Vietnam: 39 straight days without COVID-19 transmission

Vietnam had no new COVID-19 cases to report this morning (25 May 2020), meaning the socialist country remained clear of community transmission of the disease for 39 consecutive days, according to Vietnam’s National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Times are changing – and we have to capitalise on the opportunity

The recent outbreak of Coronavirus, and subsequent global Covid-19 pandemic, have exposed the true failings of neoliberalism and late-stage capitalism. There can be no doubt over the extent to which the past ten years of Tory austerity have decimated our public services and resulted in the social murder of our class. But it has alsoContinue reading “Times are changing – and we have to capitalise on the opportunity”

Dominic Cummings flagrantly breached lockdown at height of pandemic

It has emerged that, senior No.10 aide Dominic Cummings travelled hundreds of miles from London to County Durham during the lockdown when he had virus symptoms. This comes after the resignation of Prof. Neil Ferguson, who ignored the law to visit his partner in another home. Back in April the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood was also forced to resign after flouting lockdown measures, which she herself had advocated for.

China pledges COVID-19 vaccine will be “global public good”

Speaking at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) yesterday (18 May 2020) via video link, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that any vaccine to COVID-19 developed by China would be made available as a “global public good”.

An Open Letter to all Working People from the Communist Party

Dear comrade, sister or brother, The Communist Party is writing to you as one of the millions of people whose work keeps our society going in good times and bad. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the value of all those workers who have continued to provide the goods and services that we all need toContinue reading “An Open Letter to all Working People from the Communist Party”

The Gendered Impact of COVID-19

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis taking place across the world is producing some of the most significant upheavals the world has seen since the Second World War. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was first admitted to hospital with the Virus on the 5thof April. His battle with the illness prompted a wave of sympathy, with commentators sending niceties, positing that this highlighted that the Coronavirus can and does affect us all. “We are all in this together”, as Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, argued, and while it is clear that the Coronavirus is affecting us all, it is important to highlight that it is not affecting us all equally. There are obvious class differences in how people are able to cope amid the government lockdown. However, there are also key gender differences, and as usual women are bearing the brunt of both the economic repercussions of the lockdown, and are put at greater risk of infection.

Africa & the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is being exacerbated by the deep-rooted poverty, underdevelopment, and instability which affect the 55 countries and 1.3 billion people of the African continent – a legacy of colonial domination, post-colonial exploitation of people and resources and imperialist economic, political and military interventions today.