with police protection. than. whites. just after 6 pm here. we do start with news coming straight from. cities have suspended the. people under the age. took that step after $31.00 new reports on usual blood clots. starting. at a time when the professionals are. safe and effective we should all get. more news about. this time in germany.
yes the cities of berlin and munich and the state of brandenburg of said they're going to suspend giving out the outstrips and a covert 19 vaccine to those under the age of 60 now jaring a hearing in the berlin city senate the senator for health said that this was a precautionary measure that it was being taken following new data with relation to side effects from the vaccine across germany there have been 31 cases of blood clots developing in those who'd had the astra zeneca vaccine $29.00 of those being women and 9 of those cases have ended up being fatal now this is a situation regarding the vaccine which is likely to further erode the. confidence in it here in germany in fact. crossing medical staff to be receiving it
in the country we can see one case in hanover just recently where 600 medical staff were offered the astra zeneca vaccine only 200 came forward to get it this suspension of giving it out to the under sixty's is only likely to really affect those working in the health service germany's rollout of the vaccine in the general population is currently still only vaccinating the over 70 so it's those in specific employment that are receiving vaccines who are under that age particularly those who work in the medical profession what we have seen though is this isn't just happening in germany in fact in canada the national advisory committee on vaccines has advised that the job for masters that it could not be given out to those under the age of $55.00 they said that they were potentially risks involved in doing so. there is substantial uncertainty about the benefit of providing astra
zeneca 1000 faxing to adults under 55 years of age given that the potential risks associated with v.i.p.'s. particularly at the low estimated rates. well we're just a couple of weeks on from another scandal involving the astra zeneca vaccine where a number of nations suspended the its use over fears of blood clots that was here in europe as well as in central america in africa and in asia as well most of those nations resumed using astra zeneca as vaccine following an investigation that was carried out by the european medicines agency their director and the cook came out to give a press conference in which he said the astra zeneca vaccine was safe for use we also heard from the world health organization saying that the benefits of taking the astra zeneca job far outweighed any potential risks while later on cheese day we are going to hear from the german chancellor angela merkel she is expected to
give a press conference at alongside her health minister yen spawn as they say what the future of astra zeneca being used in germany is at least in the short term i doubt he has put her on a live from berlin thank you. we can all join thomas spend journalist and author also joining us from berlin thanks for coming on the program with us tonight here germany's vaccine rollout has and exactly gone entirely smoothly do you consider this latest news or a setback or. well it is a major blow not only for the asters anika vaccine but for the whole vaccination campaign which from the start in germany. was marked by hesitation skepticism caution incompetence on the side of the government and again it is typical that we hear this discussion about astra zeneca now in germany expectedly also in france while in britain in great britain vaccination with the esters and
a car is going on in the us is going on it is pretty much typical for the continental european states i'd say germany and france in the forehead and this is there is a drawback not only for one vaccine but for the whole campaign because now we are having a sputnik v. on the line for a proven by the european community and we can assume that any new vaccine will now be met with again more caution and more fear and has it taken than before while we are at the same time understand that getting people millions of people vaccinated is the only the one and only way out of the situation let's let's just bring in for a moment because it's very difficult to get a clear picture on this mr fassbender for example what about the age factor european countries were initially doubting whether the astra zeneca short is safer for older people but now these suspensions only apply to the under sixty's it's all a bit confusing isn't it where it is it is even more confusing when you take into
account that. 'd when was it about 4 or 6 weeks ago there was a recommendation not to give masters anika for people older than 65 not because of blood clots at those time at that time but because of effectiveness then the scientific institutions they judged that it is effective for the age of 4 the old isn't $65.00 now then then we had the blood clot subject now it is going. it is attracting the the lowest 65 age bracket the confusion is absolutely understandable there is not one single. word for it but it really comes at a better time but mr fassbender is it also possible because we've heard medical officials we've heard doctors at one point we had the european medicines agency saying that astra zeneca is safe and effective and you should rush out and have this injected into your body is it possible that these german cities are just
overreacting. well overcautious they are cautiousness it such as such is a virtue at least in germany is considered the virtue the question is how to insert in how to how to what extent is it a virtue in the present situation where we have a 2nd risk we have a catch 22 situation it's a it's a question of risk weighing it's not simply saying yes better not do that because it carries risk but because carrying it because not avoiding risk number risk 8 means inviting risk beat and that is the difficult situation here that's why different. doctors different countries and also also it's a different mentalities decide differently what about the potential standoff mr fassbender between certain regions and the german chancellor because merkel was recently she had to backtrack didn't she she wanted a hardcore lockdown over the easter period there was a big backlash from that she seemed to have backtracked from it then she came out
