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    War with Austrialia

    Oh dear....

    Italy halts shipment of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine due for Australia


    Italy has halted a shipment of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine due for Australia.
    It comes after the EU introduced new rules governing the shipment of vaccines outside the bloc, although this is the first intervention of its kind.
    Rome stopped the export of 250,000 doses of the vaccine, officials said, with Italy notifying Brussels of its proposed decision at the end of last week. The commission did not object to the decision, officials said.
    The move threatens to heighten global tensions over vaccine procurement after EU allies objected to the introduction of its export regime. The system was announced by the European Commission at the end of January, and it means EU-based vaccine manufacturers must seek authorisation from their national government where their Covid-19 vaccine is produced before exporting it out of the EU.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...lts-overweight
    "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

    #2
    They'd better make sure whatever reason they have for not sending this is absolutely watertight and correct. If it comes out that are just playing political silly beggars or not done the paperwork properly they need to be held to account. People will die in the meantime.

    Disgraceful.
    'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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      #3
      The only blessing(?) is the vaccine they stop shipment of is heading to Australia where they have done their best to eliminate Covid-19 and has a low death rate. If it was to another country with a higher death rate the Italians would have deaths on their hands.

      The worse thing about this is that you have France, Germany, Spain and a few other European countries until the last couple of days refusing to give the Oxford/AZ vaccine to over 65 year olds. This means they have stocks of the vaccine in their fridges in certain parts of their countries. On the other hand countries like Poland, Czech and Denmark plus some regions of France and Germany have to either try to get the Chinese and Russian Covid vaccines or ask Israel for their excess supplies.
      "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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        #4
        I recall that the French objected to the Australians calling some of their fizzy wine "champagne". Australia's reponse: "So invade".
        Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!

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          #5
          Originally posted by SueEllen View Post
          The only blessing(?) is the vaccine they stop shipment of is heading to Australia where they have done their best to eliminate Covid-19 and has a low death rate. If it was to another country with a higher death rate the Italians would have deaths on their hands.

          The worse thing about this is that you have France, Germany, Spain and a few other European countries until the last couple of days refusing to give the Oxford/AZ vaccine to over 65 year olds. This means they have stocks of the vaccine in their fridges in certain parts of their countries. On the other hand countries like Poland, Czech and Denmark plus some regions of France and Germany have to either try to get the Chinese and Russian Covid vaccines or ask Israel for their excess supplies.
          Italy has only approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for under 65's*. At the current rate many of the 250k doses will expire before they can be used for the under 65's who qualify currently. It's not unheard of for the Italians to actually comply with an EU instruction, but it seems odd for them to comply in such a way which benefits precisely nobody.

          *https://www.thelocal.it/20210223/ita...ults-up-to-65/
          His heart is in the right place - shame we can't say the same about his brain...

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            #6
            Isn't the low progress of the vaccine simply due to shortage of supplies, rather than incompetence in delivery? I'd assume that if they've not approved AZ for the over 65s, they'll start on the over 60s, or over 55s.
            Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!

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              #7
              Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post
              Isn't the low progress of the vaccine simply due to shortage of supplies, rather than incompetence in delivery? I'd assume that if they've not approved AZ for the over 65s, they'll start on the over 60s, or over 55s.
              You are presuming competence from elected officials...

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              "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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                #8
                The UK also imposed an export stop. No vaccines manufactured in the UK will be exported until the "vaccine miracle" has been fully exploited.
                I'm alright Jack

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                  #9
                  Really, the EU has made a rod for it's own back.

                  They are fighting over a vaccine that very few of their citizens want, due to the bad-mouthing of it by their politicians.

                  This isn't going solve their chronic lack of uptake.

                  "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
                  - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post
                    I recall that the French objected to the Australians calling some of their fizzy wine "champagne". Australia's reponse: "So invade".
                    Well at least the Australians advised the French to play to their strengths
                    "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

                    I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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