Daily Archives: February 3, 2021

2021-02-03: News Headlines

John Feffer (2021-02-03). What Explains COVID's East-West Divide? counterpunch.org COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious "losers" have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world's coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just

MEE correspondent (2021-02-03). 'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money. middleeasteye.net 'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money | As Cairo is set to charge the majority of the public for the coronavirus jab, one lawyer launches a legal challenge against the country's president arguing the decision is unconstitutional | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 10: 04 | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed speaks during a news conference announcing the details o…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-03). COVID-19 reflections: the lessons learnt from the pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers reflect on the lessons they will take away from the pandemic.

Phelan Acheson (2021-02-03). PatriotCare and the Pandemic: MMT Healthcare. realprogressives.org We are nearly a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and If the capitalist governments of the Western world conti…

Liberation Staff (2021-02-03). South Carolina prison denies medication to incarcerated women. liberationnews.org Being incarcerated greatly increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. In fact, prisoners are 550% more likely to contract the virus and 300% more likely to die from it.

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19. oneworld.press The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-03). Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism. mronline.org As known COVID-19 infections exceed 100 million internationally, with more than two million lives lost, rich countries are now quarrelling publicly over access to limited vaccine supplies. With 'vaccine nationalism' widespread, multilateral arrangements have not been able to address current challenges well.

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19. oneworld.press The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-03). Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax | Both areas were given vaccines from Covax after meeting the requirements for the programme | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 13: 38 | The World Health Organisation said that Tunisia would receive 37,000 shots from Pfizer and BioNTech with the Palestinians getting 93,600 (AFP)
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_____ (2021-02-03). White New Yorkers Have Received Lion's Share Of COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org Three white residents receive a COVID-19 vaccine for every Black or Latino person in the city, according to new demographic data released by the mayor's office on Sunday. | At a press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was a "profound disparity" about seven weeks into the city's vaccination program. | "Clearly, what we see is a particularly pronounced reality of many more people from white communities getting vaccination than folks from Black and Latino communities," de Blasio told reporters. The vast difference in vaccine coverage shows the city isn't meeting its pledge for equitable distribution. | The m…

Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins (2021-02-03). Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation. thenation.com Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation…

_____ (2021-02-03). Misinformation market: Money-making tools Facebook hands to Covid cranks. truepublica.org.uk By Jasper Jackson, Alexandra Heal: The video on Facebook opens with a question: "Could this be bio-terrorism?" Talking directly into the camera, the unshaven young man continues in a sarcastic American drawl: "I'm sure that there's no possible way that somebody could play Frankenstein and create the monster that they didn't mean to, or in many cases, …

repost (2021-02-03). Press Conference: SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated For Reporting COVID Outbreak At Florida Based For Profit Halfway House In San Francisco…

March for Science (2021-02-03). Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy. indybay.org Online event…

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-03). "Finland must break away from the EU's common security and defense policy" peoplesdispatch.org J.P. Và§isà§nen, chairman of the Communist Party of Finland (SKP), talks about the policies of the government of Sanna Marin at the time of the pandemic, as well as its foreign policies…

Gregory Wilpert (2021-02-03). The Mixed Record of Mexico's AMLO, Two Years In. theanalysis.news Laura Carlsen talks to guest host Greg Wilpert about Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador's first two years in office, including his mixed record on the pandemic, corruption, social justice, and immigration.

Zoltan Grossman (2021-02-03). The Resilience Doctrine: Indigenous Nations Understand Disaster Resilience. counterpunch.org Part 3 of a 4-part Primer on Disaster Collectivism in the Climate and Pandemic Crises. From the perspectives of Indigenous nations, the crises of 2020 have not been something entirely new, or even a significant historical departure from "normal." Having previously experienced the ravages of violent colonialism, pandemics, environmental catastrophe, and forced assimilation, the current

Joyce Chediac (2021-02-03). Actions in 30 cities say 'Cancel the rents and mortgages!'. liberationnews.org An eviction crisis looms that will hit oppressed communities, already especially affected by the pandemic, the hardest.

