credit and clock time to tell you all to be here as a result. a simple life on al-jazeera 'd. we will buy more 113 office haven't moved to 200000000 shots of people's arms in his 1st news conference since taking office u.s. president joe biden outlines his priorities as criticism mounts over a crisis at the southern border. i'm fully back to watching al jazeera live from doha also ahead china sanctions people and organisations in the u.k. days after britain's action against beijing over the treatment of we go muslims john. i'm scott heiler on the tide myanmar border tired thor's are saying they are
preparing for the possibility of a flow of refugees while on the other side an ethnic army saying they are sheltering hundreds fled the violence and a giant container ship remain stuck in the suez canal causing a massive backlog and costing billions of dollars to global trade it. 64 days into the job u.s. president joe biden has finally held his 1st news conference and it's he outlined his administration's multiple domestic and foreign policy priorities and his plans to tackle them but a growing refugee and migrant crisis at the us mexico border took center stage as a white house correspondent kimberly hulk it reports. he started with good news for americans and a new vaccination goal after already meeting his initial target of administering
100000000 vaccines in record time we met the goal last week by day 5842 days ahead of schedule. not a damn sight is 2nd goal and that is we will by my 100 day in office have administered 200000000 shots of people's arms but joe biden solution to the problem of migrants attempting to enter the united states from mexico is less clear he denied the surge was due to his policies it happens every single solitary year there is a significant increase the number of people coming to the border in the winter months biden reminded reporters the united states mexico border remains closed and there has been no significant change in immigration policy although it's under review he said now is not the time to come and despite promising transparency
biden declined to reveal when reporters could too are overcrowded facilities housing thousands of unaccompanied minors images released earlier this week showed children asleep on floors in crowded conditions asked whether this was acceptable biden responded angrily that's a serious question. it's except i'm coming up. on foreign policy biden also promised to respond to north korea if it chooses to escalate but that the path to diplomacy remains open he also reiterated a may 1st deadline for withdrawing remaining u.s. troops from afghanistan is unlikely it is not my intention to stay there for a long time but the question is how and in what circumstances do we meet that agreement that was made by president trump to leave under a deal that looks like it's not being able to be worked out by outlined his policies
in detail dispelling domestic criticism that he was too old and unfit for the job. president biden told reporters he is committed to helping americans recover physically and economically from the covert 19 pandemic that's why he says he'll be in pittsburgh next week to unveil his plan to rebuild america's infrastructure and bring back jobs can really help get al-jazeera the white house de pramod is a democratic strategists he believes biden was clear in communicating the focus of his administration it would be nice just to say that the u.s. is facing just one crisis but the reality is that there are myriad crisis so whether we're talking about coal it right and how do we make sure that americans are being vaccinated at the level that they need to be vaccinated and that there's an actual plan to mention about happens to ensuring that our economy continues to
improve because again of the economic calamity that we've seen the latest the pandemic there's also the reality of what we're seeing at a sudden border and so the fact that you saw this is ministration and the president announce a vice president come on harris as taking the lead in terms of handling what's going on at the border i think signals a couple things one signals that this is a priority when you have the vice president focus on in an initiative focused on issues of such great importance to the president and to the american people that means that the administration's going to be all hands on deck and i think the president talked about his priorities lisa that so the humanitarian crisis is real he also talked about the actions that his administration is going to be is taking to alleviate what we're seeing at the border and so i think you know those things should be taken into account. well on the us mexico border hundreds of people are waiting on that mexican side of the border at a makeshift camp hoping for
a better life his man a rap on oil from tijuana. it's mid-morning on the us mexico border and a slow trickle of migrants are being sent back to mexico by u.s. border patrol when a up or down to see them i came here out in this estie and because of violence the violence is everywhere and now i'm thinking i'm going to try and cross again or maybe heading back that's what i'm thinking now. as some return others arrive for their chance to cross. a few miles west at another port of entry a makeshift migrant camp has been growing in numbers. and they rely almost entirely on handouts from charity groups for food and other necessities there are at least 1000 people staying in these tents just a stone's throw from the us mexico border some have been here for more than a month and many say they're growing desperate. game with a 117 years old and arrived in mexico from honduras last year he was sent back to
mexico by u.s. border patrol a few days ago but says he plans to cross again before the end of the week. my intention is not to try again they say it is a convention center in san diego where underage migrants can stay so a plan to try to cross again on saturday. many at this camp say they're waiting though they don't seem to know what for the message from u.s. officials has been clear the border is closed and nobody will be allowed to cross. but the hope of many here is for u.s. officials to change their minds and give migrants and refugees a chance to plead to resign and cases to authorities on the other side bundled up a little al-jazeera on the us mexico border. in other news china has sanctioned a number of british politicians lawyers in organizations over what it calls the lies and disintegration about showing john beijing's measures are in response to
sanctions by the u.k. u.s. canada and you over alleged human rights violations against we go muslims inching job and hong kong's government has told 14 countries to stop accepting the british national overseas passport it wants them to recognize its hong kong passport instead a diplomatic dispute broke out over the travel document earlier this year after the u.k. introduced a pathway to citizenship for hong kong those wanting to leave the territory live to katrina you are correspondent in beijing katrina tell us 1st about the message beijing is trying to send with the sanctions against its british officials. i think beijing is trying to send the message that it's not going to sit idly by as other states impose actions that it considers unfair on china so china has to hit back at the u.k. issuing night sanctions on 9 different individuals that is 9 politicians of 7 politicians and 2 academics as well as 4 different organizations including human
rights and shin junk research center now these sanctions involve travel bans for these individuals and their families to the hong kong macao and china mainland china region as well as the freezing of any assets they may own now china is definitely mad about this move and it's also some in the u.k. ambassador here in here in beijing and it follows this concerted effort by the u.k. canada the u.s. and the e.u. imposing sanctions on government officials that they say are responsible for current tailing human rights against the we are muslim minority now china says that they are militias lee spreading lies and therefore these just these actions are justified and china has also deny that there are any human rights abuses taking place in sion john says that these forced labor camps that the u.k. government says up to 1000000 a week as a force to work in are actually vocational training centers designed to increase their work opportunities and china also taking action against the u.k.
