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this is bbc news — i'm sally bundock — with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. 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. the uk government's under mounting pressure to reintroduce coronavirus restrictions in england — with doctors accusing ministers of being "wilfully negligent". experts in florida are investigating whether suspected human remains belong to the boyfriend of a young woman found murdered last month. and protesters
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demonstrate outside the headquarters of netflix over a comedy special they say was transphobic. hello and welcome. 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. naomi grimley reports.
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it's the question 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 been left behind.
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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. we can now speak to saad omer, who is director of the yale institute for global health.
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thank for global health. you for being on the programme. thank you for being on the programme. you are an epidemiologist. are you surprised to hear where we are now in terms of what the who is warning? i now in terms of what the who is warnin: ? . ., now in terms of what the who is warnin ? . ., ,., , ,., warning? i am more disappointed than surprised. _ warning? i am more disappointed than surprised. throughout - warning? i am more disappointed than surprised. throughout this l than surprised. throughout this pandemic, in equities have been exacerbated both within countries and between countries so i am thoroughly disappointed. what we have seen are these slick announcements with every meeting of world leaders, g7, g20, the un summit, without actual delivery of vaccines and substance of governance. the us has done a slightly betterjob of meeting its promises but not by miles, so i think the world is saying that enough of this sincerity theatre, we actually need to see substantial numbers of doses where it is needed. fix, doses where it is needed. a global fight against this pandemic globalfight against this pandemic is what is required,
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isn't it? if developing countries are not vaccinated and protected, then the who is right in the sense that it will last a lot longer than we had hoped. last a lot longer than we had ho ed. , last a lot longer than we had ho ed, , , . ., , last a lot longer than we had hoed. ,, , ., , hoped. yes because if it drags on it will happen _ hoped. yes because if it drags on it will happen on _ hoped. yes because if it drags on it will happen on our - hoped. yes because if it drags on it will happen on our watch i on it will happen on our watch in terms of the global community and, are we willing to have that burden going forward? and are we willing to bejudged by history forward? and are we willing to be judged by history that poorly, as a global society? so it will go on. and it is not just that it will go on because people are under vaccinated and the virus will find individuals to infect, but the likelihood of new variant ofs emerging and threatening the safety, security and health of even higher income countries also goes up, if we let this fire burned throughout the world. you are thinking on restrictions that should be in
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place, in the uk we have a high vaccination rate with many adults having had two doses, and yet infection rates are going up and up. from your perspective should restriction still be in place in terms of social distancing, wearing masks, etc? i social distancing, wearing masks, etc?— masks, etc? itake a middle-of-the-road| masks, etc? i take a _ middle-of-the-road perspective. middle—of—the—road perspective. we need these off ramps that if there is high enough vaccine coverage, you cannot go back to a full on restriction. however, what happened in the uk in early autumn was not supported by science, or late summer, were all restrictions were eased, so things like layered protection meaning large gatherings with masks and vaccination requirements, some precautions in schools while prioritising learning and so forth, so there is a happy medium, where you can have more and more resumption of social
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functions, without going all out in terms of easing all restrictions, all recommendations for prevention of this virus in addition to vaccinations.— of this virus in addition to vaccinations. interesting to net our vaccinations. interesting to get your perspective, - vaccinations. interesting to | get your perspective, thank vaccinations. interesting to - get your perspective, thank you very much, saad omer, director of the gl institute for global health. —— the yale institute. here in the uk, the british medical association has accused ministers of "wilful negligence" for failing to reimpose coronavirus restrictions in england — adding to mounting pressure on the government to act quickly to stem the rise in infections. on wednesday, the health secretary, sajid javid, insisted that he wouldn't yet implement the so—called plan b for the winter period — despite admitting there could soon be 100,000 new cases a day. here's our political correspondent, jonathan blake. the nhs under pressure. staff and resources always strained as winter approaches, but as covid admissions rise, doctors warned that it could become unbearable.— warned that it could become unbearable. the government should be — unbearable. the government
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should be making _ unbearable. the government should be making sure - unbearable. the government should be making sure that l unbearable. the government i should be making sure that the public are expected and required to follow simple infection control measures such as the wearing of masks in indoor public settings, including public transport. now is the time to act. we have enough evidence that this trajectory is heading in the wrong direction. yesterday the health secretary _ wrong direction. yesterday the | health secretary acknowledged things would get worse. 100,000 cases per day, you won, and unless people took precautions ministers would have to act. film ministers would have to act. am i sa in: ministers would have to act. am i saying that _ ministers would have to act. am i saying that if — ministers would have to act. fish i saying that if we don't do our bit, get vaccinated, you know, all of those behavioural changes that you can make, that we are more likely to face restrictions as we head into winter, then i am saying that. we have been really clear that we have all got a role to play. for now the government is holding firm and says it is not yet time to take further measures. moving to the government's plan b in england would make face coverings mandatory in some settings.
