U.S. Rep. Tlaib: “Israel Is a Racist State That Would Deny Palestinians Like My Grandmother a Vaccine”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Congressmember Tlaib, you’re a Palestinian American, and you’ve made history as one of two, the first Muslim American women in Congress, along with Ilhan Omar. I wanted to get your reaction to — well, Israel has vaccinated more of its population, something like 20% of its citizens, including Jewish settlers on the West Bank. And it’s been hailed around the world, the most vaccinated population. And yet Palestinians have not been vaccinated. You have family in the West Bank. Human Rights Watch, among many others, including so many Palestinians, have demanded that COVID-19 vaccines be…

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Public warned over coronavirus cons amid rising vaccine fraud reports

Doctors and police are warning the public not to fall for fraudsters trying to sell fake coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, affirming that the jab will always be free. Scams rising Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. City of London Police are investigating one case in which a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered a fake vaccine before charging £160 and claiming it would be reimbursed by the NHS. Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public urge people to click a link to…

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UK to face short-term delay in delivery of the Pfizer vaccine

The UK is set to face short-term delays in delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as the pharmaceutical company upgrades its production capacity.DelaysPfizer is upscaling production at its plant in Puurs, Belgium. This is in an to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021 – temporarily reducing deliveries to all European countries. Shipments of the vaccine, produced in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech, to the UK are set to be affected during January. But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same, according to the US firm.(PA Graphics)In response, a spokesperson for the government said that it’s still…

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Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk’s Son Urges More Access to COVD Vaccine

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. “The rest of the world and the countries that are less…

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Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine

The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. Professor Devi Sridhar said there’s currently “no clear strategy” in the UK other than “reactive lockdowns”. Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. “The UK has no clear strategy” Prof Sridhar urged governments to…

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Survival of the Fittest? Florida Seniors Forced to Camp Overnight in Cars, Hoping for Vaccine

As the United States reports record COVID-19 deaths, Florida broke the record for the highest single-day increase in new cases Thursday. Across the state, long lines to get vaccinations against COVID-19 left senior citizens camping in their cars overnight in cold weather, after Governor Ron DeSantis lowered the priority age to 65, 10 years below the CDC recommended age of 75. Those aged 79 and older are reportedly four times as likely to die from COVID. We speak with John and Maria Luisa Schoch, aged 79 and 80, as they enter their second day in line waiting for shots. Source link

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“Medical Apartheid”: Israeli Vaccine Drive Excludes Millions of Palestinians in Occupied Territories

Israel has administered COVID-19 vaccines faster than any country in the world, with more than 14% of Israelis receiving vaccines so far. Despite the fast rollout, human rights groups are expressing alarm over Israel’s decision not to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, where about 1,500 people have died during the pandemic. Israel has defended its actions citing the Oslo Peace Accords, which put Palestinian authorities in charge of healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian officials are facing a number of hurdles in launching their own vaccine campaign, including a shortage of money, lack of access to vaccines and lack of infrastructure to…

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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 testingMinisters 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 claims the issue is not supply or staff but waiting for batch approval.He said:We have the capacity, the issue is to do with supply of the vaccine. It’s not so much a manufacturing issue although that’s part of it. Each batch needs to be properly approved and quality controlled. (PA Graphics)Johnson claimed: There’s a massive…

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People’s Vaccine: Calls Grow for Equal Access to Coronavirus Vaccine as Rich Countries Hoard Supply

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the United States, Britain and other nations begin unprecedented mass vaccination campaigns to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, other parts of the world may not have access to vaccines for months, if not years. A new report finds as many as nine out of 10 people in dozens of poorer countries could miss out on the coronavirus vaccine until at least 2022, because wealthy countries, including the United States, are hoarding enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations between three and five times over. The report was issued by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, which…

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Vaccine update: issue 315, December 2020, COVID-19 special edition

Vaccine update: issue 315, December 2020, COVID-19 special edition (print version) Ref: PHE gateway number 2020372 PDF, 2.78MB, 21 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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