Monthly Archives: January 2021

2021-01-31: News Headlines

Leah Douglas (2021-02-01). After Enduring "Complete Hell" During Pandemic, Food Workers Face Obstacles Getting Covid-19 Vaccinations. commondreams.org There are still unanswered questions about how and whether the vaccines will actually get to a workforce that ranks among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/farmworkers2.jpg

J.D. ALT (2021-02-01). Shooting Down Deficit Hawks. realprogressives.org Deficit hawks, like dive-bombing kamikazes, are out now again, circling the battleship of our collective efforts to save ourselves. Can we pay ourselves to produce, distribute, and administer the Covid vaccine to every American in six months? No! say the dive-bombing Kamikazes—we cannot collect enough taxes to pay for that. It would require the government to borrow hundreds of billions more, increasing our "deficit" and the national "debt." Can we pay ourselves to design and build a low-carbon infrastructure that will help put a cap on global warming? No and No! say the circling deficit hawks—and h…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-01). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Triple shock of US sanctions, oil price collapse and the pandemic decimates Iranian living standards. wsws.org The "hardline" faction around the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is attacking the faction around President Hassan Rouhani who negotiated the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration, amid indications that the Biden administration intends to continue enforcing the "maximum pressure" campaign of draconian sanctions and military provocations against Iran.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Strikes mount in Turkey against austerity and herd immunity policies. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous response to the pandemic and the collapse of social conditions for millions are increasingly driving workers into struggle.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Leading German columnist Heribert Prantl denounces coronavirus lockdown measures. wsws.org Prantl's current invocation of basic rights has degenerated into mendacious hollow phrases that serve to protect the privileges of a rich minority and are directed against the democratic rights of the working class.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Spanish fascists vote to save Podemos party's bank and corporate bailouts. wsws.org The vote exposes that the EU bailout policy, as well as the health and financial policies of the Podemos-social democrat government, enjoys the full support of the fascists.

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-31). Doughnut Economics Boots Capitalism Out. counterpunch.org The rapid rise of Covid-19 has spawned a renaissance in socio-economic thinking about the best way to face the future, as mayors of cities throughout the world search for answers in the face of declining revenues while society demands more urgent help. Eureka! Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, discovers doughnut economics. With a click

_____ (2021-01-31). '100 Seconds To Midnight'. popularresistance.org One hundred seconds to midnight. That's how close humanity is to the apocalypse, and it's as close as the world has ever been, according to Wednesday's annual announcement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group that has been running its "Doomsday Clock" since the early years of the nuclear age in 1947. | Although the scientists cite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed 1.7 million people around the world and has "revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly," they acknowledge that the coronavirus does not pose an existe…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-31). Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations. middleeasteye.net Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations | Israel's defence ministry says it agreed to transfer 5,000 vaccines to Palestinian medical workers | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 11: 46 | A Maccabi Health vaccination centre worker administers the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in the Givatayim mall parking lot, Tel Aviv, on 26 January 2021 (AFP) | Israel said on S…

Staff (2021-01-31). Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners. truthout.org The next generation of farmers in the United States might not be whom we expect. If the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of farmworkers in our food system, the story left out a rising class of farmworkers who now own their craft with the help of incubator programs across the country. Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S. | Latinx farmers bring a wealth of historic knowledge to our food…

_____ (2021-01-31). The People Of Ecuador Are Fighting To Recover Their Popular Sovereignty. popularresistance.org On 7 February, the citizens of Ecuador will express their constitutional right to popular sovereignty, electing a new president and National Assembly to carry the country out of its most severe crisis in a generation. Between violent crackdowns on IMF protests in 2019 to persistent threats to cancel next month's election, Ecuador's democracy is on the brink. The vigilance of the world will be critical to preserve it — and help restore democracy to a region in the midst of an authoritarian backslide. | Ecuador has been hit harder by the Covid-19 pandemic than almost any country in the world. The country has…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-31). Eradicating the inequality virus calls for more than just slogans. peoplesdispatch.org The Oxfam inequality report highlights that the impact of COVID-19 has been different across different sections of society. Government policies across the world have enabled the rich and powerful to increase their wealth during the pandemic…

Michael Baker (2021-01-31). All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy. zcomm.org Countries trying to eliminate the virus have been far more successful and economically better off than those that have tried to suppress it…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-31). The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy. globalresearch.ca We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second …

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2021-01-31). Monday 2/1: Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Workers' Rights & Lives Lost During COVID w/ NDWA. indybay.org Online event…

Mohga Kamal-Yanni (2021-01-31). We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. zcomm.org An interview on sharing technology so more companies in more countries can produce the vaccines…

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Easing Lockdown Has To Be Done "Very Cautiously", UK Expert. telesurenglish.net Susan Hopkins, chief of COVID strategy at Public Health England, said lessons have to be learned from the past. | "We have learned, as we did on the first occasion, we have to relax things really quite slowly, so that if cases start to increase we can clamp down quite fast," she told the BBC.

Staff (2021-01-31). Biden's Hawkish Foreign Policy Could Derail Moves to Fight Austerity. truthout.org In his first days in office, President Joe Biden has signaled a willingness to disavow austerity policies and expand public benefits, sparking cautious optimism about whether his administration could succeed in minimizing damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. | But Biden is at risk of repeating similar mistakes made by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who promised more relief to the poor than he could deliver because of his decision to escalate conflict in Vietnam. | In 1964, Johnson won the presidenti…

Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank (2021-01-31). Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace. indybay.org "We need a much more democratic system, we need to democratize all bits of the state — we need collective power theface.com/culture/the-corona-crash-grace-blakeley-interview-coronavirus-economy-uk?token=44

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Cuba To Apply Mandatory Quarantine for International Travels. telesurenglish.net Cuba's National Epidemiology director Francisco Duran announced that institutional isolation would be applied to all international travelers starting February 6 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. | RELATED: | The isolation of Cuban residents will be carried out in authorized centers by the Health Ministry. Fees will not be charged for transportation to the centers and bac…

Editor (2021-01-31). Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism. scheerpost.com Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Basav Sen | OtherWords The year 2020 will be remembered in history for a deadly pandemic and a deep economic crisis that touched almost every country on earth. Hopes for a brighter 2021 were one of the few things most people could agree on. But just six days into the new year, these hopes were rudely shattered by images of far-right white supremacists… |

WSWS repost (2021-01-31). Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest. indybay.org In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.

Chuck Collins (2021-01-31). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…

Jack Rasmus (2021-01-31). Gamestop—And the Game That Never Stops! zcomm.org We should be less concerned about day traders getting burned, and more about the tens of millions of Americans families going hungry, jobless, being evicted from their rents, and dying in the hundreds of thousands due to a failed health care system and gross government mismanagement…

RT (2021-01-31). #BidenLied tops Twitter trends as president's loyalists try to hijack hashtag to switch conversation from disappointment to Trump. rt.com Joe Biden has been slammed from both left and right for not fulfilling at least one campaign promise, getting #BidenLied trending, triggering his supporters to try and hijack the hashtag to distract from the criticism. | After decades in politics, Biden being accused of lying to the public by critics is nothing new, but his first days as president have even some supporters questioning his honesty. | As numerous liberals called out Biden for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan offering $1400 direct payments to Americans when he actually promised $2000 "immediately" after taking office (though he's attempte…

RT (2021-01-31). 'He doesn't care': 10 Republicans praise Biden's call for 'unity', want to work 'in good faith' on new Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, sent a letter to Joe Biden on Sunday, requesting a meeting to discuss Covid-19 economic relief — but the attempt at bipartisanship is being eviscerated on social media. | The Republicans' specific plan will be unveiled on Monday, but they say it aligns with the president's "stated priorities" and could win "bipartisan support." | Biden's Covid-19 relief package is worth $1.9 trillion, a cost some critics have argued is too high. The plan also includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals. | Specifics for the Republican plan were not given in…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Mexican president sick with Covid, Mexico sick of disinformation. laprensalatina.com By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spent the past week sick with Covid-19, his health status being kept largely secret by the government in the country with the world's third-largest death toll from the disease. "The government has not handled the information about the president's health …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Spain, Portugal restore border checks as Covid cases soar. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and Portugal have temporarily restored checks along their shared border until at least 10 February as authorities in Lisbon scramble to bring surging Covid-19 cases under control. The new measures, introduced Sunday after Portugal voted to extend its state of emergency, only allow people to cross the border for work …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Thousands break Israel's Covid rules to attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi's funeral. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people broke Israel's coronavirus rules on mass gatherings Sunday to attend the funeral of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died overnight of Covid-19. The funeral for Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, took place in western Jerusalem. Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox mourners, many without protective facemasks, gathered around …

RT (2021-01-31). Massachusetts congressman tests positive for Covid-19 after getting 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine. rt.com Representative Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said. The lawmaker received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine before Joe Biden's inauguration. | The 65-year-old tested positive on Friday, his office said. A staff member in his Boston office tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, spokesperson Molly Rose Tarpey added. | Lynch "had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and subsequently received a negative Covid-19 test prior to attending President Biden's Inauguration," on January 20, the statement added, without specifying the date. Lynch has no…

RT (2021-01-31). Nation's 'largest vaccination site' in LA briefly shut down amid protest against Covid-19 immunization campaign (VIDEOS). rt.com Access to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, called the nation's largest mass vaccination site, was halted for an hour after a small group of protesters showed up to decry the immunization drive. | The entrance to the stadium, which has been serving as a mass vaccination site since mid-January, was sealed at around 2pm local time after a sparse crowd of protesters staged a rally near the gate. | Footage on social media

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Ireland Could Have 'Picked up the Batphone to Biden' to Force EU to U-Turn in COVID Jab Row With UK. sputniknews.com The European Union, which has been far outpaced by the UK in its race to inoculate its population, threatened to invoke Northern Ireland Brexit emergency powers to control the flow of COVID-19 vaccines into Britain on Friday, but was forced to backtrack on part of the announcement after an immediate backlash from London, Dublin and Belfast.

_____ (2021-01-31). Leaders in Coronavirus Vaccination. strategic-culture.org Vaccination against COVID-19 has already become the largest vaccination campaign in history. As of January 25, 2021, more than‚ÄØ65.7 million‚ÄØdoses‚ÄØin‚ÄØ56‚ÄØcountries have been administered. Which countries are leading in terms of vaccination?

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Pandemic claims 35 lives in Libya. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic claimed 35 lives in Libya and caused one fatality in Bahrain on Sunday.Libya's National Center for Disease Control said in a statement that the COVID-19 sickened 981 people over the past 24 hours, while 1,349 patients recovered.The country's count now rose to 118,631 cases, including 1,877 deaths, and 98,706 recoveries.In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the Gulf state's death tally rose to 373 after one patient had died from the virus, while 655 new infections were registered.The country's nationwide count now stood at 102,626 cases and 98,160 recoveries.Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic…

sputniknews (2021-01-31). 'Focus on Collaboration': Britain Ready to Assist EU Amid Bloc's COVID Jab Shortfalls. sputniknews.com The UK and the European Union have been locked in a dispute over the distribution of a vaccine manufactured by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as Britain has been ramping up its sweeping inoculation programme, while the EU bloc deals with shortages and setbacks in its anti-COVID roll-out.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). #BidenLied: Netizens Blame POTUS for Deception Over $2,000 Stimulus Checks. sputniknews.com Despite continued debate over the coronavirus relief package in the US, the only thing that the former Republican president, Donald Trump, and the incumbent Democrat, Joe Biden, appear to agree on was that the $600 one-time stimulus payments are not enough.

RT (2021-01-31). 'You got conned': Regretful Democrat volunteers cope with disappointment after Biden turns out to have misled about $2,000 checks. rt.com Americans who voted for President Biden in the November US presidential election expressed their regret at having volunteered for the Democrats, after the administration revealed it would not be giving out $2,000 relief checks. | The Democratic Party announced on Saturday that Americans would receive $1,400 coronavirus relief checks instead of the $2,000 promised by the party and Biden during their presidential campaign. | "I worked my ass off and knocked on well over 1000 doors promising ppl for $2000 checks. Where are they? You promised them. I hate lying to ppl," complained one self-proclaimed socialist on…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Should governments use cash incentives to nudge people to get vaccinated? yenisafak.com In the healthcare sector, money incentives to steer the public into making better choices have grown more and more popular. Insurers and companies have been dishing out dollars to nudge people to take their meds, give up bad habits, and hit the gym.But if such incentives are championed in normal times, might the same strategy be sound for promoting the use of vaccines against coronavirus, the largest healthcare crisis of the modern era?For some time now, a majority of US companies have offered financial incentives to employees who take part in programs beneficial to their health, or alternately penalize those wh…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). India expected to increase public spending in post-pandemic budget. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Economists and experts expect the Union Budget of India, set to be presented by the government on Monday, to include greater public spending with a special emphasis on the health sector in order to rescue the country's economy. In its annual economic survey released on Friday, the Indian finance ministry …

_____ (2021-01-31). UN Sex Crimes: Guterres' Draconian Cover-Ups Might Be Soon Over. strategic-culture.org The UN's answer to cover them up and punish journalists might be coming to an end as there are signs that member states have had enough. Will the British government lead a new cause? | It's practically impossible these days to google the word 'UN' without being hit with the wave of articles about its sexual harassment cases, which in recent years under Antonio Guterres, appears to have mushroomed into something of a pandemic. Even faithful supporters of the UN will ask themselves how can a global organisation which serenades itself on the world stage as an arbiter of human rights, be the worst offender? When does…

Eric Levitz (2021-01-31). Democrats' Internal Conflict Over the Filibuster Is Just Getting Started. commondreams.org Joe Manchin doesn't necessarily have an interest in the institutional health of the Democratic Party, but the party's leaders have a vital interest in passing sweeping reforms that gratify its base and mitigate its structural disadvantages. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/schumer_manchin.jpg

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Israeli forces kill Palestinian in occupied West Bank. yenisafak.com Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Israeli army.A military statement said a Palestinian armed with three knives connected to a stick allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem.The army said the attacker was neutralized. No injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers.The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a Palestinian was martyred by Israeli fire south of Bethlehem.Local residents said the Palestinian was injured and left bleeding to death.On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dea…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-30). Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine. middleeasteye.net Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine | Algeria says it is trying to get enough vaccines to cover the whole country | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 22: 18 | An Algerian health worker holds up a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Saturday with the newly arrived first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. | The campaign…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Shut down schools and businesses to stop the spread of new COVID-19 strains! wsws.org The more than 102 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide have provided ample opportunity for the virus to mutate and become even more dangerous.

Staff (2021-01-30). New Surge of COVID Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" in Illinois Prisons. truthout.org With COVID-19 raging throughout the United States, there is a growing sense of desperation among people in prison. Pablo Mendoza, who recently got out of prison, said that those inside "are tired of the lockdown." They spend 23.5 hours a day in their cells. They have not had visits from their loved ones for almost a year. | Those who have caught COVID and are believed to be immune get out for yard time. Others are "weighing options," according to Mendoza: "Stay safe, or get the virus so they can get som…

RT (2021-01-30). French police bust giant 'orgy' inside warehouse, fine 90+ people for breaking Covid-19 curfew — media. rt.com Police have reportedly raided a wild party inside a remote warehouse near Paris, issuing dozens of fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions. The event was described by the media as an "orgy." | According to the France Info radio station, the residents of the town of Collegien, near Paris, had begun suspecting that something was about to go down when they spotted cars driving to a warehouse at the edge of the A4 motorway on Friday evening. They alerted the police, who arrived at the site around 9pm. | The outlet cited police sources describing the event as "clearly an orgy." The officers reportedly fined 11 pe…

RT (2021-01-30). 'Not a trivial offense': Austrian police discover dozens of foreign revelers flouting lockdown to get to top ski resort. rt.com Austria's police have found almost 100 people from Europe and beyond, who found a way to circumvent the nation's strict Covid-19 lockdown and relax at one of its top ski resorts despite a ban on foreign tourist activities. | A Friday police raid in the town of St. Anton am Arlberg — one of Austria's most popular alpine ski resorts — has ended up with law enforcement officers discovering 96 foreign ski lovers in breach of the existing Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Now, the festive revelers could face a fine of up to €2,180 ($2,650) in addition to getting PCR tests and staying in quarantine for s…

Staff (2021-01-30). Little-Known Federal Volunteer Unit Remains Underutilized for Mass Vaccinations. truthout.org In theory, Alice Weisz retired in 2016. But in practice, the retired endocrinologist in Virginia Beach has had a busy year. Last January, as Covid-19 reached the U.S., Weisz volunteered to help the local health department field phone calls. By late spring, she was sliding swabs up people's nostrils at drive-through Covid-19 testing sites. | In the fall, Weisz administered flu shots. And earlier this month, she found herself in the vacant ambulance bay of a Virginia Beach emergency medical…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-30). The Heat: Leaders address climate and COVID-19 at Davos. america.cgtn.com Climate change, COVID-19 and the impact on the global economy topped this week's agenda at the World Economic Forum. We'll bring you the highlights…

2021-01-30: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-01-30). Ontario's long-term care sector is in a Grave Humanitarian Crisis. mronline.org We are a group of physicians, researchers, and advocates who have come together to express our grave concern for the safety and well-being of Ontarians who reside and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. We call upon the Ontario government to immediately end the violations of peoples' human rights and control the spread of COVID-19 …

Staff (2021-01-30). New Surge of COVID Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" in Illinois Prisons. truthout.org With COVID-19 raging throughout the United States, there is a growing sense of desperation among people in prison. Pablo Mendoza, who recently got out of prison, said that those inside "are tired of the lockdown." They spend 23.5 hours a day in their cells. They have not had visits from their loved ones for almost a year. | Those who have caught COVID and are believed to be immune get out for yard time. Others are "weighing options," according to Mendoza: "Stay safe, or get the virus so they can get som…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-30). The Heat: Leaders address climate and COVID-19 at Davos. america.cgtn.com Climate change, COVID-19 and the impact on the global economy topped this week's agenda at the World Economic Forum. We'll bring you the highlights…

Staff (2021-01-30). Little-Known Federal Volunteer Unit Remains Underutilized for Mass Vaccinations. truthout.org In theory, Alice Weisz retired in 2016. But in practice, the retired endocrinologist in Virginia Beach has had a busy year. Last January, as Covid-19 reached the U.S., Weisz volunteered to help the local health department field phone calls. By late spring, she was sliding swabs up people's nostrils at drive-through Covid-19 testing sites. | In the fall, Weisz administered flu shots. And earlier this month, she found herself in the vacant ambulance bay of a Virginia Beach emergency medical…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Austrian left demands free availability of mandatory FFP2 masks. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections, the Austrian government made it mandatory for people to wear medical-grade FFP2 masks in public transport, hospitals, shops and other establishments from January 25…

_____ (2021-01-30). Victimized Teacher Speaks Out Against Deadly School Reopening. popularresistance.org Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ordered 5,800 teachers to return for in-person instruction at the beginning of January. Teachers who refused to return to in-person learning as the deadly COVID-19 virus raged through Chicago were labeled by the district as "absent without leave." Their pay was docked, and their computer access locked. | The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jake, one of nearly 150 locked-out educators. Jake was a physical education (PE) teacher at a CPS elementary school for five and a half years until recently. He quit the profession after bein…

news.un (2021-01-30). FROM THE FIELD: COVID crisis creates new wave of self-reliance for Tonga. news.un.org Although Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific, has so far avoided COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has hit the economy hard along with the entire region, and helped Tongans become more resilient and less reliant on expensive food imports.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-01-30). The COVID-19 Pandemic Can't Be Managed—It Has to Be Eradicated. zcomm.org Americans are unlikely to return to the pre-pandemic normal that Chinese residents now enjoy simply because we are not trying to eliminate the virus like China did…

Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank (2021-01-30). Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace. indybay.org "We need a much more democratic system, we need to democratize all bits of the state — we need collective power theface.com/culture/the-corona-crash-grace-blakeley-interview-coronavirus-economy-uk?token=44

_____ (2021-01-30). We Should All Be Outraged. popularresistance.org Someday the world will be free of the coronavirus. Then, we will glance backward at these years of misery inflicted by virions with spike proteins that have struck down millions of people and held social life in its grip. Much will be debated about the origins of the virus and the rapidity of its spread around the world, a transmission that shows how closely interconnected we have become due to modern transportation technology. There is no going backward from the processes that will continue to shrink the globe, bringing us closer and closer together, bringing other viruses and diseases greater and greater host p…

Staff (2021-01-30). Congress Took on Vital Health Issues in Last Month's Massive Spending Bill. truthout.org This story also ran on Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Health workers, students and teachers rise up for their rights in Greece. peoplesdispatch.org Health workers demanded fresh investment in the sector to combat the pandemic while students and teachers opposed the deployment of security forces on university campuses…

WSWS repost (2021-01-30). Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest. indybay.org In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.

