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this is g w news live from berlin tonight another tragic pandemic record in india the death toll from cope at 19 has passed 200000 across the country infection numbers are rising and the crisis is being compound by shortages of oxygen and medical supplies and hospital staff also coming up tonight greeting the u.s. president on foreign policy we dissect joe biden's 1st 100 days in office and look
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at the most pressing challenges facing his white house and the world also coming up german chancellor angela merkel presses china on human rights and expresses concern over beijing's treatment of muslim minorities and democracy activists plus talks over a divided on you and international negotiators struggling to reach consensus over the future of cyprus. it's good to have you with us the coronavirus pandemic is showing no mercy for india today the 1000 death toll in india surpassed the 200000 mark the country continues to report record high numbers of new infections medical aid has from abroad has begun arriving as hospitals struggle to cope with. shortages of staff in
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supplies including oxygen the healthcare system is so overwhelmed that many patients are simply being turned away. a covert 19 ward in a hospital in delhi this hospital like so many full to overflowing medical staff stretched to the limit some falling ill with the disease themselves one reality in india's coronavirus emergency and here's another woman receives oxygen outside a sikh temple. she's not alone there's no room for these people in delhi's emergency wards relatives are left to cope with severely ill patients by themselves one woman describes her mother situation it's the one we believe. in and now she is not even a bigger body. factorization was the bill yesterday in the united became 60 and now it is. a long line outside
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a supply of people doing what they can to save their loved ones some get the oxygen they need. for there isn't enough to go around. saying go home and if someone is dying there then let them they have nothing to do with our pain they have no one in their house who's ill. the state of delhi is reporting one death from covert 19 every 4 minutes and the hospitals can't cope with the growing numbers of patients so the commission grounds are struggling to cope with the rising number of deaths. the funeral pyres a burning day and night. delhi is one hotspot of india's covert 1000 emergency maharashtra state in the city of mumbai is another here vaccination centers run out of supplies on wednesday india is one of the biggest producers of vaccines but it doesn't have enough to vaccinate the next 600000000 people who will become eligible for the job. ya know what that that's happening is
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that injections are not available as vaccines have not arrived i registered to come here 3 days ago i came all the way across the city and now they tell me so they've given me a helpline number and told me to try again tomorrow. one level but also bad now amid the frustration and suffering this 105 year old man and his 95 year old wife has survived a covert 19 infection the family says they want that story to give hope to us for many fighting the disease hoping pres are all they have to help them. more on the situation in india tonight i'm joined by jason kindred shook he's assistant professor in the department of medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the university of manitoba in winnipeg canada dr it's good to have you on the program the viral variants that are in india at the moment do we know what role they are playing in the spread of the virus it's
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a great question as we're learning. at each moment and what's really going on certainly the 117 which was the very 1st emerged in the u.k. we know has been circulating in india and we know obviously that there are concerns regarding enhanced transmissibility with that variant the 1617 a certain is that increasing in proportionality but we still i think are somewhat at it is you know standing what that actually means are we seeing that this housing hands transmission like the other variants or is it just something else related to the current situation that is driving those affections cases up we know that the models tell us that we have another 2 weeks in india of spreading of the virus as well as the death toll climbing after that things are expected to improve somewhat what role then does vaccination play here i mean is it too late to try to bring this under control with the vaccine. well i think you have to look at it from the
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perspective of the situation now versus where we're going to be a few weeks or a few months from now certainly to start back saying today is not going to curb the transmission wave that we're currently seeing that's going to require you know probably a lot heavier restrictions beyond vaccination but we know that vaccination has been able to help i get situations over control in tandem with those other measures so i think certainly it's going to play a continued role we just have to get vaccines there frankly which i think is going to be that the biggest question there is of course concerns around the world that these viral variants in india could spread we know that some countries have stopped all flights from india do you consider that a wise move but this time. you know it certainly is a loaded question right because we certainly don't want to limit people from being able to travel or do those things that are essential if if we don't actually know that it's going to limit spread but at the same time we also have to take enough suspicion with this particular variance on that there could be at hand spread and
