Daily Archives: November 9, 2020

2020-11-09: News Headlines

commondreams (2020-11-09). Suspend Patents on Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine, Say Campaigners. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-11-09). Disseminating Preliminary, Incomplete COVID-19 Vaccine Study Results by Press Release Represents Bad Science. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sarah Anderson (2020-11-09). San Franciscans Vote Overwhelmingly to Rein in Overpaid CEOs. counterpunch.org CEOs did not cause the pandemic. But they deserve a good deal of the blame for a model that shoveled profits up the corporate ladder, leaving lower-level employees financially insecure. When Covid-19 struck, it didn't take much to push millions of vulnerable workers over the edge. If we want to not only survive the pandemic

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-09). Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark's Great Mink Massacre. counterpunch.org "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 were registered on 216 mink farms on November 6. Not only had such infections been registered;

Staff (2020-11-09). Headlines for November 9, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Elected 46th U.S. President as Pennsylvania Count Seals Victory, Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President, Trump Pursues Baseless Lawsuits as GOP Splits on Their Response to Election, Senate Control Hangs on Georgia Runoffs, Most World Leaders Congratulate Biden and Harris; Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China Hold Off, Biden Unveils Coronavirus Task Force as U.S. Cases Hit 10 Million, with Over 237,000 Recorded Deaths, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and at Least 5 Others Test Positive for COVID-19, ACLU Files Suit over Gov't Handling of Pandemic in Immigrant Jails…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Irish teachers vote to strike as infection rates spiral. wsws.org Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff & Sebastian Rushwort (2020-11-09). 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…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Hospitalization crisis across the US as coronavirus infections surge. wsws.org The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising dramatically across the nation, with 43 states seeing a rise in cases.

WSWS (2020-11-09). As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives. wsws.org This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

WSWS (2020-11-09). Illinois governor admits factories and other workplaces are center of COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org The list of infected workplaces, which state officials have concealed from the public, includes those owned by Amazon, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tyson Foods, UPS and other giant corporations.

WSWS (2020-11-09). As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives. wsws.org This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19, and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

Monica Piccinini (2020-11-09). The Other Global Health Crisis: Highly Hazardous Pesticides. globalresearch.ca COVID-19 isn't the only global health crisis occurring right now. There is another crisis, propagated by a global industry, that is entirely man made. | The world's five largest agrochemical companies: Bayer, BASF, Sygenta, Corteva and FMC — members of Croplife …

Jon Rappoport (2020-11-09). Smoking Gun: Dr. Fauci States COVID Test Has Fatal Flaw; Confession from the "Beloved" Expert of Experts. globalresearch.ca OK, here we go. Smoking gun. Jackpot. | Right from the horse's mouth. Right from the man we're told is the number-one COVID expert in the nation. What Fauci says is golden truth. | Well, how about THIS? | July 16, 2020, podcast, …

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-11-09). Growing divergence between China and 'Developing Asia'. mronline.org The past year has brought into sharp relief the significant differences between China and the rest of the world.

WSWS (2020-11-09). Coronavirus pandemic intensifies humanitarian disaster in Yemen. wsws.org In war-torn Yemen the coronavirus pandemic is exhibiting its murderous potential. Doctors report a death rate of 20 to 30 percent among those infected.

WSWS (2020-11-09). German public service union ensures smooth operation of public transport despite resurgence of coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Last week, Verdi dropped its demand for a uniform nationwide contract and signed separate agreements in two German states.

WSWS (2020-11-09). SEP (Sri Lanka) outlines socialist alternative to pandemic and authoritarianism. wsws.org The speakers stressed that the crisis in Sri Lanka and internationally could only be resolved through the independent political mobilisation of the working class=.

