2021-02-13: News Headlines

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Selected Articles: The Corona Virus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Global Research brings to the attention the attention of our readers a selection of articles on the coronavirus vaccine. | "The Second Wave of the pandemic commenced in October 2020. The Pfizer Moderna corona vaccine was launched in early November 2020. …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-13). Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment. middleeasteye.net Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment | The vaccines have been sponsored by the World Bank, as Lebanon struggles with a financial crisis and a devastated healthcare system | Sat, 02/13/2021 – 15: 47 | Hospitals in Lebanon, including St George Hospital devastated by the 4 August Beirut blast, have been struggling to care for the influx of Covid-19 patients (MEE/Elizabeth Fitt)…

WSWS repost (2021-02-13). California nursing home workers strike as state surpasses New York for most COVID deaths. indybay.org Workers at a Burlingame Skilled Nursing Facility are on strike in protest against understaffing and unsafe conditions. 207 residents at the Burlingame facility have contracted Covid-19 and 34 have died. At least 65 workers have also been infected.

WSWS repost (2021-02-13). California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class. indybay.org According to a recent report by a UCSF research team, essential workers experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate than they did in the four years before the pandemic.

Logician (2021-02-13). Farm animals and birds catch covid Slaughterhouse workers have very high rates of inf. indybay.org The 2 way street between infected farm animals and | birds.. and infected workers has been established. | If covid can remain on surfaces it can remain on the flesh of living or killed animals.

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Corona Fake Pandemic: Italy Subjected to a Holy Inquisition of False Science. globalresearch.ca (suoni di strappare una copia cartacea dl DCPM) |

| Italian Transcript below | Please, colleague, thank you, Mr President. | We have been spied on, subjugated, treated like criminals by a government that in two months has destroyed our fundamental, natural and constitutional |

Stephanie Nakajima (2021-02-13). The Path to Winning a Floor Vote for Medicare for All in Congress. zcomm.org The #ForceTheVote debate is about how to hold members of Congress accountable — not whether to do so…

Change For The Better (2021-02-13). 15 Of Many Things We Can Learn From the European Union. indybay.org fewer wars, no executions, free health care, lower drug costs, better animal rights and environment legislation, less censorship etc…

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Yemeni scientist in Turkish team developing COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Even as Yemen continues shocking the world, with its images of deaths, destruction, and starvation, one of its citizens Ali Azzawri is part of a Turkish scientific team rolling out a vaccine against the COVID-19.Azzawri, 39, was selected by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey known as TUBITAK in May 2020 to be part of a team of 13 scientists to indigenously develop Messenger RNA vaccines — also called mRNA vaccines to combat the pandemic.According to experts, these are new types of vaccines, who direct cells to make a particular protein to trigger an immune response. Other vaccines, inst…

The Lancet (2021-02-13). [Editorial] Improving prisoner health for stronger public health. thelancet.com COVID-19 vaccine policy for prisoners has been in the headlines across the USA and the UK. Discordant strategies exist, ranging from no vaccination, to vaccination equivalent to people in the community, to higher prioritisation for people in prison. Prisons are dangerous hotspots for acquiring SARS-CoV-2, and individuals who return to the community could unwittingly transmit the virus. In the USA alone, 372‚Äà583 prisoners have had COVID-19, with 2359 deaths, according to the Marshall Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to address racial and social inequalities globally, but…

Neha S Singh, Michelle Lokot, Chi-Chi Undie, Monica A Onyango, Rosemary Morgan, Anne Harmer, Jane Freedman, Shirin Heidari (2021-02-13). [Comment] Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened inequities and undermined health, human rights, and gender equality for forcibly displaced populations.1,2 The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that, at the end of 2019, there were 79 ∑5 million people forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order.3 Evidence about the needs of these populations is crucial to tailor effective and equitable responses, but data collection efforts are faced with considerable new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rafael Dall'Alba, Cristianne Famer Rocha, Roberta de Pinho Silveira, Liciane da Silva Costa Dresch, Luciana Araújo Vieira, Marco André Germanà≤ (2021-02-13). [Correspondence] COVID-19 in Brazil: far beyond biopolitics. thelancet.com Richard Horton1 proposed the importance of Foucault's biopolitics as a concept for understanding COVID-19. While praising his commentary, we would add that in countries like Brazil, COVID-19 is not only about the politics of the body, but about the politics of death.

