Daily Archives: November 18, 2021

2021-11-18: News Headlines

Staff (2021-11-18). Pfizer gets new $5.3bn boost over Covid. rt.com US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed a $5.29 billion deal with the American government to provide 10 million doses of its new Covid-19 oral antiviral drug, Paxlovid. | "This promising treatment could help accelerate our path out of this pandemic by offering another life-saving tool for people who get sick with Covid-19," Xavier Becerra, secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said on Thursday. | Read more | | Under the deal, Pfizer is to deliver some 10 mil…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Biden infrastructure bill nixes all education funding as schools remain epicenter of COVID-19 spread. wsws.org The Biden administration's infrastructure bill puts to rest any claims that this president or the Democratic party as a whole has any real concern for the needs of public schoolchildren.

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). New drug shows promise in treating COVID-19. ecns.cn DXP-604, a new neutralizing antibody medicine to treat COVID-19 which has been approved for compassionate use with patients at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, has shown good results in phase 2 clinical trials, Science and Technology Daily reported on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). Pfizer bullies governments worldwide in COVID-19 vaccine contracts: report. ecns.cn U.S. multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation Pfizer has been bullying governments around the world in COVID-19 vaccine contracts, said a recent report.

WSWS (2021-11-18). The growing toll of COVID-19 on children in North Carolina. wsws.org Neither Democratic Governor Roy Cooper nor the state's Republican-dominated legislature have taken any significant action to protect the lives of the population from COVID-19.

Jacob Andrewartha (2021-11-18). Stand up against the 'freedom' movement. greenleft.org.au A rise in the number of people attending the right-wing "freedom" protests in Melbourne since the lift of COVID-19 restrictions is a concern, writes Jacob Andrewartha.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Students and teachers walk out at Detroit high school over COVID-19 policies. wsws.org Students and teachers at Martin Luther King High School walked out on Wednesday to protest the school administration's COVID-19 policies and failure to stop the pandemic, which is now surging in Detroit and Michigan.

Global Research News (2021-11-18). Selected Articles: Vaccinated People Are Up to Nine Times (9X) More Likely to be Hospitalized than Unvaccinated People. globalresearch.ca By In the spring of 2021, before the emergence of the Delta variant, Israel had been the first country in …

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). More US states offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults as federal govt grabs more vaccines, pills amid fear of winter surge. ecns.cn A growing number of US governors from both political parties and other officials are circumventing a federal guidance to offer boosters to anyone over 18 in hopes of staving off a spike in cases over the holidays, while the Joe Biden administration is purchasing more vaccines and pills in preparation for future pandemics, especially a potential surge of the coronavirus this winter.

Joshua Cho (2021-11-18). US and UK Press Mock New Zealand's Incredibly Successful Covid Response. zcomm.org One gets the sense that corporate media outlets in countries like the US and Britain mocking or criticizing New Zealand's pandemic response are following a "misery loves company" ethos…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Washington Post calls for a COVID-19 cover-up. wsws.org The commission advocated by the Washington Post will be aimed at shielding the government and corporate officials responsible for the deaths of more than one million Americans, while scapegoating China for the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Michigan nurse speaks on the conditions in hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org Danielle, a nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor recently discussed staffing shortages, working conditions and the impact of the profit motive on health care with the WSWS.

WSWS (2021-11-18). German Social Democrats-Left Party coalition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Social attacks, state armament and viral spread. wsws.org After governing the state with the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for four years, the SPD is now forming a coalition with the Left Party to advance and intensify the policies of fiscal austerity, state rearmament and allowing the coronavirus to spread unchecked.

