Daily Archives: March 16, 2021

2021-03-16: News Headlines

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-16). Most Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Have Lasting Symptoms. jamanetwork.com Three-quarters of patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) still had at least 1 symptom 6 months after they became ill, according to recently published follow-up research.

Wilensky GR. (2021-03-16). 2020 Revealed How Poorly the US Was Prepared for COVID-19—and Future Pandemics. jamanetwork.com It was not obvious when 2020 began what a grim year it would turn out to be. The first reported US case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was on January 19, 2020, in a man who had returned from Wuhan, China, 4 days earlier. The next day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started screening at 3 major airports hosting international travelers (John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport). The first cases that were not related to travel were confirmed on February 26 and 28, 2020, signaling that COVID-19 was not limited to cases…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-16). Protests surge across UK against state of women's safety and police apathy. peoplesdispatch.org The police attack on a peaceful vigil in honor of slain Sarah Everard at Clapham Common in London on March 13, Saturday, has provoked widespread outrage across the UK. Various progressive groups including Reclaim These Streets had given the call for the vigil to honor 33-year-old Everard who was killed last week in London allegedly at the hands of a police officer. | The police tried to stop the vigil by denying permission citing COVID-19 restrictions. On Saturday, they attempted to forcefully disperse the crowd gathered for the vigil at Clapham Common. Photographs and videos of the police action have since gone…

United Health Professionals (2021-03-16). International Alert Message about COVID-19. United Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We are more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from more than 30 countries. The lockdown has not only killed people, it has destroyed physical and mental health, economy, education and other aspects of social life.

Satarupa Chakraborty (2021-03-16). COVID-19 laid bare the struggles and exploitation that domestic workers face. peoplesdispatch.org While domestic workers number in the tens of millions—constituting a major proportion of India's workforce—their labor is not formally recognized, and they lack essential rights and guarantees.

RT (2021-03-16). Biden calls on local preachers & doctors to promote vaccines… dismissing Fauci's appeal for Trump to help get skeptics on board. rt.com President Joe Biden apparently doesn't share his chief Covid-19 adviser's view that Donald Trump would be a "game changer" in promoting vaccines, instead saying local church leaders and doctors would have the biggest impact. | "The thing that has more impact than anything Trump would say to the MAGA folks is what the local doctor, what the local preacher, what the local people in the community say," Biden said on Monday of the advice he's getting from staffers. "So I urge all local docs and ministers and priests to talk about why, why it's important to get that vaccine, and even after that until everyone is, i…

National Vaccine Information Centre (2021-03-16). COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Babies and Pregnant Women. globalresearch.ca Pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (J&J) announced …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Japan PM receives Covid-19 shot ahead of US visit. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Tuesday received the first of the two doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine in the run-up to his meeting with President Joe Biden in the United States next month. Medics gave Suga a Pfizer vaccine dose, the only one currently approved in the country. The prime minister …

Staff (2021-03-16). NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi Says Cuomo Has Abused His Power for Years & Must Resign. democracynow.org New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is refusing to step down despite growing calls for his resignation after multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as his cover-up of thousands of COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Alessandra Biaggi, a New York state senator representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, says it's long past time for Cuomo to go and that the many scandals surrounding the governor reveal a consistent pattern. "The governor has not only abused his position of power, but he has used it in a way that is political and as a way to have the executive branch essentially protect himself…

yenisafak (2021-03-16). Sweden halts use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Sweden on Tuesday temporarily suspended the use of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.This came as several European countries suspended its use after blood clots were reported in some vaccinated people.According to a statement from the Public Health Agency, no cases of blood clots were reported in Sweden after receiving the jab, but the decision is precautionary.State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that the country will wait until European Medicines Agency (EMA) makes an investigation on possible blood clots caused by the vaccine."It is a top priority that the vaccines used have a…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-03-16). Test and Trace is the Dead Elephant in the Room. counterpunch.org As Britain enters a post-pandemic era, its struggle with Covid-19 reveals a country that is a complicated mix of strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand, Britain has developed, manufactured and distributed effective vaccines quicker than any other nation. On the other, it has constructed the biggest gravy train in British history, one that pays

