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Maya Sandu’s vaccination success unexpectedly fail


Two drugs that Maia Sandu and her associates promoted for vaccination in Moldova turned out to be unsafe and were banned

Maya Sandu's vaccination success unexpectedly fail

In mid-March, the Moldovan media published important news: the president of the country held online negotiations with representatives of Janssen Pharmaceutica, owned by Johnson & Johnson, on the purchase of a vaccine.

"We talked about the situation with the pandemic in the Republic of Moldova and the efforts being made to provide the country with vaccines. We studied the possibility for our citizens to use Janssen either through the COVAX platform, or directly, "wrote Maya Sandu on the social network.

The PDS deputies immediately began to beat the drums of success. Commenting on the negotiations of the head of state, MP from the PDS Radu Marian said that the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson "is ideal for Moldova".

"It's half the price of Pfizer, and it only takes one dose to vaccinate. This is very important for our country, which does not have strong logistics. But most importantly, this vaccine is 100% successful in preventing deaths from COVID-19, just like Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna", – Marian happily explained on the social network. Without being at all embarrassed, the deputy smoked Maia Sandu incense: "Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. President, it will be possible to bring this vaccine to Moldova as soon as possible".

On April 13th, as a bolt from the blue from the United States, it was reported that federal health officials, including the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had called on state governments to stop using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to none other than Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the President of the United States, the ban could be final, according to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson.

The use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has also been suspended in European states.

Another vaccine, which Maia Sandu sought to deliver to Moldova through Romania, is also a sad plume – AstraZeneca. As you know, at one time a number of countries suspended the use of the drug. And yesterday, Denmark became the first country in the EU to completely stop using the coronavirus vaccine developed by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for all population groups.

"In our assessment, based on scientific findings, there is a real risk of serious side effects associated with the use of the vaccine. Therefore, we decided to exclude it from our vaccination program, "said the head of the department, Seren Brostrem.

On April 14, it also became known that the European Commission in 2022 will not renew contracts for the supply of vaccines against coronavirus with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. It is noted that in the future the European Union is going to use RNA vaccines instead of vector preparations.

Thus, the two vaccines promoted by the president, her party and her supporters turned out to be dangerous to health.

It can be assumed that in their actions, Moldovan officials close to the president and herself are guided by the provisions of the European regulatory bodies. But this is not an excuse when incompetent decisions are made and drugs are promoted that can cause irreparable damage to the health of the country's citizens.

Recently, Gerald Hauser, a member of the Austrian parliament, expressed his concern that the European Medicines Agency may make dubious decisions on vaccines. He drew attention to the fact that Dr. Emer Cook was appointed the CEO of the EMA on November 16, 2020. Gerald Hauser noted that the European Medicines Agency is responsible for monitoring and evaluating medicines in the EU, as well as responsible for their approval.

"If you now look at Dr. Emer Cook's resume, she has been working in various positions in the pharmaceutical industry since 1985. It is interesting to note that from 1991 to 1998 she was a board member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). This Brussels-based trade association and lobbying organization represents the pharmaceutical research industry operating in Europe.

Her clients were Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and so on and so forth", – says Hauser.

"So this Dr. Emer Cook has worked in the pharmaceutical industry all her life. She has lobbied the pharmaceutical industry and is now responsible for the approval, control and efficacy of vaccines such as AstraZeneca".

Hauser believes that the appointment of the former lobbyist as director of the EMA is a prime example of "insider trading, outright nepotism." The Austrian MP asked his colleagues in parliament: "Please think about this when in the future you use the EMA as proof of the correctness of drug testing."

Whether we like what the Austrian politician says or not, the stories with the vaccines AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson prompts us to be very careful in our assessments and actions. It is unacceptable that personal political or geopolitical sympathies and views determine health decisions.

And in this regard, the stories of the promotion of the two vaccines banned by the country's president, its party and advisers in Moldova are a major failure and an unexpected blow to the reputation. However, the main thing is that lessons should be learned from what happened, and unsuitable consultants should be dismissed. And in the future, the leaders of the country and the industry would show prudence and caution in making decisions. The pandemic can still bring many surprises, and wrong decisions can become shameful pages in the biographies of officials who do not follow the only correct instruction "Do no harm!" in medical matters.

