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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. i'm rebecca jones. the roll—out of the oxford astrazeneca jab begins this morning. the government describes it as a "pivotal moment" in the pandemic. the vaccine means everything to me. i mean, to my mind, it's the only way i get back to a bit of normal life. you know, this virus is terrible, isn't it? the nhs already has over half a million doses of the jab, with millions more due in the coming weeks. the head of the nhs says today is even more significant than the first pfizer vaccination last month. today, when i saw the firstjab in the building behind me of the astrazeneca vaccine, it felt like an even bigger moment, another turning point in our way
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out of this pandemic. and the key question is how soon and how quickly will the priority groups, the over 505, front line health care workers, get their immunisation? primary schools in most of england reopen this morning, but there's growing concern over safety and staff shortages. we'll hear more from a teacher and a parent later this hour, as millions of pupils return to the classroom. the health secretary says the tier system is no longer strong enough to control the spread of the new variant of coronavirus in england. in scotland, the scottish first minister is expected to announce new covid—19 restrictions following a sharp rise in cases there. president trump is heard on tape asking an election official to "find" him enough extra votes to have won the state of georgia. democrats call the recording a disgrace. a coroner in malaysia delivers a verdict of death by misadventure in the case of the franco—irish
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teenager, nora quoirin. hello and welcome to bbc news. the first doses of the oxford—astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine have been given to patients this morning, at the start of what's being described as the "biggest vaccination programme in the history of the nhs". it's hoped more than half a million doses will be given today, with care home residents and staff, people aged over 80, and front line nhs staff being first to receive it. the health secretary says it is a "pivotal moment" in the uk's fight against the virus. the prime minister has warned that restrictions in england
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are "probably about to get tougher" as concern gi’ows about a new, fast—spreading variant of the virus. labour said coronavirus was "clearly out of control" and it was "inevitable more schools are going to have to close" as part of a wider strategy that has "a national lockdown in place in the next 2a hours". more on that later. the first patient to be given the oxford—astrazeneca vaccine this morning at oxford university hospital was 82—year—old brian pinker. he gave this reaction just after he received it. well, to be honest, i didn't feel a thing. brilliant, yeah. the vaccine means everything to me. i mean, to my mind, it's the only way of getting back to a bit of normal life. you know, this virus is terrible, isn't it? saturday, first i knew that i was going to be here today, yeah. very pleased, yeah, very pleased.
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the nurse who administered the firstjab, sam foster, spoke to our medical editor, fergus walsh, shortly afterwards and explained what it was like. it was a huge privilege. every single patient that we have vaccinated over the last couple of weeks has got their own personal story as to the difference it's going to make for them so no different in this morning with our first two patients. and what about you? have you been immunised yet? i have been immunised, yes. i was immunised, i've been working in the vaccine centre for a couple of weeks so i have received my vaccine. so it is obviously all systems go now. everybody wants to be immunised as soon as possible. how quickly can you do this? i think there is nothing more that the nhs wants to do now than to get this programme going at real scale. across the nhs there are many, many, many peer vaccinators that will now go out and support staff vaccines, continue with our patient vaccines and with colleague vaccines across the nation. so there is nothing more
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that we want to do than to get this vaccine programme done at a scale. professor stephen powis, national medical director of nhs england, says this is a significant moment in the way out of the pandemic. four weeks ago i had the privilege to be in coventry for the first jab of the pfizer vaccine. remember, maggie keenan got that first jab. that felt like a huge moment in this pandemic and, to be honest, today, when i saw the first jab in the building behind me of the astrazeneca vaccine, it felt like an even bigger moment, another turning point in our way out of this pandemic. and the health secretary, matt hancock, says 530,000 doses of the vaccine are ready for use this week, and that the distribution programme is being accelerated. it is a matter of getting the vaccine, as soon as it is manufactured, and then goes through the crucial safety checks, which obviously are very important, and getting it into the nhs and delivered into people's arm5. in fact, we have been able to accelerate that process
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because we now know that you get your protection after the first dose and the second dose can wait until 12 weeks away. that means that, over the first few months of the programme, we can effectively vaccinate twice as many people as we would have been able to otherwise. and obviously that is very good news in terms of protecting people and saving people's lives and of course getting us out of this pandemic and all the restrictions that we have to live with. we can speak now to our medical editor, fergus walsh. a hugely important moment, fergus. how much of a game changer is this vaccine? i really think it is a game changer because this vaccine doesn't need to be transported at —70, it can be stored in a fridge, transported in a fridge and that makes it vital not only for the uk
