Brussels, 29 May 2020 - “Vaccines, tests, diagnostics, treatments and other key tools in the coronavirus response must be made universally available as global public goods”. President of Costa Rica Alvarado announced today along with WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus the #COVID19 Technology Access Pool. It's a way to go beyond global competition, nationalist stances and pharma corporates interests for the good of humanity. On the day Donald Trump announces US quit the WHO indefinitely, Dr Tedros makes a step forward on the front of global solidarity.
So far 37 countries joined the Pool to share data and intellectual property to give all countries and companies way to tools and findings to defeat pandemic “The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool will ensure the latest and best science benefits all of humanity,” said Tedros underscoring that “global solidarity and collaboration are essential to overcoming COVID-19.”
The initiative comes at a stage of high competition in the race for the vaccine and increasing confrontational positions between US and China while uncertainty over the future is affecting us all: impossible to figure out to get back to normal life without a vaccine.
37 countries so far joined the Technology Access Pool. Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bhutan, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, South Africa, Sudan, The Netherlands, Timor Leste, Uruguay, Zimbabwe.
UK: An army of homeless 'in waiting' outside courts doors
meanwhile government is not considering mayors' and MPs' plans
The British government set out a scheme to cover wages of employees during lockdown, but this is not protecting renters. Labour Shadow Secretary for Housing Debbonaire is proposing a rent ban, the Mayor of London a plan to protect three million renters in the capital, Clive Betts, Chair of Housing Committee said ban would breach rights to private property.
London - While Tories are protecting banks, property and assets owners spending millions and extending the mortgage scheme until October (and maybe further as Covid might restart spreading in autumn), renters are now exposed to mass evictions in June, as these have been only delayed by three months: the eviction ban expires on 25 June.
It is one of their main political strategies to maintain and expand Conservative political support: when in front of the ballot paper, owners will look back to 2020 when, thanks to Boris Johnson and his reckless team, they managed to earn money keep their properties while ruining the lives of millions of tenants during the historic coronavirus pandemic.
A democratic solution would have been suspending rent payments or support rent gaps over the three months lockdown until end June the same way Tories have done with businesses. That help to renters should have been given earlier, while full lockdown was in place and work was stopped.
Labour shadow housing secretary, Thangam Debbonaire is proposing rent ban. “Treasury announced today extension of mortgage deferral for home-owners till end October but what about renters?”, she said on Friday in a tweet asking the Treasury “will you now extend evictions ban and lift mandatory eviction if landlord goes to court after two months arrears? Or deal with money gap? Why just owners?”.
But Chair of Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Clive Betts stated that banning rents would breach rights to private property safeguarded by the European Convention on Human Rights.
Wearing surgical face masks works
Hong Kong University study demonstrates infection rate reduction
London, 18 May 2020 - It’s now proven scientific evidence surgical masks reduce Covid-19 infection rate by over 50%.
“The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge,” said yesterday Hong Kong University microbiologist Dr Yuen Kwok-yung showing the outcome of the experiment he conducted with his team on 52 hamsters, the rodent with the immune system similar to humans.
The experiment is three-folded:
1) two cages put close, one with infected hamsters and the other with healthy ones: infection rate after 10 days is 67%, two thirds of the hamsters became infected.
2) two cages, one with infected hamsters protected by a surgical mask-like barrier and the healthy ones’ cage with no protections: infection rate falls to 16% ...
London, 10 May 2020 - Workers in England have been said to go back to work from tomorrow without any mandatory safety measure in the workplace and without any rules on wearing face masks. There's no need to stress the liability of this government's decision as PM's broadcast speech speaks for itself.
Those who "should be encouraged" to restart working asap are in construction and manufacturing sectors, where in fact people are close one another and sites can really turn into new outbreak spots.
More than on the shameful herd immunity strategy, here the focus must be on industry and CBI in particular. Just listen to what CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn said after a call with Johnson mentioning he was setting a "guidance on how to make our work place safer. What we know is the development of safe workplaces is critical. We highlighted at the beginning of the week seven different workplaces the government is being examining" Fairbairn said. Why then tomorrow British workers are sent back unsafe with no guidance?
Beyond that, construction sector being considered as crucial for the economy in this moment means banks' interests are being prioritised, as new buildings are linked to mortgages and no public infrastructures have been flagged urgent except for 5G (which is not actually urgent at all).
The apparent cautiousness of the three steps plan stumbles at 'step one' where'stay home' is replaced with 'stay alert', when instead the true red alert is only on worker's health.
UK: Government slow in the name of business and political interest.
Opposition needs Starmer's legal profile in view of a public inquiry
London, 6 May 2020 - "The UK was slow into lockdown, on testing, slow on tracing, slow on supply of protective equipment. Yesterday's figures show deaths in care homes continue to go up"
Keir Starmer gets back to Johnson and to government's failures which are staggering to the point that the call for a public inquiry on its response to the pandemic gains strength day by day, figure after figure.
