2021-03-20: News Headlines

RT (2021-03-20). VP Harris calls out people with 'biggest pulpits spreading hate' during Atlanta visit following spa parlors massacre. rt.com Kamala Harris made a not-so-subtle jab at ex-President Trump as she decried a surge a violence against Asian Americans. Trump and his supporters are accused of fueling hate in their attempts to blame China for Covid-19. | US Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden visited Atlanta, Georgia on Friday as part of their tour across the nation to promote the economic stimulus package and vaccination campaign successes. However, a spree of gun violence on Tuesday, which left eight people killed, six of them Asian American women, threw a wrench in the pre-planned trip's schedule. | Speaking after meeting…

RT (2021-03-20). Texas governor shreds Biden for 'inhumane' facilities for migrant kids, opens probe into Covid outbreak & lack of drinking water. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has opened a probe into conditions at detention centers for underage migrants, one of which faces a Covid-19 outbreak, blasting President Biden for his handling of a "humanitarian crisis" at the border. | "The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border," Abbott said in a

Richard Lane (2021-03-20). [Perspectives] Chris Butler: primary care research supremo. thelancet.com As Professor of Primary Care in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK, and a practising general practitioner in south Wales, Chris Butler has a bird's eye view of the potential impact of primary care research on clinical practice. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 research is a priority, with Butler co-leading the PRINCIPLE trial to try and identify treatments for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms in community settings. "I am hopeful that our innovations in research methods will identify effective early treatment for the disease", he says.

Paramjit S Gill, Shoba Poduval, Jarnail S Thakur, Romaina Iqbal (2021-03-20). [Comment] COVID-19, community trials, and inclusion. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the research landscape with the emergence of platform trials. Platform trials are adaptive clinical trials in which patients with a single disease are randomly allocated to different treatments based on an algorithm to investigate whether various agents have clinical benefit.1 In The Lancet, the PRINCIPLE Trial Collaborative Group2 report no benefit of azithromycin compared with usual care (hazard ratio 1 ∑08, 95% Bayesian credibility interval 0 ∑95—1 ∑23) for suspected COVID-19 in older adults in the community.

Nigel Crisp (2021-03-20). [Perspectives] Human flourishing in a health-creating society. thelancet.com The way we think about health and health systems needs to reflect the realities of the society we live in. There is no going back to the world before COVID-19. And, more fundamentally, it is time to finally leave behind the mindsets and practices of 20th-century medicine. COVID-19 is still doing terrible damage. Many countries are in the grip of a second or third wave of infections—in some cases worse than the first. COVID-19 vaccines bring optimism, but access to them is unequal for low-income and middle-income countries.

Richard Strugnell, Nancy Wang (2021-03-20). [Comment] Sustained neutralising antibodies in the Wuhan population suggest durable protection against SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com SARS-CoV-2 infections were first reported in Wuhan, China, in 2019,1 and quickly became a global pandemic, as declared on March 11, 2020.2 SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious3 and COVID-19 is variable in its presentation, with many infected individuals, as detected by viral nucleic acid screening, being asymptomatic.

Sharmila Devi (2021-03-20). [World Report] Aid agencies turn attention to diabetes. thelancet.com The rise in non-communicable diseases and their contribution to COVID-19 is prompting a shift in priorities. Sharmila Devi reports.

Susan Jaffe (2021-03-20). [World Report] Biden's first legislative victory: $1 ∑9 trillion for COVID-19. thelancet.com US President Joe Biden's first legislative triumph will fund the COVID-19 response and economic recovery, and address social determinants of health. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Liberation Staff (2021-03-20). Cuba launches Phase 3 test of COVID vaccine, the first produced in Latin America. liberationnews.org Despite the most severe blockade conditions imposed by the U.S. government, Cuba's biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries have made outstanding achievements in the campaign to overcome COVID-19.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-20). AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Suspended Across Europe. "Possible Autoimmune Reactions, Blood Clotting, Stroke and Internal Bleeding" globalresearch.ca UPDATE | France, Germany and Italy which had suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine, have resumed "after health officials sought to allay concerns it may cause blood clots" (VA Report) | This resumption of inoculations followed statements by the WHO and the European Medicines …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-20). 'Ticket and test' scheme could help crowds return safely to live events. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have proposed a model to support the safe return of crowds to live events, while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-20). G7 Supports Emergency Funds for Developing Country COVID Relief. indybay.org G7 finance ministers agreed to create emergency reserve funds for developing countries wrestling with coronavirus economic impacts.

