk' populations underway within 100 days worldwide, Tedros urges. news.un.org There needs to be a "collective commitment" to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19, within the next 100 days, said the UN health agency chief on Monday.

news.un (2021-01-11). COVID-19 recovery offers 'chance to change course', Guterres tells One Planet Summit. news.un.org The process of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic offers the chance to change course, and put humanity on a path on which it is not in conflict with nature, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts by everyone to protect biodiversity and step up climate action.

RT (2021-01-11). Japan notifies WHO of new Covid-19 variant found in travelers arriving from Brazil. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it was notified by Japan about the detection of a new Covid-19 variant there, as the government extends the state of emergency declared to control the virus in Tokyo to other areas. | WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that the Japanese health authorities had informed the UN health agency of the new strain at the weekend, after it was detected in four travelers from Brazil's Amazonas state. | The variant has 12 mutations, one of which has been found in the strains discovered in South Africa and the UK. The Brazilian Health Ministry said t…

RT (2021-01-11). English hospitals won't see reduction in Covid admissions until FEBRUARY, health service chief warns. rt.com Number of Covid-19 patients in English hospitals isn't going to drop in the coming weeks as the country hasn't yet seen the full impact of the Christmas loosening of restrictions, NHS England's National Medical Director warned. | Coronavirus infections and the death rate remain "stubbornly high," putting hospitals in England under "significant and sustained" pressure, Professor Stephen Powis said during a Downing Street press conference on Monday. | There are now over 13,000 more Covid-19 patients in hospital than there were on Christmas Day, he pointed out. According to official data, the number of people hos…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-11). 'Despicable': Outgoing Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'. commondreams.org "Cuba has been sending doctors around the world to combat Covid-19," one observer pointed out, while another said the "Trump administration should add itself as a state sponsor of terrorism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cuba_medical_brigade.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-11). Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Has Covid-19 After Hiding From Trump Mob With Maskless GOP Lawmakers. commondreams.org A statement from the 75-year-old cancer survivor says "she believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bwc.jpg

Nomi Prins (2021-01-11). The Martians of Wall Street Have Invaded. commondreams.org As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn't been seen before. Ever. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/stockmarket_1.jpeg

The Canary (2021-01-11). Biggest rises in Covid cases now happening outside southern and eastern England. thecanary.co The biggest increases in Covid-19 case rates are now happening outside the south and east of England, latest figures show.The Liverpool City Region and parts of the West Midlands have seen particularly sharp rises.In Knowsley on Merseyside the rate has soared from 455.4 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to December 30 to 1,263.4 per 100,000 in the seven days to January 6 — the biggest week-on-week rise for any local authority area in England.Halton in Cheshire, which is also part of the Liverpool City Region, saw the second biggest jump, from 533.2 to 1,220.2.And Liverpool itself recorded the third largest…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-11). Blood plasma treatment has limited effect for sickest COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with blood plasma from people who have fought off the disease has limited impact on patient outcomes.

WSWS (2021-01-11). Japanese prime minister declares state of emergency amid rapid spread of COVID-19. wsws.org The Suga government is using the state of emergency to cover up its own incompetence and refusal to take any real measures to address the pandemic.

Sen. Scott Jensen (2021-01-11). Video: Senator Jensen Under Investigation For Telling the Truth About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca In the following video, Senator Scott Jensen of Minnesota warns of a "danger that we need to talk about." | "The cancel culture is happening, … but the fact of the matter is COVID-19 has opened a door into a tremendously …

WSWS (2021-01-11). Nearly 30,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in the past 10 days. wsws.org At the current rate, more than a quarter million people will die across the globe before the end of January, including more than 60,000 in the US alone.

WSWS (2021-01-11). Canada's health care system overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge. wsws.org "We've lost control of the epidemic," exclaimed Dr. Antoine Delage, a pulmonologist at a hospital south of Montreal.

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Mexico Resumes Remote Learning Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma Sunday informed that the new school year will resume remotely due to the current COVID-19 surge. | RELATED: | "We are working to achieve a safe return to classrooms. Student community's health and safety are priorities for the government," Moctezuma assured. | On Monday, over 25 million elementary students nationwide assisted the "Learn at Home" television program, an initiativ…

Associated Press (2021-01-11). California virus deaths surpass 30,000 after deadliest weekend. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's coronavirus catastrophe reached a staggering new level Monday as Johns Hopkins University data showed the nation's most populous state has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the pandemic started nearly a year ago. Deaths have exploded since a COVID-19 surge began in October. It took California six months to record …

Prensa Latina (2021-01-11). Vietnam without deaths from COVID-19 in over three months. mronline.org Vietnam's death toll from COVID-19 has stood at 35 since last September, and none of those hospitalized due to this disease risks death, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

WSWS (2021-01-11). Hundreds of workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 along US West Coast. wsws.org In California, there are 511 active workplace outbreaks connected to the infections of 10,000 employees in service, logistics, food processing and other industries.

Sameena Rahman (2021-01-11). Socialist Ernesto Huerta runs for California State Senate (District 30). liberationnews.org The people of South Central Los Angeles need a representative in the California State Senate who will advocate for the working class. This fact became more evident over the past year as the government sat idly by while people suffered. Tens of thousands of Californians have died after contracting COVID-19. Many more have lost their …

Brandon Stout (2021-01-11). Michigan evictions continue despite CDC moratorium. liberationnews.org Violent police-led evictions are being carried out in Michigan despite a Centers for Disease Control eviction moratorium meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Legal loopholes and non-compliant judges make the moratorium easy to circumvent. While the CDC issued this order "because evictions threaten to increase the spread of COVID-19," it offers extremely limited protection. …

WSWS (2021-01-11). Spain passes two million coronavirus cases as infection rates surge. wsws.org After a lull in new daily infections and deaths, the holidays saw a renewed surge of COVID-19 in Spain, with cases returning to levels last seen in late October.

Gwen Florio (2021-01-11). Montana's Face-Off Over Face Masks. thenation.com Montana's Face-Off Over Face Masks…

Nadda Osman (2021-01-11). Overwhelmed hospitals in Lebanon forced to treat Covid patients in cars. middleeasteye.net Overwhelmed hospitals in Lebanon forced to treat Covid patients in cars | The country has seen a surge in coronavirus in recent weeks, with many angry at the lax rules over Christmas | Mon, 01/11/2021 – 13: 41 | Patients in Beirut are treated in their cars, after a hospital ran out of beds (Screengrab/Facebook) | A video from Lebanon showing queues of patients waiting outside a hospital and being treated…

_____ (2021-01-11). How To Keep On Keeping On. popularresistance.org Even asking the questions is exhausting. | Who's making the Covid decisions, and why do they change every day? How has the workload doubled? What about the new extremes of micro-management? Which of my co-workers, or their families, or my customers or patients or students are going to get sick? | And why can't we seem to do anything to stop all this suffering? | The pull to give up, to withdraw, to hunker down and "just survive" is almost irresistible—even for a committed activist like you. | But here we are. We are connecting to one another at work, even if just through images on a screen.

Dr. Barbara G. Ellis (2021-01-11). Congressional Aid for COVID Victims Takes Lessons from Parliament's Stingy Aid to Irish in the Great Famine of the 1840s. globalresearch.ca The parallel of the American economic landscape from COVID's deathly sweep seems far more like Ireland's in the

WSWS (2021-01-11). Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant shut down due to part global semiconductor shortage. wsws.org It is noteworthy that the plant shutdown came not in response to the spread of covid, but due to a lack of parts.

WSWS (2021-01-11). Australia hit by more infectious coronavirus strains, B117. wsws.org Nearly twelve months into the global pandemic, the failure of state and federal governments to enact the most basic of precautions continues to be exposed.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-11). Acting US AG Rosen Urged to Postpone Three Executions Planned for This Week Due to Pandemic. commondreams.org The outgoing Trump administration has killed 10 death row inmates since resuming federal executions in July 2019 after a 17-year hiatus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12300051531.jpg

Editor (2021-01-11). We're Suffering the Economic Equivalent of an Invasion From Mars. scheerpost.com Kevin Gill / CC BY 2.0] By Nomi Prins / TomDispatch Sometimes things only make sense when seen through a magnifying lens. As it happens, I'm thinking about reality, the very American and global reality clearly repeating itself as 2021 begins. We all know, of course, that we're living through a once-in-a-century-style pandemic; that millions of people have lost their jobs, a portion of which will… |

WSWS (2021-01-11). German schools and day-care centres to reopen despite record death rates and new infections. wsws.org Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany's federal states have decided on a "resumption of face-to-face teaching" as soon as possible.

