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Is Donald Trump right that Nato is obsolete?

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Boris Johnson promises Theresa May ‘full-throated support’ if she beats Brexit backstop with a ‘freedom clause’

first_img Share Tags: Boris Johnson Brexit People Theresa May Read more: No-deal Brexit could lead to martial law, says Matt HancockThe arrangement ties the UK into a temporary customs union with the EU after a two-year transition period to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.But the UK cannot exit the backstop of its own accord, stoking fears that the UK would be indefinitely tied to EU rules without influencing them.Writing in the Telegraph today, Johnson said that May could insert a “Freedom Clause” into her withdrawal agreement to enable the UK to leave the backstop without the EU’s agreement.“If the PM secures that change – a proper UK-sized perforation in the fabric of the backstop itself – I have no doubt that she will have the whole country full-throatedly behind her,” the former foreign secretary said. Monday 28 January 2019 9:09 am whatsapp Joe Curtis by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Pastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.combonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Boris Johnson today upped the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May by calling on her to persuade the European Union to ditch the so-called Irish backstop.May’s widely unpopular Brexit deal – the result of two years of negotiations with the EU – was resoundingly rejected by parliament before Christmas, largely over concerns created by the backstop. whatsapp “Even in a no-deal Brexit situation every party and every MP in the UK will have a responsibility to ensure there is no return to a hard border and Northern Ireland is protected,” Coveney said.“That won’t be easy and those who misrepresent the backstop don’t have an alternative to it.” His comments come a day before MPs debate May’s plan B tomorrow, two months before the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU with or without a deal.“If we mean it, if we really try, I have no doubt that the EU will give us the Freedom Clause we need,” Johnson claimed.“So now is the time to stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood and get on that trusty BAE 146 and go back to Brussels and get it.”However, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, stated that no changes are possible to the withdrawal agreement – a position held by Brussels since negotiations concluded.Read more: Chancellor won’t rule out resigning in a no-deal Brexit Boris Johnson promises Theresa May ‘full-throated support’ if she beats Brexit backstop with a ‘freedom clause’ last_img read more

The Fragrance Shop: something stinks

first_img Paul BlanchardPaul Blanchard is founder of global reputation management practice Right Angles, host of the Media Masters podcast and author of Fast PR Friday 10 May 2019 6:11 pm Now, let’s nail one thing at the outset. Sanjay’s not afraid of competition. He’s a successful businessman who has worked hard to build his business up. Both retailers could have a presence in these villages and compete fairly for business. After all, two outlet brands going head-to-head is bound to lead to lower prices, so it’s a win for the shopper. And he’s fine with that, which I admire.I’m not a property lawyer. I’m also not a landlord. But I am a businessman, and I’ve been around long enough and gone through enough to know how the world works. Relationships are important: between landlords and tenants, and between retailers and consumers. If you play things by the book, keep things flexible but honest, you can develop strong mutual relationships. That’s what I’ve always done with my clients. It’s what Sanjay has done with his customer base, and, as far as he knew, with his landlords too. But something changed on their side which (if you’ll pardon the pun) doesn’t smell right.My view is simple: something stinks about this deal. There’s something badly wrong, something that McArthurGlen isn’t telling Sanjay and the public. This smacks for all the world of backroom deals, tacit understandings, nods and winks. Of course, McArthurGlen say it’s all Sanjay’s fault and they tried to negotiate, but they would say that, wouldn’t they?It’s not a term really recognised in law, or really all that much in business, but this is just unfair. McArthurGlen aren’t playing by the rules, either the ones written down (which Sanjay is contesting in the High Court) or the unspoken rules of equity, of getting a decent shot at making a success of your business. I don’t like unfairness, and I don’t think the public does either. And The Perfume Shop need to be careful that customers don’t vote with their feet.That’s the worst thing of all. Who’s losing out here? Well, Sanjay, yes, but, to be blunt, he can look after himself. Most of all, it’s the customer. The Fragrance Shop does good business and serves shoppers well, but the addition of another major brand to the mix can only drive competition. That’s pretty basic market economics. If Sanjay has to sell his CK-One at £5 less a bottle to compete with The Perfume Shop, then, frankly, that’s five pounds less that the customer is paying. Sanjay’s OK with that; he relishes the opportunity. Maybe, and let’s be generous, The Perfume Shop do too. But the landlords aren’t letting that happen – and we need to know why. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Where’s the incentive for a new brand to come along and set up, if it knows that its landlord can just take its lease away a few years down the track without explanation? How does that stimulate the retail sector, and, importantly, create jobs? Simple answer: it doesn’t.It seems that, in the perfume game, something definitely stinks. The Fragrance Shop: something stinks You may have read about or watched the story of Sanjay Vadera, CEO of The Fragrance Shop, recently. He appeared on Sky News last week to talk about McArthurGlen, his landlords, who want to take away his six outlet stores and hand them to his rival, so he’s taking them to court. The case will be heard in the High Court on Monday. Full disclosure here: Sanjay’s a friend of mine, and he’s a client. So I have an interest. But the story is also, I think, about wider issues of trust, reliability, loyalty and fairness.McArthurGlen’s outlet villages are shopping destinations for bargain-hunters searching for designer goodies at knockdown prices. Seemingly out of the blue, McArthurGlen cancelled the leases and awarded them – and, by extension, Sanjay’s loyal customer base – to The Perfume Shop. To say Sanjay was surprised by this move is an understatement: he was shocked, as was I when I learned more about it, because, on the face of it, there’s no reasoning behind what has happened. Opinion City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Treasury’s new rules on tax inversions raise questions about Pfizer-Allergan deal

