Daily Archives: February 9, 2021

2021-02-09: News Headlines

Lyn Neeley (2021-02-09). Portland nurses demand COVID-19 protection. workers.org Nurses and other health care workers, along with community members, demonstrated in front of Providence Portland Medical Center on Feb. 5, demanding COVID-19 protection and better working conditions. The rally was one day after Providence gave the COVID-19 vaccine — meant for people most at risk — to certain large . . . |

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Argentina Allows the Use of India's Covishield Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Health Minister Gines Gonzalez on Tuesday authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine "Covishield" produced by the Serum Institute of India. | RELATED: | The decision was taken after the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) evaluated the Covishield clinical trials which showed "no serious adverse events or significant differences in efficacy." | "This vaccine is…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-09). Why isn't Australia producing its own COVID-19 vaccine? greenleft.org.au As the debate over the efficacy and availability of various privately marketed anti-COVID vaccines intensifies here and internationally, the time to re-establish our own critical public medical institution is right now, argues Jim McIlroy.

_____ (2021-02-09). Press Freedom Groups Call On DOJ To Drop Assange Charges. popularresistance.org The letter comes just days before the United States' deadline to appeal the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition hearing. On January 4, British Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked Assange's extradition last month on medical grounds, and the U.S. announced its intent to appeal that decision. It has until February 12 to file its appeal. | The New York Times' Charlie Savage writes, "The litigation deadline may force the new administration to confront a decision: whether to press on with the Trump-era approach to Mr. Assange, or to instead drop the matter."

Grischkan JA, Friedman AB, Chandra A. (2021-02-09). Financing of US Graduate Medical Education—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Teaching hospitals continue to expand the number of resident physicians, exceeding the number of government-funded residency spots, without additional government funding. This is a clear signal that the marginal benefit of employing a resident physician, even in the absence of government funding, clearly exceeds the cost—a narrative at odds with the public advocacy for more federal GME support. We applaud the work done by Dr Royce and others analyzing the distribution of GME funding as it pertains to higher revenue—generating specialties and primary care. It is important to note that there ar…

Karen Conner (2021-02-09). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the January Consumer Price Index. cepr.net (The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday, February 10th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) There has been a sharp slowing of inflation in the main problem sectors of education, medical costs, and rent. In the last four decades, education and medical cost inflation has hugely …

Royce TJ. (2021-02-09). Financing of US Graduate Medical Education. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent Viewpoint, Dr Grischkan and colleagues provided a synopsis of the forces behind the contemporary financing of US graduate medical education (GME). They claimed that training of residents by teaching hospitals is a profitable endeavor. Supporting their position, the authors observed that more than 15‚ÄØ000 resident positions have been created since 2003, despite no increase in federal funding for these positions. Two points deserve further consideration.

Escalante E, Golden RL, Mason DJ. (2021-02-09). Social Isolation and Loneliness: Imperatives for Health Care in a Post-COVID World. jamanetwork.com The importance of social determinants of health has been gaining traction in the health care sector during the last decade. Social determinants of health have been found to be responsible for 80% to 90% of health outcomes, and an abundance of research has demonstrated that no matter the advancements in medicine and health care, the health of individuals and communities will not improve if these root-cause social factors are not addressed. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting one of these factors: social isolation.

Mourad MS. (2021-02-09). Donning and Doffing—Hiding Cancer Treatment in Plain Sight. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay an internal medicine hospitalist explores what the new diagnosis of breast cancer means for her professional identity and considers how the COVID-19 pandemic facilitates the hiding of serious illness but also complicates disclosing the news to colleagues and friends.

Li Y, Wang J. (2021-02-09). Algorithmic Stewardship in Health Care. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The Viewpoint by Ms Eaneff and colleagues proposed the role of stewardship for predictive algorithms by benchmarking to best practices from other clinical areas of medicine. In our opinion, to ensure the equality and safety of predictive algorithms, the health system could also learn from the high standards in other industries in which quality control and supervision of predictive algorithms are well established.

