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he made. monkey. part of the viewfinder asia series on al-jazeera. this is al-jazeera. hello i'm sam is a than this is the news hour live from doha coming up the next 60 minutes india the country with the 2nd highest number of covert cases in the world is finally approved a vaccine. and a new variant of covert was discovered last month in the u.k. now mutations are found in more than 30 countries. fishel results are in the and there's no way the presidential election now be a runoff plus. was. a witnessed severe ravine
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what has come so far has only been glimpses. of retribution a year after the assassination of a brain in general qassim soleimani. and in sports one of just moved up to 3rd in the english premier league spurs beating leeds united 3 male to head back into title contention. let's begin this hour in india where the world's 2nd worst hit country by coronavirus is now in the of the world's largest vaccination campaign it's just approved the oxford astra zeneca vaccine for emergency use it plans to inoculate 300000000 people over the next few months and the government says it's close to authorizing 3 more banks scenes. india is one of the only country were full of
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vaccines are getting ready at one time yesterday in astra zeneca school the shield was approved for emergency use or there's increasing urgency to these campaigns as a more contagious variant of covert 19 is being detected around the world after 1st being identified in the u.k. it's now been confirmed in dozens of countries vietnam became the latest on saturday restrictions are being tightened in a number of countries governments in thailand and south korea have imposed some of their strongest containment measures yet when to talk now to dr rajiv desktop he is the chairman of the center of social medicine and community health jawaharlal nehru university joins us live via skype from new delhi good to have you with us so let's start with the question of infrastructure does india have the infrastructure to store to transport such a temperature sensitive vaccine. well the short answer is yes
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because india's immunization program fundamentals are fairly strong it's grown and matured over the last 2 decades but took a limb connection with the polio program and as you know india did achieve the elimination status and 2014. further to that look just sticks that state district block and urban local body levels have been strengthened with additional $240.00 walk in coolers 70 walk in freezer $45500.00 predictors and so on including $300.00 solar powered reparative raters and the racks in the liberally will be across $29000.00 colgin points that's the scale at which india is prepared and it's going to be digitally backed by the app which is an improvement on the existing even app and that's how the indian government including
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the state governments are already there dryden as you know has been conducted in 4 states already and it's intro gress today and over the next few days to and i and my given that are in the army list a position we've seen for example other countries struggle to me their vaccination targets the usa for example wanted to vaccinate 20000000 people by the end of 2020 it only reached around well less than 3000000 do you think india can pull off 300000000 people in a short space of time. well on the plus side the indian immunization program has shown evidence of resilience in the past but there's no doubt it's a daunting task there is no doubt that several other countries have been found wanting in terms of logistics and supplies we only hope that india will be able to
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respond real time to the dealing problems that would certainly be there so how long do you think it will take to vaccinate enough people to make a difference in a country as populous as india what are we looking at with what we're looking at according to current plans is $300000000.00 people that $600000000.00 doses 4 weeks apart which is going to cover 10000000 frontline health workers as well as a hospital based well i mean is it in a time frame what are we looking at to inoculate that in a timeframe it's. 6 months that's currently being envisaged how much of the reason a go ahead is ari so you and the way it's going to be done is again what's available drilled missionary of micro plants but then unless it gets rolling we really won't know what the teething problems are. how much
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skepticism is there among the general population in the in india towards vaccines is that a challenge where there is what's next in optimism as well as vaccine skepticism if i me. at the moment india is experiencing its lowest level of new cases so that's a point of optimism there is. oh great great energy. among the government machinery to be able to vaccinate but yes there are some communication challenges and a lot is going to depend on how well the communication challenges will be addressed and this is true across the world too what about some of the rural areas some of the remote areas in india where let's say the health
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infrastructure isn't as as perhaps could be or people would want it to be how will the vaccination program get around that challenge so the way it's been envisage and they repeat it it's really an extension of existing models that there would be fixated vaccinations there would be outreach sessions and to the most you know graphically challenge to more vaccination teams and again we have we have done it repeatedly for the pulse for your program we have done in 40 years in this rebel elimination campaign. there have been challenges but each claim is a repeat the program has shown resilience so there is optimism but it's should be a cautious optimism if i may add or i'm very good to get your thoughts on that thanks so much dr rajiv gus gupta well no candidate has won a majority in the 1st round of the jazz presidential election that means the 2
