2020-11-07: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-11-07). Why the US election count is taking so long. thecanary.co The slow pace of the US election count is fuelling a lot of criticism, but there are a number of reasons why it is taking so long to confirm the result.Bigger turnout and steps that American states took to protect residents from Covid-19 are among several factors in play. | The enthusiasm factorEven though the count is not yet complete, US president Donald Trump has easily surpassed the number of votes he got four years ago — more than 70 million so far, versus about 63 million in his victorious 2016 run.Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Biden has gained some 73.9 million votes, versus the 65.9 that Hillary Clinton re…

Richard Horton (2020-11-07). [Comment] Offline: Managing the COVID-19 vaccine infodemic. thelancet.com If you read News Punch (aka "Where mainstream fears to tread"), you will be familiar with a series of articles about the prospects for a COVID-19 vaccine. With headlines such as "Big Pharma Exec: We Are Exempt From COVID-19 Vaccine Liability Claims", the website has published report after report casting doubt on the integrity of vaccine science and even the likelihood of a vaccine becoming available. You will find similar pieces on other websites, such as Infowars and AlterNet. The arguments these articles peddle seem deliberately designed to sow uncertainty.

Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Kwok-Yung Yuen (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Early triple antiviral therapy for COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Nelson Lee and colleagues for the important questions. We agree that there are limitations to our study,1 including the absence of a placebo and no intervention group, which was mentioned in the discussion section of our Article.1…

Victor J Dzau, Celynne Balatbat (2020-11-07). [Comment] Strategy, coordinated implementation, and sustainable financing needed for COVID-19 innovations. thelancet.com Innovative tools and approaches are needed in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But innovation alone is insufficient and requires resources and an overarching strategy for implementation in a planned and coordinated way. Furthermore, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of innovations before they are implemented in clinical care even in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, this strategic approach is not happening in many parts of the world as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise.

WSWS (2020-11-07). SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.

Marina Pollán, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Roberto Pastor-Barriuso, Jesús Oteo, Mayte Pérez-Olmeda, Raquel Yotti, ENE-COVID Study Group (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in Spain — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Christian Hoffmann and Eva Wolf for pointing out the contradiction of similar severe acute respiratory syndrome corona ≠virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) seroprevalence figures between men and women in our nationwide study,1 compared with the distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the most severely affected countries. Following their suggestion, we provide seroprevalence data stratified by age and sex (appendix) to show that infection rates were similar in men and women during the first epidemic wave in Spain.

Nelson Lee, Michael Ison, Jake Dunning (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Early triple antiviral therapy for COVID-19. thelancet.com In the trial led by Ivan Hung and colleagues,1 adults admitted to hospital with COVID-19 received two antiviral treatment combinations. In the combination group, 52 (60%) of 86 patients received interferon beta-1b (most patients received one to two doses), lopinavir—ritonavir, and ribavirin, based on the time elapsed from symptom onset to the start of study treatment (median 5 days [IQR 4—7]). However, 34 (40%) patients had interferon beta-1b omitted due to concerns of proinflammatory side-effects in patients who started treatment 7 days or more after symptom onset.

The Lancet (2020-11-07). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Latin America: a humanitarian crisis. thelancet.com Latin America has some of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world. Why? For outsiders, much of the discussion of COVID-19 in Latin America has focused on Brazil and the errors of President Jair Bolsonaro. But the region as a whole is facing a humanitarian crisis borne out of political instability, corruption, social unrest, fragile health systems, and perhaps most importantly, longstanding and pervasive inequality—in income, health care, and education—which has been woven into the social and economic fabric of the region.

Hytham K S Hamid (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The COVIDSurg Collaborative1 evaluated 30-day postoperative mortality and pulmonary complications in 1128 patients with COVID-19. This included 421 (37%) patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Pulmonary complications were reported in 577 (51 ∑2%) of 1128 patients, with a high 30-day mortality rate of 23 ∑8% (219 of 577). These outcomes might mainly relate to impaired cell-mediated immunity associated with the acute phase of COVID-192 and the absence of an effective drug therapy.

Workers World Philadelphia bureau (2020-11-07). Philadelphia: 'As nurses, we demand justice!'. workers.org Workers World Party Philadelphia joined National Nurses United and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) in holding a vigil on Oct. 29 for healthcare workers who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marie Kelly speaks at healthcare worker vigil, Oct. 29. WW Photo: . . . |

The Canary (2020-11-07). Coronavirus infection rate down from last week as mass testing pilot begins. thecanary.co Hundreds of people have been tested as part of a pilot mass coronavirus (Covid-19) testing programme while new data showed the rate of infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 618,700 people in England — one in 90 — had coronavirus between October 25 and 31, up from 568,100 the week before.But while the infection rate has increased in recent weeks, "the rate of increase is less steep compared with previous weeks", the ONS said.Testing centres: The latest figures came as queues built up outside new test centres in Liv…

