2021-07-18: News Headlines

Staff (2021-07-18). 3 athletes test positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo just days before games, 2 of them diagnosed in Olympic Village. rt.com Three unnamed Olympians have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the final days leading up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The upcoming event has been plagued with Covid-19 restrictions and concerns over health safety. | Out of the infected athletes, two tested positive in the Olympic Village, the Japan Times reported on Sunday, citing officials. | Five Olympic Games staff members, a contract worker and a journalist also tested positive on Sunday. | The news comes after a South Korean member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Ryu Seung-min, tested positive for the virus after landing at Na…

sputniknews (2021-07-18). About 114,000 Protest Against Vaccination, COVID-19 Safety Measures in France, Reports Say. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – About 114,000 people participated in protests held across France against coronavirus vaccination and fresh safety measures, BFMTV reports.

ecns.cn (2021-07-18). China to extend mass vaccination program to minors aged 12-17. ecns.cn A number of provinces, regions and municipalities across China have announced they will phase in COVID-19 vaccination for minors aged between 12 and 17.

ecns.cn (2021-07-18). Key COVID-19 indicators surge in U.S. amid rapid variants transmission. ecns.cn Key indicators of COVID-19 transmission in the United States continue to surge amid slowdown of vaccination rates and rapid spread of variants.

Anonymous103 (2021-07-18). COVID Round: Crimea VS Russian Liberal Elite. southfront.org The village of Olenevka (Photo: Konstantin Mikhalchevsky / RIA Novosti) | Amid the growing spread of COVID-19 in Russia, a liberal team led by the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, has woken up. After the complete failure of his policy in the capital of the country, and the gradual cancellation of his baseless anti COVID measures, the Russian liberal elite switched to Crimea, which has become a new Mecca for Russian tourists. | By joining their forces, the liberals are doing everything possible to limit the flow of…

teleSUR (2021-07-18). Venezuela's Vice President Rodriguez Ratifies Support to Cuba. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez concluded an official visit to Cuba, where she ratified her country's support for the Cuban Revolution. | RELATED: | On Friday, she met Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel to discuss cooperation agreements and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. | Rodriguez delivered a message of solidarity from Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro while also rejecting the U.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-18). Long COVID research receives funding boost to advance treatment and diagnostics. imperial.ac.uk Imperial academics have received funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to support new research into long COVID.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-18). Long COVID: Unpicking the lasting impact of COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Poorly defined and understood, the far-reaching impact of long COVID is emerging as the next battleground of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCC Single Payer Coalition & others (2021-07-18). Saturday 7/24: Pass M4A Now! San Francisco March & Rally for Medicare for All. indybay.org San Francisco: 1 Ferry Building at the Embarcadero Plaza…

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-18). Saturday 7/17: La Honda: Good Trouble Protest for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Post Office sidewalk, 8865 La Honda Road, La Honda, CA 94020 | Peaceful Action. Masks & follow all current COVID guidlines.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-18). Saturday 7/17: Oakland: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Preservation Park at pavilion and fountain site, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland 94612 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Oakland Privacy (2021-07-18). Wednesday 8/18: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We intend to meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 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.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What can I expect after being vaccinated for COVID-19, both physically and when in public? ANSWER: It is completely normal to have…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. "It's no surprise that the two go together," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This (delta variant) is the bad actor that…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic named a 'Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion'. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index and was named one of the "Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion" by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation's largest disability rights organization, and Disability: IN, the global business disability inclusion network. "The 100% score on the Disability Equality Index shows Mayo Clinic's determination and continuous efforts to create a more equitable society for people with disabilities," says Anjali Bhagra, M.D., medical director for…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Working toward more diversity in orthopedic surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Of all the medical and surgical subspecialties, orthopedic surgery historically has had the lowest percentage of women and minorities. Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department is working to change that. This summer, two female medical students are participating in an eight-week clinical and research internship in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The program was developed by Nth Dimensions, an organization that seeks to bring more women and minorities into the profession. "I think it's important…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London adds cardiology, gastroenterology, lung care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org LONDON — Mayo Clinic Healthcare, an outpatient clinic that provides personalized health care ranging from preventive screenings and tailored wellness plans to second opinions for complex diagnoses, is adding several medical specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonary medicine. Dr. G. Anton Decker, president of Mayo Clinic International The clinic, located at 15 Portland Place in the Harley Street Medical Area in London, also serves as a gateway to Mayo Clinic's roughly 4,000 physicians in the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Expert Alert: Mayo Clinic experts available to comment on Olympics. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer comments throughout the Olympics on everything from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on training and competition to injuries that athletes may be dealing with. Here is a sampling: Chad Asplund, M.D.Dr. Asplund is a primary care sports medicine physician. He can discuss endurance sports, rhabdomyolysis, heat injury, sleep and athletic performance. Elijah Behr, M.D.Dr. Behr is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The new work-life balancing act. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way people work. As vaccination rates increase, some people are returning to the office. But many companies have opted to keep their employees working from home permanently. This change has positive and negative side effects, including the mental health aspects of working from home. "Any time there are changes, it can be challenging for people, particularly when you're not used to working from home," says Dr. Greg Couser, a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-18). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Exercise after COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my early 40s. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn't get as much exercise and I gained some weight. I now feel like I have less energy. I was previously infected with COVID-19. Is it safe to start exercising again in a crowded gym so that I can work out, lose some weight and gain some energy? Should I wear a mask? ANSWER: Regular physical activity and structured exercise can benefit people…

