Wed Dec 6th, 2023 at 07:51:51 AM EST
Let the bodies pile high ... a model for Trump in USA and Mark Rutte, Dutch PM, to let SARS CoV-19 fly ... herd immunity. At least in the UK there is a parliamentary investigation and both Trump and Johnson were sacked by forces for their incompetence. Rutte is on a nice path of his career towards the highest security job with NATO in Brussels. His coalition Rutte IV lost nearly half of seats in Parliament (Tweede Kamer). Yesterday 80 members of the 150 seat Tweede Kamer said good-bye.
Boris Johnson considered 'raid' on vaccine plant in the Netherlands | The Guardian |
Covid inquiry expected to be told former PM was open to ’military options' to obtain ’impounded' jabs from factory in Leiden
Boris Johnson's appearance before the Covid-19 inquiry is not until Wednesday but it is already making headlines in the Netherlands amid a mixture of amusement and alarm at claims he asked for British spies to plan a "raid" on a Dutch vaccine plant.
The operation - according to sources who briefed Johnson's employer, the Daily Mail - would have taken place against the backdrop of a tit-for-tat row in March 2021 between the then prime minister and the EU, which was moving towards restricting exports of vaccines across the Channel.
An "enraged" Johnson asked security services to draw up "military options" to obtain "impounded" doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from a plant in Leiden after Britain had negotiated a deal with the company.
But while Britain's security services were spared their biggest debacle on Dutch soil since Operation Market Garden, the claim has been widely reported on front pages in the Netherlands. Elsewhere, Russian state media generated a po-faced report on the claims, interspersing clips of Johnson with footage of British special forces and overlaying them with a sinister backing track.
The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs confirmed it was "aware" of the report but declined to comment.
From my diary ...
EU Threatens to Stop Export Oxford AZ Vaccines | 20 March 2021 |
Has produced vaccines since December and could provide 5m doses per month ... however Oxford AstraZeneca UK has failed to request EMA approval for the manufacturing plant. Thus no vaccines could be distributed to the EU-27 countries but would be exported elsewhere.
EU steps back from export ban, approves Dutch plant at centre of UK row | RTL News - 26 March, 2021 |
The EU's drug watchdog gave the green light to the Dutch Halix factory to produce AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, which has been at the heart of a bitter dispute with Britain.
The European Medicines Agency also granted approval to a Pfizer/BioNTech plant in Marburg, Germany and a manufacturing site for the Moderna vaccine in Switzerland, the EMA said in a statement. Brussels has threatened to block exports to the UK from the Halix plant in Leiden in the Netherlands until drugs giant AstraZeneca makes good on its promised vaccine deliveries to the bloc.
"A new manufacturing site has been approved for the production of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine active substance," the Amsterdam-based EMA said in a statement.
"The Halix site is located in Leiden, the Netherlands, and will bring the total number of manufacturing sites licensed for the production of the active substance of the vaccine to four."
The Dutch too suffered from very high death rate, higher than stats would indicate due to refusal to let elderly with symptoms of Covid-19 enter medical facilities. They died at home and were declared died of "old age" or natural causes. No coronavirus test was taken.