saying i might have to resort to federal powers because german regions are acting independently and i'm not doing a good enough job where does anglo merkel stand in this but what we see in germany over the last really only $5.00 to $7.00 days is the government approval rate in almost free fall it was at impressive heights all all over the corona almost 12 months only recently when when people started to understand that the government does not get neither the follow up of the follow up of of exposures neither the vaccination neither the testing that the government is not succeeding on all of these issues and then with the easter discussion and the back treating of mrs america really the approval aids rates they have lost their christian democrats have lost from just all. over 30 to around 2526 percent within
a week that was that is something absolutely new in the history of of federal republic of germany nobody knows nobody does even know whether the government will live through to the election months in september thomas journalist and author joining us live from berlin here on r.t. international thank you for your time today thank you. thank you for joining us as well in the meantime austria has started talks with russia to buy 1000000 doses of the sputnik 3 covert vaccine chancellor sebastian coe announced the plans which would make austria the 3rd e.u. country to purchase the job and the move has received a guarded response from brussels and i discussed all of this a short time ago with r.t. is saskia taylor the e.u. the fact seen roll out continues to descend into chaos appetite for the sputnik the job continues to grow we've just heard straight from the austrian chancellor that
a purchase of 1000000 doses of the russians vaccine is on the cards something that sébastien cuts could finally set people free if austria receives an additional 1000000 doses of the vaccine returned to normal life as possible earlier and we could see many lives in jobs there should be no job political barriers with vaccines what matters is whether the vaccine is effective and safe not where it came from. now if the deal goes through they would be delivered in 3 stages starting with the 8 through the final to the free in june and it would make the e.u. country to approve sputnik the use following in the footsteps of hungry. clearly 3 countries will slow you frustrated with the blocks slow roll out what they accuse on equal distribution that they will willing to go against brussels against brussels in the sense that technically he has not been approved by the made up process is underway and whilst officially individual member states can independent
. use brussels has made it clear that if you do that you're on your own. e.u. countries have the right to allow the use of a vaccine that has not received the approval of the european medicines agency on the territory well known as you see basis however in this case the government of this country will bring a full responsibility for the possible consequences of its use or message that somewhat jars with the european idea of one and one for rule but so brussels we have to remember this is probably very humiliating you know it's seen shortages and infighting already in every single headline and this latest from auster that another member state has lost face in the block it's probably a bit you'd also mentioned hungary and slovakia what other countries are lining up and showing interest and support and agree while in the south of france the mayor of nice has said that he reached out to producers of sputnik v.
essentially to put in an order as though he did say that he would not be administering the vaccine until it gets given the green light by the may which he anticipates in early summer and he really did wave away any misgivings about the job he said look guys it's registered in dozens of countries globally it's going very successfully a case in point us though it is worth noting that politically that was a pretty bumpy decision the health minister was actually pushed to resign after a wave of criticism in the prime minister had to really come out very strongly and very bloody to defend his decision to seek russia's help the sputnik vaccine will not go back to russia it will save lives in slovakia i would never give it up our country is a fundamental part of the european union but i cannot turn down a quality vaccine that will save our people because it's made in russia i'm not a murderer well we'll see whether the austrian chancellor faces similar backlash but looking at this it really is quite clear the famous e.u. unity is failing the blocs failing to meet frank seemed to mom but at the same time
it's refusing to accept help from the board and it's almost issuing these 70 threats. to those who take matters into their own hands apparently all in the name of politics so one really has to ask is a union that puts politics over public health really a union that's fit for purpose. in the u.k. is warning the prime minister that trouble is brewing if more respect isn't shown to muslims ultimately insinuating that the country could go the way of france that's after a teacher in northern england left parts of the community outraged by showing cartoons of the prophet mohammed to his clothes all we ask for is a bit of respect if one teach you can do it another teach can do it 5 years down the line and we do not want this to be the case otherwise we are not responsible for the actions of some individuals however the mom says that he condemns any assertions that promoted violence the teacher who sparked the outrage showed that
the showed prophet mohammed caricatures during a class debate on blasphemy he and his family are now hiding after receiving death threats he's apologized that he's been suspended and some local muslims are demanding that the school fire him however a petition calling on the school to reinstate him has already garnered over 65000 signatures and the u.k. department of education is also defending the teacher. it is never acceptable to threaten the intimate data teaches we encourage dialogue between parents and schools when the issues emerge schools are free to include a full range of issues ideas and materials in their curriculum included with the challenge in a controversial subject a they obligations to ensure political balance or outrage over a similar case in france last october i'm sure you remember a lot of the brutal murder of samuel patty a history teacher in a paris he was beheaded by a terrorist after showing cartoons of the prophet mohammed to mr jones.
