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welcome to bbc news. i'm mark lobel. our top stories: india's healthcare system buckles, as a record surge in covid cases puts pressure on hospital beds and life—saving supplies — we have a special report from the frontline. president macron says france will never yield to islamist terrorism, after a man fatally stabs a woman police clerk near paris. the reality tv star and transgender activist, caitlynjenner, says she's going to run to be governor of california.
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and we hear from the swimmer who's set a high—altitude record in the mountain ranges of south america. we're starting in india where the healthcare system is collapsing under the pressure of a surging second coronavirus wave, with hospitals full, patients left untreated for hours, and supplies of oxygen desperately inadequate. it now has more daily cases than anywhere else since the pandemic began and it's set a global record for two days running — in the past 2a hours, it's seen 330,00 new cases. 0ur delhi correspondent yogita limaye got access to the emergency ward of one hospital. her report contains distressing scenes from the start.
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the front line — an emergency room in a covid hospital, just about standing under the weight of an unfolding disaster. a patient who's hardly breathing is brought in. as nurses try to get him to respond, there's another person, even more critical. this woman rushes to help. so many like her are putting in all they can. they couldn't revive him. to get past the shortage of beds, they've packed in stretchers, wheelchairs — as many as they can. but the first line of treatment against covid—19 is oxygen. and they've almost run out.
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at this point, there isjust one hour of supply left. the staff knows how many lives hang in the balance. people are being turned away, but they don't know where they'll find oxygen or a bed. manura bibi was taken in for a short while to stabilise her. "we've already been to five hospitals. where will poor people like us go?", her nephew asks. but this hospital is so on the brink, they have to leave. the intensive care unit is full, too. there are next to no icu beds in a city of 20 million. these are patients in a critical condition. it's unthinkable, unimaginable, that one would think of them as better off in any way,
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but it's the reality of what we're seeing in india. people in an icu have won the first battle, to be here. between seeing his patients, the doctor constantly on calls. back—up, another couple of hours. so, we are struggling, we are struggling... he's desperately trying to get more oxygen. we are running out of oxygen. the whole country's running out of oxygen, 0k? the city is, we are, everybody is, ok? so, please focus on that, please. you're doing a fantastic job otherwise, 0k? please. 0k, all of you remember that. if oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients. there is no leeway, they will die. day after day, the staff works here, knowing full well that if their families get sick, even they will struggle to find medical care. there is helplessness and anger. the government, in some ways, has failed in estimating what was going to happen,
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the needs that would arise if the numbers started rising. there was a sense of preparation in the earlier surge which seems to have — seemed to have disappeared in between. and they did things which were totally unacceptable — allowing large, huge gatherings, which is totally unacceptable. they believed that we had vanquished the virus. some oxygen arrives a bit later, but it can only last a few hours. then the struggle begins again. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi. india has until now been a major provider of coronavirus supplies during the pandemic but narendra modi's government is reducing exports and is reaching out to key allies to secure much—needed oxygen supply. earlierthis secure much—needed oxygen supply. earlier this week, the country called on the us
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government to ban the export of raw material in vaccine production. this is a reaction from the white house. we are workin: from the white house. we are working closely _ from the white house. we are working closely with _ from the white house. we are working closely with indian - working closely with indian officials to identify the needs officials to identify the needs of the crisis. we make it a big priority, including with our partners including india, in discussing vaccine creation and distribution for the future. we have also provided $4 billion to kovacs and have provided india with emergency supplies, pandemic training for health officials and ventilators. —— covax. it has been part of our effort including $1.4 billion in health assistance to india to help them prepare for pandemics in the future and deal with the current ones in the future. japan has announced emergency coronavirus restrictions to curb rising infections,
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just three months before the summer olympics. shops, restaurants and bars serving alcohol will be asked to close for two weeks from sunday. residents are being urged to stay at home. it's less than two months since the last state of emergency was lifted. the japanese government has insisted the olympics will go ahead but in some cities, there are reports of sick patients being turned away. journalist timothy hornyak in the capital tokyo the prime minister did apologise, actually, for implementing the latest state of emergency. and many people are criticising the government for this adamant line that has been taken that the olympics must be held at whatever cost, despite this once—in—a—century pandemic. does this affect japan's ability to hold that 0lympics in three months' time? well, yes. we've already seen some effects on the test events for the olympics.
