Straight Shooter

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

This morning.

Via RTÉ news:

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the issue with the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine is very frustrating and he said he spoke to the company about his concerns with supply last night.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said the AstraZeneca representative said the company was committed to the total volumes being delivered to Ireland but could not give dates.

Mr Donnelly said the company admitted to having “unanticipated problems” with supply chains and having a very significant manufacturing capacity…

Minister says AstraZeneca commits to fixing issues but no dates for deliveries (RTÉ)

Meanwhile…

Um.

Oh.

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23 thoughts on “Straight Shooter

    1. Charger Salmons

      How’s the Irish vaccine coming on ?
      If it’s the one to prevent you making a silly billy of yourself I’d ask for your money back.

      1. paul

        all I’m hearing is a high-pitched whining noise here, can’t tell if it’s coming from Donnelly or Charger.

  1. Specific Gravity

    ‘My only real motivation is not to be hassled; that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bodge, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.’

    ‘…with upper management written all over him.’

    1. Micko

      What a film…

      It actually made me quit an office job I had once – true story. ;)

      Don’t get me started on my stapler

  2. frank

    If the EU negotiated and bought the vaccine as a bloc rather than letting member states do it themselves. Why is Stephen Flipping Donnelly ringing them to winge about not delivering??
    A charade wrapped in theatre cloaked in farce.

    1. Badger

      Let’s just say that this isn’t the first time she’s been incorrect in her tweets, nor will it the last…

  3. Johnny

    ….he can’t even do a basic drug deal,they have drugs we need them,offer then something,instead of public shame and blame,which quite frankly they could give a flying F about .
    Oh like a commitment to build and support (free land From Nama if they haven’t already given all that away) a new bio science park,funky tax deal,introduce them Dennis he knows drug type deals….
    But ffs stop whinnying

  4. Joe

    The media and “Dr” Naomi loves anti vax nonsense.
    There is no issue with the AZ vaccine and blood clots. The UK has jabbed millions with no blood clot related incidences
    There are 184 thrombosis yearly incidents per 100,000 people in Ireland alone.
    To blame an incident on a vaccine is at the least, disingenuous.
    Our EU friends were being ultra cautious.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-56357760
    EU says ‘no indication’ vaccine linked to clots

    1. dav

      “Al those media who accepted millions in gates funding…” Jesus wept
      I kinda wish that there was an injection tat would nullify the vaccines that have been given to people.
      Then the anti vaxers can put their money where their mouths are remove the dreaded vaccines from their boduies and pee off and die from polio or TB

    2. f_lawless

      Joe ff you read on from the headline in the article you linked to there’s an important distinction made: “European Medicines Agency : There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions” and “investigation of cases of thromboembolic events is ongoing” . It’s a bit of an underhanded headline from the BBC. A lot of damage control afoot

      As an aside, I note that the Italian health authorities have banned a certain batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure due to reports of “serious adverse events”. The BBC article above mentions one the deaths. This article gives details of another: a 43 year old navy serviceman who died of a heart attack a day after receiving the vaccine.

      https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/03/11/serviceman-dies-after-taking-astrazeneca-vaccine_19f20771-5c38-47c0-bf87-b9fa755bdd66.html

      1. Cian

        Same problem as always.
        The European Medicines Agency are factually correct, and this gets twisted by the anti-vaxxers; There is no indication, they will keep an eye on it, but frankly it is most likely a coincidence

        Remember when EMA said that the current evidence was the vax covered you for at least 6 months (because nobody had it more than 6 months) and this was twisted to ‘it *only* works for 6 months and then you’ll need another jab’;

        1. f_lawless

          No I don’t remember that. I do remember the idea of needing boosters every six months being floated in British establishment media, however.

          From 4 months ago:
          https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/27/covid-immunity-may-last-months-study-finds/

          “A study by Imperial College London, which involved 365,000 people, showed that antibodies in the population fell by more than a quarter in just three months.

          Scientists said the findings suggested a “rapid” decline in immunity – which could mean that even if a successful vaccine is found, it might have to be administered twice a year.”

          Also please refrain from responding with “anti vaxxer” smears, if you want to be taken seriously

        2. f_lawless

          Also, it would be naive to believe that European Medicines Agency isn’t prone to corruption as there have been serious conflicts of interest going on with that organisation for years::

          https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40258-018-0386-6

          ” the close (financial) link of the European Medicines Agency with the pharmaceutical industry as its main stakeholder (85% of the European Medicines Agency’s budget comes from fees “for processing applications from companies that want to bring a medicine to the market” [79]) has the potential to create COI and promote various forms of institutional corruption”

  5. Rob

    I think if you are talking about your point of view on medical issues, and you are describing yourself as “Dr”, you should make it clear if you are not a medical doctor.

    A PHD in fiction (even if it is from Oxford) does not make you a medical expert, it just makes you an expert in fiction, as is clearly displayed here by Naomi Wolf, PHD.

  6. eoin

    His only issue is with supply? What? Haven’t Denmark and Austria just dropped it because people have died? Seriously folks. Stop listening to RTE.

  7. Termagant

    Should there not be some manner of forfeiture clause involved when they abjectly fail to deliver on time
    You wouldn’t accept “yeah, we’ll get it to you, at some stage, probably” from Amazon, never mind big pharma shipping a vaccine to save lives

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