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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories... a stark warning from the world health organization — the pandemic will last longer because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. the 620 will meet at the end of october, we need them to say, "where are we against those commitments?" and i can tell you today, you are not on track. you need to really speed it up. experts in florida are investigating whether suspected human remains belong to the boyfriend of a young woman found murdered last month. the growing danger women face in nightclubs — we talk to one of the victims of �*spiking'. and protestors demonstrate outside the headquarters of netflix — over a comedy special they say was transphobic.
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the world health organization has told the bbc it believes the coronavirus pandemic will go on for a year longer than it needs to because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. it comes as a group of charities have criticised the uk and canada for themselves using doses from covax 7 the global programme to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly. meanwhile, oxfam is issuing a report criticising pharmaceutical companies and rich nations for delivering just one in seven of the doses promised for developing countries. they say firms and rich nations continue to block moves to share vaccine technology and recipes. naomi grimley reports. it's the question
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we all keep asking — when will this pandemic end? not as soon as it could is the answer from the world health organization because of uneven vaccine distribution across the world. there have been plenty of summits about vaccine donations to poorer countries, but the exasperation of who officials is clear to see. we need a stock take, the 620 will meet at the end of october, we need them to say, "where are we against those commitments?" and i can tell you today, you are not on track. you need to really speed it up, or you know what, this pandemic is going to go on for a year longer than it needs to. covax was the international programme set up to ensure all countries — both rich and poor — could get enough vaccines to cover at least 20% of their population. but it hasn't worked out as planned. the vast majority of vaccine doses administered have been in richer countries. africa especially has
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been left behind. a new analysis from a group of charities called the people's vaccine alliance shows the huge gap between what the world's richest countries have promised to give the poorest versus the number of doses delivered so far. the uk and canada have been singled out for particular criticism, as both countries acquired some vaccines from covax for their own populations, even though they had their own supplies. on the one hand, every country thatjoined the covax facility was entitled to obtain vaccines, but these two countries obtained many, many doses through bilateral agreements that could best be characterised as hoarding. so the idea that they would then double—dip and take more vaccines from the covax initiative really is morally indefensible. the uk has stressed it helped kick—start covax and was one of its most generous financial supporters. the canadian government told us it's now stopped procuring
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vaccines from covax. as it became clear that the supply that we had secured through our bilateral deals with different companies, like astrazeneca, pfizer and moderna would be sufficient for the canadian population, we then pivoted the doses that we had procured from covax to be donated back to covax, so that they could be redistributed to developing countries that needed those doses. the latest warning from the world health organization is that the pandemic will continue deep into 2022. it's urging pharmaceutical companies and wealthy nations to make sure low—income countries are now prioritised in the queue for life—saving vaccines. naomi grimley, bbc news. for more on this i'm joined now by drjeremy faust — an emergency physician at brigham and women s
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hospital, at harvard medical school. he also writes for inside medicine. good to talk to you. let me ask first of all you agree with the who assessment that the way that vaccine inequality is moving at the moment would mean that covid will stay with us for longer?— for longer? thank you for havin: for longer? thank you for having me- _ for longer? thank you for having me. i— for longer? thank you for having me. i agree - for longer? thank you for having me. i agree with l for longer? thank you for i having me. i agree with that assessment. anybody can look at global vaccine trackers and see for themselves than what the data show, which is that in wealthy nations we have a lot more availability of vaccines than in less fortunate places. here in the us, we have a lot of vaccine. basically if you don't want vaccine, it is, if you don't have one it is because you don't want one, meanwhile, we have boosted more people in america have been fully vaccinated and all of nigeria, a country of 200 million people. if the op has less than i% of the population fully vaccinated. —— ethiopia. i have colleagues around the