Marilynn Marchione (2021-02-09). New variants raise concern about COVID-19 virus reinfections. peoplesworld.org Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second infections with earlier versions of the coronavirus if they mounted a weak defense the first time, new research suggests. How long immunity lasts from natural infection is one of the big …

Staff (2021-02-09). Disabled Advocates Demand Better Vaccine Access as They Face Greater Risks of Dying from COVID-19. democracynow.org As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus tops 465,000, we speak with two disability rights activists about growing calls to prioritize giving COVID vaccines to people with physical and mental disabilities. Some states, including California, are failing to prioritize vaccines for people with serious physical or developmental disabilities, even though studies show they are up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19. "I use a ventilator to breathe, and I have respiratory failure," says disabled activist Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project and host of the podcast "Disability Visibility…

Tan I, Tan C, Hsu L, et al. (2021-02-09). Prevalence and Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Migrant Workers in Singapore. jamanetwork.com This study examines the prevalence and outcomes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among migrant workers in Singapore.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-09). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Kuehn BM. (2021-02-09). Accelerated Overdose Deaths Linked With COVID-19. jamanetwork.com More than 81‚ÄØ000 people died of drug overdoses in the US between June 2019 and May 2020, a record-breaking number that CDC officials suggested is related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Brazil To Assess COVID-19 Vaccination Impacts in a Small Town. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Butantan Institute Director Dimas Covas on Monday announced a clinical study that plans to vaccinate the entire adult population in Sao Paulo State's Serrana municipality to evaluate the epidemiological impact of COVID-19 vaccinations. | RELATED: | The study will begin on Feb. 17 with the vaccination of 30,000 people over 18 years of age, who will be inoculated with the Coronavac vaccine produced in collab…

Jane-Anna Spiekermann (2021-02-09). Corona and psychology: Fear works against democratic coexistence. indybay.org The current "simultaneous consolidation and weakening of the state" (Nicos Poulantzas) are two sides of the same coin: the rise of the punitive state goes hand in hand with growing social insecurity and disenfranchisement, rather than an increase in rule-breaking and crime. The state authority & police strengthen themselves in pandemic…

Daniel Warner (2021-02-09). Are We Ready For Vaccinating With Sputnik V? counterpunch.org Millions of people have died from Covid-19. Many more are infected; many more are at risk. With new variants popping up as the virus mutates, scientists around the world are searching for better protection with different vaccines. As supplies of the approved vaccines become limited, any new vaccine should be universally welcomed. After all, the pandemic has become a global danger. Any new and successful vaccine should be globally welcomed.

Staff (2021-02-09). Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Sacrifice Themselves to COVID for Basic Rights. truthout.org During the election campaign that led him to the White House, Joe Biden

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-09). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits. counterpunch.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity. The New York Times's running report on the world's vaccine programs shows 67 vaccines having

WSWS (2021-02-09). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health workers struck and marched February 4 to demand the Bolivian government implement health measures, while 700 warehouse workers in Tolleson, Arizona, have voted by a 98 percent margin to strike over COVID-related health and safety issues.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). The United States Surpasses 27 Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The United States on Monday confirmed 27,083,278 COVID-19 cases and 464,831 related-deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | New York remains the country's most affected state by the pandemic with 44,965 deaths, followed by California (44,269), Texas (39,482), Florida (27,815), Pennsylvania (22,443), New Jersey (22,001), and Illinois (21,779). | Other states with a large number of deaths are Michigan (15,863), Georgi…

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-09). Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach. zcomm.org Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Bolivia To Keep March 7 as Subnational Election Day. telesurenglish.net La Paz Constitutional Court on Monday ruled out a claim that sought to postpone the Bolivian subnational elections over fears of an increase in COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | The appeal was filed on Jan. 27 by candidate Amilcar Barral, who is running for La Paz Mayor's office on behalf of the National Action Party (PAN-BOL). | Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero argued that electoral authorities had approved…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Peru Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Peru on Tuesday starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in areas of highest epidemiological risk, giving priority to redline health workers. The campaign started after the arrival of the first batch of 300.000 vaccines on Feb 7. | RELATED: | The first health care facilities to receive the doses were the Second May National Hospital and the Archbishop Loayza National Hospital. | "Those working in intensive care units treating…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-09). Progressives slam Tory government over disparities in COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Research conducted by the Labour Party shows that richer areas in the UK are seeing bigger falls in COVID-19 infection rates following vaccine distribution compared to poorer, working-class areas…

WSWS (2021-02-09). Turkish government prepares to reopen schools as pandemic surges. wsws.org After the government began face-to-face teaching at the end of September, the number of daily COVID-19 cases rose to 30,000.