_____ (2020-11-09). How the Democrats Weaponized a Pandemic to Beat Donald Trump. strategic-culture.org The one question that continues to haunt political observers is 'How was Joe Biden, 77, able to get away with such a low-energy, low-carb campaign, in what has been described as the most consequential election in U.S. history?' Let's be so bold as to peek into the brain of this political genius who was somehow able to upset the 5D chess grandmaster of our times, Donald J. Trump. | As the Republican incumbent was flying non-stop to multiple rallies around the country in the days leading up to Nov. 3, Biden preferred to remain hunkered down in his basement, leaving for the occasional ice cream cone, or photo-op at…

Joel S. Hirschhhorn (2020-11-09). Dr. Fauci Versus Frontline Doctors and Science: "Pandemic Malpractice" globalresearch.ca Americans suffer and die unnecessarily in this pandemic. Frontline doctors are ready and willing to use an effective at home/outpatient remedy. But they are being blocked because their medical freedom has been squashed. Dr. Anthony Fauci has ensured that the …

Seiji Yamada (2020-11-09). On Howard Waitzkin's Rinky-Dink Revolution. counterpunch.org When I was in college, I took a class in medical anthropology. One of our readings was an analysis of the U.S. health care system from a Marxist perspective by a physician sociologist, Howard Waitzkin. As a pre-med, I found this of more relevance than trying to wade through Marx's polemics from, say, the Rheinische

Dr. Hisako Sakiyama (2020-11-09). Health Effects of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Hisako Sakiyama has a PhD in Medicine and is a Member of the Takagi School of Alternative Scientists, a Japanese NGO established in 1998 to study the environment, nuclear issues, human rights, and other issues in modern society from …

Don Fitz (2020-11-09). How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba? counterpunch.org What It Has To Do with Inequality 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

Laura Gottesdiener (2020-11-09). The Children of Fallujah: The Medical Mystery at the Heart of the Iraq War. thenation.com The Children of Fallujah: The Medical Mystery at the Heart of the Iraq War…

Don Fitz (2020-11-09). Gun Shot Wounds: Experience of Medical Students, US versus Cuba. globalresearch.ca 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 …

_____ (2020-11-08). U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Failure, Whoever's President. strategic-culture.org Eve OTTENBERG | 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…

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

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.

RT (2020-11-08). UK bans Danish ships, planes & trucks from entry, tightening restrictions over mutated mink coronavirus. rt.com The UK, which earlier banned all visitors from Demark, has now restricted access to planes, ships, and trucks coming from the country, where a new mutated strain of the coronavirus has been discovered. | From Sunday, all planes and ships coming from Denmark are forbidden from landing and docking in the UK. The same goes for trucks whose drivers have visited the Scandinavian country in the past two weeks. British lorry drivers are required to quarantine for 14 days if their route recently passed through Denmark. | "Given the significant unknowns regarding the new mutation of Covid-19 originating in Denmark, we…

teleSUR (2020-11-08). US Reports Fourth Consecutive Daily COVID-19 Record. telesurenglish.net The United States reported its fourth consecutive daily COVID-19 record on Sunday, recording nearly 130,000 new cases from Saturday alone. | According to John Hopkins University, 127,399 new cases were recorded across the United States on Saturday, bringing the total number of infected patients to nearly 9.9 million. More than 1,000 deaths were also recorded, bringing the national total to nearly 237,000. | RELATED: |

RT (2020-11-08). UK bans Danish ships, planes & trucks from entry, tightening restrictions over mutated mink coronavirus. rt.com The UK, which earlier banned all visitors from Denmark, has now restricted access to planes, ships, and trucks coming from the country, where a new mutated strain of the coronavirus has been discovered. | From Sunday, all planes and ships coming from Denmark are forbidden from landing and docking in the UK. The same goes for trucks whose drivers have visited the Scandinavian country in the past two weeks. British lorry drivers are required to quarantine for 14 days if their route recently passed through Denmark. | "Given the significant unknowns regarding the new mutation of Covid-19 originating in Denmark, we…

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.

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…

Eds. (2020-11-08). Setting our sights low. mronline.org It is from the latter source (also entitled "David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles") that much of this present volume has been drawn, or adapted into book form, covering a range of topics, from surplus value, the history of neoliberal capitalism, alienation and climate change to political responses to the covid-19 pandemic.

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…

Don Fitz (2020-11-08). How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba? zcomm.org Students who study medicine in Cuba get a lot less practice in handling gunshot wounds than do those who study in the US…

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.

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.

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…

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: . . . |

Harsha Shanthanna, Vishal Uppal (2020-11-07). [Correspondence] Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The COVIDSurg Collaborative's study1 of surgical outcomes in patients with COVID-19 is commendable, as most existing publications around perioperative practice are commentaries or recommendations with extrapolated knowledge.

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.

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…

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.

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.