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Macron voices concerns over Covid vaccines patent waiver

French president says US and UK should start exporting doses around the world insteadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEmmanuel Macron has echoed the German government’s concerns over Joe Biden’s proposed suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines as he urged the US and the UK to instead start exporting doses around the world.Arriving at an EU summit in Porto in Portugal, the French president expressed his reservations about the White House proposa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Portugal


US-Germany rift as Berlin opposes plan to ditch Covid vaccine patents

Germany says waiver would inhibit private sector researchOpposition to Biden plan threatens to deadlock WTO talksThe US and Germany are at odds on the issue of waivers for patents on Covid-19 vaccines, as Berlin argued that a waiver would not increase production and would inhibit future private sector research.The disagreement is the first major rift between the two economic powers since Joe Biden took office, and threatens to deadlock discussions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and sour r...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Berlin, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, World Trade Organization, WTO, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, G7, World Trade Organization WTO


US support for Covid vaccine patent waivers puts pressure on EU and UK

Analysis: Joe Biden’s support for idea is vital but it won’t happen without backing of other rich nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was a “seismic decision” by Joe Biden, the US president, say campaigners who have fought for the demolition of patent protection on vaccines and drugs for decades. The US administration has amazed supporters and critics alike by throwing its considerable weight behind the pleas of South Africa, India and about 100 developing count...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, US, Eu, World news, Joe Biden, US news, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, South Africa India, Coronavirus


Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge

Country appeals for international help, with vaccines in short supply and a reported 47% positivity rateCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNepal is struggling to contain an explosion in Covid-19 cases, as fears grow that the situation in the Himalayan country may be as bad, if not worse, than in neighbouring India, with which it shares a long and porous border.Following warnings by health officials earlier this week that the country was on the brink of losing control of ...
Tags: Health, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds

Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, w...
Tags: Health, Politics, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Public services policy, Global development, Health policy, World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Global Health, Women's rights and gender equality


Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

Limited data from small test trial shows positive results against South Africa and Brazil strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said.The results of the small trial suggest that boosters against the variants will be feasible and could potentially be rolled out this year to count...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Moderna, Coronavirus


Ministers urged to reveal details of £2bn Covid deals with private health firms

Contracts to increase capacity handed to 17 companies, some of whom had donated to ConservativesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been urged to publish details of up to £2bn in Covid-19 contracts awarded to private healthcare companies, including some that have helped fund the Conservative party.Contracts to provide extra capacity during the pandemic have been handed to 17 firms since March 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Private healthcare, Coronavirus


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


‘It’s terrifying’: parents’ struggle to get help for children with long Covid

Lack of research into area means children are being sent away from A&E and parents told they are overanxiousCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Christmas Day, Gail Jackson’s 16-year-old daughter said she was in so much pain she thought she would die. Liliana had been briefly admitted to hospital with Covid in September. Her symptoms never went away and, as time went on, new ones had emerged.“For months she had a relentless, agonising headache, nausea, tinnitus, fatigue...
Tags: Health, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Young People, Jackson, Liliana, Coronavirus, Long Covid, Gail Jackson


Coronavirus blog as it happened: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use

Saturday’s news on Covid developments around the worldThousands waiting for dementia diagnoses during Covid crisisTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easingCanberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 12.01am BST That’s it for today from the global blog team. Thanks for following our coverage – more to follow in a few hours. 12.00am BST C...
Tags: Health, England, London, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID, IndiaUK


Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists sayThousands waiting for dementia diagnoses during Covid crisisTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easingCanberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 5.29pm BST The number of people in intensive care units in France w...
Tags: Health, England, London, France, India, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, Coronavirus, COVID, IndiaUK


Coronavirus live news: WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use; Scotland records one new Covid death

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists sayThousands waiting for dementia diagnoses during Covid crisisTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easingCanberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 4.18pm BST There have been 1,907 new coronavirus cases in the UK, b...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Scotland, India, Spain, Society, World news, Portugal, Brazil, Who, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: UK expert urges patience as many still unvaccinated; Netherlands delays lockdown easing

