Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
"... more difficult negotiations with the pharmaceutical companies, and delayed agreements by several weeks or months."

The UN and WHO have warned the global community "hoarding" will be to the detriment of all in combatting a pandemic. It has fallen a deaf ears on the many. It has become a political tool. The invisible small "China" virus played a substantial role in the defeat of the former US president running a gambit with family and old friends. His impeachment was long written in the stars.

With the slogans of "America First!" trumpeted by the UK Brexiteers of "Britain First!" was no surprise. Both leaders were strong voices for "herd immunity" and let the epidemic rage. After the initial gross failure in choice between health and the economy, the deaths became an insurmountable burden. Both are leading the world in deaths per capita. An issue of NI protocol or invoking Art. 16 is such a non-issue used to deflect.

I think the blunder made by the EU Commission with leadership of German ex-minister of Defense is just unforgiveable. Haste is no excuse for precise handling of an issue. Handing such a gift to trade foe Boris Johnson is reckless.

No words in defense can offset the media frenzy of British tabloids. A few days of EU bashing is food for the soul.

The AstraZenica vaccine still has not been approved by the American FDA for emergency use. Trump and his Covid-19 Czar had placed a 1.2bn bet on Oxford and AstraZenica in Project Warp Speed. This effort has brought promise in the vaccination to solve a rampant pandemic. By the way, the South Eastern Asian nations had a better policy of mitigation. So did Australia and New Zealand.

Boris Johnson and the UK are in a more isolated place than ever. Brexit never was about long term gain, short term we needed to gain political power and got the deceat funded by some wealthy donors. The West is very fortunate to have replaced Trump in an honest election to detriment of populist leaders like Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte, Brazil's Bolsonaro and Israel's Netanyahu.

Can't discount the task of rightwing media since the Second World War and the role of the intelligence community ...

American Free Press and the Mockingbird Syndrome

Britain's use of militarized war propaganda tools ...

Hybrid Warfare: Statecraft Integrity Initiative

Once the Tory propaganda machine is running full speed, words make no difference.

by Oui on Thu Feb 4th, 2021 at 09:20:26 AM EST
Irish Times: EU Commission boss admits mistakes in vaccine procurement

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has admitted failures in the procurement of corona vaccines at European level. The EU underestimated the complications that can arise in the production of such vaccines, said von der Leyen in an interview with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and other European media. In response to the criticism that the EU had ordered too hesitantly, she said: "Of course: a country can be a speedboat. And the EU is more of a tanker. "

The German Commission President further said: "We have focused very much on the question of whether there will be a vaccine, that is, the development." From today's perspective, one should have "thought more closely about the challenges of mass production in parallel".

Gerd Kerkhoff sees "total failure" when purchasing vaccines

Nonsense! Not just purchasing of vaccines, bottleneck was clearly commitment to contract for deliveries and the production facilities weren't there. Hoarding by states with production facilities such as the US, UK and even India. Globalization, outsourcing and slashing of domestic Healthcare ... austerity that came back to bite.

by Oui on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:01:54 PM EST
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