Young adults among those suffering long Covid, research suggests

Younger people are among the one in seven adults with coronavirus (Covid-19) who go on to suffer long Covid, new research suggests. Long Covid US experts found that people with Covid-19 were more likely to suffer health problems stretching into the long term than those who had never had coronavirus. They found that one in …
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Covid vaccine maker BioNTech reports eye-watering profit in first quarter

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has reported a net profit of 1.13 billion euros (£972 million) in the first quarter of this year on the back of strong revenues from its coronavirus vaccine. The company’s estimated revenues surged to more than two billion euros for the period from January to March, compared with just 28 million …
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“Monumental Moment”: U.S. Backs Waiving COVID Vaccine Patent Rights After Months of Blocking Talks

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: In what the World Health Organization is describing as a “monumental moment,” the Biden administration has announced it now supports temporarily waiving the intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines. India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but …
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“An Apocalyptic Situation”: Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: India is in a state of crisis as COVID cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. India recorded 315,000 new cases Thursday, the highest daily toll of any country since the start of the pandemic. India also recorded 2,100 …
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More than 200 jobs could be axed at car parts firm ‘due to Brexit and Covid’

More than 200 jobs at a car parts firm in south Wales face being axed partly due to Brexit and coronavirus, the company has said. Tory Britain Kautex Textron, which has a plant in Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly, South Wales, said it was discussing possible staff reductions with its workers as well as the potential …
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Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval

Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor …
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Richard Burgon MP demands PM admits “deadly consequences” of his Covid dithering

Boris Johnson has said he is “deeply, deeply sorry” for the loss of lives in the past 12 months due to coronavirus (Covid-19). The death toll The prime minister faced calls to “apologise” for the UK’s death toll a year on from the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. On 17 March, Labour’s Richard Burgon …
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“Huge Victory”: Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show looking at a major provision in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American …
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Texas Gov. Lifts Pandemic Restrictions, Defying Public Health Experts, and Blames Migrants for COVID

Texas is the largest state to lift its mandate on face masks and fully reopen businesses, joining a growing movement in states governed by Republicans to ease pandemic restrictions even as experts warn it is too soon to do so, despite the accelerating pace of vaccinations in the United States. “This is completely politically motivated,” …
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New York Congressmember Mondaire Jones: Israel Should Ensure Palestinians Have Access to COVID Vaccine

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to, finally, ask you, Congressman Jones, a follow-up on a conversation we had yesterday with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill and a leading Jewish activist, Mitchell Plitnick, who wrote a book called Except for Palestine: The Limits …
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