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Troubled times awaiting AstraZeneca

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As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines ramps up around the world, the European Union is preparing to launch legal action against AstraZeneca.

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According to Reuters, the European Commission is working on legal proceedings against the drugmaker following the company cutting vaccine deliveries to the EU.

The move is set to further strain relationships and would further step a plan to allow the EU to cut ties with the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant.

AstraZeneca has been accused of repeatedly cutting vaccine supplies to the EU, resulting in major delays to the vaccine rollout across Europe.

AstraZeneca is under a contract to supply 180 million doses in the second quarter of this year but in a major blow, back in March, AstraZeneca revealed they could only deliver one-third of that total.

They cited manufacturing issues as one of the main reasons for the delay. 

EU states will still need to decide if they’ll participate in the legal action, .according to an official from the European Commission.

However, earlier in March Brussels sent a legal letter to the company highlighting their intention of potential court proceedings.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Japan court rules ban on same-sex marriage is allowed

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There are concerns for equality in Japan after a court ruled a ban on same-sex marriage is not unconstitutional.

It’s a major blow for the country’s gay couples, with Japan remaining the only G-7 member nation not to allow people of the same sex to wed.

This is all despite wide-sweeping opinion polls which show a majority of the public is actually in favour of marriage equality.

Several regions have now begun issuing partnership certificates in an attempt to help impacted couples rent properties together and gain hospital visitation rights.

This most recent case in Osaka was brought forward by three same-sex couples, two male and one female.

Japan’s constitution currently defines marriage as being based on “the mutual consent of both sexes”.

The court found marriage is still defined as being only between opposite genders… noting not enough debate on same-sex marriage has taken place in the country to warrant changing this.

Under current rules, same-sex couples living in Japan are also unable to inherit their partner’s assets, and have no parental rights over their partner’s children.

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‘Sesame Street’ put a twist on ‘Friends’ intro for father’s day

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A special video from “Sesame Street” themed to the classic opening of “Friends” is bound to make you smile.

The classic educational kids’ program took to social media to share the viral clip.

The video is a full-on throwback to many of the things we loved about “Friends,” but this time seen through a lens of some of our favorite Muppets and their dads.

 “To all the fathers and father figures raising amazing kids, thank you for being there. Sing along with your favorite families from the neighborhood in this very special parody song,” Sesame Street tweeted.

Over two minutes, we get all kinds of hilarious reimaginings of “Friends” references, like a few lines of “Smelly Cat”

“We love you every day and week and month and every year,” go the lyrics.

Elijah even echoes Chandler by saying, “Could there be anything better than being a dad?”

The ending will melt your heart, in a beautiful nod to all the fathers and father figures raising kids, the much loved characters show their love for one another outside of the iconic friends fountain

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Why is Prince harrying suing the publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail?

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Prince Harry is suing Daily papers over an article published in February.

His barrister said the story about a dispute over his family’s security arrangements tried to manipulate public opinion.

But the publisher of Daily Mail said it contained “no hint of impropriety” and was not defamatory.

The story, published in the Mail on Sunday and online, referred to the prince’s separate legal case against the Home Office over security arrangements when he and his family are in the UK.

Prince Harry says it caused him “substantial hurt, embarrassment and distress, which is continuing”.

The prince’s barrister said the article suggested he had “lied in his initial public statements” by claiming to have always been willing to pay for police protection in the UK.

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