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but indeed globally. because this is really the first global covid vaccine. astrazeneca has said it will provide 100 million doses to the uk this year but 3 billion doses worldwide and it will do that at cost. it is five times cheaper than the pfizer vaccine. it really has the pfizer vaccine. it really has the potential to make a big impact not just here the potential to make a big impact notjust here in the uk but across the world. the first doses were given, there are people queueing behind me here to come in, health ca re behind me here to come in, health care workers and others who are in the priority groups. and to give you a reminder of those groups, it is people over 50, at the moment we are doing the over 80s but then there are front kite —— front line health ca re are front kite —— front line health care workers and people with underlying health care conditions age 16—64. a huge number of people, age 16—64. a huge number of people, a million so far have received the pfizer vaccine but 30 million more,
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30 million still need to receive just one dose and to do that we have heard the nhs saying they could do to million immunisations a week but to million immunisations a week but to give you a sense of that, even if they managed to million immunisations a week, that would not give everyone one dose by easter so it isa give everyone one dose by easter so it is a huge task. and of course what could be the bottleneck is getting those doses to these centres around the country, maybe a thousand by the end of the week. of the government says there will not be any hold—up but each batch of doses, whether from pfizer or astrazeneca, needs to be approved and safety checked. i don't think we should judge this roll—out on the first few days because initially it is just going to be a few hospitals that are giving this vaccine just to check that there are no unexpected side—effects and also to do surveillance but by the end of the
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week, 1000 centres around the country will be giving the vaccine and then we should see this thing really ramping up. and 0, fergus walsh. let's discuss this further with drjulian tang, consultant virologist at the leicester royal infirmary and associate professor in the department of respiratory sciences at the university of leicester. a very good morning to you and welcome to bbc news. to pick up what fergus walsh was saying, he thinks this vaccination is a game changer so this vaccination is a game changer so is that your view as well? yes, it is much easier to roll out to the general population across all the different centres even those without ultralow storage capabilities. and also i think the roll—out to the rest of the world is really important as well. so i think the game changer if you want to use that term. we have two vaccine is available now but if you only get one dose of either of them, how much
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protection does that give? the figures vary between the vaccines in the trials but from what i have seen and heard, 50—70% efficacy after one dose for both jabs and that's a pretty good response. thing about things like influenza, they could be anything from 30—70% efficacy after just one dose so it is very comparable. and when you have had the jab and your prime your immune system to exposure to the circulating virus in the community, you're helping to boost that immunity you have already have had prime as well. the booster dose if delayed by three months isn't the only thing that will boost your immune response once it is primed after the first dose put low—level exposure to circulating by was in the community will boost your immune response as well. that's very interesting point that there is also talk of allowing patients to be given different coronavirus vaccines
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for their booster dosed. would that actually work? it matter?|j for their booster dosed. would that actually work? it matter? i think it will be fine because they are both coded for the same protein antigen so coded for the same protein antigen so the immune response boosted by the previous dose, whatever it was, will still be primed and active to respond to the second booster dose whichever one it is because they go for the same antigen to produce a protective response. we have seen this type of thing before, for example the munich ogle vaccine, when i was working in singapore a few years ago, they are mixed and matched those doses for the children during the national immunisation programme and they were fine. there are precedents for mixing and matching different vaccines from manufacturers as long as the antigen they produce at which they induce immunity are the same. the carriers
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are slightly different but after three months, probably there is no real knock—on effect from the first vaccine in terms of adverse effects, it will not multiply or add up after three months so i think it will be fine. i wanted to ask you about variants of the coronavirus because we have seen a variant of it here in britain but also a new variant in south africa and a key member of the oxford vaccine team, sirjohn bell, suggested the south african variant might be more likely to evade the vaccine that it might not be as efficient in dealing with that so what are your thoughts on that?m depends on the protein mutation specifically, the south african variant has different positions for those mutations compared to the uk one so we have to see the in vitro data on this and possible animal
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experiments and in the human responses to this with sophisticated modelling and sequence analysis for those responses. it's very hard to separate that kind of intrinsic genetic variation in the virus impact from human behaviour. the south african variants are circulating more in the younger population which we know have more contact and more social frequency of contact. i think the comparison might be quite tricky in trying to separate them out. especially when it comes to evaluating the response to the vaccines as well. it is possible because the s gene has several mutations for both variants, possibly more in the south african variant of significance for the vaccine response but again, we should just check and monitor this as time goes on. doctorjulian tang, thank you so much for your thoughts and insight.
