Daily Archives: November 22, 2020

2020-11-22: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-11-22). Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point. middleeasteye.net Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point | The blockaded territory will soon run out of ventilators, intensive-care beds, say public health advisers | Sun, 11/22/2020 – 13: 00 | A man walks past a mural in Gaza dedicated to doctors fighting Covid-19 (AFP) | Gaza's health system could be overwhelmed by next week because of a surge in coronavirus cases, health advisers warned on…

Staff (2020-11-22). Tyson Exploits Consumers Just Like Its Animals and the Workers Who Raise Them. truthout.org The actions of the U.S. meat industry throughout the pandemic have brought to light the true corruption and waste that are inherent within our food system. Despite a new wave of rising COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently submitted a proposal to further

_____ (2020-11-22). Biden Could Enact Medicare For All By Executive Action. popularresistance.org Journalist David Dayen presented a convincing case Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden, once sworn into office come January, would have the legal authority to immediately provide complete Medicare coverage to everyone in the country via executive action due to the Covid-19 pandemic—though the very serious question remains: would he? | During the primary season in March, Biden said he would veto a Medicare for All bill should one ever reach his desk, but with the coronavirus infection rate surging—and some scenarios projecting an overall death toll as high as 360,000 by the time the inauguration tak…

_____ (2020-11-22). On Contact: Covid-19 And America's Health Care Crisis. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Dr. Margaret Flowers about the Covid-19 pandemic and the catastrophic response to the public health crisis under America's for-profit healthcare system. Without national coordination, or universal and free national health care, Americans are faced with uneven or absent care due to hospital closures, reductions in hospital beds and services. Lawmakers and hospital administrators compete to purchase basic supplies leading manufacturers to hike prices.

Xinhua News Agency (2020-11-22). López Obrador dice en G20 que atenderse salud sin afán de lucro y ayudar a pobres. peoplesworld.org MEXICO—El presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, dijo este sábado en la cumbre virtual del Grupo de los 20 (G20) que la enfermedad del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) ha dejado "lecciones importantes", entre ellas que la salud debe atenderse sin afán de lucro y que la reactivación económica debe empezar por ayudar a los pobres. …

The Canary (2020-11-22). Protesters torch Guatemala's congress building amid unrest. thecanary.co Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's congress and burned part of the building on Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending.The incident came as about 10,000 people were protesting in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City against corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the Central American country was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic.About 1,000 protesters w…

Lynda Carson (2020-11-22). Twelve deaths at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Ravages Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center:…

_____ (2020-11-22). What If the Whole of Modern American History You Know Is Wrong? And What of COVID-19? strategic-culture.org Bill SARDI | I know Americans young and old haven't the time to listen to the late So, allow me to summarize what Dr. Sutton said a few years ago: US industry was behind the re-arming of Russia — -the "cold war" was contrived; and U.S. companies financially and industrially b…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-22). The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade. commondreams.org What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn't let some make billions off a drug millions can't access | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1228062636_1.jpg

Michael Hiltzik (2020-11-22). The Colossal Problem of Publicly Funded Vaccines in Private Hands. zcomm.org As Pfizer and Moderna prepare to roll out their COVID 19 vaccines, the problems associated with publicly funded vaccines in the hands of private companies are already on the horizon, as the drug industry seeks to control global efforts for a cure…

Ed Yong (2020-11-22). Dead Before Christmas. zcomm.org As U.S. Passes 250K COVID Deaths, Healthcare Workers Brace for Holiday Surge…

ZOOM (2020-11-22). Wednesday 11/25: Virtual Thanksgiving: Free, Unlimited Zoom for COVID Safe Gatherings. indybay.org Online via Zoom (free, no time limit on 11/26)…

_____ (2020-11-22). Which Coronavirus Policies Succeed, And Which Fail. strategic-culture.org According to an analysis by and in the New York Times on November 18th, which is headlined At Strategic Culture, on May 21, I had published my own analysis, which was based u…

Staff (2020-11-22). Hospital Bills Amid the Pandemic Are Outrageous. Medicare for All Is the Fix. truthout.org Hospitals in the United States charge patients as much as 1,800% more than their costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. | The 100 most expensive hospitals in the United States charge between $1,129 and $1,808 for every $100 of their costs, according to a Overall…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-22). Vaccine Access Advocates Cautiously Optimistic As G20 Summit Ends With Pledge to 'Spare No Effort' to Ensure Widespread Distribution. commondreams.org World leaders expressed cautious optimism about widespread coronavirus vaccine access as the virtual G20 summit wrapped up with a final statement from the world's 20 largest economies, expressing that the countries would make sure vaccines are distributed equitably across the globe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229708776_1_1.jpg

Mike Walter (2020-11-22). The Heat: APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. america.cgtn.com Leaders from APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, have pledged to work toward free and open trade to revive economies battered by the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual gathering of APEC economic leaders wrapped up Friday, with member nations calling for economic integration and closer cooperation …

