Daily Archives: November 17, 2020

2020-11-17: News Headlines

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-17). Q&A: Encouraging responsible behaviour during the COVID-19 'infodemic'. imperial.ac.uk How can public health messaging cut through the flood of information and encourage responsible behaviour?>

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). Union lawsuit wins UK workers right to picket during lockdown. peoplesdispatch.org During the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by Unite union against police and health authorities for threatening workers on strike, the UK government confirmed that workers on lawful industrial action have the right to picket their workplace during the COVID-19 lockdown…

John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi (2020-11-17). COVID-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism. indybay.org The scale of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on world accumulation are unprecedented, with the global economic costs still increasing. At the end of March, some three billion people on the planet were in lockdown or social-distancing mode.36 Most corporations have no emergency plan for dealing with the multiple breaks in their supply chains.37…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran among top 5 in COVID-19 rapid test kit production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Chairman of the Coronavirus Combat Headquarter said that Iran is among the top five countries in the world in the production of COVID-19 rapid detection kit.

John O'Sullivan (2020-11-17). Former Pfizer Vice-President Dr. Michael Yeadon Questions Company's Vaccine 'Breakthrough' Spin. globalresearch.ca Yesterday Pfizer announced to much media fanfare that it has a breakthrough in the search for a reliable COVID-19 vaccine claiming studies showed it can prevent 90% of people contracting the virus. But respected former vice-president of Pfizer, Dr. Michael …

WSWS (2020-11-17). Utah teachers stage wildcat sickout to demand COVID-19 testing, online instruction as cases soar. wsws.org Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.

Staff (2020-11-17). With COVID Vaccines on the Horizon, U.S. Urged to Help Ensure Equitable Distribution Across Globe. democracynow.org As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll nears 250,000, drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna have both announced promising vaccine trial results showing over 90% effectiveness in preventing illness. But officials and health experts warn widespread distribution of a vaccine for the coronavirus — which has killed 1.2 million people across the globe — will be tremendously difficult to store and distribute. Vaccine researcher Dr. Saad Omer calls the recent news "reassuring" but says drugmakers need to be much more transparent about their data and issue more than just press releases. "There should be a little bit more det…

MEE staff (2020-11-17). Covid-19: Turkey to impose new measures to curb coronavirus surge. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey to impose new measures to curb coronavirus surge | All schools will remain closed until the year-end and there will be a curfew between 10am to 8pm on weekends, President Erdogan said | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 17: 23 | Erdogan said the government needs people to cooperate with these measures in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus (AFP/File photo) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

_____ (2020-11-17). How Our Biggest ISPs Are Failing Students During COVID-19. popularresistance.org Early in the pandemic, one of our MediaJustice Network members reached out to us in hopes we could support a group of high school students in Baltimore who were trying to amplify their campaign. The students are leaders in a Latinx and immigrant student organization called Students Organizing for a Multicultural and Open Society (SOMOS), and this was their first time organizing for digital equity. | When school ended last year, SOMOS realized that many of their fellow Baltimore city schoolmates who'd relied on Comcast's Internet Essentials discount program didn't have a connection fast or reliable enough for onli…

Staff (2020-11-17). "No End in Sight": 9 Months into Pandemic, Nurses Are Tired, Demoralized & Still Lack Adequate PPE. democracynow.org As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month, a new report by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' union in the United States, finds hospitals are still failing to provide adequate PPE and are unprepared as the surge is expected to get worse during the flu season. Nurses also report mental health struggles related to the pandemic. The union estimates at least 2,000 frontline healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19, with nurses of color accounting for half of those deaths, even though they're less than a quarter of the workforce. Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, says the lack of prepa…

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-11-17). Video: Are We Being Told the Truth About COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Professor Bhakdi is a Thai-German specialist in microbiology and co-author of Corona, False Alarm?: Facts and Figures. | According to Prof. Bhakdi, "this virus is no more deadly than a seasonal flu and for people under 70, it is even less …

