Trust in US institutions has ‘never been lower’ – here’s why that matters
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by Madeleine Aggeler
2d ago
Trust is essential for a healthy, functional society. What happens when it’s lost ..read more
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Moderna combi flu and Covid jab gives better protection, study finds
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by Tobi Thomas Health and inequalities correspondent
3d ago
Clinical trials show two-in-one jab may bring about higher immune responses than separate inoculations A combined flu and coronavirus vaccine brings about a higher immune response to both diseases than when the vaccines are administered separately, a clinical trial has shown. Moderna, the biotech firm behind the Spikevax vaccine used in NHS booster programmes, is trialling a two-in-one jab that can also protect from the flu. Initial results have shown it may be better at protecting against them than what is now being used ..read more
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‘Crank’ Tory candidates accused of sharing online conspiracy theories
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by Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Sophie Wilkinson
3d ago
Labour has expressed concerns about the calibre of would-be Tory MPs after a some shared outlandish views online The Conservative party has been accused of becoming a home for “cranks” after some of its candidates at the general election were revealed to have shared conspiracy theories on social media. The posts seen by the Observer include the suggestion that positive tests for Covid-19 were “mass psychosis at work” and that the Black Lives Matter movement might be an attempt to “bring down British society ..read more
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‘I could bench-press 100kg. Now, I can’t walk’: Lucy’s life with long Covid
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by Sam Wollaston
1w ago
Before the pandemic, Lucy Keighley ran a gym, worked as a personal trainer and went on gruelling, exhilarating runs. But after three and a half years of illness, she isn’t sure she will ever recover ‘I was incredibly strong and fit,” says Lucy Keighley. And she looks it, in the photo she is showing me, taken a few years ago. She is with her best friend, Lorna; they have just completed a 15-mile race on the North York Moors. “It was a brutal race,” she says. “But it was great. I was happy.” Today, although it’s quite dark in the room (she doesn’t get on well with bright light), I can see a tear ..read more
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Covid charity scam trial juror says she was given bag with $120,000 cash to acquit defendants
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by Associated Press
1w ago
Juror reported she was offered money to acquit seven charged with stealing more than $40m from program meant to feed children A federal juror was dismissed from duty on Monday after reporting that a woman dropped a bag of $120,000 in cash at her home – and offered her more money if she would vote to acquit seven people charged with stealing more than $40m from a program meant to feed children during the pandemic. “This is completely beyond the pale,” said Joseph Thompson, assistant US attorney, in court on Monday. “This is outrageous behavior. This is stuff that happens in mob movies ..read more
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Trump, Covid, the climate crisis – we’ve had a hard few years. The wounds linger | Rebecca Solnit
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by Rebecca Solnit
1w ago
Our catastrophes have wrought psychic devastation. It’s worth acknowledging that and trying to be kind to one another Everything is weird and everyone is wrecked. This is maybe the biggest and least acknowledged truth of life in the United States and a lot of places beyond right now. It’s the pandemic; the eight years of Trumpism; the distortions, disruptions and corruptions Silicon Valley has promulgated and other looming menaces, including climate chaos. We all know this, because we’re living it, but maybe we should talk more about the fact that our political catastrophes are inseparable fro ..read more
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Anthony Fauci says Marjorie Taylor Greene drove death threats against him
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by Ramon Antonio Vargas
1w ago
Ex-leader of US Covid response said congresswoman and Fox News sparked ‘credible death threats’ against him and his family After Anthony Fauci appeared at a contentious US House hearing on Monday, the former top public health official who led the nation’s response to Covid-19 singled out the far-right congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Fox News as drivers of the “credible death threats” that he described to lawmakers. “Whether it’s … news media – you know Fox News does it a lot – or it’s somebody in the Congress who gets up and makes a public statement that … the deaths of X number of pe ..read more
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Fauci describes ‘credible death threats’ for overseeing US Covid-19 response
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by Robert Tait in Washington
1w ago
Doctor, who was head of infectious diseases unit during height of the pandemic, tells Congress he and his family still get harassed Anthony Fauci, the former head of the US infectious diseases unit, has received “credible death threats” stemming from his time overseeing the nation’s fight against Covid-19, he has told Congress. Fauci, who was director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases during the height of attempts to halt the spread of the virus, told a hearing on Capitol Hill that the threats had continued until the present day, even though he retired in 2022 ..read more
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Global pandemic treaty could be more than a year away after deadline missed
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by Kat Lay, Global health correspondent in Geneva
1w ago
Health leaders say extensive negotiations still needed to agree set of measures on how the world should prevent and respond to future pandemics Explainer: What is the pandemic accord and why have negotiations been so difficult? Global health leaders have said an international treaty governing how the world should deal with future pandemics may not be agreed for another year or more. After two years of negotiations, countries failed to agree on the text of an international pandemic accord by a deadline of 24 May. And at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Tuesday delegates said extensive f ..read more
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Lady Gaga performed on stage with Covid. Did we learn nothing from the pandemic? | Arwa Mahdawi
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by Arwa Mahdawi
2w ago
The revelation that the popstar was ill during five shows has led to many celebrating her work ethic. It’s yet more evidence that our dangerous, damaging hustle culture is here to stay Should you go into work when you’re sick with a contagious virus? Lady Gaga has spoken and the answer, it seems, is “sure, why not?” During a recent Q&A for an HBO concert special based on her 2022 Chromatica Ball tour, the pop star was asked to reveal something she had never shared before. In response, she said that she’d performed five shows while sick with Covid. It probably would have been wise to never ..read more
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