Sacha Stone (2021-01-11). Video: Focus on Fauci. "This is Not A Vaccine" globalresearch.ca " Let's make sure we are clear… This is not a vaccine. They are using the term "vaccine" to sneak this thing under public health exemptions. This is not a vaccine." Dr David Martin | This means that all those 'pushing …

news.un (2021-01-11). State of the ocean will 'ultimately determine the survival of our species': UN Special Envoy. news.un.org The health of the ocean will ultimately determine the survival of humankind on Earth, according to the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson. Marking the opening of the International Decade for Ocean Science, the former top Fijian diplomat and General Assembly president, told UN News that a healthy planet is inextricably linked to a healthy ocean.

Dan Bacher (2021-01-11). Newsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises. indybay.org The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state's oil and gas regulators approved thousands of drilling permits.

Patrick Cockburn (2021-01-11). What Assange's Victory Really Means. counterpunch.org The 10-year campaign by the US government to criminalise reporting critical of its actions has failed in rather peculiar circumstances, with the unexpected decision by the court in London to reject the US demand for Julian Assange's extradition. Judge Vanessa Baraitser gave as the reason for her decision Assange's mental health and possible suicide risk,

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Ford Announces the Closure of Its Factories in Brazil. telesurenglish.net The measure should impact the company about $ 4.1 billion and affect about 5,000 workers, according to Bloomberg. "We know that these actions are very difficult, but necessary, to create a healthy and sustainable business," Ford President Jim Farley was quoted as saying in a company statement. | RELATED: | Production will cease "immediately" at the Camacari and Taubaté plants, although they will continue to supply p…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Peru: Ex-President Fujimori Sued Over Forced Sterilizations. telesurenglish.net The Peruvian Attorney General's Office on Monday will present charges against former president Alberto Fujimori, his health ministers, and other former officials over the forced sterilizations of thousands of women from 1996 to 2000. | RELATED: | The hearing, which will be presided over by Judge Rafael Martin, will begin at 9h30 local time and will be broadcast on social networks through the Justicia TV account. | The for…

Fabián Capecchi (2021-01-11). Las historias ambientales más importantes de 2020. peoplesworld.org Puede que haya sido un año espantoso, terrible, pero hubo algunos aspectos positivos. øPodemos darle la vuelta al calendario ya? Apenas habíamos terminado enero cuando comenzaron los memes sobre cómo los días parecían semanas y las semanas parecían meses, por toda la Internet. Una pandemia mortal y un cierre internacional, asesinatos policiales de estadounidenses negros, …

David R. Lorenz, Vikas Misra, Sukrutha Chettimada, Hajime Uno, Lanqing Wang, Benjamin C. Blount, Víctor R. De Jesús, Benjamin B. Gelman, Susan Morgello, Steven M. Wolinsky, Dana Gabuzda (2021-01-11). Acrolein and other toxicant exposures in relation to cardiovascular disease among marijuana and tobacco smokers in a longitudinal cohort of HIV-positive and negative adults. thelancet.com Smoke-related toxicants, including acrylonitrile and acrylamide metabolites, are detectable in exclusive marijuana smokers, but exposures are lower compared with tobacco or dual smokers. Acrolein exposure is increased by tobacco smoking but not exclusive marijuana smoking in HIV+ and HIV- adults, and contributes to cardiovascular disease in tobacco smokers.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-11). Kombucha-inspired microbial mixture lets scientists create 'living materials'. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and MIT researchers have made smart living materials by engineering microbes to detect and react to their environment.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-01-11). False Positives: Evidence Based Fact, What is the Reliability of the PCR Test? globalresearch.ca "It is easier to deceive people than to convince them that they have been deceived." — Mark Twain | * | We bring to the attention of our readers a series of quotations by the CDC, FDA, scientists and medical doctors (emphasis …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-10). Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown. middleeasteye.net Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown | Protests taking place as trial approaches and with race on to deliver vaccine ahead of March election | Sun, 01/10/2021 – 14: 22 | Prime minister has centred focus on vaccination programme ahead of latest nationwide vote (Reuters) | Thousands of Israelis have restarted protests against Prime Minister Benja…

Editor (2021-01-10). The Coming Battle Over Vaccines. scheerpost.com Matt Allworth / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jill Richardson / OtherWords With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten Americans said they… |

The Canary (2021-01-10). Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine. thecanary.co The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. | Professor Devi Sridhar said there's currently "no clear strategy" in the UK other than "reactive lockdowns". Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. | Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. | "Th…

news.un (2021-01-10). UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly. news.un.org In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today's challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

RT (2021-01-10). Russia reports first case of mutated UK coronavirus variant. rt.com A new, more infectious variant of Covid-19, which was discovered in Britain in mid-December, has reached Russia, the country's wellbeing and consumer-rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said. | The mutated strain was found in the samples taken from a Russian man who had returned from a trip to the UK before the New Year, Rospotrebnadzor's head Anna Popova told the Rossiya 1 channel on Sunday. | He didn't show symptoms of the disease and isn't contagious anymore. "The man was feeling and is currently feeling fine," Popova said. | The new Covid-19 variant has led in recent weeks to a spike in cases in Britain, par…

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KUKU (2021-01-10). Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus. indybay.org Animal cruelty! Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus and conducted an experiment.

The Canary (2021-01-10). Letter: The demonisation of Assange paves the way for more rape and murder by the State. thecanary.co We are relieved the court ruled not to extradite Julian Assange to the US. His immediate release from Belmarsh, classified as torture by the UN Special Rapporteur, especially under coronavirus, must follow. The refusal of bail must be reversed immediately. | As an anti-rape organisation, we resent the original use of alleged sex offences to facilitate Assange's extradition to the US via Sweden. Knowing the evidence, that case was never viable, but it initiated and fuelled a witch-hunt against Assange and diverted from the real target: his Wikileaks reporting. | Assange and Chelsea Manning exposed rape, torture, a…

The Canary (2021-01-10). Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine. thecanary.co The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. | Professor Devi Sridhar said there's currently "no clear strategy" in the UK other than "reactive lockdowns". Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. | Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. | "Th…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-10). Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown. middleeasteye.net Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown | Protests taking place as trial approaches and with race on to deliver vaccine ahead of March election | Sun, 01/10/2021 – 14: 22 | Prime minister has centred focus on vaccination programme ahead of latest nationwide vote (Reuters) | Thousands of Israelis have restarted protests against Prime Minister Benja…

Staff (2021-01-10). COVID Has Underscored the Need for Safe Drinking Water. But Not Everyone Has It. truthout.org When the COVID-19 outbreak swept across the U.S., toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes flew off store shelves. But shopping carts have also been full of something that most Americans get supplied straight to their home: water. Shoppers emptied store shelves of bottled water while stockpiling during the initial months of the pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-10). UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly. news.un.org In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today's challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

Editor (2021-01-10). The Coming Battle Over Vaccines. scheerpost.com Matt Allworth / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jill Richardson / OtherWords With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten Americans said they… |

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-01-10). 'Let the rich pay for the COVID-19 crisis'. peoplesdispatch.org Niklas Bà∂ck, chairman of the Communist Youth of Austria, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the people, especially the youth, the resistance to the far-right and the growth of the left…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-10). Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools. peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-10). Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…

Dan Bacher (2021-01-10). Newsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises. indybay.org The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state's oil and gas regulators approved thousands of drilling permits.

Dan Bacher (2021-01-10). Gavin Newsom's New Year's Gift: 14 new fracking permits, delayed public health regulations. indybay.org California Gavin Newsom has come under fire from environmentalists and the public over the fracking and other oil drilling permits that CalGEM issued in 2020 for Aera Energy and other oil companies.

