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Independent inquiry into treatment of asylum seekers during pandemic launched

An independent inquiry has been launched to look at the treatment of asylum seekers in Scotland during the pandemic.Campaigning organisation Refugees for Justice called for a review in the wake of stabbings at the Park Inn hotel in Glasgow which was being used to house asylum seekers during lockdown in 2020.On Sunday June 26, the second anniversary of the incident, Refugees for Justice announced that it has commissioned an independent inquiry, which will be led by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.An inquiry report published on Sunday focused on events in Glasgow at the start of the first major Covid-19 lockdown in...
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Johnson commits UK cash to international fund to tackle future pandemics

The UK has promised £25 million to help found a new international fund to prevent or prepare for future pandemics.The money for a new World Bank fund is aimed at preventing another catastrophe with the health and economic impacts of Covid-19.The UK aid money will go to a “financial intermediary fund” to provide support for countries whose healthcare systems are dangerously unprepared for large outbreaks of infectious diseases.We must ensure we learn the lessons of Covid-19 and are better prepared next time. We owe it to the people of the world to say, ‘never again’Boris JohnsonAnnouncing the plan at the...
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Germany to Charge Most Citizens for COVID Rapid Tests

Berlin — Germany will start charging for rapid COVID-19 tests that were previously free, though vulnerable groups will be exempt from the fee. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that starting July 1 the rapid tests widely available at centers across Germany will cost citizens 3 euros ($3.16) each, with the rest subsidized by the government.
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