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A few quotes...

Tory PM Boris Johnson:
We won the vaccine war and speedy inoculation race due to "greed" and "capitalism".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock:
We have exclusivity rights in our contract with AstraZeneca!

British boulevard Press:
We'll take care of the facts and will accuse   the EU of nationalist practise.

VP and now President Joe Biden:
Keeping most  sanctions in place and adding a few of my own. Trump's Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Contracts and FDA's emergency proces. Biden added the Defense Production Act to block all exports of vaccines and raw materials.

[Funding has been routed through a defense contract management firm called Advanced Technologies International, Inc. ATI then awarded contracts to companies working on COVID-19 vaccines. - Top Secret National Security]

Manufacturing in India was hit hard by lack of components to produce UN COVAX vaccines for third world countries ...

Indian vaccine giant SII warns of supply hit from U.S. raw materials export ban | Reuters |

by Oui on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 03:43:23 PM EST
The whole production issue has become a national security issue with top secret deals worth Billions awarded behind the scenes without tender. The EU Commission is ill-equipped to compete in that space and doesn't have a mandate to do so anyway.

The bottom line is that the EU must ensure it has all strategically important industries and supply chains located within its borders which is a long term strategic planning issue rather than anything to do with the personality of the President of the Commission.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 03:51:21 PM EST
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One could say that a definitive Brexit dividend is that we, in the EU, no longer have to give a sh*t what the British gutter press writes. Even the Guardian and the Beeb are sliding into jingoism and thinly veiled xenophobia.

They say that major crises do reveal both the best and the worst in human nature.

Reading your letter, I noted that while many countries are complaining about the Commission "not having done enough", Von Der Leyen herself is seldom singled out (that Von, not Van, she's German, not Dutch). It may be that the Irish ruling class being English speaking (Gaelic too?), they tend to pay more attention to said British gutter press than they ought to.

Because continuous tabloid covers of VdL pictures with screaming headlines like "EU wants to pilfer our jabs!"   do not make an argument; it's just foaming at the mouth and rabble rousing. The fact they're focusing their attacks on a woman is also revealing, IMHO.

I think the Irish leaders would be well inspired to follow your advice and focus more on re-enforcing ties with the EU, and stop paying too much attention to the noisy neighbors to the East.

by Bernard on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 05:42:48 PM EST
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Yes the older generation of politicians, editors and journalists are very anglo-centric, particularly on the right of the spectrum. The Irish independent is beyond a joke in this regarded, dominated by what are derisively referred to as West Brits. It's recently been taken over by Belgian media group Mediahuis which may lead to change in the long term. I'm trying to influence the Times in a more Eurocentric direction.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 07:33:26 PM EST
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'Lack of perspective': why Ursula von der Leyen's EU vaccine strategy is failing

"Juncker no dummy, he right," the ex-Vote Leave strategist wrote. "& if Commission, now melting down, don't listen, UK shd NOT tit-for-tat but shd make generous offer over heads of EU leaders to EUR peoples - will bring years of goodwill, good policy & politics, & Cmsn will cave shortly after."

A shovel full of manure from Cummings!

Juncker: We have to pull back from a Covid vaccine war

by Oui on Sun Mar 28th, 2021 at 10:23:37 PM EST
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