Tag: COVID-19

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

The forgotten nation after 220 years and years of generational cultural and systemic racism

The COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia demonstrates how entrenched neglect, combined with a global pandemic, have created a perfect storm impacting the most marginalised people in society. The treatment of the Barkindji people of Wilcannia is appalling by anyone’s standards and should be unacceptable to every Australian. The stories flooding out of Wilcannia of mistreatment of Aboriginal people should make every person stand up and demand immediate action. The government needs to take immediate action to address the conditions in which the people in Wilcannia are forced to live, and by providing vaccinations immediately to all those who want to be vaccinated.

Source: COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

With her state heading for disaster, Gladys bails on NSW – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Costa Concordia lies stricken off the shore of Giglio in January 2012.

Can Berejiklian be likened to the Capitain of the Costa Concordia. He was jailed for abandoning his ship

 Berejiklian has been foreshadowing the pandemic in NSW was going to get to its worst, its toughest; that the hospital system would be stretched to its elastic limit in October, based on modelling the NSW Health Department had prepared. Modelling, by the way, she’s not been very forthcoming with. So, knowing that the state is headed for a cliff, she’s essentially jumped out of the driver’s seat to get a better view of the spectacle. “I’ll turn up when I need to,” are words that emerged from her sneering maw today.

Source: With her state heading for disaster, Gladys bails on NSW – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison changes tune on reopening as he focuses on election

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has changed tack from ridiculing COVID-zero states to saying he “acknowledges” their worry about opening borders, with the Prime Minister telling the Coalition to start preparing for an election. As the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. Just days ago, Mr Morrison was telling Queensland and Western Australia to get out of “the cave” of lockdowns, claiming they were ‘undermining’ the reopening plan and comparing them to children’s movie The Croods. By Tuesday, he was on a morning blitz across what he called the “low-COVID” states, singing from a new songsheet where he could see their “sensible concerns”.

Source: Scott Morrison changes tune on reopening as he focuses on election

Ohio Judge Orders COVID Patient Treated With Ivermectin | Crooks and Liars

Ohio Judge Orders COVID Patient Treated With Ivermectin

Well, this certainly sounds stupid. So how did the wife of a COVID patient convince a judge that a drug used mainly for animals and in studies found to be ineffective at treating COVID be used on her husband against all medical advice?

Source: Ohio Judge Orders COVID Patient Treated With Ivermectin | Crooks and Liars

Israel offers COVID booster vaccine for ages 12 and above | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Morrison is telling us it will be “safe” to open up when fully vaccinated. Israel proves he’s bullshitting and pandering for the next election.

Israel has begun offering a COVID-19 booster to children as young as 12, and its prime minister says a campaign that began a month ago among seniors has slowed a rise in severe illness caused by the Delta variant.

Source: Israel offers COVID booster vaccine for ages 12 and above | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

Everything Morrison’s Plan isn’t: Israel is sliding and failing Taiwan isn’t it’s back to ZERO

“Countries that consistently aim for elimination — ie, maximum action to  stop community transmission as quickly as possible — have generally fared better than countries that opt for mitigation targeted way to reduce cases so as not to overwhelm health-care systems.”  Countries opting for elimination fare better for health, economy & civil liberties. Source: The Lancet.

Joint modeling for the “opening up” strategy has been conducted by the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at University of Western Australia, the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne and an independent modeling expert. “If 70% of adult Australians (excluding children <16 years) were fully vaccinated, but with a 95% vaccination level for those aged ≥60 years, the AZ-mRNA strategy would eventually result in some 6.9 million symptomatic COVID-19 cases, 154,000 hospitalisations, and 29,000 fatalities.” It concludes: “The consequences of opening up prematurely could prove to be both irreversible and unacceptable. Aus

Source: Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

Under-12s are increasingly catching COVID-19. How sick are they getting and when will we be able to vaccinate them?

Morrison leadership for what it is is reactionary never proactive leaving the kids at risk

We’re expecting advice from ATAGI as to whether the rollout should be extended to all 12 to 15-year-olds, as countries like the United States and Canada have done. But where does that leave children under 12? We know they’re making up a large proportion of new infections in Australia’s current outbreaks, which was not the case last year.