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people would be asked to work from home, and vaccine passports introduced. in northern ireland face coverings remain a legal requirement in crowded indoor spaces. it is the same for masks in wales were proof of vaccination is neededin were proof of vaccination is needed in nightclubs and people are asked to work from home. scotland's strategy similarly includes vaccine passports and face masks are required in schools and some other settings. for now, the focus in westminster is urging those not yet vaccinated to come forward, and getting boosterjabs to those eligible. but doctors say that it those eligible. but doctors say thatitis those eligible. but doctors say that it is woefully negligent of ministers not to take further steps, and pressure on the health service is likely only to increase in the coming weeks. jonathan blake, bbc news. morocco has banned flights to and from the uk because of the pandemic. several uk airlines and holiday companies have been told by the moroccan
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government that flights are now suspended until further notice. flights between morocco and germany and the netherlands have also been suspended. 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. aru na iyengar reports. a possible breakthrough on a florida nature reserve. police using sniffer dogs have been searching for brian laundrie, the fiance of gabby petito, whose body was discovered in wyoming in september. laundrie went home to florida after her disappearance, but went missing himself soon afterwards. his family say he went for a hike and never came back. earlier today, investigators found what appeared to be human
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remains and personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to brian laundrie. these items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been underwater. the case has provoked widespread media interest. gabby petito's body lay in wilderness before she was found for over a month. police say she was strangled. mr laundrie has not been charged with any crime relating to the killing of gabby petito, but the fbi issued a federal arrest warrant and charged him with fraudulently using her debit card after her death. the couple had packed their lives into a camper van for a cross—country adventure, starting injuly. they documented theirjourney in a stream of social media posts, but life was not sunny under the surface. this video emerged as the couple travelled through the state of utah. two people came to us and told us that they saw him hit you. they were interviewed, but no further action was taken. she sobs
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ms petito was crying, talking to officers about her mental health. the murder has triggered a debate about domestic violence, over the amount of attention accorded to white women compared to other missing persons. in addition, whilst the two separate searches for the pair were going on, other bodies of missing people were found. the fbi says investigations in florida are likely to continue for several days. aruna iyengar, bbc news. around 100 people have protested outside netflix�*s headquarters in california over the airing of a comedy special by dave chappelle, which they say was transphobic. our north america correnspondent david willis about the story and he explained the controversy. dave chapelle, made various remarks about lgbtq people, he said that gender is a fact and accuse them of being
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too sensitive. that was immediately met with protests from lgbtq people who posted on social media and elsewhere that his comments were harmful, and that he was basically profiting from free speech. dave chappelle was paid about $20 million for his special on netflix. today saw about 100 demonstrators gathering outside the netflix hq close to us here. they can be formed into three different groups, those who support dave chappelle and his right to free speech, those who believe that his remarks were potentially harmful to transgender people, and those who are opposed to transgenderism as a concept, and they chanted "love you, don't change yourself". much of the controversy has been brought about because netflix said they brought it on themselves by issuing e—mails to staff in which they defended dave chappelle, who has of course made a lot of money for
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netflix, and basically appeared to turn a deaf ear to the whole controversy. since then netflix has somewhat backed down, and issued a statement saying, "we understand the deep hurt that has been caused by this, and we respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out." netflix�*s co—ceo has admitted that in his words, he "screwed up" in his response to the controversy initially. david willis there with the details. stay with us on bbc news — still to come... the wonder of whisky — could a drop of the hard stuff a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator
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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. 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 —
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the latest headlines... a stark covid warning from the world health organization — the pandemic will last longer because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. the uk government's under mounting pressure to reintroduce coronavirus restrictions in england — with doctors accusing ministers of being "wilfully negligent". a lockdown in the australian city of melbourne ends in a few hours, after 70% of the population received a second dose of covid—19 vaccine. melbourne has had six lockdowns and in total has spent more than 260 days under tough coronavirus restrictions, which included a night—time curfew. it recently gained the unwelcome designation of the world's most locked down city. let's go to our correspondent phil mercer. he is in sydney with more details on this. i assume
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people are desperately waiting for this change to take place. i was talking to one hospitality industry boss a few hours ago. he was saying that he earns and runs a string of pubs in melbourne. one of them was open for business when the lockdown was set to be ended today and he said that he had sold a week's worth of bookings in 57 seconds, so quite clearly melbourne is a city ready to party, as he said. it is officially the world's most locked down city preparing to be unlocked. there is a warning that, as new freedoms will be available to fully vaccinated australians in the city of 5 million people, today, authorities in victoria, of which melbourne is the state capital, announced more than 2200 new coronavirus cases, and 12 more fatalities, one of the worst days of the pandemic so far, so melbourne is opening up
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as case numbers are well above 2000, each day. it as case numbers are well above 2000, each day.— 2000, each day. it is an unusual— 2000, each day. it is an unusual situation - 2000, each day. it is an unusual situation but, . 2000, each day. it is an j unusual situation but, in 2000, each day. it is an - unusual situation but, in terms of how this has impacted people in melbourne and beyond, how have they coped with such long—term restrictions in place? long-term restrictions in lace? ., ., , , place? for many people in melbourne, _ place? for many people in melbourne, and _ place? for many people in melbourne, and others - place? for many people in melbourne, and others inl melbourne, and others in sydney, canberra and other parts of australia that have endured lockdowns in the last 18 months, it has felt like a form of house arrest. the lockdowns in melbourne not only have been long, they have been pretty strict, among the strictest anywhere in australia, and when the lockdown ends just before midnight local time today, not all freedoms will be given back to the people of melbourne. workers are still being encouraged to work from home for example. if you live in melbourne you can early travel to regional parts of the state of victoria with a permit, and most shops will stay closed.
