Daily Archives: November 25, 2020

2020-11-25: News Headlines

Kenneth Surin (2020-11-25). How the UK Became a Chumocracy. counterpunch.org Boris "BoJo" Johnson survived his bout with Covid-19 after spending time in intensive-care a few months ago. BoJo's survival notwithstanding, he's now having to self-isolate—again– as a result of meeting with a group of Tory MPs, many casual about social distancing and mask-wearing, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Birsen Filip (2020-11-25). Cuba Successfully Halts Its COVID-19 Outbreak: A Reflection of the Socialist Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro's Vision of Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'Private medicine grants privileges to those who have money to the detriment of those who do not have it and nothing could be more inhumane than that. It is unbelievable that rich societies that apply this and many other similar …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Podcast: Statin side effects, vaccine latest and pandemic politics. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: The nocebo effect of statins, the latest on Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine and a former PM talks pandemic.

Editor (2020-11-25). Crimes against humanity: We charge genocide! workers.org On Friday, Nov. 20, over 200,000 new cases of the COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S. — on that one day! Since the virus began to travel through the country in late January — at first undetected — over 260,000 people have died, and over 12,250,000 people have contracted the . . . |

Yogesh Jain (2020-11-25). How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task…

WSWS (2020-11-25). Two Alabama teachers die from COVID-19 as governor vows to keep schools and businesses open. wsws.org Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.

RT (2020-11-25). Puzzling higher AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy for smaller dosage explained: It was reportedly tested on people only under 56. rt.com A seemingly strange phenomenon of a smaller dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine being more effective than a bigger one is reportedly explained by it first being tested on a younger group. | On Monday, the pharmacological company

Sameena Rahman (2020-11-25). COVID explodes inside prisons, but only guards to get first doses of vaccine. liberationnews.org Over the past week, 14,697 new cases of Coronavirus infection were reported inside of state and federal prisons — the highest level since the pandemic began.

Steve Watson (2020-11-25). UK Supreme Court Judge Slams 'Totalitarian' COVID 'Control Freaks' in Government. globalresearch.ca A British Supreme Court judge has slammed the UK government as 'control freaks' for attempting to control people's lives under the guise of COVID, and labeled it "morally and constitutionally indefensible" to define what freedoms the public should and shouldn't …

Editor (2020-11-25). La pandemia se eleva y la economía se afloja. workers.org Realmente es bastante repugnante. La burguesía calcula las pérdidas y ganancias con insensible desprecio por las masas que sufren tanto por el aumento vertiginoso de los casos de COVID como por el colapso del mercado laboral. Ahora, muchos de los que quedaron desempleados en la primavera se están quedando sin . . . |

Bruce Lesnick (2020-11-25). COVID Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. counterpunch.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-11-25). How a Turkish-German Couple Invented a Coronavirus Vaccine. counterpunch.org By now it is largely known that a Turkish-German husband and wife team are the frontrunners in the race to market a vaccine against the coronavirus. This is an extraordinary achievement for the Turkish-born Ugur Sahin who is the CEO of a German biotech firm called BioNTech. He co-founded the company with his wife and

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-25). Putin Talks Global Stability and Coronavirus Vaccine with Ambassadors. globalresearch.ca While receiving newly arrived Ambassadors accredited to the Russian Federation from different foreign countries including Rwanda, Gambia and Central African Republic, President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of coordinating global efforts to ensure stability and halt the spread of coronavirus …

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2020-11-25). As hunger soars across nation, US trade & foreign policy is also causing hunger across the globe. nationofchange.org Hunger was already at alarming levels in the U.S. before the pandemic, and it's only gotten worse.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). UK Spending Review 2020: Imperial experts respond. imperial.ac.uk Academics and researchers from across Imperial College London have provided analysis of the UK Spending Review 2020.

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-11-24). On Coronavirus, We Must Not Allow Politics to Dictate Science. globalresearch.ca In these past couple of weeks, two important studies have been published that could dramatically increase our understanding of the Covid-19 disease. Adding to the science of how we understand and treat this disease is something that should be welcomed, …

RT (2020-11-24). Over ONE BILLION doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 expected to be ready in 2021 as producer promises low prices. rt.com More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine to fight coronavirus next year, according to is developers, who say the jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. | The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by "leading foreign pharmaceutical companies" which have agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity. | "Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy levels," RDIF…

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-24). Hand Hygiene Gaps Identified. jamanetwork.com Hand washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after touching shopping carts, gas pumps, automated teller machines, and other frequently touched surfaces is a key strategy the CDC recommends to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Yet a pair of surveys in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found serious gaps in hand hygiene practices by race, age, and sex.