Ralph Nader (2021-07-17). The Power Structure for Deadly Lag and the Prophetic Work of Unsung Heroes. dissidentvoice.org Kicking life-saving solutions endlessly down the road is the mark of the brutish power of the corporations over the innocents. Fifty years ago, medical research warned about the overuse of antibiotics creating mutations of resistant bacterium, making these drugs less effective. Dr. Sidney Wolfe warned about this criminal negligence again and again, along with other …

_____ (2021-07-17). Biden's Policy on Cuba Reveals Itself. strategic-culture.org The assumption that military intervention would fix Cuba only illustrates how the interests of the Miami dissidents are aligned with those of the U.S. | As protests erupted in Cuba over shortages of basic necessities, the decades-long illegal U.S. blockade on Cuba was no longer a part of mainstream media narratives. In 2020, media focus was on the Cuban contribution to the fight against Covid19 and how, despite the blockade, Cuba had still managed its internationalist approach, while manufacturing its own vaccines. For a brief period, talk about lifting the illegal blockade on Cuba was also part of the internatio…

_____ (2021-07-17). The US Government Threatens Tech Companies To Push Censorship Agendas. strategic-culture.org After Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted on Thursday that the administration has given Facebook a list of accounts to ban for spreading "misinformation" about the Covid vaccine, she has now doubled down saying that people who circulate such materials online should be banned from not just one but all social media platforms.

Sunil Amrith (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] Medicine and the monsoon. thelancet.com The classical Tamil poetry of the Sangam tradition blurs the boundaries between nature and self, between changing seasons and shifting interior states, and between emotional and physical health. "Monsoon rains,/coming with a stormy wind,/pouring down copiously/with roaring thunder/which kills snakes/in the mountains,/have you no mercy?" the poet Avvaiyar demands. The cycle of the south Asian monsoon—the intense heat of May followed by rains in June—structures many of these verses of love and longing.

Thomas M Drake, Aya M Riad, Cameron J Fairfield, Conor Egan, Stephen R Knight, Riinu Pius, Hayley E Hardwick, Lisa Norman, Catherine A Shaw, Kenneth A McLean, A A Roger Thompson, Antonia Ho, Olivia V Swann, Michael Sullivan, Felipe Soares, Karl A Holden, Laura Merson, Daniel Plotkin, Louise Sigfrid, Thushan I de Silva, Michelle Girvan, Clare Jackson, Clark D Russell, Jake Dunning, Tom Solomon, Gail Carson, Piero Olliaro, Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam, Lance Turtle, Annemarie B Docherty, Peter JM Openshaw, J Kenneth Baillie, Ewen M Harrison, Malcolm G Semple, ISARIC4C investigators (2021-07-17). [Articles] Characterisation of in-hospital complications associated with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol UK: a prospective, multicentre cohort study. thelancet.com Complications and worse functional outcomes in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are high, even in young, previously healthy individuals. Acute complications are associated with reduced ability to self-care at discharge, with neurological complications being associated with the worst functional outcomes. COVID-19 complications are likely to cause a substantial strain on health and social care in the coming years. These data will help in the design and provision of services aimed at…

The Lancet (2021-07-17). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Africa: a lesson in solidarity. thelancet.com Many countries in Africa face a serious third wave of COVID-19 that is both larger and more burdensome on health systems than previous waves. This predictable turn of events has been driven by a morally reprehensible lack of vaccine equity (<1% of the population are fully vaccinated), leaving the continent vulnerable to new and more transmissible variants of the virus, behavioural and economic pandemic fatigue, and complacency. A lack of diagnostic capacity in some countries means the epidemiology of this current wave is uncertain, but South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia are reporting the highest numbers of new cas...

Sally Hargreaves, Sally E Hayward, Teymur Noori, Martin McKee, Bernadette Kumar (2021-07-17). [Correspondence] COVID-19: counting migrants in. thelancet.com Rohini Mathur and colleagues1 present important data highlighting increased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates among minority ethnic people in the UK, including people reporting as South Asian and Black, yet use of these broad ethnic categories consistently fails to capture the dynamics of contemporary migration. These categories include a highly heterogeneous group of settled minority ethnic people born in the UK, alongside more recently arrived migrants, including an increasing proportion of low-skilled labour migrants, refugees, undocumented migrants, and others who have a particular profile of risk factors for SARS-C…

Xiaoying Gu, Bin Cao (2021-07-17). [Comment] In-hospital complications associated with COVID-19. thelancet.com As the COVID-19 pandemic persists globally,1 an emerging challenge is the shift from acute infection to the burden of long-term consequences resulting from the disease. Although a consensus terminology has not yet been reached,…

thelancet (2021-07-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Haas EJ, Angulo FJ, McLaughlin JM, et al. Impact and effectiveness of mRNA BNT162b2 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths following a nationwide vaccination campaign in Israel: an observational study using national surveillance data. Lancet 2021; 397: 1819—29—In table 2 of this Article, the number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in unvaccinated participants aged 45—64 years should have been 19‚Äà579; the incidence rates per 100‚Äà000 person-days should have been <0 ∑1 for COVID-19-related hospitalisation in...

