Daily Archives: October 3, 2020

2020-10-03: News Headlines

NIna Jackel (2020-10-03). A good way to be kinder to elephants is to stop riding them. nationofchange.org When animal tourism resumes in Bali after COVID-19, there is an opportunity to do better by the lives of animals.

James Bovard (2020-10-03). Pandemic Follies: Tyranny Won't Keep Us Safe. globalresearch.ca Politicians have destroyed more than 13 million jobs this year in a deluge of edicts aimed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200,000 Americans still died from the coronavirus, but the anti-COVID government crackdowns probably did far more damage …

teleSUR (2020-10-03). US: Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Tests Positive for COVID-19. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign manager, Bill Stepien, Friday tested positive for coronavirus, according to local outlets. | RELATED: | Stepien will undergo a second PCR test to confirm that he is a carrier of the virus. If he tests positive again, it will be a strong blow to Trump's reelection campaign. | According to White House sources, Stepien is experiencing "mild flu-like symptoms," and they a…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-10-03). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-03). Response To Trump Covid Diagnosis Shows His 'Opposition' Always Saw Him As Part Of The Club. thealtworld.com "The VP can't say 'God Bless this family' and then trash him in ads," one Biden ally told The Hill. | "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-03). Covid Crisis Has Triggered Mass Unemployment in America: Over One Million UI Claims in the US for 28 Straight Weeks. globalresearch.ca Dire US economic condition exceed the worst of earlier times. | Current conditions are unprecedented in US history with no signs of turning things around any time soon. More on this below. | *** | According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), "(a)nother …

Simon Butler (2020-10-03). Book Review: Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency. mronline.org Gradual reforms can't do the job: only profoundly radical measures can ensure human survival in an epoch of global sickening.

news.un (2020-10-03). First Person: 'I'm happy to be able to give back'. news.un.org Luis Jose Faife, a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) worker from Mozambique, survived the devastation of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which killed more than 600 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and displaced some 2.2. million people, in March 2019. Now COVID-19 is posing a new challenge to humanitarian workers, and they people they help.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-03). Why We're on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccines. zcomm.org Giving up on containing the COVID-19 pandemic is an admission that public health systems have failed…

Naomi Klein (2020-10-03). I Fear Trump Will Exploit His COVID Infection to Further Destabilize the Election. zcomm.org He has done nothing but campaign for reelection since he became president…

Zach Conti (2020-10-03). IMF Calls for New Global Debt Policies to Confront COVID Financial Crisis. indybay.org IMF head Kristalina Georgieva warned that developing countries could face a second wave of economic crises just as they are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Matthew J Glaus, Serena Von Ruden (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Remdesivir and COVID-19. thelancet.com In the first published placebo-controlled trial of remdesivir for treating severe COVID-19, Yeming Wang and colleagues1 were unable to attain their primary endpoint of time to clinical improvement. Although admittedly underpowered due to early trial termination, remdesivir did not appear to affect rates of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral RNA load decline and mortality when compared with placebo. Given these disappointing findings, we are left to wonder if a lack of clinically significant outcomes in placebo-controlled trials could have been predicted.

Richard Lane (2020-10-03). [Perspectives] Devi Sridhar: illuminating global health governance. thelancet.com Devi Sridhar has travelled far in her fairly short career. She was the youngest Rhodes Scholar, aged just 18 years, and became Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, UK, when she was 30. But milestones are of little interest to her, especially as her role as a leader in global health governance has been accelerated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. "This is the time for the global public health community to step up", she comments. "We have never before been required to work so intensively and as rapidly as in today's environment, where effective public health responses and global…

The Lancet (2020-10-03). [Editorial] Building a resilient NHS, for COVID-19 and beyond. thelancet.com The UK response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been ill prepared, patchy, confused, and incompetent. From initial equivocations, to a series of policy U turns and conflicts with scientific advisers, to vague public health guidance, the UK's COVID-19 performance has fallen disastrously short and undoubtedly cost lives. It has pushed the National Health Service (NHS) to the brink. Having wasted a summer of opportunity to strengthen systems to suppress viral transmission following an easing of lockdown restrictions, the UK Government is facing a winter wave of COVID-19 with no strategy in sight.

James H McMahon, Jennifer F Hoy, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Linda-Gail Bekker, Chris Beyrer, Sharon R Lewin (2020-10-03). [Comment] Leveraging the advances in HIV for COVID-19. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has led to accelerated research efforts globally and highlighted the importance of community engagement and leadership in the COVID-19 response. To achieve these objectives, partnerships between science, government, and affected communities are crucial, but building these rapidly presents major challenges. In the past months, we have also seen how advances in confronting the global HIV epidemic have had a positive impact on the COVID-19 response.

