Daily Archives: November 20, 2021

2021-11-20: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-11-20). Austria re-imposes partial lockdown as COVID-19 surges across Europe. wsws.org European governments' politically criminal policy of "living with the virus" despite a surge of infections has created a disaster, costing hundreds of thousands of lives.

Lixue Huang, Xiaoying Gu, Bin Cao (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] Long-term effects on survivors with COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Yan-Jie Zhao and colleagues and Chengliang Yang and colleagues all recommend specific questionnaires to evaluate depression and anxiety symptoms in hospital survivors with COVID-19 1 year after onset.1 We agree that the professional questionnaires could provide the actual prevalence of psychiatric symptoms. However, these questionnaires are somewhat complex and time-consuming. It is challenging to integrate all these assessments into our follow-up study.1 The EuroQol five-dimension five-level (EQ-5D-5L) questionnaire is commonly used to assess the quality of life from five domains in clinical studies.

WSWS (2021-11-20). Death of UAW official from COVID underscores danger in John Deere plants. wsws.org If a UAW official contracted the virus outside of working in a plant, what of the Deere workers who are now returning to the factories, working side by side, as the pandemic continues to rage?

WSWS (2021-11-20). Death of UAW steward from COVID underscores danger in John Deere plants. wsws.org If a UAW steward contracted the virus outside of working in a plant, what of the Deere workers who are now returning to the factories, working side by side, as the pandemic continues to rage?

Roger Kneebone, Will Houstoun, Natasha Houghton (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Medicine, magic, and online performance. thelancet.com COVID-19 has transformed clinical practice; online consultation has become a daily reality for many doctors and clinicians have had to rethink what it means to perform. Patient-centred consulting requires the integration of knowledge, technical skill, and expert communication. This integration is partly achieved through performance. Yet clinical work is seldom framed in such terms within mainstream clinical curriculums. As part of the Royal College of Music—Imperial College London Centre for Performance Science, UK, our interdisciplinary research group investigates how skilled performers from diverse fields…

WSWS (2021-11-20). New Zealand's Daily Blog seeks to legitimise anti-lockdown, anti-vaccination protests. wsws.org The Daily Blog, which supports the Labour Party-led government, published an article praising a recent rally organised by the far-right Destiny Church for raising "genuine, valid concerns" about COVID-19 vaccines.

Mine Durusu Tanriover, Hamdi Levent Doƒüanay, Serhat Unal, Murat Akova (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] CoronaVac efficacy data from Turkey — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Martina McMenamin and Benjamin Cowling for raising important issues on vaccine trials in the context of our Article.1 The work they refer to by Palacios and colleagues2 has not been published in a peer reviewed journal; thus we cannot comment on the accuracy or the comparability of its methods. The Indonesian trial data have been published,3 and although the main method of this study was similar to ours, the case definition of COVID-19 and the methods used for active surveillance were different.

WSWS (2021-11-20). COVID patient in California dies after maggots found in mouth and nose. wsws.org A woman recovering from COVID-19 at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana passed away only days after family members found her in a state of neglect, discovering maggots in her mouth and nose.

Chengliang Yang, Hedi Zhao, Scott J Tebbutt (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] Long-term effects on survivors with COVID-19. thelancet.com The conditions that linger after recovery from COVID-19 are commonly referred to as the long-term effects of COVID-19 (long COVID). The risk for sequelae varies according to the severity of the initial acute SARS-CoV-2 infection.1…

Susan Jaffe (2021-11-20). [World Report] Legal challenges threaten Biden's COVID-19 vaccine rule. thelancet.com Critics want to block a safety rule requiring employees of large companies to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19 and wear masks. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

WSWS (2021-11-20). New study supports natural origins of COVID-19, sources close to WHO team say. wsws.org A landmark new study published in Science is another nail in the coffin of the Wuhan lab conspiracy theory, concocted by the fascist ideologue Stephen K. Bannon and promoted by the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Talha Burki (2021-11-20). [World Report] mRNA discoveries earn the 2021 Prince Mahidol Award. thelancet.com Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, and Pieter Cullis have been recognised for their work that led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Talha Burki reports.

