Daily Archives: June 26, 2021

2021-06-26: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-06-26). Trudeau appoints Canadian Labour Congress President Yussuff to Senate sinecure upon his retirement. wsws.org Trudeau is rewarding Yussuff for his services in suppressing the class struggle, and supporting the multi-billion dollar bailout of the banks and big business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mary K. Foley, Samuel D. Searle, Ali Toloue, Ryan Booth, Alec Falkenham, Darryl Falzarano, Salvatore Rubino, Magen E. Francis, Mara McNeil, Christopher Richardson, Jason LeBlanc, Sharon Oldford, Volker Gerdts, Melissa K. Andrew, Shelly A. McNeil, Barry Clarke, Kenneth Rockwood, David J. Kelvin, Alyson A. Kelvin (2021-06-26). [Research Paper] Centenarians and extremely old people living with frailty can elicit durable SARS-CoV-2 spike specific IgG antibodies with virus neutralization functions following virus infection as determined by serological study. thelancet.com The SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2) has led to more than 165 million COVID-19 cases and >3.4 million deaths worldwide. Epidemiological analysis has revealed that the risk of developing severe COVID-19 increases with age. Despite a disproportionate number of older individuals and long-term care facilities being affected by SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, very little is understood about the immune responses and development of humoral immunity in the extremely old person after SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Editorial Team (2021-06-26). Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigns. challenge-magazine.org This comes after a disastrous term as Health Secretary which has seen countless scandals as well as Hancock's oversight over the worst handling of COVID-19 in all of Europe, which has now killed over 128,000 people. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister and Conservative Party had continued to back Hancock, refusing to sack the health secretary despite the pressure to do so from the general public.

Young Communist League of Britain (2021-06-26). Now is the time for working people and the youth to seize the initiative. challenge-magazine.org Johnnie Hunter, YCL General Secretary & Challenge Editor | Young Communist League General Secretary, Johnnie Hunter, outlines the importance of the People's Assembly national demonstration on 26 June 2021 and the need to build a mass movement against austerity and for socialism across Britain. | The People's Assembly's national demonstration comes together in London today against a desperate backdrop for working people. | Well over 130,000 people have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. The vast majority of these deaths were preventable. Millions of workers have been thrown into poverty or on the scrap heap. A…

ecns.cn (2021-06-26). Delta variant infections on sharp rise in U.S. ecns.cn The Delta variant infection cases in the United States have increased rapidly recently, accounting for one fifth of the newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

teleSUR (2021-06-26). Iran To Start Production of COVID-19 Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, officials from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced that Iran would be the first country in the Middle East to produce the Russian-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | "The home-produced Sputnik V vaccine will join the general vaccination campaign next week," Iranian government's spokesman Ali Rabiei said. | Iran's newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi declared that his gov…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota: June 22-July 8. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org UPDATE: 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 opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week. Anyone 12 and older …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Examining reports of heart inflammation in young people after second COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is holding an emergency COVID-19 meeting this week to discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety as it relates to news that young people may develop myocarditis after receiving a second dose of a messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine. Myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccination rates stalling, infections from the delta variant rising. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Summer and fall are going to be a dangerous time for people in the U.S. who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "I really think this exponential rise in the number of sequences that are delta must be taken …

Editorial Team (2021-06-26). Cuban vaccine proven over 92% effective as US-blockade persists. challenge-magazine.org This week, the Cuban government announced the effectiveness of two of the country's COVID-19 vaccines. 'Soberana 2' was declared to be 62% effective after two doses, with a third booster dose expected to increase this number further. Even more impressively, the 'Abdala' vaccine was announced as 92.28% effective after two doses, in last stage clinical trials. Cuba has reported a total of 169,365 COVID-19 cases and 1,170 deaths from COVID-19. It is expected that these homegrown vaccines, the first to emerge from Latin America, will greatly speed up the country's vaccination programme which has so far seen approx…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Sharing Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 vaccination experience special for young man with Down syndrome. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The parents of a young Florida patient were so grateful for the caring approach offered to their son during his COVID-19 vaccine appointment that they called back to express their appreciation and share their story. _______________________________________ When the father of a 19-year-old patient with Down syndrome brought his son, Tyler White, for a COVID-19 vaccination …

ecns.cn (2021-06-26). Chinese vaccines effective against COVID-19 Delta variant: top epidemiologist. ecns.cn China's top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said on Friday that Chinese vaccines are effective against the COVID-19 Delta variant, and he urged more people to be vaccinated.

The Lancet (2021-06-26). [Editorial] The past is not the past for Canada's Indigenous peoples. thelancet.com The discovery last month by the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in western Canada has been met with shock and horror. The Canadian Prime Minister said it was "a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter in our country's history". But the trauxzmas of the residential school programme are not just a memory: they have left a devastating and lasting imprint on survivors and families in Canada's First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.