Fight Back (2021-03-20). Nurses in Madison WI demand a decent contract. fightbacknews.org Madison, WI – Nurses at Meriter Hospital in Madison represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are coming to what could be their final bargaining session with management from UnityPoint Health. | Throughout the COVID pandemic, many of the 850 nurses represented at Meriter Hospital had to use up all or most of their paid time off due to being sick or exposed to the coronavirus. Nurses at Meriter continue to be pressured to work longer hours and extra shifts due to staffing shortages. | A press conference was held March 19 to support these essential frontline health care workers. Speakers included…

Martha Stilson (2021-03-20). The Birds and Bees, The Flowers and Coronavirus Earth Day 2021. indybay.org The earth wraps us in our environment and balances for Spring.

Peter Koenig (2021-03-20). The Coronavirus Vaccine: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020". Vaccination as a Platform for "Digital Identity" globalresearch.ca What is the infamous ID2020? It's an electronic ID program that uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity. The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity.

RT (2021-03-20). Bill Gates urges fans to eat synthetic meat to save planet, dismisses 'crazy conspiracies' about vaccines & 5G in Reddit AMA. rt.com Microsoft founder Bill Gates brushed away "crazy" conspiracy theories about himself, 5G and coronavirus vaccines during an 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit, where he promoted his new book and sung the praises of synthetic meat. | Gates

_____ (2021-03-20). Starve The Pentagon, Feed The People. popularresistance.org The budget for 2021 clocked in at more than $740 billion. Passed during the throes of the pandemic in mid-2020, Congress awarded $130 billion more than requested for the nuclear-armed Columbia class submarine program. While these same legislators whittled down the second round of stimulus payments to Americans to $600, they simultaneously lined defense contractor's pockets. | These priorities, putting weapons before citizens, are clearly to the detriment of not just those living in the United States, but to those across the globe. The Pentagon intends to request more funding for nuclear weapons this year as part…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-03-20). MPs and campaigners demand the home secretary stops police clamping down on protests. thecanary.co Campaigners, MPs, and peers have Protecting the right to protest: | The letter was organised by Liberty and Big Brother Watch. It calls on the home secretary to provide guidance for police on how to facilitate protests during the pandemic. And it also asks for

Zhenyu He, Lili Ren, Juntao Yang, Li Guo, Luzhao Feng, Chao Ma, Xia Wang, Zhiwei Leng, Xunliang Tong, Wang Zhou, Geng Wang, Ting Zhang, Yan Guo, Chao Wu, Qing Wang, Manqing Liu, Conghui Wang, Mengmeng Jia, Xuejiao Hu, Ying Wang, Xingxing Zhang, Rong Hu, Jingchuan Zhong, Jin Yang, Juan Dai, Lan Chen, Xiaoqi Zhou, Jianwei Wang, Weizhong Yang, Chen Wang (2021-03-20). [Articles] Seroprevalence and humoral immune durability of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Wuhan, China: a longitudinal, population-level, cross-sectional study. thelancet.com 6 ∑92% of a cross-sectional sample of the population of Wuhan developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, with 39 ∑8% of this population seroconverting to have neutralising antibodies. Our durability data on humoral responses indicate that mass vaccination is needed to effect herd protection to prevent the resurgence of the epidemic.

Peter Doshi, Kyungwan Hong, Tom Jefferson, Mark Jones, Anisa Rowhani-Farid (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Control vaccine formulation. thelancet.com The Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials (RIAT) initiative is an international effort concerned with two fundamental problems in the scientific literature—many clinical trials are inaccurately or incompletely reported in journal publications and not all trials done are published. RIAT Support Center, funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, aims to address these problems by offering a methodology that allows other people to responsibly correct the record. We are writing with concerns about inaccurate and incomplete reporting in a trial published in The Lancet, and ethical concerns about the infor…

Alfred J Saah, Nubia Muñoz (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Control vaccine formulation — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Peter Doshi and colleagues for their Correspondence that requests an erratum to our Article that was published in 2009.1 We note this same author group requested an erratum2 of a similar report from 2007 describing the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.3 We highly recommend reading Suzanne Gerland and Marc Steben response.4…

The Lancet (2021-03-20). [Editorial] Myanmar's democracy and health on life support. thelancet.com A violent political crisis in Myanmar is escalating, which begs for more international attention and action before further lives are lost, democratic and health systems collapse, and the health of the people is further imperilled. In a coup on Feb 1, 2021, the military seized control from the newly re-elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were placed in military detention. A day later, pro-democracy protests against the military's seizure of power began.

