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tv   Poverty and the Pandemic  BBC News  December 5, 2020 5:45pm-6:01pm GMT

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getting itself prepared to deliver the astrazeneca oxford vaccine which is the one that is easier to deliver in general practice. the reason the pfizer vaccine has been made available to general practices because of these pirated in our ability to access 80—year—olds. so we haven't sent out invitations yet. it will be happening probably next week. patient shouldn't just turn up and they shouldn't try to make appointments. they will be sent appointments. they will be sent appointments from general practice and it is really important that they understand these priority so that we don't end with people lower priority looking on idols trying to get the vaccine because that simply won't happen. i think there are some problems, i think there is evidence that people ignore letters, that's the thing, and of course there is already a reluctance for people to be the first receivers of this vaccine so have are gps tackling this? you say they have trust, people within the community trust by medical centres. that one to one to get people to come in, how are you
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advising gps and nurses in the doctors to get around that? so, that's really important. first of all, remember that the vaccination rate, the uptake in the united kingdom is really high, so when did practice delivers a flu vaccination we are often vaccinating 75% or more of the population so people do look out for their invitations and they do turn up. i think you're absolutely right that trust is going to important that this new vaccine and what we have to do is festival the specs that we have an internationally highly respected regulatory mhra which is given its approval based on clinical trials, a very rapid process but a vigorous process but it is just preceded it a faster rate than trials usually take place but nothing has been forgotten from that regulation. now on bbc special correspondent ed thomas spends time with those helping people in burnley who are facing severe financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. in poverty and the pandemic: burnley‘s front line
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i'm a broken, recovering drug addict... ..that got a second chance and, ah, i love the poor... ..because i know i am the poor. and as long as i breathe, i'll serve the poor. no need to push, there's plenty! you see all these people? they have children, hungry children. we need social distancing or we're gonna get in trouble! it's hard to keep your distance when you're cold and hungry. politicians say that it was a leveller, this coronavirus, it's a lie because if you're poor, you've got no chance. there's tuna pasta bake and all sorts here. people are coming down here for hot food that they could eat now. i'm unable to get a job because caring for a disabled person's like a full—time job. it's really hard to get food for myself because haven't got much money on me and i can't go out anywhere. couple of days' food would mean everything to us. we've got nurses over there because these guys can't access healthcare. that's what's happening,
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the needs massive, absolutely colossal. i suffer from depression and this coronavirus has made it ten times worse. if it hadn't been for all these, basically i'd be dead. i've seen people who are working that can't make ends meet. every time you get any money, it disappears as fast as you've got it, the bills swallow it up. with the coronavirus as well with the reduction in wages, it's not possible to cope. ——it's not easy to cope. so this means you can eat. yes, yeah, can eat, and it helps out wherever you're stuck. are you worried about coronavirus? yes, yeah, i don't want it. why don't you stay at home, work from home, protect your family, keep them safe? i'd love to but i can't, the job i do doesn't allow me to stay at home, it's physically demanding inside a very hectic, busy weaving shed. i think they've all got chocolate in! and all this is laid on by pastor mick. tonight, some of these guys
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are sleeping on the concrete. this is the church i represent. the level of need here in burnley at the moment is, ithink, unprecedented and it's upsetting. we've got some bread as well, yeah? right, so which one's which? you decide. visiting a family who had no carpet, had no settee, or had no gas, had no electric, they had no food. that broke my heart because nobody cared for them. they fell through the cracks. pot noodles, that kind of stuff, all right? at st matthews, father alex supports pastor mick. many are desperately looking for help. i think the people are being forgotten about, it's about money and numbers and statistics. we can't rely on a food bank, it doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem modern day britain, but it is, it is. the biggest part of coronavirus has been the loneliness.
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you look like you're on the mend, viv honestly, you do, thank god. i hope so. i keep trying to force myself to eat. most days, pastor mick helps people like viv. she's 55. ijust ended up collapsing on my bathroom floor and i were there for, i think i were there a full day, so hypothermia had kicked in and everything when they... living alone in isolation brought back painful memories. it'sjust, like, brought it all back. i lost my husband, i buried two of my babies. i gave birth to 'em — all i wanted 'em to do were cry and they didn't cry. yeah. no mother has to go through that. and coronavirus brought all this... yes, brought every moment back to me. when you collapsed, what went through your mind? just let me go, let me, you know, my number must be up, i thought my time were up.
