Indian Civil Society Urges Johnson & Johnson to Stop Exporting Indian-Made Vaccines to Rich Nations

More than a dozen civil society groups in India have written an open letter to Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government, urging the pharmaceutical giant to cancel export of Indian-made COVID-19 vaccine doses to rich countries and instead focus on distributing them in the Global South. “The 600 million doses that Johnson & Johnson is manufacturing currently … in India should go where the vaccines are most needed, which is the Indian subcontinent, the African continent and the COVAX Facility,” says public health activist Achal Prabhala, who co-authored the letter and is coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and…

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Boris Johnson refuses to meet Gurkhas on hunger strike

Support us and go ad-freeThere are no plans for Boris Johnson to meet Gurkha veterans who are on day 10 of a hunger strike over their pensions, the prime minister’s spokesperson has said. Equal rights The group outside Downing Street is calling for equal pensions for Gurkhas who retired before 1997 but are not eligible for a full UK armed forces pension. On 16 August, the Support Our Gurkhas protesters had reached their 10th day of not eating. A Gurkha veterans protest opposite Downing Street (Hollie Adams/PA) The prime minister’s spokesperson was asked whether any talks were planned after the protesters said they would end their hunger strike…

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More lies and distraction from Boris Johnson with his latest comments on coal

Support us and go ad-freeAs reported by The Canary, Boris Jonson’s shameful comments about coal pit closures in the 1980s have outraged people. Johnson has also refused to apologise for those comments. But given the deep hurt Thatcher caused by closing the pits in the 1908s, and the undercover police tactics used to target union members, it’s hard to believe a UK prime minister wouldn’t be aware of how inflammatory such a comment would be. Not to mention the fact that Thatcher did nothing to deliver quality jobs for those miners after the pits closed. Additionally, it’s hard to believe a prime minister could claim the UK is…

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NAACP Head Derrick Johnson Remembers Bob Moses as Key “Strategist” of Civil Rights Movement

We look at the life and legacy of civil rights icon Bob Moses, who recently died at the age of 86, with NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who formerly headed the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, where Moses served as field secretary for SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and helped register thousands of voters across the state. “Bob Moses was one of the most profound strategist leaders of the civil rights movement across the country,” says Johnson. “He understood that the local fight had both national and global implications.” Source link

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In 8 ludicrous words Boris Johnson destroys any shred of credibility in his crime fighting plan

Support us and go ad-freeOn 27 July, Boris Johnson unveiled his Beating Crime Plan. And it only took him eight words to destroy any shred of credibility in his proposals. The prime minister’s crime plan will make enhanced stop-and-search powers under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act permanent. Johnson described the discriminatory power as: a kind and a loving thing to do. Unsurprisingly, people were quick to point out how detached the PM is from reality: Stop and search is not kind and loving it is discriminatory and very very disproportionate. It’s a tool used to target black people and other ethnic minorities. They just…

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After two years of hot air, charities demand Boris Johnson honours his care pledge

Support us and go ad-freeCharities say they will continue working to make sure the government doesn’t “forget the commitment it has made”. This is in reference to the prime minister’s promise to fix the social care crisis, made exactly two years ago. An empty promise? Age UK analysed data from NHS Digital. It said local authorities in England have turned down some 1.4 million requests for care from older people since Boris Johnson’s historic pledge. This equates to nearly 14,000 people aged 65 and over a week not getting the vital care and support they believe they need. In 24% of these cases, the local council found they…

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Dawn Butler ordered to leave Commons after accusing Boris Johnson of repeatedly lying

Support us and go ad-freeA Labour MP has been ordered to leave the House of Commons after refusing to withdraw claims that Boris Johnson has lied to the House and the country over and over again. Dawn Butler (Brent Central) was told to withdraw from the chamber by temporary deputy speaker Judith Cummins following her remarks in a Commons debate. It is not considered within the boundaries of parliamentary etiquette to call another member a liar. Butler had said: Poor people in our country have paid with their lives because the Prime Minister has spent the last 18 months misleading this House and the country over and over…

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Boris Johnson accused of ‘absolute shambles’ over plans for Covid vaccine passports in clubs

Support us and go ad-freeThe 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 first time since March last year. He was also told to clarify the relaxation of isolation rules for some fully-vaccinated critical workers who are close contacts of Covid-19 cases after a Government statement said it would not be a “blanket exemption for any sector or role”. Speaking from self-isolation on so-called “freedom day”, Johnson…

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Boris Johnson escapes need to quarantine after meeting with Sajid Javid

Support us and go ad-freeBoris Johnson has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). But the prime minister will not be self-isolating, Downing Street has said. Instead, he will take part in a daily contact testing pilot which allows him to continue to work from Downing Street. One rule for them The announcement follows the disclosure on Saturday 17 July that health secretary Sajid Javid had tested positive for the virus. The prime minister is reported to have had a lengthy meeting with Javid at No 10 on Friday 16 July. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also…

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Pressure builds on Boris Johnson to award long-awaited pay rise to NHS workers

Support us and go ad-freePressure is increasing on the government to award a long-awaited pay rise for NHS workers​ before parliament breaks up for the summer recess next week. Unison said it’s now more than 100 days since the wage increase was due and almost a year since the union appealed to the prime minister ​to grant staff a £2k rise. It said health staff are ​increasingly worried that ministers will not announce an NHS pay rise before ​MPs go on their summer break. Anger ​The ​NHS pay review body ​(PRB) ​reported to ministers three weeks ago following a recommendation by the government that no more than 1%…

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