Daily Archives: January 6, 2021

2021-01-06: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Flights from UK suspended to ensure control of UK coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to London announced that flights from the UK have been suspended to ensure control of the UK mutant coronavirus.

The Canary (2021-01-06). Welsh NHS chief warns Covid-19 patient numbers could double from first wave. thecanary.co The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in Welsh hospitals could soon be double that seen during the first wave of the pandemic, the country's NHS chief executive has warned.Dr Andrew Goodall said Wales's health system was under "immense pressure", with critical care units operating at 140% of normal capacity. Two health boards are dedicating almost half their beds to patients with the virus.Almost 2,800 people are in Welsh hospitals with Covid-19-related illness. That's an increase of 4% in just a week, and the highest number on record following a surge in transmissions over the last fortnight.More dif…

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). India's Covid-19 death toll crosses 150,000. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- India had by Wednesday registered 150,114 deaths due to the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, including 226 within the last 24 hours, although the rate of mortalities and fresh infections has been steadily declining in the country of over 1.3 billion people. India, which has registered over …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Indonesia to enforce fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Indonesia on Wednesday announced fresh physical distancing measures and other restrictions for two weeks on the island of Java — the most populated in the archipelago — and Bali, a popular tourist destination, amid a surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that between Jan. …

Adam Khalil (2021-01-06). Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates | As Israelis tout record numbers of jabs, the occupied territories are still scrambling to obtain the coronavirus vaccine | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 12: 48 | A Palestinian youth wearing a face mask rides his bicycle past a mural painting of a nurse injecting a vaccine to a COVID-19 virus in Gaza City, on 31 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has boasted that…

Eds. (2021-01-06). It wasn't 2020, it was the ruling class trying to kill you. mronline.org Reflections on COVID-19, capitalism, empire, and the worst year ever from the Hood Communist editorial staff.

Evans Aggelissopoulos (2021-01-06). Greece: From A Covid Coup To A Covid Junta. globalresearch.ca In the end, only a Grand Coalition of all Covidian parties will become inevitable, either as a consequence of a rebellion or prior to one… | The Greek government is trying to excel in its imposition of totalitarian rules for a …

Dr. David Halpin (2021-01-06). COVID-19 and Induced Insanity in the UK, the Global Lab Rat. globalresearch.ca There were several events typical of predictive programming. | The World Economic Forum October 21st 2020 meeting and the Great Reset was one (1). | Here in Britain the orchestration of central, NHS and local responses to a respiratory disease suggested …

Editor (2021-01-06). Why is the world's richest country so unprepared? workers.org The big question one must ask about the COVID-19 epidemic — which as of Jan. 2 has killed more than 1,850,000 people around the globe — is "Why was the United States so unprepared?" This is a highly developed and rich country. It has more than 600 billionaires, according to . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Amnesty Intl. urges Zionists to give vaccine to Palestinians. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Amnesty International called on the Zionist regime to stop its occupation and take immediate action to provide the Covid-19 vaccine to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Iranians at forefront of science, vaccine production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Hailing that Iranian scientists are always at the forefront of science in the world, a parliament member said that therefore, Iran can rely on domestic capabilities in producing the Covid-19 vaccine.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). 82 deaths, 6,283 infections in past 24h: Health Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,283 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2021-01-06). 'An unwanted prison sentence' for seafarers stuck at home and stranded at sea. news.un.org Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been on board for many months longer than planned, stranded at sea due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Six months after the problem was first revealed, many of them are still struggling to cope with the ongoing uncertainty.

A Guest Author (2021-01-06). Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak. workers.org The following press release was issued Jan. 5 by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners CHOWCHILLA, Calif. There is a life-threatening massive outbreak of COVID-19 at the Central California Women's Facility, California's largest women's prison. In the past two weeks, there have been 500 new COVID-19 cases, representing 25% . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Record Covid infection numbers in Japan ahead of state of emergency. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Japan reported more than 5,000 new daily Covid-19 infections for the first time on Wednesday, the majority of which were in Tokyo, which is also seeing record levels of infections. The central government is finalizing the declaration of a new state of health emergency amid the spiralling contagion. The number of …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-06). Neil Ferguson: UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as control measures may not work. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Professor Neil Ferguson says the UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as existing control measures may not contain the new variant of the virus.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). COVID-19 vaccines: Differences, costs, and challenges. peoplesdispatch.org The beginning of the new year has brought with it some hope as different countries have started administering vaccinations against COVID-19. This has been the fastest development of a vaccine ever, with a number of research collaborations to make this feat possible. But many challenges also remain.

