Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 01:05:49 PM EST
The European Union could stop AstraZeneca from exporting its COVID-19 vaccine from the bloc if the British-Swedish pharma company does not meet its supply obligations, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in comments published on Saturday.
"We have the possibility to forbid planned exports. That is the message to AstraZeneca: You fulfill your contract with Europe before you start delivering to other countries," von der Leyen told newspapers from the Funke Media Group.
She said the company had delivered only 30% of the doses promised in the first quarter of 2021. She also pointed out that although the contract with AstraZeneca had stipulated that the EU would receive vaccines from factories in the EU and Britain, "we have received nothing from the Britons, while we deliver vaccines to them."
Von der Leyen referred to statistics showing that at least 41 million doses of coronavirus vaccine had been exported from the EU to 33 countries, despite a shortfall in vaccine supplies in the bloc itself. According to the commission, 9 million doses have gone from the EU to the UK and a million to the US.
"I cannot justify to European citizens why we export millions of vaccine doses to countries that produce vaccines themselves -- and from whom nothing comes back," von der Leyen said. "And I can barely justify exports to countries that have a much higher vaccination rate and far fewer infections than the EU."
Biden's War on Vaccines - a New Form of Multilateralism Western cowboy style: Bush - Obama - Biden ...
Defense Production Act Speeds Up Vaccine Production
In the run-up to President Biden's promise on March 2 that there would be enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult in the United States by the end of May, he talked up a Korean War era law called the Defense Production Act.
Biden mentioned it in his first presidential remarks about the pandemic fight from the White House State Dining Room on Jan. 26. He brought it up again during a Feb. 19 trip to a Pfizer vaccine factory in Kalamazoo, Mich., while he stood in front of gleaming stainless steel production equipment. He brought the law up on Feb. 25 after watching a Washington, D.C., resident get vaccinated in front of cameras at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for an event to celebrate the 50-millionth shot. Less than two hours later, he talked about the law in the National Governors Association's winter meeting.
So perhaps it was no surprise Biden brought up the Defense Production Act yet again in his announcement this month that his administration brokered a deal between two pharmaceutical rivals -- Merck and Johnson & Johnson -- to increase the vaccine supply and help deliver doses earlier than expected.
USA and UK have designated all vaccines, substances and manufacturing part of cut-throat Capitalism .. Me1st insanity - Southern Africa needs the right COVID-19 vaccines, at the right price - right now | MSF |.
The U.S. Needs to Stop Hoarding Vaccines Immediately | Slate |
The only method is to confront the bully, not turning the other cheek ... the latter is for religious persons or social democrats counting on solidarity.
Here's how to get billions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world | Economic Policy of a Pandemic Age |
The unprecedented development of several effective COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year is an historic achievement in the annals of scientific research. No less impressive, however, is the work of the US government in organizing and subsidizing a complex supply chain for manufacturing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. American policymakers made large advance purchases of potential vaccines and supported some sponsors--such as Moderna and Johnson & Johnson--carrying out clinical trials, while simultaneously working with myriad far-flung and lesser-known contract manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and ingredients (from cellular material to glass tubing to syringes), to actually produce the vaccines and related supplies. The crash effort that went from science labs to vaccine distribution began under the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed and has continued and expanded under the Biden administration.
As Americans prepare to emerge from the pandemic, however, much of the world is still living a nightmare. Global demand for vaccine doses dwarfs the supply. Only a handful of countries are able to manufacture these vaccines at the scale needed to overcome infections and deaths that are still growing--and shifting due to the emergence of viral variants. It is certainly problematic that the United States and some other countries are hoarding doses and critical vaccine supplies for their own domestic populations. But a focus on hoarding alone threatens to miss one crucial point. There is much that the United States can do to help replicate the success of Operation Warp Speed on a worldwide scale to get billions of doses to a global population.
Waiting for a pandemic to happen after SARS Cov-1 over a decade ago ... vaccine research and production was never profitable enough for BIG Pharma ... the few government entities in Europe which produced vaccines were forced to sell their pharmaceuticals off to the private sector. Today after the pandemic hit hard, Covid-19 Relief Fund for business large and middle, but a handout to the little men and employees of Main Street. Wall Street stocks flying high. This can't endure!
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BIG Pharma and Corona Profits