Brittani Banks (2021-11-18). Don't Blame Government Benefits for Inflation—Blame the Modern Economy. independentmediainstitute.org Headlines are screaming that inflation is here to stay. Consumer prices have risen by an average of 6.2 percent in the past year, the sharpest increase since 1991. Although Americans are supposedly—in the words of the New York Times—"flush with cash and jobs," they are also deeply unhappy with the state of the economy. It's …

Steve Gillis (2021-11-18). Boston bus drivers take contract struggle to the street. workers.org WW photo credit: Steve Kirschbaum Executive Board, USW Local 8751 Boston, Nov. 14 — Banging drums and chanting "No contract, no work," hundreds of Boston school bus drivers from far-flung yards converged on their employer Transdev's office during their Nov. 9 morning break. With a week to go until their . . . |

Meaghan Ellis (2021-11-18). Network of GOP-focused fake news sites push fear-mongering claims about critical race theory. zcomm.org "I think that they could have a meaningful impact. Not because necessarily they're going to influence that many voters, but because elections are decided at the margins"

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). Healthy China-U.S. ties benefit whole world, say experts. ecns.cn The sound and steady development of the China-U.S. relationship is beneficial to the two countries and the rest of the world"ÄÇ…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-11-18). Why Are Black Americans Considered Vitamin D Deficient? Some Answers On Genetics And The Testing Process. moguldom.com Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread among Black Americans than others in the U.S., although the reasons behind this are complex and require more study, according to David O. Meltzer. MD, PhD, the chief of hospital medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. Vitamin D is important to the health of every system in the …

Mohamed Osman (2021-11-18). Sudan Is Backsliding Dangerously. fpif.org In September, I sat down in Khartoum with the mother of a medical student killed by security forces during Sudan's 2018-2019 protests. | "The reason why I wake up every day is that I have a little hope that I can find justice for my son," she confided. "This will not be only for him, but to prevent other parents from having to face the devastation of losing their children because of state violence." | In this period of uncertainty for Sudan, one thing is clear: It would be fundamentally wrong and dangerous to jettison justice for serious past and more recent abuses in the name of political expediency. | Our resea…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Boston Museum of Fine Arts workers hold one-day strike. wsws.org MFA workers are fighting not just for themselves but against a wholesale attack on workers' living standards and their right to culture, which the pandemic has exacerbated.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian Electoral Commission rejects SEP application for pandemic extension of registration deadline. wsws.org The AEC's pre-election refusal of an extension confirms the necessity for the determined campaign being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party against the new anti-democratic electoral laws.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian establishment legitimises fascist political violence with anti-lockdown protests. wsws.org Demonstrations against proposed pandemic laws in the state of Victoria are being used to integrate an extreme-right-wing and fascistic anti-lockdown milieu into the official political establishment.

Staff (2021-11-17). 'Media narrative' could sway Rittenhouse verdict, Harvard law professor tells RT. rt.com The US corporate press may have had undue influence on Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told RT, warning that media bias could sway the jurors' verdict. | Speaking to RT on Wednesday, as the jury continued their second day of deliberations in the Rittenhouse case, Dershowitz argued that media coverage of the trial and an outpouring of commentary online would be virtually impossible for jurors to ignore, potentially tainting their decision over the 18-year-old's fate. | "In this case, the jury wasn't even sequestered, so they know what's going on outside. They are told not…

Staff (2021-11-17). Headlines for November 17, 2021. democracynow.org Pfizer Seeks Approval For COVID Pill, Agrees to Deal To Make it Available in 95 Poorer Countries, Record Flooding Kills One Person, Displaces 1,000s in British Columbia, Climate Activists Disrupt Operations at World's Largest Coal Port For 11 Straight Days, Jury in Rittenhouse Trial Enters Second Day of Deliberations, Medical Examiner Says Ahmaud Arbery Shot at Close Range as Prosecution Rests Case, Julius Jones Set to Be Executed on Nov. 18 Unless Clemency Granted, Despite Evidence of Innocence, U.S. and China Agree to Hold Nuclear Talks, Burmese Coup Leaders Levy New Charges Against Aung San Suu Kyi; Freed U.S.

