Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis

by Jai Chavis As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase and hospitals continue to be understaffed and overwhelmed by patients with coronavirus complications, it is clear that the pandemic is far from over. The recent flurry of reports says that at least three major pharmaceutical companies based in the US and UK have highlyContinue reading “Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis”

Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station

by Elisabeth Wichser and Claire Bayler On December 9th, the City of Worcester Planning Board held a public “Webinar” meeting to discuss permitting the redevelopment of the defunct Greendale Mall site into a warehouse and distribution center heavily speculated to be intended for Amazon. Over 80 members of the community, including a number of IndependentContinue reading “Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station”

The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It

by Beau Monast and Elisabeth Wichser A resurgent coronavirus is raging across the country. For some, it’s a question of when they can return to gathering with friends or finally put an end to monotonous Zoom meetings, but for a startling number of Americans, it’s a constant worry as to whether (and for how long)Continue reading “The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It”

COVID, vaccines and Big Pharma

This article was originally published on socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International, by Jon Dale. News that early results from a Covid-19 vaccine – produced by US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, in conjunction with German company BioNTech – showed 90% effectiveness has been greeted with relief. Another vaccine trial, by US companyContinue reading “COVID, vaccines and Big Pharma”

Report from a Front-line Nurse

UMass Memorial Nurse (Massachusetts Nurses Association, personal capacity) The initial shortages of the pandemic are no longer being discussed. Are they over? Do you feel safe in the workplace? Do you and your co-workers have access to proper supplies?  Is there adequate testing? Coronavirus cases are rising in Massachusetts once again. More of our patientsContinue reading “Report from a Front-line Nurse”

CWI: Capitalism cause of disproportionate disabled deaths and isolation

Covid-19 has disproportionately hit disabled people. This is one of the effects of capitalist society, which is disabling and puts profit before lives, including the people it disables. Around one-fifth of the population of England and Wales has its “activities limited because of a health problem or disability” to some degree. But this group has represented almost three-fifths of official Covid deaths! The current economic crisis and its threat of further austerity will only make this worse.

Urgent Need for a US National Health Service!

Private healthcare delivers profits, not care – and it’s killing us. We need universal free healthcare now!
– Free Universal Healthcare for all, funded by taxing big business and slashing the bloated military budget!
– No furloughs, no layoffs, and no benefits cuts for hospital staff during the crisis! For proper PPE, workplace sanitation, sick leave, and hazard pay!

Coronavirus exposes capitalism’s healthcare weaknesses

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International, by Steve Score. Tragedies like the deaths from novel coronavirus, over 400 at the time of writing, are never just ‘natural disasters’. They are not isolated from society. They are impacted by capitalism and also have an effect onContinue reading “Coronavirus exposes capitalism’s healthcare weaknesses”

Coronavirus: capitalism limits response to viral outbreaks

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International, by Jon Dale. For the third time in 20 years, a new virus has spread from animals to humans. It began on 29 December in Wuhan, a Chinese city of eleven million, probably crossing to humans at a liveContinue reading “Coronavirus: capitalism limits response to viral outbreaks”