/ 19 March 2021

Meanwhile, in coronavirus news…

• Europe has threatened to seize AstraZeneca’s factories and strip the pharmaceutical giant of its intellectual property rights as the continent struggles to vaccinate its 450 million citizens. The vaccine is currently made in Europe, and authorities say local supply contracts should be honoured before sent elsewhere. PM Morrison said on Wednesday that he would appeal to the company and Europe’s regulators to release 1 million doses of Australia’s order to send to Papua New Guinea – and it comes after a shipment of 250,000 AstraZeneca doses to Australia was knocked back earlier this month.

• Prominent COVID sceptic and President of Tanzania John Magufuli has died at 61yo. Vice President Samia Suluhu said that he died of heart failure, but critics say he had the coronavirus. Magufuli last year claimed Tanzania had eradicated the virus via 3 days of national prayer.

• It was thought that the pandemic lockdowns and all that time spent indoors would lead to a generation of coronials, but it’s quite the opposite. Researchers looked at the prevalence of Google search terms relating to pregnancy, but early data suggests birth rates in the US, Italy and Spain will fall significantly. One theory is that people are just too stressed to procreate. All that time together might not have helped either…

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