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the biggest flu vaccination programme in nhs history is launched as winter approaches. more than a0 million people will be eligible for a free vaccination — with medics concerned about flu and covid circulating together. it's because of this significant risk to individuals of co—circulation, so the circulation together of both covid and flu, and the likelihood that will cause more serious disease, and people are more likely to go to hospital. we'll find out how this winter is looking for the health service. also this lunchtime... millions of households will face higher energy bills next year, warns the regulator, because of the rising cost of gas. as the footballer marcus rashford is recognised for his work
on child poverty, he's criticised the removal of the £20 uplift in universal credit. two journalists are awarded the nobel peace prize. it is for their work in defending freedom of expression in the philippines and russia. and finally backin philippines and russia. and finally back in the ring, tyson fury is preparing to defend his wbc heavyweight title against deontay wilder this weekend. and coming up on the bbc news channel, one day to go until the heavyweight showdown between tyson fury and deontay wilder. the weigh—in takes place later, but the fighters will be kept apart. good afternoon and welcome
to the bbc news at one. more than a0 million people across the uk are being offered a flu vaccine this year, in the nhs's biggest campaign against the virus. fewer people than usual caught flu last winter, because lockdowns meant we mixed less and people focused more on handwashing and hygiene. but medics are worried about the impact of flu and covid—19 circulating together in the coming months. everyone over the age of 50, people with health conditions, pregnant women, health and care workers, and most children are being urged to take up the offer of a jab as soon as possible, as our health correspondent naomi grimley reports. i've got together some of the country's leading medics to answer your vaccine questions... this is the latest media advert to remind us that it's notjust covid which we will have to worry about this winter. flu could rear its head again, too. a recent survey with 3,000 participants found that nearly
a third of those asked were unaware that flu and covid—19 can circulate together at the same time. that's got health officials worried. it's because of this significant risk to individuals of co—circulation, so the circulation together of both covid and flu, and the likelihood that that will cause more serious disease and people are more likely to go to hospital. more than a0 million people across the uk are being offered a flu jab free in the biggest ever roll—out of the vaccine. they include the over—sos, those with certain health conditions, pregnant women, health care workers, and most children. lockdowns and extra hygiene measures squashed flu last winter, and that means the level of immunity in the population is likely to be lower this time round. there's also uncertainty about how effective the flu vaccine will be.
usually, scientists study what's been circulating in the southern hemisphere to help formulate a flu jab months ahead. but, this year, the guesswork has been hampered by lockdowns disrupting the usual influenza patterns. if we look to australia, for example, we know that influenza a is circulating there right now, it's causing 97% of the flu cases. but if we look to china, which is ahead of us in terms of the lockdown measures and their progress through the covid pandemic, they have mainly influenza b, so we're not exactly certain, but the vaccines have a mix of strains in them, so they will offer protection for multiple different types of flu, so we're trying to cover all bases. flu normally kills around 11,000 people every winter, but a report published earlier this year from the academy of medical sciences warned respiratory illnesses could hit very high levels and flu deaths alone could reach 60,000 in a worst—case scenario.
