Australia's prime minister on Friday said he "understands" why Italy blocked the planned export of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine . Nevertheless, Australia asked the European Commission on Friday to review the decision. Italy, backed by the European Union's executive arm, used export controls to stop around 250,000 doses leaving for Australia earlier this week, after the drug manufacturer failed to fulfill its European Union order. "Australia has raised the issue with the European Commission through multiple channels," Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Friday. Watch video 05:39 Share EU vaccination shortfall Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3prGQ EU vaccine export ban 'must be on the table,' says MEP Manfred Weber Morrison acknowledges greater urgency in Italy Despite the hold-up, … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Australia wants EU to ‘review’ Italy’s vaccine block
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Bayern with one foot in Champions League quarterfinal Wolfsburg on brink of Champions League last eight Tokyo Olympics make late bid for gender equality Grammozis becomes Schalke's fifth coach of the season March 5 Portugal added to F1 calendar Portugal will fill a slot left vacant by Vietnam and be the third race of the Formula One season on May 2, the sport confirmed on Friday. The first Portuguese Grand Prix for 25 years was held last year and the same circuit, in the Algarve, will be used again this time round. "We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese Government for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point," said Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali in a statement. "We are confident and excited about our 2021 season, having shown last year that we could deliver 17 races safely and bring our millions of fans thrilling racing at a difficult time. March 4 Bayern with one foot in Champions League … [Read more...] about Sports News Feed: Portugal fills gap on Formula One calendar
A 1% pay rise for NHS workers is "the most" the government can afford due to the economic cost of the COVID crisis, a health minister has told Sky News. The government is facing a furious backlash - led by the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - after calling for health care staff in England to be restricted to a pay rise of 1%. Live COVID updates from the UK and across the world But Nadine Dorries said it "would be wrong to say a single person in the government does not appreciate the effort" of NHS staff, as she defended the decision not to recommend a larger pay increase. "Of course, we recognise the sacrifice and the commitment and the vocation of nurses and all health workers over the past year," the minister said. Advertisement "We've all been touched by, or personally experienced, help by NHS workers. "But I think it is important to note that the priority of the government has been about protecting people's livelihoods, about … [Read more...] about COVID-19: 1% pay rise for NHS staff ‘the most’ the government can afford, says minister Nadine Dorries
The Vicar Of Dibley is one of the UK's best-loved sitcoms - with Dawn French becoming a national treasure after her portrayal of Reverend Geraldine Granger. The reverend would close almost every episode by sharing an often rude joke with the church verger Alice, one of the many quirky characters in the village, who would usually fail to understand the punchline. A specially-commissioned study has now asked people to rank the jokes according to their funniness - with fans saying "no, no, no, no, no" to the ones they didn't like, and "yes!" to the ones they did. So, in reverse order, here were the top five: Santa Claus visits the doctor In fifth place was a Christmas-themed joke which 46% of respondents thought was amusing. It went: "Santa Claus goes to the doctor and says 'Doctor, I think I've got a mince pie stuck up my bottom.' "The doctor looks and says 'Oh dear, you do indeed have a mince pie stuck up your bottom. But you're in luck - I've got some cream for that.'" … [Read more...] about Vicar Of Dibley fans reveal Dawn French’s funniest joke – and Alice didn’t get it
PRINCE Philip is 99 years old and celebrated his last birthday in lockdown with Queen Elizabeth II. But despite being the son of a prince and princess as well, the Duke of Edinburgh is not a King. How old is Prince Philip and when's his 100th birthday? Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh turned 99 in June, 2020 . He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100. He was born in 1921 in Greece. What's his background? Prince Philip has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years . His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, while his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg. Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child. Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II . A keen sports' fan, he has been involved in a number of events including developing the equestrian event of carriage … [Read more...] about How old is Prince Philip and when is he 100?