Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines

There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agriculture Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. “There’s been a lot of inequities that we’ve seen,” she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Dudley, director of the Cornell Farmworker Program, who says it’s “puzzling” that farmworkers in New York state…

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Anti-Choice Forces Use Pandemic to Slash Abortion Access in Preview of Post-Roe v. Wade World

We look at how people across the U.S. have struggled to access abortions during the pandemic with reporter Amy Littlefield, who says that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states had restrictions, including three-day waiting periods and counseling sessions filled with misinformation. Then, many tried to use the pandemic as a pretext for banning abortion as a nonessential service. “Texas, in the early weeks of the pandemic, sort of gave us a dress rehearsal for what it could look like when states try to ban abortion entirely,” says Littlefield. “We saw how half a century worth of attempts to whittle away at abortion access really collided with a…

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Marr just told one of the biggest lies of the pandemic, and it could impact all of us

Andrew Marr just repeated one of the biggest lies of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. What’s worse, it’s one that could help the Tories put in place more austerity. On your marks… get set… LIE! Chancellor Rishi Sunak was on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 28 February. His slot was ahead of the budget on 3 March. But before Sunak even spoke, Marr was already spreading propaganda for him. Because in his intro, he said: Now, my final guest is a man who’s borrowed almost £300bn: the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. #Marr compounding one of the biggest lies of the pandemic: that the Tories have "borrowed"…

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Exposed: Devastating DWP cuts have led to more people dying during the pandemic

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) welfare cuts have had a “direct” and “negative” impact on people’s mental and physical health. That’s the view of a new report into the UK’s social security system. Moreover, the research also highlights how DWP’s changes over the past five years led to a perfect storm of deprivation and ill health when the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit. Taken as a whole, the report’s findings suggest a greater number of people have died and suffered during the pandemic because of the cuts. DWP: back to 2016 In 2016, the Conservative government put in place the Welfare Reform and Work Act. It made sweeping…

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More than a third of all Universal Credit claims made since start of pandemic

More than a third of claims made since Universal Credit was introduced have been made during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show. Claimants There were 4.5 million claims for the benefit between 13 March 2020 and 14 January this year, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This represents 39% of the 11.4 million claims made since Universal Credit was introduced in April 2013. The latest quarterly figures take the total number of people on UC to 6 million as of 14 January – a 98% rise from 12 March 2020. The latest available figures show there were 4.9 million households on Universal Credit in…

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The NHS and care workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic

At least 244 frontline health and care workers have been identified after dying with coronavirus (Covid-19). This chronological list contains people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients. The figure is likely to be lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain. Through tributes from loved ones and confirmation through sources such as local NHS trusts and other authorities, the names of health and social care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since March 11 2020 have been compiled…

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Learn lessons from lack of diversity in pandemic messaging, says Black professor

A more diverse line-up of experts should have been prominent throughout the pandemic to help promote coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, a professor has said. Shift Professor Geoff Palmer, of Heriot-Watt University, said Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) experts should have been standing alongside prime minister Boris Johnson to speak about the virus from the beginning, and insisted lessons must be learned. Palmer, Scotland’s first Black professor, said that while there has been a “slight shift” in the right direction, he thinks “it’s a little bit late”. The professor emeritus in the School of Life Sciences told Sky News: I think what people tend to forget – we are…

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Study suggests climate change may have played a role in the coronavirus pandemic

Climate change may have played a direct role in the emergence of Sars-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, a study has suggested. “Urgent wake-up call” Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a “hotspot” for many bat species that host coronaviruses, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. The researchers said their findings, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, should be “an urgent wake-up call to reduce global emissions”. Dr Robert Beyer, a researcher in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology and first author of the study, said: Understanding how the global distribution of…

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Dr. Peter Hotez: “Globalized Anti-Science Movement” Threatens Pandemic Response & Public Health

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Another 4,000 people died in the United States from COVID-19 over the past day in what’s been the deadliest month since the pandemic began. The Biden administration projects as many as 90,000 more people will die in the next four weeks as the virus spreads uncontrollably across the United States. The total number of recorded COVID deaths in North and South America has just topped a million — nearly half the world’s total. And that actual death toll is believed to be even higher. On Wednesday, the Biden White House vowed to take more steps…

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UK’s handling of pandemic labelled ‘system failure’ by public health expert

There was a “system failure” in the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a public health expert has said.Professor Linda Bauld said the UK was underprepared for a virus like Covid-19, and Europe failed to learn from how south-east Asian countries responded to the pandemic.She said some of the decisions made in the UK “directly contributed” to the second wave, as she described the failure to ramp up contact tracing in March as a “fundamental mistake”.Prof Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, was speaking after the number of UK coronavirus deaths passed 100,000. She told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Wednesday:…

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