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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:11:00 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:41:23 PM EST
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Italy recommends AstraZeneca COVID vaccine only for over-60s
plus NL, ES, DE differential age brackets
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 10:56:29 PM EST
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Denmark becomes first country to permanently stop use of AstraZeneca vaccine
"Decision comes as another blow to EU's faltering immunization program"
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 04:19:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 05:07:05 PM EST
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EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry - paper, La Stampa
added that Brussels would rather focus on COVID-19 vaccines using messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, such as Pfizer's and Moderna's ... Later on Wednesday the President of the European Commission said the EU was in talks with Pfizer and BionTech for a new contract for 1.8 billion doses, confirming a Reuters report from last week.
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 07:06:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 01:01:08 PM EST
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Britain orders 60 million Pfizer COVID-19 shots for booster programme science-y stuff
"We'll get an idea then of which gives you the highest boost, which perhaps gives you the broadest boost against a range of coronavirus variants, and indeed what the timings look like," he told a press conference.

"That is another reason why the vaccines taskforce has invested in contracts with not just one or two manufacturers, but six or seven so that we have that optionality."
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Britain, which has a population of 67 million, has deals for 517 million doses of eight different COVID-19 vaccines, some of which remain under development.

by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2021 at 10:30:24 PM EST
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"Leiden" disputes FDA, EMA abundance of caution
"The Ad26.COV2.S vaccine uses a human Ad26-based vector, whereas the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine uses a chimpanzee adenovirus-based vector (references S3 and S4)."
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 04:20:12 PM EST
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J&J Privately Asked Rival Covid-19 Vaccine Makers to Probe Clotting Risks
AstraZeneca agrees. Pfizer and Moderna decline, their "shots could be tarnished by association," some people say.
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 05:21:23 PM EST
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Blood clots as prevalent with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine as with AstraZeneca's: study, 15 April
According to the study, 4 in 1 million people experience cerebral venous thrombosis after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, versus 5 in 1 million people for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The risk of getting CVT is much higher for those who get COVID-19 -- 39 in a million patients -- than it is for those who get vaccinated.
CVT statistical analysis, January 20, 2020 and March 25, 2021
cohorts:  Pfizer BNT162b2, Moderna mRNA-1273 (N=489,871); AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (N=34M), Janssen Ad26.COV2-S (N=N/A)
controls: influenza (N=172,742), COVID-19 (N=513,284)
The risk of being diagnosed with a CVT was significantly higher in the two weeks after COVID-19 compared to influenza or after receiving an mRNA vaccine. The  risk associated  with  COVID-19 was  also  higher than:(a) that currently reported by the EMA following vaccination with the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine;(b) the overall incidence observed inthe TriNetX network or (c) the historical incidence of CVT in the USA.
 
by Cat on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 at 09:30:10 PM EST
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EU concluding deal for 1.8 billion more BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine doses
status report: "Von der Leyen, herself a trained medical doctor, praised the mRNA technique pioneered in Germany as being 'incredibly agile.'"
by Cat on Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 02:55:36 PM EST
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Will get my 1st jab tomorrow morning ... age group 75+ ... a merry-go round in Dutch politics and health ... Rutte & Co opening up shops, events, sports, outside dining and ending a number of lockdown measures such as the curfew. Number of cases still in upward trend... ICUs are complet ... next week hospital admittancy will be in code black ... the young adults are now in the majority to fall ill to the virus and are filling the hospital beds.

ICU expert says Dutch hospitals in Covid trouble; Warns of "Code black situation"

(*) Olympic sporters were on the priority lists as were ...
 

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 08:27:05 PM EST
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In Colorado we have walk-up immunization for anybody over age 16.

https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated

by asdf on Wed Apr 28th, 2021 at 03:51:28 PM EST
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ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary
"this does not mean European countries will force people to be vaccinated"
by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 07:33:39 PM EST
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Another "Putin critic" who got an urge to kill himself, after a visit from Polonium Pavel Novichok Nina Strangler Serguey.

Nikolai Glushkov: Putin critic 'strangled in London home by third party'

A Russian exile was strangled in his own home by a third party, a coroner has ruled.

Businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018.

West London Coroner's Court heard there was evidence to suggest his death was made to look like a suicide and there had been "third-party involvement".

