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40 minutes ago, Nalis said:

Macron strikes me as someone with an inferiority complex.


I think people forget that Macron is something of a populist himself. Sure he’s not your firebrand left-right populist like Trump, Boris, Corbyn or Sturgeon, but the bloke started his own politician party to launch his own Presidential ambitions on the basis that the establishment left and right aren’t focussed enough on the real issues, it was a Centrist version of Trump’s ‘Drain the Swamp’ message.
 

Part of that populism is fervent Europeanism and that’s why he’s so reactionary on any U.K.-EU matter, like the border closures over the Kent variant. For the most part I don’t think the EU is that ‘anti-British’ (even if they have taken liberties on occasion) but Macron is very clearly set on spite as it strengthens his Globalist (and by extension anti-Le Pen) position.

 

This AstraZeneca incident is just the latest, there was the fishing grounds (which we had our faults in but which Macron seemed keen to exacerbate) and I’m sure they’ll be more as their Presidential elections heat up. It’ll probably be leaned on even more to an extent as I imagine their absolute dumpster fire of a vaccination rollout may get him the Trump treatment to some extent. 

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On 21/02/2021 at 11:07, davieG said:

Well he's up now but still feeling very weak. His symptoms are sore throat and chest, cough, loss of appetite and memory: apparently couldn't remember Brendan Rodgers name. We told him to get in his garden and get some fresh air/oxygen. He said funnily enough the best he's felt was when he put the bins out lol

Improving all the time although last night's football didn't help. 

 

Unfortunately and inevitably his Mrs has now tested positive.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-vonderleyen/eu-says-uk-u-s-have-vaccine-export-bans-eu-allows-exports-of-pfizer-moderna-shots-idUSKBN2AP2RS?il=0&utm_source=reddit.com

 

EU says UK, U.S. have vaccine export bans, EU allows exports of Pfizer, Moderna shots

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that the EU was allowing exports of COVID-19 vaccines, mostly from BionTech/Pfizer and Moderna, while the United States and Britain had mechanism to block them.

Von der Leyen told a news conference that approximately 95% of EU-made vaccines that had been exported since Jan. 30 were manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the remainder by Moderna.

She said that both were honouring their supply contracts with the EU and therefore there was no limitation on their export, while on AstraZeneca’s exports the EU was keeping “a very close eye” because of the company’s shortfalls in deliveries to the 27-nation bloc.

Von der Leyen added that the United States and Britain had systems in place that effectively blocked the export of COVID-19 vaccines.

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9 minutes ago, egg_fried_rice said:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-vonderleyen/eu-says-uk-u-s-have-vaccine-export-bans-eu-allows-exports-of-pfizer-moderna-shots-idUSKBN2AP2RS?il=0&utm_source=reddit.com

 

EU says UK, U.S. have vaccine export bans, EU allows exports of Pfizer, Moderna shots

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that the EU was allowing exports of COVID-19 vaccines, mostly from BionTech/Pfizer and Moderna, while the United States and Britain had mechanism to block them.

Von der Leyen told a news conference that approximately 95% of EU-made vaccines that had been exported since Jan. 30 were manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the remainder by Moderna.

She said that both were honouring their supply contracts with the EU and therefore there was no limitation on their export, while on AstraZeneca’s exports the EU was keeping “a very close eye” because of the company’s shortfalls in deliveries to the 27-nation bloc.

Von der Leyen added that the United States and Britain had systems in place that effectively blocked the export of COVID-19 vaccines.

Keeping 'a very close eye'? That's changed a bit from demanding the UK supply. 

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Been a much slower week in terms of vaccinations, but we're told that it's gonna ramp up starting again from Monday, various reasons from short supply of the vaccine (deliberately being held back I believe) and also some of the vaccination centres being changed around slightly in order to make them more efficient.

 

521, 039 vaccinations announced today.

 

485,720 first doses.

35,319 second doses.

 

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/vaccinations

 

As of 24th Feb 2021 there were 15,485 patients in hospital with Coronavirus, down from a peak of 39,248 on 18th Jan 2021.

 

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/healthcare

 

As of 25th Feb 2021, there were 2047 patients on ventilators, down from a peak of 4077 on 24th January 2021.