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primary schools in many parts of england will reopen today. that's despite teaching unions and some councils asking the government to keep them closed to limit the spread of the new variant of covid—19. ministers insist any move to online learning should be a last resort. john maguire is at king's lodge primary school in wiltshire this morning where children are going back. john, the question is for how long? that is a very good question and at this stage no one quite knows. it's very different now from what it was in the beginning of the summer when schools first reopened after the initial lockdown because at that stage the information seems to be coming from one hymn sheet, if you like but at the moment it is not a one size fits all and it has been a challenging and difficult decision to make it to open today as it will have been for those schools who decided to close. this is the head teacher here. tell us about the
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decision making progress. was it difficult to decide to open today? it isa difficult to decide to open today? it is a difficult position on some elements. for example, we have more things to think about, the variant of the disease seems to be spreading a lot more in other areas, we are in a lot more in other areas, we are in a tier3area a lot more in other areas, we are in a tier 3 area so it's not quite as high for us. some of the decisions have been the same, making sure staff are safe, children are safe. some things have remained the same but we are trying to be extra vigilant. some of the things we are looking at our increased hand washing yet again and all of these things bring extra cost and that is one of the biggest challenges i think many of the schools are facing. and of course important to make sure you have parents on board. do you think you will have a full house today? i don't think i will have a full house but certainly a very good number of children in school today but we won't know that until about 9:30am when all the doors are closed and the parents and let us know where their children are
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because that is important, if the children are not coming into school, we know what they are and what the parents are doing with them. because they will be getting information from wherever they do, listening to government and unions but of course they will be guided by you. they will end a lot of our parents will feel very conflicted about making decisions, they will want their children to be in school and learning but worry for their safety. we also worry for their safety and we are trying our very best to keep everything as safe as we can. thank you very much indeed for hosting us here. a new day, a new term, a new year of course but only time will tell to see how long schools do remain open but certainly the ambition here is for the day to go ahead as normal as is possible. thank you, john. joining me now is nigel attwood. he's headteacher at bellfield junior
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school in northfield, birmingham. good to have you with us and good morning. are children returning to your school today? no, morning. are children returning to your schooltoday? no, we had a preplanned teacher training day today. we are supposedly reopening tomorrow and we have told parents that's what we are doing to. we are currently reviewing responses from pa rents currently reviewing responses from parents from a survey we did yesterday to see how they felt about their children returning as well as looking at the scientific data and analysis for our local area. you have a lot to look at but tell us about the survey, what did parents tell you? we had 150 responses, only 37% said they were happy to send children back to school at the moment. another 38% said they were definitely not sending children back with the rest undecided put it when we asked for that reason is, a lot of them were about the new variant, the risk to their children, issues
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within the local area and family members who have been ill and just not feeling like, no matter what we do, and they are very positive about what we have done in school, that it is not the best place for their children at the moment. a lot of them have commented about the fact that if it is not safe in tier 4 areas in the south, why is it safe in tier4 areas in the south, why is it safe in tier 4 areas in the north where in our local in tier 4 areas in the north where in ourlocalarea, in tier 4 areas in the north where in our local area, the current figures are between a65 and 500 per 100,000. 50 figures are between a65 and 500 per 100,000. so where does that leave you if only around a third of pa rents a re you if only around a third of parents are saying they feel co mforta ble parents are saying they feel comfortable about children coming back to school? how safe do you think your school is? we have been fairly lucky and the same as your last head teacher, we have everything in place we can do, there nothing more we can do. our biggest concern from day one, and we have done everything we can come is the number of children in school. we have 11 classrooms, all of them are full with 30 children and staff
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members so no matter what we do or how we organise our school, we cannot have social distancing, putting everything in place and allowing children to a facemask etc but what we have to do is look at the scientific data for our area, we have to look at what our parents are saying and decide what the next steps a re saying and decide what the next steps are and we have been doing that since half past seven this morning and we're still trying to make the right decisions for our families to get that information to them as quickly as possible. what you are saying is you have not yet made a decision as to whether you will reopen tomorrow? what about staff? is staff availability an issue for you? we do have four members of staff off at the moment, differentjob members of staff off at the moment, different job roles so members of staff off at the moment, differentjob roles so we're quite lucky. our staff are keen to try and get the children back in. at the same time, we are also aware they have their own anxieties and worries and everybody has their own different family situations and we have to take that on board. what is
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concerning is the fact that we had borisjohnson on concerning is the fact that we had boris johnson on bbc yesterday saying it was perfectly safe to send your children back to school while at the same time saying we are looking at higher restrictions within the next few days as well. it kind of contradicts it, it leaves us ina very kind of contradicts it, it leaves us in a very difficult position and head teachers just want to do the right thing. we don't want to close our school, no head teacher at dusk we are here because we want to educate our children but we need to do that while keeping the community safe. the data is very clear that the effect of any of the coronavirus strains are very low on children but the transmissibility of that between them and family members and adults is also rising two, three, four, five, six, seven fold and all the scientific advisers are saying that schools should be closed so where does that leave us? the government tell us to be open, so ijust tell us tell us to be open, so ijust tell us to be closed and our parents are
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worried about sending their children back. we must leave it there, thank you very much for your time on what is clearly a busy time for you. the prime minister is under pressure to impose tougher coronavirus restrictions across the country, with coronavirus cases and hospital admissions soaring. the labour leader, keir starmer, has called for a national lockdown starting today and this morning the health secretary, matt hancock, says the current restrictions are not working. let's get more from our political correspondent nick eardley. enormous pressure on the prime minister and the government to shut schools, introduce even more tougher measures. what is your take on how we are this morning? the morning, i do think more restrictions are coming in england and it is a question of what they look like. a couple of things we know, the government is looking at moving some
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of the areas are still in tier 3, about a fifth of the population in england, into tier a and that may happen at some point. there is also the possibility that more schools will be kept closed over the next few weeks, there is a process whereby local authorities can apply to central government for that to happen and we know the government is considering some of those applications. we heard from health secretary matt hancock this morning, that the tier system that was brought in at the end of a lockdown in england, at the start of december, was not strong enough which is why tier a was brought in but it seems pretty clear that more people are going to end up in that top tier restrictions. this was the health secretary. in some of the tier3areas, health secretary. in some of the tier 3 areas, cases are rising sharply so clearly more action, as the prime minister said, is going to be needed. and it is also about how
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we all behave. if the vaccine roll—out is a national effort, so too is that now a national effort to keep people safe until that vaccine roll—out works. some emphasis on individuals taking the rules a bit more seriously as well and the question many are asking is whether the government is prepared to go far enough and the labour party is saying at the moment that no, rather than hinting at new predictions are coming, they should just make the decision and get on with it so we have heard keir starmer saying there should be a national lockdown starting today. what is less clear from the labour party is what they want to happen with the schools. they have said they don't necessarily want all schools to shut although they do think that it is inevitable that some will. have a listen to the shadow education minister kate green. we don't think schools should close, we want them to remain open, the right place for children to be if they can is safely in
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school. what we do think and indeed what the prime minister admitted yesterday on the andrew marr programme was that sadly more closures are inevitable and that is because the government has not got a grip of the virus and that's why we are pressing for the national lockdown. it seems that what was looking at are coming in some form in england and it looks like they are coming in scotland today as well. the scottish cabinet is meeting this morning to discuss what that might look like but my understanding is we could well see the school year delayed in scotla nd well see the school year delayed in scotland and are much stricter stay at home message with enforcement more akin to what we saw back in march is at the start of the new year is looking like a pretty grim picture at the moment. good to talk to you, thank you. today marks the first full working day with the uk outside the european union. negotiators came up with a deal which will allow tariff—free trading but additional paperwork is expected to cause delays at borders and customs hold ups in the early days.