Kenneth Surin (2021-02-03). What BoJo's Done for the Cause of Scottish Independence. counterpunch.org If you are from Scotland and want independence for your country, then Boris "BoJo" Johnson, the UK prime minister, is just the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. BoJo made a recent "essential" visit to Scotland— ignoring pandemic travel restrictions in so doing— for one of his now de rigueur but palpably contrived photo ops

Colin Todhunter (2021-02-03). Viral Inequality and the Farmers' Struggle in India. counterpunch.org According to a new report by Oxfam, 'The Inequality Virus', the wealth of the world's billionaires increased by $3.9tn (trillion) between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth now stands at $11.95tn. The world's 10 richest billionaires have collectively seen their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). New Zealand approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has approved Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, the first to be given the green light in the country and expected to be rolled out from March, the government announced Wednesday. "The provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a positive step in New Zealand's fight against Covid-19. It means we …

yenisafak (2021-02-03). China to offer 10M virus vaccine doses to COVAX. yenisafak.com China on Wednesday said it will offer 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the international consortium of vaccines led by World Health Organization (WHO)."At the request of the WHO, China has decided to offer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to WHO's COVAX, to meet the urgent need of developing countries," China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing.Last month, China's Sinovac, Sinopharm, and CanSinoBio vaccine manufacturers had submitted applications to join the global COVAX initiative that aims to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor and middle-income countries.The announ…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). 'Cancer patients must be priority for COVID-19 vaccine'. yenisafak.com Cancer patients should be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination schedule as they are in the highest risk group, a Turkish doctor said on Wednesday."Fatalities due to COVID-19 among cancer patients are higher than in all other groups. Cancer patients, who are in the highest risk group for the virus, must have priority in the vaccination calendar," Dr. Yavuz Anacak, the head of the Turkish Radiation Oncology Association, said in a statement ahead of the World Cancer Day.Alsancak urged all authorities to prioritize cancer patients in the vaccination schedule.Underlining that cancer is the second leading cause of d…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Chile kicks off mass vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday kicked off a mass inoculation campaign after receiving a shipment of nearly 4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The government's plan is to vaccinate the country's at-risk population — nearly 5 million people — between February and March and the …

Staff (2021-02-03). Remdesivir's History Shows How Americans Pay More for Drugs Than Others Globally. truthout.org It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced "highly significant" news about a drug called remdesivir. | That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by Gilead Sciences and developed with investment from the federal government, had languished for years with no apparent commercial use. It had struck out as a treatment for hepatitis C and Ebola. | But early in 202…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). 6 Australian Open tune-up events interrupted by positive Covid-19 test. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Thursday's matches at a slew of men's and women's professional tennis tournaments have been postponed after a hotel worker at the Grand Hyatt in this southeastern Australian city tested positive for the coronavirus. The suspended matches had been scheduled to be played at Melbourne Park, which also is the venue …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Expo 2020 preparations continue despite Covid-19's threat. laprensalatina.com Dubai, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The construction of the venue that will host Dubai's Universal Expo, initially scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed to this year due to the coronavirus, continues despite the threat posed by the pandemic. "We are highly optimistic and we believe that we are at the stage where hopefully there will …

Lisa Mascaro, Josh Boak (2021-02-03). Biden discussing COVID-19 aid with Dems, wants fast action. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own if Republicans refuse to support it. Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined the Democratic senators for a private virtual …

Micha Gartz (2021-02-03). What Does It Mean for a Virus to Become 'Endemic?'. anti-empire.com We already forgot we flattened the curve to allow hospital capacity to increase. The supposed purpose of the lockdowns was not to stop the virus but merely to better ration medical resources. | We already overlooked the common sense espoused by the We already missed the opportunity vaccines offered for us to rehabilitate social interaction and the economy. | And now, if we fail to recognize when Covid becomes 'endemic' and move on, society will be stuck in lockdown until 2023. | Even if you lock down society for two weeks (or two months) [md…

Staff (2021-02-03). 120 Democrats Demand Repeal of Millionaire Tax Cut GOP Buried in Last COVID Bill. truthout.org A group of 120 Democratic members of Congress is calling on their party's leadership to ensure that a

_____ (2021-02-03). Medicare For All Reaches The Crossroads. popularresistance.org In 2021 the U.S. healthcare crisis has, again, reached a boiling point. It was already simmering in 2019 when the number of uninsured grew to 33 million. Covid then triggered a job crisis that added anywhere from 15 to 27 million to the ranks of the uninsured. The still-growing job crisis has pushed the number of uninsured near or beyond the 49 million uninsured that existed prior to Obamacare, whose goal was "universal healthcare." | It's no surprise then that Medicare For All emerged, pre-Covid, as the most popular policy during the Presidential Democratic primaries. But after the Democratic Party organized, on…

