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13:03 Hungary reopens leisure with vaccination certificate

Stadiums with no capacity limitations or masks, full bar and restaurant interiors, and museums and cinemas that reopen. Hungary is experiencing its first weekend of new normality for those who have a vaccination certificate.

The so-called “protection certificate” is at the center of a great plan to gradually return to normalcy. However, it has also drawn criticism because, they argue, it gives a false sense of security and is discriminatory.

The Hungarian government has eased restrictions when it leads vaccination in the European Union (EU), with 48% of the country’s adult population of nearly 10 million people taking at least a first dose. 22.6% have already received both.

Those who have received at least the first dose of any of the vaccines or those who have been cured of the covid can access a card-type card called a “protection certificate”, which opens the doors to return to normality. From Saturday, Hungarians who have this document can enter the interior of restaurants and bars, attend football matches and other sporting events without having to wear a mask, as well as go to museums, cinemas, zoos and gyms, among others. leisure places.

10:25 UK studies vaccinating children at the start of the next school year

The United Kingdom Government is studying administering a dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus to children over 12 years of age in September, at the beginning of the following school year, revealed this Sunday (02.05.2021) the newspaper “The Sunday Times” .

“We need to be prepared to immunize children, particularly adolescents, quickly and effectively if necessary,” Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), told the newspaper. The pediatrician stressed that “it is extremely important that education is not interrupted in any way the next academic year.”

09:50 Nigeria restricts entry of passengers from India, Brazil and Turkey

Nigeria will bar entry to non-Nigerian passengers who have been to Brazil, India or Turkey in the last fortnight due to the spread of the coronavirus, said the country’s health authorities.

The travel ban does not apply to passengers who have transited those countries, the presidential steering committee on Covid-19 said in a statement. Nigerians and permanent residents who have been in those countries in the past 14 days will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for one week at a government-approved facility upon arrival, authorities added.

08:19 India sets new record for coronavirus deaths

India registered this Sunday (05/02/2021) a new record in the number of daily deaths from coronavirus, more than 3,680, after yesterday the number of cases exceeded the barrier of 400,000 infections in one day for the first time.

With 3,689 new deaths from coronavirus, India reported the highest number so far in the midst of this crisis, which maintains it as the fourth country with the most deaths in absolute terms, 215,000, only behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico .

With this all-time high, India still does not see the end of a curve that has become accustomed to breaking records, leaving images of saturated crematoria and overflowing hospitals that have driven the shipment of international aid from more than 40 countries.

During the last hours, new consignments of medical supplies arrived from Germany, Uzbekistan, the United States and Belgium, while India tries to face the worst moment of this health crisis in the country.

mn (EFE, AFP)


Zsofia (15) wins the European Money Quiz

15-year-old Zsofia Strasszer from Hungary is the winner of the European Money Quiz (EMQ), which takes place every year as part of the “European Money Week”. The competition, organized by the national banking associations, is open to European schoolchildren between the ages of 13 and 15.

Zsofia says: “I told myself you could do it. And I said to myself that I could win something. I looked at the questions calmly and took my time with the answers. That’s how it worked.”

The aim of the competition is to teach young people how to handle money at an early age.

Zsofia won 3,000 euros for her school.

Hungary is proud of its winner. Ágnes Sütő from the Hungarian Bankers Association. She says: “This result shows that the development of the financial culture in Hungary – supported by the government’s strategy, the implementation of the Action Plan for the development of the financial culture – is starting to produce results when a 15-year-old proves that she is not just about knows about financial concepts, but can also understand and apply them. “

55,000 young people from 28 countries took part this year. Pupils from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary and the United Kingdom participate. Due to the coronavirus, the competition only took place online.


The ‘going backwards’ undertaken by several countries with women’s rights despite the global advance of feminism

“Not all men have willpower. If vulgarity continues to increase, it will have consequences.” This phrase directed at women was uttered by Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, when asked what his Government is doing to curb the increase in cases of sexual violence against women and girls. Pakistan is just one example of the countries that, far from implementing policies aimed at the protection and eradication of sexist violence, continue with a discourse of criminalization and lack of protection of women.

