China pushes back U.S. empire of lies

first_imgThe U.S. ruling class has increasingly turned to misinformation and propaganda to maintain control during the COVID-19 epidemic. This includes concocting imperialist conflict with China. In response, Chinese journalists have consistently pushed back. An article titled “Reality Check of US Allegations Against China on COVID-19” from Xinhua provides a comprehensive accounting to set the record straight. The document is loosely summarized below. Chinese solution, not ‘Chinese virus’While Wuhan, China was the first region in the world to report the virus to the international community, it does not mean that it originated there. In fact, the origin has still not been identified.China builds 2nd hospital in 10 days.Source tracing is a serious scientific matter that should be based on science and studied by scientists and medical experts. Historically, viruses have not been first identified at their places of origin. For example, HIV infection was first reported by the U.S., yet it is unclear whether it originated there. Much evidence also suggests that the 1918 pandemic (H1N1 virus), sometimes called “Spanish flu,” did not originate in Spain.Today, the World Health Organization has strict guidelines against naming diseases after their purported origins.While far from conclusive about the origins of COVID-19, an article in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents dated June 2020 is titled “SARS-COV-2 was already spreading in France in late December 2019.” It reports that researchers found that an intensive care unit patient who had been admitted for an influenza-like illness between Dec. 2, 2019, and Jan. 16, 2020, was later shown to have tested positive for COVID-19. The patient had no link to China and had not recently traveled abroad.To label a virus after the first location that puts up an effective response only serves to demonize responses to new diseases, especially when that label is meant to place blame.A pandemic is a global public health emergency. There is no such thing as a “state responsibility” attached to the first country reporting cases. HIV/AIDS was first detected in the U.S. in the 1980s. It has since spread to the whole world, but the international community has never demanded that the U.S. take responsibility or pay reparations.On May 4, one of the world’s top magazines, Nature, published a study by experts from China, the U.S. and Britain showing that the three major groups of nonpharmaceutical interventions taken by China — inter-city travel restrictions, early identification and isolation of cases, plus contact restrictions and social distancing — not only contained the spread of COVID-19 in China, but also bought precious time for the world. The study details that without these measures, Chinese coronavirus cases would probably have been multiplied times 67 to over 7 million.How China contained COVID-19While China has been accused of failing to stop COVID-19, in fact it took the most stringent measures within the shortest possible time, keeping the virus largely within Wuhan. Statistics show that very few cases were exported from China. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pointed to research by Northeastern University showing that strains of the novel coronavirus found in his state were not from China. The New York Times cited U.S. research that most New York coronavirus cases did not come from Asia.China put Wuhan under a temporary lockdown as of Jan. 23 — meaning that no outbound commercial flights or train services took place from Jan. 24 through April 8. It was impossible for Wuhan residents to travel overseas during this period.When Wuhan was shut down on Jan. 23, only one case had been publicly confirmed in the U.S. When the U.S. on Feb. 2 closed its borders to all Chinese citizens and foreigners who had been to China within the previous 14 days, there were only eight confirmed cases in the U.S., according to official data. When the U.S. declared a national emergency on March 13, the number of its confirmed cases had ballooned to 1,896. When China lifted the lockdown on Wuhan, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. had risen to 400,000. It took less than 100 days for the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. to surge from 1 to 4 million.China collaborated with WHO and U.S. against COVID-19On Dec. 27, 2019, Dr. Zhang Jixian, director of the respiratory and critical care medicine department of Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, had reported three cases of pneumonia of unknown cause immediately after receiving the patients. This was the first report of suspected cases of a new disease by local authorities in China. On the same day, the Wuhan CDC conducted epidemiological investigation and testing on those patients.After the first public reporting of the pneumonia by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on Dec. 13, 2019, China completed the identification and sequencing of the virus as early as Jan. 7. It shared the genome sequence information with WHO and other countries on Jan. 11.On Jan. 10, the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other professional institutions were developing preliminary testing kits and stepped up research on vaccines and effective medication.China honors Dr. Li WenliangThe U.S.-based corporate media have spoken at length and with great inaccuracy about Dr. Li Wenliang, including a CNN Opinion piece on Feb. 11 titled “China’s hero doctor was punished for telling truth about coronavirus.” The reality is far more tragic and less favorable to the political program of CNN and other corporate media.Dr. Li Wenliang was a good doctor who died on Feb. 6 while treating coronavirus patients. He was a member of the Communist Party of China, not a so-called “anti-establishment figure.” On March 5, he was named a “national model healthcare worker in fighting COVID-19.” On April 2, he was honored as a martyr.Labeling Dr. Li Wenliang as an “anti-establishment hero” or “awakener” rather than as a whistleblower is very disrespectful to Dr. Li and his family. It is purely political manipulation with no sense of decency. On April 28, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and the All-China Youth Federation jointly issued “May Fourth Medals” to honor outstanding representatives and role models of Chinese youths. Dr. Li Wenliang was among the honorees.The Independent Media Institute conducted a thorough investigation into the media’s unjust reporting about Dr. Li. In a three-part series published in March and April titled “Truth and Propaganda about Coronavirus,” it concluded that the attempt of the imperialist media to describe what happened to Dr. Li as evidence of the Chinese government’s suppression of information about the virus was simply illogical.China reports accurately on the virusChina’s relatively low number of confirmed cases and fatalities is attributable to the comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures taken promptly by the Chinese government — such as completely shutting down transportation from Wuhan. Science magazine estimated in one of its reports that these measures helped prevent at least 700,000 infections in China.On March 3, Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to the WHO Director-General, noted in an interview with U.S. digital media Vox that China is not hiding anything. He expected that the data he collected through talks with physicians from various hospitals and other stakeholders would help corroborate China’s data.On April 17, in accordance with the law of the People’s Republic of China, Wuhan issued a notification that revised upward the number of confirmed cases by 325 to a total of 50,333 and fatal cases by 1,290 to a total of 3,869.Acting out of a high sense of responsibility to history, to the people and the lives lost to the coronavirus, Wuhan took the initiative to revise the numbers to reflect the facts it had gathered.China’s style of government was a boonViruses do not distinguish between ideologies or social systems. The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have played a decisive and critical role in leading the Chinese people in the successful fight against COVID-19.China’s political system, which has effectively united and mobilized 1.4 billion people on a vast land of 9.6 million square kilometers, provided a strong political guarantee for China to overcome the difficulties faced by a developing country in order to pool all its available strengths and resources in winning the battle against the virus. What has happened shows that the social system and development path chosen by the Chinese people suit China’s national conditions and that the CPC enjoys the firm and broad support of the Chinese people.At a press conference of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19 on Feb. 24, Dr. Aylward said that China had rolled out probably the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history. China’s bold approach changed the course of the disease and encompasses the only successful measures known to contain COVID-19.China committed to internationalismChina firmly supports multilateralism. All along the country has been in good communication and cooperation with WHO and has never attempted to manipulate the organization. The suspension of funding by the U.S., which had been the largest contributor to WHO, has been widely opposed by the international community.China’s actions with respect to U.S. journalists have been in response to the long-term oppression of Chinese media in the U.S., especially given the recent expulsion of 60 Chinese journalists. China has released information in an open, transparent, responsible and timely manner.While Taiwan, as part of China, has no right to join WHO, whose membership requires sovereign statehood, the technical cooperation channel between China’s Taiwan and WHO is unimpeded.The Chinese government and people have provided many shipments of much-needed medical supplies to over 150 countries and international organizations, and these efforts are still ongoing. China has also leveraged its strong production capacity and promptly opened up its medical supplies market and export channels.Preliminary statistics indicate that by May 6, Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, institutions and companies had donated more than 9.6 million masks, 500,000 testing kits, 305,900 pairs of medical and other gloves, and 133,500 goggles to 30 U.S. states and 55 cities. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

