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Condemns prosecutors’ handling of case against teen

By Sophie Mann

Former President Trump said Tuesday night that Kyle Rittenhouse, recently acquitted in a homicide case against him, was subjected to “prosecutorial misconduct.”

Trump made the comment on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” show and also said Rittenhouse “should not have had to suffer through a trial for that.”

Trump appeared to be referring to trial evidence that supported Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument against homicide charges for fatally shooting two men in August 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a night of chaotic social justice demonstrations.

“He was going to be dead if he didn’t pull that trigger, that guy that put the gun to his head, in one-quarter of aa second he was going to pull the trigger. Kyle would have been dead,” Trump said.

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as a third person who survived.

The 18-year-old Rittenhouse was found not guilty Friday on all charges associated with the shootings.

The former president spoke about the teenager’s experience following a meeting with him at Mar-a-Lago.

“He’s a really good young guy … just left Mar-a-Lago a little while ago, and he should never have been put through that. That was prosecutorial misconduct, and it’s happening all over the United States right now with Democrats,” Trump also said.

On multiple occasions during the trial, the judge admonished the prosecution for their behavior, including one instance during which the prosecution raised the fact that Rittenhouse has chosen to remain silent after he was charged, an action clearly protected by the Fifth Amendment.

During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night, Rittenhouse said, “I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself. I feel my life has been extremely defamed … I don’t think I would be able to go out and get a job and not have to deal with harassment. But I’m at a place now … where I have to have people with me because people want to kill me just because I defended myself.”

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COVID-19: Omicron variant now in 23 countries – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says cases of the new Omicron variant have been reported in at least 23 countries in five of the six WHO regions.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, disclosed on Wednesday in Geneva and said that the number of cases was expected to grow.

“WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country,” he told journalists listening in to the agency’s regular virtual briefing on COVID-19.

“But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do, as long as we allow it to continue spreading,” he said.

Preliminary evidence suggests Omicron may have “potential immune escape” and or possibly higher transmissibility, when compared to previous variants of concern, according to WHO’s latest weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19, also released on Wednesday.

He said experts were learning more about the variant, “but there’s still more to learn about its effect on transmission, severity of disease, and the effectiveness of tests, therapeutics and vaccines.”

The WHO chief urged countries to take “rational, proportional risk-reduction measures”, including those aimed at delaying or reducing spread, such as screening passengers or implementing quarantines for international travellers.

However, he stressed that “blanket travel bans would not prevent international spread of Omicron and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.”

Ghebreyesus emphasised the need to continue public health measures against coronavirus spread and ensure high-risk and vulnerable people are fully vaccinated.

He warned that the current “toxic mix” of low vaccine coverage, and very low testing are a recipe for breeding and amplifying variants.

“We need to use the tools we already have to prevent transmission and save lives from Delta.

“And if we do that, we will also prevent transmission and save lives from Omicron. But if countries and individuals don’t do what they need to do to stop transmission of Delta, they won’t stop Omicron either,” he said.

As of Tuesday, there were more than 261 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 globally, and 5.2 million deaths, with the Delta variant continuing to dominate.

Meanwhile, the director-general said agreement by countries to launch a process to develop a new global accord on pandemic prevention and response was cause for hope.

Mr Ghebreyesus welcomed the consensus decision reached during a special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the UN agency’s top decision-making body, attended by representatives from its 194 member-states.

The three-day meeting began on Monday with the sole goal of considering the benefits of creating a new international agreement on pandemic prevention preparedness and how best to avoid the pitfalls that have marred an effective response to COVID-19.

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This marked only the second time the assembly has met in a special session since WHO was founded in 1948.

“The adoption of this decision is cause for celebration, and cause for hope, which we will need,” he said in his closing remarks, though noting the road ahead was long.

“There are still differences of opinion about what a new accord could or should contain. But you have proven to each other and the world that differences can be overcome, and common ground can be found.”

The decision will establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) that will negotiate and draft any convention, agreement or international instrument.

A first meeting will take place no later than March 1, 2022, and public hearings will also be held to inform deliberations.

The INB will deliver a progress report to the World Health Assembly in 2023 and submit its outcome for consideration the following year.