i know one of our compatriots was murdered because he taught our compassion and was the victim of an islamist terror attack was. that. i'm. we spoke with tim death from christian concern and i'm oh i'm sorry a political and social commentator who basically well they locked horns over the issues. this could be very easily turning into some kind of a powder keg and you do not throw that matches into such things we've seen in france and in many european countries the rise of the far right we've seen some 2 tier civil rights system pushing against islam pushing against muslims
marginalizing them and it's open season on muslims courage attack them on free speech basis and people make themselves up to be free speech martyrs or somehow muslims become inflamed or they won't fit in western values so what's most alarming here is that a teacher asked her to go into hiding with police protection because what he's done he's he's discussed opened a discussion about a cartoon and the why the subject of blasphemy he hasn't actually hurt anyone he hasn't actually even threatened any violence and yet there are obviously very real threats of violence against him so much so that the police to protect him and take his family his wife and his children into hiding i think that is very very concerning and i think we need to recover a sense of normality and a sense of people being able to openly discuss and educate people about these things and i've been around the block a few times and had this discussion a few times every time we've had this discussion on free speech and debate we have put down do worst of the ideas racism hatred we know it's not ok to be
racist against muslims to make the argument is your right to be racist or is this racist we need to learn about religion that we need to learn about what people believe and we need to openly discuss them and so people and super about it let's be very clear about this that discussing a cartoon is got about how it has nothing to do with basis and it's not racism at all so what's happening here is people are trying to shut down a discussion and using threats of violence when people judge. people who work with the english defense league you keep anti muslim interest across europe and the rest of the while to try and demonize muslims marginalize them would have enough you will not win the cultural debate. or is it ok to be poke fun and be racist against muslims out of their loved ones reza what else is and you don't get to be offensive towards us this is not the way a free society should work he should definitely be defended it's all he's done is race a discussion people should be free to discuss things in class if we're not free to
discuss things we have a de facto blasphemy law in the country which is being enforced by more cruel that threatens violence against people well there's another cultural debate raging across the english channel where a french left wing politician is under fire for saying white people should stay out of discussions on racism critics say the remarks are yet another sign of how us style woke culture is undermining french values as a. ski picks up the story. the empty white debate has been stirred up once again here in france this time after a black politician waded into a row that's been raging over the student union which admitted it tells me things about discrimination that excluded white people he says it exists it exists this reunion subsists now dri prove a member of the paris local authority and this standing in the upcoming regional
elections has added her $0.02 she suggested white people could be allowed into those meetings but only if they keep quiet. i'm not saying anyone should be banned from entering but they should stay silent and let all this speak in issues that concern them her comments severed opinion a strong scrambles to deal with the rise in identity politics for those on the right this is seen as an unwelcome american import that's undermining universalis french valleys a form of personal culture in my region no resident should be discriminated against for the call of their skin there is no such. thing as acceptable racism i will always be a bulwark against those who try to fracture our country others went even further saying that aldrete prover and the united states will see me in with the stuff of martin luther king knowing. martin luther king would be turning in his
grave he who dreamed of living in a country where people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the qualities of their personality but audrey provos remarks gain support from some on the left including from the leader of france and barrett who said that she had merely understood what it discussion group is politicians have been more than vocal but what do ordinary people think is it ok to exclude white people from a debate and if so is that racist you know it's an absolute horror i don't know how people can legitimize such nonsense we should dismantle this racist remarks from scratch. for me it's not acceptable to exclude white people from meetings i view that as racist. and of course it is always i think it's perfectly legitimate to exclude white people from the meetings felicitous i'm
france has always been a country which respects human rights and does not look primarily at the color of people skin. on the of the earth and the numbers are oh not personally concerned about uncivilized racism but i think it exists see you know me let us shoot if it were the other way around if the national party or right wing m.p. said the black or arabic people should be quiet during an event dedicated to the victims of terrorism that's what also cause public outrage the entire political class all the media would just be fired leave rail against this person and condemn him because it's racist france only sees 3 colors blue white and red it distinguishes between citizens only on their merits and not on their roots race or religion i think this is very serious obviously the statement by audrey paul why is racist and should be universally condemned there can be no double standards here racism is universal unfortunately there are various forms of racism hatred and we
