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“Don’t be fooled, Rhodes was a racist” – Protestors Demand Removal of Oxford Statue

In 2015 students at Oxford University had first demanded the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes, a leading figure in British imperialism. Now, five years later, hundreds of students and residents have gathered at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, once again, to demand the removal of the statue.

Oxford student and one of the protest's organisers told the Independent that many of their demands had fallen on deaf ears but that students would continue to “object to the institutional practises that are symbolised by objectionable iconography such as that of Cecil Rhodes”.

Science • Medicine
University of Oxford Plans to Roll Out Covid-19 Vaccine by September if Trials Successfull
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In his Sunday briefing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine by the University of Oxford were progressing well. The trial is currently in phase one and all participants have received their doses. Oxford has received over £47 million by the government so far and Sharma announced another £84 million in new funding.

Sharma added: "This means that if the vaccine is successful AstraZeneca (a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company) will work to make 30 million doses available by September for the UK as part of an agreement for over 100 million doses in total."