Daily Archives: September 9, 2020

2020-09-09: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-09). Children's lives at stake, COVID threatens to undo 30 years of 'remarkable progress'. news.un.org COVID-19 threatens to undo decades of hard-fought progress in reducing deaths of children under the age of five, UN agencies have warned, calling on countries to ensure vital health services for children and women do not falter amid the global crisis.

news.un (2020-09-09). Greece: Devasting fire compounds overcrowding and COVID-19 challenges in refugee camp. news.un.org UN agencies have offered support to Greek authorities on Wednesday after a major fire ripped through an overcrowded refugee camp overnight, destroying dwellings and forcing thousands to flee, many reportedly suffering from smoke inhalation.

Ben Norton (2020-09-09). U.S. sanctions Russian Research Institute that developed COVID-19 Vaccine. mronline.org The U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted a Russian research institute that helped create the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.

John Wojcik (2020-09-09). Trump's rush for a vaccine endangers the nation's health. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration admits it is aiming for a vaccine for COVID-19 before Election Day and that the public will joyfully rise up to reward him with a second term in the White House. The news this week that AstraZeneca, a leading pharmaceutical giant, has halted its trial of a COVID-19 vaccine because of an …

John Whitehead (2020-09-09). The 20-Year Journey From 9/11 To COVID-19 and the Freedoms Lost Along the Way. mintpressnews.com You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we've lost along the way. | The road we have been traveling has been littered with the wreckage of our once-vaunted liberties, especially those enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. | The assaults on our freedoms that began with…

John W. Whitehead (2020-09-09). Mile Markers of Tyranny: Losing Our Freedoms on the Road from 9/11 to COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end."—George Orwell | You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we've …

news.un (2020-09-09). Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, UN political affairs chief warns. news.un.org The erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

news.un (2020-09-09). 'Essential lessons' from HIV fight can help coronavirus response, says UNAIDS. news.un.org Decades of global experience in tackling AIDS can help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new UN report published on Wednesday has revealed.

splcenter (2020-09-09). A Victory for Students and Parents: SPLC, allies win case blocking DeVos from diverting COVID-19 relief funds away from public schools. splcenter.org

Daniel Horowitz (2020-09-09). Thousands of Covid Cases but Zero Hospitalizations in Colleges: This Is Good News. But States and Colleges Force Draconian Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca Remember the goal of flattening the curve? Ensuring that hospitals weren't overrun? Well, what do you call a scenario where thousands of cases result in zero hospitalizations? I'd call it the ultimate flat curve — or downright flat line. Yet …

news.un (2020-09-09). Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres. news.un.org Concentrations of greenhouse gases in atmosphere are at record levels, emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, and global temperatures continue to hit new highs, these are the findings of a major UN report on climate change.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-09). Forty environmental groups demand Trump protect oil rig workers against coronavirus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Citing coronavirus outbreaks on offshore oil and gas drilling platforms worldwide—and protesting a GOP Trump regime decision to stop disclosing U.S. data in such cases—40 environmental, science and safety groups demanded four Trump government agencies take decisive action to protect offshore oil and gas industry workers. Their demands range from industry-specific safety measures …

Howard Lisnoff (2020-09-09). Death and Loathing Are on the Ballot. counterpunch.org A frightening report that appeared on CNBC "Key coronavirus forecast predicts over 410,000 total U.S. deaths by Jan. 1 'The worst is yet to come'" (September 4, 2020), is worse news than the fact that other signs of death will be on the ballot in November. The Newspaper of Record takes a somewhat similar tack

Bryce Covert (2020-09-09). Covid-19 Workers' Comp Claims Are Being Held Up or Denied. zcomm.org Employers and insurance companies are insisting employees, even those directly exposed to the virus, can't prove they got sick at work…

Zachary Conti (2020-09-09). Finance Ministers and United Nations Discuss COVID Crisis Solutions. indybay.org IMF Announces Access to Global "SDRs" Reserve…

Don Thiwanka Wijeratne, Nazik Hammad, Bishal Gyawali (2020-09-09). [Commentary] Gender differences in outcomes of cancer patients with COVID: Signal or noise? thelancet.com Cancer is the second leading cause of deaths globally, responsible for 1 out of every 6 deaths [1]. COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in the death of nearly 0.8 million people worldwide in just seven months [2]. Combine the two, and we have one of the most lethal combinations of diseases in the history of mankind.

