Daily Archives: November 28, 2020

2020-11-28: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Sophie Cousins (2020-11-28). [World Report] Afghanistan braced for second wave of COVID-19. thelancet.com Afghan health workers predict a second wave of COVID-19 infections, but is the health system ready? Sophie Cousins reports from Afghanistan.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). 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,…

WSWS (2020-11-28). FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19. wsws.org The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

Tema Fodje, Esther Choo (2020-11-28). [Perspectives] Applying for residency in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com This year has been one of tremendous uncertainty for medical students, especially those entering their final year. The dynamics of selecting a specialty, preparing to apply for it, and entering the application process have been disrupted. Many rotations were cancelled or changed so the opportunities to fully explore a specialty were curtailed. Other research and extracurricular activities in support of such training were also constrained. Students entered application season with only the small comfort of knowing that everyone was pretty much in the same boat.

The Lancet (2020-11-28). [Editorial] Maintaining the HIV response in a world shaped by COVID-19. thelancet.com Although global attention is dominated by COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as it enters its fifth decade, is far from over. Since the early 1980s, 75 ∑7 million people have become infected with HIV. 32 ∑7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. HIV/AIDS remains a major public health crisis and only a few countries will meet the 90—90—90 treatment target for 2020. Much has been made of how information systems and service models in the HIV response have helped the COVID-19 response, but the COVID-19 pandemic could have knock-on effects on the HIV response and be devastating for com…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Chilean health workers hold an indefinite national strike. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare professionals are demanding special bonuses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021, among other measures…

Richard Horton (2020-11-28). [Comment] Offline: Europe and COVID-19—struggling with tragedy. thelancet.com The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, publishes weekly reports on progress to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. They make grim reading. The latest iteration, dated Nov 19, predicts that daily deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise in the coming weeks, reaching a peak of over 7000 deaths per day around mid-January. Hospitals will be stretched to breaking point from December through to the end of February. COVID-19 is currently the second leading cause of death in the region—29‚Äà858 weekly deaths (ischaemic heart dis…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). COVID-19 daily deaths drop below 400 after nearly a month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily death toll of the COVID-19 has dropped belowe 400 for the first time since Oct. 31.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits. wsws.org The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

WSWS (2020-11-28). New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org The Supreme Court struck down New York's measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures. wsws.org Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). Dr Pascal Sacré: Emergency Physician Unjustly Fired for His Writings on the COVID Crisis: The Right of Response. globalresearch.ca There, it happened. | For my words, my words, my writings, I was dismissed like a waste, a thief, without the right to answer. | An experienced, competent emergency physician, appreciated by his colleagues for my actions in stressful situations, fired in …

Tom Coburg (2020-11-28). Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme. thecanary.co People on low income are avoiding Boris Johnson's Both are examples…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Health experts fear rapid tests may distract from vaccine work. thecanary.co Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the fast mass community testing systems conducted in Liverpool — which gave results in around 20 minutes without the need for a laboratory — will be replicated in all tier three areas after lockdown ends. This covers areas with a combined population of some 23 million people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Liverpool — where 300,000 people have been tested in the pilot scheme…

WSWS (2020-11-28). MAS factory workers in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, discuss concerns over pandemic. wsws.org Workers' concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-11-28). "We did not sign up to be raped": Women veterans fight back against military sexual trauma. workers.org The writer is a U.S. Army veteran and was an organizer of the American Servicemen's Union, 1968-69. This month two veterans, represented by the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Service Clinic, won a lawsuit against the U.S. Army for giving "bad paper" discharges to veterans with mental health diagnoses. The . . . |

Darren Powell (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children. thelancet.com The WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 identified an important threat to children's health and futures by stating that children across the globe are exposed to exploitative advertising and marketing by the private sector. Fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, breastmilk substitutes, and gambling, were positioned as the key products that children are increasingly exposed to and harmed by. However, by focusing on the marketing of particular so-called unhealthy products, the Commission has made a critical oversight.

John Zarocostas (2020-11-28). [World Report] New international group on antimicrobial resistance. thelancet.com The One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance aims to raise awareness and political advocacy on antimicrobial resistance. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva.

Sharmila Devi (2020-11-28). [World Report] Funding crisis threatens Palestinian refugee agency. thelancet.com UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says that a $300 million shortfall is threatening health services. Sharmila Devi reports.