Gàºnter Kampf (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] COVID-19: stigmatising the unvaccinated is not justified. thelancet.com In the USA and Germany, high-level officials have used the term pandemic of the unvaccinated, suggesting that people who have been vaccinated are not relevant in the epidemiology of COVID-19. Officials' use of this phrase might have encouraged one scientist to claim that "the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19".1 But this view is far too simple.

WSWS (2021-11-20). Chemical waste plant fire spews toxic fumes into Australian working-class town. wsws.org Despite the potential health danger, from the time fire crews arrived it took five hours for a notice to be sent by text warning residents to stay indoors.

WSWS (2021-11-20). 20,000 Northern California nurses and mental health staff conduct second 24-hour sympathy strike for Kaiser Permanente engineers. wsws.org Tens of thousands more workers would be on strike today if not for cancellation of a strike by the UNAC/UHCP in Southern California after the announcement of a sellout contract with the hospital chain.

Richard Horton (2021-11-20). [Comment] Offline: The flies of our remorse. thelancet.com Eugene Richardson's Epidemic Illusions (2020) is subtitled On the Coloniality of Global Public Health. Although listed as the book's author, he prefers to describe himself as "a single node in a vast, interconnected net of support, mentoring, toleration, encouragement, inspiration, and generosity". He lists over 140 "other nodes"—individuals, organisations, and groups—to whom he owes a debt, with "the twin goals of epistemic reconstitution and improvement of human well-being". Although not a handbook explaining how to decolonise medicine and global health, Richardson has delivered what may be the firs…

Rachael Davies (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Helen Milroy: pioneer in Indigenous and child mental health. thelancet.com In 1983, Helen Milroy became Australia's first Indigenous doctor to qualify medicine—a pivotal moment in the country's history. She never envisioned being a trailblazer, but her list of firsts in Australia includes being the first Indigenous psychiatrist and the first Indigenous Commissioner to the Australian Football League. Reflecting today as the Stan Perron Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Perth Children's Hospital and the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Co-Director of Embrace at Telethon Kids Institute, she says: "My passion is to make sure we get the best wellbeing and mental…

Constance D Lehman, Eric J Topol (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Readiness for mammography and artificial intelligence. thelancet.com One area that has attracted great attention for the use of deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) in health care is medical imaging, especially mammography. Many initial AI studies proclaimed remarkable improvement in accuracy over the performance of radiologists, but a recent systematic review highlighted there is insufficient scientific evidence to support such findings. The UK National Screening Committee commissioned Freeman and colleagues to review the quality and results of studies that assessed the accuracy of AI algorithms, alone or in combination with radiologists, to detect cancer in digital mammogr…

Lise Alves (2021-11-20). [World Report] Brazilian scientists reject national award. thelancet.com 21 scientists have rejected one of Brazil's highest scientific honours, after President Bolsonaro vetoed two recipients. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

The Lancet (2021-11-20). [Editorial] Afghanistan: the international community must act. thelancet.com "It is going to be hell on Earth." Afghanistan is set to become the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme. Nearly half of Afghans need humanitarian aid. 22 ∑8 million people could face acute hunger this winter, with 8 ∑7 million at emergency levels of food insecurity. A resulting refugee crisis is likely to affect Afghanistan, the region, and the rest of the world. In desperation, people are selling their assets, and some are resorting to child labour and child marriage.

Staff (2021-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2021. democracynow.org House to Vote on Build Back Better Act After Filibuster-Style Delay by Republican Leader, Julius Jones Granted Clemency Hours Before Scheduled Execution, Henry Montgomery, Sentenced to Life Term at 17, Leaves Angola Prison on Parole, Belarus Shelters Some Asylum-Seekers on Polish Border, Deports Iraqi Refugees, As COVID Surges in Europe, Austria Orders New Lockdown and National Vaccine Mandate, 18,000 Cut Off by Flooding in British Columbia; Millions of Kenyans at Risk of Hunger Amid Drought, Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Hits 15-Year Peak; Indigenous Groups in Ecuador Oppose Mining Plans, Delhi School Shutdown…