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we will get the picture in a moment in brussels with our correspondent nick beake. first to simonjones in dover. we know that usually 10,000 lorries passing through dover and in need folkestone each day so what if the situation where you are? we have seen a the situation where you are? we have seen a steady stream of lorries arriving this morning and today is set to be the first real test of the new system post—brexit. the idea is that any lorry driver arriving at the port has to have the right customs declaration and they also have to have a negative covid test if they are heading towards france. in truth, traffic in the first three days of the year has been pretty quiet so things have been running fairly smoothly. de fds, one of the ferry companies here, tell me that in the first days of this year, 1300
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lorries passed through the port —— dfds told me. that was half the number we saw dfds told me. that was half the numberwe saw in dfds told me. that was half the number we saw in the same period last year and as you said, on a busy day, you can get 10,000 lorries passing through the port. just a fraction of the traffic we are normally used to. that was partly down to the fact that it was new year's day and we were straight into the weekend but also stockpiling will have played a role in that. we saw in the run—up to christmas there we re saw in the run—up to christmas there were big queues around dover with firms piling up goods in case there we re firms piling up goods in case there were problems at the border and it also may be that hauliers willjust wait a few days to see how this pans out before starting to send goods across the channel in numbers once again. transport secretary jack grant shapps said yesterday that 98% of hauliers arriving at the port we re of hauliers arriving at the port were order ready so they had the customs checks they needed and also had the negative covert tests. we have seen a few drivers being turned
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away which is largely because they did not have a negative covid test so are did not have a negative covid test so are being sent off to get that. but 98% border ready still means that 2% were not ready and as traffic begins to increase in the coming days and weeks, that is where potentially we could see problems. simonjones with the latest from dover. we can go to brussels and nick beake. dover. we can go to brussels and nick bea ke. that dover. we can go to brussels and nick beake. that is the picture at this side of the channel but what about where you are? this side of the channel but what about where you are ?|j this side of the channel but what about where you are? i was looking at the latest pictures from calais which is over the water from where simon was talking to you and yes, it isa simon was talking to you and yes, it is a pretty misty and gloomy morning, you can see the lights of some lorries but in terms of delays or disruptions or cues, that has not ma nifested or disruptions or cues, that has not manifested itself so far. as we know, today is being seen as a test of what the new relationship between the uk and eu might look like and
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obviously ports and any disruption isa obviously ports and any disruption is a vivid illustration of how things might change but i think so far, so good is the message we are getting put it's worth stressing what simon said, that a lot of businesses got a lot of good through in the final weeks of last year, obviously ahead of christmas and getting present and the rest to different people around the country and across europe but also i think they are taking a wait and see approach, trying to see if the queues built up. in terms of the full impact of our relationship with brexit, as we have all been saying, whether you are the biggest champion of it or think it's a disastrous idea, it will be weeks and months or even idea, it will be weeks and months or eve n yea rs idea, it will be weeks and months or even years before we see the impact of how things will have changed to put that one thing to mention which is quite interesting, a lot of international travellers have been restricted because of covid. assignment mentioned it played an impact on the lorry drivers arriving in dover —— simon mentioned. we have seen some in dover —— simon mentioned. we have seen some british nationals trying to get to the eu and being turned
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back, british people arriving in the netherlands, for example, we told a dozen people at least since the new year have arrived at the airport in the netherlands and told they cannot come in because their trip is not essential so it is worth all of us thinking of travelling to look at the rules carefully because they are saying that unless a trip is absolutely essential, whether for work or you're being reunited with loved ones or going for essential medical treatment, there needs to be a very clear reason for yourjourney andi a very clear reason for yourjourney and i guess that is a very tangible difference compared with what it was like before the uk left the transition period on the 31st of december. nick beake in brussels, thank you. well, joining me live now is philip rycroft, the former permanent secretary at the department for exiting the european union. welcome to bbc news. what is your view on how those trading with
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europe are going to find it now the transition period is over? brexit is now real. we enter into a new trading relationship with the eu, this is a very big change. and businesses, not just this is a very big change. and businesses, notjust goods businesses, notjust goods businesses but auto service businesses, those trading with the eu, they face a new thicket of regulation to navigate. unsurprisingly, there are some who are taking a cautious approach, as your correspondence have been saying, traffic is relatively quiet right now. they will have been a bit of pre—stocking which will have eased the situation. but businesses have a lot of work to do to make sure that they are ready and it was only just at christmas sure that they are ready and it was onlyjust at christmas eve of course that they found out, finally, what the new rules would look like. we had heard apocalyptic visions of traffic chaos at british ports which
