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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the general in charge of the us coronavirus vaccination drive has five years since paris — 45 countries offer new climate change targets for 2030 — at a virtual summit. post—brexit trade talks are continuing with just one day to go until sunday's self—imposed deadline— and britain ramping up preparations for "no deal". the former governor of the bank of england tells us that the financial sector is ready to deal with any difficult outcome. also in the programme. in boxing, anthonyjoshua defends his ibf, wba, and wbo world heavyweight titles against kubrat pulev at wembley arena tonight.
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it's more than a0 years since the bee gees had six consecutive number one singles — now the last surviving member barry gibb lifts the lid on life as a disco king. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. the first american to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will receive their injection on monday. general gus perna, the man in charge of operation, confirmed that the pfizer—biontech vaccine was being packed and loaded to be sent across the whole country following its approval
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by regulators. make no mistake, distribution has begun. right now boxes are being packed and loaded with vaccine on the emphasis on quality control. within the next 24 hours, they will begin moving vaccine from the pfizer—biontech begin moving vaccine from the pfizer— biontech manufacturing facility to the fedex hubs and then they will go out to the 636 locations nationwide. the bbc‘s lebo diseko joins us from washington. any sign of the roll—out of this vaccine yet? general gus perna gave us vaccine yet? general gus perna gave usa vaccine yet? general gus perna gave us a bit of an idea in that briefing earlier. he said that they were hoping to get the vaccine sent out from the distribution points tomorrow and that it would start
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arriving in the states from monday, different tranches arriving monday, tuesday and wednesday. now there are just over 3 million people in that first wave of people to receive it and they will be health care workers and they will be health care workers and also people in long—term residential care homes. by the end of the month, really the end of the year, shocking that we are there already, they want to have vaccinated 20 million people. but just those residential care home people and health care workers comes up people and health care workers comes up to about 24 million people, so you can see that it is quite a task and there are concerns about how they will get everybody that needs that the vaccine. it certainly is a big job. what else are we hearing from 0peration warp speed? it was very interesting hearing them say again and again this was not the end. general gus perna saying this
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is the beginning of the end. there is the beginning of the end. there is still quite a lot of work to do, and also listening to the fda, they are the body that gave the go—ahead, the sign for the vaccine, really reassuring people that this vaccine is safe for people to take. that underscores some of the issues around distrust and the concerns that many people understandably have about the vaccine, particularly communities that in the past have been not very well treated, or the subject of malpractice in terms of medical experiments and the like, having concerns about taking this vaccine now. tell us more about tensions between the white house and the fda that seem to be appearing. it was interesting, the head of the fda was asked when he briefed journalists earlier whether he had been under any pressure to sign this
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off on friday. there were reports in the press over here that he had been told sign this off by end of play or resign. he said that was not the case and he absolutely did not come under any pressure, but again it goes to underscore the issues around trust that many people might have. and interestingly, donald trump has not tweeted anything about this today. he tweeted out a video yesterday understandably claiming credit for the fact the vaccine has been signed off, but it also contained inaccuracies and raised a couple more questions than it really answered. world leaders have been urged to declare a climate emergency, after dire predictions of ‘catastrophic‘ global warming. the secretary general of the united nations has told a climate change virtual summit that more ambitious targets are necessary to cut emissions. here's our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt. it is my great pleasure
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to introduce one of the co—hosts of today's climate... there was none of the pomp and circumstances you would expect of a meeting of dozens of world leaders. this was an entirely virtual summit. mrjohnson opened in characteristic style. we're doing this not because we're hair shirt wearing tree hugging mung bean munching ego freaks, though i have nothing against any of those categories... he described climate change is a greater threat than covid—19 and said going green made economic as well as ecological sense. climate change is the biggest threat to humanity right now. only those countries promising substantial commitments to cut carbon got to speak. there were more than 70 of them, including china, the eu, india and japan.
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join the dots. it's happening. short films highlighted the risks our planet faces. let's be very clear about this. it is going to get much worse. even the pope made an appearance. so, why is nothing happening? it was an uplifting spectacle, but there were some notable absentees. brazil, russia, saudi arabia and australia were among the nations which were not invited to address the conference. some of the world's most vulnerable countries said fighting climate change was a moral imperative. i would like to believe that the major emitters are not capable of what would in essence be close to climate genocide. i would like to believe that we are visible and indispensable for them.
