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
After Brexit we should all be looking to the future and not the past, for what has been done has already gone.
The UK still wishes to work with Europe, but not controlled by the EU, for while many european countries are in the EU, the EU is not Europe, the EU just a political machine working for its own existence, which may or may not be of 100% benefit to all of the European countries who are members of the EU.
Source: Ursula von der Leyen accidentally SUPPORTS Brexit in vaccine apology | Daily Mail Online
This is all well and good, but when Mr Blairs EU is acting as a spoilt child instead of being a competent and responsible organisation, not easy for the EU to do, but they need to try to be.
They need to own their own problems and not cast blame by diverting to others.
This is needed to ensure their own existence, a steep learning curve, but needs to be done.
Source: ‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent
Again the EU wants to take on the UK, but who is correct for you can’t expect any contract to not be respected.
The UK contract is with AstraZeneca and not the EU, and we are not responsible for any assumed noncompliance with a contract which has nothing to do with the UK.
Should the EU retaliate by putting a trade block on Pfizer BioNTech exporting their vaccine to the UK, then the UK could retaliate by putting a Trade block on Oxford/AstraZeneca exporting their vaccine to the EU.
Both would be against international trading rules, but who went first.
Should the EU be so vindictive, then who would trust the EU ever again.
To mitigate any problems the UK should immediately stop using the Pfizer BioNTech for first vaccines and recommence using for second vaccines, then use Oxford/AstraZeneca for first and second vaccines and so on in Spring 2021 for the Modena vaccine.
Yes, it is childish and 2 wrongs do not make a right, but if the EU want to be childish then what should be done, well the EU should act responsively as they stated they wanted the UK to do when we threatened to break International Law when we were negotiating the Brexit Trade Agreement.
Source: Vaccine war brewing as EU demands Covid jabs produced in UK | The Independent
Boris and his Government have made many mistakes leading to substantial failures during this COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine situation would appear to be the one and only success.
However, this does not discount the many failures.
Here it is the EU who have failed, but their over bureaucratic nature means they are unwilling to accept their failure and thereby are causing alarm and concern to an independent country (UK) to overcome this failure.
This can’t be allowed to happen and therefore the EU will have to backdown, something which is not akin to them.
If we were still in the EU none of us would have had any COVID-19 vaccinations, let alone being an European leader.
Unfortunately, the EU will not countenance any UK successes, the EU is showing isolationism and putting the EU first above all others, now where have I heard and seen something similar, well would you believe it, 4 years of President Trump in the US.
Source: Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home
The EU is a joke when they talk of transparency, for you only have to look at their budgets to prove that. Have they ever had a completed budget audit approved.
As usual the EU is trying to show they are big hitters and throwing around their assumed power. They have been behind in this vaccine all along and still have to approve it.
I feel it is a bit of jealously in that the UK got ahead of them, so I am glad we left the EU and other countries need to seriously look into the EU and ensure they put themselves forward instead of the EU.
Source: COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews
In the article the following is mentioned ‘ “The European Commission suggested yesterday that European fishermen could continue to fish in British waters after a no-deal. Do you, Mr President, want to have your cake and eat it?,” Daily Mail journalist James Franey asked.
So, in the referred UK Territorial waters the issue of fish would be under the jurisdiction of the UK, not France or the EU, so Macron’s comment about ‘cake’ does not hold water. It is up to the UK to state if they wish to amend the jurisdiction, so it is UK cake not French cake. Therefore it is not Macron’s cake to give or retain.
Now what about the money we are expected to give to the EU, surely if you give an agreed notice of termination, and we have given more than 4 years, no money should be given to the EU, especially with a ‘No Deal’ situation.
I appreciate that we left on 31 December 2019, but the giving of termination money should be dependent on receiving a Trade Deal, so if it is ‘No Deal’ then any giving of money should be terminated.
Source: Macron on EU-UK fishing feud: ‘I’m not giving my piece of cake away’ | Euronews
BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 20 countries and territories in Europe have launched or plan smartphone apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a warning should one of them test positive.
Source: Explainer: Europe’s coronavirus smartphone contact tracing apps – Reuters
BREXITEERS have slapped down Guy Verhofstadt after he made a dig about Brexit in a Twitter post.
Source: Brexiteers slap down Guy Verhofstadt after Twitter dig ‘Still bitter!’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
EU to invest €2bn on vaccines now being tested but UK officials say scheme benefits are ‘limited’
Source: UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say | World news | The Guardian