Covid-19

Videos: Socialist commentary on the Covid-19 crisis

Watch videos giving socialist commentary on the Covid-19 crisis below. Many are subtitled. Click in the top right of the video, for the contents of the playlist, and to watch other ones. See Workers' Liberty's channel for other playlists and videos.

To curb Omicron, requisition Big Pharma

On 23 November South African medical authorities identified the Omicron variant of the virus behind Covid. It had probably been circulating for a while before that, and has already spread to many countries. This sharpens the urgency of requisitioning the patents and other assets of Big Pharma. It focuses three facts: 1. Covid can’t be abolished by a lockdown or even a vaccination drive. Governments which say they will “send coronavirus packing” are blustering. 2. Curbs like mask mandates, work-from-home rules, vax-or-test rules for entering higher-risk spaces, and even full lockdowns, only...

Campaigns we support — get involved!

Workers' Liberty is heavily involved with and supports several campaigns. Information about some of them is on this page. Labour Left Internationalists Labour Left Internationalists (formerly Momentum Internationalists) works for a renewal of the Labour left based on democracy, internationalism and class struggle. Check out their website, facebook page, twitter account, or email them. Uyghur Solidarity Campaign Building support for the human rights of the Uyghur people of East Turkestan, northwest China. More info here. Free our unions Free Our Unions campaigns for the abolition of all laws...

Covid: resist the far right!

Crowds of several hundred torched cars, set off fireworks, and threw rocks during protests against Covid curbs on 19 November in Rotterdam. Police opened live fire, injuring three. The Netherlands, with a running Covid case count which has multiplied by 11 since early October, and death count multiplied by seven, has closed shops and cafés after 8pm. In Austria, thousands marched on 20 November against the government’s plan to make vaccines compulsory for all from February. Austria has a new lockdown (shops closed, etc.) from 23 Nov. There have been similar protests in countries with milder...

Requisition capacity and boost pay for NHS and care!

Thanks to over a decade of budget squeezes, the NHS is already stretched beyond capacity. And it’s not yet winter. A backlog of ailments from nearly two years of intermittent lockdowns, and lack of care home space for patients who could be moved there, has already flooded hospitals. In 2020 the government paid for private hospital capacity to help the NHS with Covid. So, now? Immediately requisition all private-hospital capacity and staff, and integrate them with the NHS. The labour movement should also demand that the government boost NHS and care staff levels by immediately meeting NHS...

The NHS emergency, Covid, and the coming winter

The NHS is already packed to capacity. The Tories' stonewall on NHS pay (3% offer, when inflation is nearing 5%), and accumulated stress, keep the NHS staff shortage acute. Flu rates are still low, but then flu usually takes off only from December. A flu spike, on top of the Covid stress and the backlog from lockdowns, could overflow NHS capacity. Since 21 October, soon after some five weeks of rising counts pushed NHS bosses and scientists to call for restoration of mild Covid restrictions, Covid case counts have been falling in Britain. Elsewhere in western Europe they have been rising...

Social provision key against Covid long-term

When the G20 met in Rome on 30-31 October, World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus got a slot to speak. “Low-income countries, most of them in Africa, have received just 0.4% of [Covid] vaccines; more than 80% have gone to G20 countries. “We understand and support every government’s responsibility to protect its own people. But vaccine equity is not charity; it’s in every country’s best interests. “82 countries are at risk of missing the target [of 40% vax by end-2021]. For most, the barrier is not absorptive capacity, it’s insufficient supply... “We ask you to...

Restore the NHS for winter!

The daily count of new Covid cases is averaging around 40,000. It has been above 25,000 since mid-July. Thanks to vaccinations, the death count is about one-tenth of the early-2021 peak, and the hospital-admission count about a quarter, but both are edging up even before winter sets in. Years of budget-paring have set hospitals to operate with no leeway even in ordinary winters. The NHS has to deal with a big backlog. Flu rates are for now unusually low, and rates for the other common virus RSV modest, but they could well surge. We need increased funding, including to increase NHS workers’ pay...

Covid: push for plan Z!

Here are the main items that Solidarity has campaigned for during the Covid emergency: • Full isolation pay for all. • Requisition Big Pharma for ultra-fast production and distribution of jabs worldwide. • Boost hospitals and social care under comprehensive public ownership and democratic control. • Grant NHS workers their 15% pay rise demand, fix the NHS staff shortage, and extend NHS-level pay and conditions to social care staff. • Expand council house-building, and requisition the empty houses of the rich: end overcrowding. • Workers’ control of workplace safety, notably ventilation. None...

Covid: action needed for winter

The rising Covid death and hospitalisation counts, only halfway through autumn, make a new case for urgency about isolation pay, improved pay and budgets in the NHS and care, upgrading ventilation, and workers’ control of workplace safety. And for renewing efforts to get jabs to vax-sceptics, and to restore something comparable to the mild Covid curbs, like mask mandates and limits on entry to large indoors public gatherings, in force in other West European countries. The high case count now partly reflects high testing, but the UK’s current death count is two and a half times Germany’s, eight...

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