Source: Under-12s are increasingly catching COVID-19. How sick are they getting and when will we be able to vaccinate them?

Glad not happy; PM leaks against her as Delta goes viral. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Politics before Covid

It may be too cynical to say that the failure of COVID-zero was contrived to force the “learn to live with it” option – the Boris Johnson con over the Dan Andrews’ strategy. But, as Mick Young said, whenever the choice is between a conspiracy and a stuff-up, go with the stuff-up every time. Expect numbers of cases to soar in NSW because even its tough new measures are too little too late. Expect Berejiklian to run up the white flag and declare an easing of restrictions as soon as she can. The results will be horrendous. Expect her PM to continue his undermining until Gladys resigns. Enter her deputy, Dominic Perrottet, who’s always quietly advocated letting her rip, to be Morrison’s new gold standard, golden-haired boy.

Source: Glad not happy; PM leaks against her as Delta goes viral. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- Got a crisis throw an announcement at it

Victoria’s dental system is under enormous strain.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 15/8/21 Americans can’t deal with a Public Health crisis; Australia once could until Morrison not just one is with us; Afgahn announements flown in to save Morrison

Covid is facing a resurgence in the US, and so is Trumpian politics | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Trump continues to stage rallies for his avid followers as he did last weekend in Phoenix, where he declared, “Our nation is up against the most sinister forces … This nation does not belong to them, this nation belongs to you.” Wrong. America belongs to all of us. And we all have a responsibility to protect its public health and its democratic institutions. The real sinister force is the Trump Republicans’ cynical exploitation of lies and anti-scientific rubbish to divide and divert us. Months ago, it seemed as if this darkness was behind us. It is not.

Source: Covid is facing a resurgence in the US, and so is Trumpian politics | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Covid Australia vaccine rollout tracker: total number of people and per cent vaccinated, daily vaccine doses and rate of progress | Australia news | The Guardian

Covid-19 in Australia

Active cases *

increasing
decreasing
NSW 2562 QLD 42 WA 16
VIC 205 NT 7 SA 25
TAS 0 ACT 0

Vaccinations

14.1% fully vaccinated
17.8% only one dose
37/38 ranked in OECD

How does Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout and schedule compare with other countries, when will Australia be fully vaccinated and when will you be eligible to get your dose? We bring together the latest numbers on daily new Covid-19 cases, as well as stats and live data on total vaccination figures in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and other states Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Restrictions: NSW; Vic; Qld; SA; border restrictions Hotspots: NSW map; Vic list; Qld; SA Get our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefing

Source: Covid Australia vaccine rollout tracker: total number of people and per cent vaccinated, daily vaccine doses and rate of progress | Australia news | The Guardian

Protesters’ cries for freedom ring hollow for dying woman

Adriana Midori Takara, 38, died after contracting the coronavirus.

Adriana Midori Takara was just 38 when she died from COVID-19 this week. She was only a year older than I am and had no underlying health conditions. Her first COVID test was negative and then a few days later, when she was tested again, it was positive. Ten days later, she was dead.

Source: Protesters’ cries for freedom ring hollow for dying woman

Sophist’s choice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As with the bushfires, the pandemic has exposed Morrison for who he truly is. No Facebooked curries, no borrowing of chickens or mounting of heavy machinery, no be-medalled general nor tame premier can hide his vacuity and uselessness. A coward who baulks at scrutiny and bullies any defiance, a clueless charlatan, a pig, a QAnon adjacent prosperity cultist who celebrated an affinity with Mr Tangerine Man, an overtly religious moral void, an inveterate liar, a poseur whose first instinct in a crisis is flight, whose vision is shaped by the rapture and whose ambitions are informed by an eagle painting will be desperately rifling through dumpsters for dead cats. This was Morrison’s chance to shine, to show up the doubters and haters, to prove he was worthy of the office, that he could confidently go to an early election. Instead, he shat himself. Again. Did you spot the musical reference?