Fight Back (2021-01-30). Ranks of workers receiving unemployment insurance grows in January. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The broadest measure of unemployment insurance, which includes the regular state unemployment insurance or UI, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, as well as the state Extended Benefits or EB rose in the first week of January by 2.3 million people to a total of 18.3 million people. While down from its peak in April, it is still nine times as high as it was a year ago before the recession began, according to the weekly report by the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, January 28. | Part of the bounce in une…

KQED (2021-01-30). Tuesday 2/9: Pandemic & Civil Unrest Impact on Bay Area Black Churches w/ "The Black Church" Sneak Peek. indybay.org Online event…

WSWS (2021-01-30). London's Wigmore Hall leads the way in live-streaming music during the pandemic. wsws.org For more the six months, live chamber music has attracted a growing international audience.

RT (2021-01-30). 'Torturing the English language': Biden accused of twisting the truth with promise his Covid-19 stimulus plan 'finishes the job'. rt.com President Joe Biden is getting criticism from both the left and the right for claiming his American Rescue Plan will help Americans struggling during the pandemic by offering a $2,000 stimulus — an amount also pushed for by Trump. | "$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying your rent and putting food on the table," Biden tweeted on Saturday, referring to the $600 stimulus payment passed in the final weeks of Trump's presidency. | Biden went on to claim his $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan, which he has urged Congress to pass sooner rather than later, "finishes the job of getting…

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Israel to provide Palestinian Authority with 5,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Israel is to provide the Palestinian National Authority with 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine. The jabs are designated for the healthcare workers, an Israeli official source told Efe on Saturday. Some of which could be sent to the Gaza Strip. Israel is expected to start delivering the Pfizer-BioNTecH vaccine early …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Vietnam approves AstraZeneca vaccine amid fresh Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Vietnam on Saturday announced that it had approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, the first to be authorized in the country. It comes amid a sudden new outbreak of the virus, with 34 new cases reported Saturday. AstraZeneca has pledged to supply 30 million …

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Iran authorizes use of Russian COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iranian envoy to Moscow Kazem Jalali said Saturday that the second consignment of the Russian vaccine will reach Iran by the end of February.In the second phase, the vaccine will be jointly produced by the two countries, Jalali said, while emphasizing its safety and efficacy.The confirmation first came during Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Moscow this week, where he said the vaccine has been registered in Iran after approval from the country's health authorities.Produced by Russian Health Ministry's Gamaleya Center, Sputnik V has so far been approved for use in 14 countries even though discussions at the…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Algeria starts COVID-19 vaccination campaign. yenisafak.com Algeria has started its vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, according to local media.State-run television aired images of a health worker being vaccinated in the southern Blida province, an epicenter of the COVID-19 virus."Blida was chosen in a symbol move at the start of the vaccination campaign since the province was the first epicenter of the pandemic last March," Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid told a press conference.Jamal Fourar, the head of the anti-virus national committee, said the months-long vaccination campaign aims to vaccinate around 80% of the country's 44 mill…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). US stocks down 2% with new COVID-19 variant risks. yenisafak.com US stocks closed lower Friday to end the last trading day of January as new variants of the novel coronavirus increased perceived risks of investors for global economic recovery.The Dow Jones fell 620 points, or 2%, to 29,982, while the SP 500 declined 73, or 1.9%, to end at 3,714.The indexes posted their worst weekly plummet since October as they closed below their 50-day moving average for the first time since November.The Nasdaq fell 266 points, or 2%, to end at 13,070 with Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft sliding by 2% each. The tech-heavy index finished the week down 3.5% but was up 1.4% in January.The VIX v…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). 'About half' of virus cases in Lisbon due to UK variant. yenisafak.com Hospitals in Portugal's capital Lisbon continued overflowing with patients on Friday, with nearly half of the COVID-19 infections in the worst-hit region thought to be caused by the coronavirus variant first detected in the UK.The highly contagious variant is responsible for more than 32% of cases nationwide and almost 50% of all cases confirmed in Lisbon, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Twitter late Thursday.Citing the same figures, Health Minister Marta Temido said the data may not paint a full picture as it is coming from just one laboratory.Portugal has been under lockdown for two weeks and ha…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-30). Iran COVID-19 update: 82 deaths, 6,317 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,317 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2021-01-30). 'Mafia-Like EU 'Cocked up Big Time' Over 'Trumpian' Move to Block COVID Jabs From Entering UK. sputniknews.com Earlier, Brussels introduced export controls on COVID-19 vaccines, affecting countries like the UK, US, Canada, and Australia, while temporarily overriding Brexit deal terms enabling goods to flow across the Northern Irish border, only to swiftly backtrack on what was branded by Northern Ireland as an "incredible act of hostility."

sputniknews (2021-01-30). 'Greatest Crisis Since World War II': EU Struggles With COVID Vaccine Roll-Out Amid Shortages. sputniknews.com Earlier, the European Union slapped restrictions on exports of COVID-19 inoculations outside the bloc amid an escalating vaccine trade war with Great Britain, as Brussels found itself under fire over the slow pace of delivery to the 27 member-states, while post-Brexit UK was making impressive immunisation strides.

sputniknews (2021-01-30). New York Governor Cuomo Shifts Blame For Nursing Home Scandal to Trump Administration. sputniknews.com Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced criticism for his order for nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients while the facilities were under-equipped. He's now under fire again after a report by the NY Attorney General revealed that the state health department under-counted the number of deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes by 50 percent.

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-01-30). [World Report] Health experts slam Bolsonaro's vaccine comments. thelancet.com Brazil has begun COVID-19 vaccinations, but health experts are having to boost confidence following the president's remarks. Joe Parkin Daniels reports.

Richard Horton (2021-01-30). [Comment] Offline: The case for No-COVID. thelancet.com As many countries continue to struggle with a third wave of COVID-19—Hong Kong is suffering its fourth wave and is contemplating a fifth and sixth—all governments and public health authorities will need to remain open to new ideas for controlling the pandemic. This past week, Ilona Kickbusch, founding director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, shared a proposal being widely discussed in Germany. The approach devised by a group of clinicians and academics, which in addition to Kickbusch includes Melanie Brinkmann, Michael Hallek, M…

The Lancet (2021-01-30). [Editorial] Health and care workers are owed a better future. thelancet.com It has been a traumatic and testing year for the health and care workforce globally. In recognition of their contribution and struggles during the pandemic response, WHO has designated 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers. This campaign highlights the need for investment in health workforce readiness, education, and learning to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, to maintain health services, and to prepare for vaccine roll-outs. A call for action on behalf of the health-care workforce is welcome.

Jean Claude Mugunga, Kartik Tyagi, Daniel Bernal-Serrano, Nidia Correa, Matias Iberico, Frederick Kateera, Fernet Leandre, Megan Murray, Jean Christophe Dimitri Suffrin, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier (2021-01-30). [Comment] SARS-CoV-2 serosurveys in low-income and middle-income countries. thelancet.com Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) serosurveys provide crucial information on previous SARS-CoV-2 infections in communities.1 These surveys are particularly useful in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where limited testing capacity inhibits the ability to monitor COVID-19 burden through routine care and contact tracing.2…

MEE staff (2021-01-30). Covid-19: Iran says locally produced vaccine effective against UK variant. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Iran says locally produced vaccine effective against UK variant | Meanwhile, Tehran sets new rules requiring travellers from Europe to self-quarantine for two weeks after testing negative upon arrival | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 13: 45 | A health worker in Iran prepares an injection during the first trial phase of a locally made vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus disease in Tehran on 29 December 2020 (AFP)…

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). An ever-growing memorial: Peru's health worker death toll nears 300. laprensalatina.com Lima, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- A row of almost 300 portraits of healthcare professionals who have died from Covid-19 lines the sidewalk outside the Medical College of Peru in the capital Lima. The memorial was launched in June 2020 with around 45 portraits to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the campaign against …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Bolivian artists tackle topic of panedmic. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Jan 30 (EFE).- An exhibition in Bolivia is offering a close look back on the Covid-19 pandemic so far through the medium of contemporary art. The exhibit, Mutaciones y Afecciones #Cuerpos Pandémicos, is hosted at the Spanish Cultural Center in La Paz and showcases eight Bolivian artists who offer a creative look at …

Fight Back (2021-01-30). Marquette University staff protest firings. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Marquette University staff members and their supporters picketed outside the administration building on January 27 in the biting cold. Marquette University recently announced the firing of nearly 40 longtime staff members, while the university is set to bring in nearly $10 million in federal COVID stimulus money, which was ostensibly passed to help prevent layoffs like this one. | Protest organizers called out the administration, accusing them of lying in order to justify the terminations as COVID-related. Organizers say Marquette administrators have not provided any evidence that job cuts were fi…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Follow measures not to risk 3rd peak in Turkey: Expert. yenisafak.com Dr. Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, a member of Turkey's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, said people should continue to follow measures especially during the winter months and noted there has been an increase in coronavirus infections in Turkey in the past four days.Kayipmaz told Anadolu Agency that lockdown measures in the last couple of months are a major factor in reducing cases and deaths.He said the vaccination process for social immunization in Turkey had already started but it was only performed on a part of the society and urged the country to continue to follow measures for a while until the immunity rate wo…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Lebanon: Protests break barrier of fear in Tripoli. yenisafak.com Lebanon's Mediterranean city of Tripoli has witnessed days of protests with reports of clashes with security forces after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in the country.The most violent clash occurred on Thursday night when the city center and the governorate building were torched by angry protesters.The clashes resulted in the death of a 30-year-old demonstrator, Omar Taiba, who was shot in the back, according to health authorities."What is happening in the city is a result of the economic and social conditions caused by the Lebanese state, especially the total lockdown decision due to the coronavirus pandemi…

sputniknews (2021-01-30). 'Massive Corruption and Cover-up': Republicans Urge 'Callous' Cuomo to Resign Over Nursing Home Row. sputniknews.com New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday dismissed allegations in the NY Attorney General's report alleging that his administration had 'manipulated' the tally of coronavirus-related deaths in local nursing homes, denouncing them as a "political attack" that began with former US President Donald Trump's administration.

Amit Kaura, Jonathan A C Sterne, Adam Trickey, Jamil Mayet (2021-01-30). [Correspondence] Managing NSTEMI in older patients — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Francesco Versaci and colleagues and Alberto Cordero and colleagues for their comments about our SENIOR-NSTEMI study.1 Versaci and colleagues raise concerns about residual confounding relating to the extent and severity of coronary artery disease, which might have influenced management strategy decisions and patient prognosis. Information regarding the burden of coronary artery disease is usually not known when the clinical decision to manage patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction invasively or non-invasively is made.

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Taiwan's economy grows 3% in 2020 thanks to virus response. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- The economy of Taiwan was one of the few in the world to end the first year of the coronavirus pandemic in positive numbers, growing by 2.98 percent over 2020. This official estimate, published Friday night by the General Directorate of Budget, Accounting and Statistics of the Taiwanese government, marks …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). A year of coronavirus in India, the second worst affected country. laprensalatina.com By Mikaela Viqueira New Delhi, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Exactly a year ago from Saturday, India confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus after a student of the University of Wuhan tested positive. Now, more than 10.7 million cases later, the country has finally received a glimmer of hope of putting behind a pandemic which …

Rachel Clarke (2021-01-30). [Perspectives] Caring intensively: a GP's pandemic journal. thelancet.com "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?" asks Dorothea Brooke, heroine of one of the greatest Victorian novels, George Eliot's Middlemarch. Her question is simultaneously mundane and profound. It conjures all those discreet and humble acts—a hug, an offer of shelter, a door held open to allow a grandparent to pass—that when knitted together help people feel cared for and make society humane. One senses that, like Dorothea Brooke, author and Edinburgh general practitioner (GP) Gavin Francis would struggle to see the point of a life lived without caring for others.

Michael Welch (2021-01-30). The Vaccines, The Plunder, and the Arrival of the Great Reset. globalresearch.ca "Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery." | — Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum [1] | "I don't consider the …

Adam L Cohen, Minal K Patel, Thomas Cherian (2021-01-30). [Comment] Vaccines work: a reason for celebration and renewed commitment. thelancet.com With policy makers around the world considering how to allocate limited health budgets and individuals considering whether to accept vaccinations for themselves and their children, understanding the impact of vaccination has never been more important to inform those decisions. A modelling study by Xiang Li and colleagues in The Lancet reports that vaccination against ten common vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) reduced deaths by nearly half in low-income and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2019.

Xiang Li, Christinah Mukandavire, Zulma M Cucunubá, Susy Echeverria Londono, Kaja Abbas, Hannah E Clapham, Mark Jit, Hope L Johnson, Timos Papadopoulos, Emilia Vynnycky, Marc Brisson, Emily D Carter, Andrew Clark, Margaret J de Villiers, Kirsten Eilertson, Matthew J Ferrari, Ivane Gamkrelidze, Katy A M Gaythorpe, Nicholas C Grassly, Timothy B Hallett, Wes Hinsley, Michael L Jackson, Kévin Jean, Andromachi Karachaliou, Petra Klepac, Justin Lessler, Xi Li, Sean M Moore, Shevanthi Nayagam, Duy Manh Nguyen, Homie Razavi, Devin Razavi-Shearer, Stephen Resch, Colin Sanderson, Steven Sweet, Stephen Sy, Yvonne Tam, Hira Tanvir, Quan Minh Tran, Caroline L Trotter, Shaun Truelove, Kevin van Zandvoort, Stéphane Verguet, Neff Walker, Amy Winter, Kim Woodruff, Neil M Ferguson, Tini Garske, Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium (2021-01-30). [Articles] Estimating the health impact of vaccination against ten pathogens in 98 low-income and middle-income countries from 2000 to 2030: a modelling study. thelancet.com Increases in vaccine coverage and the introduction of new vaccines into LMICs have had a major impact in reducing mortality. These public health gains are predicted to increase in coming decades if progress in increasing coverage is sustained.

Niels W C J van de Donk, Charlotte Pawlyn, Kwee L Yong (2021-01-30). [Seminar] Multiple myeloma. thelancet.com Multiple myeloma is the second most common haematological malignancy in high-income countries, and typically starts as asymptomatic precursor conditions—either monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance or smouldering multiple myeloma—in which initiating genetic abnormalities, such as hyperdiploidy and translocations involving the immunoglobulin heavy chain, are already present. The introduction of immunomodulatory drugs, proteasome inhibitors, and CD38-targeting antibodies has extended survival, but ultimately the majority of patients will die from their disease, and some from treatment-relat…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Turkey ratifies agreements with 7 countries. yenisafak.com The Turkish government ratified agreements with seven countries in areas of education, sports, and health, according to information issued in the Official Gazette on Saturday.A visa cooperation deal with Azerbaijan, signed on Feb. 25 last year, was among the approved agreements.It aims to facilitate short-term travel between the two countries and gives citizens a 30-day visa validity period from the date of entry.Turkey's extradition agreement with Kosovo inked on May 31, 2011 was also ratified.The agreement aims to "develop international cooperation in the field of criminal law" and "further ends of justice and…

Geoff Watts (2021-01-30). [Obituary] Adetokunbo Oluwole Lucas. thelancet.com Leading expert in global health. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on Nov 25, 1931, and died in Ibadan, Nigeria, on Dec 25, 2020, aged 89 years.

Susan Jaffe (2021-01-30). [World Report] Biden unwinds Trump health-care policies. thelancet.com A Democrat in the White House and a Democratic Congress could bring big changes to US health policy, but challenges remain. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Ken Wu (2021-01-30). [Perspectives] Afraid together. thelancet.com "I think the neighbours have it." My mum was always conscious of her health. Nevertheless, the anxiety in her voice was jarring. Although we were talking by telephone, I could picture what she looked like. Her usual smile would flatten, transforming her face into an ashen mask. "I am scared. If I get it, I have no one. I am alone."

2021-01-29: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-29). New Vaccine Is So Far 100 Percent Effective at Preventing Hospitalization. truthout.org Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that its COVID-19 vaccine is 85 percent effective against severe COVID-19 infections, and no study participants who received the vaccine died or had to be hospitalized. | The results also show that the vaccine is

Staff (2021-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2021. democracynow.org South African Coronavirus Variant Detected in U.S. for First Time, Novavax Vaccine Cut COVID-19 Cases by 90 Percent in Trial But Lagged Against South African Variant, President Biden Expands Affordable Care Act Enrollment Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, U.S. Economy Shrank by 3.5% in 2020 as Pandemic Took Hold , "Brazen, Entitled, Dangerous": Capitol Rioter Who Looted House Speaker's Office Denied Bail, House Speaker Blasts GOP for Assigning Racist Conspiracy Theorist to House Education Committee, House GOP Leader Signals Devotion to Trump as Lawmakers Target Rep. Liz Cheney Over Impeachment Vote, Indian Farmworkers Call…

Staff (2021-01-29). Worldwide Anti-Science Movement Threatens Pandemic Response and Public Health. truthout.org The Biden administration has vowed to increase the rate of vaccinations as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrollably across the entire U.S., with 90,000 people predicted to die in the next four weeks. President Biden announced plans to acquire another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and is devising ways to allow retired nurses and doctors to administer vaccines. Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Ho…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-29). Covid-19: UK bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world's busiest route. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: UK bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world's busiest route | UAE added to travel ban list over worries over spread of more contagious Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa | Fri, 01/29/2021 – 07: 43 | On its website, Emirates said it would suspend all UK passenger flights from 13: 00 GMT on Friday, when the ban takes effect (AFP) | Britain is banning direct passen…

A Guest Author (2021-01-29). Unholy trinity: Courts, governors, legislators refuse to prevent COVID-19 deaths in prisons. workers.org By Wesley Massey The writer is an incarcerated worker in Indiana, Pa. COVID-19 has exposed the "cancel culture" in the American prison system in relation to how prisoners are treated like chattel. Prisons and their administrations have been given carte blanche authority to govern themselves on how they treat prisoners . . . |

MEE and agencies (2021-01-29). Covid-19: UK bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world's busiest international route. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: UK bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world's busiest international route | UAE added to travel ban list over worries over spread of more contagious Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa | Fri, 01/29/2021 – 07: 43 | On its website, Emirates said it would suspend all UK passenger flights from 13: 00 GMT on Friday, when the ban takes effect (AFP) | Britain is banning…

Editor (2021-01-29). Arreglando el capitalismo durante COVID. workers.org El 21 de enero de 2020, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades confirmaron el primer caso reconocido de COVID-19 en los EE.UU. Un año después, más de 400.000 personas en el país han muerto por el virus, el equivalente a acabar con toda la población de . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-29). Australian university cuts to jobs and courses to intensify in 2021. wsws.org While facing huge revenue losses, university managements are also exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to bring forward restructuring plans.

Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media (2021-01-29). Disability Community and Allies #HighRiskCA COVID-19. indybay.org Disability Community and Allies | Decisions are being made about us without us! Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT! We are a vunerable population and we have been left out of consideration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Peter Koenig (2021-01-29). Why Donald Trump Had to Go: He's not a Globalist. dissidentvoice.org There is an agenda. A huge agenda. It is a Globalist agenda that is in the process of inflicting gigantic harm to humanity. It is called the Covid-19 — The Great Reset, issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), authored by its founder, Klaus Schwab. If left undisturbed, The Great Reset's plan is a crime …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-29). Boris Johnson and the Deaths of the Hundred Thousand. dissidentvoice.org Not exactly Thermopylae. Not even close. The hundred thousand who have now been taken by COVID-19 in Britain were not determined warriors holding up the forces of a mighty empire to save their land. They were the innocent victims of infection, mismanagement and miscalculation. Central to the policy which led to such losses was a …

Site Administrator (2021-01-29). Studies Extend Hopes for Antibody Drugs Against COVID-19. laprensalatina.com New results extend hopes for drugs that supply antibodies to fight COVID-19, suggesting they can help keep patients out of the hospital and possibly prevent illness in some uninfected people. Eli Lilly said on Tuesday, January 26, that a two-antibody combo reduced the risk of hospitalizations or death by 70% in newly diagnosed, non-hospitalized COVID-19 …

news.un (2021-01-29). Follow the science: UN plans for a stronger pandemic recovery. news.un.org Funders responsible for more than $100 million of annual global research investments joined the deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed on Friday to discuss how to unify research efforts, and use science to recover effectively from the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-29). WHO urges effective and fair use of COVID vaccines. news.un.org With COVID-19 vaccines currently in scarce supply, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday pressed governments to prioritize inoculation of health workers and older persons, and to share excess doses with other nations.

Chuck Collins (2021-01-29). U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surpasses $1.1 Trillion Gain Since Mid-March. zcomm.org Ten months into the COVID-19 crisis, 660 billionaires see their wealth rise 40 percent…

WSWS (2021-01-29). Sri Lanka online public meeting: Build workers' action committees to win health workers' rights! wsws.org All health workers are invited to participate in this vital online meeting on February 7 to discuss how to protect ourselves and other workers from the danger of COVID-19 infections and to defend our rights.