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we certainly seem here in canada what happened with various of concern reached us in eerily 2021 so i think certainly there are a lot of people are being cautious to try and get the conditions you know basically as controlled as possible records to spread within their own countries and to try and limit the dissemination of this particular very we are india's pandemic now we're well into over a year of this pandemic and very criticism coming out of india that the government simply was called off guard they should have been much more adamant in trying to protect the people which they weren't as a medical professional how do you see it is what is what we're seeing right now in india could it have been prevented. i think certainly the impact could have been less and again it wasn't here in canada we face the same situation and in different provinces as we've faced a remarkably strong 3rd wave you know we have to be proactive be reactive with cope
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with 19 let alone with the variants that we're seeing is simply not enough so i think there certainly could be a lot of questions that need to be addressed after we get through this wave and into the future how we better prepare difference aside these 4 or these inevitabilities rights talk turn jason jones or chuck from the university of man a sober doctor we appreciate your time and your insights tonight thank you thank you. well the world health organization has been very vocal about the unequal distribution of coke in 1000 back scenes worldwide calling it quote grotesque most of africa has already received vaccines via the kovacs program which is working to provide free vaccines to lower income countries but the deliveries have been small relative to population size and only about 2 percent of the world's vaccines so far have been administered in africa nevertheless a few african countries have refused to join kovacs and have not started inoculations at all madagascar are was one of them until very recently when it
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announced a policy u. turn. this classroom in the capital of madagascar has been turned into a covert 19 wards in recent weeks the island nations been his by 2nd wave of infections you come from to cases have averaged around double the number during the 1st peak last year. the country's health minister attributes at the search to a more aggressive variant 1st detected in south africa and he announced a health policy u. turn. out we had discussions with our scientists and decided to go for vaccinations as another way to protect the population if you did. not we are now working on this with the kovacs initiative he said he would call that up to. the decision represents a change of mind by magic out there is president what you initially refused to
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participation the kovacs program. he instead promoted a scientifically unproven rabun d.d. marketed as covert organics for balls i think i am convinced i am persuaded that history will prove us rice there are already 2 cases that have been cured with covert organics but we will see what happens next that last week the world health organization warned against its use the force had undergone proper scientific trials and one year on no clinical downs one has been made publicly available to support the president's claims that the plant based treatment preventing cured kovac 19 this is now sold in drinking capsule form has been widely distributed in madagascar and also exported abroad. when the vaccines arrive madagascar plans to offer the 1st doses to health workers. it will be one of the
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last countries in africa to launch a coronavirus inoculation campaign and for more i'm joined now by nick director of global justice now an organization based in the u.k. nick it's good to have you on the program you are campaigning for what you call a people's vaccine what is that that's a vaccine that are available to all in the world who need it and as a public good it means that peyton's can constrain the production of dyspraxia you know at the moment we've got factories all the way around the world that want to produce more vaccines that want to run and pop the vaccines we desperately need to defeat and contain this fire risk and they're not able to do so because those vaccines all the property of big pharmaceutical corporations despite the fact that most of those vaccines were created with taxpayers' money so how do you get around that then how do you actually take away that patent protection so that we can have a people's vaccine. well what's governments like india in south africa have been
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arguing for many many months now the world trade organization is to suspend intellectual property rules that give big corporations the property rights over those vaccines and control who can produce and who can produce it that's a way that i know allow us to share the know how to collaborate to improve the vaccines improve treatments and produce the many many more dices that we need and if we'd taken that advice for a 5 months ago we might not be seeing the horrendous sights that we're seeing now the heartbreaking sights in countries like india because we would already have been . able to produce a substantial amount more than we're currently producing when do you think that's the problem that we're looking at right now there are people who let's look at india for example who say that the government was simply sleeping at the wheel the government could have done more to procure vaccines but it just didn't. well look i'm i'm not going to defend everything the indian government's done because
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they are definitely responsible for a lot of the suffering that's going on in that country now but i don't agree with vaccines for this reason there is a very limited supply of vaccines at the moment countries like mine have for the normal amount 73 times more than they need for another 60000000 to die from pfizer and we're telling countries like india we simply don't have enough to donate to you ok what if you don't have enough to donate to countries like india then you need to increase production and you can increase production it's rather than prioritizing cloak trip profits you cry over ties the immediate expansion of production of these vaccines and believe it or not is something that the u.s. president joe biden is now considering he's considering supporting this waiver so it might not be as high in the sky as we think there's been huge progress in recent days i think most people when they look at this situation will think we've got to do everything possible to get these fires under control and that means i'm afraid corporate profits have to go out of the window in order in order to treat and cure