WSWS (2021-01-06). Turkish government sets minimum wage at hunger level. wsws.org While big business rakes in billions in profits during the pandemic, the Erdogan government has slashed living standards, with millions left unemployed.

Hector Rios-Jara (2021-01-06). Lessons from a decade of student activism in the UK. zcomm.org The pandemic has exposed the disgraceful failures of market reforms in the British higher education sector. But the resistance of students continues…

_____ (2021-01-06). 40% Of Chicago Teachers And Staff Didn't Report To Schools As Ordered. popularresistance.org About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn't show up for in-person work, officials said Tuesday, accusing the Chicago Teachers Union of pressuring its members to defy the district's orders. | In all, about half of teachers and three-quarters of school-based support staff in preschool and special education cluster programs returned to classrooms as expected, accounting for 60% of those 4,400 employees scheduled to go back to specific schools, the district announced. Officials didn't immediately provide data on ano…

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-06). Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on earth that we must address in 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail by UK judge. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after British judge Vanessa Baraitser deemed him a flight risk, despite having blocked his extradition to the United States on health grounds earlier this week. Baraitser ruled that Assange — who was born in Queensland, Australia — cannot be extradited to the …

The Canary (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be released after 'inhumane' bail refusal. thecanary.co WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's hopes for freedom have been dashed after a judge refused him bail despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. | District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected an application for Assange's release with strict conditionals over concern he would abscond. | It follows a decision that he should not be extradited to the US on mental health grounds due to the risk of suicide. | Assange will have to remain in custody as the US government is appealing against Monday's extradition ruling. | Announcing her bail decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Baraitser said: "A…

Rick Baum (2021-01-06). Wealth Inequality Virus Spikes During the Last Days of 2020. counterpunch.org As of December 23, the combined wealth of the ten wealthiest was needed to reach the "magic" sum of one trillion dollars. As of December 31, the combined wealth of the nine wealthiest is now more than a trillion. This change was helped by Warren Buffet's loss for the year shrinking during the last eight days of the year from $4.62 billion to $1.62 billion, and Musk's wealth increasing another $15 billion.

Udi Ofer (2021-01-06). 50 Years Into the War on Drugs, Biden-Harris can Fix the Harm It Created. aclu.org An earlier version of this blog appeared in

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-05). New Study Reveals Flawed Predictions of Runaway Costs and Usage Under Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Analysts who've confidently projected a tsunami of healthcare use and costs after Medicare for All are ignoring history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/m4a_3.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-05). Health Affairs Study Finds Previous Projections of Costs Under Single-Payer/Medicare for All Ignore Evidence That the Finite Supply of Beds, Nurses, and Physicians Will Prevent a Surge in Health Care Use and Costs. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Montgomery Rice V. (2021-01-05). Diversity in Medical Schools—A Much-Needed New Beginning. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint reviews the many factors contributing to underrepresentation of Black physicians in US medical training pipelines and the health care workforce, and urges actions to dismantle structural barriers to Black medical school enrollment and achieve racial parity in the profession.

Bauchner H. (2021-01-05). A Medical and Scientific New Year's Wish List. jamanetwork.com The last 4 years have been difficult for science and medicine. The relentless attack by members of the executive and legislative branches of government on science and federal agencies that conduct science has shaken the fundamental pillars of great US institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and in some regards the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the 2020 NIH budget increased to almost $42 billion, more individuals are uninsured, and although health care costs have not increased substantially over the past 4 y…

Jaklevic M. (2021-01-05). Surgeon Fills COVID-19 Testing Gap in Philadelphia's Black Neighborhoods. jamanetwork.com In this Medical News article, Ala Stanford, MD, founder of Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, explains how she established COVID-19 testing sites for the city's Black residents.