When your calling comes calling

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.It took Megan Diamond some time to find her calling in epidemiology, and, frankly, the delay bothered her.With her father a dedicated biochemist and a sister always wanting to be a doctor, Diamond thought she’d somehow know what she wanted to do, and the hard part would be just following that path. But it wasn’t that easy.“I never had that ‘aha!’ moment,” Diamond said. “I kept [thinking], ‘All right, where is it?’ ”Diamond, who is graduating from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found the start of her path as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. She was drawn to sociology and biology, two fields that don’t naturally fit together. So she studied them apart.“A lot of people thought it was strange, but I was doing what felt right,” Diamond said. “They were never integrated; I was just studying them simultaneously.”It took Diamond a few years — during which she interned at a think tank, graduated, traveled, and worked at a nonprofit that helped veterans with health problems — to find the right fit. Her interests crystallized into epidemiology, which targets diseases and their spread, when she began researching graduate programs in public health.“I felt I had my moment, that it’s finally my turn,” Diamond said. “It was just a natural progression of aging and life. You have to be patient with yourself.”During her two years at HSPH, Diamond has worked on Africa’s first longitudinal health study, the Africa/Harvard School of Public Health Partnership for Cohort Research and Training, or PaCT. Currently in a pilot phase, the study will provide a long-running snapshot of health on the continent, much as the Nurses’ Health Study and its follow-ups have in the United States.In such studies, participants answer questions about lifestyle and health periodically, providing a long-term view of the effects of diet, smoking, exercise, alcohol use, and other variables. The African study should provide information about health in the countries providing data, and illuminate a broader transition in disease burden, as increasing rates of noncommunicable ailments such as heart disease and diabetes add to the existing infectious disease burden.“It’s a unique time, when things are shifting. We’re trying to explore that,” Diamond said.Diamond has worked with data from the study and also traveled to Tanzania last summer as a Rose Traveling Fellow to collaborate with a physician at Muhimbili National Hospital on a paper about diabetes, based on the data. The trip was helpful in part, she said, because it brought home the importance of the people behind the numbers.“It puts faces to the problems, and you understand the importance of what you’re doing,” Diamond said.After graduating, Diamond hopes to work overseas, perhaps on a project that supports smartphone penetration in developing nations, providing a tool to conduct research and promote health. Though her future isn’t set, Diamond is confident she’ll figure it out yet again.“You can’t always predict what will come next. You have to just keep moving.”last_img read more

Champlain Bridge arch scheduled to be lifted into place on Friday

first_imgChamplain Bridge, August 24, 2011, NYSDOT.NYSDOT expects the transport process to begin at sunrise on Thursday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening that same day.  The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period.  The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured.  Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.   VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site.  High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work.  However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. The operation could be postponed or delayed due to excessive winds or lightning. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Friday, August 26, weather permitting.  The public will be able to watch the transport and lift, but some marine and vehicle traffic restrictions will be in place. There will also be a webcam showing the event (see link below).‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’ last_img read more

West Babylon Man Shot in Face

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting in front of his West Babylon home on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Christian Warren was in front of his house on Wright Street when the shooter opened fire from a vehicle the fled the scene at 4:30 p.m., police said.Warren was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition with a gunshot wound to to his face.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8152 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more