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Pfizer boss says annual jabs will be needed to maintain 'very high protection'

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Dr Albert Bourla, head of Pfizer, said Covid jabs could be needed every year

Britons could need a Covid vaccine every year to maintain ‘very high’ levels of protection, Pfizer’s boss said today. 

Dr Albert Bourla, who leads the UK’s top vaccine supplier, suggested in an interview that top-up shots could be needed for years to come.

But the chief executive denied profiteering from the jabs — instead insisting each was sold to the UK for about as much as a ‘takeaway meal’.

He claimed they were being sent to poorer countries at cost.

The UK has ordered another 114million doses that can be tweaked to fight off variants — including 54million Pfizer jabs.

Officials did not reveal how much the Pfizer jabs cost, but EU contracts show the bloc is spending about £16.59 per dose. 

They will arrive in 2022 and 2023, suggesting plans are already being drawn up to boost the nation’s immunity for at least the next two years. 

Business minister George Freeman said Britain was buying more jabs to make sure there was ‘supply’ available in case any further roll outs were needed. He added: ‘We’ve got to make sure that our citizens are safe and that the global vaccine rollout through Covax is supported.’

Vaccine manufacturers and rich nations have been accused of sparking a vaccine apartheid by pricing poorer nations out of the jabs market.

In the European Union as many as 67 per cent of people have already received two doses of the Covid vaccine, while in Africa fewer than eight per cent are double-jabbed.

South African scientists have claimed that Omicron emerged because of low vaccination rates in their country. They say other strains will emerge ‘over and over again’ until the inoculation gap is closed. 

Moderna will supply 60million additional doses and Pfizer/BioNTech 54million

Moderna will supply 60million additional doses and Pfizer/BioNTech 54million

The above chart shows the number of vaccine doses ordered by the UK, and which orders have been donated or cancelled. It includes the latest orders of 54million more Pfizer doses and 60million Moderna dose

The above chart shows the number of vaccine doses ordered by the UK, and which orders have been donated or cancelled. It includes the latest orders of 54million more Pfizer doses and 60million Moderna dose

Asked whether fourth and fifth doses of the Covid vaccine could be dished out, Dr Bourla said they would likely be needed to maintain immunity.

He told the BBC: ‘If we have to make a guess based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that annual vaccinations…are likely to be needed to maintain a very robust and very high level of protection.’ 

Many countries have already launched booster drives after studies showed levels of Covid-fighting antibodies were waning in their populations around six months after they got the second dose.

The flu vaccine is already dished out annual, and tweaked every year to target the strain that is expected to be in circulation. But only around a fifth of Britons get this jab.

UK approves GSK’s Covid antibody drug that slashes risk of death and hospitalisation by nearly 80% 

A second Covid antibody drug which the UK Government has ordered 100,000 doses of has been approved by Britain’s medical watchdog.

Xevudy, made by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, was shown to slash the risk of hospitalisation or death by 79 per cent in vulnerable people.

It is given to patients considered most at-risk of developing severe disease, including elderly people and those with underlying health conditions.

The monoclonal antibody therapy works by mounting an immune response in patients too weak to make their own antibodies.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) recommends that it’s given to patients within five days of testing positive for Covid.

It is administered over 30 minutes through an intravenous drip and works by binding to the Covid spike protein — which it uses to invade cells — and preventing it from multiplying in the body.

Because it targets the spike protein, it is feared that it will not be as effective against the new Omicron super-strain, that has more than 30 mutations on this part alone.

But GSK claims that preclinical data shows the drug ‘retains activity against key mutations’ of the strain.

Xevudy is the second monoclonal antibody treatment approved in the UK. In August, a monoclonal antibody therapy called Ronapreve drug was cleared for use in UK patients by medical regulators, and is now being administered to patients in NHS hospitals.

Dr Bourla was described as ‘unapologetic’ about profiting from the jabs, saying they had saved ‘millions of lives’ around the globe.

He told the BBC: ‘We have saved the global economy trillions of dollars. It is a strong incentive for innovation for the next pandemic.

‘But people will see that if they step up to the game, to bring something that saves lives and saves money, there is also a financial reward.’

Dr Bourla added that Pfizer was working on a tweaked Pfizer jab to fight the Omicron variant, but that this would take 100 days to become available.