Yancy CW, Bauchner H. (2021-01-05). Diversity in Medical Schools—Need for a New Bold Approach. jamanetwork.com In this issue of JAMA, Montgomery Rice details the wrenching history of Black men and women and medical education and the many challenges still thwarting the long-standing goal of increasing diversity in US medical schools. From her purview as dean at Morehouse School of Medicine, she offers unique insights and specifically illuminates the failure to increase the enrollment of Black medical students, especially at new medical schools, many of which have explicitly adopted diversity as a foundational pillar of contemporary mission statements. As a consequence, the medical schools serving historically Black college…

RT (2021-01-05). One in 50 people in England has Covid-19, health chief reveals, also warning of further restrictions NEXT winter. rt.com An average of one in 50 people in England has Covid-19, the government said on Tuesday, the country's first day of its new national lockdown in response to the rapidly spreading new virus variant driving record infection rates. | England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed the grim data, as he warned that the new form of the virus discovered in London and the south of England is now "taking off" across the country, saying "one in 50 is really quite a large number indeed." | The figure is equivalent to about one million people. | In London, as many as one in 30 had the virus between December 27 and Ja…

RT (2021-01-05). Investigation launched as 2 people die in Norway nursing home days after receiving Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The Norwegian Medicines Agency has announced that two nursing home residents passed away days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and that an investigation has been launched into the deaths. | "We have to assess whether the vaccine is the cause of death, or if it is a coincidence that it happened soon after vaccination," Medical Director Steiner Madsen said in a He also noted that, because people of advanced age are receiving the vacci…

Staff (2021-01-05). "Medical Apartheid": Israeli Vaccine Drive Excludes Millions of Palestinians in Occupied Territories. democracynow.org Israel has administered COVID-19 vaccines faster than any country in the world, with more than 14% of Israelis receiving vaccines so far. Despite the fast rollout, human rights groups are expressing alarm over Israel's decision not to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, where about 1,500 people have died during the pandemic. Israel has defended its actions citing the Oslo Peace Accords, which put Palestinian authorities in charge of healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian officials are facing a number of hurdles in launching their own vaccine campaign, including a shortage of mone…

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). China authorizes clinical trials of new vaccine based on mRNA technology. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Chinese pharma major Tibet Rhodiola on Tuesday said the anti-coronavirus vaccine it is developing with Stemirna Therapeutics has got approval from China's drug regulator for clinical trials. The company said in a statement that the National Medical Products Administration has allowed it to carry the tests "as planned." However, the company …

Nadda Osman (2021-01-05). Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic | Social media users have contrasted the minister violating lockdown measures with the dire state of Egypt's overwhelmed hospitals | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 11: 47 | The large wedding was compared to scenes of hospitals and medical staff facing shortages in Egypt (Screengrab/Twitter) | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed has come und…

Campo R, New E. (2021-01-05). The Art of Losing—3 Poems for the COVID-19 Pandemic. jamanetwork.com This Arts and Medicine essay features 3 poems—Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," Marilyn Chin's "Hospital in Oregon," and Edward Hirsch's "What the Last Evening Will Be Like"—as sources of wisdom and insight in the turmoil and pain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Conner (2021-01-05). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the December Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, January 8th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) Soaring coronavirus infection rates are likely to be the main story in the employment report in December. Fear of the pandemic, coupled with new state and local restrictions, has led to a fall in …

Al Neal (2021-01-05). People's World dispatch from the coronavirus lockdown in the UK. peoplesworld.org Editor's note: People's World's Al Neal is on lockdown now in the UK from where he will be covering life, work, and politics in England's pandemic era. This is the first of his dispatches. EAST SUSSEX, England—The early morning light greets with a burst of frigid sea air and sodden rooftops dotted across East Sussex. …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-05). Chicago coronavirus conflict: Parents vs. the school board. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—The continuing nationwide conflict over reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic is pitting Chicago's parents, teachers, and students, who don't want to reopen for in-person learning until it's safe to do so, against the school system's big boss, Chancellor Janice Jackson, the Chicago Public Schools board and city Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who appointed both. But …

WSWS (2021-01-05). Mounting mental health crisis among US health care workers. wsws.org With coronavirus infections and deaths rising to astronomical heights, frontline health care workers are experiencing acute mental and emotional distress.

WSWS (2021-01-05). Tennessee confronted with surge in coronavirus cases. wsws.org Nearly one percent of the state's 6.8 million people have contracted the disease, making Tennessee the fourth highest infection percentage in the country.

