Daily Archives: March 13, 2021

2021-03-13: News Headlines

Deirdre Benavides (2021-03-13). Right-wing Texas college president assaults free speech, ignores COVID. liberationnews.org Matkin, who according to college records could receive a salary as high as $1 million, recently decided not to renew the contracts of three faculty members who have been vocal about unsafe work conditions during COVID-19.

G. Dunkel (2021-03-13). The governor of Texas, Neanderthals and COVID-19. workers.org The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, made a surprise announcement March 2 in Lubbock, a city of 200,000 people in West Texas. All state mandates to combat the spread of COVID-19 were being lifted. Counties and municipalities cannot require basic public health policies to limit the spread of disease after March . . . |

_____ (2021-03-13). Chris Hedges: Bandaging The Corpse. popularresistance.org The established ruling elites know there is a crisis. They agreed, at least temporarily, to throw money at it with the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 bill known as American Rescue Plan (ARP). But the ARP will not alter the structural inequities, either by raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour or imposing taxes and regulations on corporations or the billionaire class that saw its wealth increase by a staggering $1.1 trillion since the start of the pandemic. The health system will remain privatized, meaning the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations will reap a windfall of tens of billions of dollars with the ARP,…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-13). Jordan: Health minister submits resignation after Covid-19 patients die of oxygen shortage. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Health minister submits resignation after Covid-19 patients die of oxygen shortage | An investigation is underway to determine what led to shortage of oxygen in state-run hospital | Sat, 03/13/2021 – 12: 40 | Jordan's King Abdullah II visiting a room during the inauguration of the health ministry's Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed field hospital for Covid-19 patients in Aqaba on 24 January…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-13). COVID-19 infections in Africa surpass 4m. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 13 (MNA) — According to the latest figures published by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a number of COVID-19 infections in the continent has topped 4 million.

Online News Editor (2021-03-13). Tunisia begins Covid-19 vaccination rollout with Sputnik V. laprensalatina.com Tunis, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- Tunisia on Saturday got its coronavirus vaccination rollout underway by administering the first of 30,000 Sputnik V doses to healthcare workers and elderly people suffering from underlying health conditions. Tunisia, which has reported Africa's second highest mortality rate from Covid-19, aims to inoculate around 20% of its 15 million inhabitants by …

Online News Editor (2021-03-13). A week of Paraguay protests marked with dwindling numbers. laprensalatina.com Asunción, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- A week of protests in Paraguay against the government of Mario Abdo Benítez ended on Friday with fewer and more deflated protesters after the president made Cabinet changes and the health authorities declared a red alert due to the increase in Covid-19 infections in the country. Only about 200 people demonstrated …

Online News Editor (2021-03-13). Inside a Brazilian ICU overwhelmed by Covid-19. laprensalatina.com By Carlos Meneses Sánchez Sao Paulo, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- The intensive care unit at the M'Boi Mirim hospital in the suburbs of Sao Paulo looks like a warzone. Legions of health staff are working at full tilt to attend an overwhelming number of Covoid-19 patients of all ages, a situation of life or death for …

Rageshri Dhairyawan (2021-03-13). [Perspectives] A shared COVID-19 testimony. thelancet.com "Six feet away, a father, a man I am yet to lay eyes on, is dying of a disease only named a month ago." This unfamiliar clinical territory starts Rachel Clarke's Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic as she describes reviewing Winston, a patient admitted with COVID-19. She relates the effort to communicate care to Winston and his sons while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and the anxiety of trying to do her job in a situation unimaginable only a few months before.

Neel Sharma (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Clinician engineers—the time is now. thelancet.com I read with great interest the Perspective by Roger Kneebone and Claudia Schlegel,1 and I agree about the pigeon-holed approach to medical education.1 COVID-19 has shown clinicians and engineers working side by side to ensure health-care worker safety via personal protective equipment and the management of patients through ventilators.

Ed Holt (2021-03-13). [World Report] Countries split from EU on COVID-19 vaccines. thelancet.com Czech Republic and Slovakia have turned to the Sputnik V vaccine, despite it not being approved by the European Medicines Agency. Ed Holt reports.