Business minister George Freeman, asked by Sky News why the UK was buying up more vaccines when developing countries had still not been vaccinated to a high degree, said: ‘It is a balance. We’ve got another variant.

‘I think the British public would expect us to make sure that we’re providing the supply to those in the UK, which is why we’ve just procured another 114million doses, precisely to be sure we can deliver that rollout here in the UK as well.

‘This is a balance. We’ve got to make sure that our citizens are safe and that the global vaccine rollout through Covax is supported, and that’s what we’re committed to doing and that’s why today we’ve got, as part of that G7 follow-up, all the global leaders in vaccine science here in the UK at No 10 to make sure we are continuing to focus on it.

‘It is an international challenge.’

Richer countries have been accused of triggering a vaccine apartheid by buying up all doses available.

G7 countries — including the UK — have purchased more than a third of global jab stocks despite making up just 13 per cent of the population. 

UN-backed scheme COVAX had aimed to pool resources from poorer nations to help them secure vaccines. It has sent 303million doses to 142 countries to date.

The US is donating 500million Pfizer doses to poorer nations, which are being sold at cost by the country.

Some 200million are expected to be delivered this year, with 300million more due in the first half of 2022.

They will go to 92 low- and middle-income countries including 55 members of the African Union.

Officials in the UK said they ramped up their orders of jabs in response to the newly discovered Omicron strain.

Their latest order is on top of the 35million additional doses of Pfizer/BioNTech jabs ordered in August for delivery in the second half of next year, and the 60million Novavax and 7.5million GSK/Sanofi doses expected in 2022.

The new deal — negotiated by the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce — ensures access to modified vaccines if they are needed to combat Omicron or future variants of concern.

It comes as ministers today unveil a major advertising campaign designed to encourage people to come forward for their third shot as soon as they are notified by the NHS.

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UK could approve Covid vaccines for five to 11-year-olds ‘by Xmas’ 

The UK is poised to start administering Covid vaccines to primary school children as soon as Christmas amid fears of the looming Omicron wave.

Ministers have asked their independent vaccine advisers and chief scientists Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty to consider the move.

George Freeman, a business minister, told Sky News today: ‘We’re looking at the science on that and the balance of the rollout.

‘(Sir) Patrick Vallance, our chief scientist, and (Professor) Chris Whitty are advising on that and it is their advice that guides us.’

June Raine, chief executive of Britain’s medicines regulator, said earlier this week that it was ‘very likely’ a safety review would be wrapped up by Christmas.

Even if the jab is approved by the MHRA, however, the plans still need to be signed off by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The JCVI has so far resisted calls to jab young children because Covid poses such a tiny risk to them.

One of its members, Professor Adam Finn, expressed his unease at the plans today, questioning the ethics of jabbing kids for ‘the indirect protection of adults’.

He told BBC Breakfast: ‘The question really is that should that be our focus right now or should we really be focusing on adults who are the ones that much more commonly get seriously ill.’

The JCVI has been far more cautious than other countries like the US, Israel or EU member states which have been rolling out jabs to young children for months.

Today’s deal comes on the first anniversary of UK regulators becoming the first in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine — a move which sparked this year’s world-beating jabs rollout. It is the clearest sign yet that ministers are planning to run an annual booster programme against Covid for at least the next two years.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Thanks to the Vaccine Taskforce, we have an excellent track record of securing the vaccines the country needs to keep this virus at bay.

‘These new deals will future-proof the Great British vaccination effort – which has so far delivered more than 115million first, second and booster jabs across the UK – and will ensure we can protect even more people in the years ahead.

‘This is a national mission, and our best weapon to deal with this virus and its variants is to get jabs in arms – so when you are called forward, get the jab and get boosted.’

The Government has now secured access to 453.5million vaccine doses through agreements with six separate developers.

Pfizer has secured agreements to supply 184million jabs to the UK, the most out of any supplier. 

Following the emergence of Omicron, Mr Javid asked the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for rapid advice on extending the booster programme to all those aged 18 and over. 

The advice was accepted this week, with the NHS tasked with offering a booster to all eligible adults in England by the end of January.

