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Texas women in New York restaurant vaccine brawl say race a factor

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Activist says there will be protest over treatment of Black patrons after confrontation outside Carmine’s

A lawyer for three women from Texas arrested after a brawl outside a popular New York City restaurant over the requirement that guests show proof of vaccination has said race was a factor in the case.

In video shot by an onlooker last Thursday and shared widely on social media, a restaurant hostess, who is white, is seen being attacked.

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Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster’

1 day 7 hours ago

More than 100m doses could be discarded by December if global leaders do not share jabs with poorest countries, warns former PM

More than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned.

The “staggering” number of stockpiled “use now” jabs will be of no use to anyone by December, according to a new report from the research group Airfinity.

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Andrew Gregory Health editor

Chris Rock says he has Covid-19 and urges doubters: ‘Get vaccinated’

1 day 7 hours ago

The comedian Chris Rock on Sunday said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and sent a message to anyone still on the fence: “Get vaccinated.”

Related: Tate Reeves: Biden vaccine mandate an ‘attack on hardworking Americans’

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Associated Press in New York

The great Australian holiday gamble: can we Covid-proof our travel plans?

1 day 8 hours ago

It is mathematically impossible to predict whether a trip might go ahead or be cancelled. But there are ways to mitigate the risks

Travel is on the mind for many Australians at the moment, whether as a form of lockdown escapism, or an actual escape for those who aren’t currently stuck at home.

But given how suddenly states can impose travel restrictions, and fluctuating caps on international arrivals, booking an interstate or overseas trip in the next year carries risk: the trip could be cancelled without a refund or, worse, you could get stuck, unable to easily return home.

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Justine Landis-Hanley

Morrison government failing women with lack of action on gender inequality in workforce, ACTU says

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Economic recovery from pandemic should provide opportunity to provide more secure work, safer workplaces and equal rights for women, Michele O’Neil says

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Australian women are still being failed, Australian Council of Trade Unions president Michele O’Neil says, with falls in employment, and standards yet to be addressed.

The ACTU is ramping up its gender campaign after last week’s unemployment figures which showed women continued to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic’s impact on the economy, compared to men.

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Amy Remeikis

The Guardian view on vaccines for all: share them now | Editorial

1 day 9 hours ago

While the UK and others give booster shots, poorer nations are struggling to protect even the most vulnerable

For the west and other rich nations, the problem is demand: how to give more vaccines, including by persuading the hesitant. Britain and other countries are already delivering booster shots. Older children in the UK will also be vaccinated soon. There are undoubted benefits, even given the very low risk of death to most recipients; Covid can still be very unpleasant and cause long-term damage to health.

But for the rest of the world, the problem is supply. Healthcare workers and highly vulnerable people go entirely unprotected as the pandemic rages, with thousands of deaths recorded globally each day. The director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had urged a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of the year to allow each country to protect 40% of its population. In wealthier nations, 80% of the population have had at least one dose; in poorer ones, just 20%. Across Africa, the figure is less than 3.5%. It could take many lower-income countries another two years to reach most citizens. The disparity may by now be familiar. But it remains shocking.

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Editorial

Scottish Covid vaccine trialists ‘treated like second-class citizens’

1 day 10 hours ago

Novavax volunteers fear start of vaccine passports next month could put them at further disadvantage

Scottish vaccine volunteers are being treated like “second-class citizens” while waiting for the Novavax jab to be approved, an MSP has said, as they continue a months-long fight to have their vaccines recognised on the standard NHS Scotland database.

The trialists are worried that the introduction of vaccine passports in Scotland next month could put them at a further disadvantage as they cannot access the standard electronic version, instead possessing only a piece of paper.

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Libby Brooks

Fauci: FDA vote against Covid booster shots ‘not the end of the story’

1 day 10 hours ago

A decision not to recommend third-shot booster vaccinations for most Americans is “not the end of the story”, White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci insisted on Sunday, two days after a scientific panel appeared to turn the Biden administration’s plan for combating coronavirus on its head.

Related: Tate Reeves: Biden vaccine mandate an ‘attack on hardworking Americans’

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Richard Luscombe

Tate Reeves: Biden vaccine mandate an ‘attack on hardworking Americans’

1 day 10 hours ago
  • Mississippi has second-worst death rate in world, after Peru
  • Governor insists requiring shots for workers is tyranny

Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccination mandate for federal workers is a tyrannical “attack on hardworking Americans”, Tate Reeves insisted on Sunday, even as the state he governs reeled under a death rate that if Mississippi were a country would make it the second worst-hit in the world, after Peru.

