More evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, so why is the EU continually coming out against this vaccine and not any of the others.
First we had Macron and Merkel then the blood clot scare followed by 17 European countries suspending use of the vaccine all of this without any reliable justification.
Is all this because of the AstraZeneca connection with the UK or do they wish their populations to catch COVID-19? If it is the latter this will be very disturbing. For while blood clots are not registered as one of the side effects of the vaccine, blood clots are down as one of the possible consequences of contracting COVID-19.
No wonder the take up rates of having the vaccines in Europe are very disappointing and while this is a very real cause of concern within Europe, it is also a very real concern in the rest of the World, including the UK. As by not having an effective take up rate this is leading to possible more mutations, some, which could well reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines, leaving those of us who have been vaccinated open to contracting COVID-19 with maybe serious consequences.
This, I feel is the EU playing with politics and a further punishment for the UK leaving the EU.
The EU need to get over themselves for they are the reason for Europe starting a possible 3rd wave of Coronavirus, due to their shambolic dealings with measures to combat COVID-19. Slowing in vaccine approvals, slow in placing vaccine orders, having less effective contracts of purchasing of COVID vaccines.
On the face of it the best thing the UK did was coming out of the EU, as the EU is much too bureaucratic.
Now the EU is threatening to stop companies exporting Vaccines, especially to the UK, when they have many supplies of vaccines in storage in the EU. This is showing the EU in their true colours.
Source: AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data | Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday the country’s 320,000 homecare workers would each be granted a COVID-19 bonus of 500 euros, a package worth 160 million euros (144.3 million pounds).
Source: Macron announces bonus package for homecare workers amid COVID-19 crisis – Reuters
The Institut Pasteur estimated that 3.7 million people — 5.7% of the population — will have been infected with COVID-19 by May 11 but that 70% is needed for herd immunity.
Source: Coronavirus: Number of infected in France not enough to prevent second wave, warn scientists | Euronews
All members of the G20 reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate deal on Saturday, excluding the United States.
The 19 signatories have agreed on the “irreversibility” of the treaty on climate, signed in Paris in 2015, and have committed to its “complete implementation”.
The commitment was achieved with difficulty as the members faced opposition from the only G20 member not to sig: the United States.
“We must do a lot more on climate,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “Scientists remind us of our duty every day. Young people remind us of our duty, too. We have signed the declaration with 19 members, except the US. We will continue to progress on the essential topic of climate.”
Macron added: “I did the maximum in 2017 to convince Trump to ratify the Paris agreement. I can only regret the American position.”
Source: G20: 19 members recommit to Paris climate agreement, without US | Euronews
Throughout Brexit, there have been two apparently fixed points on the EU side of the negotiations. The first was their remarkable cohesion, in the face of a deeply divided British political class, and the second was their solidarity with Dublin.
As this Government’s efforts to negotiate Brexit reach their apparent nadir, it is worth paying attention to the other side of the table and noting that something appears to have shifted this week, at least with regards to the former point.
The apparent willingness of certain EU leaders to go for ‘no deal’, rather than endlessly indulging Parliament with a series of extensions in which it can continue to vote down the Withdrawal Agreement, seems to contradict the Union’s policy of catering to the particular needs of the Republic of Ireland.
Whilst the EU is perfectly willing to roll out the high-minded rhetoric about the vital importance of an invisible border whilst attempting to persuade the UK to adopt the backstop, it seems improbable that they would content to allow unregulated goods to flood into the Single Market through Northern Ireland in the event of no-deal.
Source: Would the EU abandon Varadkar? Perhaps. But it’s not at all likely. | Conservative Home
LONDON — MPs voted to send U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal she agreed with the EU in November.
A proposal put forward by senior Tory backbencher Graham Brady demanding that the controversial Northern Ireland backstop be replaced by “alternative arrangements” won the backing of 317 MPs with 301 against — a majority of 16.
Downing Street had whipped Tory MPs to support the amendment.
The backstop is a central part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement which is designed to prevent the need for the hard border on the island of Ireland. Opening the debate, May told the Commons that she would seek to reopen the agreement and negotiate legally-binding changes.
“What I’m talking about is not a further exchange of letters but a significant and legally binding change to the Withdrawal Agreement,” May said.
French President Emmanuel Macron was the first EU leader to respond to developments in Westminster, saying the Brexit deal cannot be renegotiated.
Speaking in Cyprus, Macron said the Withdrawal Agreement “is the best accord possible. It is not re-negotiable,” the Guardian reported.
Macron said Britain leaving the EU without a deal is a situation that “no one wants, but we should all prepare for.”
Source: MPs send Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate Brexit deal – POLITICO
French President Emmanuel Macron is continuing his diplomatic tour in Finland today, amid the fall out of his Environment Minister’s resignation.
Nicolas Hulot made the surprise announcement he was quitting during a radio interview yesterday.
The story is continuing to dominate the French media.
Source: Hulot resignation fall out continues | Euronews
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he shared Britain’s assessment that Russia was behind a nerve agent attack on a former spy living in England and vowed to take measures in response in the coming days.
Source: After hesitancy, France backs Britain over Russian role in attack : Reuters