Daily Archives: January 2, 2021

2021-01-02: News Headlines

John Wojcik (2021-01-02). December was pandemic's deadliest month; vaccination campaign crawls along. peoplesworld.org The year 2020 ended with December as the deadliest and most infectious month of the entire coronavirus pandemic, with the U.S. surpassing 20 million confirmed cases and almost certainly far more. Over 77,000 people died of COVID-19 in the United States in December, with at least 6.4 million new infections, complicated by the emergence of …

Marc Norton (2021-01-02). Prisons and Jails are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders. dissidentvoice.org San Quentin Inmates in federal prisons, state prisons and local jails should be in the first cohort of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-02). 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 as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Jon Miltimore (2021-01-02). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

The Grayzone (2021-01-02). Top 12 The Grayzone stories of 2020: From Julian Assange persecution to Bolivia coup defeat, corporate war on free speech to OPCW cover-up. thegrayzone.com 2020 was a chaotic year for the planet. While the Covid-19 pandemic dominated global politics, The Grayzone continued shining a light on the machinations of empire, from the persecution of imprisoned journalist Julian Assange to the defeat of a US-backed coup regime in Bolivia, from the growing corporate war on free speech to the OPCW's scandalous Syria cover-up. Throughout the year, The Grayzone's website had more than 5.24 million views and 2.48 million unique visitors. Our small, independently funded team …

Michael Knipper, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Johanna Offe, Miriam Orcutt (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Germany's new global health strategy: leaving migrants behind. thelancet.com After 3 years of consultation involving various ministries, academia, youth, civil society, private sector organisations, and an international advisory board, the German Federal Government issued its new global health strategy on Oct 7, 2020.1 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing nationalism, and declining support for WHO by some of its member states, Germany emphasises multilateralism and a global health in all policies approach. This statement is strong and timely, underpinned by unequivocal commitments to health as a human right and universal health coverage free of all forms of discrimination.

The Lancet (2021-01-02). [Editorial] Health as a foundation for society. thelancet.com In 2020, a virus that thrived on chronic disease and inequality became the great revealer. COVID-19 revealed the fragility of civilisations built on social injustices, short-term policies, and a dangerous disregard for the environment. The need to become more resilient to crises of all kinds is almost universally agreed on. But to construct that resilience, a philosophical change in how we care for each other and our environment must be made. Health improvement is the guiding principle to lead a recovery away from regressive policies that harm the most vulnerable (and will result in future catastrophes) and point…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran COVID-19 update: 6,045 new cases, 101 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,045 COVID-19 infections and 101 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Rouhani urges Iranians to be careful about UK Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranian people to be careful about UK Covid-19 variant.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran, Cuba to co-produce COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran is cooperating with Cuba in producing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a senior official at the Iranian Health Ministry.

_____ (2021-01-02). Alabama Prisons Are On Strike. popularresistance.org Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land – As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. | The inhumane conditions of Alabama Department of Corrections, their negligence around COVID-19, and their implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons that ADOC claims is "due to COVID," but is really a front for eliminating in-person visitation, has contributed furt…

_____ (2021-01-02). Family Faces Eviction By Agency Meant To Help Them. popularresistance.org Philadelphia, PA – Imagine being a parent, hustling "gig economy" jobs, without a home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Jasmine and Ariel, this has been the reality since May. They are a couple in their 30s, both with children from previous relationships, and navigating the minefields of poverty and pandemic. They had an apartment, but when Jasmine missed a check-in with her probation officer, she was sent to prison, leaving Ariel with no way to pay the rent and without a home. | According to a recent study conducted by geographers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there are 10 abandoned properties for eve…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). India trials national Covid-19 vaccination program. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- India began a nationwide trial of its Covid-19 vaccination program on Saturday, while it awaits approval of the emergency license for the candidate vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The first national trial is being conducted in 116 districts in the country — home to some …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-02). One year of COVID-19: The known and the unknown. peoplesdispatch.org The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of developing a vaccine has been unprecedented. However, there is still a lot to be understood about the disease and the virus which causes…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Mexican doctor in intensive care after getting Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A physician with a history of allergic reactions remains in intensive care after going into convulsions within 30 minutes of her being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Mexican government said Saturday. The 32-year-old doctor is suffering from encephalomyelitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, according to …

Fight Back (2021-01-02). Wisconsin pharmacist arrested for sabotaging COVID-19 vaccines. fightbacknews.org Grafton, WI — Near the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Grafton – a small rural town just outside the Milwaukee metropolitan area – entered the headlines when the Wisconsin National Guard sent medics to a senior care facility experiencing an outbreak and staff shortages. Since then, thousands of Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19. | Grafton is back in the news this week, and not for a good reason. On December 31, the Grafton police arrested a pharmacist who confessed to tampering with 570 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Aurora Hospital there. The person is being held at the Ozaukee…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Police shut down illegal raves; Dutch, Germans face vaccine issues. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Police in France and Spain have shut down large illegal New Year's parties that lasted for days and which flouted regulations in place to fight coronavirus, while authorities in the Netherlands and Germany are facing mounting pressure over delays and issues related to the rollout of their Covid-19 vaccine programs. …

