• The world needs a ‘people’s vaccine’ for coronavirus, not a big-pharma monopoly

    Jul 27, 2020 16:28

    Once a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine is discovered, the only barrier to providing sufficient doses should be the world’s manufacturing capacity. But other artificial barriers stand in the way. The intellectual property laws that grant pharmaceutical companies the exclusive rights to produce a particular medicine for a certain number of years are intended to reward investment and innovation into new medicines.

  • Self-inflicted wound of Brexit will make it harder for UK to recover from COVID

    Jul 27, 2020 16:12

    Even as Britain pivots its pandemic response and struggles to reopen businesses and schools amid the global pandemic, it is simultaneously hurtling toward its final, year-end break with the European Union (EU) — a self-inflicted wound that will be even harder to heal from in the age of COVID-19, as it will not have access to the huge pool of rescue funds recently negotiated by the 27 remaining EU nations.

  • Therapists, teachers warn of looming mental health crisis in UK

    Jul 22, 2020 10:56

    Ross O’Brien, the Digital Innovation Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country’s biggest mental health trusts, said: “There is the real risk that the mental health impact of COVID-19 will be more than the physical effects of the virus. This, coupled with the expected huge increase in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) referrals, means we are seeing a very worrying trend.

  • Winning the tech war against China by losing

    Jul 20, 2020 18:00

    China says the remark by US President Donald Trump that he personally convinced the UK government to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei’s 5G network equipment shows that the ban is politically motivated and has nothing to do with security. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a daily news briefing in Beijing recently that the comment showed that commercial and trade matters had been politicized.

  • US, UK must suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    Jul 14, 2020 08:16

    British weapons sales to Saudi Arabia are a serious violation of International Law and Arms Trade Treaty. They contribute to serious human rights violations, where the Saudi-led bombing campaign is systematically hitting civilian targets in contravention of the rules of war.

  • ‘Gov’t says UK to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite ‘possible’ war crimes in Yemen

    Jul 11, 2020 08:12

    The US and the UK governments continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia even though it’s a morally bankrupt and illegal choice to prop up the Wahhabi regime in its unlawful war on Yemen.

  • Drug couriers disguised as key workers during COVID-19 lockdown in UK

    Jul 08, 2020 10:16

    According to a senior officer in charge of tackling county lines dealing at one of the UK’s biggest police forces, young drug mules disguised as nurses and Deliveroo workers were utilized by criminal gangs to deliver cocaine, heroin and illegally acquired prescription drugs during coronavirus lockdown.

  • NHS facing shortage of doctors before second wave of coronavirus arrives

    Jul 04, 2020 08:22

    A new survey of doctors in the UK found almost one in seven is planning to quit the NHS or retire when the current crisis subsides, with many more saying they aim to cut back on hours, and almost a third complaining of mental health problems related to four months of relentless struggle against Covid-19.

  • UK debt is bigger than economy for first time since 1963

    Jun 24, 2020 10:18

    Britain’s public debt is larger than the size of the country’s economy for the first time since 1963, after the government borrowed a record £55 billion in May. The total level of debt has risen by £173 billion over the last year to reach £1.95 trillion, or 100.9 percent of GDP, as ministers introduced unprecedented support for businesses and households during the coronavirus crisis.

  • MPs say more than a million left out of coronavirus income support in UK

    Jun 18, 2020 10:46

    The UK’s all-party Treasury select committee said the Chancellor of Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, needed to make good on his promise to “do whatever it takes” to protect individuals and businesses from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The MPs called on Sunak to address the gaps in his coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) and self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).