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today's conference marks the start of a crucial year for global climate action. the uk will be hosting a climate conference in glasgow in november 2021. the hope is the entire world will raise its carbon cutting game by then. justin rowlatt, bbc news. china's president xijinping made a commitment to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit of economic output and speed up the expansion of wind and solar power. today, i wish to announce some further commitments by 2030. china will lower its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gdp by over 65% from the 2005 level. increase
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the share of nonfossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 2596, primary energy consumption to around 25%, increase the forest stock volume by 6 billion cubic metres from the 2005 level and bring its total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion kilowatts. richard black is director of the energy and climate intelligence unit. i asked him what he thought of president xi's announcement. an incremental step up in several ways from the previous pledges that china have put on the table, previous targets for the next decade, so the share of renewable energy goes up from 20% to about 25%, the carbon intensity that you we re 25%, the carbon intensity that you were talking about, he was talking about, this is the amount of carbon
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dioxide produced for every unit of economic output, so that has gone up slightly on the line on forest as well, but we are really waiting to see the detail of what china is offering. back in september the president made this bold announcement, quite unexpected, that china was targeting the zero by 2060, but what we like so far as the plant to see how he's going to get there and i think that is going to coincide with an announcement of the next five year plan so expect to see that over the next year. from what you have heard so far, have there been any significant developments? there have been a feud. getting 70 heads of state and government to speak at what is not an official event is testament to the importance that climate change has around the world. we have seen some interesting announcements. a number of developing countries have come forward with pledges, argentina has pledged carbon neutrality by 2050,
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columbia is having a between 2010 at 2030, barbados wants to be fossil fuel free by 2030 and there are a few others you can pick out. interesting from canada, the announcement they made yesterday, canada's key announcement they made yesterday, ca nada's key policy announcement they made yesterday, canada's key policy here is a carbon tax. lots of other countries have toyed with this but very few have introduced it. canada is going big ona introduced it. canada is going big on a carbon tax it will raise, 170 canadian dollars per tonne of carbon dioxide by the end of the decade, thatis dioxide by the end of the decade, that is quite a ramp up from the 50 esh marked now so it will be interesting to see how that pans out on one thing canada will do is return this money to families, so we are watching a bit of an experiment in canada. and this is replacing what was supposed to be a big summit in scotland last month. it will now ta ke in scotland last month. it will now take place next year in the uk. what needs to happen between now and then to really make a significant
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difference? what we have had here, it is not really part of the official negotiations and there hasn't been much negotiating going on. that is all saved for next year now, battered into next year by covid—19. a lot of diplomacy has to happen and it will be a very interesting to see how thejoe biden tea m interesting to see how thejoe biden team plays less because of course under barack 0bama, the us was a diplomatic powerhouse on climate change, so willjoe biden as president go down the same route? hobo the eu play enter that? it is potentially three important players going in the same direction, and thenit going in the same direction, and then it is about possibly building confidence, that we are seeing coming through all the time in academic literature, that actually pursuing a clean energy transition ultimately is good for your economy as well. you have to put money in nowbut you will absolutely reap the benefits as people are already doing with the cheaper prices for renewable energy.
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last—minute brexit talks are still going on in brussels — but both sides are warning they're unlikely to agree a trade deal by sunday's deadline. in britain a former defence minister has described the idea of deploying the royal navy to defend british fishing waters if no deal is reached as "irresponsible". an spokesman for the french president said france is preparing to "keep calm and carry on" regardless. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, reports. reuters news agency has just reported that talks are continuing overnight. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, reports. is this what no deal with the eu would look like? the ministry of defence has confirmed that four armed vessels will be ready to patrol uk waters if there's no agreement with brussels on fishing rights. the scottish government has denounced this as gunboat diplomacy, and they don't want the ships off their shores. some of boris johnson's own mps are also concerned about the signal this sends. we need to be building alliances, not breaking them apart. the advent us administration is wanting to rekindle western
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resolve, re—energise an international alliance to take on our adversaries such as russia and china, and here we are actually arguing with a close military european ally. the drumbeat to no deal continues to resound with, overnight, a practice run in kent in how to deal with traffic disruption. though even if a deal is reached, new customs checks at ports will still provide a challenge. and on the other side of the channel, to convey a sense of unity, eu leaders such as angela merkel have rebuffed borisjohnson‘s attempts to speak to them individually about how a deal could be unlocked. so, the mood around the talks, like the weather, is rather gloomy. in fact, the only thing that might be agreed this weekend between downing street and the eu is to halt the negotiations and move towards no deal. yet the fact that both sides have been very publicly highlighting the potential negative consequences of failing to reach a deal suggest that they could yet at the last minute pull back from the brink. but a former adviser to the brexit