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leading contenders mohammed bazooms. or sam it will face each other in a runoff next month is a close ally of the outgoing president mahmoud do is so full well he won just under 40 percent of the vote but that's more than twice that of was money a former president himself an address has been following those results from the catherine the army. whether or not more people will come out to vote because of voter fatigue in february it depends on how well they pass their message and if it is too but this campaign has been characterized by petty issues of tribalism of racism but it largely went without any major incident despite the threat of attacks by armed groups boko haram from nigeria inside and then i'll tell you that i still and the others on the board cannot be and molly and border things are looking up good for this country however the ruling parties failed to do what it promised to
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do to win this election in the past it would have been the 1st time a presidential candidate won an election in this year for the 1st time without going into a 2nd round which means of course with this development now the ruling party always have a party that ends up winning in february will need to form a coalition of parties to govern very well right now mary raja below is the president of the africa international media group she joins us live on skype from paris good to have you with us if you listen to some of the statements like coming from the former foreign minister who's casting doubt on some of the election results how free and fair do you think this round of elections really was. well you know 1st of all you was not possible to have only one run. that the candidate could win. for the 1st time without
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one out which happened while or in us. that was not possible because of the balance of power there where decisions is rather strong but the outgoing president has a rather good record also. i think of a great tool that he. wants to he has decided to step down at the end of the 2 terms not trying to say or her like what happened in neighboring countries and he has he's been very good at it he's been a champion for the applicant tree trade areas on for instance and i've been using. the candidate he's backing absolute chance because mr basil has been a political figure paul
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a wire has been in minnesota of interior and the only thing people have to say against him is that he's from. ethnic minority has his share skinned that maybe he's not from new share of this kind of things and so i we can see that not just that that argument was not strongly now to eliminate him and not to have you. as a front runner so he said very strongly should go in 1st round though did you think can keep up his lead in the 2nd round because was my has cut some deals for backing going into the 2nd round right. yes you know all it gave me is fairly open because in the background you have a very prominent ople opposition leader who has been bought from
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a running and his supporters backed the opposition candidate. but now they had like over one months to form bargaining and they gave his very open. but my bet is that ben zoom was has a lead 40 percent ahead of the other yes 40 percent. and the 2nd one is far back behind. and he has the power. there would be part of the warring party supporting him so he's very likely to win and i also believe that because of the situation in the share where they are facing carol problems we've jerram cellists and organized crime. i don't see if they used
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a dispute electoral dispute. degenerates into. what we saw in ca do you want for instance where people are dying in the streets i think they are very much aware of what he does state here and so we will see in my opinion a very wissen it will situation discussions. people very much in control and a following and what better president have shown them that. is a bad thing he's backing democracy and he wants to step down. well there will be good news i'm sure everyone if there's a peaceful transition of power thanks so much for your analysis on that. african union and u.n. peacekeepers will begin withdrawing from sudan's darfur region the joint mission to protect displaced people there ended on new year's eve troops will gradually pull
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out over the next 6 months. is live outside the camp in the south downs for how do people feel about the u.n. withdrawal. sami people here in south therefore are not accepting the fact that the mission of the united nations african union peacekeeping force in the darfur region has come to an end they have been staging protests for the 9th day in a row saying that they're worried about their safety and security and what comes next with the end of this peacekeeping mission and they say that's because that the force that has been created by the government which is tasked to take care of them and their security and till they are able to return home is comprised of the rapid support forces the police and the military and say these are and they say these are the forces that were responsible for displacing them in the 1st place especially the rapid support forces those are forces those are paramilitary forces that were