are faced with this everywhere. aggravated fraud and involuntary manslaughter that's what french pharmaceutical giant servia has been found guilty of in one of the country's worst worst health scandals the case revolves around the diabetes and weight loss drug mediator which is believed to have caused at least 500 deaths due to heart problems and the pill has been on the market well for 33 years used by 5000000 people and we heard from one person who took the drug and now has a prosthetic heart valve. you know when a person is ruined for 10 years when you wear a mechanical pretty soon take medication for 10 years to live you can't think this is normal it's been going on every day since i retired this is crazy fortunately i called my lawyer who i need right now he's always ready to help us as you can see i came here with my daughter because someone must be with me all i can do is drive 2830 kilometers
a day we didn't get what we wanted but my lawyer will continue to pursue this case to the manufacturer has been slapped with a fine of almost 3000000 euros even the french medicines watchdog has been fined for delaying the hold of drug sales the agency acknowledged it was partly responsible for the scandal comes amid concerns of pharmaceutical companies allegedly lobbying government officials also here says it was unaware of the adverse side effects until the trial started but the french doctor who 1st discovered the fatal risks told us the company deliberately withheld vital information from patients at the bar. i have been fighting for 14 years for the fact to be recognised that's an incredible fraud was committed by a large french manufacturer a pharmaceutical company with a good reputation which secretly released a strong poison on the market and was selling it for more than a decade and totally knew what it was doing it is difficult to find words to
describe such actions this is going to crimes mainly aggravated ford the fine they have to pay as a punishment is not very high but the amount that will have to be paid as compensation from all the damage to millions of civilians affected by the fraud is still impressive about $200000000.00 euros so the total payments are negligible but the court's decision in general is frustrating it is not enough of. an armed scene just now underway in a residential area just outside moscow we understand a 61 year old man is holed up in his house which has been. around by police the standoff has been going on for more than 3 hours in and locals are reporting regular gunfire one policeman has been shot in the leg we understand security forces initially showed up at the house as part of a probe into trafficking in which the shooter is a suspect and rather than just letting him letting them in the door he opened fire hurling 2 grenades of understand police have not yet attempted to storm the house
but special forces are on site along with well we're keeping track of the story here on r.t. we'll certainly keep you posted. on the program the migrant build up along america's southwestern border shows no sign of easing but the media is still being denied access to various detention facilities so this prompted the texas senator ted cruz to visit a local center for new comers to see for himself how bad conditions really are but when the republican tried to document what he saw he was stopped by a woman who cruz alleges is a political operative working for the biden administration. you were hired 2 weeks ago and you're instructed to ask to not have any pictures taken years respected because the political leadership of the dia just does not want the american people to know even that they were standing in the in front of the pictures so you know that they were taken the rules are arbitrary and there is i believe again to people i really like them and i want to fix this situation we are going to get an
illustration you want a $400.00 responsible for these conditions now at this point the biden ministration continues to say what it is said all along which is that it is committed to transparency however when the time comes to actually let that transparency happen we have some pretty strong excuses coming from jen psaki of the white house spokesperson here's what we've heard we are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic we want to keep these kids safe keep the staff safe but we are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media to the border patrol facilities and we're working to get that done as soon as we can so this is being set up and you have full access to everything once we get to see you ok just to be clear how soon will that be mr president i don't know. to be clear now at this point we've got some voices that seem to be determined not to portray what's happening on the border as a crisis this is a memo from the associated press about how to describe the situation we should
avoid or at the least be highly cautious about referring to the present situation as a crisis on our own although we may quote others using that language while the associated press says it may not actually fit the dictionary definition of a crisis a recent poll taken among the u.s. public shows that 76 percent of americans believe the situation on the u.s. border is indeed a crisis the worst charge against them right now is mistreatment of these people these young people and children at the border someone claiming as jen psaki claims transparency is what you'll get and dignity and. specht is what these people get and it's just completely opposite of that they're not in a dignified situation they've got thousands of people sleeping elbow to needy and big toed to nose you know stacked on the floor so tight they have to sleep on their side and they can't roll over and that's a complete embarrassment for the by the ministration they're not even testing those
people and i'm sure thousands of them do have various viral loads and are bringing them across to infect ordinary americans who are not as yet completely vaccinated so that's another great danger that is being forced on the american people in the name of this fraud because they want this story off the headlines when you ask biden when the transparency is going to be delivered by his administration he says i don't know they're up to something else this is not a matter of trying to help impoverished people from from 3rd world countries become americans and reap the benefits of residence here this is not about that well it's fast on into a busy to say here at the international live from moscow every hour news stories coming in from all around the world your program returns if you will join us and 31 minutes.
so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy one foundation has let it be an arms race is often spinning dramatic things out of the . i'm going to exist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very chaotic at a time time to sit down and talk. either m.x. times or this is the kaiser report lots to get to.