Tag: Pandemic

Paul Bongiorno: Vaccine rollout a foretaste of Australia’s climate response

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Scott Morrison is hoping the vaccine scarcity that has led to the lockdown of half the nation’s population will be close to resolution by December, and along with it a reversal of his political fortunes. But as fate would have it, that timetable coincides with our next summer.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: Vaccine rollout a foretaste of Australia’s climate response

Australian Business Has Used the Pandemic to Attack Workers — Now It’s Time to Fight Back

Much of Australia is back under pandemic lockdown thanks to Coalition mismanagement. The Liberals have used the crisis to bolster big business. Now the workers’ movement needs to champion its own measures to counter the pandemic and rebuild the economy.

Source: Australian Business Has Used the Pandemic to Attack Workers — Now It’s Time to Fight Back

Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

After claiming “official” discussions with Pfizer had only started in December, Health Minister Greg Hunt has finally confirmed that the government met with Pfizer last July to discuss purchasing the Pfizer vaccine. Sources say Australia was given options for as many doses as needed to be delivered in January this year, yet government officials turned down the offer Callum Foote reports.

Source: Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

Thinking Globally About Racial Justice

For example, the Biden administration has moved aggressively to roll out vaccines here in the United States. But it has rejected global appeals to waive patent rights for vaccines, to share vaccine technology, and to require transparency from pharmaceutical companies about their pricing. The result is “vaccine apartheid” on a global scale. As of early April, 20 percent of the population in North America had received at least one dose of a vaccine, compared to less than 1 percent in Africa. Global inequalities play out on so many issues like these that it is no exaggeration to talk of a more general “global apartheid.” This global system is structured not only by race, but also by class, gender, and national origin. There are many different levels of privilege and vulnerability. But similar patterns are repeated from the local to the global levels.

Source: Thinking Globally About Racial Justice

Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 2021/03/03: A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during the first phase of the country nationwide vaccination drive at the Hospital UiTM in Sungai Buloh, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Wong Fok Loy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

administration is being asked to punish Hungary, Colombia, Chile, and other countries for seeking to ramp up the production of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics without express permission from pharmaceutical companies. The sanctions are being urged by the drug industry, which has filed hundreds of pages of documents to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative outlining the alleged threat posed by any effort to challenge “basic intellectual property protections” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines

Fox prime time marks the 500,000th U.S. pandemic death with the same lies that helped get us there | Media Matters for America

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Where Craig Kelly gets his talking points

But the network’s coverage Monday night alone puts the lie to Fox’s claim to being a credible source for information about the pandemic.

Fox prime time marks the 500,000th U.S. pandemic death with the same lies that helped get us there | Media Matters for America

Will the Pandemic help Shift the world from Oil to Green Energy?

It is crucial to an understanding of the global consequences of the coronavirus pandemic to consider the transition to alternative energy sources for the benefit of future generations. Covid-19 is affecting people all over the world, but a year ago it was just another public health issue. That has all changed, and it actually affects every aspect of our lives as individuals and as nations.

Will the Pandemic help Shift the world from Oil to Green Energy?

COVID Performance Index ranks the countries that handled the pandemic best

Australia came in eighth place of the best performing countries in suppressing the coronavirus.

Democracies have slightly outperformed authoritarian countries in suppressing the coronavirus, according to an analysis that found smaller populations and competent bureaucracies were the major factors in managing the global pandemic.

COVID Performance Index ranks the countries that handled the pandemic best

As Covid-Positive GOP Politicians Enjoy Healthcare They ‘Would Deny Others,’ Coronavirus Pandemic Again Makes Case for Medicare for All | Common Dreams News

White House physician Sean Conley gives an update on the condition of U.S. President Donald Trump, on October 3, 2020, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump was hospitalized on October 2 due to a Covid-19 diagnosis. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)

“The moral of the story is, he lied to you for months and encouraged you to live recklessly during a pandemic, and when it got to him he received every top tier treatment and medication to ensure his survival while your friends and family died alone.”

As Covid-Positive GOP Politicians Enjoy Healthcare They ‘Would Deny Others,’ Coronavirus Pandemic Again Makes Case for Medicare for All | Common Dreams News

How in the World did Americans make even a Pandemic Partisan? The Virus doesn’t Care

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It’s possible to disagree – but still engage – with friends or fellow citizens who evaluate the benefits of test and tracing policies for COVID-19 differently, but how do we communicate with someone who – armed with the same public information – concludes that there is no pandemic?

How in the World did Americans make even a Pandemic Partisan? The Virus doesn’t Care

Trump’s CFPB Deploys Predatory Lenders as Pandemic First Responders

Exterior view of a Payday Loan Store in downtown Chicago, Illinois, 2019.

The House and Senate hearings provided a necessary public accounting of the CPFB. However, without federal intervention, people will have little choice but to rely on predatory lenders and their high-cost debt for surviving the pandemic. And they’ll have fewer protections, thanks to the CFPB’s final rule that promises to widen racial economic inequality during a pandemic instead of narrowing it.

via Trump’s CFPB Deploys Predatory Lenders as Pandemic First Responders

Trump’s Trifecta: Update | The Smirking Chimp

The latest GALLUP POLL indicates, “[only] 13% of U.S. adults are satisfied with the state of the nation.”