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as many people as we can immunize them against this awful virus nick dearden director of global justice now nic we appreciate your time in your insights tonight thank you thank you. our let's take a look now at some of the other stories that are making headlines around the world that british prime minister boris johnson is facing a formal investigation into the cost of refurbishing his official apartment at downing street he has denied any wrongdoing insisting that he paid for the renovations himself britain's electoral commission says it has reasonable grounds to suspect an offense has been committed the european union's foreign policy chief says e.u. relations with russia are at a low point and that moscow is quote deliberately deepening the confrontation joseph burrell's comments come after a spike in western criticism of moscow in particular over the troop build up on the border with ukraine. rudy giuliani's manhattan home and office have been raided by federal agents in a major escalation of the investigation into his business dealings the personal
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lawyer of former president donald trump giuliani has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to ukraine. which is and his 1st foreign policy speech as u.s. president joe biden declared back in february that quote america is back the message the days of donald trump's america 1st isolationism were over but has the u.s. president backed up his words with action w.'s chief international editor richard walker gives joe biden a foreign policy report card. during the trump years the u.s. embassy here in berlin was like a fortress of america 1st led by a loyalist who lived and breathed that mantra now it's all changed and joe biden has a very different message for the world let's break it down. america is back 1st of all a slogan biden has been saying over and over america is back the
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transatlantic alliance is back sure enough the 1st visit by a biden official to berlin was something of a love in defense secretary lloyd austin tore up donald trump's plan to cut american troops in german bases and even announced an increase but while america is back is resonating here in europe in afghanistan it's the opposite biden has ordered u.s. troops to pull out this september many afghans now fear a taliban takeover biden always says that he is with the people of afghanistan they have a low to the american and nato forces in the country for 20 years and by withdrawing unconditionally from of congress and the people there are being abandoned that afghan move could backfire for by but he seems to have bigger fish to fry like russia and china his next message is for them america is tough i'll ask
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march 18th biden's top diplomats use their 1st meeting with their chinese counterparts to call them out on a litany of issues and wrong hong kong taiwan cyber attacks on the united states economic coercion toward our allies it was a 1st taste of the tough line that biden wants to show on china but is far from clear how effective it will be in changing beijing's mind on any of those issues biden also has moscow in his sights imposing sanctions over a range of complaints and even calling flatter me a putin a killer. in a t.v. interview something that seems to have hit a nerve i think that really crossed a red line and even the fiercest critics of the kremlin will usually criticize the government here but not the president and if they do then they're kind of they know that they're crossed they are thinking out why and that it's a bit more dangerous to do so the lines are drawn with both russia and china but
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biden is still holding out hope of cooperating with them on some issues as part of his message number 3 america is green one of his 1st acts as president biden signing an order to rejoin the paris agreement on climate change biden has even claimed a leadership role on this hosting a virtual summit with russia and china present and announcing plans to cut u.s. emissions who commits is perhaps the biggest reversal of all from the denial of the trump era but is it really enough of us with tricks of the historical climate that the earth the rest of the world to clean those countries are. better would have to have far greater emissions and what's currently being put on the table so are $300.00 days where can we say america is greener but not as green as it could be america's projecting toughness but we don't know where that's going to lead america may be back for some but not so much for others but however all of this shakes out
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it's certainly a change from america 1st. it was richard walker reporting there let's take the story now to our washington bureau chief in this poll good evening to you it is so if we look back the past 3 months these 1st 100 days for joe biden office they've been full of foreign policy decisions and you could say some tough decisions that barack. exactly brant just wanted what richard pointed out it has been really a very intense 100 days i mean he had to make this bold decision of his son that was by the way a promise president trump had given so he promised he will his start of the withdrawing of the troops out of of columnist on which actually causes quite some controversial here in the united states actually between or among conservatives but also members of the intelligence community just as richard pointed out many many
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fear that this will lead to another power vacuum in the region seoul and what is also outstanding and it is seen like that here in the united states is his really tough or take on russia i mean he called as richard said putin a killer and he also really imposed pretty tough sanctions for moscow's role in interfering in the 20 twentieth's action something. never did so it's very true if we focus on domestic policy let's look at the role of the vice president kumble hearers every time we see president biden at a press conference holding a speech the vice president is always with him how do you read it. yeah she is very very important for him some people criticized here in the united states her supporters that she is not really visible but present that's pretty