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created in 2013 but were in existence even prior to that and which rights groups have accused of committing across cities in the darfur region so people here are quite concerned and for them the camps. is the place or rather they're the places where they've been living for more than 17 years since the conflict started this is when their homes and for many of them it's the homes of the generations to come. this little space is his family's home in a camp in south dar for colin says he was forced to abandon his actual home when regional conflicts reached his village he started his family here his children. i. want to go i know my home village and to recognize it but my kids were all born in this camp this is the only home they know they don't know their ancestral home if you ask them which village they come from they say calma if you ask them which county they say calma it's not just a displacement camp for them. set up
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a pharmacy in the camp it's one of the structures that gives the camp a sense of a small village there's also a market a school and a health center was established after fighting started in darfur in 2003 between mainly non arab rebel groups and the government more than 300000 were killed and more than 2000000 displaced the camp is the largest in the region more than 150000 families live here and until the end of last year it was secured by united nations and an african union peacekeeping mission known as the thing come up may seem like a small village or town but it lacks basic infrastructure like running water and power lines and while many of the pains of income others to survive with the end of the dance government has promised to continue securing camps for both this place until they return to their villages but for many this camp has become a permanent home. a peace deal was signed between the armed groups and sudan's transitional government last october it allows for the return of those displaced
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and gives them back their farms and properties but camp leaders here don't trust the deal and don't think it's safe to leave. our homes have been taken over by foreigners there's no security backing or religious and with gone we don't know what will become of the camps the government is saying that there will be a joint force to protect the camps on can relieve but we can't leave because we don't trickle signed the government says it won't force anyone out of the camps but that providing for them will become increasingly hard. yeah if you could have had a service when there were plans to make the camp a town but how do you do that when people don't want any government force or official to into the camp we can't provide services we can't provide protection we can't implement law and order inside the camps because the people are unwilling to leave our son and the location and the layout of the camps do not allow for it to be a town and with the implementation of the peace deal people should return home. that's
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easier said than done for the people living here whether they were forced from their homes or whether they know nothing else they see danger and insecurity outside the camp now life inside the camp is also under threat people morgan al jazeera camp south are for. plenty more still ahead on the news hour exploding shelter at last for hundreds of refugees stranded in the cold winter of bosnia herzegovina. why indonesia has sought farmers are struggling to make a living along one of the world's longest coastlines. and explored a 2nd women 3 days for the reigning n.b.a. champions and peace here with that story. bosnia's maitreya set up tents for hundreds of refugees stranded in freezing conditions they were left without shelter for several days after
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a fire burned down their old camp authorities trying to relocate the refugees but local residents rejected the move kathy reports. a sign of relief and of new shelter this will be home for hundreds of migrants and refugees stranded in bosnia-herzegovina sleep a camp near its northwest border with croatia the military set up tents to shield hundreds of migrants from the winter's freezing weather after days of sleeping out in the cold the nation face mounting criticism for leaving the migrants without proper shelter heat or facilities to do it with. we don't mind we're going to gesture and we can drink of water that's enough for us but the problem is my main problem for us we need to contain this ok. for days there were cries for help earlier this week migrants and refugees went on
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a hunger strike. amid reports of frostbite and hypothermia they held a protest to bring attention to their poor living conditions we're not going to see all this nor the despite the problems caused when these people were abandoned by u.n. organizations and by local authorities we must show solidarity we're here today with the red cross. yes we're trying to help them as much as possible. most of the campus destroyed in late december when police say occupants deliberately set a fire to protest the schedule closure and lack of alternatives plans to move them to another facility fell through rejected by politicians and people living nearby aid groups have warned of a potential humanitarian crisis is a problem of more humanity just food is not enough combinations bad madness mostly but disease most of the people here are from south asia and the middle east they are among thousands hoping to make it to western europe to start