Cancel the Rents Boston (2021-01-02). Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston. zcomm.org The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Greater Sydney residents in New South Wales of Australia will have to wear masks or pay AU$200 fine for non-compliance as part of the Covid-19 tightened restrictions announced by the government on Saturday. The new set of guidelines, including the closure of night clubs, to curb the virus spread in …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). South Korea extends Covid-19 restrictions until Jan 17. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday extended the current level of coronavirus restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of more than four people, until at least Jan.17 to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The government has enforced Level 2.5 distancing measures — the second-highest in the country's five-tier …

Peter Koenig (2021-01-02). The World Economic Forum (WEF) Knows Best — The Post-Covid "Great Global Reset" globalresearch.ca First published on July 28, 2020 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just made a grandiose discovery and declared (21 July 2020) under the alarming title "This is now the world's greatest threat — and it's not coronavirus". The superb …

Bryce Covert (2021-01-02). When 'the American Way' Met the Coronavirus. zcomm.org "If you want people to do the right thing you have to make it easy, and we've made it hard."

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Life returns to normal in Wuhan. laprensalatina.com A year after becoming the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuhan is returning to normal. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer ROMAN PILIPEY…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Píllaro's devils dance in virtual challenge to the pandemic. laprensalatina.com Quito, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- The devils of Píllaro, an Ecuadorian city nestled in the heart of the country's Andes mountains, stepped out on Friday to dance, in a virtual challenge to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also threatened the traditional New Year's celebration. The celebration, which involves people wearing giant devil masks dancing in the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Tokyo urges Japan government to declare state of emergency. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- The local authorities in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Saturday asked Japan's central government to declare a state of emergency due to the record levels of coronavirus infections that these regions have been seeing. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Governors of Saitama (Motohiro Ono), Chiba (Kensaku Morita) and Kanagawa …

Richard Horton (2021-01-02). [Comment] Offline: The age of universal history. thelancet.com At the beginning of 2021, with communities exhausted and shattered, what do we have to look forward to? One scientist, deeply engaged in modelling the pandemic, believes that a vaccine, together with mounting levels of natural immunity, will bring the worst to an end by the summer. I am less confident than him. But I do see an opportunity that is there to be seized. 60 years ago, one of France's leading public intellectuals, Raymond Aron, wrote that "I believe the dawn of universal history is on the point of breaking".

Paul Farmer (2021-01-02). Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation. zcomm.org "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics"

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-01-02). Paygo Exemptions in House Rules Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All, Progressives Say. commondreams.org "Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc_manchin_1.jpg

Paul Webster (2021-01-02). [World Report] Canada's municipalities push for health-based climate action. thelancet.com Canada's cities are leading the efforts to stem the harmful effects of the climate emergency on human health. Paul Webster reports from Toronto.

Hilary O D Critchley, Malcolm G Munro, Haleema Shakur-Still, Ian Roberts (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Menstruation should not be overlooked in control of anaemia. thelancet.com The 2020 WHO report on global reduction efforts for anaemia in women of reproductive age1 (15—49 years) shows clearly that without new approaches the global target of a 50% reduction in the percentage of women with anaemia by 2025 will not be met. In most countries, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age has increased and, even in countries where there has been some reduction, no country is on target for a 50% reduction by 2025. To date, global health efforts to reduce anaemia focus largely on nutrition.

Sharmila Devi (2021-01-02). [World Report] 2021: a year of humanitarian need. thelancet.com Sharmila Devi looks ahead to the most overlooked humanitarian issues that will arise in 2021.

Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Legalisation of undocumented immigrants in the USA. thelancet.com In November, 2020, Joseph R Biden Junior was elected to become president of the USA. During his presidential campaign, Biden placed great emphasis on immigration and vowed to reverse many of the existing policies that were enacted under the leadership of President Donald Trump.

Geoff Watts (2021-01-02). [Obituary] John Michael Lane. thelancet.com Field epidemiologist who helped to eradicate smallpox. He was born in Boston, MA, USA, on Feb 14, 1936, and died of colon cancer in Atlanta, GA, USA, on Oct 21, 2020, aged 84 years.

Maxime Guillaume, Agnes Lahary, Linda Zourdani, Edouard Malandain, Ozlem Ozkul-Wermester (2021-01-02). [Clinical Picture] A painless, sudden loss of vision in sickle cell anaemia: central retinal artery occlusion. thelancet.com A 61-year-old woman attended our hospital reporting a painless, sudden loss of vision in her left eye.

Dorothy E Roberts (2021-01-02). [Perspectives] Abolish race correction. thelancet.com Several years ago my daughter sent me an alarming text. She copied the results of her routine blood work and wrote, "Look at eGFR!". Under the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were listed two numbers—one for non-African Americans and a higher one for African Americans. I was floored. Did this automatic adjustment mean the doctor interpreted my daughter's eGFR differently based simply on her racial identity? The test's categories themselves made no biological sense. "African American", like all racialised populations, is a socially constructed grouping.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Top Iranian, Omani medical universities sign MoU. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Tehran University of Medical Sciences and National University of Science and Technology of Oman have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in different academic fields.