Eliane Brum (2020-11-24). Coronavirus report from Brazil: Yanomami mothers beg for their babies' bodies. peoplesworld.org The indignity with which the Indigenous people are being treated in the COVID-19 pandemic opened a new and appalling chapter in the Brazilian government's violation of the rights of its original inhabitants. Three women are living a nightmare for which it will be necessary to invent a name. They are Sanà∂mas, part of the Yanomami …

WSWS (2020-11-24). Australian university union blocks opposition as cuts to jobs and conditions intensify. wsws.org Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.

RT (2020-11-24). Commercial interests & Russia/West geopolitical struggle combine to make race for Covid-19 vaccines a new battleground. rt.com It seems that the struggle to find a remedy to deal with coronavirus is being overtaken by geopolitical rivalries and prejudice. Not to mention the commercial interests at stake in a market potentially worth up to $100 billion. | Another vaccine has entered the race to rid the world of the Covid-19 pandemic, but unlike the US version, when the team behind the British-produced AstraZeneca product announced its successful preliminary trial results, the company's shares plummeted in trading on Monday. | By contrast, US pharma giant Pfizer's earlier announcement, on November 9, saw stock markets around the world (…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran to be able to mass-produce corona vaccine: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Islamic Republic of Iran will be able to mass-produce coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines.

Staff (2020-11-24). Betting Pool? Tyson Managers Bet on How Many Workers Would Get COVID. Advocates Call It Grim Pattern. democracynow.org The family of a former meatpacker who died from COVID-19 alleges in a lawsuit that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa knew working conditions would result in illness, and even placed bets on how many workers would be infected. The family of Isidro Fernandez, who died in April, says the plant manager set up a winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on coronavirus infections. Since the start of the pandemic, at least six workers have died and more than 1,000 tested positive for COVID-19 at the Iowa facility. Tyson Foods has suspended the managers involved in the alleged betting schem…

The Canary (2020-11-24). Nearly three in five support staff have seen coronavirus outbreaks in school. thecanary.co The majority of school staff have experienced coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreaks in their school since the start of the pandemic, a survey suggests. | School support staff said they felt "anxious" and "scared for their life" while working in schools, according to a report by the GMB union. | The survey of more than 7,100 support staff found that more than two in three (68%) said testing is not available in school for pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms. | Nearly three in five (58%) school staff in England reported that outbreaks have taken place in their school. | The poll of teaching assistants, administrat…

sputniknews (2020-11-24). Nearly One-Third of New Yorkers May Not Use FDA-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine – Survey. sputniknews.com In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York state, specifically New York City, became one of the top US hotspots that pushed hospitals to their limits and prompted the implementation of refrigerated trucks that were converted into mobile morgues to meet death toll spikes.

news.un (2020-11-24). 'Foundational and necessary change' needed to heal post-COVID world. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world's worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity "to make real, foundational, and necessary change".

AEFAFA (2020-11-24). Tuesday 11/24: COVID-19 in the Amazon: Stories from the Fronlines of Indigenous & Traditional Communities. indybay.org Online event…

Rubin R. (2020-11-24). Study Aims to Identify Drugs That Could Be Repurposed for COVID-19. jamanetwork.com The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently launched a study to determine whether drugs that are already approved or in the late stage of clinical development might merit testing in larger clinical trials as a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment.

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-24). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. zcomm.org The majority of people in the United States support a universal healthcare system. The opportunity to win it is now because the recession means our uninsured numbers will soar and the current healthcare system cannot address the COVID-19 crisis…

RT (2020-11-24). Cool for Yule: UK's four nations agree to relax coronavirus restrictions for Christmas. rt.com Covid-19 won't become the Grinch that steals Christmas from Britons, as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to relax, for the festive season, the restrictions aimed at slowing the second wave of the pandemic. | Authorities in each of the devolved states had introduced their own curbs to tackle the spread of the virus, which has already infected around 1.5 million and killed more than 55,800 people across the UK. However, following talks between the leaders of the four UK states on Tuesday, they jointly decided to settle on a common approach for the upcoming festive period. | The restricti…