Richard Horton (2020-10-03). [Comment] Offline: Science and the breakdown of trust. thelancet.com The COVID-19 syndemic is entering its most dangerous phase. There is a mounting breakdown of trust. Not only between politicians and the public. But also among politicians and publics with science and scientists. This breach of faith with science is far more threatening. For the public is slowly turning against those who have sought to guide the political response to COVID-19. As countries face a resurgence of coronavirus transmission, scientific advisers are recommending further restrictions to our liberties.

Karen Harrison Dening, Mari Lloyd-Williams (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Minimising long-term effect of COVID-19 in dementia care. thelancet.com We thank Huali Wang and colleagues1 for highlighting that dementia is also a pandemic in an ageing society,2 albeit the word pandemic generates a negative perspective of dementia.

Yeming Wang, Xiaoying Gu, Jiuyang Xu, Bin Cao, Chen Wang (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Remdesivir and COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank the clinicians and researchers around the world for their comprehensive interpretation of the results of our randomised controlled trial of remdesivir for COVID-19.1 They shared valuable thoughts from different perspectives according to related evidence from in vitro and animal models, and pharmacogenomic studies. A suggestion was made for subgroup analyses by concomitant lopinavir-ritonavir use. Concerns for not reaching the predetermined sample size in our study were also expressed. These comments are appreciated and helpful for future conduct and interpretation of COVID-19 therapy studies.

Jay Ramchand, Louise M Burrell (2020-10-03). [Comment] Circulating ACE2: a novel biomarker of cardiovascular risk. thelancet.com Dysregulation of the renin—angiotensin system plays a major role in the progression of cardiovascular disease in humans. The enzymatic reactions within the renin—angiotensin system generate angiotensin II, which promotes vasoconstriction and inflammation and deleterious cardiovascular effects.1 Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) acts to counterbalance the renin—angiotensin system by degrading angiotensin II.2,3 In 2005, ACE2 was identified as the cellular receptor for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV),4 and we now know that ACE2 also facilitates viral entry of SARS-CoV…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). IranAir launches first Germany flight after six months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — IranAir has resumed flights to Germany after more than six months of hiatus due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-03). University opening too soon and ministers breaking rules to blame for Northumbria outbreak, pupils and parents say. thecanary.co The blame for a sharp rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases at Northumbria University should not be given solely to students, pupils and their parents have said. | A spokesperson for the university, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said that as of Friday 2 October it was aware of 770 students testing positive. 78 of them are symptomatic. | Responsibility: | Sara from Kent, who chose not to reveal her second name, is helping her daughter Tilly move into a studio flat amid concerns over her safety in her shared accommodation. | Sara, 53, told PA: We are lucky that we are in a position to top up her loan and can…

The Canary (2020-10-03). 'Potent' experimental drug given to Trump already being used in UK. thecanary.co A "very potent" experimental coronavirus drug being given to Donald Trump is already being used in a handful of UK hospitals, according to an Oxford University professor. | The US president was given the artificial antibody treatment at the White House on Friday 2 October after being diagnosed with coronavirus (Covid-19). This was before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre. | The drug is already being used in "about three hospitals in the north" as part of Oxford University's national Recovery trial, said Professor Peter Horby. | "Very promising": | Prof Horby added that the drug…

Staff (2020-10-03). Calls Grow for Full Transparency on Trump's Status Following Hospitalization. truthout.org President Donald Trump was taken by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening amid fears that his Covid-19 diagnosis could

Staff (2020-10-03). If We Don't Act Now, the Entire US Could Become a "Cancer Alley" truthout.org People across the country are waking up to structural racism and coping with police brutality and civil unrest while also living through the nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic. They're mourning losses and longing for life to get back to normal. | But in St. James Parish, Louisiana, where I'm from — a predominantly Black and low-income community nicknamed "

Staff (2020-10-03). Latest COVID Antibodies Study Shows Herd Immunity Strategy Is "Highly Unethical" truthout.org Less than one in ten Americans have Only about 9% of American adults have antibodies to the novel coronavirus, meaning that more than 90%…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Expert: Coronavirus sometimes manifests in eyes. yenisafak.com Some novel coronavirus patients — though very few — exhibit symptoms in their eyes, a Turkish optometrist has said.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Dr. Tuncay Sezgin said that such symptoms were reported in at least 1-2% of COVID-19 patients, showing that the eyes are also an important transmission route for the virus.Noting that red eyes, a condition known as conjunctivitis, had been identified in such patients, Sezgin recommended that people in occupations involving frequent and close contact with others could use protective eyewear, which, though unable to prevent infection, could at least reduce exposure to the…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Republican US Senator Johnson diagnosed with COVID-19: spokesman. yenisafak.com Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, a spokesman said on Saturday.The spokesman said Johnson "feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms" but will stay in isolation until he is cleared by a doctor. The aide did not identify the person Johnson came in contact with recently who also has COVID-19.

