The Sunday Telegraph published a report in which it talks about a secret deal concluded by Britain to obtain quantities of the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India.
The author of the report, Harry York, says that British government ministers have secretly allowed AstraZeneca to use its supply chain in Britain to produce vaccines for export to Australia, in exchange for millions of doses of the vaccine made in India.
The writer quoted sources as saying that the British-Swedish company obtained a license to exploit its local manufacturing capacity to produce 717 thousand doses for an ally of Britain, which could fuel tension regarding vaccines with the European Union.
He pointed out that at least two shipments were exported to Australia, in February and March, the period during which Brussels began imposing restrictions on the export of vaccines, and a request for Britain to transfer quantities of its stock to the European Union to compensate for the shortfall in AstraZeneca exports to the countries of the bloc.
The British government rejected those demands. The government’s contract with the company is said to include clauses preventing it from exporting British-made potion to the European Union.
Despite this, the newspaper learned that earlier in the year the company was allowed to export to Australia.
In return, Britain was granted access to up to 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India.
It is said that the contract with the company allows it to compensate for the lack of production in Britain from its factories abroad.
Britain received 5 million doses of the India-made AstraZeneca vaccine in March. But it is not certain that India will agree to export the remaining doses, given the exceptional circumstances it is currently going through due to the escalating number of cases and deaths from the Coronavirus.
The issue of exporting vaccines to Australia is expected to anger the European Union, which decided to sue AstraZeneca for delaying the delivery of the required quantities of the vaccine, considering this a violation of the agreement concluded between the two parties.
AstraZeneca denies breaching the agreement, as its lawyers assert that the agreement stipulates that the company will “make every effort” to fulfill the requests.
Britain has requested a total amount of different vaccines, amounting to 517 million doses, sufficient for all its population to receive three doses of two and a half times.
But the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that his country would share any surplus vaccines with the international “Kovacs” project aimed at helping poor countries fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
‘The extinction of the Republican Party’
The Guardian newspaper published a report on statements made by former US President George W. Bush about Donald Trump’s current within the Republican Party.
The author of the report, Martin Bingley, recalls that former President Bush said that the rise of Trump supporters is an indication that the Republican Party “wants to die”.
Bush’s statement came in conjunction with an extraordinary election being held for the seat of Congressman from Texas, Ron Rabbit, who died as a result of being infected with the Coronavirus.
Eleven Republican candidates are competing in these elections, all of whom are Trump supporters with only one exception.
Michael Wood, the only candidate who does not support Trump, said that he is “afraid for the future of the country”, because of the Republican Party’s adherence to Trump’s lie that the elections were rigged, the party’s reluctance to condemn those who stormed Congress in support of that lie, and the rampant conspiracy theories among the party.
In a radio interview, Bush was asked about his opinion of an initiative launched by Trump supporters to form a parliamentary bloc with the aim of supporting the “Anglo-Saxon traditions,” and he replied, “For me, this means that we want extinction.”
He added, “If things continue on this path for three or four years, nothing will remain of the party.”
Bush was also asked if he agreed with “more than 50 percent” of Republicans that the presidential election was stolen from Trump. He replied, “No, I think I’m one of the other 50 percent. And yet I’m still a Republican, and I’m proud of that.”
He added that he believes that the Republicans will have another chance to lead the country, but if the party limits itself to the Anglo-Saxon image of whites, it will win nothing.