first_imgPharmalotTreasury’s new rules on tax inversions raise questions about Pfizer-Allergan deal Tags AllerganPfizertaxes By Ed Silverman April 4, 2016 Reprints After months of anticipation, the US Department of Treasury issued new rules about so-called tax inversions that raised uncertainty about the $160 billion merger deal between Pfizer and Allergan.The rules are designed to curb inversions, which effectively reduce federal revenue and, as a result, have been widely criticized as unpatriotic and detrimental. In these deals, a US company buys a foreign company and reincorporates headquarters overseas where corporate taxes are lower. The acquiring company can reduce taxes by adding debt to its US unit and shifting profits overseas. APStock Related: Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. “We are conducting a review of the US Department of Treasury’s actions announced today. Prior to completing the review, we won’t speculate on any potential impact,” Pfizer and Allergan said in a joint statement.While this marks the third time the Obama administration has issued rules to curb inversions, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged that more must be done and urged Congress to pass new legislation to mitigate these deals. “Ultimately, the best way to address inversions is to reform our business tax system,” he said in a statement.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: The new Treasury rules would make it harder for a foreign company to acquire several US companies in a three-year period of time. And “it seems that the new rule captures the Allergan situation,” Sanford Bernstein analyst Ronny Gal wrote to investors (you can read a fact sheet here, and the rules here and here).How so? The government wants to thwart companies that pursue multiple inversions by disregarding US assets they acquire over the previous three years. And this new rule is immediately binding.Keep in mind that Allergan was once known as Actavis. Now consider that, in 2013, Actavis reached a deal with Warner-Chilcott, another drug maker that was domiciled in Ireland, where the corporate tax rate is lower than in the US. The next year, Actavis bought Forest Laboratories and then acquired Allergan, but now uses the Allergan name.Under the new rules, those deals would be disregarded. By removing those deals from Allergan’s market capitalization, the company may not be able to pursue an inversion with Pfizer. Under federal regulations, the shareholders of a US company are supposed to own between 50 percent and 60 percent of the newly merged company. The Pfizer and Allergan deal would give Pfizer shareholders 56 percent of the merged company, but if you strip away these acqusitions, Pfizer shareholders would own close to 80 percent of the new company.Americans for Tax Fairness, a nonprofit advocacy group, estimates that Pfizer is attempting to dodge approximately $35 billion by merging with Allergan.center_img @Pharmalot Pfizer-Allergan deal: A boon to shareholders, a blow to R&D About the Author Reprints [email protected] For these reasons, such corporate maneuvers have become increasingly popular in the pharmaceutical industry, and the deal between Pfizer and Allergan would be the largest-ever such inversion. But the Treasury department appears to be eyeing this pending transaction specifically as it seeks to make inversions more difficult to accomplish. Allergan stock fell 21 percent in after-hours trading, suggesting investors think the deal may be dead.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Ed Silverman Privacy Policylast_img read more