Munyaradzi Makoni (2021-02-13). [World Report] Tanzania refuses COVID-19 vaccines. thelancet.com Government officials have dismissed COVID-19 vaccines and promoted unfounded remedies. Munyaradzi Makoni reports.

Geoff Watts (2021-02-13). [Obituary] Donal Joseph O'Donoghue. thelancet.com Leading nephrologist in the UK. He was born in Droylsden, UK, on Aug 15, 1956, and died of COVID-19 in Stockport, UK, on Jan 3, 2021, aged 64 years.

Carlos K.H. Wong, Eric Y.F. Wan, Sihui Luo, Yu Ding, Eric H.Y. Lau, Ping Ling, Xiaowen Hu, Edward C.H. Lau, Jerry Wong, Xueying Zheng, Benjamin J. Cowling, Jianping Weng, Gabriel M. Leung (2021-02-13). [Research Paper] Clinical outcomes of different therapeutic options for COVID-19 in two Chinese case cohorts: A propensity-score analysis. thelancet.com Our findings support the early administration of interferon-beta-1b alone or in combination with oral ribavirin for COVID-19 patients.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Iran seeking to vaccinate 10,000 athletes: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — A high-ranking sports official says the country aims to vaccinate some 10,000 athletes against the COVID-19.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Rouhani warns Iranians of fourth wave of Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — Iranian President, called on Iranians to be careful not to enter the fourth wave of the Covid-19, saying that people must observe health protocols even after vaccination.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Rio de Janeiro's empty Sambadrome lights up in tribute to Covid victims. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome will remain quiet and deserted between Friday and Ash Wednesday due to the cancellation of the world's most famous carnival parade amid the Covid-19 pandemic but will light up at night in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus. The light show, simulating a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Cake-away: Austrian café adds spice to Valentines despite Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Having a traditional Austrian chocolate cake delivered to your door by a bellhop worthy of a Wes Anderson movie is an ideal way to kick off Valentine's Day celebrations but it is also a unique initiative one traditional purveyor has undertaking in a bid to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 …

Richard Horton (2021-02-13). [Comment] Offline: The path out of lockdown. thelancet.com "Just read your paper. Hmm…it reads well, until you try and imagine what it actually will mean in practice." This response was from someone who understands well the burden of mental trauma this pandemic is causing. His objection to the argument for Zero-COVID was that it seemed to endorse "the greatest imposition of restricted civil liberties ever seen in peacetime". Indeed, during World War 2 cinemas, theatres, cafes, restaurants, and pubs all remained open. He concluded: "If I was allowed to vote on this Brave New World, I would reject it firmly…We now teach every medical student that patients have the righ…

The Canary (2021-02-13). Scientists warn of new coronavirus wave if lockdown is lifted too quickly. thecanary.co Britain could face a coronavirus wave as big as the current one if lockdown restrictions are lifted too quickly, a scientist advising the government has said. | Professor Steven Riley, a member of the SPI-M modelling group, said that while the rollout of the vaccination programme had been "incredibly successful" it did not mean controls could simply be dropped. | "Scientists are genuinely worried": | Prof Riley told the BBC Radio Today programme: No vaccine is perfect. We are certainly going to be in the situation where we can allow more infection in the community but there is a limit… | I think scientis…

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Copper artisans face severe crisis in Kashmir. laprensalatina.com Like most business ventures, coppersmiths of Indian Kashmir are suffering significant losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer FAROOQ KHAN…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-13). Remember the "Fake" 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca A Worldwide public health emergency is unfolding, 4.9 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine are envisaged by the WHO.