Staff (2020-11-07). COVID Needs Are Urgent, But Many Cities Are Prioritizing Police Funding Instead. truthout.org We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has produced a massive economic crisis, in which millions are struggling to meet their basic needs. Meanwhile, in many mid-sized cities — including Houston, San Diego and Pittsburgh — police funding continues unabated, even as funding for crucial programs is cut. | Chicago is another prime example. In this city, tens of thousands of people are facing severe hardship, unemployment and housing insecurity, and winter is coming. The City…

Fight Back (2020-11-07). Milwaukee Alliance leads rally and march to demand a people's mandate. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On November 4, more than 150 protestors joined the march and car caravan put on by Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR). The protestors joined up at Sherman Park, an important landmark in Milwaukee that experienced an uprising against police violence in 2016. Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) set up a table for letter writing, to demand justice for "ThEE ThrEE", two men and one child shot and killed by the same Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah. | Speakers from El Pueblo and the Party for Socialism and Liberation echoed demands for COVID resources and an end…

Anil Chauhan, Amit Agarwal, Nishant Jaiswal, Meenu Singh (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), described by Pedro Folegatti and colleagues,1 was an important milestone in vaccine development to contain the ongoing pandemic. The vaccine is one of several SARS-CoV-2 vaccines that have entered the human trial phase, and the phase 1/2 trial showed encouraging results. This trial has focused on the most relevant clinical outcomes of safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity of the vaccine. The recruited participants (ie, healthy adults aged 18—55 years who were negative for SARS-CoV-2) were randomly assigned…

Michael Welch (2020-11-07). Coronavirus: Powerful Voices have their Say on Lockdowns and "Pandemic Salvation" globalresearch.ca "Your policies and politics make no scientific, medical or common sense. Your belligerent fascism will not deter us in defending our human attributes codified as constitutional rights! Your measures are destructive, irrational and unconstitutional! They serve other masters, not …

Thukalan Paulose George (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in Spain. thelancet.com Marina Pollán and colleagues1 conclude that herd immunity is difficult to achieve because the sero ≠prevalence by point-of-care testing after the first wave of the epidemic was only 5% (95% CI 4 ∑7—5 ∑4).

Merryn Voysey, Andrew J Pollard (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We agree with Anil Chauhan and colleagues that recording of anaphylaxis is important when testing a new vaccine. All participants in the trial were observed in the clinic for at least 30 min after they were vaccinated, and no cases of anaphylaxis occurred.1…

Aarathi Prasad (2020-11-07). [Perspectives] Roopa Dhatt: advancing gender equality in global health leadership. thelancet.com When Roopa Dhatt was 9 years old, she went into septic shock as a result of appendicitis. Her grandparents rushed her to a local hospital in India. Far from her home in the USA and apart from her émigré parents, who could not afford to join her, the experience is etched in Dhatt's memory. "In the early 1990s", she says, "the health system infrastructure [in India] was so weak, and so under-resourced, I was really fortunate that there was a paediatric surgeon in the city I was in, who was able to operate safely".

MEE and agencies (2020-11-07). Iran temporarily releases jailed rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. middleeasteye.net Iran temporarily releases jailed rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh | Release follows warnings by rights groups that Sotoudeh's health had severely deteriorated after a hunger strike | Sat, 11/07/2020 – 13: 43 | Nasrin Sotoudeh, pictured after being freed in 2013 after serving around half of a six-year jail sentence for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security, charges she den…

Don Fitz (2020-11-07). How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba? dissidentvoice.org During the last 10 years I have written multiple articles documenting how Cuba has better medical practice and education than the US. To be honest, I have known for a long time that there is an area of medical training where medical students in the US get considerably more training than do those who study …

Kimberly D Manning (2020-11-07). [Perspectives] More than medical mistrust. thelancet.com I turned off the ignition and sat still. Up until that moment, I'd been excited about this day. But now that it was here, I felt this strange mixture of angst and ambivalence. A sudden urge welled up in me to grab my phone, call the centre, and cancel. I told myself, "You don't have to do this." I reassured myself, "I know."

Tony Kirby (2020-11-07). [World Report] New Zealanders approve euthanasia in landmark vote. thelancet.com On the same day that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to power with a rare parliamentary majority, the people also voted in favour of legalised euthanasia. Tony Kirby reports.

Nicholas J DeVito, Ben Goldacre (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Clinical trial reporting — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Liang Gao and colleagues for sharing their examination of the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry. It is disappointing that trial results are rarely shared on this registry. Earlier this year, we reported technical difficulties in accessing results on the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry in a presentation at the REWARD—EQUATOR 2020 con ≠ference, as part of our ongoing work examining clinical trial registries.1 We hope that the registry will recommit to ensuring that it is able to accept and publicly display results and will encourage researchers to fulfil their reporting obligations.

