Daily Archives: June 4, 2021

2021-06-04: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad — Zoe Alexandra (2021-06-04). Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger. counterpunch.org Since the end of April, Colombia's streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class and the peasantry and triedto suffocate any advancement of the Havana peace accords of 2016. Discontent led to street protests, which were repressed harshly by the government. These protests, Rodrigo Granda of Colombia's Comunes party told us in an interview, "are defined by the wide participation of youth, women, artists, religious people, the Indigenous, Afro-Colombians, unions and organizations from neighborhoods of the po…

Cesar Chelala (2021-06-04). Lessons from the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Since its start in Wuhan, Hubei province, in China, when a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin were reported in December of 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with the economies and social fabric of most countries in the world. The differences in its evolution throughout the world permits us to draw some

Jonathan Latham — Allison Wilson (2021-06-04). A Chinese PhD Thesis Sheds Important New Light On The Origin of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. counterpunch.org One of the very earliest scientific papers from the COVID-19 pandemic era now has over 11,000 citations. Appearing in the scientific journal Nature on February 3rd 2020, Zhou et al., 2020 reported the genome sequence of a novel coronavirus isolated from patients with atypical pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Its senior author was leading coronavirus researcher

Bruce Campbell, Art Sedrakyan (2021-06-05). [Correspondence] Patient involvement in regulation: an unvalued imperative. thelancet.com There is now an imperative for medical regulators to involve patients and the public across the range of their work, in the same way as it has become accepted practice to involve patients in decisions about their medical care, as part of mainstream existentialist philosophy.1 However, patient involvement remains largely unvalued for its influence on decision making about approval of medicines and medical devices, or their withdrawal from use because of safety signals. Regulatory agencies worldwide are grappling with the range and complexity of ways in which patients and the public might be involved in regulation,…

Richard Lane (2021-06-05). [Perspectives] Mary Gospodarowicz: focused on oncology's unfinished agenda. thelancet.com Marie Curie once said: "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done", and these words have been at the heart of Mary Gospodarowicz's approach to her career in oncology during the past four decades. Gospodarowicz is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto, Canada. Most of her career has been based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, including her role as its medical director from 2005 until 2020.

Bill Lueders (2021-06-04). Further Comment: End the Pandemic of Ignorance. progressive.org The pandemic is not COVID-19, which medicine and science are handling about as well as can be expected. It's the pandemic of ignorance that is raging out of control.

Anonymous103 (2021-06-04). Argentina: The Battle Of COVID Vaccines. southfront.org Demonstrators protest against President Alberto Fernandez's lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Buenos Aires, on April 17 [Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]Written by Piero Messina exclusively for SouthFront. | Playing a sad tango melody, the 2019 Covid pandemic is sending Argentina and its government into a tailspin. Accusations of corruption in the management of the vaccination campaign, controversies over the supply of medicines, quarrels with pharmaceutical companies and the temptation to sell…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine graduates ease physician shortage in world affected by COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Ninety-eight students took part in commencement events on Friday, May 21, at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine ? Arizona Campus and Sunday, May 23, at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. This is the first multistate commencement for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the first commencement for the inaugural class of students …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Science Saturday: How regenerative medicine is advancing ALS research. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is?ALS Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the role of regenerative medicine research in advancing understanding and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?(ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. This neurodegenerative disorder causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to die, blocking signals to the muscles. That results in paralysis that robs a person …

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-06-05). [World Report] ACT Accelerator strains donors' aid budgets. thelancet.com The continued shortfall in funding for the international COVID-19 response raises the question of whether alternative forms of financing should be explored. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Arun Kumar, Valentina Bernasconi, Mark Manak, Ana Paula de Almeida Aranha, Paul A Kristiansen (2021-06-05). [Correspondence] The CEPI centralised laboratory network: supporting COVID-19 vaccine development. thelancet.com With a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine development platforms and extensive variability between laboratory assays, comparison of results for vaccine trials can be challenging.1 The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has established a global network of laboratories to centralise testing and enable comparison of immunological responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines. The CEPI centralised laboratory network aims to enable key immunogenicity and efficacy endpoint evaluation, support COVID-19 vaccine developers in the pathway towards licensure, and help the identification of immune correlates of prot…

Tomdispatch (2021-06-04). Lest we Forget: Trump's and Billionaires' Covid Profiteering, Debasing Science and Death on the scale of the Civil War. juancole.com By Nina Burleigh | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — Now that we're all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it? The instinct to forget pandemics, …

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-06-04). The Real Conspirators Who Lied About COVID's Origin, Funded Fraudulent Trials of Therapeutics, and Controlled the COVID Pandemic Are the Top Public Health Leaders. globalresearch.ca In very early …

_____ (2021-06-04). A Truly Free Society Would Have No Official Narratives. popularresistance.org Many of Anthony Fauci's emails during the US Covid-19 outbreak last year have been obtained via Freedom of Information Act and published by BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post. Depending on what ideological echo chamber you inhabit you may have heard that they are completely innocuous or historically damning; the ones eliciting the most controversy right now include a scientist telling …

WSWS (2021-06-04). Australia: Melbourne schools to reopen amid COVID-19 lockdown, threatening teacher, student safety. wsws.org The reopening has nothing to do with "fairness" for students and instead forms part of the Labor government's concessions to corporate demands for an end to lockdown.