Rym Momtaz (2021-02-03). Macron: AstraZeneca Vaccine Seems 'Quasi-Ineffective' for Over-65s. anti-empire.com French President Emmanual Macron said Friday the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine appeared to be "quasi-ineffective" on people older than 65 — just hours before the EU's drugs regulator "The real problem on AstraZeneca is that it doesn't work the way we were expecting it to," Macron told a group of reporters, including POLITICO, in Paris. "We're waiting for the EMA [European Medicines Agency] results, but today everything points to thinking it is quasi-ineffective on pe…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Palestine gives first doses of coronavirus vaccine to healthcare workers. laprensalatina.com Hebron, West Bank, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Palestine started its coronavirus vaccine rollout on Wednesday, administering the first doses to healthcare workers. The Palestinian National Authority received its first 5,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine from Israel on Saturday. This comes a few days after the PNA's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told the United Nations Security …

Andrew Butler (2021-02-03). #TheCanaryLive — The real story of the coronavirus crisis. thecanary.co This #TheCanaryLive event will be broadcast at 7pm on Wednesday 3 February | Tragically, more than 100,000 people have died in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic began. Join us as we explore the real story of the coronavirus crisis, how the Johnson government has presided over such a monumental loss of life and how we balance protecting public health with protecting civil liberties. | Panelists | Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse, will speak about the distressing reality on the frontline. |

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Soup kitchens cry out for aid to feed hungry amid Peru quarantine. laprensalatina.com By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The announcement of a new quarantine came like a "bucket of cold water" in Peru's most disadvantaged communities, where the local soup kitchens are trying desperately to feed the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as everyone waits for the authorities to come to the rescue. In the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). WHO team visits Wuhan lab Trump claimed was coronavirus source. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- A team of international experts from the World Health Organization mission investigating the origins of the coronavirus in China visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and its maximum security P4 laboratory on Wednesday. The head of the mission, Denmark's Peter Ben Embarek, confirmed to the Chinese state-run Global Times that …

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Brent oil up boosted by Saudi's output cut from Feb. yenisafak.com Brent oil price hit its highest level in 12 months after pandemic-driven concerns over a supply glut were eased with massive output cuts of major oil producers.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $57.84 per barrel at 0720 GMT for a 0.07% rise after closing Tuesday at $57.80 a barrel. This is the highest level since Feb. 24 last year when it traded at $57.80.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded at $55.09 per barrel at the same time for a 0.60% increase after it ended the previous session at $54.76 a barrel.The voluntary cuts of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of OPEC's de facto le…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Top Turkish, Norwegian diplomats discuss relations. yenisafak.com Turkish and Norwegian foreign ministers on Wednesday met virtually and discussed bilateral relations, regional and global developments.In a Twitter post, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu said he discussed bilateral relations and recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya, the US, and the East Mediterranean with his Norwegian counterpart Eriksen Soreide.Turkey and Norway maintained its "bilateral trade volume despite the pandemic," Cavusoglu noted, and wished "further cooperation in every field, particularly energy."Meanwhile, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a Twitter post that Soreide had a "good and f…

Pierre-Paul Bermingham (2021-02-03). France, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France: Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine Not for Elderly. anti-empire.com The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be prioritized for people younger than 65, according to recommendations by government advisory bodies in France and Sweden on Tuesday, while Poland set its threshold at 60. | "Currently available data for people aged 65 and over are limited by a small sample size and don't allow for a conclusion on the safety and the efficacy of the [AstraZeneca] vaccine for this population," the French national authority for health (HAS) said. "The [AstraZeneca] vaccine is therefore recommended preferentially for health professionals under 65 and people under 65." | The three countries join…

Staff (2021-02-03). Headlines for February 3, 2021. democracynow.org Democrats Say Trump "Singularly Responsible" for Jan. 6 Insurrection in Impeachment Brief, U.S. to Start Sending Vaccines to Pharmacies; Single AstraZeneca Shot Cuts Transmission by 67%, Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Chief, Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary, Senator Warren to Introduce Wealth Tax on Households Worth Over $50 Million, Kevin McCarthy Weighs Removing Marjorie Taylor Greene from Education Committee After Bipartisan Condemnation, Alexei Navalny Receives 3.5 Years in Prison Amid Mass Protests, Healthcare Workers in West Bank Receive Vaccines from Israel While Other Palestinians Mad…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Staff in more than 70 Myanmar hospitals strike to protest coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Staff from more than 70 hospitals and medical centers in Myanmar responded to calls for a civil disobedience campaign and stopped work on Wednesday to protest against the coup staged by the military earlier this week, the organizers said. Specialists, nurses, dentists, doctors and other health workers from 74 hospitals …

