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."