Daily Archives: June 12, 2021

2021-06-12: News Headlines

Olivia Engling (2021-06-12). WTO Considers COVID Vaccine Access Waiver for Poor Countries. indybay.org The World Trade Organization began a process that could make it easier for poor countries to produce or procure COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies hold vaccine patents and WTO action is necessary to waive the patents. Less than 2% of coronavirus vaccines reached poor countries.

Staff (2021-06-12). 1st scientific article about 'COVIran Barekat' published. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — Iranian scientists have published the 1st article on the Iranian-made coronavirus vaccine, 'COVIran Barekat', at BioRxiv.

Grace Blakeley, Paul Mason (2021-06-12). How Corona is radicalizing Generation Z. indybay.org People are fighting back. While governments spend huge sums of money to bail out big corporations, many people are rightly wondering why those same states can't seem to raise money to stop climate change or reduce inequality. They are taking to the streets to demand justice – be it social, environmental or gender justice.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-06-12). COVID death toll in Iran tops 81,911. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — The number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran surpassed 81,911 on Saturday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-06-12). S Arabia to limit Hajj this year to citizens, residents. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia said it will limit registration for this year's Hajj pilgrimage to 60,000 citizens and residents of the Kingdom in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Raju J Das (2021-06-12). The weapon of criticism cannot replace the criticism of the weapon: What knowledge do we need for revolution against capitalism. mronline.org According to the World Bank, "The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic contraction". | June 12, 2021…

Julian Rose (2021-06-12). Fakery and Covid Insanity: Must Mankind Bow to "False Gods"? globalresearch.ca We are living …

WSWS (2021-06-12). Schools reopen in Turkey amid COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org In Turkey, the country with the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, restrictions are being lifted and schools are reopening.

The Lancet (2021-06-12). [Editorial] We need a global conversation on the 2020 Olympic Games. thelancet.com With 6 weeks until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin, concerns over the safety of the Games amid the COVID-19 pandemic are intensifying. Public health experts have expressed strong reservations about how well the risks are being mitigated in articles and before parliamentary committees. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are now deeply unpopular in Japan: lengthy petitions have been signed, 10‚Äà000 volunteers have resigned, and several opinion polls have shown that most respondents thought the Games should be postponed or cancelled.

John F R Robertson, Herb F Sewell (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] COVID-19 vaccine efficacy data: solid enough to delay second dose? thelancet.com Sharon Amit and colleagues1 suggest that after a first dose of BNT162b2 vaccine, there was an adjusted rate reduction of COVID-19 disease of 85% (71—92) for days 15—28 in vaccinated compared with unvaccinated health-care workers (HCWs).1 We think this Correspondence has fundamental flaws and address them here.

Jeffrey S Berger, Jean Marie Connors (2021-06-12). [Comment] Anticoagulation in COVID-19: reaction to the ACTION trial. thelancet.com Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that coagulopathy leading to macrovascular and microvascular thrombotic events was a considerable potential complication for patients with COVID-19.1 Increased inflammation and coagulopathy were independently associated with critical illness and all-cause mortality and had a synergistic role in the pathogenesis of COVID-19.2 Early observations of a benefit from heparin3 in a selected cohort of severely ill patients with COVID-19 in China, followed by reports of increased thromboembolic events in patients with COVID-19 (both in and outside of intensive care units [IC…

Anand Naidoo (2021-06-12). The Heat: G7 Summit underway in England. america.cgtn.com Leaders from the Group of Seven nations pledge one billion vaccines to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-06-12). A National Strike Has Reignited in Colombia — and Is Winning Some Victories. truthout.org Since April 28, people in Colombia's cities and towns have engaged in an ongoing national strike, el paro nacional. Originally called in November 2019 by the major labor federations in opposition to a package of neoliberal tax, health care, pension and education legislation emerging from the right-wing national government, the strike went dormant for a stretch after the pandemic hit Colombia, but now has resurfaced stronger than ever — and activists are starting to win some national and lo…

José Antonio Ocampo, Tommaso Faccio (2021-06-12). A global tax deal for the rich, not the poor. nationofchange.org Despite the recent G7 agreement on corporate taxation, global leadership requires going beyond national interests to ensure that all countries have sufficient resources to develop healthier post-pandemic economies.