_____ (2021-01-29). Corporate Media Bash Teachers Unions For Resisting School Reopenings. popularresistance.org The seven-day average COVID death toll hit an all time high yesterday, with over 3,400 Americans expected to die on any given day. Educator cases are on the rise. Studies have shown that children are as likely to contract and pass the coronavirus on as adults, making schools potential super spreading hotspots. As a result, European nations like the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands are shuttering schools, despite, in many cases, having lower infection rates than the U.S. | President Biden, however, is pushing forward with a new plan to achieve a near full reopening within his…

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-29). Corporate Media bash teachers unions for resisting school reopenings amid rising death toll. mronline.org Rather than attack the government for its poor handling of the COVID crisis, corporate media have opted for a return to a favorite pastime of theirs: union bashing.

Deirdre Griswold (2021-01-29). A question about the stock market. workers.org A reader recently asked us why the stock market is still going up when the economy is being battered by the COVID pandemic. Good question! Of course, by the time you read this, the market may be falling. It's all a gamble. The bull runs on Wall Street While all . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-29). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org British energy strike continues over "fire-and-rehire"; French teachers, school nurses and students walk out over pay and Covid safety issues; Dutch metal and electronic workers strike over pay; Nigeria's non-teaching university staff to strike over cuts, pay and conditions…

Luis Feliz Leon (2021-01-29). Dead Teachers Can't Teach. thenation.com Dead Teachers Can't Teach…

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-29). We should all be outraged, but outrage is not a strong enough word. mronline.org Someday the world will be free of the coronavirus. Then, we will glance backward at these years of misery inflicted by virions with spike proteins that have struck down millions of people and held social life in its grip.

Beau Peters (2021-01-29). Election Politics and Cybersecurity: What's the Connection? dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels 2020 may have been the most tumultuous election year in United States history. With the coronavirus pandemic complicating traditional election processes, we had to rely on alternative voting methods such as mail-in ballots to secure the ability for many to vote. Yet these methods were besieged by doubts encouraged by former President …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-29). Fauci optimistic about more vaccines coming soon. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The nation's top expert on the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is optimistic that more pharmaceutical companies will announce "within the next few days" that they, too, have vaccines to join the two whose anti-viral vaccines are already being injected into people's arms. "There's some light at the end of the tunnel" in the U.S.'s fight …

teleSUR (2021-01-29). First Two Cases of South African Strain Detected in the US. telesurenglish.net South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Thursday confirmed the first U.S. cases of a coronavirus variant (B.1.351) that recently emerged in South Africa. | RELATED: | There is no known travel history and no connection between these two cases. Both cases are adults, with one from the Lowcountry and the other from the Pee Dee region. | "Experts agree that existing vaccines work to p…

Jonah Raskin (2021-01-29). My Housemate is Missing: Dementia in the Time of the Pandemic. counterpunch.org The other day, my housemate thought she saw flames on the adjoining property. She called the fire department in Cotati, California where we live. Two fire trucks arrived with fire fighters loaded for bear. The only problem was that there was no fire. It was a false alarm. My housemate, whom I'll call Gretel, has

Global Research News (2021-01-29). Selected Articles: "Western Civilization": The Culture of Slavery vs. the Culture of Resistance. globalresearch.ca By On Jan. 13, California health officials issued a hold…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-29). Whose Health Is It Anyway? Reframing how we think about our health. imperial.ac.uk For more than 70 years the UK population has relied on the NHS to patch us up and cure our ills, but is our view of healthcare holding us back?>

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Argentineans Oppose Open-Pit Mining Project in Chubut. telesurenglish.net Environmental activists, scientists, educators, and health workers mobilized in Argentina to reject a mining project in the Chubut province, highlighting that the "mega-mining" industry would not solve the socio-economic crisis in the area. | RELATED: | On Jan. 26, citizens published a letter outlining their social, scientific, and environmental arguments for rejecting the PL128/20 project which seeks to init…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-29). Health workers mobilize in Greece demanding more resources. peoplesdispatch.org The protesting workers have demanded massive refinancing of the health sector, more recruitments, and a substantial increase in their salaries and pensions by reversing the cuts introduced in 2012 due to the economic crisis…

SNS (2021-01-29). Fruitarian Diet: Most Nonviolent, Highest Food Yielding, Healthiest, Most Earth Protecting. indybay.org Fruitarian diet causes the least suffering to other sentient beings. Compare the 100 to 1000 lbs per acre of animal flesh to the 450,000 or more pounds per acre from centanarian fruit trees. Fruitarians weigh over 25 lbs less than the average paleo diet person, are the healthiest, the most energy saving.

A Guest Author (2021-01-29). Demonstrators support ICE hunger strikers in Batavia, N.Y. workers.org by Arjae Red In November 2020, immigrants imprisoned at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey began a hunger strike to protest the filthy and inhumane conditions they were being housed in. Prisoners were experiencing a denial of access to water, medical care, heat and cleaning supplies. The facility had a . . . |

The Canary (2021-01-29). NHS staff 'burned out' and 'desperately sad' after a year of Covid-19. thecanary.co A year fighting coronavirus (Covid-19) has left medical staff "burned out", "fatigued" and "desperately sad", according to one nurse. | Since the first death in the UK a year ago on Saturday, many doctors, nurses and other frontline workers have been immersed in the battle against Covid-19. | Joanne Morrell, an intensive care nurse at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said she would not have believed back in March when she first started working with Covid patients that she and her colleagues would still be dealing with the pandemic nearly a year later. | Joanne Morrell is 'in disbelief' at how…

The Canary (2021-01-29). EU / UK Vaccine spat highlights the need for a 'radical shake-up in the way vaccines are produced'. thecanary.co The European Medicines Agency plans to deliver its verdict on the Oxford/AstraZeneca Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine on 29 January. But Brussels could also announce powers that would block the shipment of millions of vaccine doses to Britain within days. | The European Commission (EC) is considering an export ban in a bid to solve its vaccine supply shortage issues. Member states were forced to pause or delay rollout, after AstraZeneca — which aims to supply two million doses per week to the UK — allegedly told the EC that only a quarter of the 100 million doses it was expecting by March were likely…

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Citizen mistrust, govt caution stop COVID-19 vaccine in Japan. laprensalatina.com By Antonio Hermosín Gandul Tokyo, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- Japan's distrust and the government's caution have so far stopped COVID-19 vaccinations in the country, which will try to immunize its population against the clock before the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese Executive intensified efforts to prepare the inoculation of its 125.6 million inhabitants this week from the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). EMA: No new side effects found in Pfizer vaccine month after EU rollout. laprensalatina.com Amsterdam, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The European Medicines Agency on Friday announced it had not identified any new side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the first month of its rollout in the European Union. The report added that the vaccine, known as Comirnaty, had not been linked to any deaths in patients after receiving …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Paris' traditional booksellers struggle as pandemic cuts trade. laprensalatina.com Paris, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The scenery along the banks of the Seine in Paris has drastically changed due to the coronavirus pandemic as many of the capital's traditional second-hand booksellers have had their stands closed for months. The second wave of Covid-19 and the lockdown enforced to control it has forced the so-called bouquinistes to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). EU publishes redacted AstraZeneca contract amid delivery row. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds detail) Brussels, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The European Commission on Friday published a redacted version of its purchase agreement for Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca amid an ongoing dispute over a delivery shortfall. The row erupted after it emerged that the firm would only be able to deliver 25% of the vaccines earmarked for …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Vietnam's new Covid-19 outbreak dampens congress celebrations. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- After going almost two months without any community Covid-19 cases, Vietnam has recorded 93 in the last two days, overshadowing the celebratory atmosphere of the Communist Party congress in Hanoi. Since Monday, delegates have gathered in the capital to select the leadership of the country for the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Japan's annual unemployment rate rises for first time in 11 years. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The average annual unemployment rate in Japan rose in 2020 to 2.8 percent, the first increase in 11 years and attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released Friday by the government. The 2020 figure was up 0.4 percent from the previous year when the average annual …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Gravestone campaign aims to raise awareness of Covid-19 in Bogotá. laprensalatina.com Bogotá, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A high number of Covid-19 deaths and infections has led the mayor of an area of Bogotá to start an education campaign using gravestones to raise awareness of the dangers of the virus. The initiative called "Covid-19 kills, don't risk your life" uses black tombstones inscribed with the names of more …

Steve Topple (2021-01-29). Once again the Tories throw students under the bus. thecanary.co The government just refused to budge on a crucial issue for university students. It is one that has been at the forefront of political debate for nearly a decade, although the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has driven the problem home. Yet still, the Tories are refusing to act to rectify an appalling situation. | Tuition fees: always in the spotlight: | University students have been paying tuition fees

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Over 12M visitors flocked to Turkey's online museums. yenisafak.com Over 12 million people visited Turkey's 32 museums and archaeological sites in the first 10 months of 2020 through the government's digital platform, tourism officials announced on Friday.Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry unveiled a digital portal of museums and historical sites on March 25, 2020, after the COVID-19 outbreak, which hit the tourism industry hard.The museums and archaeological sites, which host millions of rare works of culture and art, have been made accessible to visitors through a virtual environment at sanalmuze.gov.tr, according to the officials.Virtually the most visited is the Gobeklitep…

yenisafak (2021-01-29). At least 4 killed in COVID-19 hospital fire in Romania. yenisafak.com At least four people were killed in a fire at a hospital in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Friday, local media reported.The fire broke out at the Matei Bals Hospital, one of the city's largest hospitals where COVID-19 patients are treated.Some 102 people were evacuated from the hospital, according to the Romanian news agency Agerpres.Bucharest prosecutors opened an investigation to search the cause of the fire, said Agerpres.

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Russia reports 19,238 new COVID-19 cases, 534 deaths. yenisafak.com The country's total number of cases passed 3.81 million, while 72,185 people lost their lives to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.Some 26,204 people recovered from the virus and the total recoveries exceeded 3.25 million.Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said universities will begin face-to-face education on Feb. 8 depending on the epidemiological situation of their region.COVID-19 measures will also be applied in the universities, it added.

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Germany reports downward trend in COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com A decline in Germany's coronavirus cases continues as the number of infections per 100,000 people in seven days fell to 94.4 on Friday — the lowest figure since October.Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Professor Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), said the seven-day incidence rate dropped below 100 for the first time on Thursday and the downward trend continued today."We are on the right path, but we must resolutely pursue this path further," Wieler said, urging people to strictly observe safety measures.He warned that the recently detected more contagious COVID-19 variants remai…

yenisafak (2021-01-29). Turkey to fine vendors selling food at high prices, says Erdogan. yenisafak.com Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that heavy fines will be imposed on vendors selling food at high prices.Those who are responsible for high food prices will face heavy penalties, Erdogan said in a speech after Friday prayer in Istanbul.He said that the government will continue supporting small businesses during the pandemic."The decline in the number of casualties makes me very hopeful," Erdogan stated.He added that he hoped to overcome the negative developments stemming from the new variants of COVID-19.As of Thursday, Turkey had registered a total of 25,605 deaths due to the coronavirus, w…

sputniknews (2021-01-29). Why EU is Lagging Behind UK in COVID Vaccine Rollout. sputniknews.com The European Commission's coordinated rollout of a vaccination programme, presented by Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on 17 June 2020 and lauded in December as a "success story" by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is not going as smoothly as planned.

sputniknews (2021-01-29). Robert Koch Institute Chief Warns About More Outbreaks of New COVID Strains Being Reported. sputniknews.com The UK authorities previously reported discovering another variant of coronavirus that is presumed to be more virulent. The strain has since spread across other countries despite attempts to prevent it.

Staff (2021-01-29). Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Is a Vital Beginning for a New New Deal. truthout.org In his first three days in office, President Joe Biden signed no less than 30 executive orders and memorandums, many of which dismantle Trump's policies. This is an impressive achievement by any standard, but only so much can be done with executive orders and it is all but certain that most legislation will be blocked by Republican senators, thanks to filibuster, and with the possible help of some Democrats. In the meantime, Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus for the coronavirus-hit economy…

2021-01-28: News Headlines

RT (2021-01-28). EU orders raid of AstraZeneca vaccine plant in Belgium as row over Covid jabs escalates. rt.com Belgian regulators carried out an inspection of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine production site near Brussels at the behest of the European Commission, amid an ongoing spat over the deployment of the company's Covid-19 vaccine. | During the inspection ordered by the European Union's executive branch, samples and records were taken from the Novasep factory, in the town of Seneffe, outside Brussels, to be analyzed by officials from Belgium's Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAGG). | The inspection marks an escalation in the ongoing row between the bloc and the pharmaceutical company over Covid…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Mexico To Host Phase 3 of German COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday announced the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines produced by the German company CureVac to conduct phase three of clinical trials with 8,000 volunteers. | RELATED: | CureVac's clinical trials will observe 36,500 volunteers worldwide, including patients from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Peru. | Highlighting that the Mexican overnmen…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). The Biden Administration Ramps up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout. telesurenglish.net In face of growing frustration over vaccine shortages, U.S. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday a roughly 16 percent boost in vaccine deliveries to states over the next three weeks. | RELATED: | The country expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of the summer or early fall. | The Biden administration is working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus v…

Staff (2021-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Records Another 4,000 COVID-19 Deaths as White House Warns Vaccinations Will Take Months, DHS Warns of Threat from "Violent Extremists" as More Arrests Are Made over Jan. 6 Insurrection, Leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, Was a Government Informer , Biden to Reverse "Global Gag Rule," Expand Reproductive Healthcare in U.S., Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Make Washington, D.C., the 51st State, Western Hemisphere COVID-19 Deaths Top 1 Million , 4th Zimbabwean Cabinet Official Dies of COVID-19; WHO Begins Probe into Pandemic Origins in Wuhan, Hungry Lebanese Protesters Clash with Police over Coronavirus Lockd…

Staff (2021-01-28). Share the Technology: Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. democracynow.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni says an obvious way to address the issue is to share technology so more companies in more countries…

Al Neal (2021-01-28). The UK is now the world hotspot for COVID-19. peoplesworld.org UNITED KINGDOM—This time last year, and up to the end of 2020, the threat of coronavirus overtaking the whole island was a constant concern, but never a conceptual reality. Yet, reality came crashing down without warning—there were no sirens, or readymade shelters for those sick and injured. The U.K's official death toll in the coronavirus …

Staff (2021-01-28). Dr. Peter Hotez: "Globalized Anti-Science Movement" Threatens Pandemic Response & Public Health. democracynow.org The Biden administration has vowed to increase the rate of vaccinations as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrollably across the entire U.S., with 90,000 people predicted to die in the next four weeks. President Biden announced plans to acquire another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and is devising ways to allow retired nurses and doctors to administer vaccines. Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, says the Trump administration'

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-28). The Heat: Efforts to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations. america.cgtn.com As the number of COVID-19 cases tops 100 million around the world, we will take a look at vaccinations efforts. | What can be done to speed up the process?>

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Thousands protest lack of economic aid amid strict COVID-19 lockdown in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org At least one person has died after security forces opened fire injuring several of the protesters who were demanding an end to the lockdown and adequate economic support from the government in Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon…

RT (2021-01-28). Russia's population decline accelerated in 2020, losing 500,000 residents amid Covid deaths, falling birth rate & less immigration. rt.com Russia has recorded its largest annual population decline in 15 years. According to Rosstat, the official government statistics service, the number of people permanently living in the country dropped by 510,000 in just 12 months. | The national population now totals 146.24 million, a steep drop from 146.75 million at the start of 2020. The last time the country saw such a significant decline was in 2005, when the number of people decreased by 564,500. | Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Moscow was already concerned about the country's falling number of inhabitants. Russia's population peaked at the start of 2018 a…

Staff (2021-01-28). After $100K Donation FL Gov. DeSantis Taps Supermarket for Vaccine Distribution. truthout.org Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing criticism after deciding this month that he would revoke COVID-19 vaccine access at health centers in Palm Beach County and instead, funnel the states' vaccine supply through Publix, a regional grocery chain. His decision comes just a few weeks after Publix After the county runs out of its current supply, which he…

Staff (2021-01-28). Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply and Price. truthout.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert…

RT (2021-01-28). France's Covid-19 vaccine woes continue as more regions SUSPEND first doses of Pfizer jab. rt.com Two more local public health agencies in France are suspending people's appointments for receiving their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, due to supply shortages. | The eastern Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region and the Île-de-France area surrounding Paris both said on Thursday that they would be axing Covid immunization appointments. | The Parisian ARS health agency said injections of first doses will stop there from February 2 and hospitals won't receive deliveries for the time being, although already-arranged second-dose appointments will still go ahead. | A spokesperson for AR…

Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media (2021-01-28). Disability Community and Allies #HighRiskCA COVID-19. indybay.org Disability Community and Allies | Decisions are being made about us without us! Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT! We are a vunerable population and we have been left out of consideration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-28). Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest | At least 226 people were wounded in a third night of protests against a full lockdown that has left many with no source of income | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 10: 50 | People carry the coffin of Omar Tayba, who was shot dead during a protest against the lockdown and worsening economic conditions in Tripoli, Lebanon 28 January 2021 (…

Sarah Lahm (2021-01-28). Midwest Dispatch: Trump's Legacy of Killing. progressive.org The former President's failure to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine has caused lasting damage.

RT (2021-01-28). WATCH: Customers caught on CCTV fleeing hair salon as police raid to enforce Covid rules. rt.com Police in Wales have released CCTV footage of people fleeing from a beauty salon that defied Covid-19 restrictions to open its doors. Some of the customers still had dye in their hair as they attempted to evade the cops. | Gwent Police said the owner of Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty in the town of Cwmbran was fined £1,000 (about $1,370) for remaining open during the nationwide lockdown. | Three of the eight people who were seen fleeing the scene were also slapped with fixed penalty notices. Officers are still trying to identify the other people involved in the incident. | Local county council membe…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Peru Deploys Army on Border With Ecuador to Block Migrants. telesurenglish.net President Francisco Sagasti's administration on Wednesday deployed hundreds of Peruvian officers throughout the border with Ecuador to prohibit immigrants from entering the country amid its second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We will keep the border blocked for as long as necessary to prevent the entry of immigrants infected with COVID-19," Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command tweeted. | The joint decision "seeks t…

RT (2021-01-28). Johnson tells Scottish nationalists to stop going on 'endlessly' about independence during cross-border visit. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Scottish nationalists that there's no point in talking "endlessly" about another referendum on independence as it amounted to "pointless constitutional wrangling". | The British leader's comments come after recent opinion polls showed a majority in Scotland would back independence. Two separate polls published in January showed support ranging between 49 and 52 percent for Scotland going its own way and leaving the UK. | "I don't think that the right thing to do is to talk endlessly about another referendum when I think what the people of the country and the people of S…

John Feffer (2021-01-28). What Explains COVID's East-West Divide? zcomm.org Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?>

Editor (2021-01-28). Billionaires Gone Wild: Pandemic Profiteering By the Numbers. scheerpost.com By Chuck Collins / Inequality.org The collective wealth of all U.S. billionaires has increased over $1.1 trillion since mid-March 2020, a nearly 40% leap during the past 10 months of national emergency. This wealth windfall could pay for all the relief for working families contained in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package proposed by President Biden, while leaving the nation's richest… |

Zachary Conti (2021-01-28). Chad: First Country Requests Debt Relief from G20 Process. indybay.org Chad became the first country to officially seek debt reduction under a G20-established coronavirus response process.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-28). Not Knowing What You Stand For: Dr. Birx and Public Health. counterpunch.org Pity the public health official tasked with convincing those beyond convincing that a pandemic crisis is worthy of serious consideration. This is further complicated in instances where such officials feel the need to play court jester, appeaser or silent sufferer. When she was made coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx was

Staff (2021-01-28). Safe return or no return: Strikes loom for public schools. therealnews.com Students in Baltimore and teachers in Chicago may strike against top-down plans to force educators back into the classroom during the deadliest month of the pandemic.

Christophe Zerpka and Georg Rammer (2021-01-28). The crown of creation. indybay.org The real plague is the pandemic spread of shareholder value to institutions of general interest such as hospitals, nursing homes, old-age care and education. The dogma of "private before state" has become deeply ingrained in official thinking; the legitimate profit motive, the urgently sought investor, the search for the profitable market niche is hardly questioned.

WSWS (2021-01-28). Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening. wsws.org When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.