Staff (2020-11-17). Hospitals Are Still Unprepared and Lack PPE After 9 Months of Pandemic. truthout.org As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month, a new report by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' union in the United States, finds hospitals are still failing to provide adequate PPE and are unprepared as the surge is expected to get worse during the flu season. Nurses also report mental health struggles related to the pandemic. The union estimates at least 2,000 frontline healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19, with nurses of color accounting for half of those deaths, even though th…

John Rachel (2020-11-17). Free Press = Free Assange. dissidentvoice.org Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition presents an international webinar: SATURDAY November 21st — 20: 00 EST (U.S.) The panelists will discuss the UK extradition trial of Julian Assange, the 18 criminal offenses conjured by the U.S., and how the case impacts the 99%. DANIEL ELLSBERG: Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower, former defense analyst, activist. MARJORIE COHN: Professor Emerita Thomas …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-17). Vaccines give us light at end of the tunnel, Neil Ferguson tells Paris Forum. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Professor Neil Ferguson says that the promise of effective COVID-19 vaccines is very encouraging but we may need restrictions until then.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-17). 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.

Staff (2020-11-17). Poorer Countries May Have to Wait Years for a COVID Vaccine. truthout.org A COVID-19 vaccine appears to be on the way, raising plenty of questions about how much vaccines will cost and who get will get them first. | On Monday, Moderna announced initial results from a clinical trial showing that its

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-11-17). Hollywood's 'Songbird': "Puts the Scare" in People during a "Pandemic" globalresearch.ca Hollywood knows how to put the scare in people. Songbird, a new film produced by Michael Bay and directed by Adam Mason exploits the Covid-19 pandemic which complements the mainstream-media's (MSM) fear campaign among its audience. Last month, The …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran produces COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — The unveiling ceremony of the production line of COVID-19 rapid antigen diagnostic test kits was held in the presence of Iranian First Vice President at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

The GLBT Historical Society (2020-11-17). Tuesday 12/1: World AIDS Day: Fighting Back: Lessons from AIDS for COVID-19. indybay.org Online event via livestream (FREE or donation)…

Staff (2020-11-17). Fauci Calls for Unified, Federal Approach to Tackling COVID. truthout.org Anthony Fauci, current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, called on the federal government to take a more uniform approach to combating the pandemic, rather than relying on each state to come up with their own statewide plans or regulations. | "We need some fundamental public health measures that everyone should be adhering to, not a disjointed, 'One state says one thing, the other state says another thing,'" <...

Nur Ayoubi (2020-11-17). Covid in Lebanon: Minister's 'let women cook' in lockdown comment causes uproar. middleeasteye.net Covid in Lebanon: Minister's 'let women cook' in lockdown comment causes uproar | Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi also said women 'too timid' to be prime minister, sparking widespread backlash | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 12: 51 | Mohammed Fahmi has come under fire for his comments (Reuters) | Social media users in Lebanon have organised a campaign challenging controversial comments made by caretaker Interior Minis…

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (2020-11-17). Video: The COVID Cult. "The Greatest Public Health Fiasco in World History" globalresearch.ca This is the greatest public health fiasco in the history of the world, and the media has distorted it so badly, that much of the general public is celebrating villains and hissing at heroes. And, even — perversely enough — …

Reiner Fuellmich (2020-11-17). Video: German Lawyer Sues the World Over Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca Patrick Bet-David has a virtual sit down with consumer protection trial lawyer Reiner Fuellmich to talk about the Coronavirus and his work on the German Corona investigation committee. | Dr Reiner Fuellmich is one of four members of the German Corona …

Igor Derysh (2020-11-17). To truly recover, US needs 400% more coronavirus relief than McConnell is offering. zcomm.org GOP-led delays "will increase the amount of money necessary" to save workers…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Meeting of Coronavirus Combat Headquarters in Isfahan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — The meeting of Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday.

