Israel has been praised for launching an aggressive coronavirus vaccination drive. There’s just one problem: they’re excluding Palestinians in occupied territories.Israel Is Refusing to Give Palestinians COVID Vaccines
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 saysOne 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
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 WednesdayBoris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News
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 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
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
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
London will run out of hospital beds within weeks, NHS England bosses have said. The care body warned that if coronavirus admissions continue at their current rate, the city will be short of 600 critical care beds and 1,500 general hospital beds by 5 January.NHS England warns London could run out of critical care beds within weeks | The Independent
Executive bonuses inflated by JobKeeper, rising property and share prices, tax cuts for the wealthy. What’s not to like about 2020 for the top end of town? Tasha May takes a closer look at how the pandemic is exacerbating wealth inequality in Australia.Vintage year for the wealthy: COVID-19 widens gap between rich and poor – Michael West
Despite the fact that herd immunity failed in Sweden and the hospitals are now unable to cope. Trump wants chaos th reign and COVID-19 is a perfect ploy. (ODT)
Trump appointee at HHS, Paul Alexander, urged other health officials to “flood the zone” with coronavirus and infect “kids and young people” in order to develop herd immunity.Trump HHS Official Admits ‘We Want Them Infected’ With COVID-19 | Crooks and Liars
Look at the statistics: At the time of publication, this is the stark situation worldwide: Cases: 72 million Recovered: 47 million Deaths: 1.6 million In the US alone, the figures are startling: Cases: 16.3 million Deaths: 300,000, equivalent to the entire population of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The US now records more daily deaths from COVID-19 than occurred on the day of that infamous terrorist assault on the US – September 11, 2001.Vale 2020 – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Covid-19 goes to show just how irrelevant Australia and Morrison have been to the rest of the world’s attention (ODT)
Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close unless they offer takeaway or delivery It was also announced a new strain of coronavirus had been identified in EnglandLondon to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allegedly ordered agency staff to delete an email sent by a political appointee of President Donald Trump seeking to alter a scientific report on corovanirus health risks in children, a CDC official told Congress this week.CDC Official Says She Was Told to Delete Email on Kids’ Covid-19 Risk to Match Trump’s School Reopening Message | Common Dreams News
Why is Trump offering no leadership to help stop the spread of COVID19?Trump Has Abdicated His Duty As President And Thousands Are Dying Because Of Him | Crooks and Liars
The history of the Spanish flu has never been clearly explained. It’s NOT SPANISH but is AMERICAN and was first discovered to have originated in army barracks of Kansas from where it was taken by troops to Europe during WW1. The American flu killed 50 million people yet is never acknowledged as American with the appropriate name change. The question has certainly never been brought up by the Trump administration which so easily accuses China of dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
The Chinese have as much right to question the origins of COVID-19 as The Americans don’t question the Spanish flu being incorrectly named. The jury is still out on Trump’s naming it the Chinese flu it’s not out about the Spanish flu being falsely named. (ODT)
“Although China was the first to report cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the virus originated in China,” Zhao Lijian told a briefing. “Origin tracing is an ongoing process that may involve multiple countries and regions.”A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story | China | The Guardian
Trump has touted vaccines and therapeutics, including therapeutics that may have saved his own life when he was hospitalized with the infection. But there aren’t nearly enough therapeutics for all the patients in need — nor the top-notch care the president received — and the vaccines won’t be ready for full distribution into well into 2022. On Friday, Trump announced that the vaccines will be available in April, though he had previously said it could be distributed last month, in October, which never happened. And right now, the administration has no plan to stop surging virus. Most Republicans are following his lead, and even Democratic governors who might prefer to take a more aggressive approach are hamstrung by a lack of federal resources. There is no plan to stop the virus. The federal government just intends to let it spread through all of us. It’s a plan for mass death, because they don’t care enough to stop it.The Trump Plan for Mass Death Is Unfolding Before Our Eyes | The Smirking Chimp
“The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US | Common Dreams News
Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch is reportedly “disgusted” by President Donald Trump’s failed handling of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. He and his son Lachlan Murdoch, who currently oversees the network, are also partly responsible for it. Murdoch has complained to confidants that Trump “is not listening to advice about how best to handle the pandemic” which is “creating a never-ending crisis for his administration,” according to a Thursday account from The Daily Beast.The Murdochs have blood on their hands | Media Matters for America
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government cannot be held accountable for any failures relating to the nation’s COVID-19 response, reminding voters that apart from a constitutional requirement to control borders, air travel, quarantine policy, aged care facilities, social services and welfare, there is basically nothing it can do.Apart From Quarantine, Border Control, Aged Care, Welfare And Social Services, COVID-19 Isn’t A Federal Government Issue, Morrison Says | The Shovel
As millions of people around the world lost their jobs, billionaires increased their wealth by 27.5% between April and July.Why COVID is a boon for the rich and a bane for the poor
On the eve of the most important election of our lifetimes, more than 200,000 Americans have died, more than 7 million have been infected, and the numbers in many states are still getting worse. And now, an outbreak centered around Trump and his White House has further exposed just how careless and callous his response to the virus has been. This timeline details how we got here.Superspreader in Chief – Mother Jones
Take a look at the ships being scrapped in the photo gallery above.Cruise ships and COVID-19: Incredible photos show giant cruise ships being scrapped
The risk of death is substantially higher under Right-wing regimes, according to coronavirus facts and figures. Alan Austin examines the latest outcomes. CITIZENS ARE at greater risk of dying from preventable disease in places with macho Right-wing governments than with Leftist or progressive administrations.Right-wing politics costs lives, data shows
Fox News made him sick. For months, Fox has pumped poisonous, anti-science rhetoric into the airwaves, ensuring a sizeable portion of the population, including Trump, will refuse to do its part to help America heal. Fox has worked hard to divide the country and make it impossible to have a common sense conversation in times of crisis.Trump Has Covid-19: How Fox News Infected America | Crooks and Liars
With just a month left until the November 3 US presidential election, contracting the virus could have politically positive or negative consequences for President Donald Trump. These will, of course, be contingent on how severe the president’s illness becomes. But we should not count him out and Biden in just yet.Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?