However, it is not necessary to go to the Asian continent to observe this type of measures from the institutions. Turkey has made two decisions in this regard in recent weeks. The first was its departure from the Council of Europe Convention for the prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, because it was signed in the Turkish city in 2011. The second was just ago one week, when The decree that established violence by the husband towards his wife as a crime was annulled, allowing it again and thus satisfying the most conservative Islamist wing of Turkey.

The Convention, drawn up by the Council of Europe, states that “violence against women and domestic violence represent in Europe one of the most serious violations of the rights of the person grounded in gender, and remains buried in a blanket of silence. It aims for states to implement policies to eradicate this type of violence, but there are still nine other countries – in addition to Turkey – that have not ratified it. These are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Hungary, the latter, together with Poland, are considered internationally aligned states in many respects with the Turks.

While most countries are advancing at different speeds in the fight against sexist violence, others are moving backwards on the path they have achieved. In addition, they do it at a delicate moment, as he explains to 20Minutos Maribel Tellado, Campaign Manager at Amnesty International: “There are states that are denying their obligation to protect women and are trying to undermine rights that have been hard to achieve. They are also doing so at a time when the pandemic has multiplied gender violence worldwide. The case of Turkey is flagrant, because it was the first to ratify the Convention and sends a dangerous message to Europe, after having registered 266 women killed as a result of gender violence in the past 2020. ”

“The institutions of many countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does”

Turkey tops a list with countries from around the world

The country led by Erdogan is not the only one that practices a policy that ignores or promotes sexist violence. Within Europe, Hungary and Poland follow the Turkish trail. The Poles have even raised with the Constitutional Court whether membership of the Istanbul Convention is within the legal framework or what is proposed violates current norms. “This same Court was the one that vetoed the possibility of abortion in cases of serious malformation, which is the majority in the country,” Tellado clarifies. For its part, Hungary, which doubled the number of complaints of gender violence during the months of confinement, has a statement prepared by the congress to not ratify the Convention and described as “political whining” the protests that took place calling for annexation to the international agreement.

Beyond European borders, where anti-feminist currents are already present in all countries, there are other states where machismo and the culture of violence against women are fully established. Iran or Saudi Arabia are two countries where there is a male guardianship system, “which treats women as second-class people. They need the permission of a male legal guardian for many issues such as guardianship of daughters or to circulate alone and freely, “explains Tellado. In addition, from the institutions, far from implementing measures for equality are dedicated to persecuting activists who promote women’s rights, to silence dissenting voices and ensure that the the status quo.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in Latin America, the situation is not much better. The most striking case is that of Mexico, where in 2020 there were nearly 1,000 deaths certified as gender violence and the demonstrations – mostly peaceful – are violently repressed by the authorities. “Most of the institutions in many of these countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does,” they say from Amnesty International. On the other hand, Brazil is another of the Latin countries where The number of femicides continues to grow since 2019, when it increased by 7.2%. His government, led by Bolsonaro, modified the law to facilitate access to the possession of weapons and included a provision to reduce criminal penalties when homicides are committed “under stress,” despite the fact that this last point was not approved. The measure was made to stop drug trafficking, but several women’s associations denounce that it encourages femicide.

Why is this current of thought growing against fighting to eradicate gender violence?

The reasons behind these types of policies that propose setbacks in the fight against sexist violence are diverse. “Many excuses are used, which are ultimately false accusations. Many argue that they are trying to overturn traditional values ​​or that they are trying to normalize homosexuality. In reality, what they hide behind is misogynistic logic and in many cases homophobic. In the background what there is is an absolute disregard for the rights of women and girls. They seek to keep women in inferior conditions, “says Tellado. This occurs mainly in countries where religion has a great political influence and they see women’s rights as an attack on their perception of values, using all its mechanisms to that they do not succeed.

On the other hand, the educational aspect is one of the keys to maintaining the superiority of men over women. Many of the countries mentioned are aware of this and educate with that orientation. They are inculcated from the time they are girls to normalize violence by men, internalizing that they are inferior. In this way, they ensure that dissenting voices -which are very often persecuted- have little strength, because in their mentality this discourse is contrary to their customs and what they are used to, so they reject it and maintain the current order.