Vertex angers U.K. cystic fibrosis patients with a delay in submitting data for its newest therapy

first_imgPharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included? Bill Sikes/AP Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More By Ed Silverman May 27, 2020 Reprints [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) has sparked a new round of anger among cystic fibrosis patients in the U.K. by requesting extra time to submit evidence for a new triple-combination therapy to a cost-effectiveness agency, a move that will likely delay availability by several months or more.In explaining its decision, the drug maker wants time to submit more data, but the delay also allows it to take advantage of a change the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is making in its process for assessing the value of medicines, which is expected to be finalized in June 2021. The changes are being made after the agency encountered criticism from both the pharmaceutical industry and patient groups over its approach to deciding value. What is it? @Pharmalot Ed Silverman Vertex angers U.K. cystic fibrosis patients with a delay in submitting data for its newest therapy STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Tags Bostondrug pricingSTAT+last_img read more

Cullohill to stage All Ireland Porridge Championships

first_img WhatsApp “We hope it will have a great economic impact for Cullohill, Durrow, Abbeyleix and beyond,” he said.The idea came about after Paddy represented Ireland in the World Porridge Making Championships in Scotland last year, as he competed for the Golden Spurtle title.He saw similarities between the Scottish village hosting it and Cullohill and felt it would be great to have the All Ireland final in his native village.“They have a 400 year old bridge and we have a 500 year old castle,” he said.The winner of the All-Ireland competition will go on to represent Ireland in the world championships.Rachel AllenJudges for the final in Cullohill will include one from Scotland along with renowned chef Rachel Allen and another judge who is soon to be announced.On the Saturday morning the visitors will be treated to a complimentary breakfast from Paddy O’s on top of Cullohill Mountain.A parade will then escort the contestants from the castle to the community centre, led by a piper.The contestants will then get down to the serious business of trying to win the All Ireland Porridge Making title. It is expected that 24 competitors will take part, with 4 hearts.As well as making traditional porridge they will also have to come up with a speciality dish made from oats. For example, Paddy says it could be a risotto using oats.And of course all the oats for the competition will be supplied by Paddy O’s.Paddy hopes there will be boost for the village and says extra staff will be taken on in their Sportsman’s Inn premises. Catering will also be provided in Cullohill by Amy Ryan from Rathdowney.Further details on the event will be published on the soon-to-be launched website.SEE ALSO – WATCH: Old Portlaoise primary school set on fire Twitter By David Power – 9th May 2018 Council Cullohill to stage All Ireland Porridge Championships Home News Community Cullohill to stage All Ireland Porridge Championships NewsCommunity The man responsible for bringing the All-Ireland Porridge Championships is hoping it will bring an economic boost to the village and beyond.Paddy O’Connell of Paddy O’s fame is the man behind the venture. Having represented Ireland in the World Porridge Making Championships in Scotland last year, he saw the scale of the event and decided he would like to host the All-Ireland Championships in Cullhohill.The event will run under the Cullohill Fair 2018 and is expected to the attract large numbers to the village.The All-Ireland event will take place on July 21.“We are giving this a big push on Air BnB etc to create an economic impact for Cullohill,” said Paddy. He believes they will attract extra visitors to the village for the weekend. Pinterest TAGSAll Ireland Porridge Making ChampionshipsCullohillPaddy O’ConnellPaddy O’s Previous articleLeinster Premier League glory for Portlaoise RFC U-17sNext articleIn Pictures: All the best bits from the Rock Inn Vintage Run and Rally David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Rugby center_img Twitter WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

