Daily Archives: March 27, 2021

2021-03-27: News Headlines

Clean Energy Wire (2021-03-27). Germany sees record greenhouse gas emission fall due to pandemic, renewables. juancole.com By Kerstine Appunn and Julian Wettengel | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly nine percent in 2020 — the largest annual fall since 1990 — as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed down the use of fossil fuels and added to the effects of the shift to renewable …

Eds. (2021-03-27). Capitalizing on the COVID Crisis: the Ford Government's move to privatize Public Education for EdTech. mronline.org Recently, Klein coined the term "disaster capitalism" to describe how corporations profit from crises with help from the right-wing governments that pick up and implement the ideas that serve them. | Newswire…

_____ (2021-03-27). Argentina Withdraws From Lima Group. popularresistance.org Argentina has withdrawn from the Lima Group of countries established in 2017 to push for regime change in Venezuela. | Buenos Aires withdrew symbolically on March 24 — the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, which commemorates victims of Argentina's "dirty war" on the anniversary of the 1976 coup d'etat. | It condemned the group's support for sanctions on Venezuela in the midst of a global pandemic and its treatment of the self-proclaimed Juan Guaido administration, a US-backed body with no territory, as Venezuela's representative within it.

Ralph Lopez (2021-03-27). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former Pfizer V-P Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship. | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is …

The Lancet (2021-03-27). [Editorial] COVID-19: building a stronger Europe. thelancet.com Europe is facing serious third waves of COVID-19 and vaccine roll-out has been fraught. But while much of the focus has been on western Europe, little attention has been paid to central and eastern Europe. This region is large, politically diverse, and historically complex, spanning EU member countries like the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and the Baltic states, the non-EU western Balkans, and Ukraine further east. It is unclear how some of these countries managed to keep cases low during the first part of 2020.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-27). [World Report] Uncertainties over EU COVID-19 vaccine sharing scheme. thelancet.com Legal hurdles and political questions remain over a European Commission mechanism for donating COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Andrea Germanos (2021-03-27). WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality. zcomm.org Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic…

WSWS Repost (2021-03-27). Biden silent on rise in COVID-19 cases, justifies attacks on immigrants. indybay.org Seasoned Political analyst Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site describes Biden's first press conference as president.

Ekkehard Basten, Manfred Lotze (2021-03-27). Corona: When will we ever understand? indybay.org The Corona measures of those currently in power are intended to prevent great calamity. They are used to justify the most severe restrictions on constitutional rights, the likes of which have not been seen since the end of World War II.

David B Hipgrave, Aboubacar Kampo, Luwei Pearson (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] Health systems in the ACT-A. thelancet.com The attention to health systems in the headline of Ann Usher's World Report1 about the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) is most welcome. However, we were disappointed that the World Report focused on medical oxygen and personal protective equipment (PPE), interventions that, although important, are better described as components of clinical care. Unlimited medical oxygen and PPE will not benefit populations that are affected by COVID-19 if health facilities do not have enough staff or funding for other equipment, drugs, utilities, and transport, or if they have lost most supplies to pilfering.

Gwenetta Curry (2021-03-27). [Perspectives] Your health is my health: how everyone's health is interconnected. thelancet.com People who provide health and social care services, transport, food, and other essential services have maintained the economy, vital services, and crucial support systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of these workers have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In many countries the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted pre-existing racial and social inequalities. Health inequalities have been driven by structural factors that limit resources in deprived areas, leaving some more vulnerable to disease than others.

Sophie Mylan, Charlotte Hardman (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] COVID-19, cults, and the anti-vax movement. thelancet.com Rochelle Burgess and colleagues1 eloquently described participatory community engagement as essential for successful COVID-19 vaccination, which involves appreciating the heterogeneous public and working with communities and their leaders to enable bottom-up approaches. They suggested that COVID-19 has drawn attention to the structural violence that is embedded within society, with the pandemic furthering the marginalisation of historically oppressed and excluded groups. Burgess and colleagues1 drew attention to how people who might have suffered disproportionate economic and health consequences from COVID-19 are…

Geoff Watts (2021-03-27). [Obituary] David Allenberg Katzenstein. thelancet.com Virologist and HIV researcher who was devoted to tackling HIV in Zimbabwe. Born in Hartford, CT, USA, on Jan 3, 1952, he died of COVID-19 in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan 24, 2021, aged 69 years.

Sherrine A Ibrahim, David M Haas (2021-03-27). [Comment] Role of progestogens in women at risk for spontaneous preterm birth: the final word? thelancet.com Preterm birth is defined by WHO as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation.1 It is one of the most common pregnancy complications, with an estimated global rate of 10 ∑6% in 2014, equating to an estimated 14 ∑84 million live preterm births.2 Preterm birth considerably increases risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality, including long-term sequelae, and can result in long-term health and financial implications for families.3…

Aurélien Dinh, Jacques Ropers, Clara Duran, Benjamin Davido, Laurène Deconinck, Morgan Matt, Olivia Senard, Aurore Lagrange, Sabrina Makhloufi, Guillaume Mellon, Victoire de Lastours, Frédérique Bouchand, Emmanuel Mathieu, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Elisabeth Rouveix, Julie Grenet, Jennifer Dumoulin, Thierry Chinet, Marion Pépin, Véronique Delcey, Sylvain Diamantis, Daniel Benhamou, Virginie Vitrat, Marie-Christine Dombret, Bertrand Renaud, Christian Perronne, Yann-Erick Claessens, José Labarère, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Philippe Aegerter, Anne-Claude Crémieux, Pneumonia Short Treatment Study Group (2021-03-27). [Articles] Discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in non-critical care wards (PTC): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Among patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia who met clinical stability criteria, discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days was non-inferior to 8 days of treatment. These findings could allow substantial reduction of antibiotic consumption.

Chong Wang, Ang Li, Qingmiao Shi, Zujiang Yu (2021-03-27). [Clinical Picture] Metagenomic next-generation sequencing clinches diagnosis of leishmaniasis. thelancet.com A 65-year-old man attended our hospital with a 15-day history of fever, fatigue, and anorexia. He had been seen at his local hospital before coming to us and had been given a variety of different anti-infective agents and antipyretic drugs to no avail. The patient was previously fit and well. He lived in the rural Henan province, China, and gave no history of recent travel.

Michael S Niederman, Lionel A Mandell (2021-03-27). [Comment] How low can we go in community-acquired pneumonia therapy? thelancet.com Duration of antibiotic therapy is a key decision in the management of community-acquired pneumonia, the number one cause of infectious disease mortality in developed countries such as the USA.1 In current US guidelines, therapy is recommended for a minimum of 5 days in patients admitted to hospital, provided that the patient has been afebrile for at least 48 h, initial therapy was appropriate, there is no more than one clinical instability, and no signs of extrapulmonary infection.1 Shortening the duration of therapy could lead to fewer antibiotic side-effects, less pressure for antimicrobial resistance, reduced…

Mark Sumner (2021-03-27). The Cost of Covid Long-Haulers. zcomm.org For some patients, serious and long-term problems are occurring even though the disease itself was apparently mild or asymptomatic…