The Amnesty International expert exemplifies this situation in a concise way: “While we were working on a report on the situation of women in sub-Saharan Africa, an activist explained to us that in Mozambique girls are taught that the husband beats his wife if he really loves him. It links love with gender violence, which translates into the total perversion of the story, so that it is internalized and perceived as something natural and even good. “

In this way, in the middle of the year 2021 it can be seen how until relatively recently most states fought in one way or another against gender-based violence. Now, Instead of advancing at different speeds, there are countries that have decided to turn around and move in the opposite direction, also trying to convince others that this is the right path. However, while avoiding the countries that are on the right path, thousands of women pay the consequences of this type of policy every day and with their lives.


Undercutting race in the end: is the era of tax increases coming?

Dhe corona crisis has caused national debt to explode worldwide. Not only in Germany is the debate about who should pay for the whole thing. Federal Finance Minister and SPD candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz makes no secret of the fact that he, in addition to new debts, also considers tax increases to be necessary. The United States and Great Britain are already one step further: In Washington and London there are already concrete plans to increase corporate taxes in order to plug the gigantic financial holes.

This brings movement into international tax competition. For decades, tax rates were plummeting around the world. Not only the EU Commission warned of a “race to the bottom”, a race to undercut, which would weaken the public budgets of the nation states and limit the scope for political decision-making.

But now, in the wake of the Corona crisis, the pendulum seems to be swinging in the other direction again. And just as the USA and Great Britain under Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher ushered in the era of falling tax rates in the 80s and 90s, it is now these two states that stand for the new trend.

Britain was particularly aggressive in competition

For US President Joe Biden, tax increases are not just a fiscal necessity. Especially since he is driving his country’s debt level into completely new dimensions with his trillion dollar economic stimulus packages. For the Democrats, however, it is also about a turnaround in tax policy.

While his predecessor Donald Trump drastically reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, Biden plans to increase it to 28 percent. In addition, high earners are to be burdened more heavily with income tax, and a higher capital gains tax is also to become part of the targeted largest tax increase in almost 30 years.

Great Britain is also changing course. For ten years the kingdom had stood for particularly aggressive tax competition and pushed the corporate tax rate further and further down to 19 percent – the lowest level of the large industrialized countries. Before the Corona crisis, the conservative government even held out the prospect of a further reduction to 15 percent in order to remain attractive to investors after leaving the EU.

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But in view of the extremely tight budget situation and record new borrowing of almost half a trillion euros this year, Boris Johnson’s government is now forced to do the opposite and to increase taxes sharply. The corporate tax rate is set to climb from 19 to 25 percent in 2023. The British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak explains the new course when the economy has recovered again.

The tax debate is also ongoing in Germany. And the prospect of a global trend reversal as a result of the Corona crisis gives those who advocate higher burdens a tailwind. The international comparison of tax rates shows, however, that even after the fiscal turnaround in the USA and Great Britain, Germany is still under pressure to make its corporate taxation more attractive.

With a total tax burden for corporations of almost 30 percent, the Federal Republic of Germany remains “the bottom of the table in Europe in terms of tax policy”, as stated in the analysis “The tax burden on companies in Germany” by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Chemical Industry Association (VCI) is called.

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In contrast to Germany, most EU countries have reduced their corporate income taxes, in some cases significantly, in recent years. Belgium lowered the corporate tax rate from 29 percent (2019) to 25 percent (2020), France from 32 to 31 percent. France is also planning a further reduction to 27.5 percent (2021) and to 25 percent from the 2022 financial year, and President Emmanuel Macron has so far stuck to this line despite the sharp rise in national debt.

Only the Netherlands, which had planned to gradually lower the corporate tax rate from 25 to 21 percent before the outbreak of the pandemic, overturned this plan – but are still well below the German level.

“The change in tax policy in the USA and Great Britain does not change the fact that Germany, as a high-tax country, remains under pressure in international tax competition,” says Friedrich Heinemann, head of the corporate taxation and public finance research department at the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW).

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One could not yet speak of a broad trend towards higher corporate tax rates. There is still fierce tax competition, especially within the EU, says the economist. Hungary attracts investors with a rate of only nine percent. Ireland or the Baltic states also rely on low taxes in order to be an interesting location despite their geographical peripheral location.

Great Britain, with its overall very liberal economic system, also remains attractive for entrepreneurs. Especially since the government’s tax plans not only provide for higher rates, but also very massive relief in certain areas.