Gasoline future prices jump in Harvey’s wake due to refinery disruptions

first_imgDan Healing Canadian gasoline prices are expected to rise this week after widespread flooding from tropical storm Harvey forced many refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast to shut down. Wholesale gasoline prices in the country will likely rise by an average of 2¢ to 4¢ per litre by Thursday, said GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague, but consumers in certain markets could see much higher price increases. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan McTeague explained that retail operators in markets like Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa are barely breaking even now and could use the wholesale price increase as an excuse to raise prices by as much as another 10¢ per litre to boost profit margins. “Traders are taking a wait and see approach and I think that’s really why you’re going to see very little, for now at least, in the way of any major spikes until at least Thursday or Friday,” he said. Canadian gasoline prices shown on the GasBuddy.com website were little changed on Monday. U.S. prices are expected to spike over the next week or more as about 10 refineries representing more than 15% of the nation’s refining capacity are closed, including ExxonMobil, Shell and Phillips 66 operations. When water recedes, prices will fall more slowly than after other storms that hit the refinery-rich Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Ike in 2008, said Rick Joswick, an analyst with S&P Global Platts’ PIRA Energy. Nearly three billion barrels of the 18 billion U.S. daily refining capacity has been knocked out. Most of the shut-downs have been precautionary, with only a few reports of minor flooding. But the slow-moving nature of the storm means it could cause shutdowns to linger and leave more-lasting damage, said Goldman Sachs analyst Damien Courvalin. “The damage could worsen if continued rains extend the flooding,” agreed BMO Capital Markets economist Sal Guatieri. Meanwhile, Canadian companies with assets in the Gulf Coast area joined their American counterparts in closing offices and hunkering down to wait out the storm. Precision Drilling CEO Kevin Neveu, who splits his time between Alberta and Texas, said his house in the Houston suburbs is dry so far but flooding has damaged the homes of at least five of his company’s 300 Houston-area employees. “Our number one priority right now is make sure our employees are safe and sound and their houses aren’t damaged,” he said from Precision’s Calgary headquarters. “Number two priority is to watch the civil infrastructure and see how that responds. When the streets are safe and the power is up and running and gasoline is available, that’s when we’ll expect people to start coming back to work.” He said Precision’s main Houston offices and three field support operations are closed but 10 drilling rigs in the “rain zone” along the Gulf Coast are continuing to operate. Calgary-based pipeline company Enbridge, which bought Houston-headquartered Spectra Energy earlier this year, says it has closed its Houston offices and has removed all but essential staff from its natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. “We will continue to actively monitor the storm to determine if further actions are needed,” said spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton.center_img Keywords Economic indicators Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECDlast_img read more

Five Jamaicans in Canada Receive Prestigious Harry Jerome Award

first_imgRelatedFive Jamaicans in Canada Receive Prestigious Harry Jerome Award RelatedFive Jamaicans in Canada Receive Prestigious Harry Jerome Award Advertisements RelatedFive Jamaicans in Canada Receive Prestigious Harry Jerome Awardcenter_img Five Jamaicans in Canada Receive Prestigious Harry Jerome Award UncategorizedMay 4, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Drs. Ouida and Leebert Wright were among five Jamaicans, who recently received the prestigious Harry Jerome Award, presented by the Canadian-based Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA).The retired couple received the Lifetime Achievement Award for their accomplishments as educator and scientist, respectively, at the BBPA’s 25th annual gala held at the Toronto Congress Centre.The other Jamaicans honoured were: former Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, Dr. Alvin Curling, who received the Trailblazer Award; 18-year-old gymnast, Brittnee Habbib, who received the Athletics Award and Staff Superintendent Peter Sloly of the Toronto Police Service, who received the Professional Excellence Award.Named for the late Canadian runner, who blazed a trail of success in track and field, setting a number of world records, the Harry Jerome Awards each year celebrate “excellence in achievement in the black community.”An educator for almost 50 years, Dr. Ouida Wright is a graduate of St. Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston. She taught at McGill University in Montreal and was a Superintendent of Curriculum in the Toronto Board of Education. She assisted in developing policies on race relations, multiculturalism, mathematics, health, science and music. Before retiring, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Anti-Racism, Access and Equity in Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Training.Dr. Leebert Wright has worked as a biochemist in several hospitals in Montreal and Toronto. He has also taught at universities in both cities. Dr. Wright is a past president of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC), an organization which represents clinical biochemists all across Canada, and he has received the group’s most prestigious award – the Ames Award, for outstanding contribution to the field of Chemical Chemistry.Dr. Curling’s achievements include being the first black Speaker of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly, and a former Minister of Housing and Minister of Skills Development. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1985, garnering the highest vote total in Canadian history, and was re-elected in his constituency in five subsequent elections.Gymnast Brittnee Habbib, born in Canada of Jamaican parents, is a member of the Canadian national team and has captured several medals for Canada. She excels not only as an athlete but also in her schoolwork and is fluent in French. Her goal is to become a member of the Canadian team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.A 19-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, Staff Superintendent Sloly in 1999, became the youngest officer in the history of the Toronto police force to be promoted to a senior officer rank. As the highest ranking Jamaican-born police officer in Canada, he has responsibilities for employment, training, staff planning, community mobilization and diversity management.Canada’s Governor-General Her Excellency Michaelle Jean, praised the BBPA for its vision in creating the Harry Jerome Awards. “Canadians have been moved by your dedication to honouring the spirit of community service. And, we have been stirred by your devotion to highlighting the achievements of youth, many of whom have surmounted incredible obstacles to emerge as outstanding leaders,” she stated.The Governor-General also lauded young Canadians, who are increasingly “standing up and saying no to the spirit of indifference and apathy, and are refusing to be victims of their circumstances.”The other Harry Jerome honourees were: Andrew Brown, Academics; Farley Flex, Arts, Media and Entertainment; Chief Emmanuel Mbulu, Business; Richard Lord, Community Service; Dr. Kwadwo Asante, Health Sciences; Tolulope Quadrihas, Leadership; Mary A. Tidlund, President’s Award; Dr. Victor E. Gooding, Technology & Innovation; Dr. Jean Augustine, Trailblazer; and Rayonne Caesar-Chavannes, Young Entrepreneur.The BBPA was incorporated in 1983 as a charitable organization to “address equity and opportunity for the black community in business, employment, education and economic development.”last_img read more