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common the 1st 100 days really belong to the president and he wants the spotlight specially having a repeat who is the 1st in so many ways like she's the 1st woman she's the 1st known wide president she always gets a lot of attention but she is as you said always with them very often does her husband and now she is like giving the task to deal with the immigration crisis at the mexican court border and this is like a huge huge huge task and this might be defining by the end of the day this presidency so she plays a role which will become bigger over the next weeks to come in as we know the president biden has said that he plans to run for a 2nd term do you think he will. well that is really hard to say we all know he is 70 years old everybody is surprised how much energy is so-called sleepy joe put puts out but that is
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a very tough job and as we've just said he has come a hair is on his side and i am sure that he's he's watching her closely and debating whether she will be able to jump in if he loses his energy and the ability to to to deal with so many difficult tasks you know we will definitely know in a couple years time that's for sure in just poll in washington indistinct you. german chancellor angela merkel has urged china to resume a dialogue over human rights as soon as possible merkel made the comments as she held her last government consultations with china as german chancellor she expressed concern about beijing's crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in hong kong her government has also raised alarm about china's treatment of its muslim we grew minority but miracle stressed there were also important areas where beijing and berlin could work together. it's not just the popular german cars
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the chinese market has been a boon to the german economy on the whole throughout the pandemic but germany wants china to open its markets even farther that's a key issue for the intergovernmental talks that are being held virtually this time due to the corona restrictions german chancellor angela merkel called for more transparency regarding vaccine production and the reciprocal vaccine approval process and says medical the contentious topic of human rights should be on the agenda. we've always managed to broach this topic in the past and i'd like to see us get a human rights law going again as soon as possible. but tensions remain the e.u. has accused china of persecuting the muslim minority weekers but what beijing critics are calling reeducation camps the chinese government says are simply
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vocational schools body. especially in these intergovernmental talks we have to make clear which values we represent there can be no compromises there we have to make it clear to beijing that upholding human rights is non-negotiable we thought 100 lies chinese premier league chang admits to differences but says seamless cooperation is possible if both sides respect the other's core interests and refrain from meddling in internal issues it's a statement that seems to highlight the 2 countries problematic relations. on the conflict zone this week you're going hearts the foreign affairs spokesman at chancellor merkel's conservative bloc in parliament my colleague sara kelley asked him what strategy should germany pursue towards china i think we should match u.s. and north america very close and the best you know to be face even a creasing. because if news of china by mixing political and economic
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interests to gether and i know as a german that we as germans have to to do was a lot because some of our industry is very much depending on that and bed profits they they do in china but look to that watch in china is undergoing increasing pressure on people on human rights and also increasing pressure on taiwan we have to we have to take a more tough wait including the question of economic relations and you can watch the full interview with your going heart right after this show and of course online at d w dot com slash conflict zone men in the tech industry outnumber women $3.00 to $1.00 and that gap has widened during the pandemic women are twice as likely to have lost their jobs as programmers tech consultants or other id jobs
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one initiative in japan is hoping to encourage them not to give up. a laboratory for smartphone apps but what you see here is rare the developers are all young women. 23 teams design software to solve social problems in a competition organized by the japanese nonprofit woful. women make up only a small percentage of the country's tech industry japan also has one of the lowest shares of female graduates in science and technology fields among developed nations . this competition is about balancing the scales. currently only about 20 percent of people working in japan's i.t. sector are women by only. to narrow the gap we need to increase the number of female students who choose such a career path as. first prize goes to an app that helps new immigrants settle into life in japan offering help on everything from visa paperwork to language
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skills. but it's not game over just yet the top 10 teams will advance to a global competition scheduled for august right. you're watching the. next sarah kelly interviews you're going hard on conflict i'll be back at the top of the hour with more world news followed by the day.
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to. enter the conflict zone research challenge last year germany was seen as a role model in fighting the coronavirus pandemic now a 3rd wave is hitting the country hard america's party is slipping ahead of
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