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have not materialised as yet, why do you think that is? is it because, as has been suggested, because of the holiday period it's been fairly quiet or is it because the system is robust enough to cope with the changes? it will be a combination of those things. there's been a huge amount of work done, both sides of the channel to get ready, credit where credit is due, a lot of work by the uk government but also the french authorities and the authorities in belgium and the netherlands, to try and ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible but we know from business surveys and what the business representative organisations are saying, a lot of their members aren't ready or weren't ready before christmas stop some holding back because they didn't know what the final situation will be, whether we would have a deal or not. others, frankly, i suspect, just seeking to survive because of coronavirus. and focusing on that but now we know
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what the rules are and thank goodness we've got a deal which makes the situation a lot easier. businesses know what they have to do but it will take time for businesses to adapt. and so, the risk of disruption remains until the systems are up and running fully, at full volume, in the weeks and months ahead. but that's just the short term, because, of course, all of this comes articles for businesses, and this is a big economic change and this is a big economic change and the effects of that change will ta ke and the effects of that change will take time to bed in, as supply chains arejust to take time to bed in, as supply chains are just to this new reality. this is a big moment for the uk and the uk economy. and it is going to be many months, probably years, before we fully adapt to this new reality. you talk about this new reality. you talk about this new reality but of course, this deal,
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there is a lot it doesn't cover, isn't there? and ijust wonder, i appreciate this is a big question, but briefly give us a sense of what further challenges ahead. this is in all sorts of domains, life has got more complicated. we know about goods, if you are selling seafood to spain, for example, you've got a whole lot of new bureaucracy to navigate but it also puts applies to services, if you want to sell legal services, if you want to sell legal services to the czech republic you have to check what the specific requirements are to provide those services in that market. if you want to go on tour as a band, in the eu, you have to work out whether you need work permits in which member state to do that. if you want to study in germany, again, you have to work out what the rules are that apply. if you want to retire to the netherlands, again, the whole set of new rules will apply so the world has got more complicated and lots and lots of domains. that's the
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reality we face. having come out of the single market. in the customs union. and it's notjust those who are dry to get trucks across the dover calais crossing this morning. that are going to have to worry about that, it's going to impact on many businesses and many of us as individuals. but that is the price we pay for taking back control and for the uk to be able to set its own course in the future. we must leave it there. good to have you with us here on bbc news. thank you. sport and time for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. here is katherine downes. good morning. gerwyn price is the new world darts champion. the welshman was in incredible form as he raced into a 6—2 lead — but nerves then got the better of him. eventually he managed to hit the winning double at the twelfth time of asking to win by 7—3 sets.
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he takes home the £500,000 winners cheque and also becomes the new world number one. not bad for someone who was nearly put off entering tournaments when pdc chairman barry hearn told him how much it cost! to be honest with you, if i knew the rules when i went, i probably wouldn't even have gone. after i won my tour card, barry said to me, it costs £105 every event, and i said, ifi costs £105 every event, and i said, if i knew that, i wouldn't have gone, but i'm glad i didn't know that. i have learnt that 105 quid, over and over! and congratulations to him. the pressure is on chelsea manager frank lampard after his team dropped to eighth in the premier league with a 3—1 defeat at home to manchester city. the three points put city right back in the title race — they got all their goals in the first half, including one from england midfielder phil foden,
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before kevin de bruyne rounded off the scoring. but for chelsea it's another bad result after the millions of pounds they spent on players in the summer. i know for we are at. whether it puts pressure on me or not, regardless, people will be saying different things, in quick succession, over a busy period, we got four games of football. the pressure remains constant in this job. you know you will have tough moments, that will be there. frank lampard facing moments, that will be there. frank lampa rd facing the moments, that will be there. frank lampard facing the tough questions. so, an impressive performance from manchester city and afterwards their manager supported his player benjamin mendy, after it emerged the defender had hosted a new years eve gathering, which is forbidden under government guidelines. isaid many i said many times, forget about instagram, twitter, focus on playing football. your life is your life, you have to show what you have to do but he's an incredible person, one
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of the biggest hearts in the locker room, always wanting to help and hopefully, this little disturbance can help him to know what to share again and to do what you have to do. leicester are up to third after a 2—1 win at newcastle, james maddison, on target here, or should we say bulls—eye! he's a big fan of the darts as you can see. and youri tielemans doubled their lead with this brilliant finish. newcastle did pull one back, but the foxes held on. there was just one match in rugby union's premiership after london irish against northampton saints was postponed. leicester tigers came from behind to beat bath 36—31 at welford road. leicester scored three tries after bath had gone 1a—0 up with harry wells' second half effort putting them into a lead they never relinquished. they're now seventh in the table. bath are ninth. there are four englishmen in big bash action right now as alex hales, lewis gregory, sam billings and joe denly are playing in the game involving brisbane heat and sydney thunder. you can listen to that
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on 5 live sports extra. already today, the world's best t20 batsman, dawid malan, was powerless to prevent hobart hurricanes losing to melbourne stars. he made 26 as the hurricanes fell 11 short of their target of 18a. and finally — bad fog forced oldham's match against forest green to be cancelled at the weekend. they didn't have to contend with the storms of portugal luckily. quite how the match between santa clara and benfica started — we're not quite sure. after five minutes of splashing around in the puddles, and the rain showing no sign of stopping — the referee eventually saw sense and called the game off. familiar scenes in northern england! that's all the sport for now. thank you. a malaysian coroner has delivered a verdict of misadventure in the case of nora quoirin,