RT (2021-01-05). WHO chief 'disappointed' China still hasn't approved entry of Covid-19 experts investigating pandemic origins. rt.com The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke on Tuesday of his disappointment that China had not yet authorized the entry of an international team of WHO scientists in order to trace the origins of coronavirus in Wuhan. | "Today, we learned that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team's arrival in China. I am very disappointed with this news," Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing. | The WHO chief said two experts had already embarked on traveling to China, adding that he had spoken to senior Chinese officials and "once again m…

RT (2021-01-05). Conspiracy theorist pharmacist who sabotaged Covid-19 vaccines claims they're 'not safe for people' and could 'change their DNA'. rt.com Wisconsin pharmacist Stephen Brandenburg is a self-confessed "conspiracy theorist" who destroyed over 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine as he thought they would change people's DNA, according to both the police and his wife. | Brandenburg was arrested on December 31 for allegedly sabotaging more than 500 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, stored at the Advocate Aurora Health Hospital, believing they were unsafe for humans. | There is no evidence to suggest the vaccine alters human DNA in any way. Many vaccines use altered forms of viruses to train the immune system to fight off the real-life pathogens but d…

teleSUR (2021-01-05). Brazil Detects Its First Two Cases of the UK Coronavirus Strain. telesurenglish.net Brazil's health authorities Monday confirmed in Sao Paulo the first two cases of patients infected by the new British COVID-19 strain. | RELATED: | The state-owned Adolfo Lutz Institute's Strategic Laboratory confirmed the cases after performing the genetic sequencing of samples sent by Sao Paulo's DASA private laboratory. | A 25-year-old woman is one patient affected by the new strain. She was infected after having contact wi…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran detects first UK variant of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran ready to test advanced generation of COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Virology Research Director of Pasteur Institute of Iran said the the country is ready to enter human test in advanced generation of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine.

The Canary (2021-01-05). Foodbanks at risk of closure due to new coronavirus strain. thecanary.co Independent foodbanks are at risk of closure due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant and are calling on the government to provide cash to hungry families to "protect public health". | The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) has written to the prime minister calling on him to give struggling families money to reduce food bank reliance over the new year lockdown. | The letter says that distribution of emergency parcels "cannot address worsening poverty" and with the number of infections rising "could well contribute to the spread of Covid-19". | Meanwhile, the need to self-isolate could mean services reduc…

Lisa Becker, Alex Demirivic & Horst Kahrs (2021-01-05). Easing into a New Normality of the Crisis. indybay.org With the intertwining of the Corona and economic crises, massive distribution struggles are already looming. Society, in a collective effort to prevent illness, has downsized its economic activity. This collective decision must not serve to enrich a few. The radical taxation of the great fortunes is an indispensable moment to face the Corona crisis.

Stowe J, Smith H, Thurland K, et al. (2021-01-05). Stillbirths During the COVID-19 Pandemic in England, April-June 2020. jamanetwork.com This study uses National Health Service data to compare the stillbirth rate overall and regionally during the initial April-June 2020 coronavirus lockdown vs the same period in 2019.

2021-01-06: Social Media Postees

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Indonesia to enforce fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid-19 cases
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-06
Jakarta, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Indonesia on Wednesday announced fresh physical distancing measures and other restrictions for two weeks on the island of Java — the most populated in the archipelago — and Bali, a popular tourist destination, amid a surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that between Jan. …
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India's Covid-19 death toll crosses 150,000
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-06
New Delhi, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- India had by Wednesday registered 150,114 deaths due to the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, including 226 within the last 24 hours, although the rate of mortalities and fresh infections has been steadily declining in the country of over 1.3 billion people. India, which has registered over …
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Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates
Adam Khalil | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-06
Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates | As Israelis tout record numbers of jabs, the occupied territories are still scrambling to obtain the coronavirus vaccine | Adam Khalil | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 12: 48 | A Palestinian youth wearing a face mask rides his bicycle past a mural painting of a nurse injecting a vaccine to a COVID-19 virus in Gaza City, on 31 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has boasted that…
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Flights from UK suspended to ensure control of UK coronavirus
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to London announced that flights from the UK have been suspended to ensure control of the UK mutant coronavirus.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168185/Flights-from-UK-suspended-to-ensure-control-of-UK-coronavirus