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 03:45:49 PM EST
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Putin has always been thuggish and has long used political homicides as an instrument of state policy. He, Kim, to a slightly lesser Erdogan, and MBS are soul mates in that regard. Don't expect change while they remain in power. One can only hope that they will turn  on each other or fall victim to the same tactics themselves.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:27:08 PM EST
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I doubt they'll fall out. The plan is to remake Western governments in their image. These extreme nationalists all understand each other - and I'd add Netanyahu, Modi, and Jinping to the list.

Putin is particularly dangerous. The Trump Coup nearly succeeded, and it's unlikely that will be his last attempt to install a puppet government in the US. Just as Brexit won't be his last attempt to install a compliant far-right nationalist regime in the EU.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 11:00:06 PM EST
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Hold the Jokes, Please: Aeroflot Buffs Its Image | NY Times - June 25, 1997 | [cached]

CFO of Aeroflot is Nikolai Glushkov, who is also acting chairman of Logovaz, a leading media and oil conglomerate founded by Boris A. Berezovsky. Mr. Berezovsky, who handed control of Logovaz over to Mr. Glushkov when he became deputy secretary of the National Security Council, is a business leader who helped to bankroll Mr. Yeltsin's re-election campaign last summer. Mr. Berezovsky's companies are a symbol of the cozy co-dependence between big business and the Kremlin.

Family members of Yeltsin were well cared for. The risks came much later in the Putin era. Berezovsky lost out too in London in a feud with the Chelsea magnate who is now exiled in Tel Aviv. Great stuff.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 08:48:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 03:34:22 PM EST
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If you were to make a list of Hollywood personalities who might help your political cause, Charlie Sheen would be quite a ways down it.
by asdf on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 01:02:59 AM EST
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Fortunately, the list of weapons is long and harrowing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 11:35:03 AM EST
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And don't forget the simultaneous hysteria over China.

Need to rile up the masses, diverting them from misrule at home.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:16:25 PM EST
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Are they going to drop him from a bomber or shoot him out of a cannon?

I'm good either way.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:21:36 PM EST
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He stole (according to the Russian prosecutor) 123 million USD from Aeroflot in the 90ies. No matter the exakt sum, there may be more then one person with motive here.
by fjallstrom on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 06:09:59 PM EST
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Germany's Greens chancellor candidate vows to get tough on Russia and China
Regarding the Ukrainian government's wish to join the European Union and NATO, Baerbock said sovereign states could decide their alliances for themselves, but added that for now it was more important to reach a de-escalation in the region.

Turning to China, Baerbock said China was too big to simply cut off ties. Still, liberal democracies must uphold their values which means Europe could, for example, think about banning certain products, she said.... Baerbock also called for a European army under the supervision of the European Parliament and outlined steps towards a de-nuclearisation of Germany in consultation with allies.

by Cat on Sat Apr 24th, 2021 at 06:46:06 PM EST
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Greek crime journalist shot dead by motorcycle gunmen -police
ATHENS (Reuters) -Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a prominent Greek crime journalist near his home in Athens on Friday, police said.

George Karaivaz, a veteran journalist for private broadcaster STAR TV, was well-known to Greek audiences for his coverage of law and order and police stories.

There were no immediate reports of a possible motive for Friday's shooting, however police said the murder was clearly carefully planned.

See also: Daphne Caruana Galizia

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 08:05:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 05:22:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 04:02:19 PM EST
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To be fair, the US of A needs to be able to refuel the airplanes it's going to be using to monitor the Arctic Ocean. We have only a little arctic coastline and it is on the other side. Otherwise, how are we supposed to protect everybody from the Russkies???

by asdf on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:36:55 PM EST
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Berlin: Thousands Stage Protest Against 'Rent Cap' Decision
"It was probably not the last rally against Thursday's court decision and rising rents."
by Cat on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 04:11:33 PM EST
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Housing prices in Colorado have gone through the roof, and everybody is complaining about affordability. (No unions allowed, though. Plenty of nice houses for executives.)

A few years ago, everybody was complaining about how lousy the housing market was.

Never happy.

by asdf on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:39:05 PM EST
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Italy's Salvini sent to trial on migrant kidnapping charge
ancient laws of nations, including but limited to safe passage: "Violating a fundamental right such as the protection of human beings at sea for the sake of political propaganda is shameful"
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 06:36:47 PM EST
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