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the french—irish schoolgirl whose body was found in the jungle in 2019. the 15—year—old had gone missing from an eco—resort outside kuala lumpur, where she'd been on holiday with her family. howard johnson reports. it was from this jungle resort in central malaysia that nora went missing on the morning of august the ath, 2019. she'd arrived at the dusan resort with her familyjust the day before. the children and sebastian were tired because they really didn't get much sleep on the plane. they found the overnight flight quite tiring. so we had no ambition for the first day beyond just acclimatising. but around 8am the following morning, father sebastian discovered nora was missing. the site of where nora was staying was empty. i looked around. tried to keep my composure for a few seconds. immediately after that, run downstairs and start started searching around.
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mother meabh said a window in the downstairs kitchen area that she said she had closed the night before was found open. the family insisted there was a criminal element to the case as their daughter had difficulty walking unassisted and had never wandered off alone. but the police always maintained it was a missing persons case. there is the possibility that the missing person had woken up from sleep. maybe she wanted to go to the toilet and was confused by the sort of house which was new to her and left the house on her own. nora... during the inquest, the court heard how a massive manhunt was mobilised to search for the 15—year—old in the thickjungle surrounding the resort. missing person flyers were handed out in nearby communities. the owner of the dusun resort told the inquest the area had never experienced anything like it. it has always been a safe place for my family. we have never had a burglary, and we have never had an intruder in any of our houses.
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nora's naked body was eventually found ten days after she disappeared, close to a stream on a palm oil plantation. there was no sign she had been physically assaulted. autopsies carried out both in malaysia and london both concluded that nora had died because of a heavily ulcerated upper intestine caused by extreme stress and lack of food. this is very unusual. but there must be something more than the normal, i mean, stress. this is tremendous. a senior british pathologist said that scratches on nora's torso, legs and feet were consistent with her moving through the densejungle. today's verdict of death by misadventure means that coroner maimoonah aid, believes that on the balance of probabilities, nora wandered off alone. nora's parents called for this inquest. but it's delivered a verdict that will undoubtedly disappoint them. howard johnson, bbc news. and howard johnsonjoins
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me from manila now. you mentioned nora ‘s parents, i wonder how they have responded. you mentioned nora ‘s parents, i wonder how they have respondedm the last couple of hours we have heard from them saying they are bitterly disappointed with the verdict, they were hoping for an open verdict which would have opened the way potentially for a criminal investigation if evidence emerged during the case. they said it was improbable that nora could have wandered off alone, they pointed to the open window which they said was, she was not capable of leaving through the window. they said it was impossible she would have been found in thejungle, impossible she would have been found in the jungle, given that there were hundreds of search and rescue personnel looking for her and they said macron did not have the capability to hide, that wasn't something she had ever done before, in fact, she had never wandered off alone, according to the family. and they also said sniffer dogs could not pick up on the trace, how had it
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been she had disappeared so quickly and they could not pick up on the scent? they also said the evidence throughout the inquest, had concentrated on her physical abilities, rather than her personality and in a quote today, they said once again we see that justice struggles to support the most vulnerable in society, only engaging with special needs at a service level and not at the level that truly reflects children like nora. howard johnson, our correspondent. thank you for that update. a recording has emerged which appears to show president trump putting pressure on a senior republican official to overturn joe biden's election victory in georgia. the washington post says the audio is from an hour—long phone call with georgia's secretary of state, brad raffensperger. the vice president—elect — kamala harris — called it a "bold abuse of power". paul hawkins reports. impeachment, the russia scandal and catching covid in the middle of a pandemic. the trump presidency has been
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a roller—coaster ride. so on one level perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. after all, donald trump himself said... losing is never easy. not for me, it's not. but on another level, no—one could have foreseen that the president of the united states would ask georgia's top election official to find enough votes to overturn november's result. the call lasted an hour, a lawyer for the state refuting the president's unsubstantiated claim that ballots had been shredded and voting machinery had been removed. claims denied by a lawyerfor the state. but the georgia secretary of
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state said... the president cold him a child. condemnation of the call has been swift. well, it was, yes, certainly the voice of desperation and it was a bold, bold—faced, bold abuse of power. the president ‘s refusal to accept the result has split his own party but the former house speaker paul ryan said... it's tough to be shocked by what the president does. this was truly shocking. extraordinary. to be able to put pressure on a republican secretary of state, to find the votes, i mean, it's awful stuff. but 11 republican senators, led by ted cruz, are still planning to challenge the election result when it's officially certified on wednesday. we live in a world where truth literally does not matter any more, evidently. at least here in american