Javier Martínez-Sanz, José A. Pérez-Molina, Santiago Moreno, Javier Zamora, Sergio Serrano-Villar (2020-09-09). Understanding clinical decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional worldwide survey. thelancet.com Our study provides insight into the drivers of the decision-making process during a new and extreme health emergency. Different factors including the perceived expertise and quality of publications, gender, geographic origin, medical specialty and implication in medical research influenced this process. The clinical severity attenuated the physician's tolerance for uncertainty.

Yasmin Maor, Daniel Cohen, Nir Paran, Tomer Israely, Vered Ezra, Ofra Axelrod, Eilat Shinar, Marina Izak, Galia Rahav, Naomi Rahimi-Levene, Baruch M Bazofin, Ram Gelman, Dror Dicker, Tal Brosh-Nissimov, Orli Megged, David Dahan, Avi Benov, Alona Paz, Kaykov Edward, Amit Moran, Ori Rogowski, Patrick Sorkine, Ami Mayo, Oren Zimhony, Jacob Chen (2020-09-09). Compassionate use of convalescent plasma for treatment of moderate and severe pneumonia in COVID-19 patients and association with IgG antibody levels in donated plasma. thelancet.com Treatment with CP with higher levels of IgG against S1 may benefit patients with moderate and severe COVID-19. IgG against S1 level in CP predicts neutralization antibodies titers.

Staff (2020-09-09). Headlines for September 9, 2020. democracynow.org California Governor Has "No Patience for Climate Change Deniers" Amid Historic Fires, Report Estimates Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Led to Quarter-Million COVID-19 Cases, Peru COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 30,000, Senate Republicans Abandon New Stimulus Checks Despite Economic Crisis, Tropical Storm Rene Forms, Continuing Record Atlantic Hurricane Season, Sudan Under State of Emergency as Nile River Flooding Sets Records, Senegal's Capital Partially Submerged Following Record-Shattering Rainfall, Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Bans in Republican-Led States, DOJ Seeks to Defend Trump from Rape Accuser's Defamation Laws…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-09). Robotic testing platform helps to scale up COVID-19 testing capacity. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial team has repurposed robotic technology normally used for synthetic biology research to help with testing for COVID-19.

Staff (2020-09-09). Trump Told Bob Woodward He Was Intentionally Deceptive on "Deadly" COVID. truthout.org President Trump was well aware of how dangerous COVID-19 was in the early days of the pandemic. He even admitted to journalist Bob Woodward in February that he understood the disease was deadlier than the flu, contradicting his public statements and attitudes toward the disease during that time and in the months following. | Excerpts and audio recordings of Woodward's conversations with Trump, set to be included in the veteran journalist's upcoming book about the Trump administration entitled Rage,…

Staff (2020-09-09). GOP Proposes Massive Coal Industry Handout, No Direct COVID Relief Payments. truthout.org While

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-09). UN: Israel's Handling of Palestinian Prisoners Amid COVID-19 "Discriminatory" "Violation of Int'l Law" mintpressnews.com In hopes of reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure for its Jewish population, the Israeli Prison Service approved the transfer of five hundred Israeli prisoners to house arrest, but have subsequently refused to provide the same for Palestinian prisoners.