WSWS (2021-06-04). Disappearance of influenza in 2020 proves eradication of SARS-CoV-2 and more is possible. wsws.org The actual impact of the pandemic itself proves that COVID-19 and numerous diseases which threaten children and all of humanity can be eradicated.

WSWS (2021-06-04). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Seamen and civil servants in Greece walk out against laws restricting right to strike; UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency workers in Wales continue walk outs over COVID safety; 24-hour public sector strike in Lebanon over poverty and unemployment; Lesotho general strike of textile workers enters second week.

WSWS (2021-06-04). New COVID-19 wave in Taiwan exposes government's lack of preparation. wsws.org The outbreak also reveals that no country is safe from the pandemic as long as the virus is allowed to move freely anywhere in the world.

Marliana S. Rejeki, Nana Sarnadi, Retno Wihastuti, Vininta Fazharyasti, Wisvici Y. Samin, Frilasita A. Yudhaputri, Edison Johar, Neni Nurainy, Novilia S. Bachtiar, David H. Muljono (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] Convalescent plasma therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19: A study from Indonesia for clinical research in low- and middle-income countries. thelancet.com This study highlights the safety of CP therapy. Although improvements were observed, we could not conclude that the outcomes were solely due to CP treatment. Further randomised controlled trials that cover different disease stages with pre-donation NAb measurements using locally applicable strategies are warranted.

Clarissa Bauer-Staeb, Alice Davis, Theresa Smith, Wendy Wilsher, David Betts, Chris Eldridge, Emma Griffith, Julian Faraway, Katherine S. Button (2021-06-04). The early impact of COVID-19 on primary care psychological therapy services: A descriptive time series of electronic healthcare records. thelancet.com Services appeared to adapt to provide continuity of care in mental healthcare. However, patients accessing services reduced, potentially placing a future burden on service. Despite the observational nature of the data, the present study can inform the planning of service provision and policy.

Fares Qeadan, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Christina A Porucznik, Kevin English, Ali I. Saeed, Erin Fanning Madden (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] Opioid use disorder and health service utilization among COVID-19 patients in the US: A nationwide cohort from the Cerner Real-World Data. thelancet.com This study suggests people with OUD and COVID-19 often require higher levels of care, and OUD patients who are younger or not using medication treatment for OUDs are particularly vulnerable to death due to COVID-19.

Lindsay A. Thompson, Matthew J. Gurka, Stephanie L. Filipp, Desmond A. Schatz, Rebeccah E. Mercado, David A. Ostrov, Mark A. Atkinson, Sonja A. Rasmussen (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] The influence of selection bias on identifying an association between allergy medication use and SARS-CoV-2 infection. thelancet.com Diphenhydramine use was associated with more SARS-CoV-2 testing and subsequent higher odds for negative tests. While EHR-based observational studies can inform a need for interventional trials, this study revealed limitations of EHR data. The finding that diphenhydramine documentation conferred a higher odds of testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 must be interpreted with caution due to probable selection bias.Abbreviations: SARS-CoV-2, ACE2, COVID-19, EHR…

Shaukat Ali, Syed Muneeb Uddin, Elisha Shalim, Muneeba Ahsan Sayeed, Fatima Anjum, Farah Saleem, Sheikh Muhammad Muhaymin, Ayesha Ali, Mir Rashid Ali, Iqra Ahmed, Tehreem Mushtaq, Sadaf Khan, Faisal Shahab, Shobha Luxmi, Suneel Kumar, Habiba Arain, Mujtaba Khan, Abdul Samad Khan, Hamid Mehmood, Abdur Rasheed, Ashraf Jahangeer, SaifUllah Baig, Saeed Quraishy (2021-06-04). Hyperimmune anti-COVID-19 IVIG (C-IVIG) treatment in severe and critical COVID-19 patients: A phase I/II randomized control trial. thelancet.com Administration of C-IVIG in severe and critical COVID-19 patients was safe, increased the chance of survival and reduced the risk of disease progression.

James Wyner (2021-06-04). How Radio Skid Row has survived. greenleft.org.au James Wyner reports on how grassroots media outlet Radio Skid Row survived the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter Koenig (2021-06-04). The Covid Deep State: Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound No Compensation. No Justice. globalresearch.ca The well-reputed online …

Peter Koenig (2021-06-04). The Covid Deep State: Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound No Compensation — No Justice. globalresearch.ca The well-reputed online …

Dawn Paley (2021-06-04). AMLO Has Been a Disappointment to the World—for Mexico, He's Been Far Worse. thenation.com AMLO Has Been a Disappointment to the World—for Mexico, He's Been Far Worse…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2021-06-04). Covid-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Buds. thenation.com Covid-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Buds…

W. T. Whitney (2021-06-04). U.S. Imperialists Deprive Cuba of Syringes That Are Needed Now. counterpunch.org Cuba, the first Latin America country to develop its own COVID-19 vaccines, presently is short of syringes for immunizing its population against the virus. It's not feasible for Cuba to make its own syringes. The U.S. blockade prevents Cuba from importing them from abroad. Syringes are lacking all over. The New York Times estimates an