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a new life we don't have beyond gates we don't have jack up you can see this i don't have shoes the new camp will be run by the international organization for migration it's not a long term solution but it is a way to help people with nothing to survive the winter katia lapus of the young al-jazeera. all right let's bring in i'll just seriously honest she's in bihar in bosnia herzegovina near the border with croatia so there leanna 1st of all why are these people stuck there many of them when you talk to them say they don't want to be in bosnia they wanted to cross elsewhere. the pine does there's a gate to the poor and earth can only part and this rain is made gained in this difficult situation of for almost $900.00 migrants and refugees here even more
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complicated just a few minutes ago we saw a local residents of the cards come in here to leave but bring in some donations it is mostly winter clothing because most migrants and refugees here don't have any kind of winter jackets or even. shoes for this very cold winter here and we saw earlier today down other international organizations are bringing in firewood as a donation to this location because the only way for migrants and refugees to keep warm is to build a fire and to gather around. they are protesting and they have refused to take food provided by the local red cross today as well as yesterday and they say it is a clear way to send a message to local and state authorities involved in the person that we know that they want a better and more dangerous
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a place where they would have been eating enough food and water and where they would be able to take a shower because some of them told me that they couldn't take a shower for almost 10 days ever since this began police had been closed and concerning the other solution the migrants and refugees told me that if there is no possibility to get a better accommodation than they want protection the from the e.u. and they want the e.u. states to open borders. concerning some final accommodation for migrants and refugees from late fall the council of ministers of the us. in a place to give enough ordered a local authority here in the crowd to really open which was a temporary camp for migrants and refugees before and it was closed several months ago however local authorities here in the project are refusing to reopen that
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location they are stating that the citizens of the projects are against it citizens are even protesting for over more than 2 months because of that proposition and the local authorities gave another proposition to make sure that they view accommodation available. here in lee park and to set everything clear those containers for accommodation so that that would be some kind of temporary solution for migrants and refugees thanks going to leave it there thanks so much leeana and denise here has one of the world's longest coastlines but its sole farming industry has long failed to meet the needs of the domestic market so millions of tonnes are imported each year that threatens the livelihoods of salt farmers but as jessica washington reports from interim are you on the island of java the government hopes investing in technology can save jobs.
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in indonesia's west timor this is the process behind harvesting one of the world's most common minerals these men have farmed felt this way for years it's low tech and low cost the salt they farm can be used for consumption or industrial use. but not all of indonesia's salt is this quality indonesia has the 2nd longest coastline in the world but despite being surrounded by salt water the country still imports millions of tons of salt each year. we have got we need to improve the quality of our indonesian salt we need it to be the best quality so that we don't need to buy from abroad the government said a quota of around 3000000 tonnes for industrial salt imports an increase from previous years scientists working with the government's research and technology ministry say they're trying to improve the quality of locally produced salt by using technology to increase sodium chloride contents finally be made not the.
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bed i believe we need. because we want to make the farmers become more with. this most important but common say they don't receive enough support there are more than 800 cells farmers an injury my you on the island of java. one farmer showed us inside a warehouse with thousands of kilograms of unsold salt. across this area there are many similar warehouses with bags of salt going to waste. the government isn't on our side salt imports are always open and the amount the importing creases every year family say the techniques used by the government in the past to improve the quality of their self haven't worked and they're struggling to sell their harvests this has been farmed and processed by local farmers here in injure my you it will be packaged and sold for consumption across indonesia but farmers here say
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it's increasingly difficult to on a living they say imports are to blame the farmers say they're feeling the impact of low salt prices because of imports from the strain in india and china. the government says it's not possible for indonesia to stop importing solved but across community. where hundreds rely on the mineral pharma say more should be done to train them in modern farming techniques so they can match the quality of imported cells it doesn't pull up another we have experts from the government they should come here and tell us what kind of production they need so we can compete with the imported salt if their prospects don't improve these men fear for the future of their farms and their livelihoods jessica washington al-jazeera interim. sela head of al-jazeera where in argentina's rivera wetlands where conservation groups are fighting to save one of the world's most biodiverse regions helen sports will hear from the defending dakar rally champion as competitors prepared to start this