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Germany marks 30th unification anniversary. yenisafak.com Germany on Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the Day of German Unity with official celebrations in the northeastern city of Potsdam.Delivering a speech at the event, Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the "Peaceful Revolution" that ended communist rule in East Germany three decades ago, lauding the people who took to the streets in East Germany showed great courage."Today, we know that we should be brave again, especially in the COVID-19 period […] We must work bravely to overcome the differences that still exist between the east and west and for the integrity of our entire society," she noted.German Preside…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Malaysia reports 317 new coronavirus cases, highest daily rise. yenisafak.com Malaysia reported a record daily increase in novel coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Saturday, with 317 new infections.Malaysia has reported a total of 12,088 cases. The health ministry also recorded one new death, raising the total to 137.

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-03). Pregnant Ethiopians languish in 'hellish' Saudi detention centres: Amnesty International. middleeasteye.net Pregnant Ethiopians languish in 'hellish' Saudi detention centres: Amnesty International | Detainees say they were forced to stay in crowded cells and to use their cell floors as toilets | Sat, 10/03/2020 – 11: 38 | Ethiopia has called for a halt in repatriations because of Covid-19. It brought back nearly 4,000 Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia between April and September 2020 (AFP) | Ethiopian migrants impr…

yenisafak (2020-10-03). China's Xi wishes Trump speedy recovery: Chinese state media. yenisafak.com Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania on Saturday, wishing them a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, Chinese state television reported.

yenisafak (2020-10-03). Turkey's Oscars begins in Mediterranean city of Antalya. yenisafak.com Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will begin on Saturday in open-air theaters with strict coronavirus measures in place.The festival, also known as Turkey's Oscars, will be organized by the Municipality of Antalya with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism between Oct. 3-10.Marking its 57th year, a total of 12 full-length films will compete to receive awards in 16 categories, while the festival will also hold online events.While every year at the festival, posters of a prominent cinema artist are featured, this year, photographs of a health care worker who heroically fought coronavirus will…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-03). China Changes Its Economic Strategy: Strengthens Domestic Consumer Market. globalresearch.ca China is radically changing its economic strategy. Faced with an international scenario that only tends to worsen with an unprecedented economic crisis approaching in the midst of a devastating pandemic, Beijing decided to adopt an economic internalization plan, seeking to …

Barbara Madeloni (2020-10-03). Collective Action Is How We Shake Ourselves Free of Pandemic Isolation. zcomm.org We shake ourselves free from a sense of being beaten by waves of inevitable misery, and we see how we can change the structures that create those waves…

30 Days to Go (2020-10-03). 11/3/20 Election: The Stakes; The Cal & S.F Propositions. indybay.org What is at stake in this election are the very existence of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, food stamps, the right to abortion and birth control pills, funding Planned Parenthood, funding the Violence Against Women Act, the existence of all environmental regulations, all consumer protection laws, all gun control laws, all civil rights laws, all labor laws, an efficient, patronage-free mail system, federally funded affordable housing, public school education, federal funds for state governments and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Further, all progress we have made in…

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis (2020-10-03). A New Nonviolent Medicaid Army Is on the March. zcomm.org Led by the poor and dispossessed, this movement is bringing the demand for healthcare rights to corporate profiteers, state houses, prisons, and police stations…

Dan Bacher (2020-10-03). Climate Advocates Criticize Newsom's Executive Order for Not Addressing Oil Drilling. indybay.org "If your climate leadership does not include relief for hundreds of thousands of Californians — the majority people of color — living with oil drilling in their neighborhood, then you are not serious about climate justice and creating healthier, more resilient communities," said Martha Arguà´llo executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and co-chair of STAND-L.A.

Carole J Lee, Sheridan Grant, Elena A Erosheva (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Alternative grant models might perpetuate Black—White funding gaps. thelancet.com The White Coats for Black Lives and #ShutDownSTEM movements have galvanised biomedical practitioners and researchers to eliminate institutional and systematic racism, including barriers faced by Black researchers in biomedicine and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In our study on Black—White funding gaps for National Institutes of Health Research Project grants, we found that the overall award rate for Black applicants is 55% of that for white applicants.1 How can systems for allocating research grant funding be made more fair while improving their efficiency?

Junaid Nabi (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Despair and the shame of personal responsibility. thelancet.com Given the history of the USA, it is difficult—if not impossible—to discuss health outcomes and economic mobility without understanding the importance of race. This fact is why the powerful analysis by Rhea Boyd1 of the rising midlife mortality in the last decade is an urgent and important read. At the same time, any analysis that ignores the influence of an unfair US economy and has an unfaltering focus on a personal responsibility narrative will be inadequate.