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media, truth does not matter, it's all about propaganda from the liberal media and the reality is, all the narrative is literally a nonsense call. donald trump is holding an election rally on monday night in georgia, where two republican—held senate seats are up for grabs in tuesday's election. polling suggests both races are tight, with the outcome deciding who controls the upper house of congress. but with donald trump questioning the voting process in georgia, will republicans still turn out to vote? paul hawkins, bbc news. lawrence douglas is a professor of law at amherst college in massachusetts. he says the recording is significant on more than one level. i think ithink trump i think trump is less engaging in violations of federal law, you could make the case he is violating this federal statute that criminalises intimidating or trying to coerce
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people into engaging in an act of election fraud. but i think more generally, just, this patent that be seen generally, just, this patent that be seen throughout his presidency of trampling on the norms. and that, of course, you know, has been going on for yea rs course, you know, has been going on for years and he's never really had to pay a political price for his trampling on the soft underbelly of the constitutional democracy. you look at two possible things, could we have an election on the run—off elections we will see in georgia on tuesday, january the 5th and maybe that's possible. at least from my perspective. maybe the silver lining from this is first, but some republicans might take his claims of fraud seriously and think that well, if the electoral system is rigged to begin with, why should i even vote? and secondly, it is possible that some more moderate republicans and independents, will be so appalled by
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the president ‘s blatant interference in the electoral process that they will cast their ballots the democrats. that's one possible. that's one possible. the headlines on bbc news... the rollout of the oxford astrazeneca jab begins this morning — the government describes it as a "pivotal moment" in the pandemic. primary schools in most of england re—open this morning, but there's growing concern over safety and staff shortages. the health secretary says the tier system is no longer strong enough to control the spread of the new variant of coronavirus in england — in scotland the scottish first minister is expected to announce new covid—19 restrictions following a sharp rise in cases there. as we've been hearing, primary schools in many parts of england will reopen today, despite teaching unions and some councils asking the government to keep them closed. meanwhile, secondary school pupils
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are still on an extended christmas holiday, as senior schools remain closed for an extra two weeks to allow them time to set up mass testing plans. let's speak now to val masson, headteacher of hornchurch high school, havering, east london and elwyn boyle, she works for barking and dagenham council and is also a magistrate — and her daughter attends hornchurch high school. great to have you both with us and welcome to bbc news. if i might start with you, val. you were told about the plans for massive testing right on the last day of term. can you give us a right on the last day of term. can you give us a sense right on the last day of term. can you give us a sense of what you have had to do over the christmas break? yes. quite a lot of reading to do, there is a lot of guidance given through the government about how to implement the tests. so we've been reading all the documentation. the tests should arrive today so we've
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been working out where to run the testing stations and who is actually going to do it. and where and who, tell me! we had a bit of a chuckle about the nonporous flooring that needs to be in place so we've got some plastic sheeting to put down in the hall and you need at least seven members of staff to oversee the testing procedure. it could amount to more if we wanted to try and get it more quickly but seven seems to be the minimum. have you got those staff available and what sort of training will they need ? staff available and what sort of training will they need? yes, you can find staff, in school, staff are generally flexible and very supportive, they will do whatever they can to provide a good service for the students and families. so we can use nonteaching staff because the teachers will be teaching, it's
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just that they will be teaching remotely so i think i will be able to find staff in the short term and that may bite me time to be able to get outside staff but of course, that will prove to be difficult in itself, always inviting people into a school is unusual for the students. i understand. -- it may by me time. your daughter is a people of the school, do you welcome the testing? i do, i agree testing is neededin testing? i do, i agree testing is needed in order to make the school safe for my daughter to return so i agree. do you feel in your gut, i suppose, or perhaps it's not in your gut, it's your head or heart, perhaps, a school is a safe place for your daughter to be? that's a difficult one and in some ways i do feel that a school is safe because of the communication i've had with the school and the systems that they have put in place and my daughter
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has not become ill but looking at the bigger picture, there is no testing and students are allowed to go back to school, then come back and interact with their families, i would not feel it is safe. val, do you think the school will be safe? the thing is there is no such thing as social distancing in schools amongst the students, there is social distancing between adults but not the students. and so, it seems difficult to understand how it can be deemed as definitely safe, that seems to be factually incorrect in that the two things aren't compatible. no social distancing amongst older children seems to be a problem. understood. elwyn, i know you have three children, you've also got a job and certainly, your eldest daughter cannot go back to school for a couple of weeks. what kind of
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challenges is that going to post not only for her but also for you? actually, the other two children who attend primary school are not going to be going back either so i have three children at home and my employer, the council, is very flexible in terms of childcare and letting me work from home although there are two days i was supposed to be in the office that i need cover for but as a magistrate, i have to be in court so that is difficult, how do i get childcare for the entire day when i have to be in court? is being told at such short notice is really distressing so i was scraping, trying to figure out how to get childcare so i can be in court. challenges for you both, elwyn and val. really good to talk to you both and thank you for your time.
