- Reaction to pharmaceutical companies from Italian PM
- Whatsapp facing up to 50million euros fine from the EU
- Joe Biden said the US economic crisis is getting worse
Reaction to Pharmaceutical Companies from Italian PM
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that they will apply legal remedies within the framework of their rights in the contract against the manufacturer pharmaceutical companies, which announced that they will reduce the supply of Covid-19 vaccine.
After the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on January 15 that it will temporarily reduce the vaccine delivery to Europe, Oxford-AstraZeneca, which has not yet received approval from the European Medicines Agency, has also responded to the news that there will be delays in the delivery of the vaccine.
Italian Prime Minister Conte shared on his Facebook account, “The latest news from Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers are worrying.”
Reminding that Pfizer-Biontech first reduced the delivery in vaccine supply, Conte argued that the delays in delivery “punished” fast-moving countries such as Italy.
Conte stated that, due to the slowdown in vaccine supply, new vaccination could not be made in many parts of Italy, and the few incoming doses were reserved for those who received the first dose and the second dose approaching.
Stating that Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Prime Ministry Emergency Procurement Commissioner Domenico Arcuri met with AstraZeneca officials to confirm the said cut, Conte pointed out that the national vaccination programs were developed on the basis of the contracts signed with the European Commission by the pharmaceutical companies.
Prime Minister Conte noted:
“While the pandemic has been reflecting directly on the lives of citizens and health, our already strained economic and social fabric in Italy and other European countries for a year, all these slowdowns in vaccine deliveries constitute serious contractual breaches. We will use it to protect our nation in every way in accordance with our rights. “
In the news published in the Italian press, it was noted that the Prime Ministry Emergency Procurement Commissioner Arcuri said in a meeting with regional officials that the government’s legal counsel would complete its work to sue Pfizer on Monday.
Whatsapp Facing up to 50million Euros Fine from EU
It was stated that the WhatsApp application made mistakes in sharing personal data with Facebook and could be penalized for not informing users in Europe about this.
It has been reported that the messaging application WhatsApp could be fined up to 50 million euros for violating the European Union (EU) data protection rules.
In the article published on Politico’s website, it was noted that the data protection agency in Ireland, where WhatsApp’s headquarters in Europe is located, is continuing to investigate the company’s use of personal data.
Reminding that the investigation was initiated because the WhatsApp application made mistakes in sharing personal data with Facebook and did not inform users in Europe on this issue, it was stated that this was in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force in 2018 across the EU.
In the report, it was stated that the Irish Data Protection Authority had negotiated with the relevant authorities in other EU member countries regarding the penalty to be imposed on the company, and that WhatsApp could face fines between 30 and 50 million euros due to violation of the transparency requirements of the EU personal data rules.
In the news, which pointed out that WhatsApp will have to change the way it uses personal data with the decision of the EU data regulators, it was noted that the said fine is expected to be announced this year.
In the report, it was pointed out that Facebook has allocated a resource of 77.5 million euros for the possible fine for WhatsApp in its financial reports.
Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s privacy regulator who filed objections to a previous Irish decision against Twitter, told earlier this week that he had not ruled out doing the same in the WhatsApp case.
“WhatsApp has an enormous amount of users,” he said. “It must be clear that the consent mechanism they use must be lawful and that consent is informed and freely given by the users.”
Joe Biden Said the US Economic Crisis is Getting Worse
The economic crisis in the United States, which was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, is getting worse, said President Joe Biden.
“Strong and urgent action is needed to combat it. Another 900,000 Americans have filed unemployment claims. They are joining the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs. Many of them never thought they would ever be left without one. We cannot afford people starve. We need to act. We must act now, bravely and decisively, “said the American leader.
He also signed two new decrees. They are aimed at mitigating the effects of the epidemic on US residents. The two executive orders that Biden is to sign would increase food aid, protect job seekers on unemployment and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.
“The American people cannot afford to wait,” said Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council. “So many are hanging by a thread. They need help, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to provide that help as quickly as possible.”
“We remain in a once-in-a-century public health crisis that has led to the most unequal job and economic crisis in modern history. And the crisis is only deepening,” Biden said in his remarks, shortly after a meeting with his economic advisors.
Most economists believe the United States can rebound with strength once people are vaccinated from the coronavirus, but the situation is still dire as the disease has closed businesses and schools. Nearly 10 million jobs have been lost since last February, and nearly 30 million households lack secure access to food.
One of Biden’s orders asks the Agriculture Department to consider adjusting the rules for food assistance, so that the government could be obligated to provide more money to the hungry. The order also aims to make it easier for individuals to demand direct payments and other advantages from prior aid packages.
The second executive order by Biden will restore the collective bargaining rights withdrawn by the Trump administration, preserve the civil service system, and allow all federal employees to have a $15 hourly minimum wage.
A 100-day process for the federal government to encourage its contractors to pay at least $15 an hour and provide employees with emergency paid leave is also proposed by the Democratic president, which may place pressure on other private employers to raise their salaries and benefits.