Source: Sophist’s choice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

From blood clots to Craig Kelly, is the media reporting Covid responsibly? | Margaret Simons | The Guardian

‘A journalist’s job is to find things out and tell people about them. Suppressing the news is considered indefensible in a democracy,’ writes Margaret Simons.

public health experts, politicians and journalists are having to wrestle with the implications, and a changed relationship with the public and with truth. The World Health Organization has described what we are currently living through as an “infodemic” running alongside the Covid pandemic.

Source: From blood clots to Craig Kelly, is the media reporting Covid responsibly? | Margaret Simons | The Guardian

A Guide To Covid Vaccinations OR Naked Men Startle Deer… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The stroll-out by Hunt and Morrison

Like the vaccine rollout, someone else will need to take over if it’s going to be finished any time in the near future.

Source: A Guide To Covid Vaccinations OR Naked Men Startle Deer… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Global herd immunity remains out of reach because of inequitable vaccine distribution – 99% of people in poor countries are unvaccinated

In the race between infection and injection, injection has lost. Public health experts estimate that approximately 70% of the world’s 7.9 billion people must be fully vaccinated to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 21, 2021, 10.04% of the global population had been fully vaccinated, nearly all of them in rich countries. Only 0.9% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.

Source: Global herd immunity remains out of reach because of inequitable vaccine distribution – 99% of people in poor countries are unvaccinated

The Debate Over Service Work and Unemployment Benefits Shows Why Marxism Is Right

More than any Marxist text ever could, the COVID-19 emergency cash relief programs — and the furious reaction to them from employers — lay bare the raw truth about capitalism: bosses’ profits depend directly on workers’ remaining terrified of destitution.

Source: The Debate Over Service Work and Unemployment Benefits Shows Why Marxism Is Right

India Is In a Horrendous COVID Crisis. It’s Modi’s Fault.

The horrific COVID crisis in India isn’t just the result of rich countries’ criminal hoarding of vaccines and intellectual property — it’s the fault of Narendra Modi’s far-right government, which has prioritized private profits over public health.

Source: India Is In a Horrendous COVID Crisis. It’s Modi’s Fault.

‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response | Common Dreams News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures at the gathering during a public rally for West Bengal Assembly Election at Barasat on April 12, 2021 in North 24 Parganas, India. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised India’s handling of the second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. These tweets, which are now inaccessible to Indian users of the social media website, include posts by Revanth Reddy, a sitting Member of Parliament; Moloy Ghatak, a West Bengal state minister; actor Vineet Kumar Singh; and two filmmakers, Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das.

Source: ‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response | Common Dreams News

COVID-19 cases rise as states ease restrictions; CDC director warns of “impending doom” | Salon.com

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At the same time, Republican governors in states from Texas and Mississippi to Alabama and West Virginia have been loosening or eliminating COVID-19 restrictions in response to declining COVID-19 numbers. Earlier this month Walensky urged policymakers to be mindful that Americans would not be truly safe until as many people are vaccinated as possible, adding that the rise of variants could “complete lose” the gains made so far in defeating the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases rise as states ease restrictions; CDC director warns of “impending doom” | Salon.com

Australian GPs concerned about delays in vaccine rollout

More than 250,000 virus jabs have been administered in Australia so far, a long way off the four million Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would be complete by the end of March.

Australian GPs concerned about delays in vaccine rollout

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Partially Shut Due To COVID-19 Outbreak | HuffPost

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Partially Shut Due To COVID-19 Outbreak | HuffPost
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Former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club has been partially closed because of a COVID outbreak.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Partially Shut Due To COVID-19 Outbreak | HuffPost

Covid Vaccine Makers Promise Investors They’ll Hike Prices

Doctor returns a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to a refrigerator unit in Central Falls, RI on March 1, 2021.

behind the approved coronavirus vaccines — Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer — have quietly touted plans to raise prices on coronavirus vaccines in the near future and to capitalize on the virus’s lasting presence.

Covid Vaccine Makers Promise Investors They’ll Hike Prices

‘Disturbing’: Rich Nations Vaccinating Person Per Second While Blocking Effort to Share Recipe With Poor Countries | Common Dreams News

A woman waiting during a Covid-19 vaccination drive on March 13, 2021 in 2021 in New Delhi, India.
Big Pharma protecting its Patent Rights to recipes like Coca Cola and KFC

“It is unforgivable that while people are literally fighting for breath, rich country governments continue to block what could be a vital breakthrough in ending this pandemic for everyone in rich and poor countries alike.”