naomi grimley, bbc news. well, the focus today is on the flu vaccine, but in the last few minutes we have had news about the many people who took part in trials to develop a covid vaccine. medical editor fergus walsh is with me, what can you tell us?— can you tell us? some good news. in the ast can you tell us? some good news. in the past few — can you tell us? some good news. in the past few minutes, _ can you tell us? some good news. in the past few minutes, the _ can you tell us? some good news. in i the past few minutes, the government has announced that 15,000 people who took part in the novavax vaccine trial are going to be eligible for two doses of the pfizerjab. now, this is significant because that vaccine, although it is highly effective, it hasn't yet been approved by the mhra or indeed any health agencies, and although the uk recognises it, because it is highly effective, other countries don't. so
those trial volunteers have said they feel in limbo, they haven't been able to travel. but now they are going to be eligible for two doses of pfizer, and as a result, eight weeks apart, that limbo will be ended, and on the travel pass it will show that they have at two pfizer shots. and that is really important, because these people are the unsung heroes of the pandemic and without them we wouldn't have any vaccines, so important that issueis any vaccines, so important that issue is now finally resolved. interesting. thank you, fergus walsh. the energy regulator has warned that millions of households face significantly higher bills from april when the current price cap is reassessed. the business secretary, kwasi kwarteng, is meeting industry leaders today, as concern grows about the impact of gas shortages. meanwhile, the us has told russia, which supplies most of europe's gas, that it must not exploit the situation for political gain. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale has more. for years, europe has depended on russia for much of its energy supplies. in all, the eu gets
40% of its natural gas from there and about a quarter of its crude oil. that means the kremlin has a big say in the price of our energy, and one ofjoe biden�*s closest advisers told me that influence could be exploited. we have long been concerned about russia using energy as a tool of coercion and a political weapon. we've seen it happen before and we could see it happen again. but do you think russia are going to try and exploit this? i think it would be a mistake for russia to try to exploit this. i think that would ultimately backfire on them and i believe that they should respond to the market demands for increased energy supplies to europe. the fear is that moscow is not supplying as much gas as it could — to put pressure on the eu to start using this, russia's new pipeline called nord stream ii. this would massively increase the amount of gas coming direct from russia, through the baltic sea, to germany, bypassing the other main route through ukraine. some fear this will give russia
even more influence. but the country's energy bosses insist they are not deliberately holding back supplies. translation: since the beginning of the year, we have supplied - foreign markets with near—record amounts of gas. we increased deliveries to our largest consumer market, germany, by a third compared to the last year. to turkey by two and a half times. to romania by four times. we supplied additional volumes of gas along all routes, including the ukrainian route, as much as we could. the eu leaders are less sanguine and hope that greater use of green energy will make europe less reliant on russia. so far, this is very clear that, with energy in the long term, it is important to invest in renewables. that gives us stable prices and more independence, because gas is imported, 90% of the gas is imported to the european union. the renewables, we are the master of the production of the renewables.
the problem is that for europe to go green, it will have to use less coal. and, in the short term, that could mean even greater reliance on russian gas and, potentially, yet more price hikes in the future. james landale, bbc news, brussels. let's talk more about today's warning that household energy bills may rise significantly next spring. our business correspondent katie prescottjoins me. these are comments from the head of the regulator 0fgem. i think the question people will haveis i think the question people will have is what does significant mean? analysts say that when the price cap goes up in april, it could rise by hundreds of pounds, and that is a huge amount when we think that the price cap has already gone up by 12% to £1277. we used to advise people to £1277. we used to advise people to shop around and look for different tariffs, but really the price cap is the best value tariff you will get any market which shows
how, in the woods of 0fgem, how unprecedented these rises have been. attention today is turning to businesses, because there is no price cap for them when energy prices rise, and for businesses which use huge amounts of energy, this really is proving to be a very challenging time. we've already seen the government step and wants to keep a business up and that produces carbon dioxide, fertiliser, crucial for many businesses in the uk, and later this afternoon the business secretary is meeting companies that are energy intensive to see what can be done going forward as these gas costs are continuing to be very high. of course, why is that significant for us? well, if businesses are paying higher costs, it will be passed down the supply chain, past and the food chain to all of us. mil chain, past and the food chain to all of us. �* ., all of us. all right, katie prescott. _ all of us. all right, katie prescott, our _ all of us. all right, katie prescott, our business l prescott, our business correspondent. former northern ireland secretary james brokenshire has died at the age of 53.
the conservative mp was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 and stood down from ministerial duties earlier this year when a tumour returned. the prime minister has paid tribute, calling james brokenshire the nicest, kindest and most unassuming of politicians, while also being extraordinarily effective. the former prime minister theresa may paid tribute as well, calling him an outstanding public servant, a talented minister, and a loyal friend. in a statement, his family praised his career in government and remembered him as a loving father and devoted husband. marcus rashford has criticised the government's removal of the £20 a week universal credit uplift, warning that more families will face hardship as a result. the england and manchester united footballer was speaking as he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his work tackling child poverty. some mps and charities have also recently warned
of the impact of the move. 0ur political correspondent peter saull reports. it's not every day that a premier league footballer gets an honorary doctorate. but there's far more to marcus rashford than scoring goals. this is another platform for him to raise the issue of child poverty. there was once a time that an extra £20 a week would have made a massive difference to me and my family. for many, this is still the reality. and speaking to the bbc after the ceremony, he urged the government to change course. i don't think the right point for it to end is when families aren't in a stable situation. otherwise it makes no sense doing the work that we've done in the past, only to, you know, stop doing it at possibly one of the most vital stages. when marcus rashford speaks, ministers tend to sit up and listen. 0n universal credit, though, they're holding firm.