Staff (2021-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2021. democracynow.org Activists Call U.S. Plan to Ship 25 Million COVID Vaccine Doses Abroad "Deeply Insufficient", WHO Warns of Surging COVID-19 Cases in Africa as Vaccine Shipments Come to "Near Halt", Chinese Authorities Ban Hong Kong Vigil Commemorating Tiananmen Massacre, Arrest Organizer, Peruvian Presidential Runoff Pits Ex-Dictator's Daughter Against Socialist School Teacher, 89 Politicians Killed in Run-up to Mexican Midterm Elections, Lawyers for Guantánamo Prisoner Challenge Judge's Order Permitting Use of Info Obtained by Torture, Watchdog Says Pentagon Grossly Misrepresented Civilian Casualties from U.S. Military, U.N. Sa…

Staff (2021-06-04). U.S. Finally Offers to Send Vaccines Abroad, But Lack of Global Plan Leaves Poorer Nations in Crisis. democracynow.org The Biden administration on Thursday announced that the U.S. will donate 25 million surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, pledging to donate a total of 80 million doses by July. Economist Jeffrey Sachs says rich countries have enough production capacity to speed up vaccine distribution and immunize the whole world within the next year. "There's massive supply, but there's no plan for allocation," he says. We also speak with South African health justice activist Fatima Hassan, who says the global vaccine imbalance comes down to political will. "Even now countries are still sitting around a ta…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at its Health System sites continue to offer patients, visitors and staff additional convenient opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All domestic and international patients, visitors and staff who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have a couple of opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week. Available COVID-19 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Dissecting COVID-19 research and putting data in perspective. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. continues to decline. However, cases of COVID-19 are increasing in younger populations. "It's becoming a childhood disease," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Children have composed over 16,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19 and about 300 have died." …

John Zarocostas (2021-06-05). [World Report] Aid agencies escalate Gaza relief effort. thelancet.com After an 11-day conflict, the world now focuses on humanitarian emergency needs and accountability. John Zarocostas reports.

Margaret McCartney (2021-06-05). [Perspectives] A sudden glittering. thelancet.com I got to know Andrew O'Hagan's writing through the London Review of Books. He is a writer who often starts from a position of a proper kind of disinterest, able to disconcert us and make us reassess our presumed certainties. In his short novel Mayflies, O'Hagan tells us about friendship, music, cancer, and euthanasia.

Jane Speight, Norbert Hermanns, Dominic Ehrmann, PsychoSocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2021-06-05). [Correspondence] Data on diabetes-specific distress are needed to improve the quality of diabetes care. thelancet.com We commend the Lancet Commission on diabetes1 but the section on comorbidities and mental health is limited to psychiatric comorbidities. Mental wellbeing is not simply the absence of mental disorders.2 Diabetes-specific distress is the negative emotional impact of living with and managing diabetes, a sign of coping difficulties. Diabetes-specific distress is very common, affecting around a third of people with diabetes.3 We suggest that ignoring diabetes-specific distress contributes to the suboptimal outcomes highlighted by the Commission.

Charidimos Tsagkas, Silke Schà§fer, Annette Baumgartner, Jannis Màºller, Tim Sinnecker, Matthias Mehling, Jan Gerrit van der Stouwe, Susan Felder, Anneza Panagiotou, Eliska Potlukova, Bettina Winzeler, Marleen Carina Scholz, Katharina Timper, Kristine Blackham, Christian H Nickel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Roland Bingisser, Philippe Lyrer, Ludwig Kappos, àñzgàºr Yaldizli (2021-06-05). [Clinical Picture] Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion and hypothalamic hypocortisolism in neuromyelitis optica. thelancet.com A 35-year-old woman presented to our emergency room with a 3-day history of dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. The patient said she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour 2 years earlier; at that time, she reported having diplopia as well as dizziness and fatigue. A stereotactic tumour biopsy was considered, but not done because she made a full recovery with high-dose steroid treatment.

Juliana C N Chan, Lee-Ling Lim, Jonathan E Shaw, Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Edward W Gregg, Lancet Commission on diabetes (2021-06-05). [Correspondence] Data on diabetes-specific distress are needed to improve the quality of diabetes care — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We fully agree with Jane Speight and colleagues' emphasis on the need to assess and manage diabetes-specific distress. In our Commission,1 we addressed, in no fewer than ten places, the possible causative and amplifying effects of psychosocial stress on diabetes self-management and disease control, and highlighted many of the contributing factors, such as rapid rural—urban migration, living conditions, social disparity, economics, work, family, and interpersonal relationships.Acknowledging the importance of diabetes-specific distress arising from worries about the condition's nature and quality of care, the…

Andrew Green (2021-06-05). [Obituary] Mary Jeanne Kreek. thelancet.com Physician and pioneer of pharmacological treatment for opioid dependence. Born on Feb 9, 1937, in Washington, DC, USA, she died on March 27, 2021, in New York, NY, USA, aged 84 years.