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world who don't have a vaccine. i think about that and i think, that was bananas, i am so glad that was bananas, i am so glad that i am protected but it is remarkable that we are here this far out, and that there is not the distribution that we need. , �* ., ., ., need. isn't there a danger that if ou need. isn't there a danger that if you remove _ need. isn't there a danger that if you remove boosters - need. isn't there a danger that if you remove boosters for - if you remove boosters for those who are immunocompromised or the elderly population, then you will see death numbers and numbers seriously ill rising again? numbers seriously ill rising auain? . , numbers seriously ill rising aiain? ., numbers seriously ill rising auain? . ., again? that is an important oint again? that is an important point and — again? that is an important point and i _ again? that is an important point and i would _ again? that is an important point and i would say - again? that is an important point and i would say that l point and i would say that people are immunocompromised, for them, two versus is not enough, a third verse completes their series, for older people with risk factors and even some younger people with risk factors a third dose is important in keeping them out of hospital and alive, but for most of the people eligible for the boosters in this country right now, it is a luxury that would be better spent giving those vaccines to people who are elderly or immunocompromised you have not received a single dose yet so yes we absolutely should use
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are doses that we have on hand to boost people who have a higher risk of severe disease, but we need to make sure that we are moving our other doses overseas. we committed i billion doses, but so far, 150 million have been delivered overseas, so we have a long way to go in reaching the agreements and obligations that we ourselves committed to. do ou we ourselves committed to. do you think having three vaccines puts people off getting their first one? , ., , , first one? there is absolutely data to suggest _ first one? there is absolutely data to suggest that - first one? there is absolutely data to suggest that and - first one? there is absolutely data to suggest that and this | data to suggest that and this is one of these things called secondary effects that i cannot believe people really thought about when they took the approach to rolling out the booster that they did in the government here and elsewhere. there are people who need the booster and i support that effort, i have members of my own family who are old enough and have risk factors to get boosted, but we see reliable survey data that people who are on the fence about getting their first births are turned off by the idea of a third dose, and maybe some of that ——
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their first dose, and maybe some of that —— theirfirst dose. but dose, and maybe some of that —— their first dose. but we now have data also to show that people who have not been vaccinated in this country can be characterised in some degree by what i spoke about a moment ago which is that they don't want it, they haven't been convinced, but there are people who have logistical problems getting out of work, getting transportation, why don't we spend money to get as people their first doses rather than giving people who are effectively worried about legitimate issues like long covid or breakthrough infection but not to the same level of concern that i would have for an elderly person overseas, who has access to zero vaccine at this time. it has been good to speak to you, drjeremy faust. thank you. and you can get much more the coronavirus pandemic on our website — there's information about the pledges made by high—income countries and actual number of vaccines delivered so far. let s get some of the day s other news.
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at least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods caused by unseasonal heavy rain hit the northern indian state of uttarakhand. the impact has been devastating — fields of crops have been destroyed, roads blocked, and bridges have been washed away. the indian airforce has been called in to help the rescue effort. a senate inquiry in brazil says president jair bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. it accused the president of deliberately acting too slowly and exposing brazilians to the virus. mr bolsonaro has refuted the accusations, saying he bore no guilt. the united states says it's time to engage in a sustained dialogue with north korea in order to achieve the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the us ambassador to the united nations, linda thomas— greenfield, said washington had no hostile intent towards pyongyang and was willing to meet north korean officials without any pre—conditions.
