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      Moderna combi flu and Covid jab gives better protection, study finds

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 14:14

    Clinical trials show Spikevax 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.

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      ‘Crank’ Tory candidates accused of sharing online conspiracy theories

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 06:00

    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”.

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      ‘I could bench-press 100kg. Now, I can’t walk’: Lucy’s life with long Covid

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 04:00

    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 rolling down her cheek. “I don’t know if I’m ever going to get back there.”

    Lucy, 49, still runs – across the moors and along the coast – but only in her sleep. “I’m so light on my feet. I was never a light-footed runner in real life. But in my dreams I am so light, I can run so far, and it feels joyous.”

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      Trump, Covid, the climate crisis – we’ve had a hard few years. The wounds linger | Rebecca Solnit

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 4 June - 13:19 · 1 minute

    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 from widespread psychic devastation, that the public and private, political and personal, are entangled – or rather that the former has wrought havoc on the latter.

    The wisest people I know are aware that the stresses, atrocities, divisions and divergences from norms of recent years have made them (and everyone else) exhausted and brittle. The less wise but no less brittle either lash out with the sense that what’s wrong is definitely someone else’s fault or take refuge in cults and oversimplified versions in which they are at least in control of what it all means.

    Rebecca Solnit is a Guardian US columnist. She is the author of Orwell’s Roses and co-editor with Thelma Young Lutunatabua of the climate anthology Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility

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      Anthony Fauci says Marjorie Taylor Greene drove death threats against him

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 4 June - 12:43

    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 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 people [were] because of policies or some crazy idea that I created, immediately, it’s like clockwork: the death threats go way up,” Fauci said in an interview with CNN.

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      Lady Gaga performed on stage with Covid. Did we learn nothing from the pandemic? | Arwa Mahdawi

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 28 May - 12:31 · 1 minute

    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 a 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 share that little titbit, to be honest, and it is a little disturbing to nonchalantly share it now. Still, rather than seeming troubled by this information, the crowd watching the Q&A appeared to cheer and applaud while Lady Gaga grinned.

    To be fair, Lady Gaga isn’t a monster (though her fans are – they call themselves “Little Monsters”): she made it clear that she did have a little think about the ethics of spewing infectious droplets into an enclosed space. The singer said she shared her Covid diagnosis with everyone on her team at the time and told them they didn’t have to work if it made them uncomfortable. As for the concertgoers? “The way that I saw it is the fans are all putting themselves in harm’s way every day coming to the show,” she reasoned.

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      Wuhan: How the Covid-19 Outbreak in China Spiraled Out of Control; Wuhan: A Documentary Novel – reviews

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 19 May - 12:00

    Dali L Yang’s critique of China’s response in the early days of the Covid pandemic is thoroughgoing if academic, while poet Liao Yiwu’s account mixes fact and fiction to extraordinary effect

    Cast your mind back, if you will, to the beginning of the pandemic, before the World Health Organization had coined the term Covid-19. Back then, it was the “Wuhan virus”, a mysterious pathogen from a city that few people outside China had visited.

    On 12 January 2020, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the virus’s genome on an international database, permitting scientists anywhere in the world to see that it was a coronavirus closely related to Sars – the pathogen that had caused a mini-pandemic in 2002-2004.

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      An Unfinished Film review – moving and mysterious movie about China’s Covid crisis

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 16 May - 15:46 · 1 minute

    Cannes film festival
    Lou Ye’s docu-realist film starts as sophisticated comedy, morphs from looking like a zombie apocalypse to intimate drama, and evolves into a tribute to how a nation handled trauma

    Out of agony and chaos, Chinese film-maker Lou Ye has created something mysterious, moving and even profound – a kind of multilayered docu-realist film, evidently inspired by a real-life situation in film production. As well as everything else, the film meditates on what it means to be “unfinished”. Very few of us will leave this life with a satisfied sense of everything achieved, complete, squared away. To be mortal is to feel that things have ended without being finished. It is possibly his best film since the courageous Tiananmen Square drama Summer Palace from 2006 – and set near Wuhan, the city in which his 2012 film Mystery was set in the days when that place was internationally known – if at all – simply for being almost scarily vast and impersonal.

    It is 2019 and a film director and his crew gather in a production studio and excitedly unbox a big 00s-era computer, containing the digitised video and audio files for a film he had had to abandon 10 years before – without even having a title – because he had refused to bow to his producers’ demands to soften the content. It is a story of a gay man’s passion for another man who is involved with someone else. Getting the unfinished film now is clearly the end result of legal wrangling. (Lou has evidently had access to genuine footage from a real production.)

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      Concerns grow for Chinese citizen journalist after supposed jail release

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 15 May - 14:59

    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 after she has failed to make contact with the outside world after she was supposed to be 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 lockdowns that were being imposed.

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