Staff (2021-01-28). Muslims Are Drawing on Tradition to Sow Seeds of Liberation. truthout.org The tribulations of 2020 tested masses of people with loss and grief, turning many toward religion and faith traditions. At the same time, however, the realities of the pandemic have meant that those of us accustomed to celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Eid, Ramadan, Diwali and Hanukkah with our religious communities, families and friends haven't been able to do so over the past year. | In the United States, a Christian-centric country, there was much talk about the grief of the pandemic Christmas, but…

WSWS (2021-01-28). Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden's school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase. wsws.org Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-28). Vaccines prevented 37 million deaths in LMICs in the last 20 years. imperial.ac.uk Vaccine programmes in low- and middle-income countries have prevented 37 million deaths in the last 20 years alone — 36 million in children under 5.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Peruvian health workers' strike enters third week. peoplesdispatch.org Since January 13, thousands of healthcare professionals from a dozen health workers' unions have been carrying out an indefinite national strike, demanding a greater budget for the public health sector and better working conditions, among other demands…

news.un (2021-01-28). 'End the scourge of neglected tropical diseases': UN health chief. news.un.org The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) vowed on Wednesday to "end the scourge of neglected tropical diseases", which affect more than a billion mainly poor people, and thrive where there is little access to quality health services, clean water, and sanitation.

Staff (2021-01-28). Biden Plan Could Improve Health, Reduce Racial Disparities With WIC Investment. truthout.org President Biden's

SNS (2021-01-28). Fruitarian Diet: Most Nonviolent, Highest Food Yielding, Healthiest, Most Earth Protecting. indybay.org Fruitarian diet causes the least suffering to other sentient beings. Compare the 100 to 1000 lbs per acre of animal flesh to the 450,000 or more pounds per acre from centanarian fruit trees. Fruitarians weigh over 25 lbs less than the average paleo diet person, are the healthiest, the most energy saving.

Nonviolence, Health, Environment (2021-01-28). Biden, Please Withdraw Vilsack Nomination Because of Animal Cruelty. indybay.org Whether Perdue, Vilsack, or others, the USDA has always been the errand boys and girls of animal agriculture in having destroyed trillions of animals.

_____ (2021-01-28). Florida Teachers Face Setback In Fight For Safe Schools. popularresistance.org The Broward Teachers Union's fight to secure work-from-home orders for about 1,100 teachers seems to have ended with an arbitrator's decision. | The BTU filed a lawsuit against Broward County Public Schools, demanding those teachers with health concerns be allowed to keep special accommodations which were granted in October. The district said only the most seriously ill teachers, about 600, would be allowed to teach from home as the rest were needed in the classroom. | The arbitrator sided with the district. | "This is a win for our students," said Superintendent Robert Runcie. "We recognize the health concerns o…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-28). George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry. zcomm.org George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…

Nadda Osman (2021-01-28). Exiled Emirati dissident launches campaign to lift travel ban on sick son. middleeasteye.net Exiled Emirati dissident launches campaign to lift travel ban on sick son | Ahmed Al-Nuaimi demands to be reunited with his son, who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs specialist medical attention | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 12: 55 | The academic has launched a Twitter campaign to be reunited with his son and allow him the medical attention he needs (Screengrab/Twitter) | An Emirati academic and dissident liv…

Ian Cobain (2021-01-28). UK parliament on course to approve law allowing secret agents to commit crime. middleeasteye.net UK parliament on course to approve law allowing secret agents to commit crime | The proposed law would protect police and MI5 agents who commit murder, torture or rape while working undercover | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 10: 32 | Since March 2017, police and MI5 have foiled 28 terrorist plots against the country, according to UK's solicitor general (AFP) | A controversial law that will permit agents recruited by th…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). 'Pfizer jab effective against UK, S.Africa strains'. yenisafak.com The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the virus strains detected in the UK and South Africa, the companies said late Wednesday.The US drugmaker and its German partner said in a statement that tests were carried out on 20 people with three coronavirus strains; mutations common to both the UK and South Africa variants, mutations common to the UK variant, and mutations common to the South Africa variant."The sera from individuals vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralized all the SARS-CoV-2 strains tested," the statement said.It stressed that "small differences" detected in…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). US health agency misused funds for years: Watchdog. yenisafak.com Millions of dollars intended for use in responding to public health emergencies like Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 has been "misappropriated," a federal watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.The report by the Office of Special Counsel accused Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) cautioned of potentially violating the Antideficiency Act by using Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a department under US Health and Human Services (HHS), for "non- BARDA purposes.""ASPR also potentially augmented other ASPR appropriations with BARDA funds," it said.The 2…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Japan to locally produce AstraZeneca vaccine. yenisafak.com Japan on Thursday confirmed it will locally produce a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Britain's pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca .Speaking at a news conference in the capital Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said: "Yesterday, we received a report […] from AstraZeneca, informing us that it will aim to manufacture over 90 million doses within Japan."Japan had signed a deal with AstraZeneca to acquire 120 million doses of the vaccine.According to Kyodo news agency, 75% of all AstraZeneca vaccines will be manufactured in Japan.Japanese JCR Pharmaceuticals based in western Hyogo province is ex…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). January deadliest month for coronavirus in US. yenisafak.com A total of 79,261 people in the US died from the virus during the first month of the year, surpassing the previous record set in December when more than 77,400 lives were lost.The US' total death toll hit the 400,000 mark last week, more than one month after the country passed 300,000 fatalities in December.As of Thursday, the number of people killed by COVID-19 in the US stood at more than 429,000, and total cases were almost at 25.6 million, the data showed.Global infections climbed above the 100 million mark Tuesday with more than 2.1 million lives lost.

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Philippines sees worst recession ever amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com The Philippines' economy contracted a record 9.5% last year as coronavirus measures wrecked the retail and tourism sectors while a series of natural disasters ruined crops, official data said Thursday.The Philippine Statistics Authority that while gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 9.5% year-on-year in 2020, it is showing an easing decline from the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic.The number, according to government data, was the worst since records began in 1946.The agency said GDP plunged 8.3% year-on-year in the fourth quarter.The recession last year further hampered the two-decade growth of the countr…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). 'Both doses of COVID-19 jab should be from same vendor'. yenisafak.com People should get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the same vendor, a Turkish scientist has said.Taking different types of jabs is not the "right approach", said Dr. Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, a member of Turkey's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.Kayipmaz said the vaccination campaign will accelerate as two batches of the Chinese Sinovac have reached the country. A total of 9.5 million doses of the vaccine are expected boost mass immunization against the virus.The doctor said that vaccination will provide at least six months of protection, adding that the respiratory tract infections are expected to rise ag…

sputniknews (2021-01-28). 'French Revolution in Finance': Independent Investors Boost GameStop Stocks, Stiff Short-Sellers. sputniknews.com Economic shutdowns in response to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have created fertile hunting grounds for Wall Street short-sellers, who bet that what they believe to be overpriced stocks will soon depreciate.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). UN Secretary General Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shot. sputniknews.com To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved vaccines produced by BioNTech and Pfizer. According to research results, the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 95 percent, and in the case of those over 65 – over 94 percent.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Dozen LatAm countries lean on Pfizer, AstraZeneca for vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 vaccines co-developed by two multinational pharmaceutical corporations — New York-based Pfizer and British-Swedish AstraZeneca — are the products of choice for at least 11 countries in Latin America. A large group of countries, however, are waiting to receive vaccines through the Covax mechanism, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led effort …

RT (2021-01-28). As the Olympics and Euro 2020 hang in the balance, should elite athletes be fast-tracked for the Covid-19 vaccine? rt.com Considerable question marks remain as to the possibility of holding two of this summer's largest sporting events amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, but should athletes be allowed jump the vaccine queue to ensure they go ahead? | The rollout of the various vaccines to combat Covid-19, including Russia's Sputnik V jab, have promised a glimmer of light amid the global Coronavirus chaos which has affected practically every person on the planet in one way or another. | However, the rollout of the various vaccines has brought with it another debate: to whom should they be available, and where should the early applica…

RT (2021-01-28). Just in time for Joe? US Covid-19 cases drop a record 35 percent over last three weeks. rt.com Covid-19 cases in the US have declined 35 percent over three weeks, a record drop that conveniently coincides with the ascension of President Joe Biden — and a handful of other explanations media reports have ignored. | The New York Times posted the encouraging statistics on Thursday, crediting "the very early stages of herd immunity" and a possible increase in mask-wearing and social distancing. The paper did not provide evidence for any of the claims, calling them "possible explanations." | "The United States has never experienced a sharp and sustained decline in new coronavirus cases — until, per…

2021-01-27: News Headlines

Editor (2021-01-28). Billionaires Gone Wild: Pandemic Profiteering By the Numbers. scheerpost.com By Chuck Collins / Inequality.org The collective wealth of all U.S. billionaires has increased over $1.1 trillion since mid-March 2020, a nearly 40% leap during the past 10 months of national emergency. This wealth windfall could pay for all the relief for working families contained in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package proposed by President Biden, while leaving the nation's richest… |

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Argentine province's anti-Covid measures at center of HR controversy. laprensalatina.com By Rodrigo Garcia Buenos Aires, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The health strategy of the Argentine province of Formosa to obligate people showing any symptoms of Covid-19, and even those without symptoms, to enter detainment centers has sparked heated nationwide controversy with citizens' protests, accusations of human rights violations and warnings from Amnesty International. By far, Formosa, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). New Zealand tops global Covid-19 management rankings. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has topped the rankings of almost 100 countries and territories that have best managed the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an index published Thursday in Australia. The Oceanian country was followed by Vietnam and Taiwan in second and third place. The Covid Performance Index compares the response of governments …

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). EU: Lack of clarity on AstraZeneca vaccine but constructive talks with firm. laprensalatina.com (Update: changes headline; re-ledes with results of meeting between Kyriakides, AstraZeneca CEO; adds details) Brussels, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The European Commission on Wednesday lamented the "lack of clarity" from AstraZeneca after "constructive" talks between the company's CEO and the European Union's commissioner for Health and Food Safety on when the EU can expect delivery of …

Staff (2021-01-27). MIA: Where Have All the Vaccines Gone? CDC Says Only Half of Shots Feds Sent to States Were Used. democracynow.org January has become the deadliest month of the pandemic in the United States, with at least 80,000 deaths from COVID-19 so far, and public health experts worry new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus could make things worse. President Joe Biden has announced plans to acquire another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, aiming to vaccinate most people in the U.S. by summer, but vaccine distribution continues to be a problem. The Daily Beast reports that of the 41 million vaccine doses handed out to states, fewer than 22 million have been administered. Meanwhile, many states report running out of vaccine…

teleSUR (2021-01-27). Ecuador Closes Illegal Clinic Selling Fake COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Police on Tuesday shut down a clandestine clinic that administered nearly 70,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines in Quito. | RELATED: | The clinic, which provided its patients with an unknown substance making them believe it cured the disease, was closed down after complaints from neighbors. | According to the capital's Security Secretary Cesar Diaz, the establishment was formally registered as a spa and slimming massage cen…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-27). Masking Up under Biden: The Perils of Tribalism, Bureaucracy and Lawsuits. dissidentvoice.org One crackling theme streaking through the US elections of 2020 was the issue of mask wearing. Critics initially felt that face masks were of the too important category in combating the novel coronavirus: purchasing and using them was tantamount to prizing valuable protective equipment from doctors and front-line workers. But COVID-19 continued to rage, and …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-27). Imperial expert addresses COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial expert has addressed public concerns over the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in a wide-ranging interview.

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-01-27). In Defense of DJ Trump. counterpunch.org "Oh, I awoke in anger so alone and terrified I put my fingers against the glass And bowed my head and cried." — Bob Dylan, "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," John Wesley Harding (1968) 1) Let's not forget — and this is true — that Trump lost ONLY BECAUSE Covid-19 put an emphasis on mail-in

WSWS (2021-01-27). After government intervention to keep it open, hundreds of infections went unreported at Illinois meatpacking plant. wsws.org At least 137 COVID-19 cases at the Rochelle Foods meatpacking plant went unreported after state and federal government officials intervened to countermand a local lockdown order, according to an investigative report published last week in USA Today .

WSWS (2021-01-27). Global and domestic tensions fuel moves to oust Australian Labor Party leader. wsws.org Plans to dump Albanese are intensifying as the worldwide COVID-19 catastrophe worsens, fuelling working class unrest internationally, and the incoming Biden administration steps up the US confrontation with China.

WSWS (2021-01-27). New COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified at the University of Michigan. wsws.org Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.

Staff (2021-01-27). "A Step Forward": Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed. democracynow.org President Joe Biden was elected with massive support from people of color, and in his second week in office he issued four executive orders to advance what the White House calls his "racial equity" agenda. The orders aim to strengthen anti-discrimination policies in housing, end Justice Department contracts with private prison companies, reaffirm sovereignty of Native American tribes and combat xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Biden's racial justice push comes as COVID-19 has devastated communities of color in the U.S., who are experiencing higher rates of infection, death and unemploymen…

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-27). The UK's Pandemic Gets Worse. counterpunch.org The number of people in the UK who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen to 97,936 (as of January 24), and will pass 100,000 in a few days. There has been an increase of 610 in the death toll over 24 hours. The real figures for the daily death toll are certainly higher, as indicated by Office for National Statistics records.

Workers World staff (2021-01-27). Rubin Kanowitz °presente! workers.org We are sad to have to announce that Rubin Kanowitz, a member of Workers World Party who had been continuously active since 1965, died at home on Jan. 20 from complications of COVID-19. Rubin and his friends grew up hanging around candy stores in East New York in the 1930s . . . |

RT (2021-01-27). Norway to SHUT BORDERS to all except essential travelers to halt spread of Covid-19 variants, PM says. rt.com All foreign arrivals apart from travelers on essential journeys will be banned from entering Norway as of midnight on Friday, in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 variants, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday. | "In practice, the border will be closed to anyone not living in Norway," Solberg told a news conference. She also promised that border controls, virus testing and quarantining would be more strictly enforced. | The few exceptions to the travel shutdown include Swedish and Finnish workers in the Norwegian health service, as well as those in key sectors such as haulage. | However most…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-27). Belgian Workers Party slams Pfizer's profit motive in COVID-19 vaccine sale. peoplesdispatch.org Pfizer Inc. is accused of aiming for more profits by not ensuring the delivery of the promised quantity of COVID-19 vaccines after it was found that medics could draw six doses of vaccine per bottle instead of the expected five doses…

news.un (2021-01-27). Gamba 'deeply concerned' over COVID impact on children caught in conflict. news.un.org Child rights must be considered in measures designed to contain coronavirus spread, the UN's advocate for boys and girls caught in armed conflict said on Wednesday in an appeal to Member States.

Staff (2021-01-27). Movement for Black Lives Activists Respond to Biden's Orders on Racial Equity. truthout.org President Joe Biden was elected with massive support from people of color, and in his second week in office he issued four executive orders to advance what the White House calls his "racial equity" agenda. The orders aim to strengthen anti-discrimination policies in housing, end Justice Department contracts with private prison companies, reaffirm sovereignty of Native American tribes and combat xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Biden's racial justice push comes as COVID-1…

Reshma Ramachandran, Zoey Thill (2021-01-27). We Already Paid for These Vaccines Once. thenation.com We Already Paid for These Vaccines Once…

Alan Macleod (2021-01-27). Corporate Media Bash Teachers Unions for Resisting School Reopenings Amid Rising Death Toll. mintpressnews.com Rather than attack the government for its poor handling of the COVID crisis, corporate media have opted for a return to a favorite pastime of theirs: union bashing.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-27). World's richest have recovered from COVID crisis, poorest will take a decade more. peoplesdispatch.org Oxfam's latest report says it took just nine months for the top 1,000 billionaires' fortunes to return to their prepandemic highs, but for the world's poorest people recovery could take 14 times longer…

Dr. Gary Null (2021-01-27). 5G: "The End of All Things". The Health Impacts of Electromagnetic Radiation. globalresearch.ca First published in March 2017. The 5G Rollout is taking place alongside the corona crisis | We have become thoroughly accustomed and habituated to endless advertising by drug makers to buy into the promises of pharmaceutical drugs or to consent to …

Zachary Conti (2021-01-27). "Amid Exceptional Uncertainty" IMF Projects Challenges for Developing Countries. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund released projections on the world economy as countries continue to wrestle with the coronavirus.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-27). PPE shortages and right wing threats hamper anti-pandemic fight. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —A continued shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), slow distribution of anti-virus vaccines, and right-wing hate are combining to hamper the national fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic, a group of union nurses says. And while the RNs, members of National Nurses United, brought those problems to the California congressional delegation, they easily apply …

Zachary Conti (2021-01-27). Chad: First Country Requests Debt Relief from G20 Process. indybay.org Chad became the first country to officially seek debt reduction under a G20-established coronavirus response process.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-27). Coronavirus more likely to spread inside through maskless talking than coughing. imperial.ac.uk Cambridge and Imperial researchers found that coronavirus is more likely to spread through prolonged talking than coughing in badly ventilated spaces.

John C. A. Manley (2021-01-27). Pandemic False Alarm: 14 news headlines show hospitals regularly overrun during cold and flu season. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-01-27). The Chicago teachers' rebellion and the fight to contain the pandemic. wsws.org Acutely aware of the militancy among educators, the corporate media and political establishment are engaged in a frenzied propaganda campaign to vilify teachers and distort science.

Christophe Zerpka and Georg Rammer (2021-01-27). The crown of creation. indybay.org The real plague is the pandemic spread of shareholder value to institutions of general interest such as hospitals, nursing homes, old-age care and education. The dogma of "private before state" has become deeply ingrained in official thinking; the legitimate profit motive, the urgently sought investor, the search for the profitable market niche is hardly questioned.

Chicago Teachers Union (2021-01-27). CTU rank-and-file votes to save lives, continue to teach safely and remotely. zcomm.org Educators call on Mayor Lightfoot and CPS to adopt CDC health metric, agree to rigorous testing and allow educators to return as they're vaccinated, among other concerns…

alexander (2021-01-27). Different Models, Single Payer: Health Care for All. dsausa.org We often look to Canada as an example of how Single Payer Medicare for All (SP) could function in the United States. Like Medicare for people over 65 and people with disabilities, Canadian Medicare is federally funded. Unlike U.S. Medicare, each Canadian province or territory manages its own program. | But there is another model we look at less frequently: SP in Taiwan. There, the Ministry of Health and Welfare determines the global budget and negotiates fees for medical services and supplies and keeps administrative costs low for the National Health Insurance (NHI). Stakeholders are involved in the budget pro…

mgrochowski (2021-01-27). DSA Q&A feat. Medicare for All. dsausa.org Interested in DSA but haven't joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win Medicare for All, or defund the police, but unsure how to get started? Frustrated with the limited possibilities of national, top-down politics and looking for an alternative? Join DSA leaders from across the country to talk about…

Nonviolence, Health, Environment (2021-01-27). Biden, Please Withdraw Vilsack Nomination Because of Animal Cruelty. indybay.org Whether Perdue, Vilsack, or others, the USDA has always been the errand boys and girls of animal agriculture in having destroyed trillions of animals.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-27). Bolivarian Healthcare: An Alternative to Neoliberal Healthcare. zcomm.org Without the end of capitalism, no movement toward a just healthcare system can take place since the profit-maximizing impulse will always impede any such attempt…

NARAL Pro-Choice California (2021-01-27). Tuesday 1/26: Call to Action: Advance Abortion Access, LGBTQ+ Health Care, & Racial Justice w/ NARAL CA. indybay.org Online Event…

Shige Sakurai (2021-01-27). I'm Nonbinary. My Passport Should Show That. aclu.org My driver's license is just like yours. It has my photo, date of birth, and other standard descriptors. Under gender, however, you'll find not M or F, but X., , In 2017, I became the first person in the country to obtain an official nonbinary, gender-neutral X-marker on my driver's license. I live in Washington D.C., which was among the first jurisdictions in the U.S. to officially offer an X marker to recognize nonbinary people as well as those who simply want a gender-neutral form of ID. At the same time, D.C. also removed requirements for a medical or third-party certification of gender to correct a gender…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-27). Total lockdown imposed in central Peru as COVID-19 surges. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) — Peru introduced strict new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the wake of the death of a vaccine volunteer who was given a placebo rather than the actual vaccine.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-27). Iran COVID-19 update: 91 deaths, 6,608 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,608 COVID-19 infections and 91 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

The Canary (2021-01-27). UK's handling of pandemic labelled 'system failure' by public health expert. thecanary.co There was a "system failure" in the UK's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a public health expert has said.Professor Linda Bauld said the UK was underprepared for a virus like Covid-19, and Europe failed to learn from how south-east Asian countries responded to the pandemic.She said some of the decisions made in the UK "directly contributed" to the second wave, as she described the failure to ramp up contact tracing in March as a "fundamental mistake".Prof Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, was speaking after the number of UK coronavirus deaths passed 100,000. | She told BBC Rad…

RT (2021-01-27). Bill Gates shocked by Covid conspiracy theories about him and Fauci, suggests social media firms may help censor such 'evil' talk. rt.com Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is looking to possibly enlist the help of Big Tech to help censor offending online voices after he and US Covid-19 czar Anthony Fauci were victimized by "evil" conspiracy theories. | "Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in really kind of evil theories about — did we create the pandemic, are we trying to profit from it? — and on and on," Gates Gates, whose foundation has committed upward of $1.75 billion to help fight th…

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Covid-19 vaccine to be available in Eastern Mediterranean in February. laprensalatina.com Cairo, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The Eastern Mediterranean region will receive Covid-19 vaccines in February, with plans to reach 25 million doses in March, through the Covax facility, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday. "We know that by February we will start to have some doses and we will reach about 25 million doses in …

RT (2021-01-27). Biden vows to procure vaccines for 300 million Americans by summer, but says masks 'best defense' against Covid-19 for now. rt.com US President Joe Biden said his administration will soon buy another 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, set for delivery this summer, but added that masks, not inoculations, are the "best defense" in the coming months. | The president said on Tuesday that he directed his Covid-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, to begin working with Pfizer and Moderna for the purchases, hoping to boost the country's total vaccine supply from 400 million to 600 million shots by summertime. | "We believe we'll soon be able to confirm the purchase of an additional 100 million doses for each of the two FDA authorized…

sputniknews (2021-01-27). Vaccine War! EU Demands AstraZeneca Hand Over 75m UK-Made COVID-19 Jabs. sputniknews.com The UK's coronavirus vaccination programme is five times more advanced than the EU's, with 10 per cent of the British population inoculated versus just two per cent across the 27-member bloc. the European Commission's response has been to restrict exports of jabs to non-EU countries.