Prison Radio (2020-11-22). "The Prison within the Prison": Lockdown and Social Distancing in America's Prisons. globalresearch.ca Our people inside are robbed of privacy, autonomy, safety, and human contact; why would their health in a pandemic be any different? Because of the poor standards and oversight of prison conditions in the U.S., each facility is largely responsible …

_____ (2020-11-22). Pandemia's Norm: Wars and Rumors of Wars. strategic-culture.org Welcome to the world of Pandemia. It is a place where a deadly virus pandemic spreads in an out-of-control fashion. Sheltering at home has led to widespread unemployment. With closed borders and reduced airline flights, international and some domestic travel are all but dead. Legislatures and judicial courts render their decisions over video-conferencing connections. People of all ages die without being able to physically say farewell to their loved ones. | Pandemia is a dark place, where modern medicine and public health are dismissed by the equivalents of alchemists and indulgence sellers of medieval times. Pan…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-22). Guatemalan President Reviewing Budget, Which Slashed Healthcare Spending, After Outraged Protesters Set Fire to Legislative Building. commondreams.org "We are outraged by poverty, injustice, the way they have stolen the public's money," a psychology professor who attended the protests told the press. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229722359_1.jpg

_____ (2020-11-22). People Are Rising Up Against The Elites, So Should We. popularresistance.org This weekend, ten thousand people took to the streets in Guatemala to protest the President and Congress over a proposed budget, the largest in its history, that cuts funds for health care and education as poverty rises, and provides slush funds to politicians and governments. In Colombia, the people held a national strike to protest their violent, right-wing government. In Peru, protests against a right-wing power grab have ousted one appointed president and people are demanding a new government and constitution.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-22). Iran ready to transfer medical experience to Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (MNA) — The Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Iran and the former Prime Minister of Iraq conferred on the expansion of bilateral cultural and scientific relations on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-11-21). Councilman, Parents File Lawsuit to Reopen NYC Schools After de Blasio's Announcement. sputniknews.com The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the US hardest of all, with over 12Mln confirmed cases to date. Initially the Big Apple took the brunt of the virus, although later the daily number of new cases dropped significantly. With numbers now almost doubling in the last two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has again shuttered all the schools within the city.

_____ (2020-11-21). Over 100 Rebellions In Jails And Prisons Over COVID19 Conditions. popularresistance.org U.S jails and prisons, already death traps, have been completely ravaged by COVID-19. Crowded quarters, a lack of PPE, inadequate medical care, an aging population, and unsanitary conditions have contributed to an infection rate 5.5 times higher than the already ballooned average in the U.S. As of this writing, over 252,000 people in jails and prisons have been infected and at least 1,450 incarcerated people and officers have died from the novel coronavirus. Evidence suggests these figures are underreported, however.

Andrew J Pollard, Oxford COVID Vaccine Trial Group (2020-11-21). [Comment] Notice of addendum to Article reporting Oxford trial of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. thelancet.com On request, and to aid others doing similar trials, we are publishing the full standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Oxford University-sponsored trials of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. Operational details about running clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines in a pandemic are not generally available as they are contained in SOPs held at trial sites. These SOPs can provide additional insight into study conduct that assist with interpretation of the data. We have provided an additional appendix to our Article reporting the phase 1/2 findings1 to provide this information about the key processes guiding the Oxford…

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-21). FDA Lets Pfizer Test Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine on U.S. Children. globalresearch.ca Americans have been following COVID-19 vaccine trial developments for weeks, watching companies jockey for frontrunner status like contestants in a reality TV show. And though participants in some of the studies (by

WSWS (2020-11-21). Frontline nurse at UK's Royal Bournemouth Hospital speaks out as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK's Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The Canary (2020-11-21). Mass coronavirus testing for Merthyr Tydfil's residents and workers. thecanary.co Scores of people have turned up at a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing in Merthyr Tydfil.Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the area's residents and workers even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.Merthyr Tydfil has since seen the biggest drop in cases in Wales from around 770 cases per 100,000 to now below 260 as the effect of the country's 17-day firebreak begins to work.A lateral flow immunoassay diagnostic device, which shows the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which is being used on the public in Merthyr Tydfil (Ben Birchall/PA)The tes…

RT (2020-11-21). Covid-19 pandemic could bring economic crisis on scale of 'Great Depression,' Putin tells G20 — warns of poverty & social disorder. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a global economic collapse that would have a significant impact on the lives of millions of people across the world. | Speaking at the virtual G20 summit of international leaders on Saturday, Putin warned that, "despite some positive signals, the main risk is still the so-called stagnant mass unemployment with a subsequent increase in poverty and social disorder." | "The coronavirus epidemic, the global lockdown and the freezing of economic activity launched a systemic economic crisis, which the modern world has not known s…