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year's race. hello the weather remains lossie ciara if a little on the cool side across the arabian peninsula further north where we have got some base and places of cloud into the eastern side of turkey but nothing too much to speak of law she joins us at around the arabian peninsula but you might just catch maybe they ought shout across northern parts of saudi arabia they will be few and far between in this because for sundays you can see it is lousy dry 24 celsius here and falling back to around 22 as we go on into monday to south of that generally lots of hazy sunshine coming through that extends across the whole of africa was you draw here as well the majority of the showers where they should be made to the heart of africa into those central areas still sings very heavy rain
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just around the rift valley pushing across. still seeing some very heavy rain actually from the remnants of tropical sideway across a good parts all the fun in maybe about wes the weather will just slide a little further south let's as we go on into monday so some cloud of dry coming into central parts of south africa pushing a little further east which we have still got the shower as they stand in their way up into mozambique all the parts of mozambique telling a little wetter as we go on through cheese day with a chance of showers too on the other side of the channel the madagascar. from fossil fuels to modern day renewables as societies develop the energy demands increase requiring innovative solutions to meet such the mountains as a global power development of investment company nebraska power is uniquely positioned to deliver against eastern mountains we provide business growth promote
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they're watching al-jazeera time to recap our headlines this hour india's government says a panel of experts have recommended the emergency use of the oxford astra zeneca coronavirus vaccine and the locally manufactured jap it puts the world's 2nd worst affected country a step closer to having its 1st vaccine. presidential election will be decided in a runoff next month proving party candidate mohamad won just under 40 percent of the vote in the 1st round of former president mohamed they took 17 percent african union u.n. peacekeepers will begin withdrawing from sudan's darfur region but joint mission to protect displaced people there ended on new year's eve troops will gradually pull out over the next 6 months. tensions between the united states and iran remain high on the eve of the one year anniversary of iranian general
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hossam so their man is assassination he was killed in a u.s. drone strike attack near baghdad airport last year in the coming hours a protest is being held at the site where he and several top iraqi figures died in that attack washington and tehran have been accusing each other of escalating military tensions and iranian leaders including the head of the revolutionary guards a valiant to act if provoked. we would respond with a reciprocal decisive and strong blow to whatever action the enemy would take against us and it has been proven time and again. there are possible signs of a deescalation the pentagon announced this week the u.s.s. nimitz would be leaving gulf waters which it has been patrolling since november american media reporting u.s. officials say it's a signal to tehran to try and avoid any conflict get reaction from the u.s.
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when we talk to gabriel elizondo in washington d.c. in just a moment but 1st let's go over live to daughter jabari in the iranian capital tehran so daughter how is this anniversary being marked there in iran. well we've seen a series of events which began on friday at tehran university which included a number of high ranking officials who were in attendance they marked the occasion to reiterate iran's position that the revenge the iran seeks to avenge soleimani is assassination it's not done they are still going to do something further but at the same time there's been a lot of discussion amongst officials here that they don't want to see any kind of conflict they are trying to calm the situation but at the same time saying that they will defend their own interests if they are attacked we've heard from the head of the revolutionary guard who actually visited one of the most strategically
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important islands at the entrance of the strait of hormuz. the head of the revolutionary guard said that they will iran is ready to respond to any kind of aggression all these talks rhetoric that is coming from these officials is seen as an attempt to try to escalate or deter the u.s. from launching any kind of a strike against iran let's take a look at the events that unfolded a year ago this evening that led us to where we are today in the early hours of january 3rd 2020 shortly after arriving at baghdad international airport major general hossam so in mind he was killed in a u.s. drone strike his close ally the deputy head of iraq's popular mobilisation forces. this also died along with 8 others missiles from the u.s. drone hit their convoy as it left the airport. so the man he was the commander of the courts force a unit of iran's revolutionary guard responsible for foreign operations and he was
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also considered to be the 2nd most powerful man in iran behind the country's supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei and those whom i know know all by knowing the news of his death made official by iran's state t.v. a 3 day mourning period was announced and iran vowed revenge as u.s. president donald trump stood by his decision with this claim last night at my direction the united states military executed a flawless 'd strike that terminated the terrors ringleader responsible for gravely wounded and further in thousands and thousands of people and hundreds and hundreds at least of americans because some solar money has been killed and his bloody rampage is now for ever on. for ayatollah
