CHINA SUPPORTS WTO’S PROPOSAL TO WAIVE COVID-19 VACCINE PATENTS

Thu 13 May 2021: China’s Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday that Beijing supports a proposal by the World Trade Organization for an intellectual property protection waiver on COVID-19 vaccines to enter the consultation stage. British and European Union officials have been skeptical about the usefulness of a US proposal to waive patent […]

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GREENSILL LOBBYING SCANDAL: DAVID CAMERON ADMITS BEING PAID ‘GENEROUS AMOUNT’ AS LOBBYIST FOR FINANCIAL FIRM

Thu 13 May 2021: Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron admitted on Thursday that he was paid a “generous amount” of money to lobby for the now collapsed financial firm Greensill Capital, but refused to put a figure on his annual salary. “I was paid an annual amount, a generous annual amount, far more than […]

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OVER A QUARTER OF EUROPEAN UNION ADULTS WOULD REFUSE COVID SHOT: SURVEY

Thu 13 May 2021: More than a quarter of adults in the European Union would be unlikely to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it was offered to them, a survey published on Thursday showed. The results also suggested a strong link between vaccine hesitancy and the use of social media, particularly where social media is […]

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EUROSTAT SEES NO RECOVERY FOR COMMERCIAL AIR TRAVEL IN EARLY 2021

Wed 12 May 2021: The commercial air traffic in the European Union has not recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions in early 2021, including last month, Eurostat, the EU’s official statistics bureau, said on Wednesday. According to the bureau, last April the industry suffered a 91-percent drop in air […]

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NAURU VACCINATES ALL ITS ADULTS AGAINST COVID-19 IN ‘WORLD RECORD’ EFFORT

Wed 12 May 2021: The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has congratulated itself for a “world record” COVID-19 vaccination drive which resulted in all its adult population receiving their first jab. The remote island nation, one of the few places in the world to remain virus-free, said the four-week vaccination campaign had exceeded expectations. It said 7,392 […]

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EUROPEAN UNION LAUNCHES SECOND LAWSUIT AGAINST ASTRAZENECA

Tue 11 May 2021: The European Commission has launched a second lawsuit against UK-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, Stefan De Keersmaecker, a spokesperson or the EU executive, said on Tuesday. During a press briefing, De Keersmaecker said that the second case, which follows an initial lawsuit launched in late April, […]

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