In his recent budget speech, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sunak announced the establishment of eight new special economic zones (Freeports), in which not only goods can be handled duty-free, but companies are also offered extremely favorable tax regulations.

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The Johnson government’s tax plans also include the introduction of a super special depreciation of 130 percent, with which a strong investment incentive is set. Anyone who invests in Great Britain over the next few years will receive money from the state for free. The super special depreciation is a “clever Johnson trick”, says ZEW researcher Heinemann.

This is because such tax investment subsidies go easy on the budget and specifically relieve the burden on companies that are expanding their activities at home. “In view of the high national debt, the British are pursuing a policy of smart tax competition with the new freeports and super special write-offs,” says the President of the Ifo Institute, Clemens Fuest.

Instead of ever lower tax rates, they are now aggressively relying on very attractive special rules. “This shows that the international tax competition continues despite the Corona debts,” emphasizes the top economist. “As a high-tax country, Germany can no longer afford to do nothing, let alone a discussion about tax increases.”

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Particularly now in the crisis, targeted investment incentives for companies are urgently needed, says Fuest. This included improved loss offsetting and accelerated depreciation. “But the next federal government should also offer the prospect of a reduction in the overall tax burden on companies towards 25 percent,” advises the Ifo boss. Because the sentence has an important signal effect for investors.

But the tax hike debate in Germany has been going on for a long time in this super election year. The SPD, the Greens and the Left are advocating higher inheritance taxes and a new wealth tax for partnerships as well. The increase in income tax for high earners sought by the three parties would also affect a large proportion of medium-sized companies.

Finance Minister Scholz recently announced that he wanted to introduce the long-announced option right during this legislative period. This enables private companies to be taxed like a corporation in the future.

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The Greens and the SPD want to defuse international tax competition. The Social Democrats are calling for the unanimous principle of unanimity in the EU to be abolished in favor of majority decisions and in their election manifesto promise “an end to tax dumping between the member states, particularly in the area of ​​corporate taxation”.

The Greens are becoming even clearer in their program and are announcing “a common assessment base for corporate taxes and a medium-term minimum tax rate of 25 percent without exceptions” for Europe. Countries such as Ireland, Hungary or the Baltic states would have to look for an alternative to their business model based on low taxes. And since the average tax burden on capital charges in the EU (excluding Germany) is currently just under 21 percent, many other countries would also have to raise their taxes.

The CDU Economic Council gives such tax policy ideas a clear rejection. “There are good reasons why Germany has always advocated maintaining the principle of unanimity in tax policy,” said the general secretary of the party-affiliated trade association, Wolfgang Steiger.

This is a core component of the sovereignty of states, which must not be given up. “Internal competition for the best policy moves Europe forward. Equalization, on the other hand, weakens it further. “If a majority of the states force their will on a minority, that will increase the centrifugal forces from the Union, warns the head of the CDU Economic Council.

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Decreasing positives in the UK and fewer deaths Dramatic numbers in Hungary – Corriere dell’Umbria

The Great Britain continues to record a decline in new infections and victims due to the Covid 19. According to the latest official bulletin, in UK there were 5,534 cases. THE dead, on the other hand, 121. According to experts, the record number of vaccinations helps decisively in containing the virus. Overall, the cases recorded during the pandemic were 4 million 253,820, while the victims 125,464.

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A week ago the new positives were 6,039, while the deaths 158. Still according to the data relating to the pandemic, a total of 24 million and 759,603 doses of vaccine have already been administered to cover 36.74% of the population (over 65.5 million inhabitants Great Britain). The goal of the UK is to get out of the acute phase of the pandemic by early summer. However, according to experts’ assessments, millions and millions of Brits still need to be vaccinated. While in the Great Britain the situation improves, exactly the opposite happens in Hungary where a new record of infections has been recorded, as well as the number of patients hospitalized in the country’s hospitals continues to increase.

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According to the data released by the health authorities, the new Covid 19 positives in the last 24 hours were 9,444, even a thousand more than the previous record. Really many considering that the inhabitants ofHungary they are less than 10 million. Overall, 507,000 Hungarians tested positive while the victims over 16,000. Even in this case, however, the net increase in infections is linked to the rapid spread of the variant, discovered for the first time in the UK. The Hungarian health system is being put to a severe test. According to officials, another 179 patients have been hospitalized and the national total stands at 8,897. A particularly difficult situation. Up to now in Hungary one million and 670,757 doses of vaccine.