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khomeini so in mind he was a trusted confidant a member of his inner circle and a friend for more than 30 years almost 12 months on the commander in chief of iran's armed forces says he's not done avenging so in mani's death. you know in guilt or multiple to whatever it's possible we will take revenge we will take revenge on those who ordered so him on his assassination and the ones who carried out that assassination just hours after saw him on his body was laid to rest in his hometown of care mon on january 7th the revolutionary guard launched 13 missiles at the u.s. space in iraq no americans were killed but tensions increased iran was on high alert and accidently shot down the ukrainian airline passenger plane killing all 176 people on board while the united states said they were not seeking regime change in iran trumps the citizen to kill himself in monny had far reaching
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repercussions feared by his enemies inside iran so the money had for years been one of the most popular national figures in the country the international face of iranian resistance to american pressure he remained largely untouched by the diminishing popularity of the country's elected government his death prompted calls for the expulsion of u.s. troops from the middle east by iranian officials as well as a rainy unbacked groups in iraq and it's a demand which still stands a year later. we've also been hearing from iran's foreign minister mohammad javad zarif who's taken to twitter to reveal the latest information that iran has and cording to him there is intelligence coming from iraq that the israeli agents are going to are planning on an attack on americans in that country and the foreign minister warning that this is a trap for the u.s. president trying to trick him into engaging into into in a conflict with iran he said that you need to be careful any kind of fireworks will
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be responded with the same kind of force the latest that we hearing from the foreign minister who has been quite active on his twitter account when it comes to responding to u.s. officials this is the latest in the rhetoric that we've been hearing over the past few days all right thanks to do also now let's continue this and go live together on those joining us from washington d.c. and gabriel i mentioned the u.s.s. nimitz what is the overall posture of the u.s. military assets in the region are they taking a step back as well. well it appears so at least in some ways there's certainly always a lot of posturing when it comes to washington policy towards tehran but what we've seen in recent days really is somewhat at least of a reversal what we have been seeing as a lot of so-called saber rattling coming out of washington towards tehran it's come what the u.s. deploying a navy submarine to the gulf region
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a submarine that is capable of shooting tomahawk cruise missiles easily capable of reaching iran also and recent days the u.s. has sent b. 52 bombers on multiple occasions to buzz off the coastline of iran and that was all seen as a provide a provocative move and this saber rattling if you will almost like the u.s. warning iran don't try to retaliate against u.s. interests in africa or the middle east region or anywhere else in the world quite frankly given the eve of the one year anniversary of the assassination of solo monny and there's also reports that in november donald trump was actually talked out of a priya preemptive strike against an alleged iran next nuclear site so what we're seeing now is this move to pull the u.s. aircraft carrier nimitz out of the region is somewhat of a backtrack and it's somewhat a very versatile it's a significant move because this is
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a very very big and important military asset that's in the region and it was the decision that was apparently made by the defense secretary christopher miller against some of the advice of the top generals u.s. generals in the region so clearly it's an indication the u.s. at least on the surface trying to deescalate the situation thanks gabriel is on the . now the u.s. is entering the new year with few signs its rampant corona virus outbreak can be contained is reports of more than $20000000.00 coronavirus cases and faces a threat of a more infectious strain and as infections rise vaccinations are being carried out more slowly than expected rob reynolds reports from the santa louise. it was nobody's idea of a good way to ring in the new year on friday johns hopkins university reported the u.s. had surpassed 20000000 cases of covert 19 with more than 346000
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deaths the number of infections has doubled since november 9th less than 2 months ago the u.s. accounts for nearly one quarter of all coated deaths worldwide in places like southern california hospitals and their staff are increasingly overwhelmed forcing doctors and nurses to ration care one california public health epidemiologist likened the situation to a viral tsunami florida became the 3rd state after colorado and california to report a patient with the relatively new more transmissible kovac variant 1st identified in the u.k. the man had not traveled recently at least 33 countries have now reported cases of the mutant strain a u.s. genetic testing company says its research suggests the variant has been circulating