The Lancet (2020-11-21). [Editorial] COVID-19 vaccines: no time for complacency. thelancet.com "Yes. Yes. Yes." That was the response of John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, when asked whether we could be confident that life will be returning to normal by spring. He was being interviewed by the BBC shortly after the announcement last week by Pfizer and BioNTech that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate had 90% efficacy in clinical trials. Similar announcements about the Russian Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines followed soon after. The prospect of preventing illness and death, and avoiding the harm and misery of extended restrictions, is a cause for optimism.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-21). Trump Skips G20 Pandemic Preparedness Meeting as Covid-19 Cases Surpass 12 Million in US. commondreams.org "The president is not only missing from his post, but he's encouraging a mutiny." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1286899669_1.jpg

WSWS (2020-11-21). As workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants, former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term. wsws.org Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.

WSWS (2020-11-21). US hits record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases as hospitals fill to capacity. wsws.org To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.

WSWS (2020-11-21). As Canada's ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools. wsws.org Canada's Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-11-21). COVID-19: Study suggests immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last for six months. peoplesdispatch.org The study analyzed the immune memory against the virus in 185 patients who had recovered from COVID-19. These included patients who were asymptomatic and those who exhibited severe clinical symptoms…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-21). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

_____ (2020-11-21). Nurse Survey Exposes Hospitals' Failure To Prepare For Covid-19 Surge. popularresistance.org National Nurses United's new nationwide survey of more than 15,000 registered nurses reveals that 11 months into the pandemic, hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of Covid-19 cases during flu season and that basic infection control and prevention measures are still lacking. Nurses cite the health care industry's inappropriate pursuit of profit during this public health crisis as the main reason for its failure to follow the proper infection control measures that nurses have been demanding since the beginning of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-21). As winter sets in Portland's homeless face exposure to the cold, lack of beds and COVID-19. wsws.org The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-11-21). Video: Guatemalan Congress Building Set on Fire Amid Protests Over New Budget. sputniknews.com Guatemala has been seeing protests against the country's new 2021 budget, which, according to The Associated Press, has cut spending on education and health. According to protesters, cited by The AP, the budget was negotiated and passed by the legislators in secret amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine released on bail. peoplesdispatch.org Pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday on charges of violation of COVID-19-related regulations. His arrest was followed by mass protests during which state repression led to at least 37 deaths…

Whitney Webb (2020-11-21). Anthrax To COVID: The Ongoing Anthrax Deception That Created The BioSecurity State & COVID-19. thealtworld.com Joining me today is returning guest David Meiswinkle, President Executive Director of Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry. | On October 15th 2020, the Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry submitted a petition to the US Congress formally requesting a "redress of grievances regarding Federal Government misconduct related to…

WSWS (2020-11-21). San Diego schools continue to reopen as California surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases. wsws.org San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.

WSWS (2020-11-21). CFPE online meeting: The global fight for educator and student safety in the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, college, universities and other educational institutions.

WSWS (2020-11-21). Sri Lankan artists discuss COVID-19 and its impact on their creative work, living conditions. wsws.org Musical performances, theatre, film and teledrama production, book exhibitions and similar activities have almost entirely come to a halt. Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Malaka Devapriya spoke to the WSWS about the situation.

SNS (2020-11-21). Underreported Cause Of Covid-19 Deaths. indybay.org The filthiest places in any country are the slaughterhouses. Animals are defecating and urinating in terror. Their blood spills everywhere.

The Canary (2020-11-21). Legal challenge launched over 'unlawful' Government Covid appointments. thecanary.co Campaigners have submitted a legal challenge alleging that prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock acted "unlawfully" when appointing key figures to top posts during the coronavirus crisis, it has been reported.The Observer said that the case had been lodged jointly by the Good Law Project and race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust.It said that the judicial review, submitted to the High Court, alleged that three appointments were made without advertising the positions and without the open competition normally required for senior public sector roles. | This is our belief, that cronyism…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). Video: The Second Wave: Testing, Testing, "Covid is on the Rise". Towards a Total Lockdown. globalresearch.ca

Reese Erlich (2020-11-21). The upcoming fights over COVID vaccine. zcomm.org Who will be vaccinated first — and in what country?>

sputniknews (2020-11-21). White House Mum on Covid Thanksgiving Rules as CDC Asks People Not to 'Speak Loudly' in Own Homes. sputniknews.com Americans are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, with this year's celebrations marred by the coronavirus pandemic and the vast economic dislocation caused by efforts to keep infection rates down over the past eight months.

ZOOM (2020-11-21). Thursday 11/26: Virtual Thanksgiving: Free, Unlimited Zoom for COVID Safe Gatherings. indybay.org Online via Zoom (free, no time limit on 11/26)…