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The 10 under-23 players who should shine in the next Eurocup

The Eurocup It is just around the corner despite the problems that have arisen recently due to the pandemic. But it is time to acclimatize and think about what we can see in summer.

For that reason, from Fichajes.net, we have made a list of 10 U23 talents that they can shine in this new edition of the Eurocup, having as a condition that only one could be taken per team and that they will play, in an important way within their team, their first major international competition. Not counting the big names like Mbappé.

The 10 U23 players who should shine at the next European Championship

-Pedri (Spain): The FC Barcelona midfielder is one of the revelations of the current La Liga season. He has earned his place in the selection at the peak of performance. Other names to highlight are Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona) and Ferran Torrres (Manchester City)

-Declan Rice (Inglaterra): One of the best players in his position in the Premier League and one of the key points in the Moyes system at West Ham. He is expected to start at the Eurocup.

-Florian Wirtz (Germany): Germany’s last great talent and replacement for Havertz at Leverkusen. A growing star.

-Sandro Tonali (Italy): He is expected to be a fixture in Italy’s rotation but he has the talent to prove that he is one of Europe’s great promises.

-Joao Félix (Portugal): The most important name on the list. It has to be important with Portugal in this European Championship to make the leap in quality to be considered one of the best young players in the world.

-Eduardo Camavinga (France): It does not seem that it will have many minutes but the presence of Camavinga in the Eurocopa can be a plus to increase its price in the market.

-Dominik Szoboslai (Hungary): The best player in Hungary. He has a differential punch and can end up exploding on his first big date.

-Myron Boadu (Netherlands): One of the most important offensive variants that the Netherlands has. A good European Championship can help you make the leap to a great one in Europe.

-Merih Demiral (Turquía): A very talented center-back who is already in the elite. You will have your first big date with your selection.

-Alexander Isak (Sweden): A golden opportunity to establish himself as a star striker. The Real Sociedad attacker is improving with the passing of the games.

-Jérémy Doku (Belgium): One of the young promises of Belgium and the possible heir to the generation that is close to playing its last great competition.


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Israel suspends donations of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries | The World | DW

Israel froze the distribution of surplus vaccines against the coronavirus to allied countries, because the authorities must first examine whether that decision corresponds to the prime minister, the Ministry of Justice announced this Thursday (02/25/2021).

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the dispatch of a “limited quantity” of unused vaccines to the Palestinians and several countries, including two that announced to strengthen their diplomatic presence in Jerusalem.

However, the Justice Ministry indicated on Thursday night that, following the demands of the population, “the attorney general verified whether vaccines were transferred abroad without (having the) authority” to do so.

According to this source, the National Security Advisor, Meir Ben-Shabbat, who asked for a legal opinion, informed the attorney general that “an order was issued to freeze any activity on the matter.”

An official from Netanyahu’s office confirmed that Ben-Shabbat had demanded “a legal opinion from the attorney general”, hinting that the process had been frozen and all this “despite the fact that Israeli citizens are not missing any doses.”

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Israel has previously sent thousands of doses to the occupied West Bank for Palestinian Authority health personnel, a decision approved by the ministerial commission on Security and the attorney general.

This Thursday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz had called for the suspension of vaccine donations to foreign countries, considering in a letter to Netanyahu that the competent authorities did not address the issue.

Honduras and Guatemala, two of the few countries that recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Hebrew state, announced this Thursday that they had each received 5,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, donated by Israel.

The Czech Republic, which is considering opening a diplomatic office in Jerusalem in March, said Tuesday that it has already received 5,000 doses of the same vaccine from Israel. Hungary should also receive the injectable.

Israel, which launched an extensive vaccination campaign on December 19, administered doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine to more than 3.2 million people, or one-third of its population.

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“A Window of Hope”: Europe Undertakes COVID-19 Vaccination

BUDAPEST / PARIS / MADRID, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Hungary was ahead of the rest of the European Union countries by beginning to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 on Saturday, a day before its launch in other countries, such as France. , Germany and Spain, as the pandemic spreads across the continent.