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists sayTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easing Canberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 1.25pm BST Turkish police have detained more than 200 people attending May Day marches amid a coronavirus-related curfew, Reut...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Russia, India, Society, World news, Netherlands, Vaccines and immunisation, Canberra, Istanbul, Reuters, Reddy, Taksim Square, Labs Ltd, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: controversial England care home rule scrapped; India daily cases top 400,000 for first time

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists sayTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easing Canberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 8.10am BST Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to everyone reading. I’m Mattha Busby, here bringing you global coron...
Tags: Health, England, India, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Canberra, Peter Walker, Mattha Busby, Coronavirus, COVID, IndiaUK


Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’

More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseasJoe Biden is being urged to clarify a longstanding US law restricting overseas aid that has been misinterpreted by successive administrations as an outright ban on funding abortion for any reason.As the US president marked his first 100 days in office on Friday, more than 140 human rights and global health organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty...
Tags: Health, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Global development, Amnesty International, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Biden, Helms, Women's rights and gender equality, Biden Administration


Gordon Brown leads calls for $60bn of Covid support for poor countries

Former PM urges G7 leaders to help finance rapid immunisation programme to stem spread of virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA whirlwind six-week campaign to persuade the UK-hosted G7 summit to fund a $60bn two-year vaccine and healthcare support package for poor countries is being spearheaded by the former prime minister Gordon Brown.In a campaign backed by the Guardian, leaders of the west’s leading economies are being urged to invest a fraction of the sums spent ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Coronavirus


Genetically-modified mosquito larvae to be released in Florida Keys

Non-biting male mosquito larvae part of controversial program to curb spread of diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow feverThe Florida Keys will this week see the release of genetically-modified, non-biting male mosquito larvae as part of a controversial program designed to curb the spread of insect-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever and other human diseases.The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and British firm biotech Oxitec announced last week that 12,000 of the invasiv...
Tags: Health, Florida, Environment, World news, US news, Insects, Zika, Oxitec, Florida Keys, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District


Leading scientists urge UK to share Covid vaccines with poorer nations

Donating doses to countries such as India would tackle soaring death toll and curb new variants, experts sayOpinion: leaders must ensure vaccines aren’t the preserve of the richCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeading scientists are urging the UK to share the Covid vaccines it has bought with India and other nations, to tackle the soaring death toll and reduce the spread of the virus and new variants around the world.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trus...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, India, Society, UK News, World news, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Coronavirus


Biden says fully vaccinated people can go maskless outside – but not in crowds

President: ‘If you’re in a crowd you still need to wear a mask’US politics – live updatesJoe Biden has told fully vaccinated Americans they can go outdoors without a face mask, except in big crowds, as he attempts to steer a lockdown-weary nation back towards normality. Related: Republicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden’s first 100 days Continue reading...
Tags: Health, US, World news, US news, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Trump, Coronavirus


Children may be at risk from long Covid symptoms, study finds

Data shows 24% of patients had persistent ailments months after leaving a Moscow hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren who are hospitalised with coronavirus may be at risk of persistent fatigue and other symptoms of long Covid, according to researchers who examined the health of patients months after they were discharged.Scientists interviewed the parents of more than 500 children who were admitted to a Moscow hospital with Covid between April and August la...
Tags: Health, Children, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Moscow, Coronavirus


Harry and Meghan to join Joe Biden at Vax Live concert to increase global vaccination

Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin among stars at virtual performance to raise money for CovaxCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the US president, Joe Biden, at a virtual concert in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.Harry and Meghan are “campaign chairs” of the A-list event, Vax Live. Hosted by Selena Gomez, and organised by Global Citizen, the event, on Saturday 8 May, will feature musical performances by nam...
Tags: Health, Music, US, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Harry, Harry, Selena Gomez, Vaccines and immunisation, Duke, Sussex


Global faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate world against Covid