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Portugal health system struggling as daily Covid deaths hit 293. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Portugal is reaching its maximum hospital capacity as health authorities on Wednesday recorded a new record number of 293 deaths in a single day and dozens had to be transferred from hospitals as oxygen systems failed to match demand. The current wave of Covid-19 in the Atlantic nation, which weathered the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Nepal rolls out Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Nepal on Wednesday launched its national vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus, a completely free process which is expected to cover 72 percent of the country's around 30 million residents within the next three months. Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the campaign through videoconferencing from his residence, announcing that …

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Australia relaxes restrictions after 10 days without local Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Australian authorities announced on Wednesday the relaxation of social restrictions imposed in the state of New South Wales due to a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, after recording 10 days without local infections of the virus throughout the country. "Advice just received of a 10th consecutive day of zero cases of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Mexico's Covid death toll 56 pct. more than reported for Jan.-Aug. 2020. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Mexico suffered 108,658 confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the first eight months of 2020, a figure 55.56 percent greater than the 69,849 deaths reported by health authorities, according to a report released on Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) based on official lists of deaths and death …

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Peruvians desperately seek oxygen refills as 2nd wave of coronavirus hits. laprensalatina.com By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Desperate family members are once again seeking oxygen tank refills for loved ones battling Covid-19 in Peru, where people have been forced to sleep out in the elements in hopes of acquiring that scarce commodity. In recent days, hundreds of empty green tanks have been lined up …

2021-01-26: News Headlines

news.un (2021-01-26). UN chief calls for urgent action against neo-Nazis in Holocaust remembrance message. news.un.org More must be done to thwart neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are using the COVID-19 pandemic to target minorities, increase their ranks and re-write history, the UN Secretary-General has said.

news.un (2021-01-26). Guterres calls for 'renewed approach to multilateralism', through new peacebuilding appeal. news.un.org Against the backdrop of a COVID-19 crisis that has exacerbated pre-pandemic challenges and a global ceasefire appeal to combat it, the UN chief called for new peacebuilding funds on Tuesday, promising a "renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation".

The Canary (2021-01-26). Tory MP, aged 40, defends decision to accept Covid-19 jab. thecanary.co A Conservative MP who volunteered at a local hospital has defended accepting a dose of Covid-19 vaccine, despite being 40 years old. | Brendan Clarke-Smith, who represents Bassetlaw in north Nottinghamshire, was given the AstraZeneca jab on Friday after having done a shift at Retford Hospital vaccination centre. | Vaccinations are currently limited to the government's four priority groups; the over-80s, over-70s, frontline health workers and those people classed as extremely clinically vulnerable. | Clarke-Smith said the dose he got was "left over" from that day's vaccine stock, preventing it going to waste. | On…

teleSUR (2021-01-26). Iran Approves Use of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif announced that his country has registered Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine and expects to start producing it soon on its own territory. | RELATED: | "The Sputnik V vaccine was approved by our health authorities. Soon we hope to be able to purchase it and also start its joint production," Zarif said after meeting with Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Patrick Delaney (2021-01-26). Nursing Home Fires Workers for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination. globalresearch.ca A nursing home run by Rock County is receiving significant pushback after mandating its employees receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine regimen or face layoff. | Officials at

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Portland Mayor Pepper Sprays Man Who Accosted Him Over COVID-19 Guidelines, Reports Suggest. sputniknews.com Amid the increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases, some US officials throughout the country have reportedly been spotted violating their own coronavirus guidelines, imposed to prevent the spread of the disease.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-26). Covid-19: Clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli over lockdown rules. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli over lockdown rules | Police fired teargas and rubber bullets as demonstrators angered at fines and a mounting economic crisis | Tue, 01/26/2021 – 07: 48 | Lebanese anti-government protesters clash with security forces following a demonstration against dire economic conditions, in the northern city of Tripoli on 25 January 2021 (AFP) | Anger over Covi…

Staff (2021-01-26). Inequality Virus: Pandemic Widens Wealth Gap for Women, People of Color as Billionaire Profits Soar. democracynow.org As the wealth of U.S. billionaires soars by over a trillion dollars during the pandemic, Oxfam is warning COVID-19 could lead to the biggest increase in global inequality on record. A new Oxfam report finds it could take more than a decade for poor people to recover from the health and economic crisis, and urges governments to take immediate action. "In every country that we looked at, inequality has gotten worse during the pandemic," says Paul O'Brien, Vice President of Oxfam America. "All around the world now, we are seeing folks struggling on the wrong end of inequality while those who have been the beneficiar…

_____ (2021-01-26). The Economics Lesson Taught By The Pandemic. popularresistance.org On this week's show, Professor Wolff explains that in countries where the government is respected and empowered, such as New Zealand, Taiwan and Cuba, among others, the COVID-19 pandemic has been effectively contained. Alternately, where the government is demonized, disrespected and distrusted, such as in the UK and the US, the pandemic has been devastating. | Prof. Wolff argues that a rational economy includes both private businesses (regulated by the government to different degrees) and state-owned and operated enterprises, depending on which performs best to meet the needs of society. Moreover, besides the que…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-26). Masking Up Under Biden: the Perils of Tribalism, Bureaucracy and Lawsuits. counterpunch.org One crackling theme streaking through the US elections of 2020 was the issue of mask wearing. Critics initially felt that facemasks were of the too important category in combating the novel coronavirus: purchasing and using them was tantamount to prizing valuable protective equipment from doctors and frontline workers. But COVID-19 continued to rage, and various

Fight Back (2021-01-26). Teamsters rejecting Hoffa machine in 2021 convention delegate elections. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Hundreds of Teamster locals are electing delegates to attend the 30th International Convention this June in the leadup to union-wide elections in the fall. The Hoffa-led executive board cancelled the planned convention in Las Vegas, citing COVID-19 restrictions, however delegates will still be meeting via Zoom to nominate candidates and amend the IBT (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) constitution. | This will be the last convention led by James P. Hoffa, marking an end to an over 20-year reign as general president that was marked by the consistent opposition of rank-and-file movements. After…

Elliot Sperber (2021-01-26). Four crises, one crisis (or the health of the people). mronline.org While it is not clear how many people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the United States (is it under 400,000 still? Over 500,000 yet?), it is clearer than ever that we are experiencing a continent-wide public health catastrophe. Perhaps this is unsurprising.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-01-26). The "Smoking Gun" is the PCR Cycle Threshold (Ct): Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive — You Still Might Not Have COVID-19. globalresearch.ca New York's state lab has access to the Cycle Threshold (Ct) values from the PCR tests they process. Last July, the lab identified 872 positive tests based on a threshold of 40 cycles. | If the lab has used a cutoff …

Kuehn BM. (2021-01-26). Drug-Resistant Bacteria Outbreak Linked to COVID-19 Patient Surge. jamanetwork.com Breaches in infection control practices during last spring's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) surge likely contributed to a 34-patient outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) infections at a New Jersey hospital.

Brian Berletic (2021-01-26). US Targets China over Tibet. globalresearch.ca The US Congress has recently passed the so-called Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA) — slipped into a COVID-19 relief package and a 1.4 trillion dollar government spending bill, US State Department-funded Voice of America reported in their article, "US …

Berkeley Copwatch (2021-01-26). Wednesday 2/3: Behind the Mask: community forum on racist policing in Berkeley during COVID-19. indybay.org Join the Zoom event: | Zoom link: bit.ly/behindthe_mask | Meeting ID: 894 1304 1160 | Passcode: justice | Dial in: +1 253 215 8782 US | Meeting ID: 894 1304 1160 | Passcode: 3604527 | *The event is free to attend, and all community members are welcome to join.

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2021-01-26). The Futility and Dangers of Covid Lockdowns: Doctors Letter to Premier of Ontario Doug Ford. globalresearch.ca Below is a letter from Canadian doctors supporting Roman Baber MPP who penned an open letter to Premier Doug Ford asking to end the COVID-19 lockdown. | . | . | Here is Baber's open letter. | * | Note to readers: please click the …

Veira O, Sharfstein JM. (2021-01-26). "This Level of Death, It's New"—Health Care Workers in Their Own Words. jamanetwork.com The surge in hospitalizations for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) around the country has led many physicians and other health care workers to speak out. We created this post directly from the recent words of frontline health care workers and medical administrators in 19 states, with the sources linked to the first word or two of each quote. Their words reflect an unprecedented time for the US health care community in the midst of the pandemic.

Levy JF, Ippolito BN, Jain A. (2021-01-26). Hospital Revenue Under Maryland's Total Cost of Care Model During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March-July 2020. jamanetwork.com This study compares revenue of Maryland hospitals in March-July 2020 vs historical trends and assesses whether rate increases for inpatient and outpatient services that were permitted to offset pandemic-related decines in revenues were associated with changes to state hospital revenue.

VINS (2021-01-26). Monopoly Chokes Oxygen Supply to African Hospitals Amid Covid-19 Pandemic. projectcensored.org As Covid-19 spreads across Africa, corporate-manufactured oxygen shortages in the continent's hospitals are leading to preventable deaths. Madlen Davies of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that ex-employees, industry insiders,…

Staff (2021-01-26). Rural US Is Seriously Short on Resources Needed to Distribute Vaccine. truthout.org One afternoon this past December, a package arrived at Mora Valley Community Health Services in northern New Mexico. The rural clinic, which serves a county of 4,521 people, is nestled beside a pasture with a flock of chickens and a few goats. A mile up the road sits the town of Mora — a regional hub just big enough for a trio of restaurants, two gas stations, and a single-building satellite office for a nearby community college. | Shortly after the package arrived, clinic staff received an email ex…

Children's Health Defense (2021-01-26). California Man Dies Several Hours After Receiving COVID Vaccine, Cause of Death Unclear. globalresearch.ca Multiple local, state and federal agencies Placer County Sheriff's office said in a

Dean Baker (2021-01-26). The NYT's Has Not Heard of China's Vaccine (Or Russia's or India's). counterpunch.org It is more than a bit bizarre that the New York Times can run a major piece about the lack of access of developing countries to Covid vaccines and never once mention the vaccines developed by China, Russia, or India. The piece is very useful in highlighting the fact that the United States and Europe

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-26). Imperial vaccine tech to target COVID mutations and booster doses. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is focusing its RNA vaccine technology to target SARS-CoV-2 mutations, boosters and thermostability rather than an immediate efficacy trial.

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Covid19 Compels Us to Fight Harder for Independence not Postpone it. sputniknews.com The unionists defending the UK are yesterday's people. The tide of history is now sweeping in one unstoppable direction and that is towards self-determination for Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

Ilana Cohen (2021-01-26). Student Organizing May Never Be the Same Again. thenation.com Student Organizing May Never Be the Same Again…

Staff (2021-01-26). The COVID Windfall for Billionaires Could Fully Fund Relief for Working Class. truthout.org The $1.1 trillion in wealth that America's billionaires have collectively gained during ten months of pandemic and economic crisis could fully pay for key relief measures that President Joe Biden proposed in his recently released

Staff (2021-01-26). COVID Windfall for Billionaires Could Fully Fund Relief for the Working Class. truthout.org The $1.1 trillion in wealth that America's billionaires have collectively gained during ten months of pandemic and economic crisis could fully pay for key relief measures that President Joe Biden proposed in his recently released

Julian Rose (2021-01-26). COVID Mask: The Psychology of Surrender? globalresearch.ca Wearing 'the mask' is for those who suffer feelings of fear and/or guilt. Think about it. | One might reject such a notion "No, no, I'm just worried about being fined, that's why I wear it". Or "I don't want to …

Editor (2021-01-26). Corporate Media Become Deficit Hawks When It Comes to Progressive Legislation. scheerpost.com By Alan MacLeod / FAIR A Democrat has assumed office, and so, like clockwork, corporate media are here to play their favorite game of pretending to suddenly be deeply concerned with the deficit and the national debt. Debt has risen sharply after a Covid-induced economic crash and rounds of enormous Trump tax cuts (the last of which gave 82% of the benefits to the richest 43,000 Americans… |

Haymarket Books (2021-01-26). Thursday 1/28: COVID19 Policing Project: Coronavirus, Policing, the Economic Crisis & Black Communities. indybay.org Online event…

F. William Engdahl (2021-01-26). After COVID, Davos Moves to The "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca With the USA Biden Presidency, Washington has rejoined the Global Warming agenda of the Paris Accords. With China making loud pledges about meeting strict CO2 emission standards by 2060, now the World Economic Forum is about to unveil what will …

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Chinese Outlet Slams Double Standards of Western Media Coverage of Sinovac, Pfizer Vaccines' Issues. sputniknews.com While the Chinese inoculation is undergoing its third round of trials with preliminary results of its efficacy unclear, the vaccine developed jointly by American Pfizer and German BioNTech has seemingly been followed by a trail of significant reactions and even death, which so far have not been directly connected to the coronavirus shot.

Dean Baker (2021-01-26). The Coronavirus Vaccine Fail and International Elites. cepr.net The vaccine rollout process has been painfully slow in the United States. More than 40 days after the first vaccine was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, just over 6.0 percent of our population has been vaccinated. And that is with just the first shot, very few having gotten the two …

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Has Been Registered in Iran. sputniknews.com Last week, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei stated that Iran had held talks with Russia, China, and India on the potential procurement of vaccines against the coronavirus.

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Video: Explosion Rocks Amsterdam Suburb During Anti-Lockdown Unrest. sputniknews.com Protests against new coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions, particularly a curfew introduced in the Netherlands on 23 January, have been ongoing since Sunday. Some of the demonstrations evolved into riots, with violent protesters looting stores, storming through the streets, smashing vehicles and turning them over.

Elif Selin Calik (2021-01-26). Is the pandemic an opportunity to shift from oil to greener energy? zcomm.org It is crucial to an understanding of the global consequences of the coronavirus pandemic to consider the transition to alternative energy sources for the benefit of future generations…

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-01-26). When Fascism Comes, It Will be Wearing a Mask. globalresearch.ca Almost immediately after his inauguration, President Joe Biden began creating new government dictates via executive orders. Many of these executive orders concern coronavirus, fulfilling Biden's promise to make ramping up a coronavirus-inspired attack on liberty a focus of his first …

Zachary Conti (2021-01-26). "Amid Exceptional Uncertainty" IMF Projects Challenges for Developing Countries. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund released projections on the world economy as countries continue to wrestle with the coronavirus.

Peter Koenig (2021-01-26). Pandemic, Lockdown, Economic Disaster: Are We at War? globalresearch.ca Are we at War? This has become a legitimate question over the last 12 months in the western world. | And we are not talking of war by the west against Russia or China, or the east in general. It's a …

The Canary (2021-01-26). Unemployment rate soars to highest level for more than four years. thecanary.co Britain's jobless rate has soared to its highest level for more than four years as official figures showed nearly 830,000 workers have been dropped from UK payrolls since the start of the pandemic. | The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the unemployment rate reached 5% for the first time since early 2016 in the three months to November after another 202,000 people lost their jobs. | Figures for December also showed there were 828,000 fewer Britons on company payrolls since before the crisis struck last February as the pandemic has hammered the jobs market. | Our latest labour market statistics have b…

Duni Dalmar (2021-01-26). The Virus of Mass Destruction. globalresearch.ca On cable news there was a constant ticker on the bottom of the screen showing how many cases and deaths, something we'd never seen until this pandemic. There were videos of people "panic buying" at the start of the lockdowns or stay at home orders…

Dr. James Lyons-Weiler (2021-01-26). Discrepancies in Moderna's FDA Report Demand Answers. globalresearch.ca Search the scientific literature for examples of long-term vaccine randomized clinical trials that use inert placebos — you will not find them. Short-term studies are the preferred mode of vaccine manufacturers — even when there is no emergency — leaving …

Frank RG, Neuman T. (2021-01-26). Addressing the Risk of Medicare Trust Fund Insolvency. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes policy options to forestall insolvency of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, including practical and politically palatable strategies to increase revenues and decrease spending to prevent looming shortfalls.

VINS (2021-01-26). Undocumented Workers Go Unprotected During California Wildfires. projectcensored.org The rise in severity and frequency of wildfires ravaging California has magnified the failure of employers and state agencies to protect workers' health in fire zones. Alleen Brown's September 2020…

Alexander K. (2021-01-26). Shared Grief—Bridging the Health Equity Gap. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay a neonatal ICU nurse afraid to hold her newborn daughter after she dies draws comfort and a sense of connection years later from the memory of a parent she had unconsciously stigmatized, who held and loved her infant son at his death.

Rubin R. (2021-01-26). Obstacles to Implementing AI Tools in Health Care. jamanetwork.com Artificial intelligence (AI) tools have shown promise in predicting patients' health trajectories, recommending treatments, guiding surgical care, monitoring patients, and supporting efforts to improve the health of a community, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Rubin R. (2021-01-26). The Costs of US Emergency Department Visits. jamanetwork.com The US population made 144.8 million emergency department (ED) visits in 2017, costing a total of $76.3 billion, estimated a recent statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-26). Anti-abortion extremists attack clinic on Roe v Wade anniversary. workers.org This article is in memory of Sue Davis, a decades-long reproductive justice activist who every year in this newspaper commemorated the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. In the early morning hours of Jan. 22, shots were fired at the reproductive health clinic in Knoxville, Tenn., operated by . . . |

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-01-26). Thursday 2/25: Equitable Reproductive Healthcare & BIWOC Communities w/ NOW & Black Women's Blueprint. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

2021-01-25: News Headlines

news.un (2021-01-25). COVID's led to 'massive' income and productivity losses, UN labour estimates show. news.un.org Job losses or reduced working hours due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic cost the world the equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, noting that the "massive impact" was nearly four times the number lost during the 2009 global financial crisis.

news.un (2021-01-25). In Davos speech, UN chief highlights private sector role in pandemic recovery. news.un.org The private sector has a key role to play in lifting countries out of both the COVID-19 and climate crises, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told international business leaders on Monday.

news.un (2021-01-25). Amidst surging COVID numbers, WHO chief urges: 'take heart and take action'. news.un.org The sheer scale of the numbers involved in the COVID-19 pandemic can "make us numb to what they represent", the UN health agency chief said on Monday, reminding journalists in his latest briefing, that each one stands for "a person, a story". As of late Monday, confirmed cases were nearing 99 million, and yet another grim milestone as 100 million cases looms.

news.un (2021-01-25). New COVID-19 strains 'poised to unleash' more severe infections — Security Council hears. news.un.org Since September, the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened, infecting close to 100 million people, costing more than $3 trillion in lost wages and intensifying obstacles for peace and security around the world, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Monday.

news.un (2021-01-25). Sri Lanka: 'Forced' cremation of COVID victims' bodies must stop – UN rights experts. news.un.org The Sri Lankan Government should end its policy of compulsorily cremating victims of COVID-19, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday.

news.un (2021-01-25). Rise in antisemitism during pandemic shows we can never let down our guard: UN chief. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rising antisemitism which shows the world must remain vigilant against this persistent form of racism and religious persecution, the UN Secretary-General told an online event on Monday to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

_____ (2021-01-25). Hotel Workers Turn To Courts To Fight Pandemic Firings. popularresistance.org A former worker is proposing a class action lawsuit against a major Vancouver hotel over alleged wrongful terminations during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Romuel Escobar, who worked at the Pan Pacific hotel for 24 years before being fired in August, filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday. | His lawsuit accuses the hotel of terminating workers without cause or notice. It also seeks to represent some 250 current and former regular hourly employees directly impacted by the pandemic in a class action suit. | Unite Here Local 40, which represents B.C. hotel workers, supports the legal action. Worker…

sputniknews (2021-01-25). India to Register Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Within Next Few Weeks, Indian Ambassador Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – India plans to register the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V, after completion of phase three clinical trials within the next few weeks, Indian Ambassador to Moscow Venkatesh Varma said on Monday.