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ever since the brexit vote — the uk has been looking for fresh trade deals around the world — and a free trade agreement with australia may be among the first to be signed. australia's winemakers are among those hoping to benefit — they shipped more than £200—million worth of wine to britain in the last financial year. and demand for alcohol has only grown during the coronavirus lockdown. shaimaa khalil reports from south australia. quenching the international thirst for australian wine means doing things on a massive scale. accolade is one of the country's biggest producers. each of these vats holds the equivalent of almost a00,000 bottles, and much of it is destined for britain. pumped into shipping containers, it's sent to the other side of the world to be packaged and sold. brands made here are some of the uk's best sellers. britain leaving the eu has allowed it to negotiate free trade deals, including with australia,
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a prospect they relish here. but brexit isn't all good news for australian winemakers who still don't know what it will mean for moving their products from the uk into mainland europe. and there are questions over how labelling requirements will change and the costs involved. we're doing everything possible to minimise any disruptions on the back of brexit. i think for us, regardless of the outcome, what we're looking for now is the potentials associated with the free trade agreement between the uk and australia. at the moment, the tariffs imposed on australian wine imports into the uk are anywhere between 13 pence and 15 pence per litre. that is compared to new world competitors such as chile and south africa which have a zero tariff. australia exports more wine to the uk than anywhere else in the world, but most of it is at the cheaper end of the market.
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so could a free trade deal with britain help producers here sell their more expensive brands competitively? pinot 6, really nice for summerdrinking. this winery is very different from the big producers owned by private equity firms or listed on the stock market. most of its business comes from tourists and loyal customers, but it used to supply a major uk retailer and hopes a trade deal will invigorate sales in britain. it is a very challenging market to be in in the uk supermarket channel, the margins are very slim and the competition is very high. we prefer to target independents, high end restaurants and fine wine shops. the volume is certainly there to support that in the uk, and it also allows us to showcase our artisanal product. details are still being thrashed out and the trade deal is unlikely to get signed until well into 2021. but with china now slapping hefty tariffs on imports of australian wine, uk sales may become even more important than ever.
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shaimaa khalil, bbc news, south australia. now it's time for a look at the weather with carol. hello again. it's been a cold start to the day and it's going to be a cold day generally. we still have wintry showers in the forecast, but for many of us, it's going to be a dry day with some sunshine, but brisk and gusty winds, especially with exposure and especially so across parts of the south and also the east. now, high pressure is dominating our weather. you can see low pressure round the mediterranean and in between we're pulling in this northeasterly wind. that's a cold direction. plus, we've got a weather front draped across the southeast and the channel islands, and that's producing some rain, which will be heavy at times across the channel islands. you, too, could hear the rumble of thunder. so a lot of dry weather, a fair bit of sunshine. you can see where we've got the showers. most of them will be of rain, but on the hills we could see some wintriness. and if you're exposed to that wind, it will feel cool.
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these are the strength of the gusts of wind that we are expecting so 30 to a0, maybe a5 miles an hour. so although we've got temperatures of three to six, which are poor for this time of year, it will feel colder than that if you're exposed to the wind. through this evening and overnight we hang on to this rain in the southeast, and the channel islands. wel still have some showers coming in across northern and central parts of the uk, wintry on the hills. but at times we'll see some of that get down to lower levels. and there's the risk of ice with those low temperatures and also some frost. in fact, in the west highlands, temperatures could fall as low as minus six. so tomorrow, still a lot of dry weather, still a fair bit of sunshine, still gusty winds. and still this rain in the southeast and also into the channel islands. some of that could be wintry in nature, particularly on higher ground. and it's the same in scotland and northern england, some wintry showers, some of those lower levels at times in the heavier bursts. but through tuesday and into wednesday, high pressure moves away, allowing this area of low pressure with its front to come our way.
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so basically, that means a lot of dry weather, lighter winds, still a few showers across some eastern and southern areas. and then this weather front comes in, bringing in rain and also some snow across the far north west of scotland. these are the temperatures, one to six degrees. and as that weather front sinks southward during wednesday night into thursday, it will bring some further snow, but it's weakening all the time. and by the time it gets into the southeast, it won't bring much more than some sleet or maybe the odd snow flurry.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm rebecca jones. the roll—out of the oxford astrazeneca jab begins in the uk this morning — the government describes it as a "pivotal moment" in the pandemic. the vaccine means everything to me. i mean, to my mind, it's the only way of getting back to a bit of normal life. you know, this virus is terrible, isn't it? the nhs already has over half a million doses of the jab, with millions more due in the coming weeks, and says today is even more significant than the first pfizer vaccination last month. today, when i saw the firstjab in the building behind me of the astrazeneca vaccine, it felt like an even bigger moment,


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