Michael Gove loses court case over lack of of sign language at Covid briefings

Support us and go ad-free A deaf woman who took High Court action after complaining about a lack of British Sign Language interpreters at Government Covid-19 briefings in England has won a compensation fight. Katie Rowley took legal action against Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove. Rowley, a self-employed actor and writer, said the government had …
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Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves: “3 Things Biden Can Do Right Now to Stop COVID and Save Lives”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at how, six months into the Biden administration, COVID-19 cases are continuing to soar here in the United States and around the world. As the highly contagious Delta variant drives an increase in infections, especially …
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“COVID Games” Begin in a Fearful Japan as Olympic Committee Prioritizes “Profits Over All Else”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Tokyo, Japan, where protesters have gathered outside the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee has pushed forward with holding the games during the pandemic despite widespread opposition in Japan. Polls show …
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Boris Johnson accused of ‘absolute shambles’ over plans for Covid vaccine passports in clubs

Support us and go ad-free The prime minister is facing a backlash over his plans to make coronavirus vaccination compulsory for nightclubs and other crowded venues in the autumn. Clubs, backbench Tories and opposition MPs criticised the Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday – the day that clubs in England were allowed to open for the …
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Boris Johnson toys with herd immunity despite evidence linking long Covid to brain damage

Support us and go ad-free Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the UK are soaring, with the latest daily figure for 9 July showing at 35,707 cases. Leading scientists and clinicians are saying the government’s plan to ease lockdown on 19 July is both “dangerous” and “unethical”. But Johnson is sticking to his plan, which is herd …
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Upgrading PPE for staff on Covid wards ‘dramatically cut infections’

Support us and go ad-free An NHS hospital which upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards saw a dramatic fall in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, by up to 100%, research has indicated. Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards from fluid resistant …
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More than two million people in England may have had long Covid – study

Support us and go ad-free More than two million people in England may have had long Covid, new data suggests. Long Covid Findings from the React-2 studies show more than one third of people who had coronavirus (Covid-19) reported symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks. This amounts to 5.8% of the whole study population, with …
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Delta Variant Linked to COVID Surges Amid Slow U.S. Vaccination Rates as Global Inequity Persists

The White House says it will miss its goal of getting 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4. Vaccinations are available for anyone age 12 and up in the U.S., but just 45% of people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, and only 16 states have fully vaccinated more than half of …
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Employees suffering with long Covid are being discriminated against at work

Support us and go ad-free The TUC is calling for the government to recognise long Covid as a disability to prevent suffering employees being discriminated against at work. The union’s survey of employees with long Covid found that respondents reported symptoms lasting over a year, while experiencing workplace discrimination as a result. NICE defines long …
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No Tokyo Olympics: As COVID Spikes in Japan, Calls Grow to Cancel Games. IOC Refuses. Who Profits?

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Japan, where COVID-19 is spiking amidst mounting opposition to the Tokyo Olympic Games, which were delayed by a year because of the pandemic and are scheduled to open July 23rd. This week, Japanese leaders extended …
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