Concerns grow for Chinese citizen journalist after supposed jail release
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by Amy Hawkins Senior China correspondent
3d ago
Zhang Zhan, jailed for reporting on Covid in Wuhan, has made no contact with outside world Concerns are growing about the wellbeing of one of China’s most prominent citizen journalists who has failed to make contact with the outside world after she was supposed to have been released from prison. Zhang Zhan, 40, a lawyer turned citizen journalist, was detained in May 2020 after she travelled to Wuhan to report on the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her videos and social media posts drew attention to the government’s stifling of information about the spread of the disease and the harsh lock ..read more
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‘So much death and upset’: the nurses quitting the NHS after Covid – a photo essay
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by Esther Addley; Photographs by Hannah Grace Deller
4d ago
Working as a nurse in the NHS through the Covid pandemic gave Hannah Grace Deller a unique perspective on the hardship faced by her profession. She has photographed several nurses as they decided post-Covid to leave the service Hannah Grace Deller works as a paediatric matron at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, central London. She is also a trained photographer, and during the Covid crisis she began to photograph the conditions in which she and her nursing colleagues were working. Some of her images were published widely and exhibited at the time, earning praise from Grayson Perry, Martin Par ..read more
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Impact of pandemic on wellbeing of the young and the economy must not be trivialised | Larry Elliott
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by Larry Elliott
5d ago
Mental health of young people is deteriorating, and shows up in employment data. More action is needed From the outset it was obvious the coronavirus pandemic would be brutal on the UK’s young people. Just how brutal has only become apparent over time. Children, teenagers and adults in their early 20s were the least likely to have adverse physical consequences but suffered most from the restrictions put in place to prevent the virus spreading. Children were deprived of education. Teenagers were stuck in their homes and unable to see their friends in person ..read more
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AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is no more – but its remarkable success must not be forgotten | Robin McKie
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by Robin McKie Science editor
5d ago
Although dogged by controversy, the firm’s coronavirus jab saved the lives of millions and helped avert humanitarian crises in nations unable to access costly alternatives Last week’s announcement that AstraZeneca would no longer market its Covid vaccine brings an end to one of the century’s most remarkable medical stories. Created within a year of the arrival of the pandemic, the AZ vaccine was cheap, easily stored and transported, and helped stave off humanitarian crises in Asia and Latin America, where many countries could not afford the more expensive mRNA vaccines that were being snapped ..read more
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Chinese woman jailed for reporting on Covid in Wuhan to be freed after four years
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by Amy Hawkins Senior China correspondent
5d ago
Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan’s search for the truth during the early days of the pandemic was seen as a threat by the authorities A Chinese citizen journalist who has been in prison for four years after reporting on the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic in Wuhan is due to be released on Monday. Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, travelled to Wuhan in February 2020 to document the Chinese government’s response to what became the start of a global pandemic. She shared her reports on X (then known as Twitter), YouTube and WeChat. She was one of the few independent Chinese reporters on the ground as ..read more
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Biodiversity loss is biggest driver of infectious disease outbreaks, says study
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by Phoebe Weston
1w ago
Researchers say reducing emissions and biodiversity loss and preventing invasive species could control disease Biodiversity loss is the biggest environmental driver of infectious disease outbreaks, making them more dangerous and widespread, a study has found. New infectious diseases are on the rise and they often originate in wildlife. In meta-analysis published in the journal Nature, researchers found that of all the “global change drivers” that are destroying ecosystems, loss of species was the greatest in increasing the risk of outbreaks. Biodiversity loss was followed by climate change and ..read more
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Scientists create vaccine with potential to protect against future coronaviruses
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by Ian Sample Science editor
1w ago
Researchers say experimental shot is step towards goal of creating vaccines before a pandemic has started Scientists have created a vaccine that has the potential to protect against a broad range of coronaviruses, including varieties that are not yet even known about. The experimental shot, which has been tested in mice, marks a change in strategy towards “proactive vaccinology”, where vaccines are designed and readied for manufacture before a potentially pandemic virus emerges ..read more
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‘You’re going to call me a Holocaust denier now, are you?’: George Monbiot comes face to face with his local conspiracy theorist
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by George Monbiot
1w ago
Covid vaccines, chemtrails, the Great Reset … Why do people invent false conspiracies when there are so many real ones to worry about? There’s only one way to find out: ask a believer I am a conspiracy theorist. I believe that groups of people conspire secretly against our interests to line their pockets, cover their backs or achieve political goals. By this definition I suspect you are, too. We see evidence of these conspiracies every day. We see them in the Horizon scandal, in which the Post Office kept prosecuting innocent operators. We see them in the government’s use of a “VIP” lane for p ..read more
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Investors with questions: how a ‘clean food’ farm scheme born of Covid vaccine fears descended into rancour
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by Ariel Bogle and Cameron Wilson
1w ago
Family Farms in NSW and Queensland promoted by Covid vaccine-sceptic group Parents With Questions were intended to operate outside a ‘corrupt’ food system. But not all has gone to plan Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A promotional video for the Mount Lion Family Farm from last January shows soaring drone shots of lush paddocks filled with what it describes as “activated, wonderful, aware, awake people” at a party with pizza, live music and campfires. One local in the nearby town of Kyogle, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, described s ..read more
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China erases memory of ‘white paper’ protests in further threat to journalism
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by Jessie Lau
2w ago
Silencing of a film-maker documenting the widespread 2022 demonstrations against Covid controls is part of rising suppression of press freedom In November 2022, thousands of people took to the streets across China to protest against the government’s strict Covid-19 controls in an unprecedented wave of civil disobedience. They were thought to be the largest protests since the 1989 pro-democracy Tiananmen Square demonstrations when, at its height, a million people are estimated to have gathered. It started in Shanghai with a vigil mourning victims of a deadly apartment fire in the western Xinjia ..read more
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