Staff (2021-06-26). Final Declaration of ALBA-TCP's 19th Summit for Heads of State & Government: Unity, Fair Vaccine Distribution & Opposition to Illegal Sanctions. orinocotribune.com The Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, read the Final Declaration of the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government, repudiating the aggressive and coercive measures exercised by the United States and Europe, advocating for a fair distribution of vaccines and medical supplies to combat COVID-19, and supporting and promoting respect for the sovereignty and the unity processes of the countries that make up ALBA-TCP, among other issues. | The document was put to a vote and was approved by the delegations present. Llorenti…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-06-26). Final Declaration of ALBA-TCP's 19th Summit for Heads of State & Government: Unity, Fair Vaccine Distribution & Opposition to Illegal Sanctions. libya360.wordpress.com The Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, read the Final Declaration of the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government, repudiating the aggressive and coercive measures exercised by the United States and Europe, advocating for a fair distribution of vaccines and medical supplies…

Niall Boyce, Joanna Palmer, Sheila Pinion, Maneet Virdi, Jack Williamson (2021-06-26). [Comment] Acts of humanity: the Wakley Prize 2021. thelancet.com The characters of George Eliot's novel Middlemarch live through momentous times. It is the early 19th century. The railways are cutting mercilessly through the English countryside; Parliamentary reform is in the air, viciously debated at hustings and in the popular press; and in London, a new journal by the name of The Lancet has put the country's medical profession in an uproar. But this is not a story of great personages and heroic deeds. It is the tale of the choices made by individual people from diverse circumstances, the sort who might be well known in their local communities, but are destined to be forgott…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Consumer Health: Testicular self-exam. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Health care providers and medical organizations differ on their recommendations for testicular self-exams. Routine testicular self-exams can help you learn how your testicles normally look and feel. Then you're more likely to notice subtle changes. Changes in your testicles could be a sign of a common benign condition or, less likely, a serious condition such …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Blood shortage: Consider donating. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Those who are eligible to donate blood are asked to roll up their sleeves and help in their local communities. "It is important to give blood right now because hospitals in the U.S. are having to manage a very depleted blood inventory," says Dr. Justin Kreuter, a transfusion medicine physician with the Mayo Clinic?Blood Donor …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Cancer to COVID-19: Experimental treatment pivots in record time. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org At the beginning of 2020, everyone in research and medicine who could pivot to focus on COVID-19 did. Scientists and physicians hauled out findings from previous epidemics. In papers and personal correspondence, they shared descriptions of the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2. They started running potential drugs through their paces. "When you have a completely new …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to offer sports participation physicals for local high school athletes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will offer sports physicals for area students who are entering seventh to 12th grades and want to participate in school sports programs. The exams, which follow the protocol set by the Minnesota State High School League, are open to all athletes from Southeast Minnesota. Exams will …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cardiology pumps AI into patient care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When it comes to technology, Mayo Clinic is a leader in bringing the tools and science of artificial intelligence, or AI, into practice. In health care, AI is simply a way of programming a computer to process and respond to data for better patient outcomes. Mayo's AI work in Cardiovascular Medicine uses computer algorithms applied …

WSWS (2021-06-26). Record abstention in French regional elections exposes political establishment. wsws.org The rate of abstention, particularly high among the youth and workers, reveals a profound discrediting of the ruling class tied to its murderous response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reiner Fuellmich (2021-06-26). Video: The Fraudulent Corona Pandemic. Crimes against Humanity. Dr. Reiner Fuellmich. globalresearch.ca Watch this video till the end, a statement by the lead lawyer in the alliance of global lawyers going after the criminals involved in the international virus network that started the previous "Swine Flu" Pandemic and now, the current Covid-19 …

WSWS (2021-06-26). Trudeau appoints Canadian Labour Congress President Yussuff to Senate sinecure upon his retirement. wsws.org Trudeau is rewarding Yussuff for his services in suppressing the class struggle, and supporting the multibillion-dollar bailout of the banks and big business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rohini Dutta, Tarinee Kucchal (2021-06-26). [Correspondence] India's pain: beyond COVID-19 case numbers and mortality rates. thelancet.com The premature relaxation of safety measures, the mass gatherings, the insufficient vaccine roll-outs, and the spread of highly virulent COVID-19 variants have brought India's health system to its knees. This issue has attracted much scrutiny and international criticism over the failures of the administration. However, the Editors1 do not look beyond the numbers or shed sufficient light on the plight of the Indian public.