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Uruguay Secures COVID-19 Vaccines With Pfizer and Sinovac. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle announced an agreement with the U.S. pharmaceutical Pfizer-BioNTech and the Chinese company Sinovac for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | The agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech covered 2 million doses, 200,000 of which are expected to arrive in March. The deal with Sinovac included 1,750,000 doses. | A US$120 million budget was approved for the drug purchase, which will allow the vaccination of 2,8…

Alan Macleod (2021-01-25). Poor Nations Left Reeling After Bill Gates Advised Oxford to Ditch Open Source COVID Vaccine. mintpressnews.com Unable to secure a profit in immunizing poorer nations, Western multinationals, including Oxford's private partner AstraZeneca, have prioritized those who can pay the most.

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Mexico To Get 24 Million Doses of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Monday spoke by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin who agreed to deliver 24 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine in the next two months. | RELATED: | "Putin was genuinely affectionate. I invited him to visit Mexico and thanked him for the decision to send us 24 million doses," tweeted AMLO, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. | Besides confirming that these dos…

WSWS (2021-01-25). Spain's defence chief resigns amid mounting anger over COVID-19 vaccine theft. wsws.org Anger is mounting in the working class after generals, royalty and politicians got the COVID-19 vaccination even as vaccines are running out for frontline health care workers.

Andrea Mazzarino (2021-01-25). Covid-19 Is a Massive Killer Home and Abroad—Just Like Our Endless Wars. commondreams.org The massive and unseen costs of America's post-9/11 wars at home and abroad. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vet.jpg

MEE and agencies (2021-01-25). Saudi sovereign wealth fund to invest billions to tackle soaring joblessness. middleeasteye.net Saudi sovereign wealth fund to invest billions to tackle soaring joblessness | Unemployment in Saudi Arabia touched 14.9 percent in the third quarter of 2020 as Covid-19 continues to sink the economy | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 08: 01 | The board at the Stock Exchange Market (Tadawul) bourse in Riyadh (AFP) | Saudi Arabia is moving to tackle soaring unemployment and a Covid-19-triggered economic d…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-25). Covid-19: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest over lockdown rules. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest over lockdown rules | Anger has mounted as the government has moved to close illegal religious schools and seminaries | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 10: 16 | Policemen detain an ultra-Orthodox Jew during a protest over coronavirus restrictions in Ashdod, Israel on 24 January 2021 (Reuters) | Hundreds of members of Israel's ultra-Orthodox community…

Maha Hussaini (2021-01-25). 'Vaccination apartheid': Gaza struggling with Covid-19 infections while Israel rolls out jab. middleeasteye.net 'Vaccination apartheid': Gaza struggling with Covid-19 infections while Israel rolls out jab | Gaza braces for more avoidable deaths with delayed vaccination rollout and an overwhelmed health system | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 11: 08 | A hospital staff member gets tested for coronavirus in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 31 August 2020 (AFP/file photo) | In the intensive care unit of the European Gaza…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-01-25). Arabic press review: Egypt army arrests officers suspected of embezzlement. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt army arrests officers suspected of embezzlement | Meanwhile, Kuwait cancels 60,000 travel reservations over fears of new Covid-19 variant, and Palestinians call for release of relatives held in Saudi Arabia | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 17: 58 | Egyptian soldiers stand guard at Cairo University on 25 March 2018 in central Cairo, ahead of March presidential election (AFP/File pho…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-25). Saudi sovereign wealth fund to invest billions to tackle soaring unemployment in kingdom. middleeasteye.net Saudi sovereign wealth fund to invest billions to tackle soaring unemployment in kingdom | Joblessness in Saudi Arabia touched 14.9 percent in the third quarter of 2020 as Covid-19 continues to sink the economy | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 08: 01 | The board at the Stock Exchange Market (Tadawul) bourse in Riyadh (AFP) | Saudi Arabia is moving to tackle soaring unemployment and a Covid-19-triggered…

WSWS (2021-01-25). Johnson government warns UK COVID-19 strain more deadly as hospitals buckle under pressure. wsws.org The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Staff (2021-01-25). Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Just Ended. It Needs to Be Restored. truthout.org Late last year, Congress allowed federal mandatory emergency paid leave benefits to expire. That left millions of American workers more vulnerable to catching — and spreading — COVID-19. | The

Zero Hedge (2021-01-25). California Refuses to Disclose COVID-19 Data Used to Drive Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) promised months ago that the state's COVID-19 policy decisions would be driven by transparent data that would be shared with the public. | Now, his administration is refusing to disclose key information used to determine when …

WSWS (2021-01-25). Greece loosens coronavirus lockdown, massively rearms military. wsws.org Despite the dangerous spread of the new UK variant of COVID-19 and the deadly impact the pandemic throughout Europe, Greece is easing its lockdown measures.

Morning Star (2021-01-25). U.K.'s Black teachers: Not enough is being done to address COVID-19. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Editor (2021-01-25). Global Report: The Richest Have Already Recouped Pandemic Losses, While Poorest Billions Will Need a Decade to Do the Same. scheerpost.com from Oxfam International The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their COVID-19 losses within just nine months, but it could take more than a decade for the world's poorest to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, reveals a new Oxfam report today. 'The Inequality Virus' is being published on the opening day of the World Economic Forum's 'Davos Agenda'. The report shows that… |

Al-Shabaka (2021-01-25). Confronting Total Collapse in Israeli-Occupied Gaza: Division and COVID-19. juancole.com By Ali Abdel-Wahab | — ( Al-Shabaka ) — Gaza has always been unique among the different parts of Palestine. Its current particularity stems from being caught between three major variables exacerbating its collapse: the Israeli occupation, division in Palestinian leadership, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This reality raises socio-political questions about the role of these …

teleSUR (2021-01-25). 100 Mln COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Expected This Week: WHO Chief. telesurenglish.net The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is expected to reach 100 million within this week, said the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. | "A year ago today, fewer than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 had been reported to WHO, including just 23 cases outside China. This week, we expect to reach 100 million reported cases," Tedros said at a WHO press briefing on Monday. | RELATED: | "Num…

Great Game India (2021-01-25). German Court Rules that COVID-19 Lockdowns Are Unconstitutional. globalresearch.ca A

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Mexico's President AMLO Tests Positive for COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) tested positive for COVID-19 and he is already receiving medical treatment. | RELATED: | "The symptoms are mild, so for the moment, I will be isolated at the National Palace until my full recovery," AMLO said, assuring that he will continue to monitor public affairs from the government headquarters. | On Monday, "I will attend a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin because there is a possib…

teleSUR (2021-01-25). Peru: Lima Runs Out of ICU Beds for COVID-19 Patients. telesurenglish.net Peru's Ombudsman's Office warned of a pressing health situation in the cities of Lima and Callao due to the lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds. | RELATED: | On Sunday, Health Ministry (MINSA) reported that there were only 107 remaining ICU beds across the country. In the Lima region alone, only 8 of 934 beds were available in health institutions. | MINSA officials also noted that 1,758 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 pati…

Staff (2021-01-25). Sanders Wants to "Act Now" on COVID Relief But McConnell Is Holding Up Senate. truthout.org Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) has said that he wants a new coronavirus relief bill to be one of the first priorities for the new Senate. He hopes to pass a new relief bill using budget reconciliation, which would allow for a simple majority vote, before the Senate begins their impeachment trial on February 8. | "Working families are living today in more economic desperation than since the Great Depression and if Republicans are willing to work with us to…

Dean Baker (2021-01-25). The New York Times Has Not Heard About China's Vaccines (or Russia or India's). cepr.net It is more than a bit bizarre that the New York Times can run a major piece about the lack of access of developing countries to Covid vaccines and never once mention the vaccines developed by China, Russia, or India. The piece is very useful in highlighting the fact that the United States and Europe …

commondreams (2021-01-25). New Research Shows Stopping Water, Utility Shutoffs Would Have Prevented Thousands of COVID Deaths. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Haymarket Books (2021-01-25). Thursday 1/28: COVID19 Policing Project: Coronavirus, Policing, the Economic Crisis & Black Communities. indybay.org Online event…

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-01-25). Thursday 1/28: 323 Days of COVID: The Lasting Impact on Women w/ NOW & Black Women's Blueprint. indybay.org Online event…

Amiad Horowitz (2021-01-25). With COVID controlled and economy growing, Vietnam's Communists plan for future. peoplesworld.org HANOI—With only 35 recorded deaths, Vietnam has managed the coronavirus pandemic better than almost any other country on earth. And, unlike other nations, where mass unemployment and recession are the norm, Vietnam's economy is actually growing. That's the context in which the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) is set to …

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-25). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. counterpunch.org Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised

PSL San Antonio (2021-01-25). Texas schools are peddling lies to 'normalize' COVID at the expense of communities. liberationnews.org COVID has exacerbated the class struggle in schools nationwide, especially in states with openly hostile policies such as Texas.

PSL San Antonio (2021-01-25). Texas schools are peddling lies to "normalize" COVID at the expense of communities. liberationnews.org COVID has exacerbated the class struggle in schools nationwide, especially in states with openly hostile policies such as Texas.

Staff (2021-01-25). Refusing to vaccinate prisoners is both cruel and dangerous. therealnews.com Prisons and jails are hotbeds of coronavirus contagion—for incarcerated people and staff, but also for the wider community. Prioritizing them for vaccinations is a humanitarian and public health necessity.

sputniknews (2021-01-25). Lawmaker Slams Greece's Digital Vaccination Certificates, Calls Idea Form of 'Apartheid'. sputniknews.com Greek authorities began issuing digital vaccination certificates for people vaccinated against the coronavirus last week, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis suggesting the measure should be introduced across the European Union to facilitate travel and tourism.

Martha stilson (2021-01-25). Take Care of Yourself 2021 Coronavirus. indybay.org Early and regular work can lead to greater health and longevity. Just ask a dancer.

Rosalind English (2021-01-25). German District Court declares Corona Ordinance Unconstitutional. ukhumanrightsblog.com In a landmark judgement on January 11, a district court judge in Weimar declared the prohibition on social contact unlawful as contrary to the German Basic Law (Gràºndgesetz). Its order at the time had been unconstitutional because the Infection Protection Act was not a sufficient legal basis for such a far-reaching regulation as a contact …

WSWS (2021-01-25). Coronavirus death toll in Germany reaches 50,000. wsws.org A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-25). 'Abolish Billionaires': Oxfam Report Shows Combined Pandemic Wealth of Richest 10 People Could Pay to Vaccinate Entire World. commondreams.org "Rigged economies are funnelling wealth to a rich elite who are riding out the pandemic in luxury, while those on the frontline of the pandemic… are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/abolish_the_billionaires.png

Staff (2021-01-25). "They Came Away with Their Dignity": Striking NYC Workers Win Wage Hike After Surge of Solidarity. democracynow.org Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market in New York City have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract, ending a week-long strike that captured national attention and galvanized the community behind the essential workers at the Bronx-based business. Some 1,400 members of the Teamsters Local 202 union walked off the job on January 17, demanding a $1 raise and recognition for their work to keep New Yorkers fed during the pandemic, with the Hunts Point Market supplying about 60% of the city's produce. Management had offered a 32-cent raise instead. But after a week on the picket line and widespread suppor…

Staff (2021-01-25). Striking Workers in New York City Win Wage Hike After Surge of Solidarity. truthout.org Image Credit: Twitter: @TeamstersJC16 | Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market in New York City have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract, ending a week-long strike that captured national attention and galvanized the community behind the essential workers at the Bronx-based business. Some 1,400 members of the Teamsters Local 202 union walked off the job on January 17, demanding a $1 raise and recognition for their work to keep New Yorkers fed during the pandemic, with the Hunts Poin…

Eds. (2021-01-25). Nothing to learn from East Asia? mronline.org Although most East Asian economies have successfully contained the pandemic without nationwide 'stay in shelter lockdowns', many governments have seen such measures as necessary. But lockdowns are blunt measures, with inevitable adverse consequences, especially for businesses and employment.

WSWS (2021-01-25). Houston, Texas hospital remains locked over financial dispute, putting hundreds of patients at risk. wsws.org It is an absolute indictment of the for-profit healthcare system and the financial oligarchs that benefit from it that hospitals should be shut down in the middle of a pandemic, let alone when 83 million already lack sufficient access to primary healthcare, in the richest country in the world.

sputniknews (2021-01-25). Tory MPs Reportedly Revolt Against Further Remote Learning Amid Warning of 'Lost Generation of Kids'. sputniknews.com Over the weekend, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the vaccination rollout as making "brilliant progress", yet was forced to acknowledge that the NHS was still struggling under intense pressure and hopes for an easing of lockdown restrictions in the country were a "long, long, long way" off.

Logan Jaffe (2021-01-25). 'We've let the worst happen': Reflecting on 400,000 dead. nationofchange.org Eight months later, with 300,000 additional American lives lost and the chaotic distribution of the vaccine underway, Caroline Chen, health care reporter, shares her thoughts on where we are and what happens next.

2021-01-24: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2021-01-24). The Coronavirus Vaccine: 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.

sputniknews (2021-01-24). UK Scientists Question Johnson's Warning That 'British' COVID-19 Strain Is More Deadly. sputniknews.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Friday that there was "some evidence" to indicate that the new coronavirus strain found in December 2020 in England is not only more infectious, but "may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," one of many contradictory statements from top officials on the new variant over the past month.

sputniknews (2021-01-24). Asian, Black Patients More Likely to Die of COVID-19, Claims Study Probing Ethnicity-Linked Outcomes. sputniknews.com As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rack up a death toll across the globe, with governments rolling out vaccination programmes in an effort to stop the spread of the respiratory disease, extensive research continues to probe the plethora of factors that are behind the different outcomes of the infection among diverse populations.

Rivera Sun (2021-01-24). The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead. zcomm.org There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of our failure to limit the spread of COVID-19…

news.un (2021-01-24). Pandemic disruption to learning is an opportunity to reimagine, revitalize education. news.un.org To mark the third International Day of Education on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to the resilience of students, teachers and families in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors.

Peter Bolton (2021-01-24). One of Trump's last moves as president was to embolden anti-vaxxer hysteria. thecanary.co The one-year anniversary of the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19)

Chris Floyd (2021-01-24). Mad Dog Time. counterpunch.org In mid-January, Britain achieved the gruesome distinction of becoming the world leader in the Covid-19 death rate. No other nation is seeing a greater proportion of its people die of the disease, not even the Covidapalooza of the United States. It is now beyond any doubt that Boris Johnson's Tory government has been following a

Peter Koenig (2021-01-24). Why Donald Trump Had to Go. He's Not a Globalist. globalresearch.ca There is an agenda. A huge agenda. It is a Globalist agenda that is in the process of inflicting gigantic harm to humanity. It is called Covid-19 — The Great Reset, issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), authored by …

MEE staff (2021-01-24). UAE, Bahrain rulers on hunting trip to Pakistan amid Covid-19 pandemic: Reports. middleeasteye.net UAE, Bahrain rulers on hunting trip to Pakistan amid Covid-19 pandemic: Reports | Visit comes after deterioration in UAE relations with Islamabad heightened by differences over ties with Israel | Sun, 01/24/2021 – 12: 34 | Hunters kill the houbara bustard for sport and also because its meat is supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities (AFP) | The crown prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain's king a…

yenisafak (2021-01-24). Portugal goes to the polls amid lockdown. yenisafak.com Polls opened in Portugal's presidential elections on Sunday morning as the country faces record-high levels of COVID-19 deaths and infections.The country has been under lockdown for 10 days, and the epidemiological situation continues to worsen.On Saturday, the Health Ministry reported 15,133 new infections and 274 more deaths — the highest figures for both since the pandemic began.Lockdown exceptions are being granted for people to leave their homes to cast ballots on Sunday.Portugal's president has no legislative powers, but can dissolve parliament and call new elections.The incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de So…

F. William Engdahl (2021-01-24). Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel's Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global Research on December 11, 2020 | The widely-praised German model of the Angela Merkel regime to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic is now engulfed in a series of potentially devastating scandals going to the very heart of …

Michael Welch (2021-01-24). A Life Saving Hope or Death Defying Jab? Three Perspectives on the Experimental COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca "I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happened, that it is not good for everyone and in this case destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community. …

Makia Freeman (2021-01-24). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global Research on January 15, 2021 | It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is …

NAACP (2021-01-24). Wednesday 1/27: First 100 Days: Racial Divides, COVID & the Black Community Town Hall w/ NAACP. indybay.org Online/virtual town hall…

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-01-24). Thursday 1/28: 323 Days of COVID: The Lasting Impact on Women w/ NOW & Black Women's Blueprint. indybay.org Online event…

yenisafak (2021-01-24). Defense official resigns for early virus shot in Spain. yenisafak.com Spain's chief of defense staff resigned following a controversy that saw him getting the coronavirus vaccine by breaking the vaccination protocol, according to media reportsGeneral Miguel Angel Villarroya submitted his resignation to Defense Minister Margarita and it was accepted.In his resignation letter, he said he had honestly served Spain throughout his 45-year military career.His resignation comes on the heels of a scandal about Spanish military and political officials getting early vaccinations supposedly reserved for health workers and residents in retirement homes.Since December 2019, the pandemic has cla…

Adam Dick (2021-01-24). Anthony Fauci Joins the Long List of People Incapacitated by Coronavirus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Anthony Fauci, the director of the United States government's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters Thursday that he was "knocked out" for about 24 hours after, on Tuesday, taking the second dose of experimental coronavirus vaccine. Fauci …

Lothar Galow-Bergemann and Ernst Lohoff (2021-01-24). Why capitalism compels renunciation and we could work less. indybay.org The corona and climate crises demonstrate how 'our economy' is failing before the existential challenges of the time. Eternal growth, maximum profit and rising share prices are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, it immediately begins to crumble. The climate crisis reveals that growth programmed for infinity will amount to the destruction of the planet in the medium rather than the long term.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-24). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

yenisafak (2021-01-24). Prolonged closure of schools in Africa sparks fear of setbacks. yenisafak.com In a setback that may have long-term consequences, the prolonged closure of schools in Africa due to virus-related restrictions has hampered children's learning, according to a UN official.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Rajat Madhok, the chief of communication advocacy and partnerships at the UNICEF office in Rwanda, said there are fears that schools' prolonged closure due to coronavirus may lead students to drop out of school.He added: "Without the safety net that schools often provide, students are more vulnerable to abuse, including child labor and sexual violence."Saying that it is unfortunate that children in K…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-01-24). Double Suicide Bombing: Baghdad Blast Responsibility in Question. globalresearch.ca A deadly double suicide bombing ripped through a second-hand clothing market in Tayaran Square, located in Bab Al-Sharqi commercial district of Baghdad on Thursday. Hassan Mohammed Al-Tamimi, Iraq's Health Minister, said at least 32 people were killed and 110 others …

Partner Program (2021-01-24). Moving the Bar: My Life as a Radical Lawyer — Michael Ratner. theanalysis.news Michael Ratner (1943—2016) was one of America's leading human rights lawyers. Michael won the seminal case in the Supreme Court guaranteeing the right of habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. From the torture of prisoners after 911 to the massive racial profiling by the New York Police Department, Michael's voice and vision continue to resonate. His last case, which he worked on until he died, was representing Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks. In a series of interviews with attorneys who knew Michael's work, Law and Disorder hosts Heidi Boghosian and Michael Smith interviewed some of Michael Ratner'

IMEMC News (2021-01-24). Worker Dies After Soldiers Fired Gas Bombs, And Chased Palestinians Near Tulkarem. imemc.org A Palestinian worker died, on Sunday morning, near the illegal Annexation Wall, in Far'un village, south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, after the soldiers chased many Palestinians and fired gas bombs at them. Palestinian medical sources said Fuad Sabti Jouda, 48, from Iraq at-Tayeh village, east of the northern West Bank city …

Rod Driver (2021-01-24). The Illusion of Democracy: Power and Secrecy. globalresearch.ca In 2003, millions of people protested against the invasion of Iraq. If Britain and the US had genuine democracies, where the views of ordinary people matter, the invasion, slaughter and torture in Iraq would not have happened. Our governments ignored …

WSWS (2021-01-23). Spain's rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines. wsws.org The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-01-23). [World Report] CEPI criticised for lack of transparency. thelancet.com The publicly funded epidemic response agency CEPI has been criticised for the lack of transparency in its grant agreements with COVID-19 vaccine developers. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Anthony Cartalucci (2021-01-23). Thailand's Billionaire-led Opposition Lie about Vaccine Prices. thealtworld.com The US-backed billionaire-led opposition in Thailand has continued to attack the Thai government over its COVID-19 response despite Thailand's response being among the best in the world. | Now the opposition is lying about the costs of AstraZeneca's vaccines and about the nature of the deal made with the Thai government for vaccines, technology transfers, and the manufacturing of vaccines in Thailand. | References: | Twitter — Pannika Wanich @Pannika_FWP: | BBC — Covi…

The Canary (2021-01-23). Thousands call on Home Office to shut barracks housing refugees amid coronavirus outbreak. thecanary.co 120 people have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) at a military barracks housing refugees in Kent. The outbreak has sparked fears of a health crisis.Around 400 people are living at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which means that over 1 in 4 residents could be infected. The virus outbreak has added to concerns over conditions at the barracks."Unbearable": Residents, many of whom have crossed the English Channel in small boats, have described it as "unbearable". They say social distancing is impossible at the facility.Earlier in January, many residents went on hunger strike in prote…

The Canary (2021-01-23). Nursing leaders call for more effective PPE in light of new coronavirus variants. thecanary.co Nursing leaders are calling on the government to urgently review the use of standard surgical masks by healthcare staff. A review would raise the question of whether surgical masks offer enough protection against highly transmissible strains of coronavirus (Covid-19). | One nurse told the PA news agency that she feels staff are like "lambs to the slaughter" due to the inadequacy of surgical masks. | Urgent call for higher grade of PPE: | The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has written to the government after members raised fears they have inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Separately, it's als…

sputniknews (2021-01-23). 'Overpromise and Under Deliver': Netizens Rap Biden for Saying COVID Trajectory 'Cannot be Changed'. sputniknews.com Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned ahead of the 2020 presidential election on a vow to make COVID-19 relief a top priority ostensibly in divergence from the Trump administration's pandemic response, which he had slammed as ineffectual, signed a slew of executive orders on his first day in office as POTUS to combat the ongoing health crisis.