if you wanted to carry on with that uplift, you'd need to find £6 billion a year from somewhere. inevitably, that means taxing people on their paye, putting the cost of fuel up even more, even though it is at record levels, or something else. so nothing is free when you're making these decisions. the labour leader is keen to keep the pressure up — but what would he do differently? we would keep the uplift. we would then replace it with a much better system that didn't require people to work 29 hours to earn £20. the removal of a temporary uplift in benefits is one thing, but if you factor in rising energy bills and food prices, the cost of living is fast becoming the main topic of conversation here in westminster — and some conservatives are worried. it's going to be very challenging for all of us, but particularly for those people on low incomes, and so this is going to be the big political question of at least the next six months, possibly the next year or more, and the government needs
to be responding to this. the chancellor's spending review is two and a half weeks away. by then, the calls for help for struggling families may be difficult to ignore. peter saull, bbc news. the number of countries in the uk travel red list is due to be slashed from monday. the transport secretary, grant shapps, confirmed that pcr tests will be swapped for cheaper lateral flow tests, though he didn't say when that change would take effect. let's find out more from caroline davies, who is at gatwick airport. some good news for the travel industry, caroline. yes, so big changes for international travel coming in from monday. as you say, the red list has been slashed to just seven countries, panama, haiti, dominican
republic, peru, colombia, venezuela and ecuador. but that means people living in brazil or south africa, countries which have been on the uk's red list and have had limitations from the beginning of this year, will be able to come to the uk without having to stay in a quarantine hotel. that's very good news for people who have loved ones in these countries, but also good news for the travel industry, who hope that it is good for winter son holidays. —— winter sun holidays. but they are still waiting patiently for more news, the government has said if you are coming into this country, you still need to take one test if you are double vaccinated. at the moment, that is the more expensive pcr test. they have promised to change to the cheaper lateral flow test before half term, the transport secretary said again
today. but at the moment there is no doubt set for when that change will come in and the clock is ticking down before the half term holidays. we also know that 37 new countries will have their vaccination certificates recognise too. international travel is clearly changing, but still not back to normal. people in the uk are eating less meat than a decade ago, but researchers say a greater reduction is needed if we are to meet climate targets. a university of oxford study found daily meat consumption has dropped by 17% in the last ten years. the national food strategy recommends a fall of 30% over the next decade, to reduce the environmental impact of our diets. the bbc has reached a financial settlement with a graphic designer who was asked by martin bashir to produce fake bank statements for his interview with princess diana in 1995. matt wiessler was sidelined by the bbc after raising concerns about the fake documents. in a statement, the bbc apologised to mr wiessler and his family and said he had acted "with complete integrity".
the time is 1:16 pm. the headlines... the biggest flu vaccination in nhs history is launched. a0 million people across the uk will be eligible for a free jab. and also to come, help for people who have suffered heart attacks. a new drug aims to cut the risk of future attacks. coming up on the bbc news channel, a huge match tonight for wales. we'll look ahead to their world cup qualifier against czech republic. they are without gareth bale but aaron ramsey returns to lead the side. eight locations have made it to the next stage of the contest to become the uk's city of culture in 2025. not all of them are cities — with cornwall and county durham among the contenders.