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experts in the us state of florida are investigating whether suspected human remains found in a park belong to brian laundrie. he's the boyfriend of a young woman found murdered in the state of wyoming last month. gabby petito, who kept a travel blog, went missing weeks earlier while on a road trip with mr laundrie. we can now speak to former fbi special agent tracy walder, whojoins us now from dallas. thank you forjoining us, good to have your programme. we are in the early part of the investigation so it is not our place to speculate, but i wanted to ask you, because you have vast experience in this, what is the procedure from now having found the remains? thank ou so having found the remains? thank you so much _ having found the remains? thank you so much for— having found the remains? thank you so much for having _ having found the remains? thank you so much for having me - having found the remains? thank you so much for having me on. i you so much for having me on. the initial procedure, one of the first thing is that they are going to do is identify the partial remains that were found. that will be from dental
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records, the body has been submerged in water for some time so i would suspect we will not get a positive identification, it would be 24-72 identification, it would be 24—72 hours, also, and the fbi will the scene and set up a tent around the scene to ensure that it tent around the scene to ensure thatitis tent around the scene to ensure that it is not contaminated by other sources, environmental factors, those kind of things. they will also process all of the evidence using the evidence response team and there admirers as well to go in and see if there is other evidence within that area that can be recovered.— within that area that can be recovered. , , ., , recovered. there will be people watchinu recovered. there will be people watching at _ recovered. there will be people watching at home _ recovered. there will be people watching at home who - recovered. there will be people watching at home who could . recovered. there will be people watching at home who could be j watching at home who could be sketchy about the details of case, can you remind us what has happened because macro this case has been _ has happened because macro tn 3 case has been going on has happened because macro tn 1 case has been going on in america for about 5—6 weeks. gabby petito and her fianc boyfriend brian laundrie had set out on this voyage through utah, wyoming, montana, the middle western part of the
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united states, and had a prolific travel log from what we call here the van life. there had been reports of some sort of domestic issues. it was on police camera, both of them having a fight or disagreement. the couple were separated for the evening and eventually on along their way. on august 27, was really the last time that gabby petito was seen alive, her and brian laundrie were engaged in a verbal altercation. after that, gabby petito's texts and phone calls stop, going to her parents anymore, and returned home to his home in florida without her, and proceeded to go on a camping trip a few days later with his family, and then completely disappeared on or around september is—ilith, and
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gabby petito was reported missing on september the 11th, her remains were found about a week or so after. he her remains were found about a week or so after.— week or so after. he went missing — week or so after. he went missing about _ week or so after. he went missing about september| week or so after. he went. missing about september 13, 14th, missing about september 13, 111th, quite a while to be missing. i expect the fbi want to speak to all of those involved, including his parents. involved, including his parents-— involved, including his arents. , ., ., parents. yes, one of the biggest _ parents. yes, one of the biggest issues _ parents. yes, one of the l biggest issues surrounding parents. yes, one of the - biggest issues surrounding this case has been that his parents have not been forthcoming, have not been willing to talk to the police, have not been willing to talk with the fbi, which is somewhat unusual. we don't typically see behaviour like that, typically, parents want to try to help, even when their own child is missing, so there are some questions that, if he returned home on september one without gabby petito, why wasn't she reported missing earlier? why were his remains, his evidence and partial remains, and we don't know whose they are, found today, when his family had sort of
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gone out today to find that? so it is all just gone out today to find that? so it is alljust a little bit suspicious.— it is alljust a little bit susicious. ., , , . ., suspicious. former special a . ent suspicious. former special agent tracy _ suspicious. former special agent tracy werther, - suspicious. former special agent tracy werther, it. suspicious. former special| agent tracy werther, it has been good to get your insight and input, thank you.- and input, thank you. thank ou. stay with us on bbc news — still to come... salvation from the skies — a mission to rescue dogs trapped by lava on the spanish island of la palma. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock — older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside, it lights up a biblicalfamine now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money.
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we've had controversies - in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found _ a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news — the latest headlines. a stark covid warning from the world health organization — the pandemic will last longer because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. experts in florida are investigating whether suspected human remains belong to the boyfriend of a young woman found murdered last month. the man who shot dead 17 people at a school in parkland,
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florida, three years ago, has pleaded guilty to murder — and the attempted murder of 17 others who were injured. 23—year—old nikolas cruz apologised to the victims and theirfamilies in court. prosecutors have described the killings — one of the deadliest school shootings in us history — as cold, calculated and premeditated. they are seeking the death penalty. the parents of luke hoyer — who was killed in the shooting — agree he should be given a death sentence. he does not deserve life in prison. life in prison is a life. he deserves nothing more than the death penalty. i'm just looking forjustice here, and justice for us is, you know, we want him dead, we want him forgotten. i don't ever want to hear this kid's name again. well, earlier, ispoke to parkland survivor and gun control activist david hogg. he is also the founder of march for our lives, a student—led organisation in support of gun control legislation.
