Coronavirus crisis in Europe

This 8 April 2020 video says about itself:

European Union’s most senior scientist resigns over bloc’s handling of Covid-19 crisis

The EU’s most senior scientist has resigned with a passionate denunciation of the bloc’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, claiming he has been blocked from funding treatments and vaccines.

Mauro Ferrari, the president of the European research council, said he had been “deeply disappointed and disturbed” by the EU’s efforts in reaction to what he described as “a tragedy of possibly unprecedented proportions”.

Ferrari resigned by sending an email. He writes: “I have been extremely disappointed by the European response to Covid-19, for what pertains to the complete absence of coordination of health care policies among member states, the recurrent opposition to cohesive financial support initiatives, the pervasive one-sided border closures, and the marginal scale of synergistic scientific initiatives.

“I have lost faith in the system itself. And now the times require decisive, focused, and committed actions – a call to responsibility for all those that have an aspiration to make a difference against this devastating tragedy.”

The European Commission this afternoon confirmed Professor Ferrari had quit. Spokesman Johannes Bahrke gave this statement.

“I have lost faith in the system itself”. Fired researcher Mauro Ferrari denounces EU inaction on COVID-19. By Alex Lantier, 13 April 2020. Distinguished scientist Mauro Ferrari was forced to resign as European Research Council president after calling for a coordinated struggle against the pandemic.

COVID-19 deaths surpass 76,000 in Europe as Spanish government sends millions back to work. By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020. More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.

European Union to spend half a trillion euros on imperialist interests in coronavirus bailout. By Peter Schwarz, 13 April 2020. After two days of bitter disputes, the EU finance ministers agreed on a coronavirus bailout worth €500 billion.

Several cases of COVID-19 were confirmed last week at different Amazon warehouses in Poland, as the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 6,674 as of Sunday night. Two hundred and thirty-two people have reportedly died from the virus: here.

“If we stop working, nothing will move here anymore!” German nurses, carers, transport and delivery workers raise their voices. By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2020. It is the workers, not the capitalists, who are essential to social life.

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