FILE PHOTO: Healthcare worker Adrienne Kertesz receives first nationwide injection, with a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Del-Pest Central Hospital as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues (COVID-19), in Budapest, Hungary, on December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo

Mass vaccination across the European Union, home to nearly 450 million people, can be a crucial step in ending a pandemic that has killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide, crippled economies and it has destroyed businesses and jobs.

Hungary administered the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, to front-line workers in hospitals in the capital Budapest after receiving their first shipment of doses, enough to inoculate 4,875 people.

The first worker to receive the vaccine was Adrienne Kertesz, a doctor at the Del-Pest Central Hospital.

Hungary has registered 315,362 COVID-19 cases with 8,951 deaths. More than 6,000 people are still hospitalized with COVID-19, putting the central European country’s care system to the test.

“We are very happy that the vaccine is here,” said Zsuzsa and Antal Takacs, a 68- and 75-year-old couple, as they played table tennis in a park in Budapest.

“We will get vaccinated because our daughter had a baby in France last month and we want to go see them. We don’t dare to travel before getting vaccinated, ”Zsuzsa said.

The start-up in Hungary occurred a day before the scheduled date for the launch of vaccines among the population in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain, starting with health workers.

Distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was first introduced in the UK this month, presents big challenges. The vaccine uses a new genetic mRNA technology, which implies the need for storage at ultra-low temperatures, around -80 degrees Celsius.


France, which received its first shipment of the two-dose vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech on Saturday, will begin administering it on Sunday in the Paris metropolitan area and in the Burgundy-France-Cote d’Azur region.

“We have 19,500 doses in total, which is equivalent to 3,900 vials. These doses will be stored in our -80 degrees Celsius freezer and then distributed to different nursing homes and hospitals, ”said Franck Huet, head of pharmaceuticals for the Paris public hospital system.

The French government expects to vaccinate around a million people in nursing homes during January and February, and then another 14-15 million in the general population between March and June.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved by the French medical regulator on Thursday.

France recorded more than 20,000 new COVID-19 infections on Friday for the second day in a row, a figure not seen since November 20. The average of daily new cases for the last seven days, which reduces the distortions of the daily reports, is at 14,969, the highest level in a month.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in France is now 2,547,771, the fifth highest in the world, while the number of deaths from COVID-19 is 62,427, the seventh highest.

The Health Ministry said on Friday that a man just arrived from London has tested positive for a new variant of the virus that has been spreading rapidly in southern England and is believed to be more infectious.

In Spain, Madrid health authorities said Saturday they had confirmed four cases of the new variant of the virus, as the country received its first deliveries of the vaccine.

The boxes arrived by truck at a warehouse near Madrid at dawn. Employees at Spain’s drug agency unpacked the vaccine, which is stored on dry ice, with gloved hands.

“At 07:29 h. This Saturday the first vaccines against # COVID19 arrived at the Guadalajara warehouse. As planned, vaccination will begin tomorrow in Spain, in coordination with the rest of Europe. It is the beginning of the end of the pandemic, ”Health Minister Salvador Illa wrote on Twitter.

The doses will be carried by air to the Spanish islands and the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, and by road to other regions of the country, where a total of some 50,000 people have died from the disease.


Germany, meanwhile, said trucks are on the way to bring the vaccine to nursing homes, which are the first in line to receive the vaccine on Sunday.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country increased by 14,455, to 1,627,103, according to data released Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases. In all, more than 29,000 people have died.

The government plans to distribute more than 1.3 million doses of vaccines to local health authorities before the end of the year and about 700,000 a week starting in January.

“There may be some setbacks at one point or another at the beginning, but it is quite normal when you start such a logistically complex process,” said Health Minister Jensen Spahn.

In Portugal, a truck escorted by the police left the first batch of anti-COVID-19 vaccines in a warehouse in the central region of the country. From there, the nearly 10,000 injections will be delivered to five large hospitals.

“It is a historic milestone for all of us, an important day after such a difficult year,” Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters outside the warehouse.