Rafael Rosell, Maria Gonzalez-Cao (2021-02-13). [Comment] Cemiplimab monotherapy in advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer. thelancet.com Anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) monoclonal antibodies are commonly used for advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer, preferably in patients with high PD-L1 expression (tumour proportion score [TPS] ‚â•50%) and no targetable driver mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), MET exon 14 skipping alterations, or gene fusions in ALK, ROS1, RET, and TRK.1 In the phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 study, pembrolizumab significantly improved progression-free survival and overall survival compared with platinum-based chemotherapy in first-line treatm…

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Massive fire engulfs Afghan port bordering Iran. yenisafak.com A massive fire broke out on Saturday in a dry port in western Afghanistan, officials said.The fire engulfed scores of oil and gas tankers in the Islam Qala Port bordering Iran.Herat province's Governor Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali said the reason of the fire and damage caused by it could not be immediately assessed. However, he added, the blaze was so big that neighboring Iran was asked for help in controlling it.Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman for the Health Department, told Anadolu Agency that at least 10 people with fire burns were rushed to the public hospital. He feared the casualties could rise.Visuals circul…

Graham McIlroy (2021-02-13). [Correspondence] Progress towards inclusive blood donation. thelancet.com GLADD—The Association of LGBTQ+ Doctors and Dentists welcomes the announcement that the UK Department of Health & Social Care has accepted in full the recommendations of the FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group, moving the UK towards inclusive blood donation while maintaining the safety of our blood supply.1…

Onyinyechi Eke, Onyeka Otugo, Jessica Isom (2021-02-13). [Perspectives] Black women in medicine—rising above invisibility. thelancet.com The voice and agency of Black women health professionals have been systematically neglected, despite progress towards egalitarianism in medicine. The relationship of Black women to medicine has historically included unethical treatment, dismissal, invalidation, and other harms with roots in structural racism and racial stereotyping. This history has present-day consequences that must be understood as foundational to a representative recognition of Black women in medicine. There needs to be a restructuring of the systems that have been complicit in the silencing of Black women and reducing their value to a diversi…

Georgina Ferry (2021-02-13). [Perspectives] Rebecca Lee Crumpler: first Black woman physician in the USA. thelancet.com A passionate vocation to care for others and a desire to empower her patients drove Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831—95) to overcome 19th-century prejudice against her gender and ethnicity and qualify as "doctress of medicine" (the term she used), the first African American woman to do so. Crumpler gained extensive experience treating destitute former enslaved people in the southern states after the end of the American Civil War, and published A Book of Medical Discourses: in Two Parts, a practical guide to the care of infants and women's health.

Esther Choo (2021-02-13). [Perspectives] Easy in, tough out: the dam of health-care racism. thelancet.com Until the 1980s, the practice of turning away patients on the basis of their ability to pay, without evaluating or treating them, was legal and frequent in US hospitals. A 1986 study at Cook County Hospital, a public hospital in Chicago, noted that 89% of patients transferred from private hospitals to their facility were Black and Hispanic, and 87% of them were transferred because they did not have adequate insurance. Mortality was disproportionately high among those transferred, likely due to delays in stabilisation and definitive care.

Richard Lane (2021-02-13). [Perspectives] Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha: advancing maternal health justice. thelancet.com "I see myself as a scholar—activist", says Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, USA. At Tufts she leads research on the underlying causes of maternal health disparities in Black women. "This previously underrecognised issue has come into sharp focus after the US Surgeon-General declared last November how maternal health disparities across the USA have become a national crisis", she says.

Charlene Mantia, Atish D Choudhury (2021-02-13). [Comment] Transdermal oestrogen for advanced prostate cancer. thelancet.com Androgen-deprivation therapy remains the backbone of systemic treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Many pharmacological agents for androgen deprivation are available, differentiated by mechanism of action, duration of effect, and route of administration (oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular, implantable, transdermal, and intranasal). Other than surgical castration, oral oestrogen was one of the first endocrine therapies developed for prostate cancer treatment, but after an increased risk of thromboembolic cardiovascular events was reported,1 oral oestrogen fell out of favour.