over hong kong. that's right so this action is over the british national overseas passport all to be and all are now the hong kong government has reportedly recent to 14 different countries saying they should not recognize this as a valid travel document and this is a sensually a de facto u.k. passport given to many hong kong residents and it gives them access to the u.k. originally it was just granting them 6 months work living access in the u.k. but the boris johnson government expanded that to allow it to become a pathway to migration as a response to all of the political or the whole we've seen in hong kong by beijing most notably the national security law which the u.k. government says crushes the democratic freedoms which were guaranteed to the territory after the handover now china immediately after that partner was opened up said that the buno possible would no longer be recognised by china that many states
and governments have continued to allow it to be used as a travel document so china has reportedly written to italy south korea japan among other countries and they've all said that they will continue to recognise that be you know accept hungary which says it's currently reviewing its travel purses thank you katrina for that katrina is our correspondent in beijing man maher security forces have been intensifying their crank down on untie coup protesters and people are now starting to escape to neighboring countries thailand is preparing for the possibility of a nonissue number of refugees arriving at its border scott high very force on myself out in thailand mojo was a student leader in the 1988 uprising in me and. for that he spent 12 years in a year and gone prison. at m a certain museum dedicated to mirrors political prisoners he shows us the brutality
of everyday life. torture techniques that myanmar security forces have used for decades in their attempt to squash dissent the jones is accused of continuing these methods today but he thinks the protests happening now on the streets of myanmar are much different than past uprisings so this is going to be the last fight to end the dictatorship in a fight of judgment even though the civilians do not want to become refugees fleeing from the situation my 2 guys he was they might have to become refugees along this section of the time e.m.r. border there is little preventing people from crossing over because of the volatile state in myanmar thai authorities have stepped up patrols but have also intensified contact with those on the other side when you get paid and we are monitoring this situation and we have been communicating with out maybe us especially and think groups along the border we have been checking information the movie
a river here serves as the border between thailand and myanmar one of the korean ethnic armies you can see one of the camps right across the river they say in there they were sheltering hundreds of people who fled the increasingly violent crackdown by me and more security forces. we met the head of m a saad refugee committee in a football stadium local officials will use as temporary housing if refugees start coming across the border as many as 1000 would be housed here. he's concerned about resources as the area has been home to me and most refugees for more than 40 years fleeing fighting and economic hardship. if many new refugees come to thailand there might be a strain on resources for the existing refugees if donor organizations provide funding for the new arrivals will probably lose out the sun sets on friendship bridge ending a day in these uncertain times from a side a community that for decades served as the main gateway between thailand and
myanmar both physically and culturally but with the unrest now unfolding in myanmar the differences are becoming more evident the separation becoming more defined it's got harder al-jazeera may stop. still ahead on al-jazeera trying to find a common facet of a shared crisis european union leaders discuss how to get the cone of vaccine supply going thousands of venezuelans escaped to colombia after fighting between the military and then travel. it's time for the perfect gentleman the winter sponsored plan qatar airways how they have got a big contrast in the weather across the middle east at the moment more wintry weather coming in across northern parts of a bit of cloud and
a fair bit of snow temperatures hovering around freezing and 0 celsius the full ankara. meanwhile the touching that is 738 here in doha 38 is 100 in found a cow mixing my but temperatures here but you get the idea 38 celsius 100 fahrenheit warmer across the raeburn peninsula plenty of snow there further north and that's not running out of it's was a caucus is to see some snow to into tech man to stand maybe into. somewhat to whether they're pushing up across pakistan parts of afghanistan but elsewhere for much of the middle east it is fine and dry as it should be at this time of the if i did try to just around somalia good parts of ethiopia looking fine plenty of sunshine showers popping up once again just around tanzania kenya can't want to see showers into the process but it is lucky that is settled and sunny here the showers they run up towards the gulf of guinea nothing further north woods as they should be lots of wet weather though coming across angola easing across the northern parts
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welcome back to recap for our top stories on al-jazeera 64 days into the job u.s. president joe biden has held his 1st news conference he talked about economic progress and announce a new goal to have 200000000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine given out by the end of april is 100th day in office biden also defended his handling of the growing arrivals of refugees and migrants at the us mexico border calling it a sees no increase he said while most of the people at the border being sent back children shouldn't be turned away and china has sanctioned a number of british politicians noirs and organizations over what he calls lies in this information about xing john beijing's measures are in response to sanctions by the u.k. u.s. canada and eat you over alleged human rights violations against weak was in the region.