Francesco Zaccardi, Kamlesh Khunti, Nikolaus Marx, Melanie J Davies (2020-11-28). [Comment] First-line treatment for type 2 diabetes: is it too early to abandon metformin? thelancet.com With the sulfonylurea gliclazide and insulin, metformin is part of the triad of antihyperglycaemic agents on the 2019 WHO list of essential medications. In most international guidelines on the management of hyperglycaemia, metformin is the recommended first-line glucose-lowering agent in patients with type 2 diabetes. The evidence that underpins these recommendations is partly based on the efficacy results in a small subgroup of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study participants, which showed a reduction in macrovascular and microvascular complications in overweight people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes randomi…

Shelley K Uppal, Donovan G Kearns, Vipawee S Chat, Jashin J Wu (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo. thelancet.com We read with interest the study by David Rosmarin and colleagues,1 which investigated the safety and efficacy of ruxolitinib cream in vitiligo. The study concluded that ruxolitinib cream is safe and effective as monotherapy in treating patients with vitiligo.1 We believe that this generalised statement cannot be concluded based on major study limitations.

Anthony Costello, Sarah L Dalglish, Anshu Banerjee, Jeremy Shiffman, Helen Clark, WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Darren Powell for his insightful feedback. Members of the WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 agree with Powell that marketing of any products to children might encourage potentially harmful consumption for the child, the planet, and children's futures, and that more work in both academic and political spheres is needed to highlight the risks.1 Our Commission's analysis of children's wellbeing and rights extends to the dangers of the commercialisation of childhood.

David Rosmarin, Kathleen Butler, Fiona Kuo, John E Harris (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Shelley Uppal and colleagues for their comments on the randomised phase 2 trial of ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo,1 in which concerns over the generalisability of the study population were raised. As a phase 2 study, the goal was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of different concentrations and dosing regimens of ruxolitinib cream in patients with non-segmental vitiligo before progressing to phase 3 studies, in which generalisability would be assessed. As such, our study1 does not state that ruxolitinib cream is a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo or conclude that the study's f…

Laurent Lantieri, Bernard Cholley, Cedric Lemogne, Romain Guillemain, Nicolas Ortonne, Philippe Grimbert, Eric Thervet, Alexandre G Lellouch (2020-11-28). [Articles] First human facial retransplantation: 30-month follow-up. thelancet.com This clinical report of the first documented human facial retransplantation is proof-of-concept that the loss of a facial transplant after CAMR can be mitigated successfully by retransplantation combined with an aggressive desensitisation process.

Noel Chan, Magdalena Sobieraj-Teague, John W Eikelboom (2020-11-28). [Therapeutics] Direct oral anticoagulants: evidence and unresolved issues. thelancet.com Currently licenced direct oral anticoagulants selectively target thrombin (eg, dabigatran) or coagulation factor Xa (eg, apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban). Designed to be given in fixed doses without routine monitoring, direct oral anticoagulants have a lower propensity for food and drug interactions than do vitamin K antagonists, and in randomised controlled trials involving around 250‚Äà000 patients, they were at least as effective for prevention and treatment of thrombosis and were associated with a lower risk of life-threatening bleeding.

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-27). Supreme Court blocks New York's restrictions on religion amid COVID-19. nationofchange.org The Supreme Court's majority ruled that "even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten."

The Canary (2020-11-27). Tier 3 areas will reach breaking point without extra financial help, says Labour. thecanary.co Labour has warned that parts of England under the most stringent coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will be stretched to "breaking point" without the support of a key business grant. | Critical situation: | Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds is set to urge her opposite number Rishi Sunak to bring forward additional help and will suggest the government extends its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) in Tier 3 areas. | ARG funding was given to local authorities when they entered Tier 3 under the first regionalised lockdown restrictions, and was available to all other areas when England entered a national lo…

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-27). As US Hospitalizations Hit New Record, Fauci Warns Pandemic Not Expected to Ease for Holidays. commondreams.org As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-fauci-at-hearing_0.jpg

news.un (2020-11-27). COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out. news.un.org Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-27). 'Bleak Milestone': More Than 100,000 Nursing Home Residents and Staff Killed by Pandemic. commondreams.org Forty percent of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred in long-term care facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nursing_home_covid.jpg