Exclusive: almost 150 religious heads say ‘every person is precious’ as they demand end to vaccine nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFaith leaders are calling on states and pharmaceutical companies to produce and distribute enough vaccines to immunise the entire global population against Covid-19, saying there is a “moral obligation” to reach everyone.Almost 150 religious leaders from around the world – including Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Cante...
Tags: Health, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Cape Town, Rowan Williams, Vaccines and immunisation, Anglicanism, Dalai Lama, Peter Turkson


Covid ‘vaccination persuasion’ teams reap rewards in Turkey

Door-to-door initiative targeting elderly people reluctant to have jab to be rolled out after local successCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus “vaccination persuasion” initiative targeting elderly people who have declined invitations to get vaccinated is gearing up to be rolled out across Turkey after proving a resounding success in a district in the country’s south-east.Since February, doctors and healthcare workers in the mainly Kurdish city of Adıyaman, o...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Turkey, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Adiyaman, Coronavirus


India reportedly running out of vaccines amid Covid surge

Government’s plans to ramp up the vaccination programme by the weekend under threat Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia is reportedly running out of Covid-19 vaccines just as a virulent second wave continues to devastate the country, threatening the government’s plans to ramp up the vaccination programme by the weekend in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.From Saturday, everyone in India over the age of 18 will be eligible for a vaccine, a decision made by t...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


EU may let vaccinated Americans holiday in Europe this summer, says Brussels

Ursula von der Leyen says rules on non-essential travel will change take into account vaccination coverage Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe president of European commission has offered fresh hope of a summer holiday in the EU for those living outside its borders.Ursula von der Leyen suggested in an interview with the New York Times that Americans who were fully vaccinated would be able to visit the EU in what would be a change of policy on non-essential travel. Con...
Tags: Health, Europe, Eu, European Union, Society, World news, US news, New York Times, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels, Ursula von der Leyen, Coronavirus


Japan’s slow Covid vaccine rollout casts cloud over Olympics

Just 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least first dose, with less than 90 days until Games Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than two months after it began its vaccine rollout, Japan still lags behind the rest of the developed world, raising questions about its preparedness and doubts about the wisdom of holding the Olympics in Tokyo in less than three months’ time.To date, 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least one of two doses, compared with...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Sport, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus, US 49


Death toll in fire at Iraqi COVID-19 hospital surpasses 80

BAGHDAD — The death toll from a massive fire at a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients rose to 82 Sunday as anxious families searched for missing relatives and the government suspended key health officials for alleged negligence. The flames, described by one witness as “volcanoes of fire,” swept through the intensive care unit of the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, which tends exclusively to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. Officials said the blaze, which also injured 110 people, was set off...
Tags: Health, News, Iraq, Sport, World news, Soccer, Pope Francis, United Nations, Vatican, Francis, Baghdad, Ali, Ahmed, Human Rights Commission, Interior Ministry, Health Ministry


Coronavirus ‘swallowing’ people in India; crematoriums overwhelmed

NEW DELHI — With life-saving oxygen in short supply, family members in India are left on their own to ferry coronavirus patients from hospital to hospital in search of treatment as the country is engulfed in a devastating new surge of infections. Too often their efforts end in mourning. The stories are told in social media posts and television footage, showing desperate relatives pleading for oxygen outside hospitals or weeping in the street for loved ones who died waiting for treatment. One wom...
Tags: Health, Twitter, News, White House, India, Narendra Modi, Sport, World news, Soccer, United States, Pakistan, New Delhi, Qureshi, Carter, Modi, Medical University of South Carolina


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first jab; oxygen tank explodes at Iraq Covid hospital

Major casualties after after oxygen tank explodes at Baghdad hospital; parts of western Australia in three-day lockdownIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortagesCovid spread as overcrowding doubles among private renters in England‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine See all our coronavirus coverage 11.38pm BST Costa Rica on Saturday registered 1,830 new Covid-19 in...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Australia, Iraq, Society, World news, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Costa Rica, Baghdad, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, INA, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first Covid jab; Germany restricts travel from India

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.59pm BST Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 ne...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Damascus, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Hassan Ghabash



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