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she was trapped, she was trapped inside her house. imagine being trapped inside your own mind. and you can't go out and a lot of people... so what did she do? she stopped living, shejust stopped. what have these past six months been like for you? they've been really difficult because you're doing the dayjob, the prayers, the pastoral calls, funeral services, trying to be a dad, parent, and you've got this massive cloud that's just sat up there. coronavirus? coronavirus, yeah. the overall death rates between april and june this year, in the most deprived areas of england, was nearly double that of the least deprived.
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anybody that's poor and has been suffering, covid's tenfolded it. i had to get loans out so we could eat and pay the bills. which got got us into debt. free parcel, pete. oh, thank you. you all right, how's it going? for pete, an issue with his family's benefits meant payday loans and financial crisis. how much were you in debt for? well over £1000. got it down now to {zoo—£300. what stress did that do to you? there's some stuff which we did that i shouldn't be proud of and so did my wife. you're feeling like you don't count. you're just a number. the governmentjust doesn't care. i'm going to houses and i sometimes have children ripping the bags open to get into the food as i'm carrying them to the door...
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and it's not all right, that. that's not all right. and it wasn't as bad as that before the virus. and pastor mick says he is hearing more and more of these stories. we're trying to patch a big hole to people's lives. the unfairness of health deprivation. i feel angry because people aren't listening. what has coronavirus meant for your care? it stopped it. i'm supposed to have a blood test done once a month, and my cancer count. nobody's been and done it, six months. 5th of may was the last time i had mine done. i've just been found after six months, being left without care, what i thought was two hernias, it's not, it's one huge hernia. and i can't be operated on because
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my lungs won't survive it. so sheila relies on family, especially her granddaughter. because i don't wanna be a drain on the system that's already dying because i'm already dying. people need the nhs. we can't do nothing to help, we've just got to sit back and watch it. yeah, but you don't sit back, do you? no, we can't do...we canjust be here, there's nothing we can do. i've never really seen anything like this on this scale. poverty seems to be hidden. so we know about the poor but this is another level, it's underneath the surface, this, that people don't see, they think they do but they don't. there's not many people lose a child and there's even less that lose two. the first lady of our food bank
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on saturday came and she broke down. her daughter had killed herself. we pray, injesus' name. crying you have to try and find words. we'll get there. you will, you'll get there. without their support, what would have happened to you? me? i'd probably be where my daughter is now, up there. i probably would've took my own life if it weren't for him. together, they're the hope for thousands through this crisis. breaks down i'm sorry talking about it, i'm sorry about getting upset because, do you know, you carry people's burdens.
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you try to tell them that it''s all right... it's just so upsetting. we pray mercy and love into the lives of the families and we pray this prayer in jesus' name, amen. these people of faith that are stepping onto the arena are making a massive difference. how have you been doing anyway? well, they've turned me in a sleeping bag, we're going all right. good sleeping bag! people are coming in from a community of despair... a couple of days' food would mean everything to us. a community of love and care... anybody not got all? ..and that's what's different in burnley. is this testing your faith? no. no, my faith is being
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strengthened by this crisis. because it's giving me an opportunity to live out the gospel to serve the poor and to help the needy, all those people that you may have seen weeping that i do believe that god weeps as well and wants this to go away, and for people to celebrate a sense of community and care for one another that is much needed in this time. the government says it's committed to reducing deprivation. and it's spent over £100 billion on welfare support this year. you need to form a queue! please! the fear is that the challenges now facing our poorest communities will remain long after this pandemic is over.
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hello there. looks like it is going to be drivers we had on into sunday. the area of low pressure continues to move south... not to seek overnight. that is going to bring some showery bursts of rain to eastern scotland, north—east england, again, they could be some snow over the high ground. we have got a little bit of a return of rain to the far south—east but apart from that it to the far south—east but apart from thatitis to the far south—east but apart from that it is going to be a dry night with clear skies and cold frosty risk of highs, bit of mist and fog across the south—east on sunday. we'll across the south—east on sunday. we' ll start across the south—east on sunday. we'll start as well with some showery bursts of rain, little was in the south—east, should mostly clear the way, into the afternoon is dry for many with variable clouds and sunshine around, slowing the whole site though, particularly where any low cloud and fog lingers through central areas, temperatures range from around three to 7 degrees, it stays cold start next week, starts to turn unsettled from
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tuesday onwards and warmer weather by the end of the week.
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