Editor2 (2021-06-26). Why is Cuba's Vaccine Named 'Abdala'? orinocotribune.com On June 21, Cuban scientists announced that COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Abdala' had demonstrated an The name Abd…

Vinicius Fontanesi Blum, Sérgio Cimerman, James R Hunter, Paulo Tierno, Acioly Lacerda, Alexandre Soeiro, Florentino Cardoso, Nancy Cristina Bellei, Juliana Maricato, Nathalia Mantovani, Marcella Vassao, Danilo Dias, Juliana Galinskas, Luis Mário Ramos Janini, Joanna Reis Santos-Oliveira, Alda Maria Da-Cruz, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz (2021-06-26). [Research Paper] Nitazoxanide superiority to placebo to treat moderate COVID-19 — A Pilot prove of concept randomized double-blind clinical trial. thelancet.com Compared to placebo in clinical and virologic outcomes and improvement of inflammatory outcomes, the superiority of NTZ warrants further investigation of this drug for moderate COVID-19 in larger clinical trials. A higher incidence of adverse events in the placebo arm might be attributed to COVID-19 related symptoms.

Dhavendra Kumar, Madhukar Mittal (2021-06-26). [Correspondence] India's COVID-19 emergency: overarching conclusions belie facts. thelancet.com The Editors1 draw attention to India's economic capabilities, the challenges of a huge diverse population, and the dangers of false optimism amidst a second wave of SARS-CoV-2. However, some overarching conclusions belie facts and evidence.

Jean-Jacques Parienti, Thierry Prazuck, Laure Peyro-Saint-Paul, Anna Fournier, Cécile Valentin, Sylvie Brucato, Renaud Verdon, Aymeric Sève, Mathilda Colin, Fabien Lesne, Jérome Guinard, Meriadeg Ar Gouilh, Julia Dina, Astrid Vabret, Laurent Hocqueloux (2021-06-26). [Research Paper] Effect of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Emtricitabine on nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 viral load burden amongst outpatients with COVID-19: A pilot, randomized, open-label phase 2 trial. thelancet.com In this pilot study of outpatients adult with recent non-severe COVID-19, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate plus emtricitabine appeared to accelerate the natural clearance of nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 viral burden. These findings support the conduct of larger trials of tenofovir-based therapies for the prevention and early treatment of COVID-19.

Nita Radhakrishnan, Devendra Kumar Gupta (2021-06-26). [Correspondence] India's COVID-19 response: science first. thelancet.com The Editorial1 about India's COVID-19 emergency was disappointing to read and does not behove a venerated journal such as The Lancet.

Siddhesh Zadey (2021-06-26). [Correspondence] India's problem of data and deaths. thelancet.com India felt the wrath of the pandemic during the second COVID-19 wave. Although multiple immediate socio ≠political factors, which were pointed out by the Editors,1 are to be blamed for the catastrophe, there is a distal yet chronic cause for India's problems: the data crisis. Except for a few state-led efforts, India still does not have an official, publicly available, nationwide, high-resolution (at the city or village level) epidemiological and health capacity data library on COVID-19. Such data would have helped to identify the potential crisis of oxygen supply and other resources, in turn averting deaths.

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-06-26). [World Report] Colombians protest over inequities and health care. thelancet.com Protests have continued over inequalities, including in the health system, as COVID-19 worsens disparities. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

Aayush Visaria, Tina Dharamdasani (2021-06-26). [Correspondence] The complex causes of India's 2021 COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com We agree that the Indian Government has, knowingly or unknowingly, faltered in its role to control the COVID-19 pandemic.1 However, these criticisms should at least be partly qualified by an acknowledgment of the sheer complexity of the required operation in India.

Deadline for Democracy Coalition (2021-06-26). Tuesday 6/29: Sacramento: Deadline for Democracy Rally for Voting Rights Now! indybay.org Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse on front steps, 501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Follow any and all COVID guidelines. This is a peaceful event.

Indivisible groups South Bay (2021-06-26). Tuesday 6/29: We Demand Voter Rights Now! Deadline for Democracy Rally in San Jose. indybay.org Intersection of Winchester Blvd. and Stevens Creek Blvd at the San Jose / Santa Clara border (sidewalk intersection of Santana Row shopping center). | Follow all and any COVID guidlines…

