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Re: EU Fun and Games

#221 Post by OFSO » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:59 pm

Yes, I know it's the Guardian, but article today says that Astra Zeneca is reducing the forecast of the amount of vaccine it's producing for the EU by 50%, and that large (?) quantities of vaccine are being left unused in some countries because of opposition to vaccination or belief in Macrons unfounded claim that the AZ is ineffective in older people.

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#222 Post by OFSO » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:15 pm

One thing is for sure - if the death rate from Covid in the UK continues to plummet, and the death rate in France (under 3% vaccinated by today) and Germany (under 4% vaccinated by today) continues to skyrocket, by the end of 2021 Piers Morgan and other doomsayers will have to shut up about the questionable statistic of the UK having the worst death rate (not percentage, just numbers) in Europe.

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#223 Post by Boac » Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:38 pm

Following the blistering success of the EU policy on C19 vaccines, an official announcement is expected about its renaming as the E (d) U.

d for dis/disfunctional/disastrous/dire/deadly/debacle - select.

Hope the 'remainers' are watching.............

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#224 Post by Rwy in Sight » Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:39 pm

Given the Astra-Zeneca vaccine is safe for older people UK is using it, France is about to be used to those over 65 as well why they don't licence it for a wider age spectrum in an EU level. I take the UK pharmaceutical licencing agency is serious enough to allow EU to adapt its authorisations right away thus accelerating the procedure of vaccinations across the EU?

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#225 Post by OFSO » Tue May 18, 2021 12:50 pm

Here's a little tale about how the EU wastes taxpayer's money. The European Space Agency (ESA) is an extremely efficient and productive non-EU organisation, and part of the reason for their efficiency (projects completed on time and on budget) is that ESA can place competitive contracts and hire qualified staff from outside the EU. The USA, Canada, and Russia, among other nations, all work closely with the ESA.

Naturally this infuriates the EU Commission who would like to restrict all contracts and employment to EU member states. (I might add, preferably France, but that would be cynical). The EU Commission has therefore established a rival (and duplicate) Space Agency which it is thought, or hoped, will one day take over the running of ESA and eliminate all contacts with non-EU states. The initial budget for setting up this EU Commission Space Agency for its head office in Prague is €80 billion.

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#226 Post by k3k3 » Tue May 18, 2021 1:31 pm

€80,000,000,000?

How?

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#227 Post by OFSO » Tue May 18, 2021 3:11 pm

Well for one thing, probably on commissioning a famous composer to write a piece of music to be performed by a hired orchestra on inauguration day. The EU does this sort of thing, you know. Then first class -flights for members of the EU Commission while their drivers bring their cars overland from Brussels to collect them at the destination airport and then take their wives shopping while a Meeting takes place. Nothing out of the ordinary routine, you understand.

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#228 Post by nomorecatering » Tue May 18, 2021 4:36 pm

That's all true. Except that the European Union Agency for the Space Programme is set up to run the EU's satellite navigation and communications programmes. The budget for 2021-2027 is €14.88 billion.
It is an expansion and commercialisation of the already existing European Agency for Global Navigation Satellite Systems that ran the Galileo and EGNOS programmes.

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#229 Post by OFSO » Tue May 18, 2021 6:27 pm

I stand corrected. Not deliberately trying to post fake news. I remove myself from this conversation.

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#230 Post by OFSO » Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:16 am

The EU took Astra-Zeneca to Court in Belgium on grounds of not delivering the contracted doses of CV vaccines, and demanding the enforcing of the EU demands of 120,000,000 doses to be supplied by the end of June.

The Court disagreed and ordered AZ to supply 80,000,000 by the end of September, however this figure includes 70,000,000 doses already delivered. So ten million doses more by the end of September.

Predicably Ursula van Leyen, President of the EU Commission, has hailed this as a victory for the EU.

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#231 Post by Rwy in Sight » Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:55 pm

But then again they don't know to whom they can use these doses since last week they said it is good only for over 60. I have lost count on the number of policy reversals about Astra Zeneca.

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#232 Post by Undried Plum » Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:13 pm

Per ardua ad Zeneca, via Boots.

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#233 Post by OFSO » Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:27 am

A gift from the UK valued at £100 just arrived, subject to 21% customs duty plus non-EU delivery, total €39 charges. And roaming charges on UK mobiles will be reintroduced by some providers next year. A great deal you negotiated, Boris, the EU must be loving you.

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#234 Post by Woody » Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:53 am

OFSO wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:27 am
A gift from the UK valued at £100 just arrived, subject to 21% customs duty plus non-EU delivery, total €39 charges. And roaming charges on UK mobiles will be reintroduced by some providers next year. A great deal you negotiated, Boris, the EU must be loving you.
Not forgetting that lots of staff employed by the hospitality industry buggered off home and aren’t coming back :((
Can the last person to leave,please feed the cat.

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#235 Post by OFSO » Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:37 pm

But what a bunch of syphiletic toads the EU are. Yes, there's an EU-wide system of a Covid pass and yes the information is standardised, but no, the method of obtaining it isn't. In some countries you walk into an office and ask for one, in others you file on-line. In Spain a nightmare of downloading a software pack which you use to download and print an application for a digital key which you then collect in an office in the nearest town, having made an on-line application to go and get it. Can take several weeks. And with your digital key you unlock the application for the EU passport. And if course, one key per person, not per household. Like an EU wide postal system, or coordinated licence plates, a total fiasco.

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#236 Post by Rwy in Sight » Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:13 pm

The system in Greece is super-simple. A visit to gov.gr using the credentials from the on-line taxation portal and a very straight forward procedure to download it. An issue I just realized it might occur is if you have download it to you phone and then the device goes for maintenance. Solution use the drop box.

I went for a re-try it takes a couple of minutes from start to finish.

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