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Over one hundred countries from across the world are calling for a waiver in intellectual property rights for covid medical products, including vaccines, treatments and PPE.

Roz Scourse, policy advisor at Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign, warned that poorer countries are being “left behind” as the developed world recovers from the pandemic, pointing to the worrying scenes in India.

Prof. John Middleton, president of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region, accused wealthy countries of “vaccine nationalism”, saying: “We’re still operating in old mode thinking. We’re not seeing it as an international problem.”

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Relations between Boris Johnson and French president Emmanuel Macron were tested at the G7 summit in a row over sausages.

The prime minister vented frustration at Brexit deal rules that will ban movement of sausages and other chilled meats from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland at the end of the month, by comparing it to Toulouse sausages not being allowed to be sold in Paris.

But the French president reportedly said the comparison was not valid because Britain and Northern Ireland were not the same country.

This drew a furious response from Downing Street, with foreign secretary Dominic Raab taking to the airwaves to describe Macron’s remarks as “offensive”.

Johnson himself declared to “do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the UK.”

Macron responded by saying that France had “never for a single moment disputed UK sovereignty or its territorial integrity”.

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Trio win £1.6bn Defence Estate hard FM deal

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A joint venture between Engie and Serco, known as Vivo, bagged the bulk of the work, picking up both the central region including Wales worth £558m; and south west region worth £336m over seven years.

Vinci’s FM operation secured the £423m south east regional deal and Mitie a £160m deal for facilities across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The core services include planned and reactive maintenance, as well as mandatory safety checks.

The potential additional project work will range from small scale asset replacement and property refurbishments to large construction projects.

Following a six-month mobilisation phase, the core work is scheduled to start in February 2022, with additional project work to ramp up during the course of 2022.

Forming part of the first phase of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services programme, the contracts cover 31,000 units and will support facilities at more than 400 defence sites across the UK, including RAF Lossiemouth, Catterick, Andover, and Britannia Royal Naval College.

As part of FDIS, these are the first of 10 contacts that will be awarded between now and 2022.

The later phases of the FDIS programme will see further contracts awarded for Accommodation Services and the management and maintenance of the UK Defence Training Estate.

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Pagabo readies market for new civils framework

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The framework will run for four years and allow public sector bodies to speed-up procurement for rail, nuclear, bridges, roads, maritime, water, and power projects.

Jason Stapley, managing director at Pagabo, said: “Other areas that will be covered by this new framework ensure that those projects procured through it over the coming years are working towards tackling the climate crisis.

“This includes both tackling the impact of the climate emergency we are facing through flood alleviation projects and working towards net zero carbon targets using alternative fuels and developing greener travel infrastructure.

“This is the first Pagabo framework that Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, will be acting as the contracting authority for, so we’re really looking forward to working with them to bring this new offering to the market.”

The Civils and Infrastructure Framework will feature five lots, covering value bands of up to £30m and above.

Each lot will feature six regional and national firms, along with three reserve contractors.

Stapley added: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Pagabo, so this will be truly embedded into this latest framework offering, considering emerging technologies and project controls. Ensuring that our clients have a joint approach with contractors will bring forth these technologies and innovative methods of construction, allowing for quicker, simpler and smoother delivery of projects for clients.”

An engagement session will be taking place on 23 June at 10am. Click here to register to attend.

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