_____ (2021-01-09). Tribes Mount Organized Responses To COVID-19. popularresistance.org As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations; however, leading medical professionals warn the general public of the dangers of oversimplifying health data. They don't tell the whole story. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.

D. Watkins (2021-01-09). The Black community is right to be suspicious of the medical establishment right now. salon.com Though I'll be getting the vaccine, I don't judge my friends for being mistrustful of the biotech industry…

RT (2021-01-09). WHO has received 13 Covid vaccine proposals for emergency use, expects to get full data on Russia's Sputnik V by end of this month. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently assessing several vaccines to be promoted for emergency use across the world, including those made in Russia and China, one of its most senior officials revealed on Friday | The WHO has received 13 "valid proposals" for the possible emergency listing of Covid-19 vaccines since October, the assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, Mariangela Simao, said at a press briefing. | "We have received, for example, the information from Sinopharm, we have finalized that in phase three trial and it is being authorized in some countries. We ar…

Staff (2021-01-09). New COVID Variant Found in South Africa Raises Concerns Over Impacts on Vaccine. truthout.org Naturally, the coronavirus mutates as it spreads. But scientists are more concerned about some mutations more than others, and there's one in particular that's worrisome because it could throw a wrench in future vaccine efficacy. | Specifically, variant 20C/501Y.V2 — also known as B.1.351 lineage — which has

The Canary (2021-01-09). An ICU nurse says 'our government failed us' with NHS staff 'so burnt out they can't eat'. thecanary.co An ICU nurse at an NHS London hospital has said "our Government failed us". It comes as the capital's mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" across the city in the face of soaring coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.London hospitals will run out of beds within weeks if the spread of coronavirus is not dramatically reduced, Khan warned."It's worse than the first wave": Ameera Sheikh, 28, said that across the country some of her colleagues "are so burnt out that they can't eat". Sheikh is also a Unite union representative.She told the PA news agency: During and after the first wave, a lot of staff had handed i…

RT (2021-01-09). BoJo gets an earful from fed-up Brits as UK govt launches ad campaign urging compliance with 3rd national lockdown. rt.com Boris Johnson has been accused of mismanaging the UK's response to Covid-19, as his government rolls out a new ad campaign encouraging people to adhere to the nation's third lockdown. | The British prime minister on Saturday implored his countrymen to comply with the measures, claiming that the NHS was under increasing pressure amid a rise in coronavirus cases. | Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates continue to soar at an alarming rate. | The vaccine rollout has given us renewed hope, but it's critical for now we stay at home, protect…

RT (2021-01-09). 'Our people won't be a testing device': Tehran bans trials of foreign vaccines on Iranians. rt.com Tehran has rejected attempts by foreign companies to test their coronavirus vaccines on Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani said, adding that the country will purchase safe immunization for its population. | "Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it," Rouhani told state TV, without naming the producers that tried contacting the government in Tehran. | Our people won't be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. | The Iranian authorities will purchase foreign vaccines — without naming them — that hav…

RT (2021-01-09). Pope to be vaccinated against Covid next week, labels opposition to jabs 'suicidal denial'. rt.com Pope Francis has branded opposition to Covid-19 vaccines as "suicidal denial" and announced that he will receive a jab against the coronavirus disease next week. | In a forthcoming interview, the 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church says that "ethically" getting a vaccine against the virus should be a duty for everyone. | "Next week, we will start to do it here (in the Vatican) and I made an appointment, we must do it," Francis told Italy's Canale 5 TV station. | Segments of the interview were released on Saturday with the full comments set to be broadcast on Sunday. "There is a suicidal denial which I ca…

Joe Glenton (2021-01-09). The military is chuffed that the coronavirus crisis has filled the ranks. thecanary.co The British Army is reporting a substantial rise in recruiting due to the pandemic. A source General Tyrone Urch, the British Army officer who was responsible for overseeing the Nightingale hospitals, was also interviewed. He told the paper: In a uniquely demanding year for us all, it has been remarkable and really encouraging to see the huge numbe…

WSWS (2021-01-09). The United States sees more than 4,000 deaths in a single day from COVID-19. wsws.org The United States saw more than 4,000 deaths yesterday from COVID-19 infections. The vaccine rollout continues to be a fiasco, while new coronavirus variants are demonstrating more aggressive behaviors.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-09). Joe Biden and the Post-Corona "Great Reset". The Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca Author's Note | In the wake of the Wednesday January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill Event, we must reflect on what a Joe Biden Administration will look like. | Joe Biden was not duly elected, he was selected. He is a groomed …

WSWS (2021-01-09). Germany leads Europe in daily coronavirus deaths. wsws.org Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.

Ryan P Barbaro, Graeme MacLaren, Daniel Brodie (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Yang Zhang and colleagues for their thoughtful letter in response to our study of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for COVID-19 from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Registry.1 They raise difficult questions concerning bleeding, thrombosis, and the use of anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 receiving ECMO support.

Roger Kneebone, Claudia Schlegel (2021-01-09). [Perspectives] Thinking across disciplinary boundaries in a time of crisis. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic forced clinicians and researchers to look beyond traditional professional boundaries, working at a speed that would have previously been unthinkable. A widespread shortage of essential equipment in the early stages of the pandemic prompted health-care staff to search outside their clinical domains for new solutions. Reports from the UK and beyond showed clinicians, engineers, and racing car teams collaborating to design and produce respiratory support apparatus such as ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure machines for treating seriously ill patients.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-01-09). [World Report] Health systems neglected by COVID-19 donors. thelancet.com The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator is short of billions of dollars, and the funds committed so far are skewed towards vaccines, with little for health systems. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Yang Zhang, Bingyang Ji, Zhou Zhou (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act. thelancet.com We read with great interest the analysis of data from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)1 Registry. It provides valuable data that support the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with COVID-19. However, it is widely acknowledged that many critically ill patients with COVID-19 present with coagulation abnormalities that include thrombotic microangiopathy and venous and arterial thromboembolic complications.2,3 Hence, anticoagulants have been used in these critically ill patients both therapeutically and prophylactically.

Shana Kusin, Esther Choo (2021-01-09). [Perspectives] Parenting in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com Before COVID-19, you could put any two physician parents together and we'd have a shared narrative of all our "fails" as we juggled hospital work with child rearing: missed teacher conferences, late sign-ups for activities, being the only one who didn't attend the field trip. These were all crises in the Before Times. Our lives changed abruptly with COVID-19. The ways we educated, enriched, and entertained our kids were obliterated overnight. For many parents, child care evaporated, as did the endless march of activities that helped to keep our kids happy.

Sophie Cousins (2021-01-09). [World Report] Polio in Afghanistan: a changing landscape. thelancet.com Resurgent violence and the COVID-19 pandemic have set back polio programmes in Afghanistan. Sophie Cousins reports from Kandahar.

Richard Horton (2021-01-09). [Comment] Offline: The cosmopolitan state. thelancet.com Britain feels broken. Broken by COVID-19. Broken by Brexit. Broken by the lies that have been dripped into British political debates these past 5 years. Those scientists and doctors who voted to remain in the European Union—perhaps based on a belief in the public value of research and clinical networks that have been painstakingly built over half a century between the UK and its European neighbours—were accused of Project Fear. But now that the UK has finally left the EU, with the thinnest of thin deals, one can look back and say that the arguments to leave were themselves based on nothing but fear[md…

sputniknews (2021-01-09). Twitter Deletes Khamenei Post Labelling US and UK COVID-19 Vaccines 'Untrustworthy'. sputniknews.com In December last year, the tech giant announced a policy under which it would eliminate the users' content containing what it described as potentially "false or misleading information" about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-09). Numerous Deaths After COVID Vaccine, DARPA Genetic Extinction Tech, The Coup Psyop & The War On YOU. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/9/20). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

WSWS (2021-01-09). Indonesia: Soaring COVID-19 cases as government scrambles to roll out vaccine. wsws.org Contact tracing has been minimal and disorderly, while lockdowns have been resisted throughout, placing the full burden of the virus on the working class.

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Pa. prisoner on COVID crisis — Guards were the transmitters. workers.org Since Workers World received this letter, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has confirmed nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 among prisoners and over 2,500 among staff, who are not subject to mandatory testing. Many prisoners who report COVID-19 symptoms have been placed in restricted housing units, reviled as "the hole." Prisoners . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-09). Tennessee Education Association estimates more than 16,000 Tennessee educators have had COVID-19. wsws.org In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative "emotional impact" from working in public education during the pandemic.