We Are at War
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-06
We are at war. Yes. And I don't mean the West against the East, against Russia and China, nor the entire world against an invisible corona virus. | No. We, the common people, are at war against an ever more authoritarian …
globalresearch.ca/we-are-at-war-2/5733672

Welsh NHS chief warns Covid-19 patient numbers could double from first wave
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-06
The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in Welsh hospitals could soon be double that seen during the first wave of the pandemic, the country's NHS chief executive has warned.Dr Andrew Goodall said Wales's health system was under "immense pressure", with critical care units operating at 140% of normal capacity. Two health boards are dedicating almost half their beds to patients with the virus.Almost 2,800 people are in Welsh hospitals with Covid-19-related illness. That's an increase of 4% in just a week, and the highest number on record following a surge in transmissions over the last fortnight.More dif…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2021/01/06/welsh-nhs-chief-warns-covid-19-patient-numbers-could-double-from-first-wave/

COVID-19 and Induced Insanity in the UK, the Global Lab Rat
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-06
There were several events typical of predictive programming. | The World Economic Forum October 21st 2020 meeting and the Great Reset was one (1). | Here in Britain the orchestration of central, NHS and local responses to a respiratory disease suggested …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-induced-insanity-uk-global-lab-rat/5733347

The war on China
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-06
The propaganda surrounding COVID-19 and China's response is only the latest escalation in a long term geopolitical strategy by U.S. imperialism to destroy it. Few people on the left or the socialist movement in the imperial core have been paying attention to the historic breakup of the U.S.-China relationship.
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Greece: From A Covid Coup To A Covid Junta
Evans Aggelissopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-06
In the end, only a Grand Coalition of all Covidian parties will become inevitable, either as a consequence of a rebellion or prior to one… | The Greek government is trying to excel in its imposition of totalitarian rules for a …
globalresearch.ca/greece-from-a-covid-coup-to-a-covid-junta/5733691

Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak
| workers.org | 2021-01-06
The following press release was issued Jan. 5 by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners CHOWCHILLA, Calif. There is a life-threatening massive outbreak of COVID-19 at the Central California Women's Facility, California's largest women's prison. In the past two weeks, there have been 500 new COVID-19 cases, representing 25% . . . | Continue reading Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak at Workers.org
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Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak
| workers.org | 2021-01-06
The following press release was issued Jan. 5 by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners CHOWCHILLA, Calif. There is a life-threatening massive outbreak of COVID-19 at the Central California Women's Facility, California's largest women's prison. In the past two weeks, there have been 500 new COVID-19 cases, representing 25% . . . | Continue reading Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak at Workers.org
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Why is the world's richest country so unprepared?
Editor | workers.org | 2021-01-06
The big question one must ask about the COVID-19 epidemic — which as of Jan. 2 has killed more than 1,850,000 people around the globe — is "Why was the United States so unprepared?" This is a highly developed and rich country. It has more than 600 billionaires, according to . . . | Continue reading Why is the world's richest country so unprepared? at Workers.org
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It wasn't 2020, it was the ruling class trying to kill you
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-06
Reflections on COVID-19, capitalism, empire, and the worst year ever from the Hood Communist editorial staff.
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Record Covid infection numbers in Japan ahead of state of emergency
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-06
Tokyo, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Japan reported more than 5,000 new daily Covid-19 infections for the first time on Wednesday, the majority of which were in Tokyo, which is also seeing record levels of infections. The central government is finalizing the declaration of a new state of health emergency amid the spiralling contagion. The number of …
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Iranians at forefront of science, vaccine production
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Hailing that Iranian scientists are always at the forefront of science in the world, a parliament member said that therefore, Iran can rely on domestic capabilities in producing the Covid-19 vaccine.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168154/Iranians-at-forefront-of-science-vaccine-production

Amnesty Intl. urges Zionists to give vaccine to Palestinians
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Amnesty International called on the Zionist regime to stop its occupation and take immediate action to provide the Covid-19 vaccine to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168180/Amnesty-Intl-urges-Zionists-to-give-vaccine-to-Palestinians

82 deaths, 6,283 infections in past 24h: Health Ministry
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,283 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168174/82-deaths-6-283-infections-in-past-24h-Health-Ministry