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-16). Matters of Communication: Handelsblatting the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine. counterpunch.org The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is fast becoming a subject of notoriety. First, will States obtain it? Second, will they use it? The first answer has generally been affirmative, given the vaccine's ease of storage and relative cheapness. The second is becoming increasingly difficult. Orders have been made and supplies — some of them anyway —

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-03-16). Trump and Biden Playing Politics: The COVID-19 "Experimental Vaccines" which are "Killing and Injuring People" globalresearch.ca So which American president is going to take full credit for …

teleSUR (2021-03-16). Another Six European Nations Hit Pause on Astrazeneca Vaccine. telesurenglish.net France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, and Cyprus on Monday suspended the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns. | RELATED: | They described the move as a precautionary measure pending a decision by the European Medicines Authority (EMA), which had greenlighted the use of the vaccine in the European Union (EU) on Jan. 29. | "The EMA is to give its opinion tomorrow afternoon. The decision that…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-16). COVID-19 mRNA "Vaccines" Are "Gene Therapy" globalresearch.ca As calls for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination grow around the world, it's …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). China approves new Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- China has given an emergency use approval for a new Covid-19 vaccine, local media reported on Tuesday. The recombinant protein subunit vaccine is the first of its kind to be authorized for clinical use in the Asian country. The vaccine, developed jointly by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical and the Chinese Academy of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Uruguay receives another 1.5 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Montevideo, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- More than 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese drug maker Sinovac arrived Tuesday in the Uruguayan capital. The chartered Latam airlines flight carrying the second shipment of the CoronaVac vaccine landed at Carrasco International Airport outside Montevideo shortly after mid-day. The consignment completes Uruguay's order for 1.75 million doses …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Chile achieves vaccine milestone 15 days ahead of schedule. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- The number of people in Chile who have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose rose on Tuesday to more than 5 million, a figure that includes the entire at-risk population and was achieved 15 days ahead of schedule. "We reached our goal … which undoubtedly was a very difficult task," …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Mexico embraces AstraZeneca vaccine to speed inoculation. laprensalatina.com By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla Mexico City, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- Even as some countries have suspended use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid concerns that it can cause blood clots, Mexico is negotiating with the United States to obtain some of Washington's stockpile of the vaccine developed by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker in partnership with Oxford …

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). AstraZeneca vaccine doubts threaten inoculation drives in Americas. laprensalatina.com International Desk, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Growing doubts about AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine have threatened the inoculation drives in the Americas, especially in countries with a small portfolio of jabs and dependent on doses from the Anglo-Swedish pharma company. On Monday, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain decided to suspend the vaccine distribution developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-16). Iran unveils "Fakhra" COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 16 (MNA) — The first phase of the clinical trial of the "Fakhra" vaccine started on Tuesday in the presence of ministers of Defense and Health and Medical Education.

news.un (2021-03-16). South Sudanese 'one step away from famine', as UN launches humanitarian response plan. news.un.org As hunger levels continue to deepen in South Sudan due to a combination of violence, climate change and COVID-19, the 2021 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on Tuesday aiming to reach 6.6 million people — including 350,000 refugees – with life-saving assistance and protection.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-16). Iran unveils indigenous COVID-19 rapid test kit. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 16 (MNA) — A new indigenous COVID-19 rapid test kit was unveiled at Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences in the presence of the IRGC Chief Commander on Tuesday.

Derrick Z. Jackson (2021-03-16). From Texas to Mississippi, States Dismantle Covid-19 Safety Protocols at Our Peril. commondreams.org Fauci and Walensky are flashing a yellow light to us. Governors are dangerously close to running a red. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/socialdistance.jpg

Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche (2021-03-16). Virologist: 'We Are Going to Pay Huge Price' for COVID Mass Vaccination Campaign. globalresearch.ca In an open letter to WHO and in a follow-up video …

Stephen Lendman (2021-03-16). Confessions of Medical Truth-Tellers. globalresearch.ca Since seasonal flu was renamed covid early last year to kick …

WSWS (2021-03-16). Chilean transit workers protest layoffs, lack of COVID protection in Santiago. wsws.org The Stalinist leadership of the transit workers union has been instrumental in implementing a procorporate agenda.

