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The European Union announced plans to mass-purchase a possible Covid-19 vaccine



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The European Union on Wednesday proposed a strategy that would make the European Commission centrally purchase Covid-19 vaccines on behalf of all EU countries.

In addition, to ensure rapid development and delivery of vaccines, the plan will also see the commission pay upfront for some costs faced by vaccine producers, in return for the right to buy a fixed number of doses.

“In essence, joint action at the EU level will enable all member states to increase the likelihood of finding effective vaccines and to secure the volumes needed for our citizens at a good price,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said when announcing plans.

The commission launching the strategy said the centralization of “procurement of vaccines at the EU level has an excess of speed and efficiency compared to 27 separate processes.” They added, “No Member State has the capacity to secure investments in developing and producing sufficient quantities of vaccines.”

The Commission believes that its broad approach to the EU will create a number of advantages for EU countries and producers.

For vaccine manufacturers, the commission said their process would cut bureaucracy and offer “a significantly simplified negotiation process with a single point of contact.”

How the process works: To enable rapid distribution of vaccines throughout the European Union, the commission will conduct centralized negotiations with each producer and invest in all stages of development from clinical trials to capacity building along the production chain to enable large-scale vaccine production.

In return for an upfront investment, the commission will have “the right to buy a certain number of vaccine doses within a certain time period and at a certain price,” according to their plan.

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To finance this plan, the commission proposes using a new 2.7 billion euro fund called the Emergency Support Instrument created to help EU member states recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

For EU countries, the commission believes member countries, “will be able to benefit from purchasing vaccines through a single procurement action,” and will also benefit from “the scientific expertise and regulations of the Commission.”

The commission also called on countries to “participate in the process from the start” and “contribute their expertise to potential vaccine candidates”.

Last week France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands formed the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance to unite the national resources of these countries to secure 400 million doses of vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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