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some are being held without spectators, there have been some — in fact, such as australia, withdrawing from a diving test events before the olympics, and they also wanted to have some of these test events as a sort of dress rehearsals for their virus prevention, infection prevention measures, so those won't really be able to happen because of the state of emergency. there has been a theme, hasn't there, that the public do not want these olympics to go ahead — or many of them don't. do the current changes add to that call? well, i think that the current state of emergencyjust underlines how severe the situation has become here. japan is kind of an interesting situation because it has not been as bad as some countries and yet, it has got a very slow vaccine rollout and they have this major international sporting event coming up in less than three months. and so, it seems that you cannot have both things at the same time, but that
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is what is happening. hardly anyone is getting vaccinated, it is going very slow and yet, there is this major event coming up. and we have been told these measures should lastjust two weeks — and it is time to presumably for a visit for the ioc president to inspect the olympic sites. are people there dubious that this will end in two weeks? well, i think most people will have some kind of doubt in their mind about how effective this will be. this should be harsher than previous soft lockdowns we have seen injapan — establishments are being asked when people go drinking, they become less cautious when it comes to preventing infections. whether this will really have an effect in being such a short two—week state of emergency is very questionable, and i'm sure a lot of japanese are just wondering what the government has been doing and why it is taking such
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milquetoast measures. timothy hornyak there. let's get some of the day's other news: there are fears oxygen supplies have run out on an indonesian submarine that went missing off the coast of bali on wednesday. search teams from a number of countries are trying to find the vessel, which has 53 people on board. the indonesian authorities previously warned it had enough oxygen to last until the early hours of saturday morning. but there's still no sign of the submarine. in zimbabwe four people have been killed when an air force helicopter crashed into a house in the east of the capital, harare. three crew members on board the helicopter were killed along with a child on the ground. the aircraft was on a training mission when it came down. researchers in britain say early trials of a new malaria vaccine suggest it's 77% effective at stopping infection. the jab could be a major breakthrough against the illness, which kills more than 400,000 people a year.
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regulators in the united states have cleared the way for the immediate resumption of the use of thejohnson &johnson coronavirus vaccine. distribution of the single—dose jab was suspended ten days ago after reports of rare blood clots. an expert panel concluded that the vaccine was safe and effective, saying the benefits outweighed the risks. fifteen cases of blood clots — all suffered by women — have been recorded in the us from more than seven million johnson & johnson jabs. let's get more from david willis. ~ ., let's get more from david willis. ~ . , ., willis. what is the impact of these likely to be? - willis. what is the impact of these likely to be? i - willis. what is the impact of these likely to be? i think. these likely to be? i think there will— these likely to be? i think there will be _ these likely to be? i think there will be a _ these likely to be? i think there will be a lot - these likely to be? i think there will be a lot of - these likely to be? i think. there will be a lot of people here, as far as the government is concerned, and if those involved in the vaccination programme are concerned, very pleased to hear that the johnson &johnson vaccine is to be made available again. it was
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temporarily suspended last week out of what regulatory officials called an abundance officials called an abundance of caution. blood clots were found in some six women and later nine other cases came to light and of those 15, all women, three have since died. nonetheless, officials after looking at the data and talking to johnson & johnson officials have tojohnson &johnson officials have concluded to johnson & johnson officials have concluded that this is a very case, — these have been very case, — these have been very rare cases, a tiny blip of the 7 million or so doses of the 7 million or so doses of thejohnson &johnson vaccine the johnson & johnson vaccine already thejohnson &johnson vaccine already administered hands they are lifting the suspension and doses of that vaccine possibly handed out as early as next weekend. handed out as early as next weekend-— handed out as early as next weekend. ., , weekend. david, thanks very much. president emmanuel macron has asserted that france will never give in to terrorism after a fatal stabbing
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at a police station outside paris. the suspected islamist attack was carried out by a tunisian man who entered france illegally more than a decade ago. france's anti—terror prosecutor has taken over the inquiry. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri has more. these have become familiar scenes in france — a victim, armed police and a town in shock. here in rambouillet, a paris suburb, a female police worker was killed. she was a 49—year—old mother of two, leaving her police station when a man stabbed her to death in the neck. the attacker was shot by one of her colleagues and later died in hospital. three others have now been arrested. translation: it is appalling. i am at a loss for words. i cannot see why something like this could happen here. we are not — we are in france, you know? how is that possible? this region is no stranger to violence. in another nearby suburb, a school teacher was beheaded