_____ (2021-11-17). School Bus Drivers In Nationwide Strikes Over Poor Pay And Covid Risk. popularresistance.org Yellow school buses are part of the American streetscape, familiar to families across the US and an easily recognizable symbol the world over. | But the drivers of the vehicles that shuttle America's children to and from school are now caught up in the wave of labor unrest sweeping across the US in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. | Strikes, walkouts, protests or sick-outs among school bus drivers have taken place this fall in many states including North Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Georgia Pennsylvania and New York among others. | Some school districts have periodically closed schools due…

Domenica Ghanem (2021-11-17). Inflation Is Complicated, But Making It Better Doesn't Have to Be. otherwords.org Many Americans are noticing the rising price of goods from sour cream to carburetors as politicians sound the alarm on an inflation crisis. | You may be wondering what single force would cause the cost of a dairy product to go up at the same time as the cost of a car part. The truth is that not all inflation is the same. Each sector has its own issues. | And none of it is solved by less government funding for our safety net, as some politicians have proposed. | Some of it is what we can call pandemic inflation. Because our economy bounced back quicker after the COVID-19 shutdowns than anyone predicted — tha…

Staff (2021-11-17). Drug overdose deaths in US hit all-time record. rt.com A record 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021. The soaring death count was driven by the availability of highly toxic fentanyl and social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. | Some 100,306 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in the 12 months leading up to April 2021, according to

_____ (2021-11-17). US School Bus Drivers In Nationwide Strikes Over Poor Pay And Covid Risk. popularresistance.org Strikes, walkouts, protests or sick-outs among school bus drivers have taken place this fall in many states including North Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Georgia Pennsylvania and New York among others. Some school districts have periodically closed schools due to bus driver shortages or changed school schedules to accommodate the shortage. Other districts have raised pay and offered sign-on bonuses to try to lure workers into vacant school bus driver positions.

WSWS (2021-11-17). Fourteen consecutive weeks with more than 100,000 cases of COVID among US children. wsws.org In its latest update, the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that more than 122,000 US children were infected with SARS-CoV-2 over the past week, a 22 percent rise from two weeks ago.

teleSUR (2021-11-17). Honduras: Specialists Warn Pandemic to Worsen After Elections. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the College of Microbiologists President Marco Moncada warned that Honduras will face a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic after the Nov. 28 elections. | Related | Even though the incidence of COVID-19 maintains a downward trend in this Central American country, authorities fear that a "fourth wave" might be imminent. A high concentration of people during the election will likely cause an increase in…

Chris Walker (2021-11-17). Fauci Says Booster Shots May Become New Definition of Being Fully Vaccinated. truthout.org Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, issued a warning Tuesday that breakthrough cases of COVID-19 for people who are vaccinated may increase during the winter, and that the best way to prevent such outcomes might be expanding who is eligible for a booster shot of a vaccine. | Fauci, who made the comments during a pre-taped interview for the 2021 STAT Summit this week, said that, while unv…

John Feffer (2021-11-17). If You Think Vaccine Mandate Pushback Is Bad… fpif.org I've only had to show my vaccination card a couple times—to eat in a restaurant in New York City, to see a play in Washington, DC. I was happy to do so. Once inside, I was relieved to be among the vaccinated. | Most Americans have gotten vaccinated because they simply want protection from COVID-19. Some small number of citizens have gotten jabbed in order to go to restaurants, attend sporting events, or qualify for lottery prizes. | You'd think that would be enough. Effective vaccine against a life-threatening disease, opportunity to regain some semblance of normalcy, a coupon for 10 percent off your next p…

teleSUR (2021-11-17). COVID-19 Cases Rise In the US Amid Sustained Vaccination Push. telesurenglish.net White House advisor Anthony Fauci warned that COVID-19 cases are starting to climb again in select regions across the U.S. after stabilizing at a high level following this summer's surge of the Delta variant. | RELATED: | "The only thing that's a little bit disconcerting is that we're beginning to plateau," Fauci said addint that "the deceleration of cases is now plateaued, and in some areas of the country, we're starting t…

WSWS (2021-11-17). Major staffing shortages at schools throughout the US due to COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org As a result of widespread infections and a mass exodus of teachers from the profession, roughly 40 percent of all district leaders describe their current staff shortages as "severe" or "very severe," according to a recent survey.

WSWS (2021-11-17). Canada admits aerosols are major source of COVID-19 transmission after nearly two years of denying it. wsws.org Canada's government has hitherto dismissed the role of aerosols in COVID-19's spread, because to do so underlines the reckless and homicidal character of its drive to "reopen" the economy in the midst of a deadly pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-17). Mounting pressure on China to abandon its zero-COVID policy. wsws.org Amid all the talk in the media that it is impossible to eliminate COVID-19, the experience in China demonstrates the opposite. Elimination is possible, but only if carried out on a co-ordinated international basis.