Cassandra Conrad (2021-03-16). My Family Has Covid, and We're Days Away From an Eviction. thenation.com My Family Has Covid, and We're Days Away From an Eviction…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-03-16). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency: The Only Treatment is Freedom. zcomm.org On Feb. 27, Mumia Abu-Jamal telephoned Pam Africa (coordinator of the uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal) to report his COVID symptoms, telling her that his breathing felt "like an elephant sitting on his lungs."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-03-16). Review of Trump Era CDC Guidance Confirms Political Manipulation of Agency's Covid Response. commondreams.org "The Trump administration put politics over people's lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12901469971.jpg

Staff (2021-03-16). Headlines for March 16, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Urges Continued Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine as Countries Suspend Jabs over Blood Clot Fears, U.S. Air Travel Hits Highest Pace Since Start of Pandemic , 440 Tesla Workers Tested Positive for Coronavirus After CEO Elon Musk Defied Plant Closure Order, Senate Confirms Deb Haaland as First Native American Cabinet Secretary, Biden Admin to Detain Thousands of Teenage Asylum Seekers in Dallas Convention Center, Rep. Ilhan Omar Leads Congressional Call to End ICE Contracts with Local Jails , Two Charged with Assaulting Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Jan. 6 Insurrection, Police Begin Scaling Back Massive Secur…

Jaklevic M. (2021-03-16). Helping Manufacturers Navigate Novel Coronavirus Variants. jamanetwork.com The FDA is developing guidance for manufacturers of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines to aid their response to emerging severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 variants, Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, said in a statement.

_____ (2021-03-16). US Department Of Health Pressured Brazil Into Rejecting Sputnik V. popularresistance.org The developers of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus have condemned the actions of the American authorities and stressed that nations should be fighting as a united front against the pandemic. | The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has admitted in its annual report that it used "diplomatic relations" in order to force Brazil, one of the worst-hit countries in terms of the pandemic, to reject authorisation of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. | The American authorities put their actions down to the need to "mitigate efforts" by Russia to boost its "influence" in the region, which,…

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Misinformation, public distrust hampering Ukraine's sluggish vaccine campaign. laprensalatina.com Kiev, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- Ukraine's coronavirus vaccination campaign has been delayed and hampered by issues accessing the jabs, public distrust and misinformation, a mix that has meant 62,000 Ukrainians — only 0.15 percent of the total population — have been inoculated. The health ministry insists that the rollout, which began on February 24, is going …

Nadda Osman (2021-03-16). Jordan: Tens of thousands at risk of prison over unpaid debt. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Tens of thousands at risk of prison over unpaid debt | A new report reveals that people unable to repay their loans face harsh treatment and prison sentences | Tue, 03/16/2021 – 14: 24 | An increasing number of Jordanians end up in prison each year for failing to repay their loans (Reuters) | A report published on Tuesday has raised concerns over the increasing number of Jordanians who end up in…

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Panama food-security plan reaches thousands of kids despite school closures. laprensalatina.com Panama City, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- Panamanian schools shifted to a distance-learning model last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and instruction is still being provided remotely at the start of 2021. That situation has posed a challenge in terms of providing healthy meals to disadvantaged youth, but a recently launched school-nutrition program has been adapted …

Steve Gillis (2021-03-16). Boston School Bus Drivers Union blasts bosses' reopening schemes. workers.org In direct confrontation with the U.S. ruling class' monolithic drive to "reopen" schools and businesses, even as the pandemic continues to rage, Boston School Bus Drivers picketed their employer, Transdev, March 9. They gave voice to the outrage of frontline workers over this dangerous gamble with the lives of both . . . |

Elias Alsbergas (2021-03-16). When Public Officials Get Rented Out by Corporate Power, the People Lose. counterpunch.org Vivek Murthy, President Biden's nominee for surgeon general, joined the likes of Amazon and AstraZeneca to take advantage of the pandemic to become noticeably richer. Murthy, who previously served as surgeon general in the Obama administration, has made over $2.6 million selling his public health expertise to embattled corporations desperate to resume business as if

_____ (2021-03-16). Capitalist Economies Overproduce Food. popularresistance.org The unprecedented pandemic, and the recession it has caused, has led to a sharp increase in food insecurity in the United States. The problem isn't that there isn't enough food to go around, but that more and more people are unable to afford to purchase it. Last year the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) recently released a report predicting that the number of people facing extreme hunger could soar to 270 million by the end of 2020 — effectively doubling. | What's leading to these extreme statistics isn't a lack of availability — it's that many people simply can't afford to purchase food. Like…