Anonymous103 (2021-06-04). Argentina: The Battle Of COVID Vaccines. southfront.org Demonstrators protest against President Alberto Fernandez's lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Buenos Aires, on April 17 [Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]Written by Piero Messina exclusively for SouthFront. | Playing a sad tango melody, the 2019 Covid pandemic is sending Argentina and its government into a tailspin. Accusations of corruption in the management of the vaccination campaign, controversies over the supply of medicines, quarrels with pharmaceutical companies and the temptation to sell…

Marliana S. Rejeki, Nana Sarnadi, Retno Wihastuti, Vininta Fazharyasti, Wisvici Y. Samin, Frilasita A. Yudhaputri, Edison Johar, Neni Nurainy, Novilia S. Bachtiar, David H. Muljono (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] Convalescent plasma therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19: A study from Indonesia for clinical research in low- and middle-income countries. thelancet.com This study highlights the safety of CP therapy. Although improvements were observed, we could not conclude that the outcomes were solely due to CP treatment. Further randomised controlled trials that cover different disease stages with pre-donation NAb measurements using locally applicable strategies are warranted.

Fares Qeadan, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Christina A Porucznik, Kevin English, Ali I. Saeed, Erin Fanning Madden (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] Opioid use disorder and health service utilization among COVID-19 patients in the US: A nationwide cohort from the Cerner Real-World Data. thelancet.com This study suggests people with OUD and COVID-19 often require higher levels of care, and OUD patients who are younger or not using medication treatment for OUDs are particularly vulnerable to death due to COVID-19.

Lindsay A. Thompson, Matthew J. Gurka, Stephanie L. Filipp, Desmond A. Schatz, Rebeccah E. Mercado, David A. Ostrov, Mark A. Atkinson, Sonja A. Rasmussen (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] The influence of selection bias on identifying an association between allergy medication use and SARS-CoV-2 infection. thelancet.com Diphenhydramine use was associated with more SARS-CoV-2 testing and subsequent higher odds for negative tests. While EHR-based observational studies can inform a need for interventional trials, this study revealed limitations of EHR data. The finding that diphenhydramine documentation conferred a higher odds of testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 must be interpreted with caution due to probable selection bias.Abbreviations: SARS-CoV-2, ACE2, COVID-19, EHR…

Editorial Team (2021-06-04). More than half of UK adults fully vaccinated … but Britain isn't out of the woods yet. challenge-magazine.org As of Thursday (3 June 2021), 26,422,303 people across the UK have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, also confirmed that three quarters of UK adults have had their first jab. One of the few achievements in an otherwise disastrous response from the UK Government over the last 15 months.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Patients now permitted two visitors at Mayo Clinic Health System locations. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ALBERT LEA and AUSTIN, Minn. ? Patients are now permitted to have two visitors in inpatient and outpatient settings at Mayo Clinic Health System sites at all southeast Minnesota locations. The change is being made in response to consistently lowered COVID-19 positivity rates in the region and is subject to change should the situation change. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Mayo Clinic updates masking, in-person meeting guidance. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance on May 13 stating that people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to socially distance or wear a mask indoors in most settings. This updated guidance excluded certain environments, including health care facilities. Mayo Clinic has reviewed its guidance for masking, distancing and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-04). Brushing off the 'social rust' as COVID-19 restrictions ease. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many are feeling excited yet anxious and awkward about returning to normal life and interacting with others. What used to come so naturally doesn't feel so natural anymore. This article is written by Olivia Bogucki, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychology fellow in Primary Care at Mayo Clinic …

WSWS (2021-06-04). Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones granted whistleblower status. wsws.org The action comes after Jones was fired and witchhunted by Governor Ron DeSantis for opposing his campaign to ignore COVID-19 and reopen schools and workplaces.

Raul Pellini, Aldo Venuti, Fulvia Pimpinelli, Elva Abril, Giovanni Blandino, Flaminia Campo, Laura Conti, Armando De Virgilio, Federico De Marco, Enea Gino Di Domenico, Ornella Di Bella, Simona Di Martino, Fabrizio Ensoli, Diana Giannarelli, Chiara Mandoj, Valentina Manciocco, Paolo Marchesi, Francesco Mazzola, Silvia Moretto, Gerardo Petruzzi, Fabrizio Petrone, Barbara Pichi, Martina Pontone, Jacopo Zocchi, Antonello Vidiri, Branka Vujovic, Giulia Piaggio, Aldo Morrone, Gennaro Ciliberto (2021-06-04). [Research Paper] Initial observations on age, gender, BMI and hypertension in antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 BNT162b2 vaccine. thelancet.com : Literature data suggests that age, gender and body mass index (BMI) could be associated with difference in immune responses to vaccines. The first goal of the study was to analyze the antibody titre seven days after the second dose of BNT162b2 vaccine in a group of 248 healthcare workers (HCWs). The second goal was to analyze how antibody titre changes in correlation with age, gender, BMI and hypertension.

Ruhi Bhasin (2021-06-04). How Getting a Vaccine in India Is a 'Privilege' Especially For Those in Rural Areas. counterpunch.org If the month of April was marked by images of endless rows of burning funeral pyres from major Indian cities, the images of floating bodies in the Ganges River near the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in May were a grim reminder of the unchecked spread of the virus in rural India

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Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger
Vijay Prashad — Zoe Alexandra | counterpunch.org | 2021-06-04
Since the end of April, Colombia's streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class and the peasantry and triedto suffocate any advancement of the Havana peace accords of 2016. Discontent led to street protests, which were repressed harshly by the government. These protests, Rodrigo Granda of Colombia's Comunes party told us in an interview, "are defined by the wide participation of youth, women, artists, religious people, the Indigenous, Afro-Colombians, unions and organizations from neighborhoods of the po…
counterpunch.org/2021/06/04/peace-in-colombia-should-mean-land-reform-and-an-end-to-hunger/