“A window of hope has opened, without forgetting that a very difficult fight awaits us.”

edited by Yiming Woo and Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris, Arno Schuetze in Frankfurt and Catarina Demony in Lisbon; written by Pravin Char; edited by Mark Heinrich; translated by Tomás Cobos


Brexit: Carey Doctrine

For a long time I have argued with a good friend about the ideal of life. And we often agree that an optimal life should include hitting the ball and living off it. We looked for a way to baptize that strategy and on the first day of this 2020 in which Christmas carols sounded, I realized: no one embodied that philosophy more accurately than Mariah Carey. All I Want For Christmas Is You, four minutes and a second for a life.

That “Carey doctrine” was also for decades at the heart of the vaguest and most flat euroscepticism. A message, a clear and understandable idea and with earnings in the form of millions of votes. It worked for decades and many politicians had a good, long life against Europe. A life – politics – at full speed for themselves, their children and political grandchildren without having to worry too much about the ideological background of what they defended.

Today’s Eurosceptics do what happens to journalists who have entered the profession after the “good old days” party. Ignacio Peyró, author of “Ya settle down. When we were journalists (2006-2011) “, said it recently in Javier Aznar’s podcast: “When we get to the party we find that it already smells of bleach in the place.” Eurosceptics and journalists we remember and talk about those unlived times with a mixture of nostalgia and resentment.

Farage collects his belongings in his office in the European Parliament.  (Reuters)
Farage collects his belongings in his office in the European Parliament. (Reuters)

The crisis of the press, when the lights came on and they told us the open bar was already closed, it was Brexit for Eurosceptics. Four years of negotiating agony, chaos in London and a demonstration that leaving the European Union was not as easy as it had been preaching for decades have punctured the globe. A five-year bleeding that has ended with the best example of the “Carey doctrine” in politics.

Some British Eurosceptics, having achieved the Brexit dream and after decades installed in the offices of the European Parliament in Brussels, the euphoria over and the bottles of champagne financed with their high salaries of MEPs emptied, were tormented by the question: and now that? Surrounded by cardboard boxes they wondered what they had done. The answer was too painful: they had sunk their own business.

The coronavirus crisis he has finished breaking what little was left of the Carey dream at the heart of Euroscepticism. The European Union, without too many powers or instruments, has dealt quite well with the coronavirus crisis, and, above all, has given a useful and effective response to the economic consequences of the pandemic. Surveys show that citizens are satisfied with the performance of the institutions, and in some countries the trend has deepened to trust Brussels more than the government of the Member State itself, although that perhaps says more about national policy than about the European Union.

Spent the “Carey Doctrine” Euroscepticism has to work harder on its messages and its strategy. You can no longer continue to live off the hit that your political ancestors gave. That does not mean that the party is over for them, far from it. There are those who think that Euroscepticism is not capable of adapting and changing its message to adapt it to a new reality. But it is something that is already happening and surely this version is more refined and effective than the previous one.

A person burns a European flag during a pro-Brexit demonstration.  (Reuters)A person burns a European flag during a pro-Brexit demonstration.  (Reuters)
A person burns a European flag during a pro-Brexit demonstration. (Reuters)

Part of the Eurosceptic message – not all, because there are convinced Eurocritics who have long articulated a well-structured message as to why the UK should leave the EU – was thought on the basis that it would never come true, like the preacher who shouts about the Apocalypse hoping to attract more faithful but crossing his fingers not to see it with his eyes. Brexit has changed that attitude. The message has not been directed at the idea of ​​destroying the European Union for a long time., but to empty it of power, modify it to adjust it more to his vision of the world.

Exhausted the “Carey doctrine”, the new leaders of this discourse bet on an identity message, deeply nationalistic. It is no longer a question, as with part of British Euroscepticism, of having to deny that a European regulation is going to be made to make bananas straight instead of curved. So fighting politically against this new discourse is much more complex, and certainly less fun, than doing it against the traditional British Europhobia. The new Eurosceptics seek to twist the rules in their favor and use the discursive framework of the most pro-European: when Hungary and Poland violate the Treaties they defend themselves by ensuring that they are actually the ones protecting them.

The end of the “Carey doctrine” has been bad news for Eurosceptics who sought an easy and quiet life without having to prove the validity of their thesis. But perhaps it was even worse news for those who want to curb the new Europhobic discourse.