Daily Archives: November 8, 2020

2020-11-08: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-08). Upending Trump's tumultuous legacy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 08 (MNA) — Trump's legacy and his failed policies, including failure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, were on ballot in the recent US presidential election.

news.un (2020-11-08). Myanmar's farmers battle climate and health uncertainty. news.un.org For farmers in Myanmar, the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to growing unpredictability, in a sector already struggling to cope with the effects of climate change. The UN is working closely with the country's government to help them to adapt and thrive.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-08). Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark's Great Mink Massacre. globalresearch.ca "The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark," came the words of a grave Kà•re Mà∏lbak, director of the Danish health authorities, the State Serum Institute. According to the Institute, COVID-19 infections …

The Canary (2020-11-08). 'Inevitable' rise in cases during firebreak as Wales set to come out of lockdown. thecanary.co Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford said it was "inevitable" that cases would rise in some areas of the country as it prepares to come out of a firebreak lockdown.Back to a new normal: A new set of national rules will follow the 17-day lockdown in Wales, which Drakeford said will be easier to follow as he looks to avoid a "reliance" on entirely local measures. It comes after the Welsh government faced calls to extend the lockdown — which ends on Monday 9 November — in the south Wales valleys where the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases has risen. | On Monday, our firebreak will end and a new…

John C. A. Manley (2020-11-08). Government's Corona Response Is "a Psyche War" Against Citizens: Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati. globalresearch.ca "Bill Gates, the CDC, Gavi… want to steamroll their [COVID-19] agenda of self-interest on behalf of these billionaires and corporate oligarchs," said constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati in a

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff & Sebastian Rushwort (2020-11-08). New corona measures. We need "Sweden light," instead of "lockdown light" indybay.org COVID-19 is currently responsible for 1,2% of deaths in Sweden, but probably gets 99% of the attention. We need to maintain some perspective. Sebastian Rushworth, MD…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-08). French school students hit the streets seeking safety measures amid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org Protests by high school students over the week seeking safety measures were met with police repression. French students and youth groups have warned of greater mobilizations this week if the necessary infrastructure is not put in place…

Dr. Robert Kluger (2020-11-08). German Doctors Letter to Chancellor Merkel, Put an End to the Covid "Fear Machine" globalresearch.ca Dear Chancellor Dr. Merkel, | We, the signatories, are doctors from all areas of healthcare, who have been serving people in practices and clinics for decades. During this time, we have witnessed more than one seasonal infection in Germany, most of …

The Canary (2020-11-08). Four nations must plan a UK-wide approach for Christmas, urges Welsh leader. thecanary.co The UK must plan a path to Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh leader has urged, as he called on the government to make good on its promise for the four nations to meet and discuss a single approach.First minister Mark Drakeford said cabinet office minister Michael Gove had promised a four-nation meeting this coming week so that country leaders can "pool ideas, plan together and have a common approach to the Christmas period".His comments come as Wales prepares to come out of a 17-day firebreak lockdown on Monday, while England continues in its month-long lockdown which ends at the start of Decembe…

The Canary (2020-11-08). Indian capital struggles with surge in coronavirus cases. thecanary.co India has reported 45,674 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, with the capital coping with a sharp surge of nearly 7,000 cases a day this week.India's tally of confirmed cases — currently the second largest in the world behind the United States — has exceeded 8.5 million.The Health Ministry also reported 559 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 126,121.Coronavirus testing in New Delhi (Manish Swarup/AP)India has seen an overall steady dip in new cases after touching nearly 100,000 a day in mid-September.However, the tally in New Delhi continues to hover around 7,000 a d…

_____ (2020-11-08). Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobless People Are Being Asked To Repay Benefits. popularresistance.org Ahmad Ghabboun broke into a sweat. It was a late night in August and he had just discovered an unexpected $14,990 debt posted to the online portal he uses to access his account with Washington state's unemployment agency. Since May, he had been receiving payments every week through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, newly established by Congress to support freelancers like him. The benefits replaced the paycheck he could no longer earn after the pandemic had grounded his work delivering packages for Amazon Flex and driving the occasional shift for Uber.

UC Hastings Law School of SF (2020-11-08). Tuesday 11/10: Post-Election Implications for USA: Health Care, Racial Justice, SCOTUS and more. indybay.org Online via YouTube…

_____ (2020-11-08). Australia's War Crimes and Culture of impunity. strategic-culture.org There is yet no reckoning for Australia's SAS war crimes in Afghanistan, although details of horrendous atrocities are coming to light. A 2016 report detailing the extent of torture and extrajudicial killings by the Australian SAS forces in Afghanistan have been The 2016 report which has recently been seen by two leading Aus…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 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…

WSWS (2020-11-07). US jobless rates falls but long-term unemployment up sharply as millions remain out of work. wsws.org More than seven months since the start of the pandemic only about one half the 22 million jobs lost earlier in the year have been recovered as the upsurge of new COVID-19 cases is likely to hammer service and retail jobs.

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.

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.

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…

Gordon Duff (2020-11-07). Official: Biden Wins, Gone, America's most anti-gun president (good read). thealtworld.com How sweet the irony that Trump gets to eat the bitter fruit in that he won an upset victory by taking some of the final states with narrow margins, and then got to watch the Biden campaign inflict a win against him by clinching majorities in Georgia and Nevada. | The White House campaign strategy went full bore Covid denial. It stopped its Covid meetings. I can't remember a single announcement from the White House on what it was doing to dampen the current Covid surge. If effectively abandoned its responsibility. | Why? I was betting that there were more voters that preferred more dead and crippled Americans than…

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…

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 …

Christian Hoffmann, Eva Wolf (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in Spain. thelancet.com We read with great interest the Article by Marina Pollán and colleagues.1 It is remarkable that in the Spanish popu ≠la ≠tion, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) seroprevalence as of May, 2020, appeared to be the same in men (immunoassay positive 4 ∑6%, 95% CI 4 ∑2—5 ∑0) and women (4 ∑6%, 4 ∑2—5 ∑0). Of note, neither Pollán and colleagues nor Eckerle and Meyer's linked Comment2 mention the sex distri ≠bution throughout different age strata. This is a missed opportunity because Spain, among other countries, showed marked age-specific sex di…

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…

sputniknews (2020-11-07). Twitter Ripped by Trump Playing Golf as Biden Declared by Media 'President-Elect'. sputniknews.com President Trump has been famous for his love of playing golf amid stressful situations, as many criticise him for being at his golf courses during the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racial injustice and police violence.

WSWS (2020-11-07). In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike. wsws.org From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

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".

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 …

WSWS (2020-11-07). Kosovo's President Thaàßi charged with war crimes. wsws.org Thaàßi and other KLA leaders face prosecution on hundreds of counts of murder, as well as persecution and torture carried out during the war with Serbia between 1998 and 1999.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Liang Gao, Ruipeng Guo, Zhihua Han, Junqi Liu, Xin Chen (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Clinical trial reporting. thelancet.com Nicholas DeVito and colleagues1 reported the low compliance with reporting requirements from the Food and Drug Administration Amend ≠ments Act of 2007 for results of clinical trials registered on ClinicalTrials.gov, which weakens scientific evidence, violates ethical obligations, and pos ≠sibly leads to selective publishing.

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…

_____ (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.

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…

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.

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…