the others include stirling, wrexham and bradford. the title is awarded every four years and is currently held by coventry. southampton, derby and armagh city, banbridge and craigavon are also on the longlist, unveiled by new culture secretary nadine dorries. for culture secretary nadine dorries. the first time in 1 competition's for the first time in the competition's history, each location will now receive £a0,000 worth of investment. the winner will be announced next spring. let's go to our reporter simon novaya gazeta, whojoins me from one of our reporter simon novaya gazeta, who joins me from one of the contenders, darby — simon hare. yes. contenders, darby - simon hare. yes, a real sense — contenders, darby - simon hare. yes, a real sense of — contenders, darby - simon hare. yes, a real sense of excitement _ contenders, darby — simon hare. yes a real sense of excitement that derby has made this short and some degree of people pleasantly surprised as derby was quite late to the whole process, while some cities had been putting their bids to for three years. derby got its together in the final three months before the deadline and, as you say, they are now down to the eight on the long
shortlist and that is from a record number of entries this year, 20, for the uk city of culture 2025, with coventry the current city of culture for 2021. coventry the current city of culture for2021. it coventry the current city of culture for 2021. it is notjust the title, it is what it does for the area, it leads to millions of pounds of investment, it helps to create jobs and to attract visitors, notjust for the year itself but for years afterwards as well and derby says it really wants to use culture to drive inward investment into the city. take a look at this behind me, this is the new museum of making, housed in the old silk mill and widely regarded as the world's first factory, now home to an amazing exhibition, detailing derby's 300 years of manufacturing heritage and history and derby are helping that city of culture could help it create a new events arena, help to move the theatre to of the city, creating a
cultural quarter and a live music event as well. we will find out the winner of the uk city of culture in the spring next year. we winner of the uk city of culture in the spring next year.— the spring next year. we will indeed, thank _ the spring next year. we will indeed, thank you _ the spring next year. we will indeed, thank you simon. i covid infections for secondary school age children in england have reached a record high, according to latest figures from the office for national statistics. 7% of pupils in school years 7—11 were estimated to be positive in the week to the 2nd of october, that is “p week to the 2nd of october, that is up from a.6% previously. it's estimated around 1 in 70 people in the uk would test positive for coronavirus in the period. the welsh government has said all businesses in wales are likely to be able to remain open through the winter but covid measures could be brought back if the situation changes. first minister mark drakeford hasjust changes. first minister mark drakeford has just been laying out his winter plan. 0ur wales correspondent tomos morgan was listening, tell us more about what
he is saying. well, as you mentioned, the headline was that things will remain the same if the covid situation remains the same. at the moment, the case rate in wales is slightly above that during the second wave and slightly above the projections, but far below the worst—case scenario. but, crucially, hospitalisation rates have remained lower than the second wave and that probably proves that vaccine seems to be making a difference here. however, as you mentioned, the minister mark drakeford did say that if things change, such as hospitalisation rates increasing, big pressure on the nhs, covid spaces on bed spaces causing an issue or a new variant causing an issue or a new variant causing concern, measures could be brought back in. you would have thought may be social distancing measures would be brought back first. however, the main message from mark drakeford today was really the pandemic isn't over in wales just yet. the pandemic isn't over in wales 'ust et. ., ., ., ~ the pandemic isn't over in wales 'ust et. ., ., .,
a custody battle over a six—year—old israeli boy who was the only survivor of a cable car crash in italy is being heard in court in tel aviv. eitan biran was with his parents, brother and great—grandparents when a cable car fell to the ground in may, killing 1a people. an italianjudge gave guardianship of the boy to his aunt, who lives in italy, but, last month, his other grandfather flew him to israel without her permission. 0ur middle east correspondent yolande knell reports. it was a heart—rending story. when this cable car crashed in northern italy five months ago, everyone inside the cabin was killed, except one boy, apparently saved by his father's protective hug. eitan biran, who is six, lost his parents and younger brother, as well as two great—grandparents and, now, the rest of his family is being torn apart by an acrimonious custody. apart by an acrimonious custody row.
arriving at court today, eitan�*s maternal grandfather, who brought him to israel on a private plane last month. he denies acting illegally. "my family's shattered," he told israeli tv. "my thoughts are for the good of the child only, "for the good of eitan." but the boy's paternal aunt disagrees. a doctor living in italy, she was made his legal guardian there and is petitioning for him to be sent back. israeli media are saying that the judge in this case needs the wisdom of king solomon. she has international law to consider, but also the competing claims of this grieving family and the needs of a child who has already suffered so much. a final decision on what happens to eitan biran is yet to be made. for now, his relatives are being asked to keep him out of the public eye, to protect him from further trauma.