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in the u.s. since october on the vaccine front fewer than 3000000 americans have received their doses of figure far short of the trumpet ministrations goal of 20000000 vaccinations before the end of 2020 i think the rollout been very haphazard there's been almost no coordination from the federal government the federal government basically delivered to the states but then the states were not funded for the rollout program adequately and furthermore basically the state said here's the here and go hospitals you guys will without that senator mitt romney a prominent us republican political figure called for stepped up efforts including the enlistment of medical students veterinary. and emergency medical workers to administer vaccines he said schools and other facilities that are closed due to the pandemic should be converted to mass vaccination centers president donald trump
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spent friday tweeting about various political grievances but mention the faltering vaccine effort only once and then to shift blame to state officials president elect joe biden says he will use emergency wartime powers to boost vaccine production and speed up the lifesaving injections across the country rob reynolds al-jazeera viruses mutate all the time and there are multiple variants of this particular corona virus kovan $1000.00 that are circulating around the globe what's unusual about the strain that was 1st identified in the u.k. is how quickly it appears to be spreading it's known as b. 117 the u.k. identify that last month but it's believed to have 1st emerged there in september and it's now been detected in at least $33.00 countries and taiwan
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simon clark is an associate professor of cellular microbiology at the university of reading in england he joins us live on skype from there good to have you with us when information 1st started to come to light about this new strain the word was that it's not more deadly is just more contagious is that still the medical thinking. well yes it is and those now are quite some some quite good data which tells us that that's in fact the case we see it transmitting much more readily people are much more likely to get it than they were that the versions that were circulating were been circulating and it previously but when they do get it no more likely to be seriously and symptoms are no more likely to be bad. are the vaccines which have been developed still at the same level of of effectiveness containment when it comes to this new strain. we don't know that for sure at the
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moment but i think that is still being worked on but it will take that would not be a quick and easy thing to discover but given the nature of the mutations where they are on the target for the the vaccine which is something we call the spike protein on the surface of the virus it seems unlikely to have any effect at but if they do have an effect would probably be small even if there was a hang on just clarify that for me a 2nd when you say it's unlikely that they will have any effect are you saying it's unlikely the vaccines will have any effect on the virus oh no it's unlikely the mutation xyron have any a flare out of that one hour before you address that let's call it i want to call it goes really to mask that sparking so. that it is unlikely that that you take should will affect the sensitivity of the virus to the vaccine ok but even if it even if a strain does come along in the future where that happens it shouldn't be too much
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of a problem for the vaccine scientists to try to tinker with it to reengineer it so that vaccine so that it fights any new version that should be a big problem ok one issue that may be a bit of a game changer because of the new strain is the schedule of vaccine rola and of the 2nd dose is is anything clear about that when it comes to dealing with this new strain should should governments be rushing out the 1st dose even if that means they'll get the 2nd those later than what was recommended by the manufacturers who are not really sure the new dose makes it a new virus so it makes the difference to the that you go see great a. i am really not sure that's a fact but i am going if i'm wrong isn't that the debate in the u.k. right now is that we we've heard the doctor's union saying they're not happy with the delays in the 2nd dosage and is not because the governor is trying to get the
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1st those to just as quickly as possible now because of this new strain. it's trying to get the new dosage up with new vaccine out as quickly as possible because it doesn't have a very much vaccine or isn't brought much as perhaps it thought it did already thinks it needs the 2 are kind of linked but not direct. the problem is its ability to spread rather than except ability to the vaccine. the problem such as they are are not because of the antigen issued c of the new strain experience a general question about whether the new dosing regime will work at all or work as well as we would have done previously. data for the ox that seneca vaccine we are told exists but i don't think we've seen it yet certainly when journalists are
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story the press conference the other day they were treated in a rather dismissive manner and pfizer have said they do not recommend. extending the dosing regime for. vaccine i that there is no data about how let's hope we'll get over this corona thing one way or another nor strains pretty soon thanks so much yeah i mean talking to us argentina as if they are our wetlands are one of the most biodiverse regions in the world but over the last few decades they've been severely impacted by human activity and industrial farming conservation groups are now working to reverse that damage to raise about reports from in their own national park in korean tests. even means in the local indigenous what any language water the chinese and here in the province of korean days in northeastern argentina there is plenty of it but in the