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department thinks it will take a dramatic move to avoid no deal. we've got one day left. there are talks ongoing, but really we need a breakthrough at the political level, and i'm not hearing the messaging at the moment that would indicate that's going to happen. the uk's chief negotiator knows well enough that brexit deadlines come and go, but this weekend's talks in brussels could finally answer the question, deal or no deal. iain watson, bbc news. speaking to the bbc earlier, the former governor of the bank of england mark carney, outlined his concerns about the situation the uk finds itself in. i think it is recognised that there are two types of issues around if there is a rupture in the relationship. the first is very important logistical challenges that come through more checks at ports and the knock—on effects but then there is the fundamental question of the changing economics of the relationship with europe if there are tariffs
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in place, if there are other products. companies have begun to adjust to those and anticipated some of those. i will say one thing that is important, as the financial sector, my colleagues and the bank of england have helped to ensure that the financial sector is ready for if there is a difficult outcome it is ready for that and so the financial sector will not make this worse, it will be part of the solution but undoubtedly there will be challenges if an agreement is not reached. the headlines on bbc news. the general in charge of the us coronavirus vaccination drive has said the first innoculations will take place on monday. five years since paris, 45 countries are offering new climate change targets for 2030 at a virtual summit.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes. thanks very much. football first time chelsea would go top of the premier league with a win at everton tonight but as it stands they are losing. carlo ancelotti beating his old side 1—0. earlier, the manchester derby ended in a disappointing goalless draw. no fans allowed into old trafford due to manchester being in a tier 3 measures but perhaps a blessing. neither side could muster any scoring opportunities. they stay seventh, just ahead of city in eighth. they started well. after refinished really good the first half, the second half they pushed for a penalty and off—site and in the first half we created three or four clear chances. we cannot expect to have many with a team like united, the physicality they have.
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we are struggling a little bit. in the end it is a good point. there was also a midlands derby taking place earlier. is stoppage time penalty sealed the win and newcastle meet strugglers west brom. the pit lane at silverstone is being renamed the hamilton straight in honour of briton‘s was successful f1 driver lewis hamilton. the newly crowned champion is back racing after recovering from coronavirus but he will start the final grand prix of the season from third place on the grid. max verstappen took full possession in abu dhabi. then hamilton's mercedes team—mate va ltteri hamilton's mercedes team—mate valtteri bottas. i didn't expect to fight for pole but to sit there is really satisfying and with the dominance they have, very pleased with that. the young japanese golfer
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to stow it in front at the us women's open approaching the end of the third round in houston. she leads by two shots at the cyprus creek course, but quite a few bogeys going on today. i think that those will change significantly as the third round progresses. rugby union's european champions cup is backin union's european champions cup is back in the way the season this weekend with bristol making a return to the competition after a 12 year absence. but their big day ended in defeat, beaten 51—38 and a pool to come up with bristol earning a losing bonus point. bath lost 23—19 ina losing bonus point. bath lost 23—19 in a thrilling match. also wins for wasps and leinster. edinburgh currently losing 30—8. the countdown is on for one of the biggest fights of the year in just over an hour's time. anthonyjoshua of the year in just over an hour's time. anthony joshua putting of the year in just over an hour's time. anthonyjoshua putting his world heavyweight title on the line
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at wembley arena. a lot riding on this bout. a win forjoshua would pave the way for a no british fight with tyson fury were all for heavyweight titles will be up for grabs for the first time in history. also a big incentive for potentially the first bulgarian heavyweight champion. it is important to be respectful, that is where the stay humble mindset comes from, but it doesn't mean not having any level of confidence, so when i look at him i am saying, he cannot beat me. that boy can't beat me, i am too good, too strong and i have developed too much skill. and that is all the sport for now. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. nigeria's president has condemned an attack on a secondary school in the northwestern state of katsina. muhammadu buhari ordered the security agencies to go after the attackers and ensure the students are returned home safely. hundreds of students are still unaccounted for after gunmen raided the school
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on friday night. according to official statistics, italy has now seen more coronavirus— related fatalities than anywhere else in europe. it has registered 64,036 such deaths —— slightly worse than britain. the government has imposed tight restrictions over the christmas holiday period, affecting travel between the regions. from a schoolboy skiffle group to becoming the undisputed kings of disco, the bee gees enjoyed phenomenal global success — but those famous smiles were often hiding dark and difficult times. the sibling rivalry, drug abuse and tragedy which dogged the band are all explored in a new feature—length documentary. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson has been speaking to the only surviving brother, sir barry gibb. this film contains flashing images. ladies and gentlemen, will you welcome the bee gees? the bee gees! once again, the fabulous bee gees! # oh, you can tell by the way i use my walk. the most exciting sound in the world!