Paul Street (2021-01-01). Petit-Bourgeois "Normalcy" Pining at The New York Times. counterpunch.org Few things nauseate quite so much as "liberal" professional class pining for "normalcy" — a return to the supposedly good way things were — after Trump and COVID-19. Look at last Sunday's New York Times' Sunday Review section. It begins by asking readers what they would give to be standing at a bar in a

Cesar Chelala (2021-01-01). Girls' Education is Another Casualty of the Coronavirus Pandemic. counterpunch.org Girls' education, particularly in developing countries, is being hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Malala Fund (Girl's education and COVID-19) estimates that approximately 20 million more secondary school-aged girls could be out of school after the end of the pandemic, only exacerbating the serious educational inequality between girls

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-01). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. counterpunch.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result

Karen Conner (2021-01-01). Here's What You Helped CEPR Accomplish in 2020. Where Do You Want To Go In 2021? cepr.net What we accomplished in 2020, and why we need your support heading into 2021.. CEPR News for December 23, 2020 Subscribe to the CEPR News by signing up here. As 2020 Draws to a Close, Let's Review What We Accomplished This Year CEPR sprang into action this year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning …

teleSUR (2021-01-01). Over 52% of Ecuadoreans Fell Into Poverty in 2020. telesurenglish.net United Nations Children's Fund Office (UNICEF) in Ecuador warned of the increase in poverty indicators as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting a total of 3.2 million new poor people in 2020. | RELATED: | The UN agency noted that 1.8 million people lived in poverty while extreme poverty conditions reached 1.4 million people. Low-income families with children were impacted the most by the pandemic. | Between Dec.

teleSUR (2021-01-01). Venezuela Announces Return of 7+7 Quarantine. telesurenglish.net Venezuelans are resuming, as of this Monday, the conscious and voluntary quarantine under the 7+7 scheme, according to an announcement from today by Vice President Delcy Rodriguez. | RELATED: | A total of 437 new cases of COVID-19, all of which were community transmitted, were detected in the last 24 hours of 2020 by Venezuelan health authorities, bringing the total number of infections to 113,558, while the rate…

Staff (2021-01-01). Dr. Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation. democracynow.org As the United States sets records for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, we speak with one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases, Dr. Paul Farmer, who says the devastating death toll in the U.S. reflects decades of underinvestment in public health and centuries of social inequality. "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics," says Dr. Farmer, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, chair of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health.

Brian Cloughley (2021-01-01). Covid, Brexit and Dreadnought : the UK Slides Into Economic And Social Turmoil. counterpunch.org Covid-19 is familiar to us as the virus causing a worldwide pandemic that has killed millions. Brexit is withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which, although calamitous for Britain, is not a matter for wide international concern. And thirdly, as the excellent researchers of the House of Commons note, "the Dreadnought program is about the design,

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). 114 deaths, 6,286 infections in past 24h: Health Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) —Spokesperson for Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Lari said on Fri. that in the past 24 hours, 114 patients have lost their lives to Covid-19, while 6,286 new coronavirus cases have been detected in the nationwide.

MEE correspondent (2021-01-01). Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate. middleeasteye.net Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate | The government has banned wedding and funeral gatherings in bid to stem rapid rise in infection and deaths | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 12: 19 | Health officials warn that the true figure of fatalities from Covid-19 in Egypt may be far higher than reported (AFP) | Rapidly rising Covid-19 infections are setting off alarm bells…

_____ (2021-01-01). Equity Is More Than Words. popularresistance.org On behalf of Physician Women SOAR, an antiracist physician group, we wish to respond to the Indiana University Health (IU Health) statement regarding the medical treatment provided to the late Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician who was admitted to IU Health in early December for COVID-19. | Twelve hours after she was discharged from IU Health, Dr. Moore was readmitted to another hospital in respiratory failure, where she was quickly transferred to the ICU. Dr. Moore remained in critical condition for over two more weeks and died on December 20th. While admitted to IU Health, Dr. Moore was treated so poorly that s…

_____ (2021-01-01). Prisons And Jails Are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders. popularresistance.org One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer at New York's Rikers Island jail complex. | If compassion for prisoners does not move policy makers or the general public, then eyes should turn to a pair of recent studies, one by the Prison Policy Initiative and the other by the Marshall Project, focused on prisons and jails in the U.S. According to data in these two reports: | Prisons and jails are "super-spreaders" of the virus, not only among prisoners,…

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury (2021-01-01). Overshadowed by COVID: The Deadly Extreme Weather of 2020. commondreams.org 2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic—and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/file-20201209-18-1njg452.jpg

Laurel Mellin (2021-01-01). How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021. salon.com Emotional brain training can help people who get stuck experiencing high stress and negative emotions…