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Federal Reserve hints it will end pandemic stimulus programs

Federal ReserveFederal Reserve hints it will end pandemic stimulus programs Fed chair says it could raise interest rates next year, as long as the Covid crisis is contained Dominic Rushe@ …

Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

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Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

Rights and freedomVaccines and immunisationBig pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – AmnestySix companies warned not to put profit before lives as report shows less than 1% of almost 6bn doses have gone to low-income countries Rights and freedom is supported byAbout this contentSarah JohnsonWed 22 Sep 2021 06.46 EDTLast modified on Wed 22 Sep 2021 07.24 EDTAmnesty International has accused six pharmaceutical companies that have developed Covid-19 vaccines of fuelling a global human rights crisis, citing their refusal to sufficiently waive intellectual property rights, share vaccine technology and boost global vaccine supply.After assessing the performance of six Covid-19 vaccine developers – Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Novavax – Amnesty International claims that all are failing to uphold their own human rights commitments and warns they should not be putting profit before the lives of people in the world’s poorest countries.Less than 1% of the almost 6bn doses of Covid vaccine administered worldwide have gone to low-income countries, with almost 80% delivered to wealthy countries. Despite calls to ensure a fair global vaccine supply, some companies have continued to disproportionally distribute vaccines to wealthy countries, according to Amnesty’s report, published today.Agnès Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International, said: “Big pharma’s intentional blocking of knowledge transfer and their wheeling and dealing in favour of wealthy states has brewed an utterly devastating vaccine scarcity for so many others.”Callamard said: “[These companies’] actions are plunging parts of …

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‘I worry what’s going to happen’: how Covid has made airline work risky and exhausting in the US

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‘I worry what’s going to happen’: how Covid has made airline work risky and exhausting in the US

Airline industry ‘I worry what’s going to happen’: how Covid has made airline work risky and exhausting in the US As flight attendants are forced to manage disruptive passengers, other workers in the industry get by with no health insurance or sick leave Michael Sainato Thu 16 Sep 2021 05.00 EDT Last modified on Thu […]

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Poorest countries will be $12tn worse off by 2025 due to Covid – UN

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Poorest countries will be $12tn worse off by 2025 due to Covid – UN

Global economy Poorest countries will be $12tn worse off by 2025 due to Covid – UN Pandemic has added to their debts while wealthy nations limit access to vaccines, says annual report Richard Partington Economics correspondent @RJPartington Wed 15 Sep 2021 10.00 EDT Last modified on Wed 15 Sep 2021 10.52 EDT The world’s poorest […]

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UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva

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UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva

CoronavirusUK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm ValnevaGovernment serves notice to terminate contract over allegations of a ‘breach of obligations’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Jamie Grierson and Rob DaviesMon 13 Sep 2021 08.35 EDTFirst published on Mon 13 Sep 2021 03.07 EDTThe UK government is to pull out of a deal with the French pharmaceutical company Valneva to buy its Covid-19 vaccination, the company has said.The move will come as a blow to the vaccine manufacturing site in Livingston, west Scotland, which was visited by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, in January.About 100m doses of the yet-to-be-approved vaccine were put on order after the UK increased its request by 40m in February. But in a U-turn, the government has served notice to terminate the contract over allegations of a breach of the agreement.Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, told BBC Good Morning Scotland: “This is a blow for the facility in Livingston. We are very keen and will be reaching out to the company to try to get security and secure a future for that facility in Livingston; we hope that would be with Valneva.“Clearly, when it comes to their supposed alleged failure to meet their contract obligations, we obviously are looking for more information from the UK government and would expect that shortly.”The Livingston MP Hannah Bardell said: “This has come as a huge blow to my constituency, in which the facility is …

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 9, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — September 9, 2021

Uber and Lyft have continued their national push to cement the status of their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. In conjunction with Postmates and Instacart, the companies previously spent $205 million in California to successfully support an initiative to make those gig workers into contractors with some benefits. Now, they have moved their […]

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US adds just 235,000 jobs in August as Delta variant spreads

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US unemployment and employment data US adds just 235,000 jobs in August as Delta variant spreads Unemployment rate declines by 0.2 percentage points to 5.2% from 5.4% in July as employers cut back hiring plans Edward Helmore Fri 3 Sep 2021 11.49 EDT Last modified on Fri 3 Sep 2021 12.07 EDT The US economy […]

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Today’s News and Commentary — Friday, September 3, 2021

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Today’s News and Commentary — Friday, September 3, 2021

A new piece by Vice details how the Teamsters Union has thwarted Amazon’s expansion efforts nationwide despite recent failures by the movement to unionize the Bessemer, Alabama Amazon warehouse earlier this year. The wins – such as getting Fort Wayne, Indiana to shoot down a $7.3 million tax break for Amazon – expose the Teamsters’ […]

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Worker shortage will lead to UK food price rises, industry warns

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Food & drink industry Worker shortage will lead to UK food price rises, industry warns Wholesale firms have been trying to mitigate rising costs ‘but will not be able to continue absorbing them’ Joanna Partridge Fri 3 Sep 2021 04.41 EDT Last modified on Fri 3 Sep 2021 05.02 EDT The UK’s wholesale food industry […]

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Nike gives head office staff a week off for mental health break

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Nike Nike gives head office staff a week off for mental health break Sportswear and sneaker brand joins dating app Bumble in offering extra time off in Covid pandemic Kalyeena Makortoff @kalyeena Tue 31 Aug 2021 03.21 EDT Last modified on Tue 31 Aug 2021 03.46 EDT Nike has given its head office employees in […]

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