Dinesh C Sharma (2021-02-13). [World Report] Indian Medical Association launches hunger strike. thelancet.com A relayed hunger strike is underway in protest against new regulations allowing surgical training for Ayurvedic practitioners. Dinesh C Sharma reports.

Roald A Lambrechts, Maarten Uyttenboogaart, Gea Drost (2021-02-13). [Clinical Picture] A vertebral artery halo sign indicates giant cell arteritis affecting the posterior circulation of the brain. thelancet.com A 77-year-old man presented to our neurology clinic reporting short episodes of unsteadiness followed by loss of consciousness brought on by standing from a sitting position. The problem had been present for 2 weeks and had led to frequent falls. He had a history of hypertension—treated with amlodipine, atenolol, and perindopril—and hypercholesterolaemia—treated with ezetimibe. He was a non-smoker.

Ruth E Langley, Duncan C Gilbert, Trinh Duong, Noel W Clarke, Matthew Nankivell, Stuart D Rosen, Stephen Mangar, Archie Macnair, Subramanian Kanaga Sundaram, Marc E Laniado, Sanjay Dixit, Sanjeev Madaan, Caroline Manetta, Alvan Pope, Christopher D Scrase, Stephen Mckay, Iqtedar A Muazzam, Gerald N Collins, Jane Worlding, Simon T Williams, Edgar Paez, Angus Robinson, Jonathan McFarlane, John V Deighan, John Marshall, Silvia Forcat, Melanie Weiss, Roger Kockelbergh, Abdulla Alhasso, Howard Kynaston, Mahesh Parmar (2021-02-13). [Articles] Transdermal oestradiol for androgen suppression in prostate cancer: long-term cardiovascular outcomes from the randomised Prostate Adenocarcinoma Transcutaneous Hormone (PATCH) trial programme. thelancet.com Long-term data comparing tE2 patches with LHRHa show no evidence of a difference between treatments in cardiovascular mortality or morbidity. Oestrogens administered transdermally should be reconsidered for androgen suppression in the management of prostate cancer.

Nayanah Siva (2021-02-13). [World Report] New global initiative to tackle Alzheimer's disease. thelancet.com The Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative aims to build a diverse patient cohort for study, coordinate clinical trials, and improve care. Nayanah Siva reports.

Ahmet Sezer, Saadettin Kilickap, Mahmut Gàºmàº≈ü, Igor Bondarenko, Mustafa àñzgàºroƒülu, Miranda Gogishvili, Haci M Turk, Irfan Cicin, Dmitry Bentsion, Oleg Gladkov, Philip Clingan, Virote Sriuranpong, Naiyer Rizvi, Bo Gao, Siyu Li, Sue Lee, Kristina McGuire, Chieh-I Chen, Tamta Makharadze, Semra Paydas, Marina Nechaeva, Frank Seebach, David M Weinreich, George D Yancopoulos, Giuseppe Gullo, Israel Lowy, Petra Rietschel (2021-02-13). [Articles] Cemiplimab monotherapy for first-line treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%: a multicentre, open-label, global, phase 3, randomised, controlled trial. thelancet.com Cemiplimab monotherapy significantly improved overall survival and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%, providing a potential new treatment option for this patient population.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Torture cannot silence Bahraini people. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — The leader of the Islamic Movement of Bahrain says the determination of the Bahraini people cannot be disrupted by repressive measures of Al Khalifa regime.