Related: Covid vaccinations among US Latinos are rising thanks to community outreach

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Martin Pengelly

‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections could free the immunosuppressed under Covid

1 day 11 hours ago

FDA expected to issue full emergency authorization for periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinations

A proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field.

Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue

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Benjamin Ryan

Ding dong, Avon now calling with ‘omni-channel’ cosmetic sales in a digital age

1 day 12 hours ago

Spurred on by the Covid pandemic, the traditional doorstep retailer is training its ‘reps’ in new techniques

Avon may soon be calling you into shops and live-streamed shopping events as well as at your front door as the cosmetics and skincare brand moves on from the doorstep into the digital age.

The company, which was founded in New York 135 years ago by travelling book salesman David H McConnell, had to transform itself during the pandemic when a traditional “ding dong, Avon calling” from its 5 million sales representatives was no longer welcome.

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Sarah Butler

Autumn budget must show financial firepower behind ‘levelling up’ | Richard Partington

1 day 12 hours ago

As the UK economy enters a rough patch, government needs to give substance to its flagship soundbite

Britain’s economic recovery from lockdown is stalling and inflation is on the rise. With the approach of autumn, prophecies made earlier this year for a surge in consumer spending appear to have fallen flat, washed out by the wettest summer in a decade.

It was all supposed to have been so easy for the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Lockdown had helped households save more than £200bn and left consumers champing at the bit for the reopening of pubs, bars, restaurants and shops.

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Richard Partington

UK workers on the end of furlough: ‘Will it be Amazon, care homes or driving a van?’

1 day 16 hours ago

The support scheme has proved positive for some, but others will have no jobs to return to. We hear their stories

Since March 2020, 11.6 million UK workers have been furloughed by their employees as a result of the Covid pandemic, with the government paying up to 80% of their wages in order to keep jobs open.

At the scheme’s peak in May 2020, 8.9 million workers – almost a third of the UK workforce – were being paid to stay at home; by the end of July this year, that number had dropped to 1.6 million.

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Harriet Sherwood

New NSW Covid lockdown restrictions: update to Sydney, regional NSW and Canberra, ACT coronavirus rules explained

1 day 16 hours ago

Gladys Berejiklian has revealed a roadmap out of lockdown for the state, and an easing of restrictions for some parts of regional NSW. Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do in NSW and the ACT

The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced that a curfew in the 12 greater Sydney hotspots has lifted as the state hit the 80% single dose vaccination milestone. She announced on 19 September that from Monday 20 September restrictions would be “equalised” across all of Sydney including the western suburbs previously under a harsher lockdown.

Earlier this month, she revealed a roadmap out of lockdown for the state, and an easing of restrictions for some parts of regional NSW.

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Guardian staff

Covid vaccinations among US Latinos are rising thanks to community outreach

1 day 17 hours ago

Grassroots groups are mobilizing churches, soccer coaches and cartoon abuelas to reassure underserved Spanish-speaking communities and remove barriers to get them their shots

Liliana Borrero balanced her sleeping baby on one leg as she sat and waited out the 15 minutes a nurse asked her to stick around in case she had any reactions to her first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Borrero, 38, was accompanied by all nine of her children, three of whom also received the shot.

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Timothy Pratt in Flowery Branch, Georgia

Take care with claims about unvaccinated case rates | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

1 day 17 hours ago
Different estimates of the population can produce wildly different rates

ITV’s political editor, Robert Peston, wrote a Twitter thread with the headline: “Infections higher among double vaxxed for those [aged] 40 to 79 than for non-vaxxed.” ITV changed that headline, but Peston was surprised that these figures “occasioned so little debate”. So let’s debate them.

A Public Health England report on 9 September showed that over the previous four weeks there had been, for example, more than 97,000 cases among people aged between 40 and 49. The huge majority (more than 82,000) had been vaccinated. This is expected when vaccine coverage is high and protection not perfect: most car occupants who die in road incidents are wearing seatbelts.

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David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Victoria Covid restrictions: Melbourne lockdown, curfew and regional Vic coronavirus rules explained

1 day 17 hours ago

Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews has announced eased restrictions across most of Victoria as the state reaches its 70% first-dose vaccination target. Here’s what you need to know about schools, travel, childcare and work

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has previously announced eased restrictions across most of Victoria.

There are now six reasons to leave the home in metropolitan Melbourne, the city of Ballarat, greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire, and time permitted outside has doubled from two hours to four.

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Guardian staff