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the biggest grossing album in the history of music. how can you mend a broken heart looks at every aspect of the bee gees' career, including theirfirst number one in 1967... # and the lights all went down in massachusetts. ..and the phenomenon that was saturday night fever. has it changed your lives, the enormous success of it? yes, i can safely say it's changed our lives. # whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin‘ alive. # stayin‘ alive! in 1978, seven us number one singles were written by the bee gees. # ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin‘ alive! speaking from his home studio in miami, the surviving bee gee barry gibb tried to explain what it was like to have that level of fame. all right. well, you don't really deal with it. it's just like you are just in the eye of a storm, you're in the middle of something
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where everyone around you is crazy. # ah, ah, ah, ah. it got to the point where i could not answer the phone. and it got to the point where people were climbing over the walls and coming in to your grounds — actually, that still happens! chuckles. who's been in your back garden lately, then? well, i don't know, but there are people that walk in. our house on the bay is probably the best position on the bay, you know, so you get unusual people with lots of money that will say "we will buy your house". no, it's not for sale! fame may have given barry a rather nice house but the documentary also deals with the lows. i cannot honestly come to terms with the fact that they are not here anymore. # ah, ijust want to be. his three younger brothers are all dead. andy, a solo star, was only 30 when his lifestyle took its toll. and barry had famously fallen out
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with both maurice and robin at the times of their deaths. all had struggled with life in the limelight. why do you think you were the best equipped to deal with this? we all had our demons. we all had our issues between each other. but when it came to music, all those things just disappeared. i don't know — maybe being the eldest brother made me feel that i had responsibility to watch out for my other three brothers. be nice if we could find a bigger sound for that solo. but these days, i've come to realise that they probably didn't want that, you know? and i think maurice and robin primarily did not want that. andy, in the end, i think felt i was getting credit for what he was doing. and that's what messes you up — that's what messes everybody up, this obsession with credit — and i think in every group, you're going to see that. that may be the case, but this documentary really does highlightjust how much more there was to the bee gees than their dalliance with disco.
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colin paterson, bbc news. we can bring the latest coming into us we can bring the latest coming into us from brussels on the last—ditch talks between the uk and eu negotiators to try to tie up a deal by tomorrow. government sources have told the bbc that talks are continuing overnight but as things stand, the offer on the table from the eu remains unacceptable. the prime minister will leave no stone unturned in this process but he is absolutely clear agreement must be fairand absolutely clear agreement must be fair and respect the fundamental position that the uk will be a sovereign nation in three weeks' time. of course they do technically have until the end of the month to try to do a deal before the period comes to an end, but it does look increasingly likely that a deal will not be done in the prime minister
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did say he hoped for some kind of development if not for a decision to be made by tomorrow, sunday. we will bring you the latest, stay with us. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello. the weather looks very unsettled over the coming few days. tomorrow we have rain coming from the atlantic which will affect much of the uk. not a bad day at all. further east, the sky looked very different with rain and that grey and misty especially in the hills. that weather front slowly pushing away to the north sea. the next weather system to bring the rain tomorrow is going to be moving on from the atlantic with the wind picking up on the cloud arriving in some rain. but for a while we are going to have some clearer skies even going to have some clearer skies eve n a cross going to have some clearer skies even across these in parts of england, cloudy and damp weather moving away and the temperature dropping in the north—east of scotla nd dropping in the north—east of scotland see some persistent rain and later in the night the
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temperature rises in northern ireland, wales and the south—west is liquid thickens. ahead of it, the temperature not far away from freezing in those clearer skies so the risk of a frost, colder than it was last night and one or two mist and fog patches. claude increases quickly from the west on sunday and we get these outbreaks of rain coming in, the heaviest of the hills across these western areas pushing northwards into scotland. some shares in sunshine returning to northern ireland during the afternoon. stronger winds tomorrow as well coming in from the south or south—west. fresh winds around coastal areas and the temperature still light, around 7—8 across much of scotla nd still light, around 7—8 across much of scotland and north—east england, mile that elsewhere and possibly making 14 in the south—west. the wetter weather continues to push eastwards during sunday evening, some heavier rain for a while across these in parts of england and then we see those showers following on behind. the weather system moves away on sunday night into monday morning, stays very mild, feeding in
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those brisk south to south—westerly winds. essentially sunshine in the balance of showers and wetter weather across more western areas pushing northwards into scotland, quite a few showers running through the english channel, so drier weather, not completely dry, across the midlands and eastern england. very mild, the temperature 11—12 for much of the country. they were very mixed through much of the week, the one is not as strong on thursday, wet and windy weather on thursday and probably returning on friday as well. thursday looks like it should bea well. thursday looks like it should be a bit drier and brighter with some sunshine.
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