Mette Nà∏rgaard, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Priscila Corraini, Henrik Toft Sà∏rensen, Victor W. Henderson (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease risk: Inferences from men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. thelancet.com During up to 21 years of follow-up, men with BPH had persistently higher risk of AD and all-cause dementia compared with men in the general population. Our results identify BPH as a common, potentially remediable disorder associated with dementia risk.

Niels Graudal, Thorbjà∏rn Hubeck-Graudal, Gesche Jurgens (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Influence of sodium intake and change in sodium intake on plasma-renin in man. thelancet.com The accelerating effect of sodium reduction on PRA towards a sodium intake of zero mmol/24 h probably explains the interstudy variability. Further studies are needed to test whether this stimulating effect on PRA reflects a physiological disadvantage potentially associated with increased mortality…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-03). Dyson School of Engineering brings sketching masterclass into students' homes. imperial.ac.uk In partnership with stationery-maker Moleskine, expert illustrators hosted a week of sketching workshops with Imperial students.

Wachterman MW, Sommers BD. (2021-02-02). Dying Poor in the US—Disparities in End-of-Life Care. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has focused attention on stark disparities in the US, with higher rates of infections and deaths among lower-income populations and communities of color. Illness and death rates are not the only sources of health inequity in this country. There are also substantial differences in the care that patients with serious illnesses receive near the end of life that are based on race or socioeconomic status. Although pandemic-related efforts to improve equity rightfully focus on preventing death, in this and numerous other contexts, policy makers and clinicians should also…

RT (2021-02-02). 'All vaccines welcome': Merkel eyes Russia's Sputnik V jab after 'good data' shows over 91% effectiveness in clinical trial. rt.com Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is open to Germany using Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 jab after a study in The Lancet reported its effectiveness as 91.6 percent against the virus overall and 100 percent against severe cases. | "We have received good data today from the Russian vaccine," Merkel said on Tuesday in a TV interview with public broadcaster ARD after interim analysis of Phase III clinical trial data was published by the esteemed British journal. | "Every vaccine is welcome in the EU, but only after it has been approved by EMA," Merkel said, referring to the European Medical Agency that regulates…

RT (2021-02-02). 'All vaccines welcome': Merkel eyes Russia's Sputnik V jab after 'good data' show over 91% effectiveness in clinical trial. rt.com Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is open to Germany using Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 jab after a study in The Lancet reported its effectiveness as 91.6 percent against the virus overall and 100 percent against severe cases. | "We have received good data today from the Russian vaccine," Merkel said on Tuesday in a TV interview with public broadcaster ARD after interim analysis of Phase III clinical trial data was published by the esteemed British journal. | "Every vaccine is welcome in the EU, but only after it has been approved by EMA," Merkel said, referring to the European Medical Agency that regulates…

RT (2021-02-02). 'Really good news': Vaccine expert hails trial results of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V published in Lancet. rt.com Results of the Phase III clinical study of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus jab should dispel any skepticism and help the global fight against Covid-19, Dr. Hildegunt Ertl from the Wistar Institute for vaccine research told RT. | Trial results, published on Tuesday in the Lancet — the UK's most prestigious medical journal — as a peer-reviewed study, show the vaccine is over 91 percent effective in all age groups, including the elderly most at risk of death from Covid-19, and 100 percent effective in preventing the severe cases of the disease. | "That's really good news," Dr. Ertl told RT from Philadelp…

Lily Galili (2021-02-02). Covid-19: Netanyahu basks in vaccine success as Israelis suffer his pandemic failures. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Netanyahu basks in vaccine success as Israelis suffer his pandemic failures | Coronavirus is running amok in Israel, but the prime minister won't let you hear it as he embarks on yet another election campaign | Tue, 02/02/2021 – 14: 22 | Benjamin Netanyahu receives a Covid-19 vaccine injection at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv (Reuters) | Muslims pray five times a day; observant Jews thre…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-02). The Coronavirus Vaccine: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.