Olivia Engling (2021-06-12). G7 COVID Summit: Vaccines, Tax, Debt, Climate, Trade. indybay.org The presidents and prime ministers of 7 of the world's wealthiest countries gather in the United Kingdom to meet on the response to the economic and health crises spurred by the coronavirus.

Jabari Morris (2021-06-12). Many Organizations Demand Medicare for All. realprogressives.org Considering the dearth of healthcare in America, we need to demand Medicare for All.

Faith McLellan (2021-06-12). [Perspectives] Kirsten Ostherr: mobilising the translational humanities. thelancet.com As the myriad lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to emerge, one is evident: disciplines beyond science and medicine are essential to improve the handling of health crises. Even the most effective COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and public health strategies are likely to falter unless their deployment is informed by behavioural, historical, and cultural insights, trustworthy communication, and the effective use of technology. One scholar seeking to advance these insights is Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English, Director of the Medical Humanities Program, and Director of the Medical Futu…

Sharon Amit, Gili Regev-Yochay, Arnon Afek, Yitshak Kreiss, Eyal Leshem (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] COVID-19 vaccine efficacy data: solid enough to delay second dose? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank John Robertson and Herb Sewell for their interest in our Correspondence.1 We reported early rate reductions in SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 disease in health-care workers (HCWs) working at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel, receiving the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine.1…

Elham Ghasemi, Fatemeh Rajabi, Reza Majdzadeh (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] Intersectionality in UHC: from blue-sky to day-to-day practice. thelancet.com Rajvinder Samra and Olena Hankivsky1 rightly address intersectionality in analysing inequalities and the intersection of social identities in power structures in medical education and its negative consequences on the future of health-care providers.

Aline Gubrium, Erika Gubrium (2021-06-12). [Perspectives] Narrative complexity in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com During the COVID-19 pandemic, medicine and public health have grappled with challenges related to individual behaviour and decision making, both in terms of infection and more recently concerning the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. Social theory has long pointed to the role of narrative when trying to grasp the complexity of understanding and decision making in times of crisis. Such theory has underscored the importance of context to the ways that people understand specific experiences or phenomena, and, consequently, to the understandings that they relay to others.

Tom Coburg (2021-06-12). Vaccine and testing shortcomings could signal further government incompetence. thecanary.co It's now certain that the easing of coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will not commence on 21 June as anticipated. It will And in a double whammy, one of the world's leading medicines regulators has said the testing device widely used in…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-12). Infographic: Overhead and throwing athlete. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Learn more about sports medicine.?Other health tip infographics: mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com?

F. William Engdahl (2021-06-12). A Sinister Agenda Behind California Water Crisis? Looming Food Supply Catastrophe. globalresearch.ca In recent months a crisis situation in the USA food supply has been growing and is about to assume alarming dimensions that could become catastrophic. | Atop the existing corona pandemic lockdowns and unemployment, a looming agriculture crisis as well could …

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-06-12). Venezuela calls on US to 'unlock' vaccine money. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro demanded on Friday that US President Joe Biden "unlock the money for the vaccines" for the COVID-19, coronavirus.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-12). 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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-12). Yet another study shows how mass vaccinations win over COVID. peoplesdispatch.org In recent times, with the emergence of new variants of COVID-19, there have been a lot of questions surrounding the efficacy of existing vaccines. The issue however, goes far beyond just a matter of efficacy. In this show, immunologist Prof. Satyajit Rath sheds light on issues of vaccine equity, possibility of mass inoculation, the need for booster shots and more.