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34 minutes ago, Leicester_Loyal said:

Been a much slower week in terms of vaccinations, but we're told that it's gonna ramp up starting again from Monday, various reasons from short supply of the vaccine (deliberately being held back I believe) and also some of the vaccination centres being changed around slightly in order to make them more efficient.

 

521, 039 vaccinations announced today.

 

485,720 first doses.

35,319 second doses.

 

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/vaccinations

 

As of 24th Feb 2021 there were 15,485 patients in hospital with Coronavirus, down from a peak of 39,248 on 18th Jan 2021.

 

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/healthcare

 

As of 25th Feb 2021, there were 2047 patients on ventilators, down from a peak of 4077 on 24th January 2021.


Includes me! 
 

Got a text from the GP on Wednesday, asking me to ring to book an appointment. Called up, told them I’m 24, healthy with no underlying medical conditions I know of, they reckon I have a muscle wasting disease on my record, had to call me dad about that one lol 

 

Was booked on today regardless, had my vaccine at 3:15. Got a bit woozy (have a crippling fear of needles) but otherwise no worse, had the Pfizer so presumably 90% protection in three weeks. Staff at the GP were all excellent and powered full a full room within 20 minutes, including the 15 min waiting time after. 

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32 minutes ago, Finnaldo said:


Includes me! 
 

Got a text from the GP on Wednesday, asking me to ring to book an appointment. Called up, told them I’m 24, healthy with no underlying medical conditions I know of, they reckon I have a muscle wasting disease on my record, had to call me dad about that one lol 

 

Was booked on today regardless, had my vaccine at 3:15. Got a bit woozy (have a crippling fear of needles) but otherwise no worse, had the Pfizer so presumably 90% protection in three weeks. Staff at the GP were all excellent and powered full a full room within 20 minutes, including the 15 min waiting time after. 

Ha me too, although I didn’t ask why at 43 I was on the list.  My wife too.  Pfizer, in a sports hall.  Very efficient they’ve done over a thousand a day all week.

I think honestly if you ask why you just hold things up.

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3 minutes ago, Jon the Hat said:

Ha me too, although I didn’t ask why at 43 I was on the list.  My wife too.  Pfizer, in a sports hall.  Very efficient they’ve done over a thousand a day all week.

I think honestly if you ask why you just hold things up.


You’re not wrong, once they explained it on the phone I just accepted it and went, way I see it if you’re on the list you’re on the list, they have some left over at the end of the day anyway so you might as well get it if offered. 
 

The GP’s normal reception was moved to an outbuilding, and because it was empty I did go in after my jab just to ensure there wasn’t actually muscle atrophy on my record lol 

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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/infection-rate-over-60s-leicester-5050254

 

Infection rate in over 60s in Leicester more than double national average
Older people who have not yet been vaccinated are being urged to


ByDan MartinPolitics Reporter
18:24, 26 FEB 2021

Coronavirus levels among people aged over 60 are ‘worryingly high’, it has been warned.

Public health officials today said they are becoming increasing worried about the number of cases among older residents with a seven-day incidence which is currently more than double the national average.


Nationally the Covid-19 rate in over 60s is 83.8 cases per 100,000 people but here it is 225.4 cases per 100,000.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “There is no easy explanation for it but it is clear that despite the vaccination programme there is still a big problem with infections among over 60s who are the most vulnerable age group.


“The advice is that they should be very careful about having contact with others and if they have not yet had the vaccine they should get one booked as soon as possible and badger if necessary.

“This is the best way for older people to protect themselves.”

Sir Peter added: “Right now, the numbers in Leicester are amongst the highest in the country.

“They have stopped falling, even though we are still in lockdown.

“Our infection rate is over twice the national average and our over 60s rate is very worrying indeed.

“We need to make sure that we are not singled out again for restrictions if our numbers do not come down.

“Leicester is a city of densely packed housing as well as economic deprivation which means people feel they cannot afford to self-isolate if they become infected.

“Given the history of the pandemic in Leicester, and our stubbornly high rate of infection, I am writing to health secretary Matt Hancock to ask him to speed up the vaccination programme locally and ensure that all of our vaccination centres operate at full capacity. Please take the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

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