Andrew Green (2021-01-23). [Obituary] Suhaila Siddiq. thelancet.com Afghan Public Health Minister, surgeon, and lieutenant general. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she died there on Dec 4, 2020, after reportedly contracting COVID-19. She was believed to be in her early 80s.

The Lancet (2021-01-23). [Editorial] COVID-19: the intersection of education and health. thelancet.com What lessons does the COVID-19 syndemic offer when considering the convergence between health and education? The International Day of Education, on Jan 24, provides an opportunity to reflect on the weaknesses of the education system before COVID-19, and on the impact of school closures and education disruptions on children and adolescents. Since March, 2020, more than 1 ∑5 billion students worldwide—an unprecedented number—have been affected by school or university closures. The implications of these closures are enormous.

Danielle Ofri (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] COVID duets. thelancet.com It was a Saturday afternoon in March, 2020. COVID-19 cases had started to trickle into our hospital, but I had a different sort of acute case on my hands. Thanks to the sweltering heat in New York City apartments, two seams on my cello had splayed open. If I didn't get them sutured, stat, the entire instrument could eviscerate.

MacLean P Nasrallah, Zissimos Mourelatos, Edward B Lee (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. thelancet.com Claus Hann von Weyhern and colleagues1 describe autopsy findings of six patients who died of COVID-19. Better understanding of the central effects of COVID-19 is crucial, and we read with great interest their findings that included pan-encephalitis and meningitis in all six patients, regardless of whether cause of death was due to cardiorespiratory failure, pulmonary embolism, or intracranial haemorrhage. However, the images provided in the appendix of the Correspondence1 do not clearly show meningitis or encephalitis.

Raymond M Agius, Denise Kendrick, Herb F Sewell, Marcia Stewart, John FR Robertson (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Reaffirming health and safety precautionary principles for COVID-19 in the UK. thelancet.com In their case for a sustainable UK strategy for COVID-19, Deepti Gurdasani and colleagues1 recommend "restoration of an adequate health and safety inspectorate". We do not believe that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should, like Public Health England, be made a scapegoat for lack of ministerial direction2 but rather that the HSE should be restored the wherewithal to fulfil its mandate.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-01-23). [World Report] India begins COVID-19 vaccination amid trial allegations. thelancet.com Trial participants in Bhopal say that they could not read consent forms and have not been able to report adverse events. Anoo Bhuyan reports from Bhopal.

RT (2021-01-23). Stay silent, please! France's Academy of Medicine advises people to 'avoid talking' on public transport to stop spread of Covid-19. rt.com The French National Academy of Medicine has urged people to quit the chatter on packed buses and trains, where social distancing is impossible. The country's health minister earlier asked everyone to wear better quality masks. | "The compulsory mask-wearing on public transport, where physical distance cannot be respected, must be paired with a very simple precaution: avoid talking and making phone calls," the Academy said in a statement. | The Academy updated its recommendations in light of the more transmissible coronavirus mutations that were discovered in Britain and South Africa. | The High Council of Publ…

RT (2021-01-23). Welsh Tory leader caves in & resigns after flouting Covid-19 drinks ban. rt.com Having a few drinks with fellow politicians at the Senedd has cost Paul Davies of the Welsh Conservatives his leadership position. He announced his resignation on Saturday, a day after refusing to do so. | Davies insisted that his consumption of alcohol at the Welsh Parliament did not constitute a breach of Covid-19 restrictions, and that his decision to resign was motivated by a wish to avoid "distraction" from criticizing the Labour-led government of the country, which the scandal caused. | "For the sake of my party, my health and my own conscience, I simply cannot continue in post," he said. | Paul Davies'

WSWS (2021-01-23). Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government's policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-23). The Heat: Biden administration's COVID-19 plan. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Biden laid out his plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic but warns things will get worse before they get better.

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-23). Investigate Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Us From COVID-19. socialistproject.ca Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state — such as Brazil — should have to admit that it did nothing when these …

yenisafak (2021-01-23). Coronavirus claims transport minister in Zimbabwe. yenisafak.com Within 24 hours, Zimbabwe has lost a second member of its leadership class to coronavirus.Joel Biggie Matiza, the Southern African country's transport minister, died late Friday from COVID-19 at a private hospital in the capital Harare.Earlier in the day former Education Minister Aeneas Chigwedere also succumbed to COVID-19, and after Matiza's passing came word that Paradzai Zimondi, 73, former head of the country's prisons, was also claimed by the virus.Born in 1960 in Murewa in the Mashonaland East Province, Matiza previously worked as deputy minister of local government, public works and national housing.He wa…

Peter Koenig (2021-01-23). Video: France's Medical Doctors Speak Out. "Pour la vérité de Covid-19" globalresearch.ca The New Tang Dynasty (NTD) broadcast a Press Conference of 9 January 2021 of independent French medical doctors for the truth about Covid-19. It is called "Coordination Santé Libre" or "Free Health Coordination". | The Group, based in France, represents more …

WSWS (2021-01-23). Greater numbers dying as COVID-19 infections spread in UK workplaces. wsws.org Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.

Fight Back (2021-01-23). Hunts Point strike: A victory for NYC Teamsters. fightbacknews.org New York City – Today, January 23, over 1400 dock workers and truck drivers at Hunts Point Produce Market ended their strike after six days of militant picketing. The tentative agreement was approved by 97% of the membership, with the largest wage increase in their history. | Known as the largest produce market in the world, the Bronx-based Hunts Point provides over 60% of the produce for New York City. As essential workers, the Teamsters at Hunts Point worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, barely earning enough money to afford the city's cost of living. They never received hazard pay from their employer.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Alabama teachers speak out as four more teachers die of COVID-19 this week. wsws.org The staggering impact of these educators' deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.

Fight Back (2021-01-23). Hunts Point strike: A victory for NYC Teamsters. fightbacknews.org New York City – Today, January 23, over 1400 dock workers and truck drivers at Hunts Point Produce Market ended their strike after six days of militant picketing. The tentative agreement was approved by 97% of the membership, with the largest wage increase in their history. | Known as the largest produce market in the world, the Bronx-based Hunts Point provides over 60% of the produce for New York City. As essential workers, the Teamsters at Hunts Point worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, barely earning enough money to afford the city's cost of living. They never received hazard pay from their employer.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19. wsws.org In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-23). Carbon emission data during pandemic lockdowns provides insights on challenges ahead. peoplesdispatch.org Carbon emissions saw a significant dip due to the global lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even this forced decline will be nowhere close to enough to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement…

WSWS (2021-01-23). Russia ends COVID-19 restrictions in major cities. wsws.org Having witnessed a small drop-off in infections and hospitalizations, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are now ending the very restrictions that fueled these improvements.

2021-01-23: News Headlines

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-01-23). [World Report] CEPI criticised for lack of transparency. thelancet.com The publicly funded epidemic response agency CEPI has been criticised for the lack of transparency in its grant agreements with COVID-19 vaccine developers. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Spain's rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines. wsws.org The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-01-23). [World Report] India begins COVID-19 vaccination amid trial allegations. thelancet.com Trial participants in Bhopal say that they could not read consent forms and have not been able to report adverse events. Anoo Bhuyan reports from Bhopal.

The Lancet (2021-01-23). [Editorial] COVID-19: the intersection of education and health. thelancet.com What lessons does the COVID-19 syndemic offer when considering the convergence between health and education? The International Day of Education, on Jan 24, provides an opportunity to reflect on the weaknesses of the education system before COVID-19, and on the impact of school closures and education disruptions on children and adolescents. Since March, 2020, more than 1 ∑5 billion students worldwide—an unprecedented number—have been affected by school or university closures. The implications of these closures are enormous.

Andrew Green (2021-01-23). [Obituary] Suhaila Siddiq. thelancet.com Afghan Public Health Minister, surgeon, and lieutenant general. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she died there on Dec 4, 2020, after reportedly contracting COVID-19. She was believed to be in her early 80s.

Kristof Egervari, Christian Thomas, Johannes A Lobrinus, Tanja Kuhlmann, Wolfgang Bràºck, Seth Love, John F Crary, Christine Stadelmann, Werner Paulus, Doron Merkler (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. thelancet.com We believe that many of the key findings described in the Correspondence by Claus Hann von Weyhern and colleagues1 should be interpreted differently. The exact nature of CNS involvement in COVID-19 is not only of fundamental importance for our understanding of the disease, but might have substantial consequences in directing clinical efforts to achieve better patient management in the future. Thus, observations about CNS inflammation as described by von Weyhern and colleagues will cause a great stir among biomedical scientists and clinicians if proven to be correct.

Raymond M Agius, Denise Kendrick, Herb F Sewell, Marcia Stewart, John FR Robertson (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Reaffirming health and safety precautionary principles for COVID-19 in the UK. thelancet.com In their case for a sustainable UK strategy for COVID-19, Deepti Gurdasani and colleagues1 recommend "restoration of an adequate health and safety inspectorate". We do not believe that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should, like Public Health England, be made a scapegoat for lack of ministerial direction2 but rather that the HSE should be restored the wherewithal to fulfil its mandate.

Danielle Ofri (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] COVID duets. thelancet.com It was a Saturday afternoon in March, 2020. COVID-19 cases had started to trickle into our hospital, but I had a different sort of acute case on my hands. Thanks to the sweltering heat in New York City apartments, two seams on my cello had splayed open. If I didn't get them sutured, stat, the entire instrument could eviscerate.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government's policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

sputniknews (2021-01-23). 'Overpromise and Under Deliver': Netizens Rap Biden for Saying COVID Trajectory 'Cannot be Changed'. sputniknews.com Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned ahead of the 2020 presidential election on a vow to make COVID-19 relief a top priority ostensibly in divergence from the Trump administration's pandemic response, which he had slammed as ineffectual, signed a slew of executive orders on his first day in office as POTUS to combat the ongoing health crisis.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19. wsws.org In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

Fight Back (2021-01-23). Hunts Point strike: A victory for NYC Teamsters. fightbacknews.org New York City – Today, January 23, over 1400 dock workers and truck drivers at Hunts Point Produce Market ended their strike after six days of militant picketing. The tentative agreement was approved by 97% of the membership, with the largest wage increase in their history. | Known as the largest produce market in the world, the Bronx-based Hunts Point provides over 60% of the produce for New York City. As essential workers, the Teamsters at Hunts Point worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, barely earning enough money to afford the city's cost of living. They never received hazard pay from their employer.

WSWS (2021-01-23). #ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective. wsws.org The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.

Lothar Galow-Bergemann and Ernst Lohoff (2021-01-23). Why capitalism compels renunciation and we could work less. indybay.org The corona and climate crises demonstrate how 'our economy' is failing before the existential challenges of the time. Eternal growth, maximum profit and rising share prices are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, it immediately begins to crumble. The climate crisis reveals that growth programmed for infinity will amount to the destruction of the planet in the medium rather than the long term.

Alon Ben-Meir (2021-01-23). Israel Shows No Moral Tenet: Justice for Mohammed El-Halabi. dissidentvoice.org Israel's continued treatment of Palestinian political prisoners is unconscionable. Mohammed El Halabi, an aid worker from Gaza, has been in prison for four years while he awaits his trial; this is nothing short of cruel absurdity. He has been forced before the court over 150 times, many of those appearances secret, without word of when …

Richard Horton (2021-01-23). [Comment] Offline: The danger of unreliable narrators. thelancet.com "We can see the way out", ran the headline in last week's Sunday Express. Governments across Europe are increasingly optimistic. Ministers are looking visibly more relaxed. US President Joe Biden is now in the White House and he is serious about science, unlike his predecessor. Vaccines are being delivered at scale. Claims are now being confidently made that all adults in the UK will have been vaccinated by June or September, 2021. Although other countries have been slower to start, they will catch up.

Munyaradzi Makoni (2021-01-23). [World Report] South Africa responds to new SARS-CoV-2 variant. thelancet.com Land borders have been closed and restrictions continue as a new variant stresses the health system. Munyaradzi Makoni reports.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-23). Kenyan health professionals continue strike after governors refuse to sign agreement. peoplesdispatch.org Kenya's nurses and clinical officers continue to be on strike as the second tier of government – the Council of Governors – has not signed the return to work formula agreed upon by the unions and the country's health ministry…

Zed Seedat, Kevin Itty (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure. thelancet.com Muthiah Vaduganathan and colleagues'1 analysis was insightful in contextualising the potential benefits observed in trials for the medical treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). A noted shortcoming of the analysis was not accounting for the role of the dose of disease-modifying medication in the disease course of HFrEF. Vaduganathan and colleagues1 correctly identified the CHAMP-HF,2 QUALIFY,3 and CHECK-HF4 registries as evidence of the underuse of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) and angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors, but they also attributed the stagnation in HF…

Claus Hann von Weyhern, Ines Kaufmann, Frauke Neff, Marcus Kremer (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the opportunity to respond to the comments about our Correspondence.1 To increase the availability of data, we reported our findings, which were produced by a team that included an experienced neuropathologist and was subjected to the The Lancet's peer-review process. The three responses are similar as they all challenge our interpretation of the findings presented. Striking is the fact that the three responses disagree among themselves, with each offering yet another interpretation.

Daniel Marchalik, Andrew Lipsky (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] Transformative experiences and A Young Doctor's Notebook. thelancet.com Can the decision to become a physician ever be a truly rational choice? According to philosopher L A Paul, the answer is more complicated than it may seem. In her book Transformative Experience, Paul argues that when we make consequential decisions, we are limited by our inability to know what that experience will be like in advance. For Paul, a transformative experience is one that has this characteristic and is also likely to radically reshape our future point of view. The decision to undergo a transformative experience amounts to a philosopher's dilemma, because the person choosing the experience and the perso…

Tony Blakely, Neil Pearce, John Lynch, Shyamali Dharmage, Melissa Russell, Deborah Lawlor, Rebecca Bentley (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study. thelancet.com Salim Yusuf and colleagues'1 findings on the heterogeneity of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries are important. However, hazard ratios (HRs) and population-attributable fractions (PAFs) need to account for causal ordering among risk factors.2,3 PAFs calculated by use of HRs from regression models that include all risk factors simultaneously violate the principle that causation occurs in sequential steps. The calculated HR is what is left over after adjusting for risk factors that are, at least partly, on the causal pathway leading to cardiov…

Muthiah Vaduganathan, Gregg C Fonarow, John J V McMurray, Scott D Solomon (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure — Authors' reply. thelancet.com The contemporary trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) included in our analysis1 tested a strategy of titrating therapies to a target dose (as tolerated) and many participants did not reach this target. Among those who did, a subset of participants required dose reduction (or even temporary or permanent discontinuation) during the trials because of issues related to haemodynamics, kidney function, electrolytes, symptoms, or intervening clinical events.

Salim Yusuf, Shofiqul Islam, Philip Joseph, Shrikant Bangdiwala (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Tony Blakely and colleagues for their comments on our work1 and appreciate their interest in exploring population-attributable fractions (PAFs) using different approaches.

Margaret McCartney (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] Poverty and love. thelancet.com "Whit a funny wee bastard ye are." Shuggie Bain is often subjected to such pointed observation: he is an outsider, jutting against the grain of his surroundings, even as he tries, heartbreakingly hard, to fit in. He is the child of Agnes and Shug Bain. Agnes is a glamorous, proud woman who can be funny, charming, and beautiful; and she is an alcoholic. Shug is a violent, belligerent womaniser who rapes and beats Agnes regularly. Agnes is trapped in her relationships—as is Shuggie. By the time Agnes dies, sinking, drunk in a chair "like a melted candle", Shuggie is starving, the benefits of money having gone…

Sarah Volpenhein (2021-01-22). Wisconsin Nursing Home Staff Laid Off for Declining COVID-19 Vaccine. anti-empire.com Employees at a Janesville nursing home risk losing their job if they do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, a policy that has caused outrage among many staff members. | Officials at Rock Haven, a Rock County-owned facility, issued a memo in December telling employees that the vaccine was "a requirement for all staff" and that employees who failed to get the vaccine would be laid off. A copy of the memo was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request. | According to the memo, a laid-off employee will not be eligible to return to work until they complete the two-dose vaccine regimen. | Roc…

Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad (2021-01-22). Why Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Their Countries From COVID-19 Must Be Investigated. counterpunch.org Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state—such as Brazil—should have to admit that it did nothing when these warnings came in and simply allowed its own citizens to die for no reason.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-22). 'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine. commondreams.org "This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/astrazeneca_covid_vaccine_0.jpg

news.un (2021-01-22). Pandemic will not end for anyone, 'until it ends for everyone'. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic "will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone", an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme.

RT (2021-01-22). WHO vaccine chief says 'crushing transmission' of Covid-19 is vital to avoid further mutations amid global vaccine roll-out. rt.com The global transmission of Covid-19 must be drastically curbed to ensure that the virus does not mutate further, potentially undermining the current deployment of vaccines, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Friday. | The agency's immunization and vaccines chief, Professor Katherine O'Brien, said she wanted to emphasize the "importance of really crushing transmission" of the virus in order to guarantee the "maximum impact" of vaccines. | "The risk of variants relative to the vaccines is ever greater when the transmission is very high in communities," she told a WHO media briefing on Friday. | Not…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Mali To Start COVID-19 Vaccination With Support From COVAX. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Mali's Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins in April as the government plans to acquire 8.4 million doses. | RELATED: | The authorities explained that health workers, the elderly, and those with comorbidities would be prioritized. The government will carry out the immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which will arrive in the country by the end of March. | We're proud to release a report…

Anthony Cartalucci (2021-01-22). Why is Thanathorn Complaining about Affordable Medicine? thealtworld.com US-backed opposition leader and billionaire Thanathorn has attacked the Thai government's response to COVID-19 and its hesitation to rush into a vaccine campaign.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Vaccination of Politicians Sparks Outrage in Spain. telesurenglish.net Although Spanish politicians and high-ranking officials are not part of the groups with a preference to receive COVID-19 vaccines, some of them have been vaccinated by dodging the order of precedence. This discovery has sparked a growing controversy in Spain about the ethics of its leaders. | RELATED: | "In less than 48 hours, three public officials have resigned for 'jumping the queue' for vaccines," the local outlet…

Staff (2021-01-22). As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country, Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages. democracynow.org We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism. Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S. To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines. "Knowing that there were a lot of elders who were at really, really high risk, this was a concern from the very beginning," s…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Over 1,200 Adverse Events in US From Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Over 1,200 adverse events were reported after receipt of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 10, with 10 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. | RELATED: | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020, administered in 2 doses, one month apart, to prevent COVI…

RT (2021-01-22). Swedish health agency investigates after 1,000 people receive Moderna vaccine kept at too low a temperature. rt.com Around 1,000 Swedes have received Moderna Covid-19 shots that were kept too cold while being transported, the company in charge of deliveries, Apoteket AB, said on Friday. | A total of 2,100 doses of the US-made vaccine that were kept too cold in transit have been delivered to the regions of Gävleborg, Halland, Värmland, Dalarna, and Östergötland, a government spokesperson said. | The Swedish Public Health Agency has said there is no risk to those given the Moderna vaccine, but it has halted the rollout and is investigating whether keeping doses too cold may affect the vaccine's efficacy.