argentina has announced it will suspend rights from brazil chile and mexico to prevent the spread of new strains of corona virus the measures will come into effect on saturday the government says it's concerned about the rising number of infections in neighboring brazil which has recorded more than 12000000 cases argentina has recorded nearly 2300000 infections so far meanwhile more than 200000 mexicans have now died of the virus since the pandemic began but despite a rising number of cases the government is facing an uphill battle to roll out vaccines in rural areas where people appear far less willing to get the job john heilemann reports. some the goal is a small municipality and so the minutes where news and updates about the coronavirus pandemic can be limited. to rumors about the government's covert 19 vaccine. graham appeared to be everywhere. some goes home to several indigenous
communities and not everyone his speak spanish through an interpreter recover them and also tells us she stays abreast of pandemic news through the radio but she says she has no plans to get the coded 900 vaccine. these happens when people don't know how to find tradition on medicine which exist for many illnesses i believe he gives me life and he will protect me. recalled is not the only person in town feeling hesitant peavy or garcia says he also sees no need for the vaccine adding that kobe has not affected his community. so put a kidney for me as i say to each his own i tell my family to not get the vaccine if god says our time is up then our time is up there's no need to run and hide it's good that the government is worrying about the people but on the other hand we are free to make our own choice. local leaders say that while everyone over 60 years old is eligible only about half of registered to receive the job you see you ever
see you there i think people should just accept the vaccine this community needs it and why because here there are no doctors and there are no hospitals close to us some a girl isn't the only place in mexico where people are refusing the vaccine since the country started its national vaccination program dozens of communities in the south of officially expressed opposition to it but that isn't the biggest obstacle to everyone in mexico getting the job. though the overall rate of coronavirus contagion in the country is on the decline experts warn that vaccination efforts have fallen short of what's needed to curb the outbreak in the relational bit and. i think the lesson developing countries must learn mexico latin america africa eastern countries is that we have to produce our own vaccines we can't be relying and waiting on the goodwill about this to send back scenes because that's what's going on. there were several towns in southern mexico like some ago that been
largely spared from the worst of the covert 19 out break but authorities are still asking residents to ignore conspiracy theories about the vaccine and get the job to continue to keep this region free of the virus john homan how does either. european union leaders have voiced frustration over a shortfall in corona virus vaccine deliveries but stopped a short stop short rather of backing a plan to block exports of vaccines reduce within the block which it had threatened to do at a virtual summit the leaders said manufacturers will have to honor their contracts with the e.u. but there was no consensus on how to penalize those who don't attach about every ports. after a meeting by video conference it became clear that e.u. leaders were not united behind a proposal by the e.u. commission to curb exports of covert vaccines having promoted the plan e.u. commission head ursula von delenn made little reference to it after the summit
preferring instead to focus on the use exports track record let there be no mistake the european union can be proud and is proud to be the home of vaccine producers who are not only delivered to european citizens but export around the globe vandelay and said there was a shortage of vaccine doses in the e.u. because pharmaceutical companies including british swedish giant astra zeneca had failed to deliver the promised doses e.u. council headshell michel said the blocks priority now was boosting the vaccine rollout that used the urgent imperative is to queue porking in europe to improve the production in distribution toward member states that is the priority we are totally mobilized the rising covert infections and deaths in many countries of put european governments under increased pressure several parts of france including paris are battling a 3rd wave the government has tightened restrictions but unless it runs up its
vaccine rollout some doctors say that the country could be heading into another national lock down one in 10 people in france has received a 1st coded vaccine dose compared to half of the u.k.'s population france's president said that the e.u. needs a fresh approach or triple for the i believe very deeply this is one of the lessons of the crisis for europe as for france we must drastically simplify our responses we are too slow we're too complex we're too stuck in our own bureaucracy cutting coded vaccine exports would be a controversial move for the e.u. and it's not off the table yet for some though the proposal is a sign of desperation as european governments try to end the health crisis for others it would send a strong message to pharmaceutical companies that the block means business natasha butler al-jazeera paris. to the u.s. now a republicans in the state of georgia have passed
