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by Oui Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 08:40:09 PM EST

EU rejects accusations of 'vaccine nationalism' | Reuters |

European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday rejected charges of "vaccine nationalism" levelled against the EU, and said that while Britain and the United States have outright bans on exports of COVID-19 shots, the EU had not stopped exporting.

The EU has found itself under fire at home for a vaccine rollout far slower than those of former member Britain or the United States, and abroad for so far doing less than China, Russia or India to supply vaccines to poor countries.

Last week it annoyed vaccine buyer's abroad by backing an Italian decision to halt a shipment to Australia.

In a lengthy statement Michel, who represents the leaders of the 27 European Union member states, laid out a defence of the bloc's strategy. He said that without Europe, it would not have been possible to develop and produce several vaccines in less than a year, and EU solidarity had helped poor countries get first doses.

Michel also defended a system to control the export of doses produced in EU countries, invoked by Italy last week to block a shipment of AstraZeneca shots to Australia.

Britain had a quick retort for the comments by Michel, who represents the 27 European Union member states, saying it has not blocked the export of a single COVID-19 vaccine.

"Any references to a UK export ban or any restrictions on vaccines are completely false," a UK government spokesman said.

The British government's rebuff of Michel's comments came at a time of growing tensions between London and Brussels following the completion of Britain's exit from the EU at the end of 2020.

Europe dis-engages from pharmaceuticals

    Until the G7 meeting where partners vowed  $7.5bn to GIVA COVAX, there was barely $2bn donated, more than half from a single donor ... of course the EU-27.

Highest EU Representative, NOT the ambassador..

UK accused of 'silly spat' with EU over post-Brexit diplomatic status

by Oui on Wed Mar 10th, 2021 at 11:45:12 AM EST

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove told UK lawmakers on Thursday that "disruption caused by BREXIT COVID has lasted longer and has been deeper than we anticipated," adding that "we have listened to businesses who have made a strong case that they need more time to prepare."

Andrew Opie, a spokesperson for the British Retail Consortium, an industry lobby group, said that without a delay consumers "might otherwise have seen empty shelves for some products".

by Oui on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 10:02:08 AM EST
UK forced to delay checks on imports from EU by six months | The Guardian |

British customs were due to begin controlling imports of animal products, live animals and plants and products from 1 April, including food considered high-risk such as mince and sausages. The checks, known as sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, require consignments to have the correct documentation and import and health certificates signed by vets on arrival in Britain.

These SPS checks along with customs inspections were expected to take place from 1 July at new designated border control posts (BCPs) on goods entering by sea, road or air.

Eight major government U-turns on post-Brexit controls

by Oui on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 10:03:55 AM EST
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by james jack on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 11:40:13 AM EST

Charlie Hebdo criticised for 'offensive' cartoon of Meghan | The Guardian |

In France, where secularism is enshrined in the republic's constitution, the magazine is seen as an important symbol of a country not bound by religious rule. But others view Charlie Hebdo as provocative and inconsiderate of the serious issues faced by oppressed groups.

by Oui on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 08:53:16 PM EST

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