Morning brief: Republican lawmaker pushes to oust House Speaker McCarthy, UK’s healthcare racism, & more

In today’s morning brief, we cover some of the top stories that are making headlines across the nation and the world. One of the most controversial developments is the attempt by Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch ally of former President Trump, to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the House Minority Leader. Jordan claims that McCarthy has failed to defend Trump from the ongoing investigations into his role in the January 6th Capitol riot and the allegations of election fraud. Jordan also accuses McCarthy of being too soft on the Democrats and not fighting hard enough for the conservative agenda. McCarthy has dismissed Jordan’s challenge as a distraction and a sign of desperation.

Another major issue that is drawing attention is the report by the UK’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which found that the country’s healthcare system is riddled with racism and discrimination. The report revealed that ethnic minorities face worse health outcomes, lower quality of care, and higher rates of infection and death from COVID-19 than white people. The report also highlighted the lack of diversity and representation among healthcare staff, especially in senior positions. The commission called for urgent reforms to address these inequalities and to improve the trust and confidence of ethnic minority patients.

Other stories that we will cover in this brief include: the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination efforts around the world; the escalating tensions between China and Taiwan over Beijing’s military activities near the island; the aftermath of the volcanic eruption in La Palma, Spain, which has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate; and more.

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