Keerti Gedela (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Undoing supremacy in global health will require more than decolonisation. thelancet.com I read with interest Seye Abimbola and Madhukar Pai's Perspective.1 It provides an enlightening and hopeful vision of decolonised global health detangled from supremacy in its many forms. However, it left me feeling that the vast mark that colonisation has left on society, politics, and system hierarchy within low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been less considered. Without paying due consideration to the challenges of supremacy and oppression within LMICs, we cannot realistically equalise global health and progress to ensure that it upholds health equity and social justice.

Seye Abimbola, Madhukar Pai (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Undoing supremacy in global health will require more than decolonisation — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Keerti Gedela as well as Pascale Allotey and Daniel Reidpath for their responses to our Perspective on decolonising global health.1 We welcome and completely agree with the points they highlighted for additional emphasis: greater focus on the local dynamics of how supremacy creates health (in)equity within countries, and expansion of our disciplinary focus to include research methods to understand how the geopolitics of supremacy creates health (in)equity between countries and to incorporate the knowledge held by the intended beneficiaries of global health efforts.

Geoff Watts (2021-03-20). [Obituary] Dame Fiona Caldicott. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and UK leader in health information governance. She was born in Troon, UK, on Jan 12, 1941, and died of pancreatic cancer at home in Warwick, UK, on Feb 15, 2021, aged 80 years.

_____ (2021-03-20). Make Way for Kamala Harris, the Deep State's Dream President. strategic-culture.org With Biden barely aware of his surroundings, it is mere child's play to foist Harris into the leadership role | In what may become the most unexpected and, perhaps, unwanted political comebacks in American political history, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who never inspired much confidence on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, may soon find herself, through default, the next president of the United States. Should the world start praying for Joe Biden's continued good health? | As U.S. President Joe Biden enters the ninth week of his 'shadow presidency' without a single press conference under his belt, whil…

Alan MacLeod (2021-03-20). Financial press fears Brazilians will be allowed to elect president of their choice. mronline.org The Brazilian Supreme Court this month dismissed all charges against former President Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva. A towering figure in national politics, Lula was the country's president for eight years between 2003 and 2011. | Newswire…

RT (2021-03-20). New York Times used 'deceptive disinformation' to smear Project Veritas, acted with 'reckless disregard' and 'malice', judge rules. rt.com A defamation suit from Project Veritas against the New York Times is moving forward, as a judge has ruled the newspaper posed opinion as fact in their coverage of the conservative news outlet. | A New York Supreme Court judge handed Veritas, known for its undercover and whistleblowing videos, a big "win" this week, allowing a defamation suit against the paper and two reporters to proceed forward. | In the ruling denying a motion to dismiss the suit, the Times was accused of acting with "actual malice" and "reckless disregard" in multiple articles covering a 2020 video report from Veritas on alleged illegal vot…

Greg Plancich (2021-03-20). Neoliberal Seattle mayor rejects federal funding, threatens eviction from hotel shelters to 130 people. liberationnews.org The housing crisis in Seattle and the rest of the country is a symptom of capitalism, where homes are built for profit and not shelter.