Lessons from the Pandemic
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2021-06-04
Since its start in Wuhan, Hubei province, in China, when a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin were reported in December of 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with the economies and social fabric of most countries in the world. The differences in its evolution throughout the world permits us to draw some…
counterpunch.org/2021/06/04/lessons-from-the-pandemic/

A Chinese PhD Thesis Sheds Important New Light On The Origin of the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Jonathan Latham — Allison Wilson | counterpunch.org | 2021-06-04
One of the very earliest scientific papers from the COVID-19 pandemic era now has over 11,000 citations. Appearing in the scientific journal Nature on February 3rd 2020, Zhou et al., 2020 reported the genome sequence of a novel coronavirus isolated from patients with atypical pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Its senior author was leading coronavirus researcher…
counterpunch.org/2021/06/04/a-chinese-phd-thesis-sheds-important-new-light-on-the-origin-of-the-covid-19-coronavirus/

[Perspectives] Mary Gospodarowicz: focused on oncology's unfinished agenda
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
Marie Curie once said: "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done", and these words have been at the heart of Mary Gospodarowicz's approach to her career in oncology during the past four decades. Gospodarowicz is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto, Canada. Most of her career has been based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, including her role as its medical director from 2005 until 2020.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01199-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Patient involvement in regulation: an unvalued imperative
Bruce Campbell, Art Sedrakyan | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
There is now an imperative for medical regulators to involve patients and the public across the range of their work, in the same way as it has become accepted practice to involve patients in decisions about their medical care, as part of mainstream existentialist philosophy.1 However, patient involvement remains largely unvalued for its influence on decision making about approval of medicines and medical devices, or their withdrawal from use because of safety signals. Regulatory agencies worldwide are grappling with the range and complexity of ways in which patients and the public might be involved in regulation,…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00977-6/fulltext?rss=yes

Further Comment: End the Pandemic of Ignorance
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2021-06-04
The pandemic is not COVID-19, which medicine and science are handling about as well as can be expected. It's the pandemic of ignorance that is raging out of control.
progressive.org/magazine/end-pandemic-ignorance-lueders/

Science Saturday: How regenerative medicine is advancing ALS research
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
May is?ALS Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the role of regenerative medicine research in advancing understanding and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?(ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. This neurodegenerative disorder causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to die, blocking signals to the muscles. That results in paralysis that robs a person …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/science-saturday-how-regenerative-medicine-is-advancing-als-research/

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine graduates ease physician shortage in world affected by COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
Ninety-eight students took part in commencement events on Friday, May 21, at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine ? Arizona Campus and Sunday, May 23, at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. This is the first multistate commencement for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the first commencement for the inaugural class of students …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-alix-school-of-medicine-graduates-ease-physician-shortage-in-world-affected-by-covid-19-pandemic/

Argentina: The Battle Of COVID Vaccines
Anonymous103 | southfront.org | 2021-06-04
Demonstrators protest against President Alberto Fernandez's lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Buenos Aires, on April 17 [Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]Written by Piero Messina exclusively for SouthFront. | Playing a sad tango melody, the 2019 Covid pandemic is sending Argentina and its government into a tailspin. Accusations of corruption in the management of the vaccination campaign, controversies over the supply of medicines, quarrels with pharmaceutical companies and the temptation to sell…
southfront.org/argentina-the-battle-of-covid-vaccines/

[Correspondence] The CEPI centralised laboratory network: supporting COVID-19 vaccine development
Arun Kumar, Valentina Bernasconi, Mark Manak, Ana Paula de Almeida Aranha, Paul A Kristiansen | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
With a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine development platforms and extensive variability between laboratory assays, comparison of results for vaccine trials can be challenging.1 The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has established a global network of laboratories to centralise testing and enable comparison of immunological responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines. The CEPI centralised laboratory network aims to enable key immunogenicity and efficacy endpoint evaluation, support COVID-19 vaccine developers in the pathway towards licensure, and help the identification of immune correlates of prot…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00982-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] ACT Accelerator strains donors' aid budgets
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
The continued shortfall in funding for the international COVID-19 response raises the question of whether alternative forms of financing should be explored. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01284-8/fulltext?rss=yes

Australia: Melbourne schools to reopen amid COVID-19 lockdown, threatening teacher, student safety
wsws.org | 2021-06-04
The reopening has nothing to do with "fairness" for students and instead forms part of the Labor government's concessions to corporate demands for an end to lockdown.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/04/scho-j04.html

Lest we Forget: Trump's and Billionaires' Covid Profiteering, Debasing Science and Death on the scale of the Civil War
Tomdispatch | juancole.com | 2021-06-04
By Nina Burleigh | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — Now that we're all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it? The instinct to forget pandemics, …
juancole.com/2021/06/billionaires-profiteering-debasing.html

Disappearance of influenza in 2020 proves eradication of SARS-CoV-2 and more is possible
wsws.org | 2021-06-04
The actual impact of the pandemic itself proves that COVID-19 and numerous diseases which threaten children and all of humanity can be eradicated.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/04/flu-j04.html