Juan Torres López (2021-11-17). Economía mundial, el riesgo de una tormenta perfecta. globalizacion.ca Cuando las economías se hundieron a causa de la Covid-19, los líderes políticos y los economistas de los grandes organismos internacionales decían que no se sabía cuándo llegaría la recuperación pero que, una vez que comenzara, las economías registrarían una…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-11-17). The world stands with Cuba. peoplesdispatch.org The US-backed counter-revolutionary protests planned for November 15 in Cuba fell flat as the Caribbean country reopened its borders to tourists and its schools on the same day. The Cuban people blatantly rejected being a part of the US destabilization attempt and proved that they are more concerned about the reopening of the economy and the return to normalcy after a year and a half of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A small number of people in a few cities took to the streets as a part of the "Civic March for Change", called for by an NGO called Archipiélago in 10 cities across Cuba. Videos shared…

WSWS (2021-11-17). Profit instead of science: The German government's COVID-19 policy. wsws.org A letter signed by dozens of prominent scientists and sent to Germany's federal government sharply criticized the political establishment's failure to prevent mass infection and deaths.

Staff (2021-11-17). US state representatives vote to compensate 'vaccine-related injuries' due to mandates. rt.com The Idaho state house passed legislation that would enable people to receive workers' compensation if they fall ill due to a mandated Covid-19 shot, with the bill finding bipartisan support in the Republican-dominated state. | Approved overwhelmingly in a 67-3 "If the empl…

Staff (2021-11-17). Biden admin suspends vaccine mandate for businesses. rt.com Enforcement of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for large employers has been suspended, 11 days after a US appeals court froze the order on "grave statutory and constitutional issues." | The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted a notice on its website, saying the agency

WSWS (2021-11-17). Governments reject pandemic controls amid record COVID-19 surge in Europe. wsws.org Only a struggle by the working class to impose scientific policies to eliminate the virus can end the current massive surge of deaths.

Editor (2021-11-17). The eco-politics of the sublime: nature, environmentalism, and Covid-ecology. mronline.org A conception of the sublime, liberated from its racist, sexist and domineering classic form, should form a part of any ecosocialist imaginary.

_____ (2021-11-17). The Post Office At A Crossroads. popularresistance.org USPS has a public service mandate to provide a similar level of service to communities across the country regardless of local economic conditions. In addition to daily mail delivery to far-flung locations,…

Brett Wilkins (2021-11-17). 'We Need to Get Our Priorities Right'. zcomm.org "Isn't it strange how even as we end the longest war in our nation's history concerns about the deficit and national debt seem to melt away under the influence of the powerful military-industrial complex?"

Staff (2021-11-17). Nasal vaccine for Alzheimer's to be tested on people. rt.com A Boston hospital will conduct human trials to test the safety and efficacy of a vaccine to counter Alzheimer's disease next month. It will mark the first clinical trial of a nasal vaccine for the dementia-causing disorder. | In a

Matt Sedlar (2021-11-17). Recognizing Native American Frontline Workers. cepr.net As Native American Heritage Month draws to a close and people around the United States celebrate another pandemic-era Thanksgiving, it is worth reflecting on the lack of visibility afforded to Native American people—including those who have worked on the frontlines of the crisis despite inadequate pay and health care.

WSWS (2021-11-17). "This TA is an insult": ÔªøÔªøKaiser health care workers respond with outrage to sellout contract announced by unions. wsws.org Workers report being blindsided by Saturday's announcement, which also canceled a strike by 32,000 workers in Southern California which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

WSWS (2021-11-17). What's in the Kaiser tentative agreement? wsws.org The unions that comprise the Alliance of Health Care Unions are pushing for a "yes" vote on a tentative agreement with Kaiser that does nothing to address health care workers' grievances but promises lucrative payouts to the union bureaucracy.

WSWS (2021-11-17). "This TA is an insult:" ÔªøÔªøKaiser health care workers respond with outrage to sellout contract announced by unions. wsws.org Workers report being blindsided by Saturday's announcement, which also canceled a strike by 32,000 workers in Southern California which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

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