Sharon Zhang (2021-11-19). House Passes Reconciliation Bill With Paid Leave, Universal Pre-K. truthout.org The House passed the Build Back Better Act on Friday morning, after negotiations that dragged on for the better part of this year. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, contains measures like expanding Medicare to include hearing, allowing Medicare to negotiate the prices of some prescription drugs, funding to combat the climate crisis and free pre-kindergarten for all. | The bill passed 220 to 213, with all Republicans voting no. Only one Democratic member ended up voting "no" on the bill — Rep…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-11-19). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Staff (2021-11-19). Punishments set for US troops who refuse vaccination. rt.com The US Army has threatened repercussions for soldiers who decline to receive Covid-19 vaccinations, saying that insubordinate troops will be barred from promotions, reenlistment, and a number of special military services. | Army personnel who refuse the jab, including reservists and Army National Guard troops, will now have their service records "flagged," preventing them from receiving "favorable personnel actions" such as reenlistment bonuses, promotions to higher ranks, decorations and other awards, attending military academies, as well as tuition assistance with higher education, according to an official m…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Seattle, Washington parents speak out on their fight for remote learning for their autistic child. wsws.org Two Seattle parents describe their legal and political nightmare battling to keep their seven-year-old daughter safe from COVID-19 and at home with remote instruction.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Rail and airport workers strike in France for wage increases. wsws.org The strikes are part of an international resurgence of working-class struggle against the attacks by the state and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter Koenig (2021-11-19). Switzerland: The World's Last Bastion of Democracy? dissidentvoice.org In a lively rally under full autumn sun, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. addressed a crowd of about 10 to 20 thousand people in Bern. He talked about the covid lies in the US, as well as around the globe. He did not spare Europe, which allows kids being vaccinated from an age as low as …

Staff (2021-11-19). NIH director wants consequences for vaccine conspiracy theorists. rt.com National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins thinks that people who spread misinformation about Covid-19 online and Dr. Anthony Fauci should be identified and "brought to justice." | "Conspiracies are winning here. Truth is losing. That's a really serious indictment of the way in which our society seems to be traveling," Collins, who will soon step down from his post at the head of the NIH, told the Describing an onslaught of angry m…

Global Research News (2021-11-19). Selected Articles: More People Died in the Key Clinical Trial for Pfizer's COVID Vaccine than the Company Publicly Reported. globalresearch.ca By Pfizer told the world 15 people who received the vaccine in its trial had died as …

WSWS (2021-11-19). Savage exploitation at flagship plant of "green" Canadian capitalism. wsws.org The dangerous conditions described by the worker at the Gaspé, Quebec, plant of the General Electric subsidiary LM Wind Power were exacerbated by management's decision to keep the plant open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-19). More New York City schools forced to close amid mounting COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org According to the city's Department of Education, there are currently 176 classroom closures for public schools and 17 for charter schools, while at least 6,193 students have been infected since the start of the school year.

_____ (2021-11-19). COVID-19: Big Pharma's 'Obscene' Profits. strategic-culture.org Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech rake in millions an hour while refusing to share manufacturing recipes with low-income countries. | By Jake JOHNSON | Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech — the makers of the two most successful coronavirus vaccines — are raking in a combined $65,000 in profits every minute as they refuse to share their manufacturing recipes with According to a new People's Vaccine Alliance…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Johnson government lies that main danger of COVID spread comes from Europe. wsws.org Britain's huge toll of disease and death is not a foreign import, but the product of the government's own policies, carried out with the declared aim of making the UK the first country in which COVID is endemic in the population.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shutdown Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

Michael Sainato (2021-11-19). U.S. School Bus Drivers in Nationwide Strikes over Poor Pay and Covid Risk. zcomm.org U.S. school bus drivers in nationwide strikes over poor pay and Covid risk Drivers are left 'begging for better pay' even as the school bus driver shortage is worsening in the new school year…