WSWS repost (2021-06-26). Hotel chains plan to lay off housekeepers in post-pandemic restructuring. indybay.org Major US hotel chains are making use of the collapse of business during the COVID-19 pandemic to permanently eliminate hundreds of thousands of housekeeping jobs.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). COVID-19 travel tips for people with weakened immune systems. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Experts say getting fully vaccinated is the most important step people can take to lower their risk of transmitting or getting infected with COVID-19. Even then, Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, suggests travelers wear a mask, avoid congregated areas when possible and maintain good hand hygiene. These measures are especially important …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Rapid exclusion of COVID-19 infection using AI, EKG technology. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Artificial intelligence (AI) may offer a way to accurately determine that a person is not infected with COVID-19. An international retrospective study finds that infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, creates subtle electrical changes in the heart. An AI-enhanced EKG can detect these changes and potentially be used as a …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-06-26). Cuba's Journey of Developing Vaccines While Battling the US Blockade. libya360.wordpress.com Two new vaccines, both developed in Cuba, have shown remarkable efficacy in clinical trials. Three dose vaccine Abdala showed 92.28% efficacy in phase 3 trials which is among the highest in vaccines developed so far. It is also crucial to remember that Cuba developed these vaccines even as it continues to suffer under the crippling…

Szu-Min Hsieh, Wang-Da Liu, Yu-Shan Huang, Yi-Jiun Lin, Erh-Fang Hsieh, Wei-Cheng Lian, Charles Chen, Robert Janssen, Shin-Ru Shih, Chung-Guei Huang, I-Chen Tai, Shan-Chwen Chang (2021-06-26). Safety and immunogenicity of a Recombinant Stabilized Prefusion SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Vaccine (MVCCOV1901) Adjuvanted with CpG 1018 and Aluminum Hydroxide in healthy adults: A Phase 1, dose-escalation study. thelancet.com The MVCCOV1901 vaccine was well tolerated and elicited robust immune responses and is suitable for further development.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-06-26). Remember the "Fake" 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca A Worldwide public health emergency is unfolding, 4.9 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine are envisaged by the WHO.

WSWS (2021-06-26). Record abstention in French regional elections exposes political establishment. wsws.org The rate of abstention, particularly high among the youth and workers, reveals a profound discrediting of the ruling class intensified by its murderous response to the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-06-26). UK: Nurses at breaking point while unions work to smother fight-back. wsws.org At least 226 nurses attempted to end their lives between April 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021—the shocking figures highlight the extraordinary pressures placed on key workers by the homicidal indifference, ineptitude and corruption that has characterised every aspect of the Conservative government's response to the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-06-26). South Africa's pandemic resurgence fuels opposition to the ANC government. wsws.org This latest surge in the pandemic has already affected four of the country's nine provinces and is likely to be the worst yet, coinciding with the onset of the southern hemisphere's winter.

Lynn Parramore (2021-06-26). Article Top Economist: As Pandemic Recedes, a Chance to Rethink Unemployment. indybay.org The Chamber of Commerce, for example, has pushed the U.S. to stop expanded unemployment insurance benefits so that people will be forced to return to low-wage jobs. Some Republican-dominated states have jumped on board with this idea.

Linzheng Dai, Bo Jin, Tingting Liu, Jun Chen, Guang Li, Jun Dang (2021-06-26). [Research Paper] The effect of smoking status on efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com Either ICIs monotherapy or combination therapy was superior to CT in smokers. While ICIs monotherapy and dual ICIs combination were less effective in never-smokers, and ICIs plus CT might be the optimal selection. Nevertheless, given the limitation of the high heterogeneity of studies included, the findings need to be confirmed by future RCTs focusing on this subject.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Forty years of HIV/AIDS: Will the epidemic end? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org June marks the 40th anniversary of the first scientific report describing pneumocystis pneumonia, which later became known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). More than 32 million people have died worldwide from AIDS and 38 million people are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The last 40 years of …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). First test to detect recently discovered autoimmune disease associated with testicular cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic Laboratories has launched a first-of-its-kind test to detect an autoimmune disease called testicular cancer-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis. The test, available nationally and internationally, detects the Kelch-like protein 11 antibody, or KLHL11, and is a result of the breakthrough study from 2019 that discovered the disease. This test has already provided patients, such as Steven Wopperer of …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-06-26). Mayo Clinic researchers study new class of drugs to treat multiple myeloma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org PHOENIX –?Mayo Clinic researchers are studying a new class of immunotherapy drugs called "bispecific antibodies" that have demonstrated potent tumor-killing activity in multiple myeloma. A paper highlighting this work was published in Blood Cancer Discovery. "CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy) cell therapy, which uses a patient's own modified immune cells to kill cancerous tumors, …

Margo Greenwood (2021-06-26). [Perspectives] An open invitation to address anti-Indigenous systemic racism. thelancet.com I am always surprised when a health-care practitioner says, "I don't need to take cultural safety training, I am not racist, and besides I took all that in my professional training". Such statements are puzzling for me. I have not seen meaningful improvements in the health status or experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples or a reduction in complaints of anti-Indigenous racism in the health-care system. In fact, the enduring impacts of colonialism in Canada have yet to be adequately addressed.

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