Neil Ferguson: UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as control measures may not work
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-06
Imperial's Professor Neil Ferguson says the UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as existing control measures may not contain the new variant of the virus.
imperial.ac.uk/news/211933/neil-ferguson-uks-covid-situation-bleak

COVID-19 vaccines: Differences, costs, and challenges
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-06
The beginning of the new year has brought with it some hope as different countries have started administering vaccinations against COVID-19. This has been the fastest development of a vaccine ever, with a number of research collaborations to make this feat possible. But many challenges also remain.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/06/covid-19-vaccines-differences-costs-and-challenges/

'An unwanted prison sentence' for seafarers stuck at home and stranded at sea
news.un.org | 2021-01-06
Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been on board for many months longer than planned, stranded at sea due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Six months after the problem was first revealed, many of them are still struggling to cope with the ongoing uncertainty.
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Turkish government sets minimum wage at hunger level
wsws.org | 2021-01-06
While big business rakes in billions in profits during the pandemic, the Erdogan government has slashed living standards, with millions left unemployed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/06/turk-j06.html

Lessons from a decade of student activism in the UK
Hector Rios-Jara | zcomm.org | 2021-01-06
The pandemic has exposed the disgraceful failures of market reforms in the British higher education sector. But the resistance of students continues…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/lessons-from-a-decade-of-student-activism-in-the-uk/

40% Of Chicago Teachers And Staff Didn't Report To Schools As Ordered
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-06
About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn't show up for in-person work, officials said Tuesday, accusing the Chicago Teachers Union of pressuring its members to defy the district's orders. | In all, about half of teachers and three-quarters of school-based support staff in preschool and special education cluster programs returned to classrooms as expected, accounting for 60% of those 4,400 employees scheduled to go back to specific schools, the district announced. Officials didn't immediately provide data on ano…
popularresistance.org/40-of-chicago-teachers-and-staff-didnt-report-to-schools-as-ordered/

Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on earth that we must address in 2021
Noam Chomsky | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-06
Large parts of the world–outside of China and a few other countries–face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their malicious practice. Anything less than focused attention to managing the virus by testing, contact tracing, and isolation–and if this does not suffice, then…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/06/chomsky-and-prashad-three-major-threats-to-life-on-earth-that-we-must-address-in-2021/

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail by UK judge
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-06
London, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after British judge Vanessa Baraitser deemed him a flight risk, despite having blocked his extradition to the United States on health grounds earlier this week. Baraitser ruled that Assange — who was born in Queensland, Australia — cannot be extradited to the …
laprensalatina.com/wikileaks-founder-assange-denied-bail-by-uk-judge/

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be released after 'inhumane' bail refusal
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-06
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's hopes for freedom have been dashed after a judge refused him bail despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. | District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected an application for Assange's release with strict conditionals over concern he would abscond. | It follows a decision that he should not be extradited to the US on mental health grounds due to the risk of suicide. | Assange will have to remain in custody as the US government is appealing against Monday's extradition ruling. | Announcing her bail decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Baraitser said: "A…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2021/01/06/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-must-be-released-after-inhumane-bail-refusual/

Wealth Inequality Virus Spikes During the Last Days of 2020
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-06
As of December 23, the combined wealth of the ten wealthiest was needed to reach the "magic" sum of one trillion dollars. As of December 31, the combined wealth of the nine wealthiest is now more than a trillion. This change was helped by Warren Buffet's loss for the year shrinking during the last eight days of the year from $4.62 billion to $1.62 billion, and Musk's wealth increasing another $15 billion.
counterpunch.org/2021/01/06/wealth-inequality-virus-spikes-during-the-last-days-of-2020/

Health Affairs Study Finds Previous Projections of Costs Under Single-Payer/Medicare for All Ignore Evidence That the Finite Supply of Beds, Nurses, and Physicians Will Prevent a Surge in Health Care Use and Costs
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
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commondreams.org/newswire/2021/01/05/health-affairs-study-finds-previous-projections-costs-under-single-payermedicare?cd-origin=rss

New Study Reveals Flawed Predictions of Runaway Costs and Usage Under Medicare for All
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
"Analysts who've confidently projected a tsunami of healthcare use and costs after Medicare for All are ignoring history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/m4a_3.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2021/01/05/new-study-reveals-flawed-predictions-runaway-costs-and-usage-under-medicare-all?cd-origin=rss