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-11-19). The struggle for vaccine equity intensifies in Italy. peoplesdispatch.org The European Union has been at the forefront of the opposition that rich countries have shown towards the TRIPS waiver proposal for COVID-19 medical products. However, the EU's position in the international arena is not shared by the people of Europe, who wish to see vaccines accessible in the Global South…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Pentagon dispatching emergency medical teams to Minnesota as another winter surge of COVID-19 infections takes hold in the US. wsws.org Developments in the upper Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan—represent the leading edge of the wave of illness and death that will hit the country in the latest phase of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shut down Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

Newsclick (2021-11-19). COVID-19 affected the treatment of tuberculosis, cancer. peoplesdispatch.org What is the long view of COVID-19 as we have seen and are likely to see going forward? How were various aspects of our life affected by the pandemic, what are the changes we have had to make, and how has the treatment of other diseases been affected?

Paulo Cabral (2021-11-19). Is a COVID-19 vaccine nasal spray in our future? america.cgtn.com In the ongoing fight against COVID-19 – work goes on to find even more effective vaccines and therapeutics.

WSWS (2021-11-19). New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows as schools reopen. wsws.org The trade unions are playing a key role in enforcing the reopening of schools, which will accelerate the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

teleSUR (2021-11-19). Over 80% of Cuba's Population Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net At the end of November 17, 27,741,924 doses of the Cuban vaccines Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala had been administered in the country. | RELATED: | To date, 10,110,794 people have received at least one dose of one of the Cuban vaccines Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala. Of these, 9,146,468 people have already received a second dose and 8,484,662 people have received a third dose. | El 80% de la población cubana ha re…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-11-19). Los Angeles International Auto Show returns. america.cgtn.com The Los Angeles International Auto Show is back again in person, after last year's virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dean Baker (2021-11-19). Did the Pharmaceutical Industry Buy Senator Sinema a Fluff Piece in the Washington Post? cepr.net That's what readers of the paper must be asking after seeing this piece on Friday morning. The headline of the piece features her quote, "no one tells me what to do," when in fact there is ample evidence that the pharmaceutical industry and rich contributors tell her exactly what to do. Sinema has made herself …

Sharon Zhang (2021-11-19). Teamsters Elect New President Who Vows to Go After Amazon. truthout.org Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have elected Teamsters United's Sean O'Brien as the influential union's president after more than two decades of leadership from James P. Hoffa, son of the notorious Jimmy Hoffa, who had ties to organized crime. | The vote was called on Thursday, with O'Brien

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-19). Five lessons from the founder of the Me Too movement. imperial.ac.uk Founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, called on students to use their spheres of influence to make change at an Imperial event.

Corene Kendrick (2021-11-19). We Are Holding Arizona Accountable for the Needless Suffering and Deaths of Incarcerated People. aclu.org A prison sentence should not mean people lose fundamental human rights such as access to health care or humane conditions of confinement. In Arizona, after almost a decade of broken promises, the ACLU, the Prison Law Office, and their co-counsel are in court proving that state prison officials continue to disregard their constitutional obligations to incarcerated people. | In 2012, the ACLU National Prison Project, the ACLU of Arizona, the Prison Law Office, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and the law firm of Perkins Coie filed a class action lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) i…

Staff (2021-11-19). Biden's health condition revealed. rt.com Joe Biden is taking multiple medications but is otherwise healthy, his long-time personal doctor has said, adding that the US president does not suffer from any severe neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis. | "President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief," Dr. Kevin C. O'Connor said on Friday after the US president underwent a detailed medical exam. | O'Connor has been Biden's physician since 2009, when he was Barack Obama's vice president. In a…

Nithin Ramakrishnan (2021-11-19). The Pandemic Treaty Proposal expands global health inequities. peoplesdispatch.org The World Health Assembly Special Session in November will be considering the benefits of developing a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response. Rich countries are using the opportunity to sideline discussions on equity in public health…

Dan Owalla (2021-11-19). Health workers in Kenya continue their struggle for decent conditions. peoplesdispatch.org Nurses, doctors, and other health workers in Kenya continue to face unsafe working conditions even after a series of strikes that total over 200 days of work stoppage…

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