RT (2021-03-16). Vanity Fair accuses Trump of KILLING 400,000 people with Covid, Trump supporters want to see the mag sued. rt.com Vanity Fair is seemingly holding Donald Trump responsible for murdering 400,000 Americans with Covid-19. Needless to say, there's no mention of Andrew Cuomo or Joe Biden. Some suggested a libel suit might teach the mag a lesson. | The story begins with Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to the former president, who on Monday

alexander (2021-03-16). The Dish: Giving a voice to the restaurant worker. dsausa.org It's widely agreed that the pandemic has laid bare the inequities and divisions that permeate our society, from the federal government all the way down to the humble (multi-billion dollar) restaurant industry.

A Guest Author (2021-03-16). New York Boricua Resistance: No International Working Women's Day without trans women. workers.org This statement was co-written by Alicia Rodriguez and Gabriela Malespin of New York Boricua Resistance and presented by Malespin during the March 13 webinar sponsored by New York City-based International Working Women's Day Coalition. The webinar was entitled "Women and oppressed-gender workers rise up: The real pandemic is capitalism. The . . . |

news.un (2021-03-16). Women must be 'front and centre' of pandemic recovery, UN chief says. news.un.org Women need to be "front and centre" of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women's commission on Tuesday.

Online News Editor (2021-03-16). Peru increased number of mini-businessmen despite pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Monica Martinez Lima, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- The year of the pandemic has brought an unusual increase in the number of new businesses in Peru — more than 235,000 — most of them single-person companies focusing on retail sales and a reaction to the disappearance of 2.2 million jobs during the economic crisis. The strict …

John Swinburne (2021-03-16). Vaccine nationalism: Poor countries wait while profits roll in for pharma giants. peoplesworld.org On Jan. 18 this year, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed that 25—yes, just 25 doses—had been administered across all the poorest countries, compared with 39 million doses in wealthier ones. He said the world was on the edge of a "catastrophic moral failure." Dr. Tedros criticized pharmaceutical companies …

Ted Kelly (2021-03-16). $1.9 Trillion stimulus bill: relief or ripoff? workers.org These slightly edited remarks were made during Workers World Party's March 11 webinar, "Stimulus Bill — Relief or Ripoff?" moderated by Ted Kelly, WWP-Philadelphia. Ted Kelly. Credit: WW PHOTO Ted Kelly: The U.S. Congress passed a bipartisan stimulus bill on March 6. Tonight's roundtable with young revolutionary workers from Workers . . . |

_____ (2021-03-16). Biden's Neoliberal Rescue Of For-Profit Health System Proves We Need Medicare For All. popularresistance.org President Biden, the Democratic Party and America's neoliberal vision of world order is rooted in an economic philosophy of privatization and financialization. To assure privatization goals of the 1% oligarchs, distinguished economist Michael Hudson writes that this is achieved by "conquering the brains of a country by shaping how people think. If you can twist their view into unreality economics, to make them think you are there to help them and not to take money out of them, then you've got them hooked." To maintain corporate control of U.S. health care insurance, our system is privatized and unregulated. Priva…

Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Theiler R, de Godoi Rezende Costa Molino C. (2021-03-16). Evaluation of a Strength-Training Program on Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree that the findings of our home-based exercise program on the primary end points of DO-HEALTH do not invalidate the well-established benefits of exercise programs in older adults. Several arguments provided by the Letter authors are valid, including the fact that the exercise program intensity may have been too low for these study participants, 83% of whom already engaged in moderate- to high-intensity exercise.

Burtscher J, Millet GP, Burtscher M. (2021-03-16). Evaluation of a Strength-Training Program on Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The recent DO-HEALTH randomized clinical trial failed to demonstrate a benefit of a strength-training exercise program on blood pressure, nonvertebral fractures, physical performance, infection rates, or cognitive function in adults aged 70 years or older without major comorbidities. While the study excels in its rigorous design, large sample size, and high adherence rate, the ineffectiveness of the strength-training program is surprising and deserves further discussion.

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-16). New WHO Guideline for Treating Chronic Pain in Children. jamanetwork.com Clinicians should consider chronic pain in children as more than a biomedical condition when they choose appropriate treatment. A new World Health Organization guideline has advised health workers to include biopsychosocial factors such as the child's age, social environment, and cultural background.