COVID-19

Malaysian Socialist Party secretary general Sivarajan Arumugam addresses the question of how socialists in government would have handled the pandemic at the #Socialism2021 conference.

Usually a vaccine takes 5–10 years from conception to production and injection into people’s arms. Vaxxers, writes Coral Wynter, describes how a safe vaccine against COVID-19 was produced in only 10 months.

Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been shaped by the basic realities of contemporary capitalism and neoliberalism, argues Dave Holmes.

Not everyone at the “Freedom” protests is right wing, but the protests are and so are the organisers. Their growth should be a serious cause of concern for the left, argue Jacob Andrewartha and Sue Bolton

A Stop the Far Right protest was held in response to the growing presence of far-right protesters on the streets of Melbourne in recent weeks. Conor Bond reports.

There are valid concerns about pandemic lockdowns. But, as Zane Alcorn argues, so-called 'freedom' protestors have never marched for other's rights nor been concerned about keeping people safe from COVID-19.

Don't fall for far right lies: vaccines save lives

A counter rally against the far right anti-vax demonstration was organised on November 20. Photos by Alex Bainbridge.

 

The rise in number of people attending right-wing “freedom” protests in Melbourne since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is a concern, writes Jacob Andrewartha.

Protesters continue to demand that refugees inside the Park Hotel prison are released into the community. Chloe DS reports.

Family of prisoners and prison advocates want the NSW government’s negligence in dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons to end. Adam Trumper reports.

Protesters gathered outside the Park Hotel in Carlton to demand that the refugees be immediately released. Chloe DS reports.

 

A refugee imprisoned at the Park hotel prison in Carlton told Green Left  that three refugees had tested positive for COVID-19 and that many others have symptoms. Chloe DS reports.

Binoy Kampmark argues that the shortcomings of the COVIDSafe app provide a lesson in exaggerated prowess and diminished performance.

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How should the working class respond to a pandemic and protect workers’ interests at the same time? Malik Miah reports on the situation in the United States.

As NSW eases restrictions for fully vaccinated people, vulnerable First Nations people are still struggling to be vaccinated, write Rachel Evans and Adam Trumper.

Socialist Alliance strongly supports vaccination as a public health measure. Vaccines should be free and easily available.

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