a new law adding restrictions on voting access after last year's election it includes limits on early voting in additional voter id a requirements for mail in ballots it also gives more power to the state legislature currently dominated by republicans critics say it's an attempt to make it harder for minorities to cast their ballots joe biden won the state last november the 1st democrat to do so in 28 days. thousands of venezuelans have fled to a colombian border town following clashes between the military and rebels well than 4000 people have crossed the border since last sunday in search of protection i listened to reports from bogota. they skate carrying whatever they could from their battered homes 4000 business where seeking shelter in colombia's border town. following days of clashes and bombing speak well as military in a colombian armed rebel group many say the venezuelan soldiers were abusive during
the attack it was very painful to see how the soldiers aimed a gun at a mother the government is taking away our lives in one house a grandfather died an 8 year old boy a 9 year old girl and her mom the situation was terrible. among the refugees are indigenous people children seniors and sick people they're being hosted in makeshift camps that are overwhelming the capacity of this small town to help them and more arrive every day. in the last 36 hours another 800 people arrived and have been screened but her capacity to respond to this wave of migration this humanitarian displacement has already been exceeded. these are the few available pictures of the aftermath of one of the attacks inside been. diminished government says 2 soldiers died in the operation and at least 32 people were arrested blaming colombia for his failure to control the armed groups
operating at the border. and military forces are hitting drug trafficking organizations that are useful to the colombian government and the north american empire in their assault on venezuela the river separates the 2 countries that have cut diplomatic relationships in 2019 the colombian government has repeatedly accused of harboring in their territory rebel groups such as. the former fired but some experts believe that fighting show that the relationship between venezuela and at least some of these. groups is now breaking down. only yes we don't know but old or new guerrilla groups operating in venezuela fighting to control cokes and mining gold and cocaine trafficking the fact that they're fighting each other recruiting children and threatening people has broken a fragile balance and the venezuelan government's tolerance of their activities would force them to intervene alone be announced it has increased the number of
troops at the border to 2 tauzin locals say clashes continue on the venezuelan side in an escalation that promises to further inflame tensions in an already volatile situation. alison wouldn't be at the. but it's one of the world's biggest container ships stuck in one of the world's most crucial waterways creating one giant problem adviser to the egyptian president says maritime activity or resuming the suez canal within 72 hours but others fear it could take weeks to shift the vessel. 400 meters long and weighing 200000 tons stuck in what's often described as the most important shipping lane in the world a maritime accident with global implications the ever given container ship became wedged across the suez canal and choose day when high winds blew of course about 12
percent of global trade passes through the 193 kilometer long canal which connects the red sea with the mediterranean providing the shortest link between asia and europe the vessel carrying around $20000.00 containers is registered in panama are operated by the taiwanese transport company evergreen marine it was sailing from china to the port city of rotterdam in the netherlands when it got stuck. the japanese owner has apologized but says the situation is extremely difficult there's a citizen that will present the traffic along this year's canal has been disrupted due to the incident and local authorities are working under the issue using tugboats but there is no smith of time for it to be dissolved this image posted on a ship tracking website shows the backlog of at least $150.00 vessels stuck in the northern entrance of the canal at ports 8 in the middle in an area called the bitter lakes and at the southern entrance at sue is the vast majority of oil from
the gulf is transported to europe along the canal oil prices rose sharply on thursday industry experts are warning of a flood of insurance claims covering the vast amount of cargo being held up including automotive parts and consumer goods which option officials say at least 8 tug boats are trying to dislodge the vessel which experts say could take days if not weeks or a few days of course is very very costly each day and people have made estimates of $3810000000000.00 of trade going through the suez canal absolutely fundamental for europeans flying chains not just about oil it's just as important the goods coming from the far east china and so on china number one trade with the european union containers may have to be offloaded in order to lessen the weight. ships now face the prospect of having to travel thousands of additional kilometers around the southern tip of africa a huge cost and potentially delaying delivery of goods by weeks it's a cork in
a bottle and there's no way to go in as you've described the ships that are stuck throughout the canal and it's the new up and are in a precarious position and they name may not be able just to turn around and take another course as long as an and expensive as it is to go from the mediterranean around africa and vice versa the suez canal thorax he says around $20000.00 ships pass through the canal last year on egypt billions of dollars in total fee revenue the ever given is $1.00 of the largest container ships in the world but for every hour and every day it remains stuck and stationary there are concerns about the financial fallout and impact on global trade chance not that al-jazeera.