_____ (2021-02-09). Striking Workers Halt Construction At Future Amazon Warehouse. popularresistance.org Roughly 75 workers walked off the job on Thursday at the construction site of a future Amazon fulfillment center in southern California—forcing most of the construction operations, including a large crane, to come to a halt. | Workers are striking at the future Amazon fulfillment center in Oxnard, California, because an Amazon contractor at the site, Building Zone Industries, has hired non-union, out-of-state workers to work on the project. This comes amid high rates of unemployment stemming from the COVID-19 in the predominantly agricultural, working-class Latinx community.

Narayan K, Curran JW, Foege WH. (2021-02-09). COVID-19 Pandemic, an Opportunity for a More Successful Future for Science and Public Health. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to build trust in science and update federal agencies to improve public health and poses questions and offers recommendations for consideration.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-02-09). The Value of Universal Vaccination Is So Great That Even the IMF Is Being Forced to Rethink Its Callousness to the Global South. counterpunch.org The world seems to have turned topsy-turvy when the undisputed voices of global capital start talking about the virtues of "cooperation" among nations and "universal distribution of vaccines" to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its January 2021 report, talks about "strong multilateral cooperation" and "universal distribution of vaccines… at affordable

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-09). COVID-19 patient survey highlights prevalence of PTSD symptoms. imperial.ac.uk More than one-third of COVID-19 patients put on a ventilator experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-09). COVID-19 drives creative student connections and events. imperial.ac.uk The Imperial community is helping students feel connected to their studies and social life with innovative events and course adaptations.

Monica Moorehead (2021-02-09). Reparations, health care and the pandemic. workers.org The late John Conyers — U.S. Representative from Michigan and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — introduced bill HR 40 back in 1989, titled "Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act." New York City protest, Feb. 3. WW PHOTO: Sara Flounders Conyers said, "African slaves were . . . |

Raul Diego (2021-02-09). The Disarticulation of Pandemic War Propaganda. mintpressnews.com A now-deleted Missing from the…

David Cruz and Juan Mazo (2021-02-09). South Florida: Capitalists worsen housing crisis during pandemic. liberationnews.org Florida tenants are amongst the highest at risk of eviction after years of Republican-controlled legislation stripping tenants of protections.

Juan Cole (2021-02-09). Whites still won't Mask up: Impeach Trump for discouraging Hygiene in a pandemic and killing hundreds of thousands. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — One of Trump's biggest crimes for which he is unlikely ever to be held responsible was just discouraging mask-wearing in the midst of a pandemic of a respiratory disease. He, of course, contracted the disease himself, as did most of his prominent staffers, mainly because they refused to socially distance …

Real Progressives (2021-02-09). UBI and Immigrants: Lessons from the Pandemic. realprogressives.org This article was written by This post is part of our Does universal basic income have a role to play in a more just political economy? It is by now fairly well appreciated that, on the level of individual countries, much depends on the framing and design of t…

MEE staff (2021-02-09). UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians. middleeasteye.net UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians | Panel of rights experts said Israel was using a 'grave loophole within the Israeli judicial system' to defend its use of torture | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 18: 13 | Arbeed was detained in 2019, and after being subjected to interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service, he suffered from kidney failure and broken ribs (AFP…

Taylor Ikehara (2021-02-09). Statewide day of action demands single-payer healthcare for California. liberationnews.org The Peace & Freedom Party endorsed a statewide day of action on Saturday, February 6th, organized by the California Nurses Association, demanding a single-payer "CalCare" health system.