Hugh Harvey, Eric J Topol (2020-11-07). [Perspectives] More than meets the AI: refining image acquisition and resolution. thelancet.com Since the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Rà∂ntgen in 1895, scientists have been able to capture images of the human body with ever increasing clarity. Technology has evolved to the point that a full body CT scan can be taken in a matter of seconds at a lower radiation dose than would typically be received from about 3 years of natural background radiation. The main driver of this progress is the principle of reducing radiation dose, known as ALARA (as low as reasonably possible). Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to further reduce ionising radiation dose for imaging modalities that require it, s…

Talha Burki (2020-11-07). [World Report] Report released on Women Deliver allegations. thelancet.com An investigation into accusations of discrimination at advocacy group Women Deliver has said that rapid growth was a major cause. Talha Burki reports.

Victor Ssempijja, Edith Namulema, Racheal Ankunda, Thomas C. Quinn, Frank Cobelens, Anja van't Hoog, Steven J. Reynolds (2020-11-07). Temporal trends of early mortality and its risk factors in HIV-infected adults initiating antiretroviral therapy in Uganda. thelancet.com Improved patient care practices should be promoted as a strategy for reducing early mortality after ART initiation, above and beyond the effects from ART initiation at higher CD4 counts and less advanced WHO clinical stage alone.

Pinar Ulug, Janet T Powell (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Clinical trial reporting. thelancet.com Nicholas DeVito and colleagues1 dis ≠cussed how compliance with reporting clinical trial data is poor, suggesting that this might result from ineffective enforcement by regulators.

Susan M Sawyer (2020-11-07). [Comment] Global growth trends in school-aged children and adolescents. thelancet.com Despite declining rates over the past few decades, stunting continues to affect over 30% of children younger than 5 years in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and the Pacific.1 The extent to which stunting and underweight in early childhood are associated with premature death and disease explains why global nutrition policy, practice, and research have overwhelmingly focused on very young children. Yet, the rapid expansion of obesogenic environments, including in resource-poor countries, requires policy responses to address a more complex and dynamic nutritional landscape.

Kaya Genàß (2020-11-07). [World Report] Turkish Medical Association clashes with politicians. thelancet.com Political leaders in Turkey have clashed with the biggest professional body for doctors in the country. Kaya Genàß reports from Istanbul.

G. Dunkel (2020-11-06). How COVID-19 reveals inequalities in the U.S. economy. workers.org The Trump administration has admitted it has no plan to get COVID-19 under control. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN Oct. 25 that "We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas." . . . |

news.un (2020-11-06). World can save lives and 'end this pandemic, together' — WHO chief. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues evolving, the world must "take all opportunities to learn and improve the response as we go", the UN health agency chief said on Friday.

The Canary (2020-11-06). Met Police criticised after arresting 190 protesters and threatening journalists. thecanary.co Police have arrested 190 anti-lockdown protesters as hundreds of people marched through the streets of central London on the day tougher coronavirus (Covid-19) rules came into force in England. Officers also threatened members of the press who were covering the event, claiming they needed their permission to cover the protest.Restrictions: Officers urged demonstrators to go home as they took to the streets near Trafalgar Square on the evening of 5 November, warning those who had gathered that they were breaching coronavirus restrictions.Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to wal…

WSWS (2020-11-06). Alberta's Conservative government slashes health care amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Even as Alberta is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, the UCP provincial government is moving to eliminate 11,000 public health care jobs.

RT (2020-11-06). UK govt's scientific advisers call for FREE GAMING & mobile data for young people during Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com If the UK government wants young people to abide by Covid rules they should give them support like free gaming, streaming services and mobile data, a report by the state's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advised. | Compliance with social distancing and stay at home rules has been "substantially lower and declining" among those aged between 18 and 29 compared to people from older age groups, the paper said, pointing out that one of the main reasons for that was "lack of trust in the government." | The paper was prepared last month, but published on Friday — a day after a second nationwide…

RT (2020-11-06). Pay people to take Covid-19 vaccine argues leading ethicist, though others warn it would set 'dangerous precedent'. rt.com A leading ethicist has proposed financial and other incentives to increase coronavirus vaccination rates, though many of his contemporaries fear this would set a dangerous precedent with potentially disastrous consequences. | This week, Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu proposed the idea that a financial incentive could persuade those hesitant to take a Covid-19 vaccine. He also suggested exemption from the wearing of face masks and social distancing as possible alternatives to payment. | Savulescu argues that voluntary vaccination wouldn't guarantee a high enough percentage of the population would…