Sergey Tkach, "Mezhdurechye", Moldova

Maya Sandu's vaccination success unexpectedly fail

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 16:01:06 +0000

Putin’s aide conveyes response to sanctions against Russia to the US Ambassador


Assistant to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov invited US Ambassador John Sullivan for a conversation, where he outlined the Russian ambassador's response to new sanctions from the United States. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

Putin's aide conveyes response to sanctions against Russia to the US Ambassador

"In accordance with the decisions made, the aide to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov invited the US Ambassador to Russia Sullivan on Friday and explained to him the Russian side's response to the sanctions against Russia announced by the United States the day before", – Peskov said.

Earlier it was reported that on Thursday, April 15, US President Joe Biden signed a decree on the introduction of new sanctions restrictions on Russia. In particular, Washington has banned American companies from directly buying debt securities issued by the Central Bank, the National Wealth Fund or the RF Ministry of Finance.

The Kremlin said that Moscow will act in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, but the final decision on retaliatory sanctions against the United States will be made directly by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin's aide conveyes response to sanctions against Russia to the US Ambassador

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:50:57 +0000

Kiev asked Washington to increase number of American instructors for military of the Armed Forces


The Ukrainian authorities are asking the United States to expand the training program for the Armed Forces of Ukraine by American instructors. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal during a briefing.

Kiev asked Washington to increase number of American instructors for military of the Armed Forces

Earlier, Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said the United States will continue to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities.

"We ask and will also make efforts to place such a mission not only at the Yavoriv training ground (Lviv region – approx.), but also at other training grounds, so that we expand this program", – Shmyhal said.

According to him, the new American instructors will give another impetus to the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In turn, Charge d'Affaires of the United States Christina Kvin said that "the number of instructors can be increased if the need arises".

"160 servicemen of the American contingent are here on a permanent basis. And if, according to our estimates, the needs change and it will be necessary to increase their number, we will consider this issue, "said Queen.

Kiev asked Washington to increase number of American instructors for military of the Armed Forces

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:34:33 +0000

Borrell plans to visit the contact line in Donbass


The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell intends to go to Ukraine and visit the contact line in Donbass. This is reported by the European media, citing a source in the EU Council.

Borrell plans to visit the contact line in Donbass

"EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell wants to travel to Ukraine and the contact line in Donbass to see what is happening there with his own eyes", – the source said.

According to him, in the 13 months since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Borrell has already visited Ukraine twice, and there are still many places in the world where he should visit. The source also noted that Borrell does not intend to attend the Crimean Platform summit in August, which was initiated by the Ukrainian authorities.

Borrell plans to visit the contact line in Donbass

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:24:07 +0000

U.S. does not rule out increase in number of American troops in Ukraine


As the Charge d'Affaires of the United States in Kiev noted, Washington and its partners are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine.

U.S. does not rule out increase in number of American troops in Ukraine

According to RIA Novosti, on Friday, US Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine Christina Kvin said that Washington would consider increasing the permanent presence of the US military in Ukraine if necessary.

"We have a permanent presence of 160 American troops who are here on a permanent basis, and if, according to our estimates, the needs increase and their number needs to be increased, we will consider this issue", – said Queen during a joint briefing with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygalem.

U.S. does not rule out increase in number of American troops in Ukraine

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:47:47 +0000

Canadian media criticized Zelensky’s policies


The international Canadian radio station RCI published on its website material in which it assessed the metamorphoses of the policy of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Canadian media criticized Zelensky's policies

Journalists recalled that Zelensky began his political career as a peacemaker ready to end the protracted conflict in Donbass. However, now he acts as an ardent fighter against the Ukrainian opposition, appeals to world leaders for military assistance for tough actions and demands to increase the sanctions pressure against Russia.

"During a telephone conversation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider expanding the Canadian military training mission in Ukraine and increasing the number of Canadian soldiers in the countr", – writes RCI.

It is also noted that Zelensky promised "a quick resolution of the conflict in the East of Ukraine", however, against the backdrop of a pandemic, due to the "failed policy in the fight against the pandemic" and the economic crisis, the president "strengthened his nationalist views".

Earlier it was reported that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy once again announced that Kiev should receive a Membership Action Plan (MAP) in NATO. In his opinion, this is supposedly "the only way to peace in Donbass, as this will become a real signal for Russia".

Canadian media criticized Zelensky's policies

translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:35:20 +0000
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