Robert Hunziker (2021-03-20). Nuclear Fuel Buried 108 Feet from the Sea. dissidentvoice.org San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission) The most toxic substance on Earth is separated from exposure to society by Ω" of steel encased in a canister. — Paul Blanch, registered professional engineer, US Navy Reactor Operator/Instructor That eye-opener comes from renowned nuclear expert Paul Blanch in reference to spent fuel rods removed …

ANSWER Coalition (2021-03-20). National Day of Action March 27: Call It What It Is, a Hate Crime! Stop Anti-Asian Violence, Stop China-Bashing! liberationnews.org The following national call to action was issued by the ANSWER Coalition Join the Sat. March 27 National Day of Action! Endorse the national day of action here Organize an event in your city — register your event here Find local actions in your city: San Francisco, CA 11 AM — 12 PM — A …

The Conversation (2021-03-20). Racism is behind anti-Asian American violence, even when it's not a hate crime. juancole.com By Pawan Dhingra | — Over the past year, attacks on Asian Americans have increased more than 150% over the previous year, including the March 16 murders of eight people, including six Asian American women, in Atlanta. Some of these attacks may be classified as hate crimes. But whether they meet that legal definition or …

Brandon Scharles, Julio Cesar Gumeta Ramos (2021-03-20). Milwaukee protesters demand justice for police killing victim Joel Acevedo. liberationnews.org On March 5, several dozen activists and community members gathered at Kosciuszko Park, going door-to-door in the neighborhood where Acevedo was killed, to inform the public about the upcoming trial.

Eds. (2021-03-20). At least six killed after factory owner calls in military in Hlaing Tharyar. mronline.org Police publicly executed a woman who was the leader of the workers. | Newswire…

Eds. (2021-03-20). Why are hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise? mronline.org Largely missing from this ongoing discussion is the role of the police and the capitalist state. The media has done an excellent job at depicting these violent acts as interpersonal and individual attacks. | Newswire…

Jay Janson (2021-03-20). Britain Threatens Humanity with Nuclear Winter without Explaining Why It Foresees War. dissidentvoice.org Both before the First World War and before the Second World War, the world public basically simply watched the arms build up and other preparations for war. This lackadaisical blandly interested public attitude seems to be present again. Criminally insane investors in war openly race forward with the inventing and manufacturing of ever new and …

Dean Baker (2021-03-20). Cheap Fun Department: Job Growth Under Trump and Biden. cepr.net Okay, I'll admit that this is stupid, but you know damn well if the situation were reversed the Republicans would have this comparison all over the place. We don't even have to speculate. When President Obama assumed office with an economy in free fall from the collapse of the housing bubble, the Republicans were quick …

Global Research (2021-03-20). Advierten de que en 20 años se duplicó el endeudamiento de América Latina. globalizacion.ca Eric Toussaint y Milan Rivié, especialistas del Comité para la Abolición de las Deudas Ilegítimas (CADTM) señalaron que en los últimos años se asistió a un aumento espectacular del stock y del servicio de la deuda en la región. | ´En…

RT (2021-03-20). Ex-president Bush, the man who waged brutal never-ending wars, claims Capitol riot left him 'disgusted'. rt.com Former US president George W. Bush claimed that despite the jaw-dropping violence unleashed by his own policies in Afghanistan and Iraq, he was left "sick to my stomach" by the January 6 raid on the US Capitol. | Admitting he "can't remember what [he] was doing" at the time he learned Trump supporters were swarming the Capitol building, Bush told the Texas Tribune he became physically ill "to see our nation's Capitol being stormed by hostile forces" in an interview conducted last month and published on Thursday as part of the SXSW 2021 festival. | While the vast majority of January's demonstrators were unarmed…

Richard Lane (2021-03-20). [Perspectives] Chris Butler: primary care research supremo. thelancet.com As Professor of Primary Care in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK, and a practising general practitioner in south Wales, Chris Butler has a bird's eye view of the potential impact of primary care research on clinical practice. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 research is a priority, with Butler co-leading the PRINCIPLE trial to try and identify treatments for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms in community settings. "I am hopeful that our innovations in research methods will identify effective early treatment for the disease", he says.

Paramjit S Gill, Shoba Poduval, Jarnail S Thakur, Romaina Iqbal (2021-03-20). [Comment] COVID-19, community trials, and inclusion. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the research landscape with the emergence of platform trials. Platform trials are adaptive clinical trials in which patients with a single disease are randomly allocated to different treatments based on an algorithm to investigate whether various agents have clinical benefit.1 In The Lancet, the PRINCIPLE Trial Collaborative Group2 report no benefit of azithromycin compared with usual care (hazard ratio 1 ∑08, 95% Bayesian credibility interval 0 ∑95—1 ∑23) for suspected COVID-19 in older adults in the community.

