International Round-Up: Denmark’s COVID-19 vaccine donations are wasted

International Round-Up: Denmark's COVID-19 vaccine donations are wasted

Flemming shakes

The error meant that countries that initially agreed to take the vaccines ended up giving up because they were unable to use the vaccines before they expired.

Minister for Development Aid, Flemming Møller Mortensen, is shaken by the revelations, and he revealed that the Danish authorities have initiated a legal dialogue with AstraZeneca about the incorrect expiration dates.

An additional 500,000 doses are at risk of being discarded for the same reason.

New European asylum system?
According to Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye, there is increased support for the development of a new asylum system in Europe, despite the fact that the government has failed to push it through over the past two and a half years. Tesfaye said he saw more support for the change after a meeting between his European peers in Lille on February 4. “There’s a lot more support than there was a few years ago,” Tesfaye said according to MSN. Tesfaye expects that Denmark will experience another increase in asylum applications sometime in the future.

Chat with the new chancellor
This week, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will shoot across the border meeting Germany’s new leader, Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Frederiksen and Scholz will have a working lunch on 9 February to discuss strengthening Danish-German cooperation, the green transition and the security situation in Europe. Scholz took over the leadership reins in Germany last year from Angela Merkel. He previously served as finance minister and part of Merkel’s government

A mew EU pet
A new EU law that seeks to unify the rules when it comes to animals that need medical treatment can cost dearly and animal owners a lot in Denmark. A by-product of rlegislation on veterinary medicinal products means that veterinarians in Denmark may have to slaughter animals instead of treating them, even though they can do so safely. According to veterinarians, it is especially pet rabbits that will suffer, as they are perceived as a production animal in many EU countries, which is not the case in Denmark, where they must now be treated as such. This means that veterinarians can only use very few drugs to treat rabbits now. The new law, which entered into force on 28 January, aims to reduce the use of antibiotics in the EU.

More malice in Mali
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod, has condemned the government in Mali to give the resident French ambassador 72 hours to leave the country. France’s foreign minister, meanwhile, said “Mali’s illegitimate military dictatorship is out of control.” The news comes just a week after Denmark was asked by the same government to withdraw its troops from the country. Kofod said that Denmark might withdraw its ambassador to Mali in response.

Mail from Moscow
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a letter from Russia on the escalating situation in Ukraine. In the letter, which has also been sent to the United States, Canada and other European countries, the Russian government refers to an OSCE agreement signed by Denmark, which said that countries “must not strengthen their own security at the expense of other countries’ security”. Russia wants the West to guarantee that Ukraine will never become part of NATO, but Kofod claims that Russia must withdraw its huge troop collection at the Ukrainian border before diplomatic discourse can take place.

Improving refugee masses in Lebanon
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has allocated DKK 40 million to help provide a better future for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The money is earmarked for three projects, all of which support vulnerable young people, improve their living conditions and improve their opportunities. Two projects focus on developing skills and increasing employment, while the third will improve their mental health and tackle the effects of the trauma they have been exposed to. About 1.5 million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon.

New tax agreement with France
It has the government concluded an agreement with France on a new double taxation treaty. It is expected to affect Danes and Danish companies living or operating in France. Danish pensioners living in France on Danish pensions are now facing being taxed by Denmark and thus losing the financial incentive to move to France as a pensioner. At the same time, Danish companies will have fewer administrative burdens and improved trading conditions with French companies. The new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2023.

Denmark to pursue tobacco policy
Over the next three years, Denmark will coordinate joint action on tobacco control II, an ambitious European initiative seeking to increase tobacco control and reduce smoking throughout Europe. About 21 member countries are collaborating to develop a number of strategies and recommendations that can strengthen tobacco regulation by looking more closely at current advertising legislation, tobacco taxes, smoke-free environments and packaging. The project is partly funded by the European Commission.

Source: The Nordic Page

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