The Real Conspirators Who Lied About COVID's Origin, Funded Fraudulent Trials of Therapeutics, and Controlled the COVID Pandemic Are the Top Public Health Leaders
Dr. Meryl Nass | globalresearch.ca | 2021-06-04
In very early …
globalresearch.ca/real-conspirators-lied-about-covids-origin-funded-fraudulent-trials-therapeutics-controlled-covid-pandemic-top-public-health-leaders/5746975

A Truly Free Society Would Have No Official Narratives
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-06-04
Many of Anthony Fauci's emails during the US Covid-19 outbreak last year have been obtained via Freedom of Information Act and published by BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post. Depending on what ideological echo chamber you inhabit you may have heard that they are completely innocuous or historically damning; the ones eliciting the most controversy right now include a scientist telling …
popularresistance.org/a-truly-free-society-would-have-no-official-narratives/

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2021-06-04
Seamen and civil servants in Greece walk out against laws restricting right to strike; UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency workers in Wales continue walk outs over COVID safety; 24-hour public sector strike in Lebanon over poverty and unemployment; Lesotho general strike of textile workers enters second week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/04/wkrs-j04.html

New COVID-19 wave in Taiwan exposes government's lack of preparation
wsws.org | 2021-06-04
The outbreak also reveals that no country is safe from the pandemic as long as the virus is allowed to move freely anywhere in the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/04/taiw-j04.html

Patients now permitted two visitors at Mayo Clinic Health System locations
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
ALBERT LEA and AUSTIN, Minn. ? Patients are now permitted to have two visitors in inpatient and outpatient settings at Mayo Clinic Health System sites at all southeast Minnesota locations. The change is being made in response to consistently lowered COVID-19 positivity rates in the region and is subject to change should the situation change. …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/patients-now-permitted-two-visitors-at-mayo-clinic-health-system-locations/

Mayo Clinic updates masking, in-person meeting guidance
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance on May 13 stating that people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to socially distance or wear a mask indoors in most settings. This updated guidance excluded certain environments, including health care facilities. Mayo Clinic has reviewed its guidance for masking, distancing and …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-updates-masking-in-person-meeting-guidance/

Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at its Health System sites continue to offer patients, visitors and staff additional convenient opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All domestic and international patients, visitors and staff who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have a couple of opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week. Available COVID-19 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-offers-covid-19-walk-in-vaccine-clinics-in-rochester/

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Dissecting COVID-19 research and putting data in perspective
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. continues to decline. However, cases of COVID-19 are increasing in younger populations. "It's becoming a childhood disease," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Children have composed over 16,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19 and about 300 have died." …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-podcast-dissecting-covid-19-research-and-putting-data-in-perspective/

Brushing off the 'social rust' as COVID-19 restrictions ease
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-04
As society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many are feeling excited yet anxious and awkward about returning to normal life and interacting with others. What used to come so naturally doesn't feel so natural anymore. This article is written by Olivia Bogucki, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychology fellow in Primary Care at Mayo Clinic …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/brushing-off-the-social-rust/

The Covid Deep State: Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound No Compensation — No Justice
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-06-04
The well-reputed online …
globalresearch.ca/covid-threats-vaccine-injuries-deaths-abound-no-compensation-no-justice/5746955

The Covid Deep State: Threats, Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Abound No Compensation. No Justice
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-06-04
The well-reputed online …
globalresearch.ca/covid-threats-vaccine-injuries-deaths-abound-no-compensation-no-justice/5746955

Headlines for June 4, 2021
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-06-04
Activists Call U.S. Plan to Ship 25 Million COVID Vaccine Doses Abroad "Deeply Insufficient", WHO Warns of Surging COVID-19 Cases in Africa as Vaccine Shipments Come to "Near Halt", Chinese Authorities Ban Hong Kong Vigil Commemorating Tiananmen Massacre, Arrest Organizer, Peruvian Presidential Runoff Pits Ex-Dictator's Daughter Against Socialist School Teacher, 89 Politicians Killed in Run-up to Mexican Midterm Elections, Lawyers for Guantánamo Prisoner Challenge Judge's Order Permitting Use of Info Obtained by Torture, Watchdog Says Pentagon Grossly Misrepresented Civilian Casualties from U.S. Military, U.N. Sa…
www.democracynow.org/2021/6/4/headlines

U.S. Finally Offers to Send Vaccines Abroad, But Lack of Global Plan Leaves Poorer Nations in Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-06-04
The Biden administration on Thursday announced that the U.S. will donate 25 million surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, pledging to donate a total of 80 million doses by July. Economist Jeffrey Sachs says rich countries have enough production capacity to speed up vaccine distribution and immunize the whole world within the next year. "There's massive supply, but there's no plan for allocation," he says. We also speak with South African health justice activist Fatima Hassan, who says the global vaccine imbalance comes down to political will. "Even now countries are still sitting around a ta…
www.democracynow.org/2021/6/4/us_biden_covid_vaccine_doses_donation