The Pandemic: Late in April, the U.S. had 1 million coronavirus cases (and 56,000 deaths). Now we have 5 million cases (and 163,000 deaths).

via Trump’s Trifecta: Update | The Smirking Chimp

A Hurricane, a Pandemic, and Trump: The Triple Crisis Is Barreling Down on Florida – Mother Jones

Jonah is at home on the SS Florida the Whale is waitng in antcipation (ODT)

Florida accounts for 10 percent of the country’s COVID-19 cases, with almost half a million cases and already 7,021 deaths. Fifty-one hospitals have run out of ICU beds as the state still is adding another 9,725 new cases on average a day. The hurricane has only contributed more chaos to the equation. State-run coronavirus testing sites have closed on Florida’s eastern coast in anticipation of the storm (originally, the state considered consider closing all of its testing sites before Isaias changed tracks). And hospitals also must plan for the worst. Florida Governor Ron De Santis said he doesn’t “anticipate hospitals needing to evacuate patients.” But one small hospital in Brevard County, which is in the anticipated path of the storm, already has moved its COVID-19 patients. The state has had to stockpile supplies in preparation, including 20 million masks, 22 million gloves, 10 million gowns, 1.6 million face shields, 270,000 coveralls and 20,000 thermometers, while ensuring there are generators for nursing facilities should the power go out.

via A Hurricane, a Pandemic, and Trump: The Triple Crisis Is Barreling Down on Florida – Mother Jones

How Our “Balkanized” Health Care System Made the Pandemic Far Worse – Mother Jones

When I talk to local people, like a city council or a schools’ committee, I say, “What cost are you willing to accept for being wrong? What is an acceptable cost to you?” Frankly, we got lazy, and we’re not prepared for something like this. Even people like me and my colleagues, we would look at the data and kind of think, can it really be that bad? It’s hard to admit to yourself that it really can be that bad, but you have to know in the back of your mind that it may well be.

via How Our “Balkanized” Health Care System Made the Pandemic Far Worse – Mother Jones

Pandemic ‘a smokescreen’ to ram through controversial mining projects like Santos gas in Narrabri – Michael West

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The independent hearings into one of the most controversial projects in NSW history, Santos’ coal seam gas dream for Narrabri, are wrapping up. Meanwhile, new NSW guidelines to fast-track developments look set to turn into a nightmare for community groups, writes Callum Foote.

via Pandemic ‘a smokescreen’ to ram through controversial mining projects like Santos gas in Narrabri – Michael West

Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

Hospitals have been instructed to send COVID data to a central database in Washington, bypassing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The information will no longer be accessible to the public, raising concern that the data is being hidden for political reasons and the lack of transparency will make it easier for the administration to mislead the public.

The administration is also blocking CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield from testifying before Congress about the safety of reopening schools. They are attempting to block GOP senators from allocating billions of dollars to the CDC, Pentagon, and State Department for pandemic response. And the administration even opposes sending billions to states for testing and contact tracing.

via Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

The Selfish and Unselfish Case for Sending Scientists and Doctors Abroad – Mother Jones

How many Holes can a President have in his foot?(ODT)

On why the United States should not pull out of the World Health Organization: WHO is not a perfect organization, but it is the only international infrastructure that we currently have that creates the platform on top of which sovereign nations can collaborate, and share data and technical expertise. There is nothing else like that out there. And so, for us to pull out of that basically means that we need to depend on bilateral relationships with countries you know, or regional organizations. It’s just shooting ourselves in the foot.

via The Selfish and Unselfish Case for Sending Scientists and Doctors Abroad – Mother Jones

The rich are making out like bandits in this pandemic (we’re talking US, but same goes for “us”) – Michael West

Tens of millions of Americans are cashless, many desperate to feed their children. Meanwhile the richest Americans merrily float on a rapidly rising tide of money thanks mainly to Trump & Co.

via The rich are making out like bandits in this pandemic (we’re talking US, but same goes for “us”) – Michael West

Democracy is not a Luxury in Times of Pandemic

While some pundits extol the virtue of strong government (i.e., dictatorship) in fighting Covid-19, Middle Eastern activists are once again mobilizing to insist that democracy is not a luxury in a time of pandemic. “Systems of government that are more democratic and transparent will keep citizens safe,” argues Mai El-Sadany. Because the human rights of all citizens are at stake, not just those of a minority, she explains, “this is a unique movement of norms creation.”

via Democracy is not a Luxury in Times of Pandemic

Give Me Liberty — No, Wait, Give Me Death

Terrorists killed fewer Americans over twenty years than coronavirus has in two months. Yet the Right, which insisted after 9/11 on the need to give up core civil liberties to “save lives,” is now demanding that we accept mass death for the sake of profit.

via Give Me Liberty — No, Wait, Give Me Death

After COVID-19, a change is overdue

You cant privatise a pandemic Scott Morrison (ODT)

It will be difficult for Morrison to backtrack on measures already put in place to cope with the economic effects of the virus and more government financial assistance can be expected before we are out the other side. The fragility of the economy will require nurturing by the State for some time to come. The funding of childcare, universities and the increased funding of Newstart will not be easy to reverse even when the economy is stronger given likely voter resistance. It will give the Labor Party a platform.

via After COVID-19, a change is overdue

Old Dog Thoughts- The IPA and the Robber Barons have Bolt Begging to Return the Abnormal

Fighting Fake News with REAL,6/4/20; The Oligarchs and Robber Barons want their Rights back; Bolt is begging on their behalf; Societal Racism is Amplified by the pandemic; Leadership Failure is Patently Evident;

Old Dog Thoughts News Corp’s Pandemic No Adevertisers. Get back to work!!

Fighting Fake News with REAL 3/4/20; No need to Social- Distance says Australia’s most prolific Social Distancer; News Corp Spreading another Pandemic “no advertiser” Pandemic they have closed 60 publications No Recovery

Old Dog Thoughts- Costs Costs Costs Don’t do anything is the LNP and News Corpse solution

Large outbreaks in Italy, South Korea and Iran were reported in the past few days, suggesting containment measures have not stopped the virus' spread.

Fighting Fake News with REAL,25/2/20; Pandemic, Stock markets and the wealthy; Australian LNP try to say Coal and Gas are clean economically; Fake News