The Lancet (2021-03-13). [Editorial] Access to COVID-19 vaccines: looking beyond COVAX. thelancet.com Global health leaders have been in a congratulatory mood. On March 1, they celebrated the first vaccinations against COVID-19 in Africa delivered through COVAX—the scheme led by GAVI, CEPI, and WHO to support research and development, raise funding, and negotiate the bulk purchase and equitable global distribution of vaccines for COVID-19. As of March 9, 12 million doses have been shipped to 29 countries, marking the beginning of the largest vaccine roll-out in history. This is an unprecedented achievement.

thelancet (2021-03-13). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Commissioners of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, Task Force Chairs and members of the Lancet COVID-19, Commission, Commission Secretariat and Staff of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of 2021: statement of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Lancet 2021; 397: 947—50—In this Comment, the role and affiliation for George Laryea-Adjei has been corrected to, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Ghana. This correction has been made to the online version as of March 11, 2021, and the printed version is correct.

Sharmila Devi (2021-03-13). [World Report] Health in Syria: a decade of conflict. thelancet.com 10 years have passed since the conflict in Syria began. Experts warn that the outlook is bleak as the decimated health system faces COVID-19. Sharmila Devi reports.

RT (2021-03-13). 'It could have been prevented': Relatives of NY nursing home victims tell RT they hold Cuomo responsible for their deaths. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at fault for the state's disastrous nursing home policies amid the Covid-19 crisis, relatives of care home patients who succumbed to the virus told RT, voicing hopes for accountability. | Grace Colucci, whose elderly father passed away following a 20-day stint in a New York nursing home for physical rehabilitation, told RT's Colon Bray that she and other family members were unable to contact her dad during his stay due to pandemic restrictions, and that he emerged from the home with "very severe symptoms" of what later was confirmed to be Covid-19. | "We were not able to have…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). Ethiopia begins COVID-19 vaccine rollout. yenisafak.com Hoping to curb a recent spike in infections, Ethiopia kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.Jabs were administered in several major cities, including the capital Addis Ababa, where top government officials and UN representatives attended a ceremony at the Eka General Hospital.Doctors, nurses, and support staff at the hospital, one of Ethiopia's main COVID-19 treatment centers, were given shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine.Ethiopia received its first batch of 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week under the COVAX initiative, a project co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) that…

_____ (2021-03-13). US Chamber Of Commerce Presses WTO Not To Grant Vaccine Waivers. popularresistance.org The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday warned the World Trade Organization's new director-general not to "distract" herself with proposals to suspend global intellectual property rules in order to distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world. | Patrick Kilbride, senior vice president of the Global Innovation Policy Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told the WTO to recognize how important "transparent and predictable intellectual property rights" have been in spurring collaborative efforts to develop vaccines. | Kilbride's comments came just a day after the trade body's new director-general, Ngozi Okonjo-I…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). Turkey reports over 14,900 new coronavirus infections. yenisafak.com Turkey on Friday reported 14,941 more coronavirus cases, including 834 symptomatic patients, according to the Health Ministry.The country's case tally stands at 2.85 million, while the nationwide death toll reached 29,356, with 66 fatalities over the past day.As many as 11,180 more patients in the country won the battle against the virus, with the total number of recoveries passing 2.67 million.More than 34.8 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in Turkey to date, with 148,856 since Thursday.The latest figures show that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition stands at 1,349.So far, more th…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). Turkish Cargo carries UNICEF-supplied COVID-19 vaccines. yenisafak.com Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of the national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, has carried coronavirus vaccines and other medical equipment supplied by UNICEF across the world."As the air cargo brand that utilizes the widest flight network of the world, Turkish Cargo shoulders an important mission in the fight against the pandemic," it said in a press release on Saturday.The firm has carried 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which were procured from India by UNICEF, from India's Mumbai to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.It also carried hundreds of thousands of syringes from Barcelona t…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). COVID-19 continues to hit Latin America severely. yenisafak.com In Latin America, more infections and fatalities from the coronavirus were reported on Saturday.- BrazilA total of 2,216 people lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing Brazil's death toll to 275,105, according to the latest update by the Health Ministry.The country also reported 85,663 new virus cases, with the overall count standing around 11.3 million.Sao Paulo stands out as the region most affected by the outbreak with over 2.17 million cases and 63,531 deaths.The country has reported over 10 million recoveries thus far.- MexicoAccording to the Health Ministry, Mexico's COVID-19 case ta…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). Libya premier vows to provide COVID-19 vaccines soon. yenisafak.com Libya's new Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh pledged Saturday to provide vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic at the earliest possible time."The vaccine will be provided to Libyan citizens, foreign residents and migrants," Dbeibeh said as he attended an event on COVID-19 in the capital Tripoli."Wearing masks will be mandatory. This is the least thing we can do in our effort to curb the virus," Dbeibeh added in a statement issued by his office.Libya's taskforce on the coronavirus said Tuesday that the country will import 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines this month.On March 2, the World Health Organization…