Hyperimmune anti-COVID-19 IVIG (C-IVIG) treatment in severe and critical COVID-19 patients: A phase I/II randomized control trial
Shaukat Ali, Syed Muneeb Uddin, Elisha Shalim, Muneeba Ahsan Sayeed, Fatima Anjum, Farah Saleem, Sheikh Muhammad Muhaymin, Ayesha Ali, Mir Rashid Ali, Iqra Ahmed, Tehreem Mushtaq, Sadaf Khan, Faisal Shahab, Shobha Luxmi, Suneel Kumar, Habiba Arain, Mujtaba Khan, Abdul Samad Khan, Hamid Mehmood, Abdur Rasheed, Ashraf Jahangeer, SaifUllah Baig, Saeed Quraishy | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Administration of C-IVIG in severe and critical COVID-19 patients was safe, increased the chance of survival and reduced the risk of disease progression.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00206-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Convalescent plasma therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19: A study from Indonesia for clinical research in low- and middle-income countries
Marliana S. Rejeki, Nana Sarnadi, Retno Wihastuti, Vininta Fazharyasti, Wisvici Y. Samin, Frilasita A. Yudhaputri, Edison Johar, Neni Nurainy, Novilia S. Bachtiar, David H. Muljono | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study highlights the safety of CP therapy. Although improvements were observed, we could not conclude that the outcomes were solely due to CP treatment. Further randomised controlled trials that cover different disease stages with pre-donation NAb measurements using locally applicable strategies are warranted.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00211-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Opioid use disorder and health service utilization among COVID-19 patients in the US: A nationwide cohort from the Cerner Real-World Data
Fares Qeadan, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Christina A Porucznik, Kevin English, Ali I. Saeed, Erin Fanning Madden | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study suggests people with OUD and COVID-19 often require higher levels of care, and OUD patients who are younger or not using medication treatment for OUDs are particularly vulnerable to death due to COVID-19.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00218-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] The influence of selection bias on identifying an association between allergy medication use and SARS-CoV-2 infection
Lindsay A. Thompson, Matthew J. Gurka, Stephanie L. Filipp, Desmond A. Schatz, Rebeccah E. Mercado, David A. Ostrov, Mark A. Atkinson, Sonja A. Rasmussen | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Diphenhydramine use was associated with more SARS-CoV-2 testing and subsequent higher odds for negative tests. While EHR-based observational studies can inform a need for interventional trials, this study revealed limitations of EHR data. The finding that diphenhydramine documentation conferred a higher odds of testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 must be interpreted with caution due to probable selection bias.Abbreviations: SARS-CoV-2, ACE2, COVID-19, EHR…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00216-9/fulltext?rss=yes

The early impact of COVID-19 on primary care psychological therapy services: A descriptive time series of electronic healthcare records
Clarissa Bauer-Staeb, Alice Davis, Theresa Smith, Wendy Wilsher, David Betts, Chris Eldridge, Emma Griffith, Julian Faraway, Katherine S. Button | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Services appeared to adapt to provide continuity of care in mental healthcare. However, patients accessing services reduced, potentially placing a future burden on service. Despite the observational nature of the data, the present study can inform the planning of service provision and policy.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00219-4/fulltext?rss=yes

Covid-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Buds
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | thenation.com | 2021-06-04
Covid-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Buds…
thenation.com/article/world/covid-boris-johnson-corruption/

[World Report] Aid agencies escalate Gaza relief effort
John Zarocostas | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
After an 11-day conflict, the world now focuses on humanitarian emergency needs and accountability. John Zarocostas reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01283-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Aid agencies escalate Gaza relief effort
John Zarocostas | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
After an 11-day conflict, the world now focuses on humanitarian emergency needs and accountability. John Zarocostas reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01283-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Mary Gospodarowicz: focused on oncology's unfinished agenda
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
Marie Curie once said: "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done", and these words have been at the heart of Mary Gospodarowicz's approach to her career in oncology during the past four decades. Gospodarowicz is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto, Canada. Most of her career has been based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, including her role as its medical director from 2005 until 2020.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01199-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Patient involvement in regulation: an unvalued imperative
Bruce Campbell, Art Sedrakyan | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
There is now an imperative for medical regulators to involve patients and the public across the range of their work, in the same way as it has become accepted practice to involve patients in decisions about their medical care, as part of mainstream existentialist philosophy.1 However, patient involvement remains largely unvalued for its influence on decision making about approval of medicines and medical devices, or their withdrawal from use because of safety signals. Regulatory agencies worldwide are grappling with the range and complexity of ways in which patients and the public might be involved in regulation,…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00977-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] The CEPI centralised laboratory network: supporting COVID-19 vaccine development
Arun Kumar, Valentina Bernasconi, Mark Manak, Ana Paula de Almeida Aranha, Paul A Kristiansen | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
With a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine development platforms and extensive variability between laboratory assays, comparison of results for vaccine trials can be challenging.1 The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has established a global network of laboratories to centralise testing and enable comparison of immunological responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines. The CEPI centralised laboratory network aims to enable key immunogenicity and efficacy endpoint evaluation, support COVID-19 vaccine developers in the pathway towards licensure, and help the identification of immune correlates of prot…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00982-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] ACT Accelerator strains donors' aid budgets
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
The continued shortfall in funding for the international COVID-19 response raises the question of whether alternative forms of financing should be explored. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01284-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Aid agencies escalate Gaza relief effort
John Zarocostas | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
After an 11-day conflict, the world now focuses on humanitarian emergency needs and accountability. John Zarocostas reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01283-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Aid agencies escalate Gaza relief effort
John Zarocostas | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
After an 11-day conflict, the world now focuses on humanitarian emergency needs and accountability. John Zarocostas reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01283-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Data on diabetes-specific distress are needed to improve the quality of diabetes care
Jane Speight, Norbert Hermanns, Dominic Ehrmann, PsychoSocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
We commend the Lancet Commission on diabetes1 but the section on comorbidities and mental health is limited to psychiatric comorbidities. Mental wellbeing is not simply the absence of mental disorders.2 Diabetes-specific distress is the negative emotional impact of living with and managing diabetes, a sign of coping difficulties. Diabetes-specific distress is very common, affecting around a third of people with diabetes.3 We suggest that ignoring diabetes-specific distress contributes to the suboptimal outcomes highlighted by the Commission.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00633-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Data on diabetes-specific distress are needed to improve the quality of diabetes care — Authors' reply
Juliana C N Chan, Lee-Ling Lim, Jonathan E Shaw, Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Edward W Gregg, Lancet Commission on diabetes | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
We fully agree with Jane Speight and colleagues' emphasis on the need to assess and manage diabetes-specific distress. In our Commission,1 we addressed, in no fewer than ten places, the possible causative and amplifying effects of psychosocial stress on diabetes self-management and disease control, and highlighted many of the contributing factors, such as rapid rural–urban migration, living conditions, social disparity, economics, work, family, and interpersonal relationships.Acknowledging the importance of diabetes-specific distress arising from worries about the condition's nature and quality of care, the…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00664-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Obituary] Mary Jeanne Kreek
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
Physician and pioneer of pharmacological treatment for opioid dependence. Born on Feb 9, 1937, in Washington, DC, USA, she died on March 27, 2021, in New York, NY, USA, aged 84 years.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01201-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] A sudden glittering
Margaret McCartney | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
I got to know Andrew O'Hagan's writing through the London Review of Books. He is a writer who often starts from a position of a proper kind of disinterest, able to disconcert us and make us reassess our presumed certainties. In his short novel Mayflies, O'Hagan tells us about friendship, music, cancer, and euthanasia.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01200-9/fulltext?rss=yes