Nigel Crisp (2021-03-20). [Perspectives] Human flourishing in a health-creating society. thelancet.com The way we think about health and health systems needs to reflect the realities of the society we live in. There is no going back to the world before COVID-19. And, more fundamentally, it is time to finally leave behind the mindsets and practices of 20th-century medicine. COVID-19 is still doing terrible damage. Many countries are in the grip of a second or third wave of infections—in some cases worse than the first. COVID-19 vaccines bring optimism, but access to them is unequal for low-income and middle-income countries.

Richard Strugnell, Nancy Wang (2021-03-20). [Comment] Sustained neutralising antibodies in the Wuhan population suggest durable protection against SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com SARS-CoV-2 infections were first reported in Wuhan, China, in 2019,1 and quickly became a global pandemic, as declared on March 11, 2020.2 SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious3 and COVID-19 is variable in its presentation, with many infected individuals, as detected by viral nucleic acid screening, being asymptomatic.

Sharmila Devi (2021-03-20). [World Report] Aid agencies turn attention to diabetes. thelancet.com The rise in non-communicable diseases and their contribution to COVID-19 is prompting a shift in priorities. Sharmila Devi reports.

Susan Jaffe (2021-03-20). [World Report] Biden's first legislative victory: $1 ∑9 trillion for COVID-19. thelancet.com US President Joe Biden's first legislative triumph will fund the COVID-19 response and economic recovery, and address social determinants of health. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Zhenyu He, Lili Ren, Juntao Yang, Li Guo, Luzhao Feng, Chao Ma, Xia Wang, Zhiwei Leng, Xunliang Tong, Wang Zhou, Geng Wang, Ting Zhang, Yan Guo, Chao Wu, Qing Wang, Manqing Liu, Conghui Wang, Mengmeng Jia, Xuejiao Hu, Ying Wang, Xingxing Zhang, Rong Hu, Jingchuan Zhong, Jin Yang, Juan Dai, Lan Chen, Xiaoqi Zhou, Jianwei Wang, Weizhong Yang, Chen Wang (2021-03-20). [Articles] Seroprevalence and humoral immune durability of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Wuhan, China: a longitudinal, population-level, cross-sectional study. thelancet.com 6 ∑92% of a cross-sectional sample of the population of Wuhan developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, with 39 ∑8% of this population seroconverting to have neutralising antibodies. Our durability data on humoral responses indicate that mass vaccination is needed to effect herd protection to prevent the resurgence of the epidemic.

Peter Doshi, Kyungwan Hong, Tom Jefferson, Mark Jones, Anisa Rowhani-Farid (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Control vaccine formulation. thelancet.com The Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials (RIAT) initiative is an international effort concerned with two fundamental problems in the scientific literature—many clinical trials are inaccurately or incompletely reported in journal publications and not all trials done are published. RIAT Support Center, funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, aims to address these problems by offering a methodology that allows other people to responsibly correct the record. We are writing with concerns about inaccurate and incomplete reporting in a trial published in The Lancet, and ethical concerns about the infor…

Alfred J Saah, Nubia Muñoz (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Control vaccine formulation — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Peter Doshi and colleagues for their Correspondence that requests an erratum to our Article that was published in 2009.1 We note this same author group requested an erratum2 of a similar report from 2007 describing the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.3 We highly recommend reading Suzanne Gerland and Marc Steben response.4…

The Lancet (2021-03-20). [Editorial] Myanmar's democracy and health on life support. thelancet.com A violent political crisis in Myanmar is escalating, which begs for more international attention and action before further lives are lost, democratic and health systems collapse, and the health of the people is further imperilled. In a coup on Feb 1, 2021, the military seized control from the newly re-elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were placed in military detention. A day later, pro-democracy protests against the military's seizure of power began.

Keerti Gedela (2021-03-20). [Correspondence] Undoing supremacy in global health will require more than decolonisation. thelancet.com I read with interest Seye Abimbola and Madhukar Pai's Perspective.1 It provides an enlightening and hopeful vision of decolonised global health detangled from supremacy in its many forms. However, it left me feeling that the vast mark that colonisation has left on society, politics, and system hierarchy within low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been less considered. Without paying due consideration to the challenges of supremacy and oppression within LMICs, we cannot realistically equalise global health and progress to ensure that it upholds health equity and social justice.