_____ (2020-11-27). COVID-19 Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. popularresistance.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 US, unemployment has skyrocketed, with 45.4 million new unemployment claims since March 14. At least 1/6 of those with jobs before the pandemic are now out of work. According to The New York Times, "The economic downturn is shaping up to be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to be…

_____ (2020-11-27). International Coalition Of Activists Launches Protest Against Amazon. popularresistance.org An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called "Make Amazon Pay," calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce. | "During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth," the campaign states on its we…

news.un (2020-11-27). African nations 'far from ready' for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency. news.un.org As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise, the African continent is "far from ready" to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). How COVID-19 spreads indoors — new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Hit by second COVID-19 wave, Pakistan shuts educational institutions. peoplesdispatch.org Fresh cases of infection have started rising in the country, with over 3,000 cases being reported daily during the course of the week. Cases had substantially reduced in September, prompting educational institutions to reopen…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Cuba: Researchers Develop 2 New COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Center for Control of Drugs, Equipment, and Medical Devices (Cecmed) authorized the beginning of clinical trials of two new COVID-19 vaccine candidates, which were named Mambisa (CIGB-669) and Abdala (CIGB-66). | RELATED: | The Mambisa vaccine will be applied as a nasal spray and its clinical trials will be carried out in Havana, while Abdala will be administered as an intramuscular injection and will be res…

_____ (2020-11-27). Canada's Housing Co-ops Find Success Despite Covid-19 Challenges. popularresistance.org Housing co-ops in Canada remain positive about the future, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 this year. | A recent survey conducted by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) during a virtual town hall held last month revealed that 96% of co-op managers and staff were 'doing well'. | Most housing co-ops in Canada are rental co-ops developed during the 1970s and 80s under government social housing programmes targeting people with low to moderate incomes. Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‚Äëops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 hou…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). 250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India. peoplesdispatch.org Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government…

RT (2020-11-27). 'More information needed': WHO says it needs more than just press release to assess AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com AstraZeneca's press release on its Covid-19 vaccine's efficacy is "certainly" not enough for the World Health Organization to draw any conclusion on the matter, the UN health watchdog said, calling for more data to be made public. | "What we have seen is a press release. And what is the next most important step is that the data really needs to be evaluated on [something] more than a press release," Katherine O'Brien, the WHO director of immunization vaccines and biologicals, told a press conference on Friday. | The pediatric infectious disease physician said that the statement released by the British-Swedish c…

WSWS (2020-11-27). US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure. wsws.org The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

WSWS (2020-11-27). Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees! wsws.org Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of "herd immunity".

WSWS (2020-11-27). COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite's criminal school reopening policy. wsws.org Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). COVID-19 lockdown in Iran's Sanandaj. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A two-week plan for covid-19 restrictions started in several Iranian cities on Saturday, November 21, according to which car traffic is prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM. The plan has been going on for a week now.

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Ex-Aide Calls New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a 'Snarling Attack Dog' After Book Release & Emmy Win. sputniknews.com Alexis Grenell, who was Cuomo's deputy director of intergovernmental affairs when he was state attorney general, has attacked her former boss for penning a book about COVID-19 while the pandemic is still raging.

teleSUR (2020-11-27). US: 90,000 People Hospitalized With COVID-19 Amid Thanksgiving. telesurenglish.net Nearly 90,000 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals across the United States as of Thursday, the Thanksgiving day, reaching a new all-time high for the 16th consecutive day, according to The COVID Tracking Project. | RELATED: | Wednesday's death toll climbed to 2,284 cases, the highest since May 7, also the 7th highest daily death total to data. | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that t…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). COVID-19 spread in different social settings – new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

RT (2020-11-27). 'Dead to me': Eric Clapton slammed for collaborating with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown song. rt.com The announcement that Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have teamed up on a song critical of Covid-19 lockdowns has the legendary musicians facing a barrage of criticism on social media — before anyone has even heard the tune. | The single, titled 'Stand and Deliver,' was written by Morrison and performed by Clapton and will be released on December 4. Proceeds from the song will support Morrison's Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which provides assistance to musicians struggling financially due to lockdown measures preventing many live music performances. | Morrison's involvement should come as no surprise,…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Germany: 12th Country to Surpass One Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany surpassed the one million mark. The daily death toll hit a record of 426, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. | RELATED: | The figures reflected the reality that Germany was at best keeping new infections stable, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has said would not suffice to ease restrictions and eliminate the risk of ove…