Revolution Books (2021-02-13). Sunday 2/28: Harriet A. Washington, acclaimed author of Medical Apartheid will be debuting her new book. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

teleSUR (2021-02-12). Vaccination To Help Revive Tourism in Chile's Easter Island. telesurenglish.net Residents of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in this week are receiving the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines made in China. | RELATED: | This Chilean territory has seen zero coronavirus cases since March 2020, when local authorities barred the entry of tourists to curb the spread of the disease. | The move was effective, but potentially painful, cutting off the community's major source of income. Now residents hope the vaccine push w…

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). CDC Study Finds Two Masks Are Better Than One Vs. COVID-19. laprensalatina.com NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, February 10, reported the results of a lab experiment that spaced two artificial heads 6 feet …

WSWS (2021-02-12). Why do US health care workers continue to refuse vaccination against COVID-19? wsws.org Haunted by the inadequate, criminal, chaotic and disorganized response by the ruling class to the coronavirus pandemic, some health care workers turn away from a safe and efficacious vaccine.

WSWS (2021-02-12). British Gas workers continue rolling strikes against "fire and rehire" wsws.org "Fire and rehire" ultimatums are becoming the chosen method by which companies push through long-planned attacks on workers' jobs and conditions, often using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext.

RT (2021-02-12). Italy's Draghi generates enough support to form new government, names physicist and banker among his ministers. rt.com Former chief of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, who has been chosen as Italy's next prime minister, has told the country's president Sergio Mattarella that he has enough support to form a government. | The incoming Italian PM began naming the new coalition cabinet, which he hopes will be able to steer the country through the Covid-19 pandemic and stave off the worst of its economic crisis, on Friday evening. | After a week of negotiations, most of the leaders of Italy's main political parties have given 73-year-old Draghi their backing to form a new government. | His government is now set to be s…

RT (2021-02-12). South Africans being infected with Covid-19 variant AGAIN after recovering from virus — WHO chief scientist. rt.com Some people in South Africa have been re-infected with variants of Covid-19 after they had already recovered from the virus, the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said on Friday. | "We are now getting reports of people getting re-infected with the new variant of the virus, and there have been some initial reports from South Africa suggesting that people who have had prior infection could get infected again," she told a WHO news briefing. | Swaminathan did not specify the number of people re-infected in South Africa, but said that ongoing scientific studies are looking at ho…

teleSUR (2021-02-12). President Maduro Seeks Multilateral Mechanisms To Get Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said he was looking for an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create a fund to finance COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | This agreement would seek to obtain US$300 million to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, a task that is currently very difficult due to the U.S. blockade on the country. | The Bolivarian leader made p…

RT (2021-02-12). Swedish university wants to test-compare Covid vaccines' effectiveness on population of ENTIRE REGIONS, promises option to opt-out. rt.com Researchers at Sweden's Uppsala University aim to embark on the world's first comparative study evaluating the parade of Covid-19 jabs coming to market. They promise it will be voluntary and won't disrupt the vaccination program. | The scientists are waiting for authorization to launch a study comparing every Covid-19 vaccine that has been given the green light by the Swedish Medical Products Agency. They say that while those jabs were tested against a placebo, they haven't been tested against each other to see how their attributes compare among the Swedish population. | "In Sweden we have unique conditions to…

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-12). Intellectual property cause of death, genocide. mronline.org Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution for genocide.

Staff (2021-02-12). Israel's vaccine apartheid is killing Palestinians. therealnews.com As COVID-19 continues to wreak deadly havoc, Israel touts record-setting efforts to inoculate its citizens while denying Palestinians in occupied territories life-saving vaccines. This is no accident: It is political, deliberate, and must be stopped.

WSWS (2021-02-12). Canadian educators denounce deadly reopening of schools amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "Whatever the capitalist politicians and corporate media say," warned an Ontario teacher, "scientific studies have shown that schools are one of the primary vectors of transmission for the virus."

A Guest Author (2021-02-12). Petition to the new U.S. administration: End economic sanctions in the face of the global pandemic. workers.org Sanctions Kill is asking everyone to sign its new petition to the Biden administration and Congress. To sign, go to sanctionskill.org/petition. We write to you because we are deeply concerned about the impact of U.S. sanctions on many countries that are suffering the dire consequences of COVID-19. The global COVID-19 . . . |