The Canary (2021-01-22). Lockdown loneliness led to an increase in anxiety and depression in people over 50. thecanary.co Older people's mental health declined during the Covid-19 lockdowns as their loneliness contributed to a rise in anxiety and depression, according to a study. | Researchers at the University of Exeter and King's College London studied data from more than 3,000 people aged over 50. | They said loneliness emerged as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. | And a decrease in physical activity since the start of the pandemic was also associated with worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. Women were also more likely to be struggling with their mental health, as were retired people.

Steve Topple (2021-01-22). A Tory MP exposed himself and his party live on Question Time. thecanary.co A Tory minister's response to a Labour MP's criticism of his government's handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was damning. Because he inadvertently exposed the problem at the heart of his government's approach over the last ten months. And he did it on BBC Question Time. | Question Time: flailing?: | The programme

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Blood thinners may improve outcomes in 'moderately ill' COVID patients. imperial.ac.uk Treating less seriously ill COVID-19 patients with blood thinning drugs may help to reduce the need for vital organ support, a study has found.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Imperial scientists conduct COVID-19 testing on London's transport network. imperial.ac.uk Researchers from Imperial are working with Transport for London to regularly test the city's transport network for the virus which causes COVID-19.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-22). Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer. middleeasteye.net Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer | Many have said the money could be better spent on the country's Covid-19 response, as hospitals are overwhelmed | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 12: 34 | The new project is planned for construction in the congested upscale Zamalek neighbourhood (Screengrab/Twitter) | The announcement of Egypt's plans to build a "Cairo Eye" landmark in the heart of…

RT (2021-01-22). 'Some evidence' new UK Covid-19 variant kills more people — PM Boris Johnson. rt.com The UK's new Covid-19 variant may be linked to higher mortality, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned in a press conference, citing early analysis of the mutated strain which was discovered late last year. | "We've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant — the variant that was first discovered in London and the south east (of England) — may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," Johnson said. | The PM said that the number of deaths is expected to "continue to be high for a little while to come"

teleSUR (2021-01-22). The Brazilian COVID-19 Strain Might Be Present in Peru. telesurenglish.net Peru's Regional Health Director Carlos Calampa reported the identification of suspected cases of the COVID-19 strain originated in Manaos (Brazil). The new strain is independent of those recorded in the United Kingdom and South Africa. | RELATED: | Calampa pointed out that there were no doubts in terms of clinical diagnose due to the accelerated increase in COVID-19 cases with similar characteristics to those report…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Argentina Extends Ban on Layoffs for Another 90 Days. telesurenglish.net The Argentine government will extend for another 90 days a ban that prohibits layoffs and establishes the payment of a double compensation if a contract is ended for 2021. | RELATED: | The measure aims at preventing private companies from dismissing staff under the pretext of low economic activity. In 2020 the government extended the measure three times in response to the financial crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 p…

WSWS (2021-01-22). Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness exposes stark global inequalities in COVID-19 reponse. wsws.org The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Case of the South African SARS-CoV-2 Strain Detected in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Based on the border protocols for the pandemic's surveillance and control, the variant was detected in an asymptomatic traveler, the scientist confirmed. | Guzmán specified that the patient and his contacts were isolated and showed no symptoms of the infectious disease. | RELATED: | According to Guzman, it cannot be assured, nor discarded, that the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the establishmen…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Biden Unveils National Strategy To Fight the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his national strategy for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as the country endures record levels of infections and deaths. | RELATED: | "Our national strategy is comprehensive, it's based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed," he said | The U.S. president also signed several orders aimed at improving supply chains for the pandemic, kee…

WSWS (2021-01-22). Corporatization of Canada's virtual health services part of broader privatization drive. wsws.org Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-01-22). COVID vs. World War II. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a murderous crime committed against the American people. [1] The perpetrators of that crime should be prosecuted for it. Let us compare the sacrifices in lives paid by the American people during WWII, and during YEAR ONE of COVID-19. WWII (for the U.S.A.): 7 December 1941

Luis De Jesus (2021-01-22). Cuba: crisis, blockade and changes in 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba began the year 2021 in the midst of one of the most difficult economic scenarios that it has had to go through in recent years. On one hand Cuba has not been excluded from the international economic crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the island continues to suffer multi-fold impacts from the intensification of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of the United States against the island during the tumultuous administration of Donald Trump. | The year 2020, which is now past yet still lingers painfully, was meant to be Cuba's year of an economic rebound, after having suffered a slight co…

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Anthony Cartalucci (2021-01-22). Why is Thanathorn Complaining about Affordable Medicine? thealtworld.com US-backed opposition leader and billionaire Thanathorn has attacked the Thai government's response to COVID-19 and its hesitation to rush into a vaccine campaign.

Sarah Volpenhein (2021-01-22). Wisconsin Nursing Home Staff Laid Off for Declining COVID-19 Vaccine. anti-empire.com Employees at a Janesville nursing home risk losing their job if they do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, a policy that has caused outrage among many staff members. | Officials at Rock Haven, a Rock County-owned facility, issued a memo in December telling employees that the vaccine was "a requirement for all staff" and that employees who failed to get the vaccine would be laid off. A copy of the memo was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request. | According to the memo, a laid-off employee will not be eligible to return to work until they complete the two-dose vaccine regimen. | Roc…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Imperial scientists conduct COVID-19 testing on London's transport network. imperial.ac.uk Researchers from Imperial are working with Transport for London to regularly test the city's transport network for the virus which causes COVID-19.

Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad (2021-01-22). Why Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Their Countries From COVID-19 Must Be Investigated. counterpunch.org Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state—such as Brazil—should have to admit that it did nothing when these warnings came in and simply allowed its own citizens to die for no reason.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-01-22). WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a 'Problem'. globalresearch.ca In an "inauguration" of its own while Joe Biden was being sworn into office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Even though they've been widely used across the U.S. …

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-01-22). COVID vs. World War II. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a murderous crime committed against the American people. [1] The perpetrators of that crime should be prosecuted for it. Let us compare the sacrifices in lives paid by the American people during WWII, and during YEAR ONE of COVID-19. WWII (for the U.S.A.): 7 December 1941

WorkWeek (2021-01-22). SF Bay View Editor Has Cell Phone Seized & Google Fires Black Scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the effort to stop SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington from doing his work. The for profit halfway house run by the Geo Group ordered that his cell phone be seized to stop him from doing his work after the facility in the Terderloin was exposed for having a Covid outbreak. We interview his lawyer Richard Tan. | Also WorkWeek looks at the firing of Google top AI scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru. WorkWeek looks at the reason she was fired.

_____ (2021-01-22). Britain — The political future looks grim. truepublica.org.uk Brexit and Covid have done bad things to our country. The former was a deliberate stoking of built-up anger against a politically and economically flawed system. The latter has bagged a world-beating record — of killing more people per million than any country on earth. Contrary to many commentators, that the Brexit debate is over, …

sputniknews (2021-01-22). Hungary, Russia Sign Agreement on Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Deliveries, Foreign Minister Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Hungary and Russia have signed an agreement on Russia's coronavirus vaccine deliveries, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

WSWS (2021-01-22). Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages. wsws.org The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-22). Can US Workers Be Dismissed for Refusing to Be Vaxxed? globalresearch.ca According to Law Professor Dorit Reiss: | "Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can" fire noncompliant staff. | Attorney David Betras explained that "workplace vaccination requirements aren't new, and they passed constitutional muster long ago," …

oneworld.press (2021-01-22). CNN Dishonestly Claims That The West Is Victimized By Chinese Anti-Vaxx Disinfo. oneworld.press The Global Times is doing a global service by raising awareness about fatal medical incidents associated with foreign vaccines which many in the West might not have been aware of until they read those articles. Although Griffiths proves that the deaths in question "were reported on by CNN, among numerous US media outlets", those platforms don't have an exclusive monopoly on reporting and shouldn't claim that their Chinese counterparts reporting on the same is akin to "disinformation".

grants.gov (2021-01-22). National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative — Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers. grants.gov SM-21-009 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330775 | Opportunity Number: | SM-21-009 | Opportunity Title: | National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative — Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.243 | Eligible Applicants: | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) | Additional Information on Eligibility: | Eligib…

sputniknews (2021-01-22). McConnell Pans Biden's 'Big Steps in Wrong Direction', Warns Over 'Failed Approach' to Immigration. sputniknews.com On his first full day in office, US President Joe Biden acted upon his campaign promises to reverse a spate of policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, signing executive orders to tear up the the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, rejoining the World Health Organisation and bringing the US back to the fold of the Paris Climate Accord.

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). grants.gov PAS-21-031 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330783 | Opportunity Number: | PAS-21-031 | Opportunity Title: | Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Food and Nutrition | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.847 | Eligible Applicants: | State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Independent school districts | Public…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Next Generation Sequencing in Post Mortem Tissue from Patients with Parkinsons Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). grants.gov RFA-NS-21-017 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330762 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-NS-21-017 | Opportunity Title: | Next Generation Sequencing in Post Mortem Tissue from Patients with Parkinsons Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Cooperative Agreement | Category of Funding Activity: | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.853 | Eligible Applicants: | State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Indepe…

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-22). Complex Life Threatened. counterpunch.org Throughout the world, scientists are speaking out like never before. They're talking about an emergency situation of the health of the planet threatening "complex life," including, by default, human life. It's scary stuff. On this subject, America's green NGOs prefer to address the danger by sticking to a middle ground, don't scare people, too much

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). grants.gov RFA-AG-21-033 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330781 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-AG-21-033 | Opportunity Title: | Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.866 | Eligible Applicants: | State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Indepe…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Pilot and Feasibility Studies to Facilitate the Use of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support to Improve Diabetes Care (R34 Clinical Trial Required). grants.gov RFA-DK-20-032 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330761 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-DK-20-032 | Opportunity Title: | Pilot and Feasibility Studies to Facilitate the Use of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support to Improve Diabetes Care (R34 Clinical Trial Required) | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Food and Nutrition | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.847 | Eligible Applicants: | State governments | County governments | City or township governmen…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). FY 2021 Julia Taft Refugee Fund, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa. grants.gov AF-DRC-FY21-POL-01 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330779 | Opportunity Number: | AF-DRC-FY21-POL-01 | Opportunity Title: | FY 2021 Julia Taft Refugee Fund, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) | Category Explanation: | WASH, Social services, Income generating activities, Education, Health, Vocational training | CFDA Number(s): | 19.517 | Eligible Applican…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Levels of obesity could rise if effective actions are not taken in childhood. imperial.ac.uk The number of adults living with obesity could rise dramatically unless robust measures are implemented to halt childhood obesity.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). 'Foreign policy' should be central to university strategy – Alice Gast. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's President argues that universities can craft their own 'foreign policy' to strengthen, expand and focus international collaborations.

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Development of a model selection method for population pharmacokinetics analysis by deep-learning based reinforcement learning (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed. grants.gov RFA-FD-21-027 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330753 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-FD-21-027 | Opportunity Title: | Development of a model selection method for population pharmacokinetics analysis by deep-learning based reinforcement learning (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Cooperative Agreement | Category of Funding Activity: | Consumer Protection | Food and Nutrition | Science and Technology and other Research and Development | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.103…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Quantify the expression of metabolizing enzymes and transporter proteins in lung, eye and skin tissue in relevant animal models and humans (U01) Clinical Trial Not Allowed. grants.gov RFA-FD-21-018 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330752 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-FD-21-018 | Opportunity Title: | Quantify the expression of metabolizing enzymes and transporter proteins in lung, eye and skin tissue in relevant animal models and humans (U01) Clinical Trial Not Allowed | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Cooperative Agreement | Category of Funding Activity: | Consumer Protection | Food and Nutrition | Science and Technology and other Research and Development | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s):…

grants.gov (2021-01-22). Development of Advanced Analytical Methods for the Characterization of Iron Carbohydrate Complex – Ferric Derisomaltose (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed. grants.gov RFA-FD-21-016 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330774 | Opportunity Number: | RFA-FD-21-016 | Opportunity Title: | Development of Advanced Analytical Methods for the Characterization of Iron Carbohydrate Complex – Ferric Derisomaltose (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Cooperative Agreement | Category of Funding Activity: | Consumer Protection | Food and Nutrition | Science and Technology and other Research and Development | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.103 | Elig…

news.un (2021-01-21). COVID 'vaccine hoarding' putting Africa at risk: WHO. news.un.org Africa is in danger of being left behind in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, thus driving up prices, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.

news.un (2021-01-21). Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health. news.un.org The United States' top medical official said on Thursday that the US will now join the World Health Organization's global initiative to help poorer nations overcome COVID-19, in addition to a raft of new measures in support of access to universal healthcare, such as abortion services.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-01-21). Fauci Now Says COVID-19 Vaccine May Become Mandatory. globalresearch.ca Will the COVID-19 vaccine become mandatory? That's a question many are asking these days and, by the looks of it, the answer may well be yes — although as I'll explain later, I suspect the harms of the vaccine will …

RT (2021-01-21). 'With lives at stake, politics must be forgotten': Sputnik V sponsor warns demonizing Russian vaccine distracts from saving people. rt.com Saving human lives amid the raging global pandemic is much more important than following political considerations, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that sponsored Sputnik V vaccine development, told RT. | "We are strongly against the politicization of the vaccine," said Dmitriev, adding that when it comes to health and the very life of many people, "one should forget about politics or any attempts to 'contain' Russia." | In its international dealings related to Russia's pioneering Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, RDIF is simply guided by the principle of helping those in need and is ready…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-21). Vaccines may not signal immediate end to epidemic, researchers say. imperial.ac.uk The vaccine rollout may not signal an immediate end to the Covid-19 epidemic, according to latest modeling from Imperial's Covid-19 Response Team.

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-21). Only true unity can end America's uncivil war. thealtworld.com President Joe Biden made an emotional appeal during his inaugural address on Wednesday to end what he unforgettably described as America's ongoing uncivil war between red and blue, rural and urban, conservative and liberal. He very strongly condemned what he called the political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism threatening American unity today and preventing the country from coming together as one to defeat the once-in-a-century pandemic of COVID-19. The other crises it faces are attacks on democracy and truth, racism, the climate, inequality, and the U.S.' role in the world, but the uncivil…

The Canary (2021-01-21). Covid-19 infections 'may have risen' at start of current lockdown. thecanary.co Experts tracking the spread of Covid-19 in England say infections may have gone up at the beginning of the current lockdown. | Professor Paul Elliot, who is leading the React study at Imperial College London, suggested the current measures may not be strict enough to see a drop in infections and the reproductive rate — the R. | The study on 143,000 people, who were randomly selected, looked at the prevalence of coronavirus including in people without symptoms. | Infections from January 6 to 15 were 50% higher than in early December, the study found. | Elliott told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the current R…

The Canary (2021-01-21). Quarter of doctors seek mental health support during pandemic. thecanary.co More than one in four medics have sought mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading doctors have said. | The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said that it was "extremely concerned" about the mental health of frontline doctors. | A new poll by the college of its members found 19% said they have sought informal mental health support during the pandemic, while 10% said they had sought formal support. | The RCP said that medics have been working for almost a year under extremely challenging circumstances. | Almost two thirds (64%) of the 1,890 doctors who responded to the RCP poll said they were tir…

Staff (2021-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2021. democracynow.org Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era, Kamala Harris Sworn In as Vice President, Setting Several Historic Firsts, Biden Signs Executive Orders on Environment, Immigration, Civil Rights, Economy & Pandemic, Biden Unveils Pandemic Strategy as U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near Record High, VP Harris Swears In Three Senators, Giving Democrats Narrow Control of Senate, Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, House to Vote on Waiver Paving Path for Retired General Lloyd Austin to Lead Pentagon, President Biden Fires Union-Busting Lawyer Who Refused to Resign from…

RT (2021-01-21). 'Very high risk': ECDC urges tougher Covid-19 measures amid mutant strains from UK, Brazil, and South Africa. rt.com The Covid-19 strains from the UK, Brazil and South Africa pose a very high risk due to their increased transmissibility and must be stamped out with tougher health measures, the EU's infectious diseases agency has said. | The transmissibility of the three variants will likely push infection rates higher, leading to more hospitalizations and "death rates across all age groups," the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a statement on Thursday. | "The overall risk associated with the introduction and community spread of variants of concern is therefore assessed as being high/very high…

RT (2021-01-21). Lockdown extended in Portugal with schools to close for 15 days amid record spike in Covid-19 deaths. rt.com Portugal is to shut all schools and universities from Friday, its prime minister has said, as the more transmissible strain of Covid-19 first detected in the UK takes hold, putting the health service under enormous pressure. | Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the new emergency measures in Lisbon on Thursday as coronavirus cases soared, pushing Portugal's national health system (SNS) to the verge of collapse. | Health officials announced a new record daily death toll for the country on Thursday, reporting 221 fatalities, along with a further 14,647 new cases — up from 10,455 the day before. To date,…

RT (2021-01-21). France has become 'a nation of 66 million prosecutors,' says Macron, rejecting criticism of government's pandemic response. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has defended his government and its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that he laments France's "incessant hunt for errors," adding that such criticism is counterproductive during a crisis. | Speaking on Thursday, Macron took a swipe at his critics, saying France had become "a nation of 66 million prosecutors" constantly on the lookout for mistakes and government failings during the pandemic. | "And I say this because what goes with French mistrust is also this kind of incessant hunt for error. That is to say, we have become a nation of 66 million prosecutors. It is not…

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-21). Chomsky and Prashad: Why neoliberal leaders who failed to protect their countries from COVID-19 must be investigated. peoplesdispatch.org Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad deem the inaction of neoliberal and far-right governments to contain the pandemic and thus save tens of thousands of lives, as criminal…

sputniknews (2021-01-21). Party-Pooper Priti: UK Home Secretary Slaps Big Fines on COVID-19 Lockdown Ravers. sputniknews.com Police forces across the UK have been breaking up underground raves and banned house parties during the current third national lockdown — some of which attracted hundreds of party-goers. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government would not tolerate those who put others at risk.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-01-21). 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,…

WSWS (2021-01-21). New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers. wsws.org Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday's police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

_____ (2021-01-21). Lord Ashcroft — Tory donors outsourcing firm lands £350m vaccination contract. truepublica.org.uk By Peter Geoghegan and Russel Scott: A healthcare company ultimately controlled by a leading Tory donor and former party chairman, Lord Ashcroft, has received a £350m contract as part of the government's COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, openDemocracy has learned. Last month the Department of Health and Social Care gave the lucrative contract to Medacs Healthcare plc. In recent …

WSWS (2021-01-21). Doctors locked out of hospital in Houston, Texas over rent dispute, forced to treat patients in parking lot. wsws.org The sudden closure Monday of the Heights Hospital follows 21 hospital closures in 2020 across the United States, many of which were thrust into acute financial crisis by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Conversation (2021-01-21). With Yellen at Treasury, Can we Finally get a Progressive Carbon Tax? juancole.com By Rachel Kyte | — Janet Yellen is poised to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary, and her inbox will require every ounce of her vast experience to pilot the economy through a daunting confluence of challenges. How the U.S. manages the economic recovery from COVID-19, the financial risks from climate change and inequality together …

WSWS (2021-01-21). As COVID-19 resurges, Chinese workers hit by pay and job cuts. wsws.org As well as being placed on the front line of the pandemic, workers are facing an offensive against their working conditions.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-21). French students protest government apathy in education sector. peoplesdispatch.org On January 20, thousands of university students marched in the major cities of France demanding concrete actions from the government to help the students who are in distress due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Rob Wallace (2021-01-21). Bidenfreude: COVID-19 in post-Trump U.S. mronline.org A jokester once characterized Yale University as a hedge fund with a campus attached to it. One might say something similar of the country in which Yale is based.

Judith Deutsch (2021-01-21). Israel at the Current Global Juncture. socialistproject.ca How does Israel fit in with current global emergencies and unprecedented dangers, those being the worsening provision of food, water, shelter, and healthcare for the global population, the COVID-19 pandemic and warnings of worse to come, and climate-related calamities? Massive fatalities and immiseration are not inevitable, but the current human situation is shaped by forces …

WSWS (2021-01-21). Oregon faces legal challenges after establishing blacks-only COVID-19 relief fund. wsws.org The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist "one drop" rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-21). The COVID Illusion, An 'Unauthorized Human Experiment' & The MAGA Straw-Man. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/20/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth