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the uk vaccination programme hits its first target and moves on to phase two, but it comes with a warning. as the over—45s are called to have the jab, the prime minister says we mustn't let our guard down. it's notjust the vaccine roll—out that's causing the reduction in deaths and infection. we need to continue to be cautious and be sensible, as we roll forward with the vaccination programme. the manufacturerjohnson &johnson is forced to delay the roll—out of its vaccine in the us and europe because of safety concerns. also tonight: the revelations keep coming in the david cameron lobbying row, as labour calls for a full parliamentary inquiry. a second night of violence on the streets of minneapolis, after the fatal
shooting of a black man by police. students at university in england will be able to go back for face to face teaching from may 17th. and despite this incredible goalfrom porto, it was chelsea's night in the champions league. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel: history beckons for northern ireland women. get past ukraine and they'll qualify for the euros, their first major tournament. good evening. the nhs in england has started offering covid vaccinations to people aged over a5. but as the vaccination programme continues to make progress, there is a warning from the prime minister — vaccinations alone won't stop further infections, or even deaths, and he's urging caution in how we enjoy our new—found lockdown freedoms.
and today, public health england have ordered surge testing in two london boroughs, after discovering a new outbreak of the south african variant of covid—19. here's our health editor, hugh pym. are you feeling well today? yeah, i'm feeling fine... a firstjab with a new vaccine — this one, supplied by the us company moderna, made available in england for the first time today, following wales and scotland last week. it's a timely arrival, as supplies of astrazeneca doses have slowed for a few weeks. thank you, i didn't feel anything! and all this as some under 50 were able to sign up for vaccinations. caroline and mark, aged a8, came in this morning, having only booked online last night. i'm very pleased to have had it at last. it's been a long time coming so, er, yeah. and how about you, mark? yeah, it's good. it's nice to have that protection. another a8—year—old, martin, also got a moderna jab today. things are moving in the right direction, definitely. - it feels like we're finallyjoining the other 30 million that -
have already got it. vaccine doses were flown in to scotland's most remote island community, fair isle, with a population of 48. there hasn't been a single covid case. it's saved them having to travel to the mainland, and they've now had both doses. the government says all those in priority groups, including aged 50 and over, have now been offered a first dose. in england and scotland, those aged 45 and over are now eligible. in wales and northern ireland, people in their 40s are getting it. but from the prime minister, there was a note of caution. the success of the vaccine roll—out is great, but it's notjust the vaccine roll—out that's causing the reduction in deaths and infection. overwhelmingly, that's been delivered by the lockdown. now, we need to continue to be cautious and be sensible, as we roll forward with the vaccination programme. around the uk, there is variation in the roll—out
of the vaccination programme. among those aged 50 and over, 94% have had a first dose in both england and scotland. in wales, it's 88%, and in northern ireland, just 63%. there are regional differences within england. in the south west, for example, 97% have had a first dose, but in london, it'sjust 86% of those aged 50 and over. there is a little uncertainty over future vaccine supplies, but nhs leaders and ministers think the target for all adults being offered a jab is still on track. the supply forecast gives us confidence that, assuming that those supplies carry on as expected, then, yes, we will not only deliver on the april 15th milestone of everybody aged 50 and above having had the chance for a vaccine, but all adults by the end ofjuly. queues built up today outside testing stations
in parts of south london. residents have been urged to get tested because cases of the south african variant have been identified, including in a care home. officials say they're linked to a traveller arriving from africa in february. it's another reminder of the continuing threat of the virus. hugh pym, bbc news. johnson &johnson has delayed the roll—out of its covid vaccine in europe, after regulators in the united states called for a pause because of safety concerns. six people who'd had the vaccine in the us have developed rare and severe blood clots. it's so far been given to almost seven million americans. our medical editor, fergus walsh, reports. an abundance of caution was cited by us health officials as the reason why they paused the use of the single—shotjohnson & johnson covid jab. the vaccine, which in europe is branded as janssen, was approved in the us in late—february. since then, there have been
six incidents of very rare clots in the brain, out of 6.8 million doses so less than one case per million people immunised. all were women under 50, one of them died and one is critically ill. i think this is an unusual occurrence of a serious adverse event that you want to make sure before you go forward, you investigate it thoroughly. and that's exactly what they're doing. they're pausing, so that they can look at it more carefully. similar very rare clots have occurred with the oxford—astrazeneca jab and scientists are investigating whether this type of vaccine technology could be implicated. both of these vaccines used a disabled common cold virus called adenovirus to smuggle the gene from the coronavirus spike protein into the vaccine, into yourarm. so they both work in broadly the same way and that raises the possibility that something about this type of vaccine could be the _ explanation for this kind
of very rare side effect. 30 million doses of thej&j janssen vaccine are on orderfor the uk, although it is yet to be approved. it's hoped the delay in the roll—out won't slow the vaccination drive here. the biggest concern is globally. the plan was to immunise i billion people worldwide with the vaccine this year. if that's disrupted, it will slow efforts to finally bring the pandemic under control. fergus, coming back to the situation here in the uk, the prime minister says lockdown is mainly what's causing the reduction in deaths, but vaccination is playing a crucial role too. absolutely. i9 absolutely. 19 out of 20 adults over 50 in the uk have had at least one dose of covid vaccine so far, that is a stunning level of uptake. and it is estimated that vaccines have
prevented at least 10,000 deaths here. now, the top nine priority groups represent 99% of those at risk of dying from covid, so you might sayjob done. well, not quite. there are still over1 million people in those at risk groups not immunised and the vaccines are not over 100% effective —— are not 100% effective. there are 20 million people aged 18 to 50 who have not had a covid vaccine yet and i have seen plenty of people in their 30s and 40s in hospital with covid. there are enough people in the community unprotected to sustain another surge of covid infections. now, a society gradually opens up, we will see more cases, but the more people who are immunised, the sooner we will absolutely break the link between infections and deaths. so for now, we are still in a race between the vaccine and the virus, with the hope of a return to
something like normal life in the summer here, with a much bigger task worldwide. , . ~' , ., let's take a look at the latest coronavirus figures. there were 2,472 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period with, on average, 2,757 new cases being reported per day in the last week. there are currently 2,537 people in hospital with covid—19. 23 deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period — that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. on average, in the past week, 3a deaths were announced every day, bringing the total to more than 127,000. nearly 60,000 people have had their first dose of a covid vaccine in the latest 24—hour period, bringing the total to over 32 million, while more than 200,000 people had their second jab, meaning nearly eight million people have now had both doses of the vaccine.
the scottish government has decided to bring forward the easing of some coronavirus restrictions due to falling infection rates. the first minister, nicola sturgeon, said non—essential travel would be allowed throughout the country from friday, and more people would be permitted to meet outdoors from then because the pandemic is now in retreat. students on all university courses in england will be able to return from may 17th. since the start of the year, about a million students have been taught online, with only those on practical, hands—on courses allowed in—person teaching. but the wait of another month to fully open was described as "hugely disappointing" by universities uk. our education editor, branwen jeffreys, reports from the university of york. finishing touches to a huge tent. not for a festival, but for students. york university taking its student union outside, ready for when they're welcomed back onto campus.
it's incredibly, i think, stressful for students. you know, we're sitting here today, you can get a haircut, you can get a holiday home, you can go to the pub but, unfortunately, you can't have any in—person teaching for the vast majority of courses. so i think students are feeling really forgotten and left out. preparations have been made in the dark, waiting for government advice promised over easter. today, confirmation all students in england will be allowed back on may 17th. for students, the return of some face—to—face teaching is coming right at the end of a frustrating year and is likely to be very limited. we're not going to see full lecture halls. for those getting their degrees this summer, graduation ceremonies have been cancelled, all adding to their feeling of being overlooked and forgotten. as students return, free tests will be offered under supervision,
then free tests for students to use themselves. for those in charge of universities, just a few weeks now to get things ready. frankly, this is very late for us to do our planning, which makes it extraordinarily difficult for our students to know where to be, what they're going to be doing. and i find it actually rather disrespectful that students don't have the certainty that other sectors of the economy — for example, tattoo parlours — do. campuses in england have been half—empty, face—to—face teaching just for practical courses. but it's the sport, societies and social connections that many have missed. i'm just hoping we can just have a large group of people in a room together, of sorts, at some point in the near future. it's been a very long time since it's been anywhere near to normality. the majority of people who, like, either aren't here yet or, like, are still working at home, it can be quite frustrating for them. it'll be really exciting, i i guess, when everything opens up again and we can actually enjoy university. l
and like we said before, it's notj the experience we're expecting. the library here has been open to help students, quiet study space away from their bedrooms — even a brief return to campus welcome for many. branwenjeffreys, bbc news, york. the row over the lobbying of government by david cameron on behalf of the failed finance company greensill shows no sign of going away. borisjohnson insists the independent inquiry he's ordered will have "carte blanche" to talk to anyone. but labour is trying to force a commons vote on holding a full parliamentary inquiry into what it calls the "rampant cronyism" in government. chris mason has the latest. the draw of power, the desire to influence those who govern us — the lobby has always existed, but former prime ministers know how government works and know who works in government better than most. today, borisjohnson was asked about the review
into greensill capital and david cameron, and he said he's giving the senior lawyer running it a free rein. i've given him, you know, pretty much carte blanche to ask anybody whatever he needs to find out to... you know, i would like it to be done quickly, but i want him to have the maximum possible access. take a look at this. it's 2009. david cameron and the now health secretary, matt hancock, before mr cameron was prime minister and before mr hancock was even an mp. i think we might be able to put something into your speech responding to, erm, to this. by 2013, david cameron is prime minister and he's given matt hancock a job as a minister. by 2019, mr cameron is working for lex greensill, mr hancock is in the cabinet, and the three of them are going for a private drink. absolutely, i attended a social meeting organised by the former prime minister,
and given that departmental business came up, i reported to officials in the normal way. it is cronyism and it stinks. so if he thinks he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide, - will he publish all the minutes, all the e—mails, all— the correspondence, - all the directions that he gave to civil servants and all his textj messages with david cameron, so we can see exactly what went on with the awarding _ of this contract? mr hancock insists he behaved properly, and added... what i would say is that it is very important that governments engage with external stakeholders, with businesses. there are far bigger questions about access to government lobbying than are likely to be addressed in this government review, its remit is narrow and it has no legal powers to change anything. labour and others say the rules need to be tightened, the system needs to be more transparent as, tonight, another detail emerges about greensill capital.
a letter from the lobbying watchdog has revealed a former senior civil servant was given permission to work for greensill capital while he was still in government. bill crothers started working for the company in september 2015. he left the civil service two months later. we're told the prime minister is personally concerned about this. it's yet another strand for the review into what on earth went on here to explore. it's due to report injune. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. the queen has returned to royal duties four days after the death of her husband, the duke of edinburgh — hosting the retirement of her household's most senior official — lord chamberlain earl peel. prince philip died at windsor castle on friday. he was 99 years old. the duke's funeral will take place at st george's chapel in windsor on saturday.
there has been a second night of violence on the streets of minneapolis. riot police faced crowds of protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black man. 20—year—old daunte wright was shot and died at the weekend — after what the police say was an accident when an officer mistook her gun for a taser during a traffic stop. tonight the officer who shot him and the city's police chief have resigned. the shooting happened just a few miles from where the george floyd murder trial is under way. from minneapolis — nick bryant sent this report and a warning that it contains some distressing images. it's a uniquely american story we've told many times before. yet another police station besieged by yet another protest after yet another shooting of an unarmed african—american. there was fury on the streets of brooklyn center last night. america's latest racial flashpointjust ten miles away from where the trial is taking place of the white police officer accused of murdering george floyd.
chanting: hands up, don't shoot! it began as a boisterous but non—violent demonstration. a response to the police shooting of a 20—year—old black man, daunte wright, by a female officer who claims to have mistaken her handgun for a taser. do you know the difference between a gun and a taser? yeah! the police were determined to enforce a curfew that came into effect as dusk turned into night. and determined to force the protesters off the streets. it's a police department very much on the defensive, not that you'd have thought it last night. may i have your attention, please? we see these confrontations year after year. america, as ever, fractured along its anguished
fault line of race. this was the moment daunte wright was pulled overfor a minor infraction, and the police realised there was a warrant out for his arrest. in the scuffle that followed, the officerfired her gun and immediately realised her fatal error. ijust shot him. tonight, after 26 years in uniform, the officer kim potter resigned, and so too did the chief of the brooklyn center police. today the mother of daunte wright described how her son telephoned her up after being stopped by the police, then there was a second call with a friend he'd been driving with. she was crying and screaming and she said that they had shot him and then she pointed the phone towards the driver's seat and my son was laying there unresponsive. that was the last time that i seen my son. that's the last time i heard from my son and i've had no explanation since then.
i don't know what to do. i almost got took by the police! there was more looting last nightjust yards from the police station. another urban battlefield in the ongoing struggle over policing and over race. nick bryant, bbc news, minnesota. trade between the uk and eu partially recovered in february — after a steep drop the previous month. but as our global trade correspondent dharshini david reports, there's not enough information yet to make a judgment about the economic effects of brexit. the biggest changes in british trading arrangements for over a0 years meant a chaotic start to the new year for haulage boss pete white. probably the worst, most difficult week i've had in this job in 20 years. weeks later, it's a different story as teething problems subside. we're winning, that's the basic outlay of where it's going now. my process of customs
was less than an hour. very straightforward. but your paperwork has to be perfect. if your paperwork isn't 100% correct you will get delays. in february, the amount of goods that we sold to the eu jumped by almost 47%. dramatic, but that follows a plunge of 40% in january while exporters struggled to get to grips with the new formalities and some stayed away from shipping goods altogether for fear of disruption at the border. that trade has now resumed but we're still down in terms of exports more than 10% on where we were a year ago. due to the pandemic and also as some companies still struggle with the new rules. hardest hit, food. this supplier provides a taste of home for brits wherever they roam, hailed as an export success story by the government but a deluge of complex rules have forced it to limit sales to the eu.
we have seen huge disruption. we have seen a massive drop in sales. we have had to reduce our workforce by a0 people and we are moving those jobs into the eu so i wouldn't say that's been successful at all. whether it is to your taste or not, brexit is here. the government which has delayed similar controls on goods coming in says it is working to support exporters who are still struggling. the eu accounts for two fifths of our exports. protecting that trade means preserving profit and jobs. dharshini david, bbc news. the us president has spoken to the russian president vladimir putin, calling on him to stop the build up of troops on the border of ukraine. russia seized crimea from ukraine in 201a — and in recent weeks fighting has increased in the east of ukraine between government forces and russian—backed separatists. let's talk to our north america correspondent gary o'donoghue at the white house. joe biden had some stern words for his russian counterpart.
yes, after months of concentrating on the domestic arena, covid and the economy, joe biden now flexing his international muscles, calling russia provocative for massing those troops on the ukrainian border and inside occupied crimea. russia in return throwing that accusation straight back at washington for sending two warships to the black sea. joe biden is also suggesting the two men should meet for a summit in the coming months in a third country. that could be an interesting encounter given thatjoe interesting encounter given that joe biden interesting encounter given thatjoe biden is already described vladimir putin in the past as soulless and last month he agreed with the journalist who described him as a killer. so that could be a chilly summit when it does happen. but they do have things to talk about, not least climate change, iran and afghanistan. and on afghanistan there is a lot to talk about as the administration today announced it would withdraw all us military from the country before the 20th
anniversary of 9/11 later this year, ending america's longest war, focusing its resources back on threats from china and indeed russia. a reminder, fiona, perhaps if we needed it, that the era of great power rivalry is very much back. , ., ., . back. gary o'donoghue at the white house, back. gary o'donoghue at the white house. thank _ back. gary o'donoghue at the white house, thank you. _ new coronavirus restrictions are being imposed in turkey as its infection rate soars. it is now second in the world in terms of new cases, behind only india which has a population 16 times the size. doctors are warning hospitals could soon be overwhelmed and have accused president erdogan of having blood on his hands. our international correspondent, orla guerrin, reports from istanbul. another life hanging in the balance. turkey is gripped by a brutal third wave of covid—19. this is the intensive care unit in marmara university hospital, one of the biggest in istanbul. we found dr ali
exhausted and scared. as cases soared last month, president erdogan appeared unconcerned. no social distancing for his supporters in ankara. "i greet you at this meeting where snowfall kills all germs," he said. ajoke, but look inside. the venue packed to the rafters for a congress of his justice and development party.
attendees had to have a negative test. but doctors called it a congress of all the covid variants in turkey. and here at the funeral of an islamic scholar, turkey's health minister fahrettin koca, of all people, ignoring his own advice. he later apologised, saying everyone knows the pandemic spreads much faster in crowds. it spread fivefold after the government eased restrictions on march 1st. watch the red zones seep across this map reduced across this map produced by an independent data analyst. the turkish doctors union tells us it was like giving people an appointment to get the virus. they say the government has blood on its hands. even sometimes we lose young people. it is a very big sadness for us.
and then we cannot, how we say, prevent our fears. it could be prevented by government and then it was not prevented. for this reason we call this situation a social murder. poor neighbourhoods are especially hard—hit, like tarlabasi in istanbul, where many live hand to mouth. no pandemic payments here providing an income. from her windowsill, zehra tells us she has covid. this is her social safety net, food delivered by neighbours. doctors are calling for support for the poor to stay home and for all workplaces to close. that's not happening, but there are more restrictions on the horizon for the coming weeks, including a ban on indoor gatherings and an earlier start to the nightly curfew.
but will this be enough to halt the alarming surge in cases? orla guerin, bbc news, istanbul. londoners will head to the polls on 6th may to elect a mayor. the vote normally takes place every four years — but was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. more than six million people are registered to vote in the capital — and the mayor is responsible for transport for london, the metropolitan police, as well as having a role in housing, planning and the environment. our political correspondent damian grammaticas reports. waking slowly from the pandemic. london, with its 9 million inhabitants, may be one of europe's biggest, richest cities, but it's grinding back into gear scarred — facing uncertain times. transport networks starved of passengers and income. more workers still on furlough here than anywhere. it's why the current mayor says his priority for a new term would bejobs, jobs and jobs. it's been an awful year.
in our capital city, we've lost more than 18,000 londoners because of this awful pandemic. more than 300,000 londoners have lost theirjobs, most of them young, and there's more than a million londoners who are currently furloughed. i'm determined to have a brighter future after the pandemic, with a city that's greener, safer and more equal. whoever is elected, restarting a shuttered capital won't be easy. will spaces that have sat empty refill with tourists? will the service economy find customers to serve? will new home workers now stay at home, or is there an opportunity for something different? a shift to homeworking is going to have a massive impact on our capital and i haven't heard anyone else talking about what we're going to do with all this empty space. we don't want to be looking back in a year's time and thinking we've left areas to languish when we had a real opportunity to think about that space creatively
and to finally solve our housing crisis. others are hoping london's challenge means their message has found its moment. we've got to recover from the pandemic in a way that is truly green — that helps us to achieve our climate targets and creates a more fair and a more equal city, one that really values well—being, notjust economics, and that is what the greens have always been about, but it's so much more important now. it's notjust about the pandemic, though. the mayor's job is to champion their city and the majority here voted against brexit — something the conservative candidate has to confront. so, the party's choice has an unusual back story. a former youth worker, who rose to become an adviser to david cameron on how to tackle crime. the key issues in london are clear as day. we have to turn around the mayor's failure on crime, on housing, on the environment, on young people. i have a plan for 8,000 extra police officers,