The core of the totally off track strategy is not just the initial misleading herd immunity, but the issue behind that folly: keeping business going regardless of workers health; Johnson's post recovery speech is a confirmation for that.
"So let me say directly also to British business - said Johnson last 27 April - to the shopkeepers, to the entrepreneurs, to the hospitality sector, to everyone on whom our economy depends: I understand your impatience, I share your anxiety. And I know that without our private sector without the drive and commitment of the wealth creators of this country, there will be no economy to speak of, there will be no cash to pay for our public services, no way of funding our NHS".
This is Tories' priority: business, the private sector: the main source of their political consensus. If they have been that slow is just because they feared to lose political gains. And here is the ground for an overdue public inquiry.
"The argument that international comparisons can't really be made when the government keeps using slides like these to make international comparisons, simply doesn't really hold water" said leader of the opposition Keir Starmer showing the last of a long series of charts comparing UK COVID-19 figures to the rest of the world's.
London, 5 May 2020 - On the day UK death toll is the hightst in Europe the need for an inquiry on government's choices and policies is stronger than ever: over 32.000 dead is the hitting home figure issued by the Office of National Statistics.
Opposition’s rage bounced back: "The figures released this morning are heartbreaking, but also further demonstrate the need for a public inquiry into the Government's response to the COVID19 crisis. The British public will want to know whether the Government could have done more and they deserve the answer to that question." said Lib Dems acting leader Ed Davey.
While the mild words from Labour shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth frustrate expectations that Leader Keir Starmer on Wednesday’s PMQs will call for an inquiry given the staggering number of deaths, the lack of transparency on testing and the absence of any credible policy on whether wearing masks should be made compulsory or at least strongly advised like in most countries. "Today’s confirmation we have the highest official death rate in Europe is a tragic reminder of the severity of this horrific disease.
Foreign Secretary Raab “frankly” admitted that government doesn't want to risk that making masks compulsory for the public would leave NHS frontline unprotected given the short supply. Such a dilemma points to government responsibility in getting PPE supply but the issue goes beyond this government irresponsibility: businesses and their incapability to switch production in such a crisis and to thinking outside the box of the profit is the root this tragedy stems from.
The public will rightly ask why our death rate is so high", Ashworth said “We should take all action necessary to suppress the virus, save lives and minimise harm. We have set out the principles for what should happen next and urge ministers to work constructively with us to take these forward.”
London, 2 May 2020 - Following the desperate alarm launched by homeless, women and refugee charities a new bill is coming into force to support victims of domestic abuse. Over this lockdown requests for help doubled along with the victims: many already lost their lives.
For the first time a statutory definition of domestic abuse is enshrined in law, which also includes economic abuse. British Secretary for Housing Robert Jenrick managed today to give a meaning to the daily government briefing on coronavirus introducing the new set of rules that, he said, will take to account domestic violence perpetrators and ensure priority need status for access to housing to the victims “so nobody has to make the unbearable choice to stay somewhere they know is unsafe”.
The bill is funded with 76mln pounds to charities as an answer to last weeks steep rise in domestic violence with victims facing nowhere to go. Since lockdown started victims are so many that Boots pharmacies set up a safe space run by charity HESTIA.
As calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline rose by 49% Dame Vera Baird QC, victims’ commissioner for England and Wales told MPs last 15 April that charity Counting Dead Women “got to a total of 16 domestic abuse killings in the last three weeks”, while number of women killed by men over the first three weeks since lockdown is the highest in 11 years.
During this lockdown home is not a safe place for thousands of women and children. In UK number of victims of domestic abuse has more than doubled to the point charities asked for safe place to be set in pharmacies.
In order to face the crisis government ensured today a 76mln funded bill which ensure priority access to housing to victims.
UK - Priority access to housing given to domestic abuse victims
Request for help doubled under lockdown
rMA15: the story of Mice Adapted SARS-COV-1
From 2007 SARS was studied on rats in biolabs
NOTE: THIS ARTICLE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND DOES NOT REFER TO ENGINEERED VIRUSES AS CAUSES OF COVID-19. IT EXPLAINS HOW FROM 2007 SARS HAS BEEN STUDIED ON MICE IN BIOLABS ACROSS THE WORLD.
London, 24 April 2020 - In January 2007 in the US Laboratory of Infectious Diseases of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in Bethesda, Maryland, researchers were carrying out experiments on SARS-CoV virus after 2003 epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-1) that originated in bats.
They decided to use mice as models of human SARS disease as they are easily accessible and relatively unexpensive. As mice support SARS-coronavirus replication in the respiratory tract, but do not develop the disease, the team decided to ‘potentiate’ SARS-COV-1 by adapting it: as one single inhalation of the virus did not produce effects, they made 15 serial passages in the respiratory tract of young mice. The use of this mouse-adapted virus allowed studies on viral disease and its prevention in a mammalian host.
A call for unity and to "quarantine" politicisation of coronavirus pandemic.