When Trump says he did not what to “panic” the “country,” what he really means is that he did not want to drive down the stock market. In all the commentary I heard about the phrase in the media yesterday, I heard no one make this point. People were disgusted with Trump’s two-facedness, which certainly cost tens of thousands of American lives. But they still took his statement at face value as an expression of concern for the people.Aztec Politics: Trump sacrificed 200K by Downplaying Covid-19 to save the Stock Market from Panic
What’s odd is RTA the Russian News agency is calling the research into this a hoax. Why would that be? Is it because bikers tend to be Trumpsters
It was a 10-day celebration of big bikes and inalienable American freedom for which more than 400,000 people descended on a South Dakota town. But, three weeks on, the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is feared to have been a “super-spreader event”, with doctors recording scores of coronavirus cases linked to it.Sturgis biker rally ‘was super-spreader event’
Iowa City and Ames endure worst surge in the country as cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest
coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest in recent weeks putting the region at the forefront of America’s pandemic. The region accounted for six of the eight states with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases by early September even as infections fell in other parts of the US previously among the worst hit.
North Dakota has the largest number of positive cases per capita in the country over the past 14 days. Iowa and South Dakota are enduring the highest percentage increases. Missouri has seen more than 1,300 new cases a day on average over the past week.Iowa refuses to close bars and require masks as Covid-19 cases surge in cities | US news | The Guardian
The Government’s high-tech contact tracing app COVID-Safe has alerted officials to a potential outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne four months ago.JUST IN: The COVIDSafe App has identified there was an outbreak at Melbourne’s Rydges Hotel in May | The Shovel
Frydenberg has stepped in front and center to try to deflect all the blame onto Victoria after all if The Commonwealth is found to be responsible for the outbreak of Covid in aged-care due to poorly regulated providers then they too are to blame for the crippling of the economy and not as Frydenberg would prefer it to be Andrews work. It seems Andrews doesn’t even need to buy into what’s patently obvious. (ODT)
Morrison has accepted some accountability for what’s happened, but he’s also kept Andrews squarely in the frame as I mentioned a moment ago. I’ve said before it is reasonable to point out that states have a role in managing outbreaks during the pandemic, and there are some overlapping responsibilities in aged care – but this offensive should also be called for what it is: a patent prime ministerial effort to sidestep blame. The prime ministerial sidestep is obviously effective, though, if our Guardian Essential poll is a reliable guide. When asked in the latest survey to identify who was to blame for the outbreaks in aged care during the pandemic, slightly more respondents identified the state government (30%) than the federal government (28%) – but more people blamed the providers (42%).Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian
Does anyone for one moment think Donald Trump wont take full advantage of this? (ODT)
New Delhi: India now has the fastest-growing coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new infections per day.Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing
How the race to develop treatments and a vaccine will create a historic windfall for the industry — and everyone else will pay the priceBig Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers – Rolling Stone
Tim Wilson LNP/IPA federal MP couldn’t give a running fuck about COVID-19 neither the cases nor the deaths concern him rather than how it all seems in the eyes of the public. Now that it’s obvious that the Immigration and the Aged-Care sectors both a responsibility of the Federal LNP were the epicenter of the spread and deaths of the virus due to their total mismanagement from Abbott to Morrison. Wilson’s complaint is that the process was and is political and somehow has gone easy on Dan Andrews. Wilson’s problem however the opposite would seem to be the case if one simply looked at the MSM media. (ODT)
Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson has waded into the fight over Daniel Andrews’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state government has not been scrutinised enough over its response to COVID-19.
Mr Wilson said the federal coronavirus committee had met many more times than its Victorian equivalent and was chaired by an opposition politician whereas the Victorian inquiry is headed by a member of the governing party.
Bolt loves the attention he’d be jobless without the ABC. Murdoch Media’s loss of $1,5 billion has resulted in the wholesale sacking of journalists diminishing it’s News content but not it’s opinions and public relation activity yet it continues to falsely portray itself as selling News. Sporting and entertainment maybe but not sufficient to describe it as a News organisation selling news. Peter Foster Australia’s infamous con man was jailed for selling product under false pretences.
Murdoch is an American who has been increasingly involved in interfering with our elections with heavy editorial influence and modelling Sky News on Fox News the USA. When will this foreign interference in Australian Democracy be addressed for what it is foreign interference? After all how does a company run and what is its purpose with a $1.5 billion loss paying no taxes given subsidies but losing readers and viewers but being largest organisation in the country not selling news (ODT)
When Dan Andrews said he would not put his parents into an aged care home in Melbourne, he spoke truth to tragedy.
It wasn’t so long ago Morrison was warding off Australia’s crisis with the success of Victoria’s Economy he didn’t emphasize that then. Now they are ready to blame Australia’s Economy on Victoria. (LNP
But while we are living as two Australias, we are one country. That means the huge whack the virus is inflicting on Victoria is dragging down the rest of the nation, holding back recovery.
The dire turn of events is affecting political leaders’ responses. Risk averse premiers are running their states as gated communities.
Morrison maintains a level of public solidarity with Andrews but the PM may find himself under mounting pressure from those within his party and its base who want the economy given a much higher priority.