Eds. (2021-01-09). COVID-19 crisis situation in Ontario: Deadliest day of the pandemic. mronline.org January 7th is the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period. By every measure the situation is critical, and there can be no question remaining that stronger measures are needed to control the devastation the virus is wreaking.

John V. Walsh (2021-01-09). Infamous US Record during Covid-19 Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org A health worker conducts a nucleic acid test on a resident in Chengdu, in western China's Sichuan province, on December 8, 2020, after new Covid-19 cases were detected in the city. Almost from the start, China has responded rapidly to outbreaks. Photo: AFP / STR December 11, 2020, is another December day that should "live …

J Erin Staples, Alba-Maria Ropero Alvarez (2021-01-09). [Comment] Public health role for fractional dosage of yellow fever vaccine. thelancet.com In The Lancet, Aitana Juan-Giner and colleagues1 compare seroconversion rates, neutralising antibody titres, and adverse events in patients given full dose (0 ∑5 mL) and one fifth dose (0 ∑1 mL) of all four WHO pre-qualified yellow fever vaccines among 960 healthy adults aged 18—59 years in Kenya and Uganda. Each group contained 110—117 participants and participant demographics were similar between groups, with an overall mean age of 35 ∑7 years (range 34 ∑5—37 ∑2), and 55% of participants were female (range 49—61%).

Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais (2021-01-09). [Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-01-09). In India, pseudo-nationalism trumps science in vaccine clearance. peoplesdispatch.org The recent regulatory clearance given to an indigenous developed vaccine candidate in India is an example of vaccine nationalism at its worst and jettisoning of all the principles of an evidence-based, scientific approach…

The Canary (2021-01-09). Scientists warn that national lockdown needs to be stricter. thecanary.co The national lockdown needs to be toughened further to have a similar impact on case numbers as the March shutdown, scientists have said. | A more infectious variant, coupled with the usual winter pressures, requires stricter measures than the ones announced by Boris Johnson for England this month, the experts warned. Similar lockdown measures are in place across Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. | Activity: | Professor Robert West, a participant in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), said the current restrictions are "still allowing a lot of activity which is spreading the…

WSWS (2021-01-09). Ohio Amazon worker speaks out against unsafe workplace conditions in pandemic. wsws.org An Amazon worker in Ohio describes the bureaucratic nightmare of returning to work in the midst of a deadly pandemic following a planned leave of absence.

Yuri Martins Fontes (2021-01-09). Um marxista da América para o mundo: Mariátegui vivo a 90 anos de sua morte (I). globalresearch.ca Em 1930, antes de completar 36 anos, faleceu José Carlos Mariátegui. Sua tà£o breve vida nà£o o impediu de legar à história uma obra ampla, que quase um século depois mantém sua atualidade. | Considerado um dos mais influentes marxistas …

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas. workers.org Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . |

_____ (2021-01-09). Groundbreaking Climate Crisis Court Case. popularresistance.org In 2019 a study linked climate change and hotter weather to early childbirth in the United States. "That's enough to take somebody from what's considered to be a pretty healthy pregnancy into a 'we are somewhat worried' pregnancy," said Alan Barreca, a UCLA professor of environment and human health and lead author of the study. | Prior to this, several studies showed that the most effective way to mitigate the climate crisis, in terms of individual behavior, was to choose a smaller family, and have fewer children than one normally would. | That means the best thing we can do to protect our kids is to change the w…

Richard P G ten Broek, Pepijn Krielen, Harry van Goor (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] Adhesions after open and laparoscopic abdominal surgery — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Kjetil Sà∏reide and colleagues raise concerns about overestimating the positive effects of laparoscopy on adhesion-related morbidity in the SCAR update.1 They highlight that, when comparing outcomes of laparoscopy with those of open surgery, case selection might jeopardise the generalisability of the results.

Megha Agarwal, Lee How, Sudipta Chattopadhyay, Attila Kardos (2021-01-09). [Clinical Picture] Leg weakness and paraesthesia provide a clue to sudden death due to aortic dissection. thelancet.com An 86-year-old man was seen at home by an ambulance crew after a fall associated with sudden severe lower back pain and weakness in his legs. The paramedics reported that they found the patient alert and haemodynamically stable; his legs appeared pale—although the colour returned during the journey to the hospital—and he had weak pedal pulses.

Amy Booth (2021-01-09). [World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion. thelancet.com In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

Kjetil Sà∏reide, Benedicte Skjold-àòdegaard, Kenneth Thorsen, Hartwig Kà∏rner (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] Adhesions after open and laparoscopic abdominal surgery. thelancet.com In the SCAR update, Pepijn Krielen and colleagues1 suggested that laparoscopic abdominal surgery reduces the incidence of adhesion-related readmissions. In a linked Comment, Liane S Feldman and Raul J Rosenthal argued for more widespread use of laparoscopic surgery.2 Laparoscopic surgery is increasingly used3 and has advantages, such as reduced hospital stay, but it has limitations too.4 We have concerns about the generalisability of the SCAR data and the size of the effect attributed to laparoscopy alone.

2021-01-10: Social Media Postees

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Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus
KUKU | indybay.org | 2021-01-10
Animal cruelty! Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus and conducted an experiment.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/08/18839287.php

Letter: The demonisation of Assange paves the way for more rape and murder by the State
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-10
We are relieved the court ruled not to extradite Julian Assange to the US. His immediate release from Belmarsh, classified as torture by the UN Special Rapporteur, especially under coronavirus, must follow. The refusal of bail must be reversed immediately. | As an anti-rape organisation, we resent the original use of alleged sex offences to facilitate Assange's extradition to the US via Sweden. Knowing the evidence, that case was never viable, but it initiated and fuelled a witch-hunt against Assange and diverted from the real target: his Wikileaks reporting. | Assange and Chelsea Manning exposed rape, torture, a…
thecanary.co/letters/2021/01/10/letter-the-demonisation-of-assange-paves-the-way-for-more-rape-and-murder-by-the-state/

Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-10
The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. | Professor Devi Sridhar said there's currently "no clear strategy" in the UK other than "reactive lockdowns". Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. | Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. | "Th…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2021/01/10/public-health-expert-warns-that-the-uk-needs-a-clear-coronavirus-strategy-beyond-the-vaccine/

Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-10
Israelis resume corruption protests against Netanyahu amid third Covid-19 lockdown | Protests taking place as trial approaches and with race on to deliver vaccine ahead of March election | MEE and agencies | Sun, 01/10/2021 – 14: 22 | Prime minister has centred focus on vaccination programme ahead of latest nationwide vote (Reuters) | Thousands of Israelis have restarted protests against Prime Minister Benja…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/thousands-restart-anti-corruption-protest-against-netanyahu-amid-covid-19

COVID Has Underscored the Need for Safe Drinking Water. But Not Everyone Has It
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-10
When the COVID-19 outbreak swept across the U.S., toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes flew off store shelves. But shopping carts have also been full of something that most Americans get supplied straight to their home: water. Shoppers emptied store shelves of bottled water while stockpiling during the initial months of the pandemic. Even Amazon ran out of most brands…
truthout.org/articles/covid-has-underscored-the-need-for-safe-drinking-water-but-not-everyone-has-it/

The Coming Battle Over Vaccines
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-10
Matt Allworth / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jill Richardson / OtherWords With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten Americans said they… | Source…
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UN chief highlights need for climate action, pandemic response, in commemorating 75th anniversary of the General Assembly
news.un.org | 2021-01-10
In his first major speech of the year, the UN Secretary-General underlined the need for global cooperation to address today's challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
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'Let the rich pay for the COVID-19 crisis'
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-10
Niklas Bà∂ck, chairman of the Communist Youth of Austria, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the people, especially the youth, the resistance to the far-right and the growth of the left…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/10/let-the-rich-pay-for-the-covid-19-crisis/

Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic
Prabhat Patnaik | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-10
Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/10/why-modi-govt-looked-the-other-way-on-giving-cash-relief-during-pandemic/

Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-10
On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/10/communist-youth-mobilize-across-italy-demanding-safety-in-schools/

Gavin Newsom's New Year's Gift: 14 new fracking permits, delayed public health regulations
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2021-01-10
California Gavin Newsom has come under fire from environmentalists and the public over the fracking and other oil drilling permits that CalGEM issued in 2020 for Aera Energy and other oil companies.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/09/18839300.php

Newsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2021-01-10
The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state's oil and gas regulators approved thousands of drilling permits.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/09/18839302.php

The Black community is right to be suspicious of the medical establishment right now
D. Watkins | salon.com | 2021-01-09
Though I'll be getting the vaccine, I don't judge my friends for being mistrustful of the biotech industry…
salon.com/2021/01/09/the-black-community-is-right-to-be-suspicious-of-the-medical-establishment-right-now/

Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus
KUKU | indybay.org | 2021-01-09
Animal cruelty! Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus and conducted an experiment.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/08/18839287.php

Tribes Mount Organized Responses To COVID-19
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-09
As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations; however, leading medical professionals warn the general public of the dangers of oversimplifying health data. They don't tell the whole story. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.
popularresistance.org/tribes-mount-organized-responses-to-covid-19/

WHO has received 13 Covid vaccine proposals for emergency use, expects to get full data on Russia's Sputnik V by end of this month
rt.com | 2021-01-09
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently assessing several vaccines to be promoted for emergency use across the world, including those made in Russia and China, one of its most senior officials revealed on Friday | The WHO has received 13 "valid proposals" for the possible emergency listing of Covid-19 vaccines since October, the assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, Mariangela Simao, said at a press briefing. | "We have received, for example, the information from Sinopharm, we have finalized that in phase three trial and it is being authorized in some countries. We ar…
rt.com/russia/512018-who-sputnik-emergency-listing/

New COVID Variant Found in South Africa Raises Concerns Over Impacts on Vaccine
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-09
Naturally, the coronavirus mutates as it spreads. But scientists are more concerned about some mutations more than others, and there's one in particular that's worrisome because it could throw a wrench in future vaccine efficacy. | Specifically, variant 20C/501Y.V2 — also known as B.1.351 lineage — which has emerged in Durban, South Africa, is alarming because the mutation of the virus is at the SARS-Co…
truthout.org/articles/new-covid-variant-found-in-south-africa-raises-concerns-over-impacts-on-vaccine/

BoJo gets an earful from fed-up Brits as UK govt launches ad campaign urging compliance with 3rd national lockdown
rt.com | 2021-01-09
Boris Johnson has been accused of mismanaging the UK's response to Covid-19, as his government rolls out a new ad campaign encouraging people to adhere to the nation's third lockdown. | The British prime minister on Saturday implored his countrymen to comply with the measures, claiming that the NHS was under increasing pressure amid a rise in coronavirus cases. | Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates continue to soar at an alarming rate. | The vaccine rollout has given us renewed hope, but it's critical for now we stay at home, protect…
rt.com/uk/512011-boris-stay-home-hospitals-lockdown/

Pope to be vaccinated against Covid next week, labels opposition to jabs 'suicidal denial'
rt.com | 2021-01-09
Pope Francis has branded opposition to Covid-19 vaccines as "suicidal denial" and announced that he will receive a jab against the coronavirus disease next week. | In a forthcoming interview, the 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church says that "ethically" getting a vaccine against the virus should be a duty for everyone. | "Next week, we will start to do it here (in the Vatican) and I made an appointment, we must do it," Francis told Italy's Canale 5 TV station. | Segments of the interview were released on Saturday with the full comments set to be broadcast on Sunday. "There is a suicidal denial which I ca…
rt.com/news/512030-pope-francis-covid19-vaccine/

'Our people won't be a testing device': Tehran bans trials of foreign vaccines on Iranians
rt.com | 2021-01-09
Tehran has rejected attempts by foreign companies to test their coronavirus vaccines on Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani said, adding that the country will purchase safe immunization for its population. | "Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it," Rouhani told state TV, without naming the producers that tried contacting the government in Tehran. | Our people won't be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. | The Iranian authorities will purchase foreign vaccines — without naming them — that hav…
rt.com/news/512019-iran-coronavirus-vaccine-rouhani/

The United States sees more than 4,000 deaths in a single day from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
The United States saw more than 4,000 deaths yesterday from COVID-19 infections. The vaccine rollout continues to be a fiasco, while new coronavirus variants are demonstrating more aggressive behaviors.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/coro-j09.html

The military is chuffed that the coronavirus crisis has filled the ranks
Joe Glenton | thecanary.co | 2021-01-09
The British Army is reporting a substantial rise in recruiting due to the pandemic. A source told the Guardian that army recruiting quotas look very likely to be met, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis serving as a "rallying cry". | General Tyrone Urch, the British Army officer who was responsible for overseeing the Nightingale hospitals, was also interviewed. He told the paper: In a uniquely demanding year for us all, it has been remarkable and really encouraging to see the huge numbe…
thecanary.co/opinion/2021/01/09/the-military-is-chuffed-that-the-coronavirus-crisis-has-filled-the-ranks/

An ICU nurse says 'our government failed us' with NHS staff 'so burnt out they can't eat'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-09
An ICU nurse at an NHS London hospital has said "our Government failed us". It comes as the capital's mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" across the city in the face of soaring coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.London hospitals will run out of beds within weeks if the spread of coronavirus is not dramatically reduced, Khan warned."It's worse than the first wave": Ameera Sheikh, 28, said that across the country some of her colleagues "are so burnt out that they can't eat". Sheikh is also a Unite union representative.She told the PA news agency: During and after the first wave, a lot of staff had handed i…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2021/01/09/an-icu-nurse-says-our-government-failed-us-with-nhs-staff-so-burnt-out-they-cant-eat/

Germany leads Europe in daily coronavirus deaths
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/germ-j09.html

[World Report] Health systems neglected by COVID-19 donors
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator is short of billions of dollars, and the funds committed so far are skewed towards vaccines, with little for health systems. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00029-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Indonesia: Soaring COVID-19 cases as government scrambles to roll out vaccine
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
Contact tracing has been minimal and disorderly, while lockdowns have been resisted throughout, placing the full burden of the virus on the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/indo-j09.html

Twitter Deletes Khamenei Post Labelling US and UK COVID-19 Vaccines 'Untrustworthy'
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-09
In December last year, the tech giant announced a policy under which it would eliminate the users' content containing what it described as potentially "false or misleading information" about COVID-19 vaccinations.
sputniknews.com/world/202101091081716717-twitter-deletes-khamenei-post-labelling-us-and-uk-covid-19-vaccines-untrustworthy/

Numerous Deaths After COVID Vaccine, DARPA Genetic Extinction Tech, The Coup Psyop & The War On YOU
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2021-01-09
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/9/20). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth Read…
thelastamericanvagabond.com/numerous-deaths-after-covid-vaccine-darpa-genetic-extinction-tech-coup-psyop-the-war-on-you/