yenisafak (2020-09-09). EU secures 300M doses of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com The European Union has secured 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from medical firms BioNTech and Pfizer. | The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it had concluded talks on buying the potential vaccine with Germany- and US-based companies working together on developing the serum. | The EU would buy 200 million doses under the envisaged agreement with an option of getting further 100 million doses if the vaccine proves to be safe and effective against COVID-19. | This is the sixth agreement the bloc has managed since the EU Commission announced its Vaccine Strategy in June. | The EU executive body…

yenisafak (2020-09-09). Lebanese foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com Foreign Minister Charbel Wahbe has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the caretaker government confirmed on Wednesday. | "The results of the PCR tests by the minister were positive," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. | According to the statement, the foreign minister has been placed in quarantine for two weeks. | Wahbe is the second Lebanese minister to have contracted the COVID-19 after former Foreign Minister Mohammed Safadi, who tested positive in March. | Lebanon has seen a surge in the number of virus infections in recent days. The country's tally now stands at 21,324 cases, including 200 dea…

RT (2020-09-09). Democrats & Republicans agree: Politicians & corporations should be spared from prosecution over killer Covid-19 care homes. rt.com Republican and Democrat politicians have both embraced legislation to immunize themselves and their deep-pocketed corporate donors from legal liability for ill-thought-out pandemic policies blamed for the deaths of thousands. | Republicans in the Senate have all but plagiarized a controversial provision from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that will offer legal immunity to corporations that ran the care homes in which hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans died with the coronavirus over the last six months, according to a trio of progressive journalists who compared the texts and interviewed some of the lob…

RT (2020-09-09). Safety comes first, says Fauci, after 'unfortunate' pausing of AstraZeneca vaccine due to UK participant's adverse reaction. rt.com AstraZeneca's decision to put the Phase III trial of its Covid-19 vaccine on hold is unfortunate but part of how a trial is supposed to work, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said. The pause comes after a subject developed complications. | "It's really one of the safety valves that you have on clinical trials such as this, so it's unfortunate that it happened," the leading US expert on infections told CBS' 'This Morning' program. "Hopefully, they'll work it out and be able to proceed along with the remainder of the trial, but you don't know. They need to investigate it further." | A similar sentiment was expressed by the…

Tom Anderson (2020-09-09). The British police are using COVID-19 measures to criminalise protest. We need to be ready to fight back. thecanary.co Increasing evidence is emerging that the police are using coronavirus (Covid-19) legislation to criminalise and disrupt protests. | Back in June,

Andrew McCormick (2020-09-09). These Big City Mayors Want Green Stimulus Spending to Counter Covid-19. thenation.com These Big City Mayors Want Green Stimulus Spending to Counter Covid-19…

James Bruggers, Judy Fahys, Marianne Lavelle, Evelyn Nieves, Sabrina Shankman (2020-09-09). States Are Doing What Big Government Won't to Stop Climate Change. thenation.com James Bruggers, Judy Fahys, Marianne Lavelle, Evelyn Nieves, Sabrina Shankman States Are Doing What Big Government Won't to Stop Climate Change…

_____ (2020-09-09). Philadelphia To Temporarily Block Landlords From Enforcing Evictions. popularresistance.org Philadelphia court officials will announce a temporary stay on lockouts related to eviction orders Tuesday, PlanPhilly has learned. | The move comes as landlord-tenant proceedings begin to ramp up at city courts after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and a statewide moratorium on evictions that ended on Aug. 31 despite calls to the Pennsylvania legislature to extend it from Gov. Tom Wolf. | But while some restrictions remain in place, the Tuesday reopening of courtrooms means at least some eviction orders could — in theory — move forward.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-09). Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia. counterpunch.org Ugly. Rough. Police in the Australian state of Victoria muscling their way in. The father and children watching. It had all arisen because the pregnant mother in question had engaged in conduct defined as incitement. In a post on her Facebook page, Zoe Buhler had urged Victorians to protest the coronavirus lockdown rules over the

Dean Baker (2020-09-09). The U.S., China, and the New Cold Warriors. counterpunch.org On the days when he is not celebrating his friendship and trade deals with China's president Xi Jinping, Donald Trump has sought to hype China as the United States' major enemy in the world. This has meant not only absurd allegations about the pandemic (top Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro has claimed that China deliberately sent infected

Tom Conway (2020-09-09). How America continues to fail the health care workers battling the pandemic. nationofchange.org For too many Americans, health care workers are out of sight, out of mind.