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Turkish medical tech firm ventures into orthopedics. yenisafak.com Turkey-based international medical technology firm RD Global Invamed has completed the buying of orthopedic implant manufacturer Prosim to expand its global operations."The company has expanded its scope by adding orthopedics to its expertise," it said in a statement on Tuesday. It is already working in areas such as cardiovascular surgery, vascular surgery, and oncology.Last September, RD Global Invamed was selected as the leading medical device manufacturer in the field of vascular surgery for 2020 by Global Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, a global information sharing platform, the press release added.With the late…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). WHO says coronavirus spread 'extremely unlikely' from Wuhan lab. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The head of a team of global scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said it was "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus may have spread from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected last year. Ben Embarek told reporters that the …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-09). Iran begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign, says state media. middleeasteye.net Iran begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign, says state media | Last week the health ministry announced it bought two million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 07: 24 | A member of staff holds a vial of the Iranian-made "Razi Cov Pars" coronavirus vaccine during an unveiling ceremony at the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in the city of Karaj in the northern A…

The Canary (2021-02-09). Learn lessons from lack of diversity in pandemic messaging, says Black professor. thecanary.co A more diverse line-up of experts should have been prominent throughout the pandemic to help promote coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, a professor has said. | Shift: | Professor Geoff Palmer, of Heriot-Watt University, said Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) experts should have been standing alongside prime minister Boris Johnson to speak about the virus from the beginning, and insisted lessons must be learned. Palmer, Scotland's first Black professor, said that while there has been a "slight shift" in the right direction, he thinks "it's a little bit late". | The professor emeritus in the School of…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-09). Activist accuses Avon and Somerset police of unlawful arrest, detention and discrimination. thecanary.co On 25 January, Avon and Somerset police arrested literary activist Ros Martin outside Bristol magistrates court for damage to the pavement by chalking and a breach of coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations. Martin has made a number of complaints to the police force for what she believes is "unlawful arrest, detention & discriminatory treatment". Her case reflects widespread issues of police disregarding people's health, using coronavirus regulations to clamp down on protest, and institutionalised racism in the Avon and Somerset police force. | Blatant disregard for safety during a pandemic: | While taking her…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Egypt opens Gaza crossing in both directions. yenisafak.com Egypt on Tuesday opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the movement of travelers in both directions, according to the Hamas-run Interior Ministry.A ministry statement said that "passenger buses began to leave the crossing, while returnees will arrive at noon".It is unclear how many days the crossing will remain open.Palestinian factions are currently holding dialogue in Cairo on preparations for elections.Last week, Egypt opened the crossing for four days in both directions.Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Egypt and Hamas agreed to close the crossing. The terminal was sp…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Zimbabwe fills cabinet slots created by COVID-19. yenisafak.com Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa late Monday night filled the cabinet slots that fell vacant because of ministers' death due to coronavirus last month.The Zimbabwean leader appointed Fredrick Shava, the country's ambassador to the United Nations, as minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, replacing Sibusiso Moyo, who died of coronavirus last month.Felix Tapiwa Mhona, a parliamentarian from Chikomba Central district in the country's East Province Mashonaland, has been appointed transport minister, replacing late Joel Biggie Matiza with the novel coronavirus last month.Nokhuthula Matsikenyeri,…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). No sign COVID spread in Wuhan before Dec 2019: WHO. yenisafak.com A team of international experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and China on Tuesday said there is insufficient evidence that the coronavirus had spread in Wuhan before December 2019.Addressing a virtual news conference in Wuhan city of China, the Chinese team leader Dr. Liang Wannian said: "The discovery of viral sequence of coronavirus suggests the virus originated from the zoonotic transmission, but the host is yet to be identified.""There is insufficient evidence that SARS-COV-2 [COVID-19] had spread in Wuhan before December 2019," he said and added: "There is no indication."The 17-member WHO team on…

RT (2021-02-09). Fear of Covid-19 no longer petrifies 1 in 3 Americans, but indecision about how to move forward does. rt.com Americans have finally begun easing out of the pandemic-induced phobias that sent them scurrying underground nearly a year ago. However, few seem to agree on how to come out of hibernation, with many waiting for an official "OK." | One in three Americans no longer believes returning to their pre-coronavirus existence poses a 'moderate or large risk', according to an

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Lazio, leading Italy's vaccine roll-out. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The Italian region of Lazio, home to the capital Rome, is leading the Covid-19 vaccination race in the country and has already started vaccinating people over 80. The push to vaccinate the senior age group in the region began Monday, a week after the system to make an appointment was launched. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Start of Sputnik V vaccination campaign brings hope to Iran. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Iran on Tuesday started the immunization program against Covid-19 using the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in what was a major step toward containing a pandemic that has hit the country hard with more than 1.4 million cases and 58,000 deaths reported so far. This long-awaited step took place before a large …