Diversity in Medical Schools–A Much-Needed New Beginning
Montgomery Rice V. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
This Viewpoint reviews the many factors contributing to underrepresentation of Black physicians in US medical training pipelines and the health care workforce, and urges actions to dismantle structural barriers to Black medical school enrollment and achieve racial parity in the profession.
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774688

Surgeon Fills COVID-19 Testing Gap in Philadelphia's Black Neighborhoods
Jaklevic M. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
In this Medical News article, Ala Stanford, MD, founder of Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, explains how she established COVID-19 testing sites for the city's Black residents.
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774446

A Medical and Scientific New Year's Wish List
Bauchner H. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
The last 4 years have been difficult for science and medicine. The relentless attack by members of the executive and legislative branches of government on science and federal agencies that conduct science has shaken the fundamental pillars of great US institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and in some regards the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the 2020 NIH budget increased to almost $42 billion, more individuals are uninsured, and although health care costs have not increased substantially over the past 4 y…
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774575

Diversity in Medical Schools–Need for a New Bold Approach
Yancy CW, Bauchner H. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
In this issue of JAMA, Montgomery Rice details the wrenching history of Black men and women and medical education and the many challenges still thwarting the long-standing goal of increasing diversity in US medical schools. From her purview as dean at Morehouse School of Medicine, she offers unique insights and specifically illuminates the failure to increase the enrollment of Black medical students, especially at new medical schools, many of which have explicitly adopted diversity as a foundational pillar of contemporary mission statements. As a consequence, the medical schools serving historically Black college…
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774666

China authorizes clinical trials of new vaccine based on mRNA technology
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-05
Beijing, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Chinese pharma major Tibet Rhodiola on Tuesday said the anti-coronavirus vaccine it is developing with Stemirna Therapeutics has got approval from China's drug regulator for clinical trials. The company said in a statement that the National Medical Products Administration has allowed it to carry the tests "as planned." However, the company …
laprensalatina.com/china-authorizes-clinical-trials-of-new-vaccine-based-on-mrna-technology/

Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-05
Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic | Social media users have contrasted the minister violating lockdown measures with the dire state of Egypt's overwhelmed hospitals | Nadda Osman | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 11: 47 | The large wedding was compared to scenes of hospitals and medical staff facing shortages in Egypt (Screengrab/Twitter) | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed has come und…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-covid-health-minister-wedding-uproar

Investigation launched as 2 people die in Norway nursing home days after receiving Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
rt.com | 2021-01-05
The Norwegian Medicines Agency has announced that two nursing home residents passed away days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and that an investigation has been launched into the deaths. | "We have to assess whether the vaccine is the cause of death, or if it is a coincidence that it happened soon after vaccination," Medical Director Steiner Madsen said in a statement about the deaths. | He also noted that, because people of advanced age are receiving the vacci…
rt.com/news/511623-norway-covid19-vaccine-deaths/

One in 50 people in England has Covid-19, health chief reveals, also warning of further restrictions NEXT winter
rt.com | 2021-01-05
An average of one in 50 people in England has Covid-19, the government said on Tuesday, the country's first day of its new national lockdown in response to the rapidly spreading new virus variant driving record infection rates. | England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed the grim data, as he warned that the new form of the virus discovered in London and the south of England is now "taking off" across the country, saying "one in 50 is really quite a large number indeed." | The figure is equivalent to about one million people. | In London, as many as one in 30 had the virus between December 27 and Ja…
rt.com/uk/511614-uk-covid-further-restrictions/

"Medical Apartheid": Israeli Vaccine Drive Excludes Millions of Palestinians in Occupied Territories
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-05
Israel has administered COVID-19 vaccines faster than any country in the world, with more than 14% of Israelis receiving vaccines so far. Despite the fast rollout, human rights groups are expressing alarm over Israel's decision not to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, where about 1,500 people have died during the pandemic. Israel has defended its actions citing the Oslo Peace Accords, which put Palestinian authorities in charge of healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian officials are facing a number of hurdles in launching their own vaccine campaign, including a shortage of mone…
www.democracynow.org/2021/1/5/israel_vaccines_palestinian_territories_mustafa_barghouti

