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EU blames AstraZeneca 'failure' for sluggish Covid vaccine rollout
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AstraZeneca has been squarely blamed by the EU for its comparatively slow Covid vaccine rollout after the bloc of 27 states failed to achieve its target to vaccinate 80% of older people by the end of March. 1
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"In the first quarter, AstraZeneca delivered only a quarter of the doses we ordered, while the British received all of them, even though our contract was signed before them, in August 2020." 1
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Juncker tries to take the sting out of Sofagate
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"When I was traveling with [Donald] Tusk or [Herman] Van Rompuy, I always respected that protocol order," Juncker told POLITICO in a phone interview, referring to the two former Council presidents. 1
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"I think it would have been better to have her sitting at the same level" as Michel, "but from a protocol point of view the president of the Council is No. 1." 1
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Northern Ireland 'playing with matches' amid Brexit trade deal tensions
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He called for protesters to maintain "nonviolent resistance" - an unlikely outcome given that riots often follow illegal marches by loyalist "kick the pope" bands up to police lines. 1
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EU drug agency denies already finding causal link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots
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Europe's drug regulator has denied it has already established a causal connection between the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare blood clotting syndrome, after a senior official from the agency said there was a link. 1
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EU Confidential Special: Stephen Brown - An audio appreciation
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But Brown was never self-important or pompous, and his self-deprecation and dry humor shine through in his own words and in the memories of friends and colleagues. 1
The program offers a chance for POLITICO readers and EU Confidential listeners to learn more about the man who drove so much of the publication's journalism over the past six years. 1
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Leaders join Charles Michel's push for pandemic treaty
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Among the other leaders who agreed to sign the article were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has slammed wealthy countries for not doing enough to help developing countries obtain vaccines. 1
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, signed the op-ed, signaling the organization's support. 1
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Trump doesn't want back on Twitter, even if he were invited
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Taking a page from Trump's playbook, Miller proclaimed this new platform would be "the hottest ticket in social media." 1
"It's going to completely redefine the game," he assured Fox News' Howie Kurtz during an appearance last Sunday. 1
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Czech government fires anti-Sputnik vaccine foreign minister
PRAGUE - Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček was sacked on Monday, the office of President Miloš Zeman announced on Twitter, making him the second minister in a week to be fired in part because of opposition to using the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
Von der Leyen, Michel to discuss Turkey visit with Parliament leaders
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel will meet with European Parliament leaders on Tuesday to discuss their controversial visit to Turkey, a Parliament spokesperson told POLITICO.
UK launches probe into David Cameron's lobbying for financier Greensill
LONDON - An independent review will examine former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's efforts to lobby ministers on behalf of the now-collapsed finance firm Greensill, the government has announced.