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the next big milestone for the state of victoria to reach will be 80% vaccination. that could happen we expect in the next week or so. a raft of restrictions will then be lifted. so is rarely a's second most populous state and the city of melbourne is taking a very cautious approach to reopening after so many long and dark days of lockdown. thank you, phil mercer, for now, in sydney for us. governments all around the world are trying to find ways to tackle climate change. one of the biggest problems is our use of fossil fuels. whether it's warming our homes — or powering our vehicles — finding an alternative is crucial. now, a company in scotland is exploring a solution that seems a little unusual. tim allman has the story. there is apparently an old proverb that says "what whisky will not cure, there is no cure for". but, does its magical properties extend to saving the environment?
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well, maybe. here at the glengoyne distillery, they have been making whisky for almost 200 years. but it is what they throw away that could turn out to be so useful. from these malted barley grains, a biofuel is created that can power this car. this is made from living carbon, from the residues of an industry that is one of the most important industries in the scottish economy and we can take their residue and turn them into something that we need right now made from sustainable resources. what they end up with is acetone, butanol and ethanol, chemicals used in everything from fuel and food production to medicine and cosmetics. the company behind it says this is a sustainable and environmentally friendly process. our view is that we can continue to use these chemicals in everything from health care
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to hygiene, and we can make it for more sustainable resources in a circular economy. we are not telling everybody in the world what you can do but showing how we can innovate and do things differently. this plant can produce around 1 million litres of biochemicals and they want to build five more refineries in the next five years. whisky has been described as liquid sunshine. sunshine brings light, and hope. tim allman, bbc news. time now for all the sport. hello i'm chetan pathak with your latest sports news. we start with football — and a stunning win for manchester united in the european champions league. they were 2—0 down at home to atalanta — and heading for a second defeat out of three in the group phase but fought back to win 3—2, with cristiano ronaldo getting the late winner. ian dennis was watching at old trafford. christine reynaldo and david
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their hair one so influential, reynaldo the matchwinner again with an 81st minute header to cap a fine comeback from 2—0 down, but do not look over the importance of a double save when to have one down, within four minutes maguire had equalised after rashford reduced the arrears. atalanta had gone ahead through demeral and united were facing a serious setback for the dramatic turnaround to gain a significant victory. the holders chelsea thrashed the swedish champions 4—0 withjorginho scoring twice from the penalty spot at stamford bridge. they remain three points behind group leadersjuventus, who won 1—0 at zenit st petersberg thanks to dejan kulusevski's header. gerard pique scored barcelona's first champions league goal this season as ronald koeman�*s side beat dynamo kyiv to end their losing start to group e. bayern munich maintained their 100% record in that group with a 4—0 win at benfica — leroy sane with two of the goals. cricket — the t20 world
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cup continues later, with two more places in the super 12 phase to be decided. group b leaders scotland will qualify if they beat oman. before that, bangladesh play papua new guinea — and all four teams still have a chance to go through. on wednesday, sri lanka beat ireland to qualify with a game to spare. ireland were bowled out for 101 in reply as sri lanka won by 70 runs to confirm their place in the next stage. and after beating the netherlands by six wickets — namibia will face ireland on friday — the winner of that match will make it into the super 12 stage of the compeition. the german women's sprint team broke the world record three times on the way to retaining their title on the opening day of the track cycling world championships in roubaix in france. having set new leading marks
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in qualifying and then again in the first round proper, the team broke their own record for a third time in the final. they clocked 116.064 seconds as they took gold — ahead of the russian cycling federation. and in tennis, the top seed aryna sabalenka is through to the quarter—finals of the kremlin cup in moscow. the world number 2 — who was given a wildcard to compete — was taken to three sets by australia's ajla tomljanovic. sabalenka raced through the decider 6—1 to seal her place in the last eight where she'll face ekaterina alexandrova from russia. you can get all the latest sports news — including reaction to wednesday�*s european champions league results on the bbc sport website. but from me and the team that is all your sport for now. that is it indeed, all the
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business coming up next, that is with me. stay with us, and i will see you very soon. 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 the risk 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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