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-03). [World Report] US election 2020: public health. thelancet.com In the race for the White House, where do US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, stand on public health? Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Hannelore Neuhauser, Manfred Wildner (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Gains and losses in translation of SDGs at sub-national levels. thelancet.com Samira Asma and colleagues1 show the complexity of the global monitoring of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and argue for convergence, harmonisation, and strong data science. However, many offspring of SDG monitoring systems have emerged beyond the monitoring of UN SDG indicators, either at supra-national level (eg, the EU) or at sub-national level (eg, federal state or community level). This result is a translational process of locally reinventing the SDG narrative and choosing indicators that are appealing, appropriate, and available.

Iyad Khamaysi, Raphi Walden (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Essential medical equipment for Gaza. thelancet.com In June, 2018, The Lancet published our Correspondence about a cross-border collaboration that led to the acquisition of an advanced gastrointestinal endoscopic unit for the European Gaza Hospital.1…

Cobus Gerber, Richard Bade, Jason White (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Amphetamine dependence in Australia. thelancet.com Chris McCall1 painted a bleak picture of amphetamine-type stimulant abuse in Australia. Amphetamine has little appeal in Australia, although methamphetamine is certainly its most problematic stimulant, despite both drugs having similar therapeutic effects. The World Report1 briefly mentioned the decade-long monitoring of drugs with abuse potential in South Australia.2,3 In 2016, this surveyance expanded to the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, in partnership with the University of Queensland.

Sukrit Narula, Salim Yusuf, Michael Chong, Chinthanie Ramasundarahettige, Sumathy Rangarajan, Shrikant I Bangdiwala, Martin van Eikels, Kirsten Leineweber, Annie Wu, Marie Pigeyre, Guillaume Paré (2020-10-03). [Articles] Plasma ACE2 and risk of death or cardiometabolic diseases: a case-cohort analysis. thelancet.com Increased plasma ACE2 concentration was associated with increased risk of major cardiovascular events in a global study.

Nikiforos Vasiniotis Kamarinos, Laura A Dawson, Leonard B Saltz, Christopher H Crane, Michael J Overman, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, Bruno C Odisio, Alban Denys, Thierry de Baère, Philippe L Pereira, Daniel Y Sze, Thomas J Vogl, Martijn R Meijerink, Thomas Helmberger, Hyun S Kim, Stephen B Solomon, Constantinos T Sofocleous (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Trials of locoregional therapies inspired by SABR-COMET. thelancet.com The stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) versus standard of care palliative treatment in patients with oligometastatic cancers (SABR-COMET) study is a thought-provoking addition to the literature about the treatment of oligometastatic disease.1 Despite its limitations, the authors are to be congratulated for completing a randomised trial of local therapy for oligometastases, a challenging task. Although intriguing, the results can only generate hypotheses, and cannot be regarded as able to change practice on their own.

ACLU (2020-10-02). Voting by Mail is Easier and Safer than You Think. Here's how. aclu.org Millions of people are planning to vote by mail in this election, and for most, it will be the first time. COVID-19 has made voting by mail more popular than ever because it's the safest way for many to cast a ballot. But some voters still have questions about the safety and security of this method, and whether their mail-in ballot will be counted. Contradictory messages from President Trump add to the confusion — even though the president, and

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-10-02). Video: Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi and Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning on COVID-19 and the Genome-modifying Vaccine (German). globalresearch.ca Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi and Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning in conversation about Covid-19 and the genome-modifying vaccine, i.e. the real risks of new mRNA- or DNA-vaccine and the deadly danger it presents for us and the following generations. | Watch the video below….

Staff (2020-10-02). Trump gets COVID-19, after months of lying about its danger. therealnews.com Trump has access to world class healthcare, but he and Republicans have blocked billions in funding for healthcare, COVID-19 testing and economic relief.

Nauman Sadiq (2020-10-02). 'October Surprise': Trump Incapacitated from Electioneering. POTUS and FLOTUS Tested Positive for Covid-19. globalresearch.ca "October surprises" are a common occurrence in the electoral politics of the US when elections are only weeks away in November and canvassing of electorate by political contenders reaches a crescendo. But never in the entire political history of the …

Editor (2020-10-02). COVID-19 Lays Bare the Reality of 'Small Government' Conservatism. scheerpost.com Ted Eytan / CC BY-SA 2.0] By Jim Hightower / OtherWords Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: "Where's the government?" These are not born-again Bernie Sanders activists, but everyday people of all political stripes (including previously apolitical multitudes) who are now clamoring for big government intervention in their lives. Nothing like a coronavirus pandemic… |