The Art of Losing–3 Poems for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Campo R, New E. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
This Arts and Medicine essay features 3 poems–Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," Marilyn Chin's "Hospital in Oregon," and Edward Hirsch's "What the Last Evening Will Be Like"–as sources of wisdom and insight in the turmoil and pain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774325

PREVIEW: What to Look for in the December Jobs Report
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2021-01-05
(The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, January 8th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) Soaring coronavirus infection rates are likely to be the main story in the employment report in December. Fear of the pandemic, coupled with new state and local restrictions, has led to a fall in …
cepr.net/preview-what-to-look-for-in-the-december-jobs-report/

People's World dispatch from the coronavirus lockdown in the UK
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-05
Editor's note: People's World's Al Neal is on lockdown now in the UK from where he will be covering life, work, and politics in England's pandemic era. This is the first of his dispatches. EAST SUSSEX, England–The early morning light greets with a burst of frigid sea air and sodden rooftops dotted across East Sussex. …
peoplesworld.org/article/peoples-world-dispatch-from-the-coronavirus-lockdown-in-the-uk/

Chicago coronavirus conflict: Parents vs. the school board
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-05
CHICAGO–The continuing nationwide conflict over reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic is pitting Chicago's parents, teachers, and students, who don't want to reopen for in-person learning until it's safe to do so, against the school system's big boss, Chancellor Janice Jackson, the Chicago Public Schools board and city Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who appointed both. But …
peoplesworld.org/article/chicago-coronavirus-conflict-parents-vs-the-school-board/

Mounting mental health crisis among US health care workers
wsws.org | 2021-01-05
With coronavirus infections and deaths rising to astronomical heights, frontline health care workers are experiencing acute mental and emotional distress.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/05/ment-j05.html

Tennessee confronted with surge in coronavirus cases
wsws.org | 2021-01-05
Nearly one percent of the state's 6.8 million people have contracted the disease, making Tennessee the fourth highest infection percentage in the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/05/tenn-j05.html

Brazil Detects Its First Two Cases of the UK Coronavirus Strain
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-05
Brazil's health authorities Monday confirmed in Sao Paulo the first two cases of patients infected by the new British COVID-19 strain. | RELATED: | Brazil to Import 2 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine | The state-owned Adolfo Lutz Institute's Strategic Laboratory confirmed the cases after performing the genetic sequencing of samples sent by Sao Paulo's DASA private laboratory. | A 25-year-old woman is one patient affected by the new strain. She was infected after having contact wi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Detects-First-Two-Cases-of-British-COVID-19-Strain-20210105-0005.html

Easing into a New Normality of the Crisis
Lisa Becker, Alex Demirivic & Horst Kahrs | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
With the intertwining of the Corona and economic crises, massive distribution struggles are already looming. Society, in a collective effort to prevent illness, has downsized its economic activity. This collective decision must not serve to enrich a few. The radical taxation of the great fortunes is an indispensable moment to face the Corona crisis.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/04/18839186.php

Iran ready to test advanced generation of COVID-19 vaccine
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Virology Research Director of Pasteur Institute of Iran said the the country is ready to enter human test in advanced generation of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168098/Iran-ready-to-test-advanced-generation-of-COVID-19-vaccine

Iran detects first UK variant of COVID-19
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain.
en.mehrnews.com/news/168125/Iran-detects-first-UK-variant-of-COVID-19

Australian Labor Party Urges US to Drop Charges Against Assange
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
The opposition argues the case must "be brought to an end" as the prime minister says the WikiLeaks founder will be "free to return home" if extradition battle won. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/assange_coronavirus.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2021/01/05/australian-labor-party-urges-us-drop-charges-against-assange?cd-origin=rss

WHO chief 'disappointed' China still hasn't approved entry of Covid-19 experts investigating pandemic origins
rt.com | 2021-01-05
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke on Tuesday of his disappointment that China had not yet authorized the entry of an international team of WHO scientists in order to trace the origins of coronavirus in Wuhan. | "Today, we learned that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team's arrival in China. I am very disappointed with this news," Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing. | The WHO chief said two experts had already embarked on traveling to China, adding that he had spoken to senior Chinese officials and "once again m…
rt.com/news/511619-who-china-covid-origins-search/