[Comment] Offline: The cosmopolitan state
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
Britain feels broken. Broken by COVID-19. Broken by Brexit. Broken by the lies that have been dripped into British political debates these past 5 years. Those scientists and doctors who voted to remain in the European Union–perhaps based on a belief in the public value of research and clinical networks that have been painstakingly built over half a century between the UK and its European neighbours–were accused of Project Fear. But now that the UK has finally left the EU, with the thinnest of thin deals, one can look back and say that the arguments to leave were themselves based on nothing but fear[md…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00026-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act — Authors' reply
Ryan P Barbaro, Graeme MacLaren, Daniel Brodie | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
We thank Yang Zhang and colleagues for their thoughtful letter in response to our study of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for COVID-19 from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Registry.1 They raise difficult questions concerning bleeding, thrombosis, and the use of anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 receiving ECMO support.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32517-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Polio in Afghanistan: a changing landscape
Sophie Cousins | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
Resurgent violence and the COVID-19 pandemic have set back polio programmes in Afghanistan. Sophie Cousins reports from Kandahar.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00030-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Parenting in the time of COVID-19
Shana Kusin, Esther Choo | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
Before COVID-19, you could put any two physician parents together and we'd have a shared narrative of all our "fails" as we juggled hospital work with child rearing: missed teacher conferences, late sign-ups for activities, being the only one who didn't attend the field trip. These were all crises in the Before Times. Our lives changed abruptly with COVID-19. The ways we educated, enriched, and entertained our kids were obliterated overnight. For many parents, child care evaporated, as did the endless march of activities that helped to keep our kids happy.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32755-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Thinking across disciplinary boundaries in a time of crisis
Roger Kneebone, Claudia Schlegel | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
The COVID-19 pandemic forced clinicians and researchers to look beyond traditional professional boundaries, working at a speed that would have previously been unthinkable. A widespread shortage of essential equipment in the early stages of the pandemic prompted health-care staff to search outside their clinical domains for new solutions. Reports from the UK and beyond showed clinicians, engineers, and racing car teams collaborating to design and produce respiratory support apparatus such as ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure machines for treating seriously ill patients.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32757-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act
Yang Zhang, Bingyang Ji, Zhou Zhou | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
We read with great interest the analysis of data from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)1 Registry. It provides valuable data that support the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with COVID-19. However, it is widely acknowledged that many critically ill patients with COVID-19 present with coagulation abnormalities that include thrombotic microangiopathy and venous and arterial thromboembolic complications.2,3 Hence, anticoagulants have been used in these critically ill patients both therapeutically and prophylactically.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32515-0/fulltext?rss=yes

Hunger Strikes At Three New Jersey Prisons
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-09
The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. | The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually. Immigrant detention has become a moneymaking "cash cow" raising more than $87 million in revenue. | There are four immigration detention facilities in New Jersey — Bergen, Essex, and Hudson County jails, and the Elizabeth Detention Center,…
popularresistance.org/hunger-strikes-at-three-new-jersey-prisons/

Pa. prisoner on COVID crisis — Guards were the transmitters
| workers.org | 2021-01-09
Since Workers World received this letter, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has confirmed nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 among prisoners and over 2,500 among staff, who are not subject to mandatory testing. Many prisoners who report COVID-19 symptoms have been placed in restricted housing units, reviled as "the hole." Prisoners . . . | Continue reading Pa. prisoner on COVID crisis — Guards were the transmitters at Workers.org
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Tennessee Education Association estimates more than 16,000 Tennessee educators have had COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
In response to a recent survey conducted by the Tennessee Educators Association over 84 percent of educators reported a negative "emotional impact" from working in public education during the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/tenn-j09.html

Infamous US Record during Covid-19 Pandemic
John V. Walsh | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-09
A health worker conducts a nucleic acid test on a resident in Chengdu, in western China's Sichuan province, on December 8, 2020, after new Covid-19 cases were detected in the city. Almost from the start, China has responded rapidly to outbreaks. Photo: AFP / STR December 11, 2020, is another December day that should "live …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/01/infamous-us-record-during-covid-19-pandemic/

COVID-19 crisis situation in Ontario: Deadliest day of the pandemic
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-09
January 7th is the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period. By every measure the situation is critical, and there can be no question remaining that stronger measures are needed to control the devastation the virus is wreaking.
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[Comment] Public health role for fractional dosage of yellow fever vaccine
J Erin Staples, Alba-Maria Ropero Alvarez | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
In The Lancet, Aitana Juan-Giner and colleagues1 compare seroconversion rates, neutralising antibody titres, and adverse events in patients given full dose (0 ∑5 mL) and one fifth dose (0 ∑1 mL) of all four WHO pre-qualified yellow fever vaccines among 960 healthy adults aged 18–59 years in Kenya and Uganda. Each group contained 110–117 participants and participant demographics were similar between groups, with an overall mean age of 35 ∑7 years (range 34 ∑5–37 ∑2), and 55% of participants were female (range 49–61%).
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32707-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial
Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32520-4/fulltext?rss=yes

In India, pseudo-nationalism trumps science in vaccine clearance
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-09
The recent regulatory clearance given to an indigenous developed vaccine candidate in India is an example of vaccine nationalism at its worst and jettisoning of all the principles of an evidence-based, scientific approach…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/09/in-india-pseudo-nationalism-trumps-science-in-vaccine-clearance/

Scientists warn that national lockdown needs to be stricter
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-09
The national lockdown needs to be toughened further to have a similar impact on case numbers as the March shutdown, scientists have said. | A more infectious variant, coupled with the usual winter pressures, requires stricter measures than the ones announced by Boris Johnson for England this month, the experts warned. Similar lockdown measures are in place across Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. | Activity: | Professor Robert West, a participant in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), said the current restrictions are "still allowing a lot of activity which is spreading the…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/01/09/scientists-warn-that-national-lockdown-needs-to-be-stricter/

The Pointless Putsch
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-09
If the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and eventually overtook the Capitol, quite easily by the way, with police literally opening gates for them, snapping some selfies, and participating in a few friendly shoving matches before ceding the building completely. | If those people stormed the Capitol because their government had abandoned them for nearly a year while an unprecedented pandemic ravaged the country. | If they stormed the Capitol because the government shut down their jobs and asked them to stay home but didn't provide stimulus to replace their lost income, didn't provide rent relief,…
popularresistance.org/the-pointless-putsch/

Ohio Amazon worker speaks out against unsafe workplace conditions in pandemic
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
An Amazon worker in Ohio describes the bureaucratic nightmare of returning to work in the midst of a deadly pandemic following a planned leave of absence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/amaz-j09.html

Um marxista da América para o mundo: Mariátegui vivo a 90 anos de sua morte (I)
Yuri Martins Fontes | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-09
Em 1930, antes de completar 36 anos, faleceu José Carlos Mariátegui. Sua tà£o breve vida nà£o o impediu de legar à história uma obra ampla, que quase um século depois mantém sua atualidade. | Considerado um dos mais influentes marxistas …
globalresearch.ca/um-marxista-da-america-para-o-mundo-mariategui-vivo-a-90-anos-de-sua-morte-i/5734015

Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas
| workers.org | 2021-01-09
Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . | Continue reading Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas at Workers.org
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[Obituary] Gordon Wesley Perkin
Geoff Watts | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
PATH co-founder and radical visionary in global health. He was born in Toronto, ON, Canada, on April 25, 1935, and died of lung cancer in Seattle, WA, USA on Aug 21, 2020, aged 85 years.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32758-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Building power
Michelle Morse, Delan Devakumar | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
It was a raw response to yet another social injustice. A response to the not guilty verdict in the trial of the murderer of Trayvon Martin. A response that many people had, but Alicia Garza's response became a global movement. As she describes in her book The Purpose of Power, this was a moment decades in the making. Garza's courageous reflections document her personal transformation alongside the growth of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the USA. As public health physicians of colour from the USA and UK humbly engaging in the work of social change to advance global health equity, for us Garza's words ar…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32756-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Clinical Picture] Leg weakness and paraesthesia provide a clue to sudden death due to aortic dissection
Megha Agarwal, Lee How, Sudipta Chattopadhyay, Attila Kardos | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
An 86-year-old man was seen at home by an ambulance crew after a fall associated with sudden severe lower back pain and weakness in his legs. The paramedics reported that they found the patient alert and haemodynamically stable; his legs appeared pale–although the colour returned during the journey to the hospital–and he had weak pedal pulses.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32724-0/fulltext?rss=yes

2021-01-09: News Headlines

KUKU (2021-01-09). Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus. indybay.org Animal cruelty! Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo deliberately infected the cat with the novel coronavirus and conducted an experiment.

Yang Zhang, Bingyang Ji, Zhou Zhou (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act. thelancet.com We read with great interest the analysis of data from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)1 Registry. It provides valuable data that support the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with COVID-19. However, it is widely acknowledged that many critically ill patients with COVID-19 present with coagulation abnormalities that include thrombotic microangiopathy and venous and arterial thromboembolic complications.2,3 Hence, anticoagulants have been used in these critically ill patients both therapeutically and prophylactically.