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past few decades the wild life in the national park that covers more than a 1000000 hectares of land began disappearing because of human activity. and that's what people like my are trying to change. that i mean that we are working to really wild argentina this means reintroducing crucial species that disappeared from the ecosystem in this case we're working with the jaguars the main objective is to generate a sustainable population. at least jaguars now will and i.c.'s are kept here so their cubs can one day repopulate the area jaguars are seen as a threat to agriculture a fact and that's why their numbers have plummeted in the past years in fact in the province of korea because they have been extend for over 70 years now and that's
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why projects like this one are crucial to reintroduce this kind of species into the eco system of. a little but there are 7 other jaguars who have almost no contact with the humans and i ready to be released they are kept in 30 hector corel's. it's extremely difficult to see them but using our stay one of them might be what needed a g.p.s. color changed. going to be set free this is likely the last contact we will have with him so we are taking all the possible samples that how she sees them biome and in the area. with. the project is part of rewilding argentina more than 20 years ago american philanthropist douglas tomkins and his wife kristen began buying up land in argentina and she led to protected and then donated to
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a national park sorry world in argentina has now given thousands of hectares of land to at least 6 national parks. and. it's very strange in argentina that a private owner donates to the state but when we do it all the prejudices crumble we start to see the projects because the animals start to appear like the giant the pompous dia the tourist start to come and communities get involved this is a model of producing nature because it leaves resources to communities it's an economic alternative. the rewilding foundation says it's about helping nature heal and local species are crucial to that process. the giant and eater bear had disappeared from even a mainly because of hunting but thanks to rewilding the bears they brought here have started to reproduce. but it is here where we found medicine and her cub.
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data was born in the region and says attitudes in this rural area are slowly changing and i and you know. there's lots of people that have never been here they did not know that it barrier was a natural reserve sometimes they get messages when they let me know they saw a bear they're starting to become aware that it's not ok to hunt here. argentina has tough economic problems to deal with and that's not being helped by the coronavirus pandemic which is why preserving nature is a major challenge but it's not just about protecting the wildlife it's the wildlife that would generate outearn and the work opportunities that would convince locals to protect the natural wealth they already have. korean base argentina. still ahead on al-jazeera in sports another career
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to the champions league final which it seemed i was in charge of spurs for 5 years before leaving the club at the end of $29.00 saying well now his former club have moved up to 3rd in the english premier league tottenham beating leeds united 3 no hurricanes some young men and so will the herald with the goals that before kickoff spurs issuing a statement criticizing 3 of their players for breaching coronavirus rules by sending a christmas party none of them made it on to the pitch for this gang. it was a 2nd win in 3 days for the running and be a champions anthony davis top scoring for the lake is in a picture of the san antonio spurs for a small reports. this that the l.a. lakers started the year the same way they ended dead by facing the san antonio spurs and they may have not played like the defending champions from the outset but the lakers finished this game strong. the lakers rallied has the spurs 109-2103 securing their 2nd win in texas in 3 days of practice you know
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we. see that with the nature of the off. there is going to be some of the nights you know the key is can you find a way with you know when you know your best. out of pigs or shoot threes now try to expand their game. 6 time n.b.a. all star steph curry is looking good for golden state he scored 26 points for the warriors this matchup against portland trailblazers didn't go curry's ways damian lillard game high 34 points to compact 15000 career points for the franchise and let the blazers to 823-2898 trashing of the warriors it seems. as if. we got to make shots we all know that but. that's not the. the killer fours right now.
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is the kind of combination of both sides of florida finding any you know presence or during any type of moments on. the emmys most valued player yanis and produced 29 points 12 rebounds to leave the milwaukee bucks 212-6296 win over the chicago bulls and 11 consecutive victory over the boks long time rivals far as al-jazeera. alchemy the world's toughest rally is about to get under why the dakar rally being held in saudi arabia for the 2nd sign off road event will start and finish in jeddah over the next couple of weeks competitors will take on a course that stretches over 7 and a half 1000 kilometers the training college champion is spain's cost science. ok looking for now is get back safe so thanks so much and the bad seeds from maine sam is a band for this new sound but i'll be back in
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