Doctors Without Borders: U.S. Should Force Pfizer to Share COVID Vaccine Technology with Africa

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman. The Food and Drug Administration has fully authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. residents aged 16 and over, making it the first COVID vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA. …
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Doctors’ union warns people to remain cautious as isolation rules are eased

Support us and go ad-free The situation with coronavirus remains “very precarious” and the public should stay cautious in the wake of self-isolation rules being eased for the fully vaccinated, a doctors’ union has said. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would “strongly urge” people to continue to take “sensible precautions” as new guidance …
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More doctors condemn herd immunity as ‘Freedom Day’ looms

Support us and go ad-free Over a thousand doctors have added their signature to a letter published in the Lancet. The letter condemns the government’s current coronavirus approach. In particular it warns UK prime minister Boris Johnson that the loosening of lockdown restrictions on 19 July – so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – would lead to mass …
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Doctors’ leaders criticise Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ lockdown lifting

Support us and go ad-free Doctors’ leaders have condemned Boris Johnson’s “irresponsible” decision to press ahead with lockdown lifting in England despite Covid-19 infections continuing to surge. The British Medical Association (BMA) warned of “potentially devastating consequences” after the Prime Minister confirmed on Monday that most mandatory restrictions will end next week. At a Downing …
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Gaza Physician: Israel Is Targeting Doctors & Health Facilities to Overwhelm Our Crumbling System

The death toll in Gaza has reached 213, including at least 61 children, as Israel continues to attack the besieged area by air, land and sea using U.S.-made warplanes and bombs. The death toll in Israel stands at 11 from rockets fired from Gaza. Israel is facing increasing criticism for targeting doctors in its attack, …
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‘Exhausted’ doctors felt pressured to work extra shifts – survey

Thousands of NHS workers are experiencing “unacceptable levels of exhaustion”, a health chief has warned, after a survey found some doctors worked extra unpaid shifts during the pandemic. Over-worked The British Medical Association (BMA) said more than half of doctors (58%) surveyed in the UK had worked extra shifts as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) …
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How Cuba Beat the Pandemic: From Developing New Vaccines to Sending Doctors Overseas to Help Others

Since last year, approximately 440 Cubans have died from COVID-19, giving Cuba one of the lowest death rates per capita in the world. Cuba is also developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including two which have entered stage 3 trials. Cuba has heavily invested in its medical and pharmaceutical system for decades, in part because of the …
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Doctors’ union urges government to tackle ‘unacceptable’ social inequalities

Doctors have urged the government to tackle social inequalities in the UK as a matter of “moral and economic” urgency. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said ministers must prioritise making the Universal Credit uplift permanent. It’s also called for investment in mental health and child support services as lockdown restrictions ease in the coming …
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Colleagues in tears and night panics – ICU doctors describe coronavirus despair

Intensive care doctors have described jolting awake at night and witnessing colleagues breaking down as they warned that specialist units are “not out of the woods” with coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. Ongoing trauma Despite a downward trend nationally in coronavirus cases and hospital admissions, consultant Dr Ben Attwood said intensive care units such as his at …
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Hampers for Heroes: doctor’s plea inspires thousands of donations to NHS staff

A social enterprise is delivering thousands of pounds’ worth of treats to help lift the spirits of healthcare workers in the West Midlands, inspired by one doctor’s emotional appeal for support. Big donations Hampers for Heroes, which is run by Victoria Hanson, 44, a management consultant from Solihull, has delivered supplies to more than 20,000 …
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