yolande knell, bbc news, tel aviv. every five minutes in the uk, someone is admitted to hospital with a heart attack. most people survive, but the damage done can leave them prone to another. so researchers at addenbrooke's hospital in cambridge and the british heart foundation have been trialling a drug that they hope can heal damaged hearts and make further attacks less likely. richard westcott reports. julian isn't the kind of person you'd expect to have a heart attack. a keen cyclist, healthy—eating, doesn't smoke, in his early 50s. but, last summer, out of the blue... pretty normal day up until apm and i had this enormous pain in my chest and it was vice—like. and i said to my wife, "i feel really, really ill." so i went and lay down and the pain just didn't go away. at any point, when you are kind of lying in bed in pain, did you think this might be
a heart attack? no, because i didn't think it would happen to me, i thought i was too young to have a heart attack, i thought i was fit and healthy, i'd had no underlying symptoms. the previous weekend, i had been out on quite a long bike ride. so just acting as normal, and then like a bolt out of the blue, you get that huge pain in your chest and you find yourself in papworth. sojulian hasjoined a drug trial here at addenbrooke's hospital in cambridge. some people have an immune system that goes into overdrive following a heart attack and actually starts to damage the body, leaving the patient prone to another attack or a stroke. researchers hope this drug, aldesleukin, will cut that risk. if you think of the immune system as having good cop cells and bad cop cells. in these high—risk patients, we have a very high number of bad cop cells. so in this trial, what we're trying to do is increase
the good cell cop numbers, so it negates the harmful effects the good cop cell numbers, so it negates the harmful effects of the bad cop cells. and it has been shown to have very good results in other autoimmune conditions, such as diabetes, autoimmune hepatitis, hiv, hep b and hep c. julian, we're just about to give you an injection now. all the bloods are good, 0k? 0k. if this smaller trial is successful, the drug will need to be tested in large—scale human trials, but it could one day spare thousands of people the fear of having a second heart attack just a few months after the first. the weeks after the attack, i just lost all confidence in my own body. i didn't want to do anything, and it's really building that confidence again in your own body, being able to go and to do things that you love, and if there is a drug out there that can help people get back to normality, that's got to be hugely beneficial. richard westcott, bbc news, cambridge. two journalists have been awarded the nobel peace prize,
for protecting democracy by defending freedom of expression. maria ressa from the philippines, and dmitry muratov from russia were commended for uncovering abuse of power and protecting freedom of the press. caroline hawley reports. out of 329 nominees, two winners. both have stood up against state power at huge personal risk. the norwegian nobel committee has decided to award the nobel peace prize for 2021 to... maria ressa and dmitry muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. maria ressa was described as "fearless", shedding light on the president of the philippines�* anti—drug campaign, which has been so deadly,
the committee said it resembled a war waged against the population. speaking after the announcement, maria ressa said she was in shock. that, without facts, nothing was possible. when you don't have facts, you don't have truth, you don't have trust. trust is what holds us together to be able to solve the complex problems our world is facing today, so when you attack the media, often times it's about shooting the messenger. another messenger, dmitry muratov. he is editor of russia's most independent newspaper, which has investigated corruption, police violence and electoral fraud. the nobel committee said six of its journalists have been killed because of their work. caroline hawley, bbc news. in boxing, tyson fury defends his wbc heavyweight title in las vegas this weekend, when he faces deontay wilder for the third time. the fight was due to be staged in the summer, but had to be scrapped
when fury contracted covid—19. ade adedoyin looks ahead to a much anticipated fight. fury and wilder talk over each other. there's no love lost between tyson fury and deontay wilder. put them in a room together and it doesn't take long for this to happen. you're in denial and you're getting knocked out. and then you're going to retire... you don't know nothing about that. do yourself a favour and retire, your legacy�*s in bits. and the ill feeling all stems from this. their second bout in february last year. fury, dominant, wilder dethroned, though the american claims that fury cheated his way to victory... tyson fury! ..by tampering with his gloves to gain an unfair advantage. i don't want to hurt deontay wilder, ijust want to beat him in a fight. and he knows what he's saying is lies and, deep down in his soul, he knows that he lost. men lie, women lie, but your eyes
don't lie what you see, you know? so, people can believe what they want, we're all human, we believe what we want. but the eyes don't lie. and it only made me better as a man, as a fighter. the pair have traded insults on social media in recent weeks. this fight right here, you better be preparing, you better train your butt off. you've only fought one good man in your career and that's me, and i beat you. everybody in the world knows that you lost to the gypsy king. and there were concerns that they could end up trading blows at wednesday's press conference. it prompted the promoters to cancel all face—offs at set—piece media events. the chances of the fight not happening because somebody gets hurt in that type of melee would be great. so fury and wilder will see each other one more time before saturday night's bout, but from a distance. they will be kept apart at the weigh—in later here here at the mgm grand, so there'll be no punches thrown, but expect more verbal blows. ade adedoyin, bbc news, las vegas.