WSWS repost (2021-06-12). 600,000 dead in the US from COVID-19: American capitalism "normalizes" mass death. indybay.org As the United States passes the milestone of 600,000 deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic, the ruling class is abandoning all efforts to contain the disease.

Sharon Lerner (2021-06-12). Expanding Research Complex in Berkeley Highlights Dangers of Biolabs. zcomm.org Questions about the origins of Covid-19 raise concerns about the safety of U.S. biolabs…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-12). Overcoming pandemic procrastination. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Have you noticed that you put things off more during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you are not alone. This article is written by Yaser Dorri, Ph.D., is a psychologist Psychiatry and Psychology in Austin, Minnesota. ______________________________________________ When COVID-19 emerged, people did not have time to adjust to the new lifestyle and process it. As a result of …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: A dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic for those unvaccinated. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you've been vaccinated for COVID-19, you're able to go shopping, eat in restaurants and travel on airplanes without the same worry of becoming infected with COVID-19 that existed just months ago. But for those who are unvaccinated, getting infected with COVID-19 — even with just minor symptoms — should be a concern, according to Dr. Gregory …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Study finds patients highly satisfied with telehealth. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic rose dramatically across the nation, including at Mayo Clinic. Telehealth has provided safe, convenient access to health care for people who needed to stay home to follow guidelines for social distancing and quarantines. Recent studies conducted by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition found that patients and providers are …

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-06-12). G7 rejects pleas to fund COVID jabs for poor countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — G7 leaders have rejected pleas to find billions of pounds to end Covid jab shortages in poor countries, despite Boris Johnson making a plan to "vaccinate the world" his aim for the Cornwall summit.

Staff (2021-06-12). Reopening Isn't Enough — Child Care System Must Be Transformed, Providers Say. truthout.org When working parents across the U.S. were sheltering at home during the pandemic, Lucrece Lester had already been working from home — running a small daycare business out of her house in Contra Costa, California. At the same time, her job put her, the kids she cared for, and her own family, on the front lines of the pandemic. | Lester recounted the painful process of shutting down her program twice during the pandemic. First she had to close when she got infected with COVID-19 in September…

Eds. (2021-06-12). 'Release the Bhima Koregaon 16 Immediately': Nobel Laureates, EU MPs Write to Indian Authorities. mronline.org The signatories, including Noam Chomsky and Olga Tokarczuk, sought that the temporary order to release prisoners in light of COVID-19 be applied to these political prisoners as well. | June 12, 2021…

Katy A M Gaythorpe, Jaspreet Toor, Susy Echeverria-Londono, Xiang Li, Neil M Ferguson (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] Vaccines can save children with non-preventable diseases — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Senjuti Saha and Samir Saha make the excellent point that the scope of vaccine impact goes beyond the deaths that are directly averted by immunisation activities. In this we agree. We aimed to quantify the deaths averted by vaccination for ten diseases in 98 low-income and middle-income countries.1 However, there are wider benefits of vaccination—for example, in reducing the burden on health-care services. With many low-income and middle-income countries having minimal health-care capacity, the impact of vaccination might far outstrip the current best estimates.

Senjuti Saha, Samir K Saha (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] Vaccines can save children with non-preventable diseases. thelancet.com Xiang Li and colleagues1 modelled the health impact of vaccination programmes in low-income and middle-income countries and predicted that approximately 120 million deaths will be averted in children born between 2000 and 2030. They took into consideration both the direct effect of vaccination on vaccinated cohorts and the indirect effects in the population through herd immunity. Although these data are immensely helpful for policy makers, we believe that the indirect impacts of vaccination go even further than suggested.

Elizabeth T Rogawski McQuade, James A Platts-Mills (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine: asymptomatic efficacy estimates. thelancet.com Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 provide some of the first evidence of the effectiveness of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) against asymptomatic infections. However, readers might be surprised by the non-intuitive results reported in the tables, where vaccine efficacy estimates for asymptomatic infections are close to the null or even negative.

