The vaccine: class division and chaos

first_imgTo spotlight the need for COVID-19 vaccinations of hospital workers, Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., staged a photo op on Dec. 18. Front line medical residents and fellows demand vaccine access, Dec. 18.A group of medical residents created a media event of their own to protest their exclusion from the first group to be immunized. These doctors, who are finishing their medical education and serve on the front lines treating COVID infections, complained they were “First in the room, back of the line.” (NBC Bay Area, Dec. 18)While only seven of 1,349 residents were in the first group getting the shot, other doctors who are not in close contact with COVID-19 patients, including some currently working from home, were vaccinated right away. The residents were not only protesting on their own behalf; they said nurses, janitors and food service workers should be in priority groups.“Disparities in distribution of the vaccine can be seen at a micro-level at Stanford today,” resident Dr. Christine Santiago posted on Twitter. “I worry that the situation we see at Stanford is a harbinger of population-level inequities of vaccine distribution for our underserved communities.” (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18)She hit the nail on the head. Were the wrongdoings at Stanford a microcosm of problems to come in this racist capitalist society? How long will it take before Black and Latinx communities, who have already suffered disproportionate rates of infection and death, get widespread access to COVID vaccines?The crying need for vaccines in the Global South exposed the glaring inequalities on the world stage. Countries devastated by poverty, sanctions and imperialist war and domination will face greater difficulties accessing and distributing a vaccine.Class divisions exposedWith rich people offering thousands of dollars to get to the head of the shot line, questions are being raised about how the poor and the uninsured will get access. The federal government, which is coordinating distribution to all 50 states,  promises to first vaccinate “essential workers” and people in nursing homes. But right now there are not enough doses to cover even the 20 million health care workers in the U.S., let alone grocery workers, delivery workers, teachers and others who provide necessary services while risking COVID-19 exposure.The government should have a plan to assure all “essential workers” receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Likewise there should be no unnecessary delays in protecting the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, and people with immune system deficiencies. This could be done, similar to the mass vaccination campaign after Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine.There also needs to be a plan to prioritize incarcerated people. Prisons are super-spreading hotspots, with an infection rate four times that in the general population.The government and big corporations owe the descendants of enslaved Africans billions upon billions in reparations for the unpaid labor of their ancestors. A down payment on the debt — a debt drenched in blood — could go a long way in addressing the racist disparities in health care and stem the genocidal COVID-19 death toll in communities of color.Capitalist chaosVaccine distribution and production overall is a chaotic mess. As of this writing [Dec. 21], the number of people vaccinated comes to less than the number of COVID-19 deaths, which continues to climb. Thanks to federal government “planning,” at least 12 states will see their ration of doses much lower than expected. There is no clear plan for how to disburse the millions of doses now being warehoused.This is not just an example of bureaucratic ineptitude. At the core is the lack of planning and chaos inherent in the capitalist mode of production. It’s what Karl Marx called “the anarchy of production” —  anarchy meaning the absence of order.“Operation Warp Speed” reinforced the profit motive, contracting to give billions of dollars to eight different competing drug companies. Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and other drug companies all stand to reap huge profits off the mass suffering caused by the pandemic — and they’re fighting each other over the spoils, rather than collaborating to manufacture the most effective vaccine in the shortest possible time frame.The profit train doesn’t stop with Big Pharma. Walgreens and CVS will be handling much of the vaccinating, the cost to be paid by the government rather than the individuals receiving the vaccine. FedEx and UPS will score a bundle transporting the vaccines.We are in a crisis of epic proportions. The drive for profit — which fosters inequalities — stands in the way of saving lives.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Shirlee Smith | Parents Are the Answer