Experts say existing vaccines are likely to offer at least some protection against new variants, particularly severe illness and death.

But leading manufacturers are already working to adapt their formulas to make them even more effective against new threats.

In the meantime, Government advisers hope boosting antibody levels with the existing jabs will prevent another wave of infections from Omicron. 

To speed up the vaccination programme, around 400 military personnel will be drafted in to support deployment, with 1,500 community pharmacy sites, additional hospital hubs, and pop-up sites opening in convenient locations across the country.

More than 3,000 sites are already open in England – more than double the number in February.

But global health leaders yesterday questioned the UK’s booster campaign. Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organisation’s health emergencies programme, said he is not aware of any evidence that would suggest offering booster jabs to the entire population gives any greater protection to healthy people.

Asked about the acceleration of the UK’s booster programme, he told a press briefing: ‘It’s tough for some countries who have huge amounts of excess vaccine to decide who to give it to, but that’s not the problem being faced by a lot of countries around the world who can’t get even primary vaccination to their most vulnerable…

‘There are others here who can better answer than me… but right now there is no evidence that I’m aware of that would suggest that boosting the entire population is going to necessarily provide any greater protection for otherwise healthy individuals against hospitalisation or death.’

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At the end of the Second World War, Winston Churchill devised a system to ensure that Western Europe would not fall into the hands of the Soviet Union and that they would retain control. The idea was to create a European common market with the ruined countries that accepted the Marshall Plan [1].

The United States and the United Kingdom were moving forward together. In a few years, they laid the foundations of our world: NATO is a military alliance dominated by them, while what became the European Union is the civil organisation for their allies. Of course, members of one institution are not necessarily members of the other, but the fact remains that, based in Brussels, both are two sides of the same coin. The joint services of the two structures are discreetly based in Luxembourg.

After the crisis between Washington and London during the Suez expedition, the United Kingdom, which was losing its Empire, decided to join what was not yet the European Union. If Harold Macmillan failed in 1958, Edward Heath succeeded in 1973. But as the balance of power shifted, the UK left the EU at the end of 2020, turning back to its former Empire (’Global Britain’).

All EU documents are translated into each official language of the member countries. Plus English, which has become the official language of the EU, even though it is no longer the official language of any of its members. This is not because the British were part of it, but because the Union is under the thumb of NATO, as stated in Article 42(7) of the Lisbon Treaty (which forcibly replaced the Constitutional Treaty rejected by the people) [2].

Germany, which was occupied by the four victors of the Second World War until 1990, i.e. after its reunification, has always been satisfied with no longer being a military power. Even today, its secret services, reorganised by the USA with their former Nazi personnel, are still entirely devoted to them, while the Pentagon has very large military bases there with a fiction of extraterritoriality.

France, on the other hand, dreams of military independence. This is why Charles De Gaulle, who had been the leader of Free France during the Second World War, made it leave the integrated command of NATO in 1966. But Nicolas Sarkozy, who was raised as a teenager by the son of the US creator of NATO’s stay-behind network (“Gladio”), reinstated it in 2009. Today, the French army’s external operations are therefore, in practice, commanded in fine by US officers.

For years, Germany and France took the lead in what became the European Union. François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl imagined transforming the common market into a supranational state – still a vassal of the United States – capable of competing with the USSR and China: the European Union. This structure, to which the United States demanded that the former members of the Warsaw Pact join at the same time as they joined NATO, became a colossal bureaucracy. Despite appearances, the Council of Heads of State and Government is not a super-government, but a recording chamber for NATO decisions. These decisions are drawn up by the Atlantic Alliance, – always dominated by the United States and the United Kingdom -, then passed on to the European Commission, submitted to the Parliament and finally ratified by the Council.

It is important to understand that NATO’s vocation is to interfere in everything: from the composition of chocolate (there is a bar of chocolate in a soldier’s ration) to the construction of bridges (they must be usable by armoured vehicles), not forgetting anti-Covid vaccines (the health of civilians depends on that of the military) or bank transfers (enemy transactions must be monitored).