Tamara Lucas (2021-07-17). [Perspectives] When art mirrors planetary health. thelancet.com The future of the arts in many countries has been plunged into uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many museums and galleries have been closed for long periods and their funding hangs by a thread. Like other arts organisations, the planned exhibition schedule at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, UK, was thrown into disarray in 2020. It is therefore remarkable that Compton Verney has recently reopened with a poignant and moving exhibition that could not be more pertinent to COVID-19 and the plight of the planet, despite being conceived and commissioned in 2019.

Padraig Hawkins, Liam Chawke, Liam Cormican, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Aurelie Fabre, Michael P Keane, Cormac McCarthy (2021-07-17). [Clinical Picture] Autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: a discrepancy between symptoms and CT findings. thelancet.com A 50-year-old man with a 2-year history of a dry cough and mild exertional dyspnoea was referred to our lung disease clinic. The patient—who was originally from Turkey—had a significant cigarette smoking history but no relevant occupational exposures.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-17). Saturday 7/17: Sacramento: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy and Voting Rights. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Shamus Cooke (2021-07-17). The Left's Curious Silence About the Medicare For All Demonstrations. zcomm.org On July 24th there will be a long overdue national mobilization for Medicare For All…

teleSUR (2021-07-17). APEC Members Commit to COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing. telesurenglish.net China's President Xi Jinping called on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum members to strengthen solidarity and cooperation to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Addressing a virtual meeting organized by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Xi Jinping reaffirmed his country's commitment to maintaining stable and secure vaccine supply chains. | Participating APEC members pledged to stick to the Putrajaya V…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Stop the lifting of pandemic restrictions and the promotion of vaccine nationalism! wsws.org The Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee condemns the lifting of public health measures necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the promotion of vaccine nationalism.

Ricardo Delgado (2021-07-17). Video: Graphene Oxide: A Toxic Substance in the Vial of the Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The results of their analysis by electron microscopy and spectroscopy are far-reaching. Graphene oxide is a toxin which triggers thrombi and blood coagulation. It also has an impact on the immune system. Graphene oxide accumulated in the lungs can have devastating impacts.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-07-17). CDC: 10,991 Dead, 551,172 Injuries Following COVID-19 Injections. globalresearch.ca The U.S. CDC released more data today in their Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a

WSWS (2021-07-17). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org Sri Lanka education sector workers hold national strike; Pakistani health workers walkout for COVID-19 risk allowance; New Zealand midwives vote to strike.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Bloomberg says Sri Lanka is the highest risk of foreign debt default in Asia. wsws.org Sri Lanka is reeling under the impact of an economic crisis exacerbated by global pandemic, with export income and remittances falling drastically and tourism having all but collapsed.

Editor2 (2021-07-17). Defend the Cuba Revolution and Struggle for More Socialism, Not Less! orinocotribune.com By Ajamu Baraka — Jul 15, 2021 | Millions have turned away from the illusions and corruption of capitalism toward the possibility of organizing a society informed by the values of cooperation, equality, community, peace, and life. | "Capitalism transforms water into a commodity, food into a luxury, education into an impossibility and basic healthcare into a distant dream.' | Hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, an economic crisis, broken supply chains, killer cops, mass incarceration, government s…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Australia's coronavirus outbreak and the failure of the capitalist system. wsws.org With outbreaks at Sydney hospitals, growing infections in workplaces, the refusal of governments to implement a genuine lockdown and the national spread of the virus, the working class has to take matters into its own hands.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Indonesia becomes new COVID epicentre as infections and deaths skyrocket. wsws.org The world's fourth most populous country is being ravaged by a mass outbreak that increasingly resembles the humanitarian catastrophe in India earlier this year.

Editor (2021-07-17). The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted only eight strikes in 2020, Payday Report counted 1,200. mronline.org In the era of COVID and digital movements, strikes look radically different from traditional labor strikes. | July 17, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-07-17). Delta variant escalates catastrophic spread of COVID-19 in Brazil. wsws.org The South American country, which on Friday surpassed 540,000 COVID-19 deaths, continues to record the highest number of daily deaths in the world.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Israel: Histadrut union federation kicks hospital workers' strike into the long grass as support grows. wsws.org The sellout of the strike comes as health care workers worldwide have struggled to prop up decaying capitalist health care systems that have been looted for decades, leaving them ill-prepared for a global pandemic.

WSWS (2021-07-17). Louisiana schools set to reopen in the coming weeks as pandemic surges in the state. wsws.org The pandemic is surging throughout Louisiana as a result of premature school and business reopenings, the abandonment of mitigation strategies, and one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States.

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