The daily conference update of WHO chief dr Tedros Ghebreyesus put the whole global establishments and political parties in front of their responsibility towards their citizens.
It had to be the World Health Organisation director general to remind them, especially US and China, the immense ongoing humanitarian catastrophe. “For God's sake over 60.000 people died isn’t this enough? It’s more than enough”.
The call should be even embarassing for presidents, prime ministers, party leaders, G20 head of state and even if not explicitly mentioned, the EU leaders, all currently unable to find a common successful strategy against the global pandemic which dynamics, developments and length are still uncertain as dramatic figures and death toll say we are far from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
WHO chief Dr Tedros Gebreyesus called politicians at national and international level to take responsibility and stop "politicising Covid" because only with unity we can defeat this global threat.
He also revealed having been threaten with racist messages, but did not react for being personally targeted but only when black people have been racially abused.
"Quarantine politicising Covid".
WHO chief Dr Tedros calls for national and global unity and for honest leadership from US and China
London, 1 April 2020 - Today Tory led British government announced that 2.000 NHS staff have been tested for coronavirus. In order to understand the irrelevance of the figure we have to think that the total number of NHS staff is around 1.5 million.
Since the pandemic is hitting the country, doctors and nurses are saving lives on the frontline without being tested and with no protective equipment risking to get the virus and die. Four of them so far lost their lives on the battlefield after getting infected in the hospital environment. The simple fact that hospitals in the UK, and in England in particular, are places where contagion is spreading, therefore dangerous places, is a scandal, a plague itself.
Test, test, test: in England hospitals are more
infectious than Wuhan wet market
London - Darwinism and evolution as exclusive outcome of natural selection is a theory that have always seduced British élite. Tories love this view rooted in the past and now muted into their main ideology, which is racism resulting into marginalisation, contempt for the weaker part of the society, ethic minorities, the poor, the homeless.
No surprise, then, that Tory best ‘treatment’ of COVID_19 is delegating the whole mess to the pitiless Mother Nature: the stronger will survive in the first season while the weaker will die, and next year those who became immune will protect the others from the virus.
The British population will now be considered as mice for the mass ‘herd immunisation experiment’ allowing them to freely enjoy the early spring coughing under blossoming trees and ‘impollinating’ their siblings with the deadly coronavirus and so celebrating the mating season. In fact if the 60% (36mln) population resists and the herd immunisation is successful, the majority of British next year will be a race stronger than others, because, instead of waiting for the vaccine (ready probably in ten months) like the rest of the world, the British only would have made a ‘natural step forward’. Maybe the Tories want to set a new strain of political science, or better, science subdued to political purposes.
Banksy: 'You lie', mouse. © Banksy 2020
Darwin, mice and coronavirus: a Tory-made strategy of science
slaved to politics
Cynicism from the government while the tragedy unfolds
The City's Dragon can't stand up against a new CETA
The politically motivated radical economic shift towards goods is just aimed at stabilising consensus
London, 18 Feb 2020 - A new UK-EU free trade regime will be agreed, if all hurdles are overcome over the few months left.
The most likely option seems to be the one EU has with Canada, meaning the services sector, which accounts for the 80% of UK's economy, will see an unprecedented contraction with huge job losses because that kind of trade agreement ends 98% of tariffs on goods, but leaves services, included financial ones, under the WTO regulation.
Now, Brexit implies the explicit request from the political electorate for investments in the Northern region of the country and to disinvest in London, which became a global service producer thanks to workers coming from the EU. The services boom developed and expanded over thirty years also as marketing and communications globalised arm of multinationals.
The new Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, or 'opt-out’ bill prescribes 'If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die'. The law will come into force from spring 2020.
This corresponds to silent assent, which we consider immoral and dangerous
The law de facto void the green option as automatically you will be registered as donor. You will be only able to opt out
It is also incorrect and coercitive to state: after your death
"Choose this option to record a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register NOT to donate your organs and tissue after your death. Please tell your family about your decision".
London - “If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die”. These are the words published on NHS site announcing the new law by which we all are organ donors unless we declare the opposite.
We all should be ashamed of the country we live in and concerned about the new law coming into force from spring 2020: “all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system or presumed consent. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law', probably to soften the actual dramatic impact of the silent assent which makes you an organ donor without your consent.
Everybody has to get informed about the fact in order for an organ to be transplanted the donor has to be still alive, that means in a coma, brain dead or judged by medics as dying, therefore the words "when you die" to encourage unaware people to agree to donation are a blatant and dangerous lie.
This new scandalous law which got Royal Assent last March 15 2019 as Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19, or 'opt-out’ bill, betrays the will and dignity of the human and of the right to life of the person.
From WHO and Costa Rica a call for solidarity to fight Covid:
37 countries joined, only 5 among developed economies
UK: People being sent back to work without safety measures
PM spoke with CBI but no rules have been put in place
Looking to a public inquiry
highest death toll in Europe, wrong policy and lack of transparency