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last october after showing students cartoons of the prophet mohammed. and a few years ago, two french police officials were murdered by a man who claimed allegiance to the so—called islamic state. so, looking at this most recent attack, officials feel they've seen this blueprint before. translation: we, indeed, have this quite standard - proclamation "allahu akbar" and we have a tunisian national who commits this act with a knife. there are some signature signs that suggest this is a terrorist motive and not an unbalanced person. and france's president emmanuel macron clearly agrees, writing on twitter: in response to recent terror attacks, his government had already proposed a controversial bill to tackle islamist terrorism. and with this latest killing,
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the same question rears its head — could anything have been done to prevent it? azadeh moshiri, bbc news. the british prime minister's former chief adviser dominic cummings has lashed out at borisjohnson, questioning his competence and integrity. mr cummings, who was sacked last year, denied leaking private text messages between mrjohnson and the billionaire businessman sirjames dyson. i don't think people care. what they care about is... that's not really an answer. ..what was i doing back in march of last year? and people have — people have attacked me for that. but did you finger him as a source of that leak? i don't think people give a monkey's, to be frank. vickijung vicki jung says the prime minister is facing tough questions. now, tonight, some in government are trying to downplay all of this, saying dominic cummings is disgruntled and discredited but it can cause real problems
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for the prime minister, i think. firstly, it could be seen as a reflection on his leadership, presiding over a team that at times in the last few months has looked pretty dysfunctional. there is also a problem because it is a massive distraction. we have had all of those allegations about lobbying. this, too, is about standards and conduct in public life. and finally, they cannot control this, downing street. they simply don't know what is coming next. dominic cummings suggesting he has kept phone records, and no—one knows quite what else he is willing to share. president biden has held the carbon cutting pledges made of the global climate summit, saying half the world is now committed to the progress needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. however, mr biden emphasised that leaders must live up to their commitments. as he put it, anything else was "just hot air". let's hear some of what he said. we made great progress in my view, so far, and i'm grateful to all of the leaders who have announced new commitments above me the existential threat of climate change. this summit is
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a start, a start of a row that will take us to glasgow for the un climate change conference in november, where we're going to these commitments real. put in before putting all of our nations on a path to a secure, prosperous and sustainable future. ghislaine maxwell has appeared in court in new york on new charges of sex trafficking. it's her first apperance in person since her arrest last year. she's accused of helping the convicted paedophile, jeffrey epstein, recruit, groom and sexually abuse girls. ms maxwell pleaded not guilty. the reality tv star and transgender activist caitlynjenner has said she intends to run for governor of the us state of california. in a statement on social media, the former athlete said she would provide californians with a roadmap back to prosperity. the 71—year—old long—time republican is hoping to unseat the democratic governor gavin newsom, who is facing a recall bid over charges of mishandling the state's coronavirus response.
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let's get more on this from celebrity blogger perez hilton whojoins me live from la. perese, thank you forjoining us again on bbc news. —— perez. the idea of celebrities running for governor in california often has legs but have you ever seen anything like this before? i ever seen anything like this before? ., ever seen anything like this before? . , , ., before? i mean, yes, also, unfortunately, _ before? i mean, yes, also, unfortunately, quite - u nfortu nately, quite successfully unfortunately, quite successfully in 2016 when, with zero political experience, donald trump went and got himself elected all the way into the white house so he has now inspired everybody else, including reality tv stars which don't have quite the pedigree as, you know, ronald reagan or sonny bono, the lead musician. i am a little concerned but not too much, just because the big advantage that caitlynjenner has reminds
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me of the advantage that donald trump had in 2016. back then, the republican field for hopeful presidents was so crowded that donald trump kind of sucked up all of the oxygen in the room and had this big name recognition and had inserted himself on fox news, inserted himself on fox news, in the political sphere, commenting so much. the name recognition will definitely help caitlyn jenner. recognition will definitely help caitlynjenner. however, what will hurt her is the republican party as a whole is, what i would consider not france friendly and in fact on both the state and national level, over the last many years and still in 2021, the republican party has been passing and taste transit laws —— trans friendly. it is shocking and just i guess very on brand for caitlynjenner to on brand for caitlyn jenner to run on brand for caitlynjenner to run as a republican ——
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anti—trans laws. i5 run as a republican -- anti-trans laws.- run as a republican -- anti-trans laws. is not 'ust running i anti-trans laws. is not 'ust running as i anti-trans laws. is not 'ust running as an i anti-trans laws. is notjust running as an advocate - anti-trans laws. is notjust running as an advocate for| running as an advocate for trans rights, she is also a so—called fiscal conservatives and socially liberal candidate so what is not to like? she could have _ so what is not to like? she could have run _ so what is not to like? she could have run as- so what is not to like? she could have run as an - could have run as an independent. i would could have run as an independent. iwould have respected that more. but she has aligned herself to the party of donald trump and in 2021, the gop is still the party of donald trump and in california, that is a losing party. with some few exceptions over the last two decades — mike arnold schwarzenegger being a notable one but thankfully, and the reason i am not that concerned, i have looked at the polling and the overwhelming majority of californians, while maybe not thrilled with gavin newsom's handling of covid—19 and other issues like the homeless crisis here in california, the overwhelming majority of californians, it seems, do not support a recall at this moment. support a recall at this moment-—
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support a recall at this| moment._ i support a recall at this - moment._ i would moment. would you? i would consider a — moment. would you? i would consider a recall— moment. would you? i would consider a recall if _ moment. would you? i would consider a recall if some - consider a recall if some wonderful candidate said i'm going to run but as of now, there are not any prominent democrats or independents that i could get behind. but democrats or independents that i could get behind.— i could get behind. but caitlyn jenner is arguing _ i could get behind. but caitlyn jenner is arguing that - i could get behind. but caitlyn jenner is arguing that career l jenner is arguing that career politicians have undelivered and surely she is the answer! i wholeheartedly disagree with that! i'm all for some prominent people getting into the political world and wanting to shake things up but start on a smaller scale. donald trump taught us that potentially, we saw horrific consequences of somebody with zero experience being in charge. work your way up. that's what i say to caitlyn jenner. up. that's what i say to caitlynjenner. start up. that's what i say to caitlyn jenner. start at the city or county level.- caitlyn jenner. start at the city or county level. she is an ol mic city or county level. she is an olympic winner. _ city or county level. she is an olympic winner. she - city or county level. she is an olympic winner. she has - city or county level. she is an |
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olympic winner. she has taken 0lympic winner. she has taken on donald trump over trans rights. surely she has shown her mettle. wouldn't it be an exciting prospect? but caitlyn jenner supported donald trump for many years. there is even an iconic and some would say disgusting photograph of caitlynjenner disgusting photograph of caitlyn jenner driving disgusting photograph of caitlynjenner driving her car in malibu with the top down, wearing her make america great cap. 0therthan wearing her make america great cap. other than winning wearing her make america great cap. 0therthan winning in wearing her make america great cap. other than winning in the olympics and starring in a reality tv show and being a good public speaker, i don't see how caitlynjenner has demonstrated the ability to get things done on a business level. she is not a respected business person or inspirational leader that can get people to do things. but can get, you know, action across party lines and things done. i don't know, i'm not confident in her, she does not
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have my support. in confident in her, she does not have my summ— have my support. in my -- in one word. — have my support. in my -- in one word, would _ have my support. in my -- in one word, would she - have my support. in my -- in one word, would she win - have my support. in my -- in one word, would she win if i have my support. in my -- in i one word, would she win if she got through to the recall, though. got through to the recall, thou . h. , got through to the recall, thou~h. , ., ., , though. there is no way does mi . uel, though. there is no way does miguel. i _ though. there is no way does miguel, i cannot _ though. there is no way does miguel, i cannot say - though. there is no way does miguel, i cannot say that - miguel, i cannot say that because donald trump taught us that anything possible.— that anything possible. maybe. ma be. that anything possible. maybe. maybe- perez _ that anything possible. maybe. maybe. perez hilton, - that anything possible. maybe. maybe. perez hilton, thank - that anything possible. maybe. | maybe. perez hilton, thank you so much for— maybe. perez hilton, thank you so much forjoining _ maybe. perez hilton, thank you so much forjoining us. - andrea 0riana, an italian former 0lympic swimmer, has set a new record on the high altitude and chilly lake titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake that is surrounded by andean mountain ranges between bolivia and peru. the 47—year—old swam 20km across the lake without a wetsuit in a total five hours and 33 minutes. aruna iyengar has this report. psyching himself up for a record—breaking swim. this is andrea 0riana's third attempt to beat the previous record of 16 kilometres across this highest of lakes, over 3800 metres above sea level. lake
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titicaca is a special swimming challenge. translation: the difficulty is — challenge. translation: the difficulty is the _ challenge. translation: iie: difficulty is the altitude. it is hard to swim well and it slows down your strokes due to the cold. you feel 12 celsius without protection. and it feels very, very cold. the only barrier to _ feels very, very cold. the only barrier to the _ feels very, very cold. the only barrier to the cold _ feels very, very cold. the only barrier to the cold is _ feels very, very cold. the only barrier to the cold is paraffin l barrier to the cold is paraffin wax, rubbed onto his skin. 47—year—old andrea 0riana swam from near the so—called sleeping dragon mountain peak on the east shore to the island of the moon in the middle of the lake, a distance of 20 kilometres. translation: it is a dream to _ kilometres. translation: it is a dream to swim _ kilometres. translation: it is a dream to swim in _ kilometres. translation: it 3 a dream to swim in this lake because it is one of the most difficult tests in the world. you cannot compare the english channel to lake titicaca. they are the two most difficult tests. �* ., . , tests. the bolivian swimming federation — tests. the bolivian swimming federation confirmed - tests. the bolivian swimming
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federation confirmed the - tests. the bolivian swimming federation confirmed the new record, previously held by an american woman. translation: having the world record on lake titicaca takes me feel very happy. because this is really a sacred lake. it’s happy. because this is really a sacred lake.— sacred lake. it's whetted his a- etite sacred lake. it's whetted his appetite for _ sacred lake. it's whetted his appetite for more. - sacred lake. it's whetted his appetite for more. he - sacred lake. it's whetted his appetite for more. he is - sacred lake. it's whetted his| appetite for more. he is now planning his next challenge — 43 kilometres, bolivia to peru, across the lake. aruna iyengar, bbc news. i think that has whetted all of our appetites for a swim. spacex has set forth in four astronauts bound for the international space station into orbit. liftoff was at florida. take a look. two, one, zero. ignition _ florida. take a look. two, one, zero. ignition and _ florida. take a look. two, one, zero. ignition and liftoff, - zero. ignition and liftoff, godspeed, and quiver for godspeed, and quiverfor endeavour and crew. the godspeed, and quiver for endeavour and crew. the dragon ca sule endeavour and crew. the dragon capsule is _ endeavour and crew. the dragon capsule is coming _ endeavour and crew. the dragon capsule is coming two _ capsule is coming two americans, onejapanese capsule is coming two americans, one japanese and one french astronaut, part of nasa
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popping programme to use private companies to send astronauts to the iss and nasa has also given spacex a contract to build the land that will take astronauts to the surface of the moon. thanks so much for watching. see you soon. goodbye. hello. wales reached 21 degrees on friday. scotland had its highest temperature of the year so farat 20. and after a warm, sunny start to the weekend, it will turn a little cooler and cloudier as the weekend goes on, especially in eastern areas. it's still largely dry throughout with high pressure here but the flow of air around that as the weekend goes on will become more of a pronounced easterly across the uk with that cooler air starting to move in and more cloud, especially by sunday and especially in the east, as we'll see in a moment. another chilly morning to kick off the weekend, but not as cold as recent mornings, though still there will be a patchy, mainly rural frost around and temperatures
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head up in the morning sunshine quite quickly. 0nce any early mist and fog patches clear away from eastern england and there will be a bit of patchy cloud for parts of scotland — especially in the east and into north—east england — but for most areas, it's a day of unbroken sunshine once again. shetland, though, turning cloudy with a chance of a little light rain. it will be a cooler day along north sea coasts with a breeze off the sea but in western areas of the sunshine, every bit as warm as friday — 19, perhaps 20 degrees again. and there will be moderate to high pollen levels and moderate to high uv as well. now, we are expecting more cloud to arrive as we go after dark on saturday night, just filtering in here from the east, particularly into parts of england and wales. there could be a few mist and fog patches around, too. although temperatures again are a little bit higher as we start sunday morning, still the odd touch of frost in the countryside can't be ruled out. and then on sunday, don't be surprised to have some cloud, particularly across parts of england and wales and patchy cloud in scotland breaking to allow sunny spells, though parts of eastern england could stay rather cloudy
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with a chance of a light shower. an isolated heavy shower in highland scotland can't be ruled out. more of us noticing that easterly breeze, quite gusty through the channel, channel islands and south west england, as it's been for the past few days, and quite chilly along that north sea coast — cooler elsewhere but still up to 17 in western counties of northern ireland. into next week and high pressure giving way to low pressure and that brings a chance, anyway, of a little rain moving southwards monday into tuesday. doesn't look like it's going to amount to very much at the start of a week which looks like it'll be cooler than average once again, with a chance again for a few showers, but not enough to stop this being one of the driest aprils we've known.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: india's hospitals are reporting dangerously low oxygen levels and no empty beds as coronavirus cases reach record highs. there have been over 2,200 deaths in the past 24 hours. the prime minister, narendra modi, says the government is trying to source additional supplies of oxygen. president emmanuel macron, has said france will never yield to islamist terrorism, after a female officer was stabbed to death inside a police station near paris. the attacker — who was a tunisian national — was shot dead. anti—terror prosecutors are carrying out an investigation. american health authorities say the one jabjohnson &johnson the one jab johnson & johnson can the one jabjohnson &johnson can be used again after it was pause after blood clots
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incidences were investigated. authorities say the risk is very low.

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