yenisafak (2021-03-13). WHO lists Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization on Friday listed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen (Johnson Johnson) for emergency use in all countries, saying that more than 335 million jabs have been safely administered worldwide to date.The decision followed the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorization a day before and made it the fourth vaccine to receive WHO emergency use approval."More than 335 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally so far, and no deaths have been found to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccines," said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus at a bi-weekly webinar hoste…

Anand Naidoo (2021-03-13). The Heat: Biden pledges vaccines for all Americans by May. america.cgtn.com After a year of unimaginable loss, U.S. President Biden says every American will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in the next two months.

news.un (2021-03-13). Urgent funding needed for Mozambique, facing 'triple threat' of climate change, conflict and COVID-19. news.un.org Two years after Tropical Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth swept through Mozambique in March 2019, killing hundreds and leaving more than two million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, UN chief António Guterres has recalled the devastation he witnessed first-hand, in the aftermath of one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.

news.un (2021-03-13). FROM THE FIELD: Avoiding unintended pregnancies in cash-strapped Malawi. news.un.org In Malawi, as in many countries across the world, funds meant for sexual reproductive health and family planning are being diverted to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the UN has stepped in to prevent these services from grinding to a halt.

Benjamin Fogel (2021-03-13). Lula Is Back — And He Can Save Brazil From Bolsonaro. zcomm.org For Brazilian workers struggling with economic hardship and the COVID-19 pandemic, Lula's return means there is finally some hope for change…

Juan Cole (2021-03-13). Celebrating our Declaration of Independence from Covid with Poetry of Omar Khayyam. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — President Biden on Thursday expressed the expectation that the vaccination of the US population will have proceeded to the extent by July 4 that we can look forward to small gatherings of friends and family then. The calculation is that when 70% of the population is inoculated, the virus will …

No Nukes Action (2021-03-13). No More Fukushimas! SF Speak Out On 10th Anniversary Of NUKE Melt-downs. indybay.org On the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns of three reactors a rally was held at the San Francisco Japanese consulate. Speakers reported on the conditions of the people of Fukushima and the continued Japanese government Suga administration plans to open up more reactors and also hold the Olympics in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

David Erlinge, Akiko Maehara, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Hans Erik Bà∏tker, Michael Maeng, Lars Kjà∏ller-Hansen, Thomas Engstrà∏m, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Aaron Crowley, Ovidiu Dressler, Gary S Mintz, Ole Frà∂bert, Jonas Persson, Rune Wiseth, Alf Inge Larsen, Lisette Okkels Jensen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, àòyvind Bleie, Elmir Omerovic, Claes Held, Stefan K James, Ziad A Ali, James E Muller, Gregg W Stone, PROSPECT II Investigators (2021-03-13). [Articles] Identification of vulnerable plaques and patients by intracoronary near-infrared spectroscopy and ultrasound (PROSPECT II): a prospective natural history study. thelancet.com Combined NIRS and intravascular ultrasound detects angiographically non-obstructive lesions with a high lipid content and large plaque burden that are at increased risk for future adverse cardiac outcomes.

Ron Waksman, Rebecca Torguson (2021-03-13). [Comment] The vulnerable plaque detected: time to consider treatment. thelancet.com A resolution to the controversy regarding the presence of vulnerable plaques, which centres around their existence, how to identify them, and when to treat them in patients with coronary artery diseases and their relationship to future morbidity, including non-fatal myocardial infarction, or risk of death, has been sought for decades. The use of intracoronary imaging has been integral to this quest. Among the array of available modalities for coronary artery imaging, intravascular ultrasound and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) are the two tools that have aided the identification of such plaques that are used gl…

Brett Wilkins (2021-03-13). Omar leads bill to cancel rent and mortgage payments during pandemic. nationofchange.org "To avoid an even larger crisis, we must cancel rent and mortgage payments during this pandemic."