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe No matter how racist, bigoted, anti-women, or the other attributes that tell us who President-elect Donald Trump is, the burden of decency remains in the hands of parents preparing children for the world in which they will have to live.Black folks – Black parents, that is – should have a jump start on The Donald’s influence on non-minorities in their zeal to follow his lead and take America back to “white-only” drinking fountains.Truth be known, Trump didn’t unleash racism. It’s been haunting Black American families ever since we were released from bondage. Simply put, White America either didn’t know this or found it best to think America had improved.But many Black families have continuously prepared their children for the name-calling, the unequal education, the shoddy treatment, and other exclusionary tactics that have made us second-class citizens.“If you wanna move forward in this life,” the old folks have cautioned, “ You’ve got to get up earlier and stay up later than the White folks you’re working with or sitting next to in class.”In case some Black parents forgot to tell this to their children because their split-level home in the suburbs fooled them into believing they had arrived, let me welcome these families to the new day – which is actually the old day – same ol‘ same ol’.In some schools, news reports say, White students have been chanting “White Power.”Time for a Black History lesson. Have a dinner conversation about the treatment of James Meredith when he went to Ole Miss Law School back in the ’60‘s.Have a little breakfast conversation about the results of Topeka Kansas and Brown vs their Board of Education court decision.Hmm, think about the lessons those parents were having to teach their children.But surviving on a daily basis, in spite of racism, has always been at the top of the list for preparing our kids for life in the USA.Any Black family fooled over the years into believing they’d arrived are now forced to acknowledge that in their quest to climb to the top in White America, the Black folk they left behind are just like them.Donald and his blatant agenda have not started any of the turmoil. It’s been here. It never went away.America has shown its true colors. Now, all parents have some serious lessons to teach. Black ones already know but too many have tried to ignore reality. White ones never took the time to find out. All the other groups The Donald has targeted had an inkling as to how society saw them; but now they know for sure.Knowledge being power gives us the opportunity to stop turning our backs on the ugly truth and instead measure up to the challenge. Make a comment More Cool Stuff Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Parents Are the Answer By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 9:15 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Seventh Day Adventist Church focuses on chronic non communicable diseases

first_img 42 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Seventh Day Adventist Church focuses on chronic non communicable diseases by: – January 26, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Priscilla Prevost The East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists have designated this year 2012 as the year for special health emphasis on Chronic Non- Communicable Disease. This is the Church’s response in an attempt to alleviate the growing problem facing the island with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.The official launch of the year will take place on Saturday at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium beginning at 9am -5.30pm.The featured speaker for the day will be Dr. David Williams from Boston USA originally from our neighboring island St. Lucia. Dr. David Williams is a graduate of Caribbean Union College now USC in Trinidad, Andrews University, and Loma Linda university. He received his PhD degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.Currently he is the Florence & Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health and a Professor of African and African American studies an of sociology at Harvard University.Health Coordinator East Caribbean Priscilla Prevost says he will present on the following Topics:”Where are the Miracles of Healing? And Simple Secrets to Prevent, Control and even Reverse Diabetes”.“He will also show parts of the film “Forks over Knives”. It features the doctors that changed President Bill Clinton’s life and Sunday evening at the Roseau Seventh –day Adventist Church “Religion, Spirituality and Emotional Health: Research Findings,” she said.The Minister of Health Julius Timothy will also deliver an address at the event which will be held under the theme “Healthy living the key to prevention, reversal and control of chronic disease”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Sunday Oliseh Explains The Challenges Of Coaching In Europe [VIDEO]

first_imgFormer Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh has taken time to explain some of the reasons why there are “few” African coaches in charge of European teams.43-year-old Oliseh, who resigned as Super Eagles coach barely eight months into his reign due to alleged breach of contract, is currently the head coach of Dutch second tier side Fortuna Sittard.Speaking to John Bennett of the BBC, Oliseh said: “There is a lot of responsibility because I fell I have to do well, It’s like a door opener for others who might come after,”“At least now we have a reference point because it was one of the problems I had when I was stepping in as a coach, I had no precedence,”Sunday Oliseh is one of only 3 African head coaches in European club football.I’ve been to meet him for @BBC_WF.https://t.co/tR9RH7ICnd pic.twitter.com/2JnXk8wbsz— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) September 14, 2017“I can also understand why there are so many few of us, because of the fact that we also have to improve our own knowledge and our own presence in the game,”“It will be nice to have some Africans pick up the coaching courses and the UEFA badges because without that they will let you coach in Europe.” he concluded.The former Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax midfielder is currently the only head coach from sub-Saharan Africa at a professional football club in Europe.Video Credit: Twitter.com – John BennettRelatedFortuna Sittard Vow To Take Legal Actions Against Oliseh As Dutch Club Deny ‘Illegal Practices’ AccusationFebruary 15, 2018In “Europe””I Will Never Abandon My Motherland” – Sunday Oliseh Backtracks After Fierce Backlash Over Vow Never To Coach Eagles AgainApril 16, 2020In “Featured”Sunday Oliseh: This Is The Time To Beat ArgentinaJune 25, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more