Biden Addresses Omicron Surge as Nation Faces COVID Testing Shortage & Overwhelmed Hospitals

President Biden has announced a plan to begin distributing 500 million at-home COVID tests starting in January in response to the latest surge in cases, linked to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus. His plan also includes the establishment of new federal testing sites and the deployment of military medical personnel to help …
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Dr. Carlos del Rio on Omicron Surge, COVID Testing Crisis & the Need to Vaccinate the World

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: President Biden is preparing to address the nation Tuesday about the government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which is rapidly spreading across the United States and the world. The U.S. is now averaging over 130,000 new COVID cases …
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There’s less than 24 hours to save the latest victim of the government’s flawed TB testing regime

Support us and go ad-free The Conservative government’s flawed TB testing regime has already cost over 140,000 badgers their lives. In less than 24 hours, critics say it could count an alpaca called Geronimo as its latest victim. Thousands of people, including the conservationist Chris Packham and ex-Badger Trust CEO Dominic Dyer, are calling on …
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The Euros could be why more men are testing positive for coronavirus

Support us and go ad-free Men gathering to watch Euro 2020 football matches may be a potential reason why they were nearly a third more likely than women to test positive for coronavirus (Covid-19), experts have suggested. Data from Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori shows a notable difference between the number of men and …
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Bailiffs evict Bristol squatters who were isolating after testing positive for coronavirus

Support us and go ad-free A group of squatters were evicted from a building owned by the Salvation Army in Bedminster in Bristol yesterday. The squatters claim that the eviction was done without the required legal documentation. The residents of the squat were self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). A press release from the …
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Vaccine and testing shortcomings could signal further government incompetence

It’s now certain that the easing of coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will not commence on 21 June as anticipated. It will instead be delayed by some weeks. Moreover, scientists have identified a shortcoming in the vaccine programme. Despite the delay in easing of restrictions, unless this shortcoming is addressed, we’ll likely see a third wave of …
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An expert has laid into the government’s ‘beyond belief’ testing programme’

The government’s mass rollout of rapid result coronavirus tests is “dysfunctional” and “crazy”, an expert has said. Dr Angela Raffle is honorary senior lecturer in community medicine at the University of Bristol Medical School. She’s argued the Test and Trace programme needs to be rebuilt to link with local health and social services. And she …
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‘Batch testing’ is reportedly limiting how fast we can roll the coronavirus vaccine out

Boris Johnson has suggested the limiting factor in expanding the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is waiting for batches of the jab to be tested. Batch testing Ministers have said the NHS has the capacity to deliver two million doses a week of the Oxford vaccine once it receives supplies from the manufacturers. The prime minister …
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Education body says the government’s “11th hour” testing plans for schools are “chaotic and rushed”

Support us and go ad-free Headteachers could end up working on Christmas Day to put in place “11th hour” plans for the mass Covid-19 testing of students from January, an education sector body has warned. Sam Henson, director of policy and information at the National Governance Association (NGA), said more detail was needed by teachers …
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Mass virus testing plan for students ‘flawed’, warns universities union

A union has told of its “grave concerns” over plans for mass coronavirus testing for students, warning that “flaws” in the government’s approach are a “recipe for chaos”. “Flaws” A seven-day travel window has been announced so students can spend the festive period with their families, with additional testing offered before they depart. Students will …
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