‘Disturbing’: Rich Nations Vaccinating Person Per Second While Blocking Effort to Share Recipe With Poor Countries | Common Dreams News

Dr. Pernell: ‘Vaccines Don’t Save Lives, VaccinATIONS Save Lives’ | Crooks and Liars

Dr. Pernell: ‘Vaccines Don’t Save Lives, VaccinATIONS Save Lives’ | Crooks and Liars
Dr. Pernell: ‘Vaccines Don’t Save Lives, VaccinATIONS Save Lives’

Dr. Chris Pernell called on public health officials to partner with churches, barbershops, hairdressers and other trusted members of Black and Brown communities in order to provide more equitable distribution of COVID vaccines.

Dr. Pernell: ‘Vaccines Don’t Save Lives, VaccinATIONS Save Lives’ | Crooks and Liars

Vaccine Hoarders: poor countries at risk as Australia & co block Covid vaccine – Michael West

Australia. the US, the UK and the European Union are refusing to waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines so developing countries can produce the vaccine locally. This refusal, in the face of vaccine hoarding by rich countries, is likely to cause millions more deaths because of slower access to a vaccine. It is also extremely short-sighted because long delays in global vaccination will enable more powerful variants to emerge. David Legge and Sun Kim report.

Vaccine Hoarders: poor countries at risk as Australia & co block Covid vaccine – Michael West

The rollout of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was roundly criticised, now more than a billion doses have been ordered around the world – ABC News

A woman looks at a test tube at a lab in Moscow, Russia.

A medical journal reports Russia’s Sputnik vaccine has an efficacy rate of over 91 per cent Felix Light says he found it easy to get vaccinated in Moscow The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is close to 100 per cent effective against the most severe illness from COVID-19, says epidemiologist

The rollout of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was roundly criticised, now more than a billion doses have been ordered around the world – ABC News

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community.

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

An ambulance arrives at the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian medical center in Los Angeles on 5 January.

Trump’s legacy is the Nation’s dead and he will go down in history for Standing Back and Standing By and watching (ODT)

County has seen 898% increase in cases since surge began in November, with 1,125% increase in deaths, official says

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News

Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News
Boris Johnson with pursed lips and worried eyes speaks at a podium.

Restrictions announced by Boris Johnson will affect more than 44 million people The new measures come as cases continue to surge across the country The UK reported a further 981 deaths on Wednesday

Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

But with major pharmaceutical companies rolling out vaccines and millions of doses being bought by the United States, Britain, the European Union and Australia, developing countries argue such attempts to give them purchasing power in the market will only go so far. In October, India and South Africa asked the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive intellectual property (IP) protections so that vaccines and other equipment for fighting COVID-19 could be made more cheaply at greater scale. Australia joined Britain, the US and the EU in opposing the move, arguing that existing rules on licensing would be sufficient to meet demand.

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

The U.S. Needs COVID Relief and Renewable Energy, Not a Space Force

The Biden administration will have to make hard choices around the pandemic and climate change while continuing to spend close to $1 trillion a year on its military. Adding yet another military service when American states are reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 and the warming oceans are churning out superstorms is something neither the U.S. nor the world can afford.

The U.S. Needs COVID Relief and Renewable Energy, Not a Space Force

December Sees Highest COVID-19 Death Toll In U.S. Since Pandemic Began | HuffPost Australia

Trump’s Promised Xmas Miracle. Declares he heserves an Airport in his name

As of Sunday, there have been nearly 19 million recorded COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 331,000 deaths nationwide.

December Sees Highest COVID-19 Death Toll In U.S. Since Pandemic Began | HuffPost Australia

Research Report: mainstream media either ignores young Australians or castigates them – Michael West

Enemies of the state

Youth has borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession, yet their representation in the media is minuscule and dropping, according to a research report. News Corp’s widespread use of damaging stereotypes about young people was also notable, writes Elizabeth Minter.

Research Report: mainstream media either ignores young Australians or castigates them – Michael West