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i asked what he made of the parkland gunman's guilty plea. honestly, i'm happy that things are moving forward and we can close this chapter and move through to any kind of closure that is possible for the community, but i would also point out that there are so many people in the united states impacted by gun violence, that people feel they are unable to get a form ofjustice in the first place, so we hope communities can get some form of that but the real work is about trying to prevent these things from happening in future. how frustrating is it for you that, since what happened to you and the people who were killed, nothing seems to have changed? deeply frustrating. because here in the us, unlike many countries such as the uk and others around
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europe, our response to these horrific incidents is to somehow ask ourselves for some reason, how we can work to protect somebody�*s right to have a weapon like the ar—is for the shooter at my high school is above trying to protect the rights of americans not to be shot. it is deeply frustrating because in 2018 we said to the adults, we need adults that are elected and will work to protect our right not to be shot and vote and we voted in record numbers in the united states and we did it again in 2020, and all that happened was that it a rule like the filibuster stopped as being able to pass life—saving legislation despite the vast majority of americans supporting it, like the simplest background checks, so it is deeply frustrating but ultimately i believe that my generation in a worst—case scenario will be the ones to end this because we will not let our children deal with this.
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going back to what is happening with the trial, the shooter has said that he is sorry. do you believe him, do you care? i don't really care, honestly. all i am focused on is trying to prevent these things in future because there is nothing that the individual could say that would bring my classmates back or would ever, he stole i7 people's lives from their loved ones and there is nothing that can ever fix that. i am entirely focused on how we can prevent this stuff from happening in future, because in the united states after these incidents, we hear it often from these individuals when they are a white mass shooter, the shooter at my high school was not mentally ill, he was racist, he was anti—semitic, and xenophobic. he was able to legally obtain a weapon like the ar—is, and the reason the uk and europe doesn't have this happen on a daily basis the way it does in the united states isn't
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because there aren't people with mental illness, isn't people that have eight in their hearts, it is because many of those people are not able to access a weapon like the ar—is, with any of the same means that you can, in the united states. once shooting survivor, david hogg. here in the uk, police forces have been asked to look urgently at reports of women being spiked by needles in nightclubs. there've been reports across the country of clubbers after covid, it was supposed to be the freshers' week they never had. but on this night out at a club in nottingham, second—year university student sarah buckle became so unwell, she ended up in hospital. out of nowhere, i seemed to just stop communicating. i couldn't talk. it was as if someone had just turned a switch. the 19—year—old believes she was the victim of an injection spiking. i was almost screaming out for help and then almost going unconscious and coming
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back round and choking, and they could just tell immediately, wait, it's not that she's had too much to drink, something's really, really wrong. i have no memory of anything. i think my earliest memory will have been around 9am. my hand was throbbing and a bruise was starting to develop. posts on social media talk of similar incidents, and now a petition calling for compulsory searches at nightclubs has been signed by more than 130,000 people. and groups from more than 30 universities around the uk havejoined a campaign calling for a boycott of nightclubs at the end of this month. the problem of people having their drinks spiked in night—time venues has been reported for many years, but now there are new fears about the rise of injection spiking. however, only a small number of police forces across the uk say they've had reports of this happening. despite this, young people we spoke to today in nottingham said they were worried. i won't go out. i won't. it's too worrying.
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you shouldn't have in the back of your thought, "is someone going to stab me with a needle and spike my drink?", or anything like that. so, yeah, it's really concerning. it's one thing to worry- about your drink being spiked, but having stuff injected - into you that you don't know what it is, anything i could happen to you. it's terrifying. the home secretary, priti patel, has now asked police forces for an urgent update on this issue. and today, at the home affairs select committee, questions about the scale of the problem. do you think police forces are taking this seriously enough? every chief constable takes this as top priority. violence against women in general. sarah says it will be a long time before she can enjoy another night out, but she hopes her story will be a warning to others. if you feel unwell slightly, orjust think you've had a bit too much to drink, go home, and if you think something more sinister might have happened, do not be afraid to contact the police.
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jo black, bbc news, nottingham. the son of shah rukh khan, one of bollywood's biggest stars, is appealing to the high courts after his plea for bail was rejected for a second time. the 23—year—old aryan khan was arrested earlier this month by the narcotics control bureau for allegedly doing recreational drugs on a rave cruise ship off the coast of mumbai. he's been charged under laws "related to possession, consumption and sale of illegal substances" — which he denies. for now, he remains injail. on wednesday, we had a report on the volcano that's been erupting on the island of la palma, in the canary islands. at the end of that piece we heard about an ongoing mission to feed three dogs stranded by the lava, using drones. well, a rescue mission was planned, but now the canines are nowhere to be seen. danjohnson has been following the story, and has the latest. all life has been caught in this eruption and
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these three got left behind, trapped by lava. they have been fed by a drone and are now looking to the skies for rescue. and here it is — the flying retriever, a snare from the air coming to lure the pups in and lift them up, up and away. very, very, very good. we are positive. we are motivated and we are going to try, we're going try, ok? this sort of rescue mission can only be considered because of the fact human life has been so successfully protected here so far, but that doesn't mean that this eruption is without any risk. so, scientific teams are busy monitoring every aspect of the volcano, its lava and its gases, the silent, unseen, airborne threat. anna is here from manchester. i am starting my second year
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of my phd, so i never imagined i would be able to come here and see a live volcano. so, it's incredible experience for me. really bad for people, of course. i'm really sad about all the loss, but for me, an amazing experience. pulling off this daring dog rescue is not easy and the canine airlift is currently on pause because they can't actually find them. i think we can do it, we can do it, ok? but like so many people here, this team is dedicated and determined. danjohnson, bbc news, la palma. there is more on that on our website. you can get there the latest news and analysis. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ bbcmaryam stay with us, plenty more to
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come on bbc news. hello. thursday is going to feel chilly — especially when we contrast it with the temperatures we had at the start of the week, when we were getting daytime highs in the high teens, even the low 20s. and it will feel all the more cold because we'll pick up a keen northerly wind. the cold air plunging in behind this weather front, sinking south overnight. ahead of it, some heavy rain which will pull off into the continent. and then, through thursday daytime, we open the floodgates for cold air to sweep all the way south through the uk. we'll start the day with some cloud and rain to the south, the weather front pulling away, making way for lots of sunshine come the afternoon — but there will be some showers to the northwest, and they will be wintry across the hills and mountains of scotland. the wind a notable feature, gales possible down the north sea coast.
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these are the temperatures that you'd see on the thermometer — but, factor in the wind, those temperatures along the north sea coast will feel more like 11—5 celsius. we continue with showers streaming into the north and west as we move overnight thursday and into friday. quite a chilly night, as well — in sheltered eastern spots, there could be a patchy frost — we're sitting in quite cold air, but the strength of the wind will protect many from actually seeing bits of frost. through friday daytime, though, the winds will start to ease back a little as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the atlantic. still some showersjust managing to sneak into the top of that ridge, a bit of cloud under it, as well — perhaps not the faultless blue skies of thursday, but it should just feel a little bit milder because the wind won't be quite as cutting. but, for things to really become milder, we need to get to the weekend, and it's all about the change in wind direction. as we say goodbye to this ridge of high pressure, it pushes away to the east and we start to pick
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up a south—westerly. for saturday, i think, actually, a lot of fine weather across the uk. there'll be some cloud closing in to the west, and we will see some rain for northern ireland by the end of the day. but the temperatures lifting up, we should hit the mid—teens, but it will feel so much warmer because we're moving back into a more atlantic airstream. sunday, greater chance of some showers just about anywhere across the uk — sheltered eastern areas favoured for the driest and brightest weather. temperatures possibly up to 15—16 to the south.
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this is bbc news — the headlines. the world health organisation has told the bbc it believes the coronavirus pandemic will go on for a year longer than it needs to because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. it comes as a group of charities have criticised the uk and canada for themselves using doses from covax. experts in the us state of florida are investigating whether suspected human remains found in a park belong to brian laundrie. he's the boyfriend of a young woman found murdered in the state of wyoming last month. gabby petito, who kept a popular travel blog, went missing weeks earlier. around 100 people have protested outside netflix's headquarters — over the airing of a comedy special by dave chappelle — which they say was transphobic. netflix staff and transgender activists staged the walkout in los angeles. demonstrators are calling on netflix to fund more trans and non—binary talent. now on bbc news:
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