_____ (2021-03-13). The Southern Tenant Union Playbook. popularresistance.org Despite an eviction moratorium that was intended to keep people housed during the pandemic, landlords filed more than 95,000 evictions in just eight major cities across the South last year. With the passing of the most recent stimulus bill, Senate Democrats approved more than $45 billion in rental and mortgage assistance, but it won't be enough to stave off what housing advocates call the "tsunami of evictions" still to come. | But the fight to keep people housed didn't begin when the country shut down, and it won't end when people can safely dine in restaurants. | The solution to the current crisis requires nove…

Nyan Aung (2021-03-13). February revolution in Burma. mronline.org MR Online

_____ (2021-03-13). Highlighting The Too-Often Invisible Labor Of Mothers, Who Protect Us And Lead Us. popularresistance.org This week two major publications were released that highlight public health impacts on people living next to oil and gas operations. The Environmental Health News released their investigation looking at how chemicals associated with oil and gas are present at levels 90 times higher than the average in families' urine, including samples from children. The New Yorker published "When the Kids Started Getting Sick" by Eliza Griswold, a deep dive on the increase in rare bone cancers in the region. | These articles highlight the reality of so many in our communities, and because they reflect that lived reality, they hi…

Ralph Nader (2021-03-13). Perfidy Meets Putty: Congressional Democrats Betray Voters. dissidentvoice.org Do you remember the promises made by the Democratic Party's presidential and Congressional candidates on universal health insurance? You can forget their pledges and somber convictions now that your votes put the Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate. The Democrats' leaders are abandoning their promises and retreating into a cowardly corporatist future. …

Richard Lane (2021-03-13). [Perspectives] Yashica Robinson: championing reproductive health in Alabama. thelancet.com To say that Yashica Robinson has had a few obstacles to overcome in her life is something of an understatement. She is the medical director of the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, AL, USA, the only provider of abortion care in northern Alabama. "I provide abortion care in a state that vehemently opposes its practice because I strongly believe that women should have a right to self-determination and be able to access abortion care as a component of a comprehensive approach to reproductive health", she says.

GBD 2019 Hearing Loss Collaborators (2021-03-13). [Articles] Hearing loss prevalence and years lived with disability, 1990—2019: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As populations age, the number of people with hearing loss will increase. Interventions such as childhood screening, hearing aids, effective management of otitis media and meningitis, and cochlear implants have the potential to ameliorate this burden. Because the burden of moderate-to-complete hearing loss is concentrated in countries with low health-care quality and access, stronger health-care provision mechanisms are needed to reduce the burden of unaddressed hearing loss in these settings.

Amali U Lokugamage, Sarah H M Wong, Nathan M A Robinson, Sithira D C Pathberiya (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Transformational learning to decolonise global health. thelancet.com We thank Lioba Hirsch1 for her incisive Art of Medicine on efforts to decolonise global health institutions and the exigency of moving beyond tokenistic initiatives and showy commitments to diversity. The flattening of entrenched colonial era power hierarchies is essential to ensure policy, education, and research is informed by perspectives from the very communities they affect. Yet these hierarchies are propped up by historical biases that formed, and remain deeply embedded in the very structures of our institutions.

Michio Murakami, Masaharu Tsubokura (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Deepening community-aligned science in response to wavering trust in science. thelancet.com 10 years have passed since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation dose and health risk assessments were done extensively immediately after the disaster. The UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) subsequently reported that no identifiable increase in genetic health effects or cancer incidence was presumed to occur.1 These scientific findings have had a great influence on society and have guided the decisions of policy makers.2 However, several crises have shaken public confidence in science.

Neel Sharma (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Clinician engineers—the time is now. thelancet.com I read with great interest the Perspective by Roger Kneebone and Claudia Schlegel,1 and I agree about the pigeon-holed approach to medical education.1 COVID-19 has shown clinicians and engineers working side by side to ensure health-care worker safety via personal protective equipment and the management of patients through ventilators.

Ed Holt (2021-03-13). [World Report] Countries split from EU on COVID-19 vaccines. thelancet.com Czech Republic and Slovakia have turned to the Sputnik V vaccine, despite it not being approved by the European Medicines Agency. Ed Holt reports.

