Who sits where in the West Wing
Political operatives spend years trying to get to the White House
. When they get there
, they find that the West Wing is tiny
, with the mostly small offices cramped around the rooms familiar from TV
, like the Roosevelt Room and the Cabinet Room
. This means that a staffer’s power is often designated by her proximity to the President’s Oval Office
. Less important aides get stuffed away in cubbies either above or below the floor where it all happens
This new map shows who is who in the new Biden administration. Ron Klain has the traditional, prized corner office reserved for the White House chief of staff, which comes with a nice patio. In modern times, vice presidents have maintained West Wing offices to emphasize the relevancy of their position, in addition to their larger ceremonial digs in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door, and Kamala Harris is no exception to the rule. Press secretary Jen Psaki has taken up residence in the room traditionally reserved for the presidential spokesperson, in an area at the front of the West Wing where reporters may lurk, but is also just steps from the Oval Office.
Meanwhile in Europe
Remember the days before coronavirus
, when everyone hated Big Pharma?
Bene, at least one drugmaker’s pandemic-induced popularity is wearing off fast in the EU
Leaders of the 27-nation bloc are visibly furious with AstraZeneca, saying the vaccine maker is failing to meet contractual obligations to deliver hundreds of millions of doses by spring — while appearing to have no trouble fulfilling orders for other customers. The company blames “reduced yields at a manufacturing site within our European supply chain.”
But the EU is counting on AstraZeneca. It has already ordered 300 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with an option to purchase an additional 100 milioni — which all together would be enough to immunize nearly half the bloc’s population.
The dispute got ugly fast
. Di lunedi, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides implicitly threatened to slap export controls on vaccine doses
, twittando: “In futuro, all companies producing vaccines against Covid-19 in the EU will have to provide early notification whenever they want to export vaccines to third countries.
That raised alarm bells in London
, where there was immediate concern that the UK and EU
— just finished with their high-stakes Brexit divorce
— might compete for vaccine doses
. The United Kingdom hit a terrible milestone on Tuesday
, becoming the fifth
) country to suffer
100,000 decessi per coronavirus. But it still boasts a relatively robust vaccination program
, con di 10% of its people already immunized
, compared with big European countries
: Spagna, Italy and Germany have vaccinated just over
2% of their populations
. Poland is at
2%, while France is at
French and German leaders have urged their nations to be patient, but across the continent, citizens must be wondering if the 27-nation group — so often criticized for its rules and bureaucracy — is simply too slow to handle the crisis. Dopotutto, the AstraZeneca vaccine that EU leaders are demanding is not yet even approved for use in the bloc. — CNN’s Richard Greene writes to Meanwhile from London