Richard Horton (2021-01-09). [Comment] Offline: The cosmopolitan state. thelancet.com Britain feels broken. Broken by COVID-19. Broken by Brexit. Broken by the lies that have been dripped into British political debates these past 5 years. Those scientists and doctors who voted to remain in the European Union—perhaps based on a belief in the public value of research and clinical networks that have been painstakingly built over half a century between the UK and its European neighbours—were accused of Project Fear. But now that the UK has finally left the EU, with the thinnest of thin deals, one can look back and say that the arguments to leave were themselves based on nothing but fear[md…

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-01-09). [World Report] Health systems neglected by COVID-19 donors. thelancet.com The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator is short of billions of dollars, and the funds committed so far are skewed towards vaccines, with little for health systems. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Ryan P Barbaro, Graeme MacLaren, Daniel Brodie (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] ECMO support for COVID-19: a balancing act — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Yang Zhang and colleagues for their thoughtful letter in response to our study of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for COVID-19 from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Registry.1 They raise difficult questions concerning bleeding, thrombosis, and the use of anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 receiving ECMO support.

Sophie Cousins (2021-01-09). [World Report] Polio in Afghanistan: a changing landscape. thelancet.com Resurgent violence and the COVID-19 pandemic have set back polio programmes in Afghanistan. Sophie Cousins reports from Kandahar.

Shana Kusin, Esther Choo (2021-01-09). [Perspectives] Parenting in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com Before COVID-19, you could put any two physician parents together and we'd have a shared narrative of all our "fails" as we juggled hospital work with child rearing: missed teacher conferences, late sign-ups for activities, being the only one who didn't attend the field trip. These were all crises in the Before Times. Our lives changed abruptly with COVID-19. The ways we educated, enriched, and entertained our kids were obliterated overnight. For many parents, child care evaporated, as did the endless march of activities that helped to keep our kids happy.

Roger Kneebone, Claudia Schlegel (2021-01-09). [Perspectives] Thinking across disciplinary boundaries in a time of crisis. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic forced clinicians and researchers to look beyond traditional professional boundaries, working at a speed that would have previously been unthinkable. A widespread shortage of essential equipment in the early stages of the pandemic prompted health-care staff to search outside their clinical domains for new solutions. Reports from the UK and beyond showed clinicians, engineers, and racing car teams collaborating to design and produce respiratory support apparatus such as ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure machines for treating seriously ill patients.

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Pa. prisoner on COVID crisis — Guards were the transmitters. workers.org Since Workers World received this letter, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has confirmed nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 among prisoners and over 2,500 among staff, who are not subject to mandatory testing. Many prisoners who report COVID-19 symptoms have been placed in restricted housing units, reviled as "the hole." Prisoners . . . |

John V. Walsh (2021-01-09). Infamous US Record during Covid-19 Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org A health worker conducts a nucleic acid test on a resident in Chengdu, in western China's Sichuan province, on December 8, 2020, after new Covid-19 cases were detected in the city. Almost from the start, China has responded rapidly to outbreaks. Photo: AFP / STR December 11, 2020, is another December day that should "live …

J Erin Staples, Alba-Maria Ropero Alvarez (2021-01-09). [Comment] Public health role for fractional dosage of yellow fever vaccine. thelancet.com In The Lancet, Aitana Juan-Giner and colleagues1 compare seroconversion rates, neutralising antibody titres, and adverse events in patients given full dose (0 ∑5 mL) and one fifth dose (0 ∑1 mL) of all four WHO pre-qualified yellow fever vaccines among 960 healthy adults aged 18—59 years in Kenya and Uganda. Each group contained 110—117 participants and participant demographics were similar between groups, with an overall mean age of 35 ∑7 years (range 34 ∑5—37 ∑2), and 55% of participants were female (range 49—61%).

Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais (2021-01-09). [Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas. workers.org Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . |

Richard P G ten Broek, Pepijn Krielen, Harry van Goor (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] Adhesions after open and laparoscopic abdominal surgery — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Kjetil Sà∏reide and colleagues raise concerns about overestimating the positive effects of laparoscopy on adhesion-related morbidity in the SCAR update.1 They highlight that, when comparing outcomes of laparoscopy with those of open surgery, case selection might jeopardise the generalisability of the results.

Geoff Watts (2021-01-09). [Obituary] Gordon Wesley Perkin. thelancet.com PATH co-founder and radical visionary in global health. He was born in Toronto, ON, Canada, on April 25, 1935, and died of lung cancer in Seattle, WA, USA on Aug 21, 2020, aged 85 years.

Amy Booth (2021-01-09). [World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion. thelancet.com In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

Megha Agarwal, Lee How, Sudipta Chattopadhyay, Attila Kardos (2021-01-09). [Clinical Picture] Leg weakness and paraesthesia provide a clue to sudden death due to aortic dissection. thelancet.com An 86-year-old man was seen at home by an ambulance crew after a fall associated with sudden severe lower back pain and weakness in his legs. The paramedics reported that they found the patient alert and haemodynamically stable; his legs appeared pale—although the colour returned during the journey to the hospital—and he had weak pedal pulses.

Michelle Morse, Delan Devakumar (2021-01-09). [Perspectives] Building power. thelancet.com It was a raw response to yet another social injustice. A response to the not guilty verdict in the trial of the murderer of Trayvon Martin. A response that many people had, but Alicia Garza's response became a global movement. As she describes in her book The Purpose of Power, this was a moment decades in the making. Garza's courageous reflections document her personal transformation alongside the growth of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the USA. As public health physicians of colour from the USA and UK humbly engaging in the work of social change to advance global health equity, for us Garza's words ar…

Kjetil Sà∏reide, Benedicte Skjold-àòdegaard, Kenneth Thorsen, Hartwig Kà∏rner (2021-01-09). [Correspondence] Adhesions after open and laparoscopic abdominal surgery. thelancet.com In the SCAR update, Pepijn Krielen and colleagues1 suggested that laparoscopic abdominal surgery reduces the incidence of adhesion-related readmissions. In a linked Comment, Liane S Feldman and Raul J Rosenthal argued for more widespread use of laparoscopic surgery.2 Laparoscopic surgery is increasingly used3 and has advantages, such as reduced hospital stay, but it has limitations too.4 We have concerns about the generalisability of the SCAR data and the size of the effect attributed to laparoscopy alone.

RT (2021-01-08). Researchers 'find no sign' that patients on immunosuppressive drugs at higher risk from severe Covid-19 — Johns Hopkins. rt.com In promising coronavirus news, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that, contrary to widespread fears, patients on immunosuppressive drugs are not at higher risk from severe Covid-19. | Immunosuppressed patients are typically classed as those taking medications to prevent organ rejection following transplant or to treat a variety of inflammatory or autoimmune diseases and conditions. Roughly 10 million people in the US alone would fall under this category. | The medical status has been touted as a potential risk factor throughout the pandemic, with patients advised to…

Ariel Gold (2021-01-08). Is Israel Practicing Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid? counterpunch.org Israel has a population of around 9 million. About 20 percent of Israel's population are Palestinian citizens of Israel. These people can vote in elections, have representation in the Knesset, and are being vaccinated against COVID-19. But, there are another around 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli rule, without rights, and like the rest of the world, are suffering from the pandemic.

Ariel Gold (2021-01-08). Is Israel practicing vaccine leadership or medical apartheid? peoplesdispatch.org The media is abuzz these days with

Jackie Fox (2021-01-08). How to Make a COVID-19 Vaccine @Home. realprogressives.org This is a script of the video embedded below. | Hello Internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I have a new idea I want to bring you in the final hours of a dark year. This may be a very bright light at the end of the tunnel. It combines video games, community, scientific research, and even vaccines and medical treatments. In some ways it's a follow up to cover new info about vaccines in general I learned since the last series, but the core concept is about this project called Folding@Home. | See, back in 2007, I bought a PlayStation 3, and after a few updates, there was a mysterious app added called "Folding@Home" and I…

Michael Payne (2021-01-08). The good, the bad and the ugly: Medical heroes, anti-maskers, and rotten politicians. nationofchange.org We know who the Good are, they are exemplary, the very best of Americans. We know that the bad and ugly are personified by one Donald. J. Trump, someone who bends or breaks any law that stands in his way.