Mail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020

first_imgMail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020 Department of Agriculture and Water Resources45,000 risky seed parcels have been intercepted at Australia’s international mail centres in 2020, while reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail have also continued.Acting Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said the large volume of seed parcels were intercepted as they did not meet biosecurity conditions.“Seeds are most commonly intercepted biosecurity risk item at our mail centres and this year they made up 75 per cent of the total interceptions though the mail,” Dr Vivian-Smith said.“This is a concern for Australia, as seeds that arrive from overseas and do not comply with our biosecurity conditions can carry a range of risks.“This includes invasive species or harmful plant diseases that could threaten backyard gardens, agriculture industries and the environment.“We have detector dogs, biosecurity officers and x-rays in place to intercept parcels that may be a risk, but it is important to remember that we all have a role to play.“If you are purchasing goods from overseas, follow the correct process, check they are permitted and if there’s any biosecurity conditions.“Throughout the year, there has also continued to be ongoing reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail, with more than 260 reports so far.“These reports are important and demonstrate the vital role the community plays in identifying and reporting biosecurity risks.“Unsolicited seeds from overseas could also carry significant threats, so it is vital that they are reported to allow us to undertake the necessary investigations.“If you receive unsolicited seeds through the mail, do your part to support Australia’s biosecurity and report it immediately.”For more information on buying seeds and other goods from overseas.To report a potential biosecurity breach visit awe.gov.au/report or call 1800 798 636. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, biosecurity, community, Dogs, environment, Government, Intercept, meet, species, visitlast_img read more

From lockdown to launch, Brisbane welcomes first vaccine

first_imgFrom lockdown to launch, Brisbane welcomes first vaccine Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthThe very first COVID-19 vaccine was delivered in Brisbane today, with Princess Alexandra Hospital coming online as the second of Queensland’s six Pfizer hubs.The milestone follows the successful launch on Monday at the Gold Coast University Hospital and precedes the launch at Cairns Hospital on Friday.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said: “Brisbane had come a long way since its three-day lockdown in January.“I’m really excited to bring our second Pfizer hub online this week. We have worked so hard for so long to get here. I am also really excited about the launch of the Cairns hub this Friday.“We’ll continue to keep Queenslanders informed as we roll out this vaccine across Queensland.”Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said all six Pfizer locations would be online by early March.“Pfizer was the first vaccine to be approved by the TGA and was the first we received from the Australian Government,” Dr Young said.“We have had to move quickly to ensure that those who are in the highest priority groups have access to a vaccine as soon as possible – these Pfizer hubs allow us to do just that.“But I must be clear, the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has now also been approved by the TGA, is also safe and effective.“I would gladly, and will gladly, receive either vaccine when it is my turn in the queue.”Director of Infection Management Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Dr Geoffrey Playford said today’s launch was massive step forward for Brisbane on the pandemic journey.“The hospitals across our region and our teams working with quarantine hotels played a major role in managing the 329 positive COVID-19 cases on the southside,” Dr Playford said.“This is in addition to the mammoth effort in the Metro South catchment where over 500,000 COVID-19 tests were undertaken – this is almost 100,000 more than any other catchment in Queensland.“Our staff and the tireless efforts of our Public Health team have played a significant role in managing the pandemic so we are very pleased to deliver the first COVID-19 vaccines in Brisbane,” he said.All Hospital and Health Services will be vaccinating those belonging to Priority Group 1a.The AstraZeneca vaccine will soon be distributed to Queensland by the Australian Government.This will allow for a much broader distribution of vaccine, and more locations will come online, including more hospitals, GPs and pharmacies. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alexandra, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Government, health, health services, Pfizer, Playford, public health, QLD, quarantine, Queensland, TGA, younglast_img read more