Hiroyuki Hamada (2020-11-17). The Global Capitalist Cage and the Corona Crisis: "Solutions" by Those Who Have Created "The Problems" globalresearch.ca It's hard to talk about the myriad issues piled in our society in a cohesive way, and when we try, we often get the same response: "What is your solution?" People get frustrated and demand an instant solution to the structural problem they are very much a part of.

Roland Roth (2020-11-17). Democracy beyond Corona. indybay.org Diverse democracy immunizes against authoritarian impositions. | Whether the experiences of the lockdown will result in lasting damage in the sense of a democratically consumptive "new normality" depends not least on whether it is possible to take up and strengthen the very existing democracy-building impulses and initiatives – from "Black Lives Matter" to "Fridays for Future".

WSWS (2020-11-17). Australian governments impose wage freezes on public sector workers. wsws.org Coalition and Labor governments alike are exploiting the pandemic to deepen a decades-long attack on working class pay and conditions.

WSWS (2020-11-17). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-17). Saudi activists tell UK MPs of brutal conditions facing political detainees. middleeasteye.net Saudi activists tell UK MPs of brutal conditions facing political detainees | Activists told a panel focusing on two detained princes that rape, torture and killing were commonplace in Saudi jails | Tue, 11/17/2020 – 11: 39 | Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (R), pictured with current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was arrested in March with little known publicly about his detention (AF…

WSWS (2020-11-16). Prisoners load bodies into mobile morgues in El Paso, Texas as COVID-19 infections skyrocket. wsws.org The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.

Paul Dobson (2020-11-16). EU Extends Sanctions Against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The extension comes as the country continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, with Maduro securing 10 million Sputnik V vaccine doses.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). 2021 Declared International Year of Health and Care Workers. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday that 2021 was designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers, "recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of the millions of health and care workers at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic." | RELATED: | The WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said via Twitter that he was "very pleased to see the decision to designate next year as…

Alan MacLeod (2020-11-16). Cuba Could be on the Brink of a Revolutionary COVID Vaccine, But US Sanctions Are Slowing It Down. thealtworld.com Cuba is already a medical powerhouse, and if it can successfully navigate the minefield of US sanctions, it could supply much of Latin America with a COVID vaccine. | MPN— Cuba has announced positive and promising results for a number of separate COVID-19 vaccines it is currently developing, but U.S. sanctions against the small island nation are hampering the development and rollout of the potentially life-saving treatments. | Two candidates, named Sovereign 1 and Sovereign 2, have generated antibodies blocking infection in animals and are showing similarly encouraging signs on tests on human subjects. Meanw…

RT (2020-11-16). Merkel forced to postpone further Covid-19 restrictions amid pushback from German regional leaders. rt.com The decision on more coronavirus curbs in Germany has been delayed to November 25 after the leaders of the country's 16 federal states rejected Chancellor Angela Merkel's demands to widen the current partial lockdown. | "I could have imagined imposing further contact restrictions today," Merkel told a press-conference in Berlin, adding that the federal government and regional leaders couldn't find common ground on the issue. | Germany already introduced a partial lockdown two weeks ago in an attempt to stem the second wave of the virus. Under those measures, bars and restaurants have closed, but schools and sh…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-16). UK can protect economy, schools and hospitals with more targeted virus measures. imperial.ac.uk Targeting COVID-19 control measures to optimise economic output while protecting schools, universities and the NHS could benefit UK economy by £193bn.

The Canary (2020-11-16). Demand for food parcels from cancer patients spikes since onset of pandemic. thecanary.co Cancer patients are at increasing risk of poverty because of coronavirus (Covid-19), a charity has warned. | Irish Cancer charity, Purple House Cancer Support Centre said calls to its helpline service from patients seeking food parcels have spiked since the onset of the pandemic. | The charity