The British and French armies were the only two with any weight in the European Union. They therefore came together with the Lancaster House Treaties in 2010. But when Brexit occurred, the French army was still alone, as evidenced by the termination of the Franco-Australian submarine contracts in favour of London. The only option left to France was to move closer to the Italian army, which was half the size of the French one. This is what has just been decided with the Treaty of the Quirinal (2021). This operation was facilitated by the common ideology of Emmanuel Macron (former banker at Rothschild) and Mario Draghi (former banker at Goldman Sachs) and their common leadership on the political response to the Covid epidemic. In passing, one should note the implausible politically correct jargon in which this document is written, very far from the Latin traditions [3].

It happens that, at the same time, Chancellor Angela Merkel is giving way to Olaf Scholtz. He has no interest in military issues or in the French and Italian budget deficits. The coalition agreement of his government [4] aligns German foreign policy in every respect with that of the Anglo-Saxons (USA + UK).

Until then, Angela Merkel’s governments fought against antisemitism. The Scholz government goes further by committing itself to support “all initiatives that promote Jewish life and promote its diversity”. It is no longer a question of protecting a minority, but of promoting it.

Regarding Israel, which the UK and the US created in an imperial logic [5], the new agreement also states that “Israel’s security is a national interest” of Germany, and promises to block “antisemitic attempts to condemn Israel, including in the UN”. He declared that Germany would continue to support the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (i.e. oppose the principle of “one man, one vote”) and welcomed the normalisation of relations between Israel and the Arab countries. In doing so, the Scholz government is burying the traditional policy of the SPD, whose foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel (2013-18), described the Israeli regime as ’apartheid’.

Olaf Schotz is a lawyer concerned with making his country’s industry work on the basis of a compromise between workers and employers. He has never been overly active on international issues. He has appointed the green lawyer Annalena Baerbock as foreign minister. She is not only an advocate of low-carbon energy, but also an agent of influence for NATO. She is a strong supporter of Ukraine’s membership of NATO and the European Union. It is opposed to Russia and therefore rejects the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and encourages the project of gas terminals to import gas from the United States by liquefied natural gas tankers, despite the exorbitant price of these facilities. Finally, it calls China a “systemic rival” and supports all its separatisms, Taiwanese, Tibetan and Uighur.

It is foreseeable that the policies of Berlin and Paris will slowly drift apart until the conflict between the two countries, which caused three wars from 1870 to 1945, resurfaces. Contrary to the publicity, as I mentioned above, the European Union was not created to ensure peace in Western Europe, but to stabilise the populations in the Anglo-Saxon camp during the Cold War. The Franco-German conflict was never resolved. The European Union, far from making peace, has put a quilt over the problem rather than solving it. During the Yugoslav wars, the two countries fought hard militarily: Germany supported Croatia, while France supported Serbia. Berlin and Paris got along within the borders of the Union, but were at war with each other outside. Special operations specialists know that there were deaths on both sides.

The foreign policies that work are those that reflect the identity of their nation. Today, the UK and Germany are moving on, proud of who they are, not France, which is going through an identity crisis. Emmanuel Macron said at the beginning of his mandate that “there is no French culture”. He has changed his tune since then, under pressure from his people; his speech, but not his thinking. France has the means, but no longer knows who she is. It is pursuing the chimera of an independent European Union competing with the United States, while the other 26 members do not want it. Germany, however, is making a mistake by sheltering under the US nuclear umbrella when that great power has begun to decay.

It is clear that we have just entered the phase of dissolution of the European Union. This is a chance for everyone to regain their full independence, so sclerotic is this structure. But it is also, and above all, a challenge that can quickly turn into a drama. The United States is collapsing in on itself, and soon the European Union will have no overlord. Its members will have to position themselves in relation to each other. It is extremely urgent that we begin to understand each other not just as trading partners, but as partners in all things. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to catastrophe, to all-out war.

Everyone has seen that all the members of the European Union – except the British, but they have left – share common cultural elements. These elements are also those of Russia, which is closer to the Union than the United Kingdom is. It is now possible to rebuild Europe as a network of states and no longer as a centralised bureaucracy, by opening up to those that were artificially separated by the Anglo-Saxons to ensure their domination of the continent throughout the Cold War. This is what Charles De Gaulle was talking about when, in opposition to Winston Churchill, he said he wanted “Europe from Brest to Vladivostok”.

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