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-09). The Heat: Divide in the U.S. Economy. america.cgtn.com Wall Street has proven resilient in the face of a pandemic, while 'Main Street' has suffered considerably, with businesses closing and people losing jobs. We will take a look at this disconnect in the U.S. economy.

Maria Rosario Capeding, Arijit Sil, Birkneh Tilahun Tadesse, Tarun Saluja, Samuel Teshome, Edison Alberto, Deok Ryun Kim, Eun Lyeong Park, Ju Yeon Park, Jae Seung Yang, Suchada Chinaworapong, Jiwook Park, Sue-Kyoung Jo, Yun Chon, Seon-Young Yang, Ji Hwa Ryu, Inho Cheong, Kyu-Young Shim, Yoonyeong Lee, Hun Kim, Julia A. Lynch, Jerome H. Kim, Jean-Louis Excler, T. Anh Wartel, Sushant Sahastrabuddhe (2020-09-09). Safety and immunogenicity of Vi-DT conjugate vaccine among 6-23-month-old children: Phase II, randomized, dose-scheduling, observer-blind Study. thelancet.com Both single and two doses of Vi-DT vaccine are safe, well tolerated, and immunogenic for infants and toddlers in a moderately endemic setting.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-09). Michigan University students seek safe working conditions. peoplesdispatch.org On September 9, around 1,000 graduate student employees at the University of Michigan commenced a strike.They are organizing the strike against the dangerous health and work conditions under which they have been forced to return to campus.

news.un (2020-09-09). Serious knowledge gaps must be bridged to battle deadly sepsis infections. news.un.org Efforts to tackle sepsis, which can damage multiple organs and result in death, are hampered by "serious gaps in knowledge", particularly in low- and middle-income countries, according to a report launch on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

_____ (2020-09-09). Remembering Kevin Zeese, Tireless Fighter For Our Democracy. popularresistance.org Defending Rights & Dissent was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Zeese over the weekend. Over his life, he was on the frontlines of many causes—whistleblower protections, election integrity, single payer healthcare, net neutrality, reforming our criminal justice system, environmental justice, and peace. He was the press secretary for Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign and in 2006 ran for Senate in Maryland with the backing of both the Green and Libertarian Parties.

Joel Wendland-Liu (2020-09-09). Racism and anti-communism: Why the U.S. has no real health system. peoplesworld.org Healthcare access remains an urgent issue for millions of Americans. Trump's empty promise last month to "sign a health insurance law in two weeks" confirms this reality. As many as 12 million workers in the U.S., since the economic collapse, have lost their health insurance, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Many millions more go …

Labor Video Project (2020-09-09). Labor Day Unite Here 2 & SEIU 87 Protest Lyft Union Busting & For Healthcare. indybay.org On Labor Day 2020 September 7, 2020, SEIU Local 87 and Unite Here Local 2 protested union busting by the hotels, Lyft and Giants.

Ameenat Lola Solebo, Tasanee Braithwaite (2020-09-09). [Commentary] Implications of the artificial intelligence extensions to the guidelines for consolidated standards of reporting trials and for standard protocol item recommendations for interventional trials (the CONSORT-AI and SPIRIT-AI extensions). thelancet.com Artificial intelligence (AI), the theory and development of computer systems able of performing tasks which normally need the application of human intelligence, holds great promise for improving health outcomes and experiences [1,2]. However, there is some anxiety around the safety and transparency (or 'black box') of AI systems which may impede their integration into healthcare and society more widely. The timely release of the CONSORT and SPIRIT extensions for interventions involving artificial intelligence is welcome, and promises to improve the quality of RCTs involving AI [3,4].