[Clinical Picture] Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion and hypothalamic hypocortisolism in neuromyelitis optica
Charidimos Tsagkas, Silke Schà§fer, Annette Baumgartner, Jannis Màºller, Tim Sinnecker, Matthias Mehling, Jan Gerrit van der Stouwe, Susan Felder, Anneza Panagiotou, Eliska Potlukova, Bettina Winzeler, Marleen Carina Scholz, Katharina Timper, Kristine Blackham, Christian H Nickel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Roland Bingisser, Philippe Lyrer, Ludwig Kappos, àñzgàºr Yaldizli | thelancet.com | 2021-06-05
A 35-year-old woman presented to our emergency room with a 3-day history of dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. The patient said she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour 2 years earlier; at that time, she reported having diplopia as well as dizziness and fatigue. A stereotactic tumour biopsy was considered, but not done because she made a full recovery with high-dose steroid treatment.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00986-7/fulltext?rss=yes

Argentina: The Battle Of COVID Vaccines
Anonymous103 | southfront.org | 2021-06-04
Demonstrators protest against President Alberto Fernandez's lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Buenos Aires, on April 17 [Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]Written by Piero Messina exclusively for SouthFront. | Playing a sad tango melody, the 2019 Covid pandemic is sending Argentina and its government into a tailspin. Accusations of corruption in the management of the vaccination campaign, controversies over the supply of medicines, quarrels with pharmaceutical companies and the temptation to sell…
southfront.org/argentina-the-battle-of-covid-vaccines/

[Research Paper] Convalescent plasma therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19: A study from Indonesia for clinical research in low- and middle-income countries
Marliana S. Rejeki, Nana Sarnadi, Retno Wihastuti, Vininta Fazharyasti, Wisvici Y. Samin, Frilasita A. Yudhaputri, Edison Johar, Neni Nurainy, Novilia S. Bachtiar, David H. Muljono | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study highlights the safety of CP therapy. Although improvements were observed, we could not conclude that the outcomes were solely due to CP treatment. Further randomised controlled trials that cover different disease stages with pre-donation NAb measurements using locally applicable strategies are warranted.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00211-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Opioid use disorder and health service utilization among COVID-19 patients in the US: A nationwide cohort from the Cerner Real-World Data
Fares Qeadan, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Christina A Porucznik, Kevin English, Ali I. Saeed, Erin Fanning Madden | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study suggests people with OUD and COVID-19 often require higher levels of care, and OUD patients who are younger or not using medication treatment for OUDs are particularly vulnerable to death due to COVID-19.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00218-2/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] The influence of selection bias on identifying an association between allergy medication use and SARS-CoV-2 infection
Lindsay A. Thompson, Matthew J. Gurka, Stephanie L. Filipp, Desmond A. Schatz, Rebeccah E. Mercado, David A. Ostrov, Mark A. Atkinson, Sonja A. Rasmussen | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Diphenhydramine use was associated with more SARS-CoV-2 testing and subsequent higher odds for negative tests. While EHR-based observational studies can inform a need for interventional trials, this study revealed limitations of EHR data. The finding that diphenhydramine documentation conferred a higher odds of testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 must be interpreted with caution due to probable selection bias.Abbreviations: SARS-CoV-2, ACE2, COVID-19, EHR…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00216-9/fulltext?rss=yes

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