RT (2020-11-06). Budapest & Brussels on potential collision course as Hungary says it will import Russian Covid-19 vaccine despite EU objections. rt.com Hungary announced it will purchase Russia's Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine for research and licensing purposes, in a move that risks creating tensions with EU authorities who insist only formulas made in the bloc should be used. | Foreign Minister Peter Sijarto said on Thursday that Budapest will place an order for the vaccine. "Russia will start supplying small batches in December to complete clinical trials and research here," he told journalists. | Russia became the first country in the world to approve a jab for Covid-19 in September. It drew criticism from some international commentators for the speed of t…

news.un (2020-11-06). Long-term displacement worries for families hit hard by 'super typhoon' Goni. news.un.org The trail of devastation left by Typhoon Goni in the Philippines, runs straight through some heavily populated areas — including places where COVID-19 cases are high, and where returning migrants are concentrated – UN agencies reported on Friday.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-11-06). U.S. Foreign Policy is a Failure, Whoever's President. counterpunch.org The world recognizes what U.S. elites don't: the utter, total American failure to contain Covid-19 has damaged U.S. standing and will do so until the virus is controlled. Meanwhile, regional powers, China and Russia, cooperate and share resources, particularly vaccines. Cuba provides treatments, but the U.S. turns up its nose at Cuban medicine, even if it means more American covid patients die — this, though Cuba's pharmacopeia for this plague appears superior. China sends doctors and medicines across the globe. Russia opts for sane herd immunity — through vaccination. These countries act like adults.

WSWS (2020-11-06). UK teachers, students and parents across England support strike action to close schools, welcome French teacher strikes. wsws.org The UK's lockdown vote took place on the deadliest day for the virus in the country since May, with 492 COVID-19 deaths reported. This was the highest fatality rate per capita of any country in the world that day.

_____ (2020-11-06). Protesters Demand Elections Remain Untampered Across United States. popularresistance.org "Don't let Trump steal the election!" warned graphics shared on social media inviting protesters to a National Day of Protest for a People's Mandate in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mandate sought to address what organizers from the National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression called a "triple pandemic" of racism, COVID-19, and economic recession. | Earlier that day, before all votes from the 2020 elections had been counted, the 45th President prematurely declared victory in at least three states.

WSWS (2020-11-06). US schools intensify student surveillance in the COVID-19 era. wsws.org Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school's reopening plans.

Unnamed Nurse (2020-11-06). Video: British Healthcare Assistant Reveals the Lies on Covid Testing and the Lockdown. We Say No the Army and the Police. globalresearch.ca Transcript by Rawan R. Mhamsa | Oh, working as a healthcare assistant for the NHS. I don't think that the uniform to prove that I work for them, but today I'm publicly resigning. | OK, well. | I'm wearing this uniform sadly for …

Mohammad Ersan (2020-11-06). Covid tears through Jordan on eve of parliamentary elections. middleeasteye.net Covid tears through Jordan on eve of parliamentary elections | After managing to keep a lid on coronavirus for months, the kingdom's healthcare system is overwhelmed and a senior official is being treated in Jerusalem | Fri, 11/06/2020 – 14: 58 | A man walks past a poster of one of the candidates ahead of parliamentary elections on 10 November, amid a second wave of the coronavirus (Reuters) | O…

Johanna Ross (2020-11-06). Former British Prime Minister May Leads Lockdown Rebellion as UK Struggles Against Second COVID Wave. globalresearch.ca Former Prime Minister Theresa May has led a backbench rebellion against a second lockdown, demanding the government provide more statistics on the adverse harm the first lockdown had on people's health. A total of fifty Conservative MPs rebelled against the …

WSWS (2020-11-06). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months…

Elise Gould (2020-11-06). Thanks to GOP, Next President Inherits a Devastated Economy With Millions Out of Work. commondreams.org Policymakers cannot ignore the economic devastation happening to workers and their families across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/unemployment_sanders_coronavirus_1.jpg

news.un (2020-11-06). 'Emergency action' needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics. news.un.org Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles — dangerous but preventable diseases — amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said.

MEE staff (2020-11-06). Israeli forces stop Palestinians attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa. middleeasteye.net Israeli forces stop Palestinians attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa | Worshippers barred from West Bank entry, with makeshift barriers erected at three gates in East Jerusalem's Old City | Fri, 11/06/2020 – 13: 53 | Palestinians, unable to reach the Al-Aqsa mosque compound amid strengthened restriction due to the coronavirus, perform Friday prayers in front of the Lion's Gate on 25 September (AFP) | Israeli f…

WSWS (2020-11-06). Global coronavirus death toll reaches daily record of over 9,000. wsws.org The global death toll is surging as the pandemic has accelerated across Europe and North America, a prelude to grim developments if nations do not take decisive measures to stem the surge of infections.

Jeremy Brecher (2020-11-06). People Power in the Coronavirus Depression. zcomm.org Whatever the future may hold, it is time to pay attention to what working people are already doing, and what potentials for self-organization and action that may open up for the future…