yenisafak (2020-09-09). Thousands receive Turkish aid following Beirut blast. yenisafak.com Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has sent aid to 30,000 people in Lebanon following last month's Beirut port explosion.In a statement on Wednesday, the IHH said the aid delivery is still underway."So far, 30,000 beneficiaries have received aid from the IHH," the statement said.Aid has also been delivered to three health centers in the Lebanese capital, which lacks sufficient medicine and medical supplies.On Aug. 4, a huge explosion in the port of Beirut rocked the city, killing 191 people and injuring over 6,000 people, while dozens remain missing.The blast caused damage estimated at $15 billion, acc…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-09). Assange's Second Day at the Old Bailey. dissidentvoice.org The highlights of the second day of Julian Assange's extradition proceedings at the Central Criminal Court in London yielded an interesting bounty. The first was the broader public purpose behind the WikiLeaks disclosures, their utility in legal proceedings, and their importance in disclosing instances of US extrajudicial killings, torture and rendition. The second involved a …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-09). Protests follow yet another custodial death in Egypt. peoplesdispatch.org 26-year-old Islam Al-Ostraly was arrested after an an argument with a police officer last week. While the police claim that he fell ill in prison and died of a 'circulatory attack, signs of extreme torture were reportedly found on his body…

Lily Van, Tracy Heung, Sarah L. Malecki, Christian Fenn, Andrea Tyrer, Marcos Sanches, Eva W.C. Chow, Erik Boot, Maria Corral, Satya Dash, Susan R. George, Anne S. Bassett (2020-09-09). 22q11.2 microdeletion and increased risk for type 2 diabetes. thelancet.com The results support the 22q11.2 microdeletion as a novel independent risk factor and potential model for early onset T2D. The findings complement emerging evidence that rare CNVs may contribute to risk for T2D. The results have implications for precision medicine and research into the underlying pathogenesis of T2D.

Catherine Saint-Georges, Maryse Pagnier, Zeineb Ghattassi, Annick Hubert-Barthelemy, Antoine Tanet, Marie-Noà´lle Clément, Franàßois Soumille, Graciela C. Crespin, Hugues Pellerin, David Cohen, the GPIS study group (2020-09-09). A developmental and sequenced one-to-one educational intervention (DS1-EI) for autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: A three-year randomized, single-blind controlled trial. thelancet.com DS1-EI did not improve communication or social skills in children with ASD and ID compared with TAU. However, DS1-EI enhanced school skills in four domains (language, mathematics, inter modality, and school autonomy) favouring inclusion in mainstream classrooms more than TAU. Providing such adapted instruction is feasible and should be encouraged.

Elizabeth W. Wahome, Susan M. Graham, Alexander N. Thiong'o, Khamisi Mohamed, Tony Oduor, Evans Gichuru, John Mwambi, Prof. Maria Prins, Elise van der Elst, Prof. Eduard J. Sanders (2020-09-09). PrEP uptake and adherence in relation to HIV-1 incidence among Kenyan men who have sex with men. thelancet.com HIV-1 incidence among MSM with access to programmatic PrEP was high and did not differ by reported PrEP use. Only one in seven MSM taking PrEP had protective tenofovir concentrations and four out of five MSM who acquired HIV-1 while reporting PrEP use had not taken it. Strengthened PrEP adherence support is required among MSM in Kenya.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-09). Next-generation cast inspired by animal scales could protect against injuries. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial graduate has designed wearable technology inspired by protective structures found in the animal world to protect athletes from injury.

_____ (2020-09-08). The Wall Street Crash And The Great Depression. popularresistance.org With mass unemployment on the cards, many are comparing the current crisis to the Great Depression of the 1930s. In both cases, however, these crises were not 'accidental', but a product of capitalism's insoluble contradictions. | Capitalism is entering into what looks set to be its deepest crisis ever. Although COVID-19 provided the trigger, a deep slump has been in the making for many years. With the stock market in turmoil, mass unemployment, and the perspective of a global depression, parallels are being drawn to the Great Depression of the 1930s — although even that may fall short as a parallel.