The Canary (2021-01-08). Unison leader retires with blast against Boris Johnson and the government. thecanary.co The outgoing head of the country's biggest trade union has criticised the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and their treatment of public sector workers. | "Reckoning": | Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of Unison for 20 years, said ministers had been behind the curve on procuring enough safety equipment at the start of the pandemic, made promises they hadn't kept, and were now denying a pay rise to workers who had heroically served their communities. | He called for a public inquiry into how the government had handled the crisis, saying there has to be a "day of reckoning". | He…

Editor (2021-01-08). The Climate Crisis Sets Another Grim Record. scheerpost.com NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0] By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams Highlighting global campaigners' demands for urgent and bold climate action, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service announced Friday that despite coronavirus-related lockdowns, 2020 tied with 2016 for being the warmest year on record and closed out the warmest decade on the books. "It is notable that… |

RT (2021-01-08). Denmark restricts travel from all countries to 'win time' in battle against Covid-19. rt.com The Danish Foreign Ministry has raised its travel guidance to the maximum level for all countries on Friday, in an effort to limit the spread of more transmissible Covid variants discovered in the UK and South Africa. | Entering Denmark without a recognizable purpose and a negative coronavirus test will not be permitted between January 10 and 17, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told journalists. | He also

Staff (2021-01-08). COVID Scientist Rebekah Jones Condemns Armed Police Raid on Her Home & Florida's Pandemic Response. democracynow.org As Florida sets new records for daily coronavirus cases, we speak with a whistleblower who was fired in May from the Florida Department of Health after she refused to censor information about the state's COVID-19 outbreak. Rebekah Jones is a data scientist who helped build Florida's coronavirus tracking dashboard, and she says her termination came after she refused to manipulate data to support the state's reopening. In December, police raided Jones's home in Tallahassee, seizing her computer and phone and holding her family at gunpoint, as part of an alleged investigation into a hacking of the Florida Health Dep…

WSWS (2021-01-08). Vaccine distribution mired in delays across Europe. wsws.org As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.

Chien-Te Tseng (2021-01-08). Immunization with SARS [1] Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in April 2012. | It pertains to Severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS-CoV (2002) which has, according to the WHO and the CDC similar features to SARS-CoV-2. | A vaccine was envisaged in relation to SARS-1. | This article …

Peter Mertens (2021-01-08). This Pandemic Shows How Elites Have Forgotten Us. zcomm.org Belgium has suffered the world's worst rate of coronavirus deaths…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-08). Coronavirus hits jobs again, 140k jobs lost in December. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The national coronavirus pandemic has hit workers' jobs again. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Jan. 8 that companies shed a net of 140,000 jobs in December. The U.S. ended 2020 with a 6.7% jobless rate, compared to 3.6% in Dec. 2019. But those jobs numbers actually understate the virus's impact. And the day …

WSWS (2021-01-08). Nineteen-year-old Chicago, Illinois auto mechanic dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Arnold Herrera had just recently been certified as a brakes and electrics specialist before succumbing suddenly to the coronavirus last weekend.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-08). As US Sets Daily Record With 4,085 Dead From Covid-19, Governors Demand More Vaccine Doses. commondreams.org The World Health Organization now says the interval between two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be extended to up to six weeks.

Staff (2021-01-08). Florida Seniors Forced to Camp Overnight in Cars in Hope of Vaccine. truthout.org As the United States reports record COVID-19 deaths, Florida broke the record for the highest single-day increase in new cases Thursday. Across the state, long lines to get vaccinations against COVID-19 left senior citizens camping in their cars overnight in cold weather, after Governor Ron DeSantis lowered the priority age to 65, 10 years below the CDC recommended age of 75. Those aged 79 and older are reportedly four times as likely to die from COVID. We speak with John and Maria Luisa Schoch, aged 79…

Staff (2021-01-08). Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Due to COVID Leads to First Job Loss Since April. truthout.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. | The resurgence of the pandemic further heightened the two-track nature of this recession. Construction and manufacturing, two sectors normally hard…

Staff (2021-01-08). The COVID-19 Pandemic Shows the Dangers of For-Profit Housing. truthout.org A recently published article in The Atlantic titled " As white-collar workers have left expensive urban cores in droves, apartments have emptied and rents have fallen, just as your average economist would predict.

news.un (2021-01-08). Vaccinating equitably 'saves lives, stabilizes health systems' — WHO chief. news.un.org Two billion doses of "safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines" have been secured by the international equitable vaccine alliance COVAX, and they will be ready for distribution as soon they are delivered, the UN health agency chief said on Friday.

_____ (2021-01-08). Patriarchy And The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it agonizingly clear that the systems under which we are living were already broken. The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis of the capitalist system and removed any illusions about this reality. However, the impact of the crisis has not been uniform. The neoliberal capitalist model, which survives and profits by exploiting the vulnerable, again fell back on its same old ways. As a result, it has been the workers, the migrants, the women, and others, whose unpaid and underpaid labor serves as the basis for capitalists to profit, who have suffered the most. | In this conversatio…

RT (2021-01-08). 'F***ing hell, this isn't a parody account': UK police backtrack after being mocked for threatening Covid fines over SNOWBALLS. rt.com Police in England have deleted an angry Twitter message and issued a clarification, apparently trying to save face after being ridiculed for seemingly threatening to impose fines for throwing snowballs amid a Covid-19 lockdown. | "We were trying (to) highlight that leaving your home to carry out acts of antisocial behaviour could be considered a breach of the Covid-19 regulations," West Mercia Police tweeted on Friday. "On reflection, we really didn't word this very well. Sorry." | Obviously, this isn't the case. | We were trying highlight that leaving your home to carry out acts of antisocial behaviour could…

Staff (2021-01-08). Survival of the Fittest? Florida Seniors Forced to Camp Overnight in Cars, Hoping for Vaccine. democracynow.org As the United States reports record COVID-19 deaths, Florida broke the record for the highest single-day increase in new cases Thursday. Across the state, long lines to get vaccinations against COVID-19 left senior citizens camping in their cars overnight in cold weather, after Governor Ron DeSantis lowered the priority age to 65, 10 years below the CDC recommended age of 75. Those aged 79 and older are reportedly four times as likely to die from COVID. We speak with John and Maria Luisa Schoch, aged 79 and 80, as they enter their second day in line waiting for shots.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-08). Israel: Netanyahu hearing postponed amid Covid-19 lockdown. middleeasteye.net Israel: Netanyahu hearing postponed amid Covid-19 lockdown | The attorney-general also announces he intends to file criminal charges over tax offences against Interior Minister Aryeh Deri | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 11: 18 | Deri, left, was appointed as interior minister in Netanyahu's, right, cabinet in January 2016 (AFP) | A planned court appearance next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N…

WSWS (2021-01-08). Modi boasts about "Indian" vaccines as COVID-19 virus rages through the country. wsws.org Workers and the poor continue to be the primary victims of the pandemic, while India's media focuses on vaccinations.

WSWS (2021-01-08). Ontario care worker denounces political establishment over disastrous conditions in care homes. wsws.org Five workers at Canada's long-term—care facilities have died from COVID-19 within little more than a week.

Michael Welch (2021-01-08). 2020 Year in Review: COVID, Collapsing America and the Most Censored Stories of the Year. globalresearch.ca "Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life….

WSWS (2021-01-08). COVID-19 infections out of control at Cricklewood Bus Garage! For a walkout and strike action to save lives! wsws.org At least 12 staff have been diagnosed with COVID in recent days, including up to ten bus drivers, a manager and the garage's full time Unite Health and Safety Rep…

Sara Flounders (2021-01-08). Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons. workers.org The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-08). 5,000 deaths and 400,000 COVID infections in UK in first week of 2021. wsws.org Scientists advising the government warned this week that the death toll will reach 100,000 before the end of the month.

Danny Haiphong (2021-01-08). Capitalism on a Ventilator: A new book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and China. mronline.org While China contained COVID-19 and preserved its economy, the U.S. spins lies while hundreds of thousands of its people die for lack of even a semblance of a national health system.

WSWS (2021-01-08). Egyptian hospitals run out of oxygen, killing COVID-19 patients in ICU wards. wsws.org The manager of Hamool Hospital in Kafr Al-Sheikh, in the Nile Delta, made an appeal on Facebook for oxygen cylinders, only to be referred for investigation by the authorities.