Asia Times: US declares a vaccine war on the world

Asia Times: US declares a vaccine war on the world. “The United States and the UK were the only two holdouts in the World Health Assembly from the declaration that vaccines and medicines for Covid-19 should be available as public goods, and not under exclusive patent rights. The United States explicitly dissociated itself from the call for a patent pool, talking instead of ‘the critical role that intellectual property plays” – in other words, patents for vaccines and medicines.’

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project . “Veterans of both world wars and their families are invited to share their stories with the Military Museum Scotland for a new project. ‘Boots on the Ground’ will record video interviews for a DVD to teach children about first-hand accounts of the wars in schools around the UK.”

The Guardian: Covid-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England – Sage advisers

The Guardian: Covid-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England – Sage advisers. “Government advisers have voiced unease over the decision to lift England’s lockdown while thousands of people a day are still becoming infected with the coronavirus, warning that loosening restrictions could easily lead to a second wave. ‘We cannot relax our guard by very much at all,’ said John Edmunds, a professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who attends meetings of Sage, the scientific advisory group on emergencies.”

Something New From Anglotopia: Seebritish. art – A New Database Of Great Works Of British Art To Browse, Share, Download, And Enjoy (Anglotopia)

Anglotopia: Something New From Anglotopia: Seebritish.art – A New Database Of Great Works Of British Art To Browse, Share, Download, And Enjoy. “I have built something new, that I really wanted to exist. A free database of beautiful British art. While we’re all on quarantine, one thing we can’t do is visit our great art museums. And I miss them. I visit the Art Institute in Chicago as often as I can. When I travel to Britain, I always visit the art museums – I love gazing at good art, for as long as I can. It’s pretty far down on the list of things to miss while we’re all self-isolating. But I still miss it. So, I decided to do something about it. I have built an online gallery of British Art, viewable to anyone. It’s a virtual art gallery of the finest British art I could find. Now we can all have a virtual tour of Britain’s art history and canon.”

Coronavirus: Sports events in March ’caused increased suffering and death’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Sports events in March ’caused increased suffering and death’. “Two major sporting events held in March ’caused increased suffering and death’, the scientist leading the UK’s largest Covid-19 tracking project has said. Data gathered from millions of volunteers found coronavirus ‘hotspots’ shortly after the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.”

Washington Post: Why is coronavirus hitting Britain’s minority doctors so hard?

Washington Post: Why is coronavirus hitting Britain’s minority doctors so hard?. “Nearly all the doctors who have died of covid-19 in the United Kingdom have been ethnic minorities, most born overseas, like el-Tayar, according to the British Medical Association. That grim toll has confounded health experts, alarmed minority physicians, and startled a nation that relies on immigrants to swell the ranks of its public health-care system — yet voted for Brexit with a promise to ‘take back control’ of its borders and limit immigration.”

Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain (The Register)

The Register: Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain. “Setting aside the serious consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – loss of life, economic hardship, rising authoritarianism, and blissfully clear roads – there is a lesser but still troubling development. On Friday, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) let it be known that as many as 70 million pints of British beer will have to be destroyed due to the outbreak.”