The Lancet (2021-03-13). [Editorial] Access to COVID-19 vaccines: looking beyond COVAX. thelancet.com Global health leaders have been in a congratulatory mood. On March 1, they celebrated the first vaccinations against COVID-19 in Africa delivered through COVAX—the scheme led by GAVI, CEPI, and WHO to support research and development, raise funding, and negotiate the bulk purchase and equitable global distribution of vaccines for COVID-19. As of March 9, 12 million doses have been shipped to 29 countries, marking the beginning of the largest vaccine roll-out in history. This is an unprecedented achievement.

thelancet (2021-03-13). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Commissioners of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, Task Force Chairs and members of the Lancet COVID-19, Commission, Commission Secretariat and Staff of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of 2021: statement of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Lancet 2021; 397: 947—50—In this Comment, the role and affiliation for George Laryea-Adjei has been corrected to, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Ghana. This correction has been made to the online version as of March 11, 2021, and the printed version is correct.

Sharmila Devi (2021-03-13). [World Report] Health in Syria: a decade of conflict. thelancet.com 10 years have passed since the conflict in Syria began. Experts warn that the outlook is bleak as the decimated health system faces COVID-19. Sharmila Devi reports.

David Erlinge, Akiko Maehara, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Hans Erik Bà∏tker, Michael Maeng, Lars Kjà∏ller-Hansen, Thomas Engstrà∏m, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Aaron Crowley, Ovidiu Dressler, Gary S Mintz, Ole Frà∂bert, Jonas Persson, Rune Wiseth, Alf Inge Larsen, Lisette Okkels Jensen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, àòyvind Bleie, Elmir Omerovic, Claes Held, Stefan K James, Ziad A Ali, James E Muller, Gregg W Stone, PROSPECT II Investigators (2021-03-13). [Articles] Identification of vulnerable plaques and patients by intracoronary near-infrared spectroscopy and ultrasound (PROSPECT II): a prospective natural history study. thelancet.com Combined NIRS and intravascular ultrasound detects angiographically non-obstructive lesions with a high lipid content and large plaque burden that are at increased risk for future adverse cardiac outcomes.

Ron Waksman, Rebecca Torguson (2021-03-13). [Comment] The vulnerable plaque detected: time to consider treatment. thelancet.com A resolution to the controversy regarding the presence of vulnerable plaques, which centres around their existence, how to identify them, and when to treat them in patients with coronary artery diseases and their relationship to future morbidity, including non-fatal myocardial infarction, or risk of death, has been sought for decades. The use of intracoronary imaging has been integral to this quest. Among the array of available modalities for coronary artery imaging, intravascular ultrasound and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) are the two tools that have aided the identification of such plaques that are used gl…

Richard Lane (2021-03-13). [Perspectives] Yashica Robinson: championing reproductive health in Alabama. thelancet.com To say that Yashica Robinson has had a few obstacles to overcome in her life is something of an understatement. She is the medical director of the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, AL, USA, the only provider of abortion care in northern Alabama. "I provide abortion care in a state that vehemently opposes its practice because I strongly believe that women should have a right to self-determination and be able to access abortion care as a component of a comprehensive approach to reproductive health", she says.

GBD 2019 Hearing Loss Collaborators (2021-03-13). [Articles] Hearing loss prevalence and years lived with disability, 1990—2019: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As populations age, the number of people with hearing loss will increase. Interventions such as childhood screening, hearing aids, effective management of otitis media and meningitis, and cochlear implants have the potential to ameliorate this burden. Because the burden of moderate-to-complete hearing loss is concentrated in countries with low health-care quality and access, stronger health-care provision mechanisms are needed to reduce the burden of unaddressed hearing loss in these settings.

Amali U Lokugamage, Sarah H M Wong, Nathan M A Robinson, Sithira D C Pathberiya (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Transformational learning to decolonise global health. thelancet.com We thank Lioba Hirsch1 for her incisive Art of Medicine on efforts to decolonise global health institutions and the exigency of moving beyond tokenistic initiatives and showy commitments to diversity. The flattening of entrenched colonial era power hierarchies is essential to ensure policy, education, and research is informed by perspectives from the very communities they affect. Yet these hierarchies are propped up by historical biases that formed, and remain deeply embedded in the very structures of our institutions.

Michio Murakami, Masaharu Tsubokura (2021-03-13). [Correspondence] Deepening community-aligned science in response to wavering trust in science. thelancet.com 10 years have passed since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation dose and health risk assessments were done extensively immediately after the disaster. The UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) subsequently reported that no identifiable increase in genetic health effects or cancer incidence was presumed to occur.1 These scientific findings have had a great influence on society and have guided the decisions of policy makers.2 However, several crises have shaken public confidence in science.