Merryn Voysey, Andrew J Pollard (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine: asymptomatic efficacy estimates — Authors' reply. thelancet.com It is well established that randomised controlled trials are the gold standard for estimating the effect of interventions. In such studies, outcomes in participants randomised to receive the new intervention are compared with those randomised to the control product, to produce unbiased estimates of the effect of the intervention.

Eds. (2021-06-12). 'Little more than a PR gimmick': Critics say G7 vaccine donation pledges won't cut it. mronline.org Public health campaigners estimate that promised donations from rich countries would be enough to cover just 11% of the world's unvaccinated population. | June 12, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-06-12). Modi promises "free" vaccines for all adults in bid to dampen mass anger over criminal mishandling of pandemic. wsws.org The Indian government's pledge was largely a public relations stunt that will do little to change the fact that hundreds of millions will continue to be exposed to the deadly pandemic for many months to come.

Oakland Privacy (2021-06-12). Wednesday 7/14: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We intend to meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, as we have in the past before the pandemic, assuming it is open and available. Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info. | Omni Commons | 4799 Shattuck Ave.

Abdullah Nasser, Fathiah Zakham (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] A strategy for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in Yemen. thelancet.com Yemen has one of the most fragile health-care systems and is currently experiencing war and famine. Since 2015, the country's humanitarian crisis has resulted in the emergence and re-emergence of debilitating infectious diseases and severely weakened the country's health infrastructure.

Angela (2021-06-12). Thursday 6/17: Specter of Colonial Violence during Military Escalations & Its Health Impact in Palestine. indybay.org Zoom…

WSWS (2021-06-12). More transmissible and deadly Delta variant surges in UK, threatens Europe and America. wsws.org Public Health England analysis shows that the Delta variant is twice as likely to hospitalise people as the Alpha variant.

Foreign Policy in Focus (2021-06-12). Biden wants to end America's 20-Year War on the Middle East: But Can He? juancole.com By Walden Bello | — ( Foreign Policy in Focus ) — Next September, when the last C-130 cargo aircraft and Chinook transport helicopters take off from the infamous Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan that has doubled as a CIA torture center for suspected jihadists, they will not only be leaving behind the site …

Sharmila Devi (2021-06-12). [World Report] Political change in Israel and the effects on health. thelancet.com Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year premiership might be coming to an end. What will it mean for health? Sharmila Devi reports.

Mahendra G Patel, Jienchi Dorward, Ly-Mee Yu, FD Richard Hobbs, Christopher C Butler, PRINCIPLE Trial Collaborative Group (2021-06-12). [Correspondence] Inclusion and diversity in the PRINCIPLE trial. thelancet.com We welcome the call from Paramjit Gill and colleagues1 for diverse participation in clinical trials like PRINCIPLE.2We initiated many inclusive recruitment strategies, including the appointment of a leading and national pharmacist expert working with minority ethnic communities who was tasked with targeting socioeconomically deprived areas, minority ethnic communities, and people with learning difficulties; developing UK-wide relationships with community and religious organisations (including places of worship); collaborating with universities and national and regional health-care institutions; and gathering nati…

Megan L Ranney (2021-06-12). [Perspectives] The public health approach to paediatric firearm injury. thelancet.com Here is where most Americans agree: we want to keep ourselves and our families and communities safe from firearm injury. But beyond that, the USA is rife with disagreement about firearm injury. We argue about what causes it, how to prevent it, and even how common it is.

Susan Jaffe (2021-06-12). [World Report] US drug importation plan hits snag. thelancet.com The Biden administration says it has "no timeline" for deciding if states can import cheap drugs from Canada. Susan Jaffe reports.

Geoff Watts (2021-06-12). [Obituary] José Baselga. thelancet.com Eminent oncologist who contributed to breast cancer treatments. He was born in Barcelona, Spain, on July 3, 1959, and died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Cerdanya, Spain, on March 21, 2021, aged 61 years.

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