Russia becomes first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, but testing reportedly incomplete | Euronews


Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed his daughter has been inoculated against COVID-19 after the country became the first in the world to register a vaccine for the disease.

Source: Russia becomes first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, but testing reportedly incomplete | Euronews

Welsh Mother Barbara MacArthur, 93, Talks About Being A Carer After Her Guardian Letter Goes Viral JULY 30, 2020


This is caring in the UK in the 21st century, while it is more akin to the 18th.

It should not be this way and Yes, Coronavirus, is the cause to some degree, but not all.

Social Care has been seriously under-funding for years, well before coronavirus and also, before austerity. Both have done their best to bring Social Care down, but Social Care was under-funded in 2010, due to many previous Governments not taking social care seriously and therefore never funding it sufficiently.

Now, social care, is not only seriously short of funding, but also staff to provide the care.

Many factors are the cause, one being the abysmal rate of pay to carers, which for many is only on or just above the National Living Wage and for those under 25 years, the National Minimum Wage.

Carers in many areas, especially the Government are classed as ‘unskilled, which is completely wrong, if care is being delivered correctly, which it always should be, but not in some instances.

Other factors include ‘conditions of employment, travel expenses, holiday and sick pay to mention a few.

As in the NHS, without non-UK workers, social care would be virtually non-existent, but the new regulations being put forward will make it more difficult for non-UK workers to come to the UK to working the Care Profession.

During the Coronavirus pandemic much has been said abot care workers in relation to care homes, but social care extends to more than care homes, for there is home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc and all are affected.

This Governments as was the case with previous Governments. appear to be incapable to understand the problem or is it they do not wish to.

To have social care and health care separate is a recipe for disaster as we can all see, therefore all care needs to be under the same organisation and a means of funding needs to be found.

But what we do not need is for social care to be treated as a ‘political football’, to be kicked away when the Government wishes, as Governments have done to many areas that it finances to some degree over the years, the Health Service being just one, but there are many others.

Social Care is seriously in crisis and that is why I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

More information, which contains much of the above can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8h8caytwwh3beq/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%20%208.docx?dl=0

I do not trust this Government, in fact any Government, but especially this one so Social Care needs YOU, please show your support for Social Care by signing the petition and then sharing.

#care #socialcare #crisis

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For more than half a century, Barbara MacArthur, one of the first female police officers in south Wales, has worked countless, long, unpaid hours as a carer.

In the 1960s she began looking after her ailing parents in her small terraced house in Cardiff and now, aged 93 and frail herself, she continues to care for her 66-year-old disabled son, Howard. The pair live on the cramped ground floor of the house because neither can make it up the stairs.

MacArthur has always approached her caring duties with stoicism and good humour – until this week. The coronavirus crisis prompted her to write a heartbreaking letter to the Guardian in which she spelled out her fight for survival, argued that the care system was broken and said she wished she had the time to feel lonely.

Speaking on the doorstep of her home on Thursday, with Howard occasionally putting…

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There’s a hidden epidemic of racism in UK schools – but it’s finally coming to light | Race | The Guardian


A grieving teenager is exposing the grinding reality of everyday discrimination, and the results could be transformative, says Guardian columnist Adita Chakrabortty

Source: There’s a hidden epidemic of racism in UK schools – but it’s finally coming to light | Race | The Guardian

Coronavirus: Above-inflation pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers – BBC News


Doctors, teachers and police officers are among those who will get a salary increase of up to 3.1%.

Source: Coronavirus: Above-inflation pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers – BBC News

 

A welcome pay rise for the selected Public Sector Workers, but it raises many issues.

  1. funded from current budgets, which are not sufficient for other costs and the pay rise

  2. Not all NHS staff are included and all were essential and still are during this pandemic, including Nurses, domestics porters, etc

  3. again no mention of Social Care, which again is the forgotten care service,. Social Care is even more under-funded than the NHS and the care workers are still not being recognised for the work they did before, during and currently. This is more than a disgrace from this Government and just show the true Government feeling towards Social Care and Social Care workers

  4. no mention of the many family carers who care for their relatives for no pay, already saving the UK over £130 billion and increasing, for the Carers Allowance is a joke both with regards to the amount paid and the severe restrictions on eligibility, including no allowance being paid to family carers who have retired from paid work, but still spend most of their time caring for their relatives. Again a complete disgrace and the Government, again, showing their contempt for both Social Care and family carers.

  5. my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care is more than relevant now, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

With more information at https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8h8caytwwh3beq/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%20%208.docx?dl=0

Social Care needs you NOW

Oxford coronavirus vaccine is ‘safe’ and produces immune reaction, first trial results show : Independent


The coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University induces a strong immune response and appears to be safe, according to preliminary trial results. The early stage trial found the vaccine trains the immune system to produce antibodies and white blood cells capable of fighting the virus, causing few side effects. Professor Sarah Gilbert, co-author of the Oxford University study, described the findings as promising but said there “is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has warned that conspiracy theorists are putting lives at risk, even as he hailed the positive results from the Oxford University trial. A new poll, organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, found more than one in four Britons said they would not take a coronavirus vaccine or were still undecided.

And England’s chief nursing officer has confirmed she was “dropped” from a No 10 coronavirus press briefing in June after warning Dominic Cummings should follow the lockdown rules that apply “to us all”. It comes after The Independent revealed last month Ruth May had been due to appear alongside Matt Hancock, the health secretary, but was ditched after failing to offer support to Boris Johnson’s senior Downing Street adviser.

 

Source : Oxford coronavirus vaccine is ‘safe’ and produces immune reaction, first trial results show : Independent

Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University ‘safe and induces an immune reaction’ | ITV News


The Covid-19 vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford is safe and induces an immune reaction, findings of the first phases of the study suggest.

But researchers warned “there is still much work to be done” before the extent to which it would protect the population against coronavirus would be known.

Researchers say their tests have revealed that the jab could provide double protection against Covid-19.

It also induces strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system – provoking a T cell response within 14 days of vaccination, and an antibody response within 28 days.

Source: Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University ‘safe and induces an immune reaction’ | ITV News

Trump White House reportedly seeks to defund coronavirus testing and tracing – live | US news | The Guardian


With more than 3.7m cases in US, around 70,000 more every day and 140,000 dead, White House reportedly against billions for pandemic efforts – follow live

Source: Trump White House reportedly seeks to defund coronavirus testing and tracing – live | US news | The Guardian

A fifth of disabled people say they will not leave home until a coronavirus vaccine is found


‘In addition to the survey, Scope has written to prime minister Boris Johnson, calling for him to prioritise the needs of disabled people, 59 per cent of whom are worried about being forgotten by the government.’

The other 41% realise that they have never been remembered by this government and never will be.

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits : The Conversation


The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they’re available to all.

Source: Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits : The Conversation