Jasmine Norden (2020-11-24). A new vision shows how we can support each other, rebuild the economy and save the planet. thecanary.co A research group is calling on the government to implement new policies to rebuild the economy after coronavirus (Covid-19). | The New Economics Foundation has unveiled a set of There are three main demands. Firstly, the foundation suggested guaranteeing a living income of £227 a week. It further recommended guaranteeing furlough for as long as social distancing is in place a…

sputniknews (2020-11-24). China Tests Millions for COVID-19 After New Cases Reported in Three Cities. sputniknews.com The first case of the novel coronavirus virus was reported on December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 200 countries and territories around the world infecting more than 59 million people and killing more than 1.4 million.

B.N. Frank (2020-11-24). More New Wearable COVID Tech that Constantly Tracks and Zaps People. globalresearch.ca There seems to be no shortage of invasive technology being invented, deployed, and worn in an effort to detect COVID-19 symptoms and/or track people's whereabouts and personal encounters. Devices are being worn by

Chuck Collins (2020-11-24). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. commondreams.org This essential workforce is hustling to help holiday shoppers while also organizing for hazard pay and other Covid-19 protections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amazon-workers-calf.jpg

Mike Pappas, Luigi Morris (2020-11-24). Capitalist Competition Is Sabotaging the Race for a Vaccine. commondreams.org The global race for a Covid-19 vaccine appears to be in its final leg. The research was publicly funded. But Big Pharma stands to make enormous profits, at the expense of people the world over. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/russia-covid-vaccine.jpg

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran's daily COVID-19 infections exceed 13,700. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, 13,721 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Chicago nursing home workers launch strike against poverty wages, lack of protection from COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-11-24). I Can't Keep Up With What's Been Going Down. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including a South Dakota nurse's appearance on TV discussing COVID-19 and the Dow Jones hitting 30,000 points for the first time ever.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Boris Johnson announces end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19. wsws.org From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages? wsws.org Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

Dean Baker (2020-11-24). How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved, If We Had Cooperated on a Vaccine With China? counterpunch.org We know that Republican office holders are not allowed to say that Joe Biden won the election. Apparently there is a similar ban in place for news outlets when it comes to the question of the United States collaborating with China, and other countries, in developing vaccines against the pandemic. In recent days, there have

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-24). What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? middleeasteye.net What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? | Activists say they expect the Palestinian Authority to crackdown on dissent, as Palestinians criticise a return to the coordination policy | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 14: 37 | Palestinian Authority security forces stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 2 July 2020, after authorities reimposed a Covid-19 loc…

WSWS (2020-11-24). A month after being hired at suburban Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant, worker dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.

news.un (2020-11-24). Iraq: Continued international support vital amid 'multiple storms'. news.un.org As authorities in Iraq continue to operate "in the eye of multiple storms", international support remains essential for resolving ongoing political, security, economic and social crises, as well as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-24). World leading experts in health, science and economics discuss post-Covid world. imperial.ac.uk The world's leading experts in health, science and economics discussed…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-11-24). America and Britain are big losers on world stage as they fail to control Covid. zcomm.org "It was clear that none of the great powers were looking to the multilateral system to provide an answer [to the epidemic]. As the death count rose, every country acted as if it was on its own, closing borders, stockpiling medical equipment, and introducing export controls."

_____ (2020-11-24). Interview With Striking Nurse In Philadelphia Suburb. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, November 17, nurses at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, went on strike after management refused to establish safe staffing ratios to confront the growing numbers of Covid cases at the hospital. Left Voice spoke with Drew, who has been a nurse for three years and, for the last year, has worked in the inpatient Endoscopy unit at the hospital. He is a rank-and-file member of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which represents nurses at St. Mary, and has been on the picket line during the strike.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-24). Poor People's Campaign mourns COVID dead, demands immediate help for workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Demanding justice for the living and remembering those killed by the coronavirus, car caravans organized by the New Poor People's Campaign descended Nov. 23 on Washington, D.C., and 25 state capitals to demand further financial and medical relief from top government officials in the nation's fight against that modern-day plague. "In their memory, we must …

RT (2020-11-24). Over 1 BILLION doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid expected in 2021 as producer promises low prices. rt.com More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus next year. Its developers say the two-shot jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. | The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by "leading foreign pharmaceutical companies" who agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity. | "Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy levels," RDIF said in a st…