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Argentina: Congress Debates Tax Bill on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Congress is set to debate on Tuesday a Tax Bill on Large Fortunes aimed at supporting the State's response in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Reaching 0.08 percent of the economically active population in the country, the so-called Law of Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution to Great Fortunes seeks that people who have a patrimony of over US$3 million pay a tax of 2 to 3 percent. | The Bill establi…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-16). Study Detailing 'Scandalous' Hospital Price-Gouging During Pandemic Proves Medicare for All Urgently Needed. commondreams.org With hospitalizations due to Covid-19 infections surging across the country, new analysis released Monday by the nation's largest nurses' union reveals that thousands of coronavirus patients are among the Americans who could soon be hit with "scandalous" gouging of prices for healthcare services. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229605676_1.jpg

The Canary (2020-11-16). Companies with 'green ambitions' unveiled as COP26 climate summit sponsors. thecanary.co Energy firms National Grid, SSE and ScottishPower, along with NatWest Group, have been unveiled as the first sponsors of UN climate talks in the UK next year. | The key COP26 climate summit was due to take place this month in Glasgow, but it has been postponed to next November because of the Covid-19 pandemic. | The government said all sponsors, who will help shoulder the costs of the talks, have committed to the "Science Based Targets" initiative. This initiative sets ambitious goals to cut emissions and aims to draw up credible action plans to achieve them. | Plans must be in line with what the science says is…

Jordan Woll (2020-11-16). Country reels from explosion in COVID cases. liberationnews.org The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to spiral out of control across the country. The seven-day moving average of new Coronavirus cases has increased by 80 percent in the most recent two weeks, currently standing at 153,000.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Australia: Obstetricians at Sydney's Blacktown Hospital threaten to resign amid the deaths of four babies in 18 months. wsws.org Doctors take a stand as understaffing crisis highlights the fragility of the public health system even without a COVID-19 resurgence.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). WHO: Health Systems Collapsing in Latam Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic is collapsing the health systems in the Americas and Europe, as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of more outbreaks across the region. | RELATED: | "Particularly in Europe and the Americas, health workers and health systems are being pushed to the breaking point," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom. The official e…

sputniknews (2020-11-16). COVID-19 May Have Reached Italy Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Finds. sputniknews.com To date, more than 1.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Italy, with over 45,000 deaths as a result. As the outbreak intensifies, the number of COVID-19 patients in the country's hospitals is on pace to surpass the number of hospitalized patients during the country's initial outbreak.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Quebec Solidaire embraces the ruling elite's criminal "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Michigan governor announces emergency measures as COVID-19 surges throughout the state. wsws.org On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Ecuador: Debates Start to Set the Minimum Wage for 2021. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Council of Labor and Wages (CNTS) Monday began consultative meetings to determine the unified basic wage (UBW) that will rule in 2021 amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Several economists and workers union representatives have cast doubts on a minimum wage increase, taking into account that the country is experiencing an economic contraction and high rates of…

sputniknews (2020-11-16). COVID-19 Pandemic May 'Effectively' End in 2021 if Vaccines Live Up to Early Data – Former FDA Head. sputniknews.com Pharmaceutical company Moderna revealed Monday that their vaccine candidate has a near 95% efficacy in curbing the spread of COVID-19. The revelation is based on interim data analysis of their 30,000-strong phase three trial.

RT (2020-11-16). Biden says 'ONLY REASON' Americans question Covid-19 vaccines is Trump. rt.com Saying he would personally take a coronavirus vaccine if Dr. Anthony Fauci and its makers told him it was safe, Democrat Joe Biden claimed the only reason Americans would distrust the jab is — President Donald Trump. | "I wouldn't hesitate to get the vaccine, if in fact Dr. Fauci [and Moderna or Pfizer] conclude it's safe," Biden said on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, addressing the media who have anointed him president-elect. | Pfizer announced a "90 percent effective" jab last week, followed by Moderna's

teleSUR (2020-11-16). US Biotech Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine is Highly Effective. telesurenglish.net U.S. biotechnology company Moderna Monday announced that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which is currently in phase three of clinical trials, showed a vaccine efficacy of 94.5 percent. | The pharmaceutical company based in Massachusetts detailed that 30,000 people participated in the clinical trials of the vaccine candidate, whose designated name is mRNA-1273. | According to the press release, there are no si…