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this is bbc news — with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm maryam moshiri... a hundred days — a hundred—million shots. joe biden lays out an ambitious coronavirus vaccination plan — warning things will get worse before they get better. truthfully, we remain in a very dark winter. infection rates are 34%. more people are being hospitalised because of covid—i9 than ever before. countries in europe react angrily to a warning by the drug company pfizer that it'll reduce the number of coronavirus vaccines it delivers from next week. the number of people around the world who have died with covid—nineteen passes the two—million mark. and — who'll win the
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presidential vote in uganda? the incumbent has an early lead. the challenger says the election was rigged. hello and welcome to the programme. us president—electjoe biden has announced a strategy to meet his promise of vaccinating 100 million people against the coronavirus in his first 100 days in office. he unveiled his plan to a divided nation that is in the grip of the pandemic�*s most dangerous wave yet. nearly 400,000 americans have died so far from covid—i9. the honest truth is this — things will get worse before they get better. i told you i will always level with you. and the policy changes that we will be making will take time to show up
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in the covid statistics. and it's notjust statistics. it is people's lives. people getting infected today don't show up in case counts for weeks. and those who perish from this disease die weeks after exposure. so it will take time. but i know there are things we can do, and we can do them now. for example, the vaccines offer so much hope. and we are grateful for the scientists and researchers and everybody who participated in the clinical trials. we're grateful for the integrity of the process. the rigorous review in testing has led to millions of people around the world already being vaccinated safely. but the vaccine roll—out in the united states has been a dismal failure thus far. and in today's briefing,
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we discussed five things we will do in an attempt to turn things around. five things to turn frustration into motivation. five things to help us meet our goal of 100 million shots by the end of our first 100 days in office. some wonder if we are reaching too farfor that goal. is it achievable is a legitimate question ask. let me be clear — i am convinced we can get it done. peter bowes is los angeles. he outlined mr biden�*s five point battle plan to combat the pandemic. it is an ambitious plan really to ramp up access to the coronavirus vaccine around the country. 100 million shots in his first 100 days. he says he will set up 100 mass vaccination centres around the country. on top of that, he says there will be mobile units that go into communities that
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are otherwise difficult to access and some of those places are where some americans, the poorest of americans, are living and those are the communities that have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus. so that is a top priority byjoe biden. he repeated once again that from his first day in office, he wants 100 days of people wearing a mask. he can't enforce that right across the country but there are jurisdictions, federal jurisdictions, where he can enforce the wearing of masks in travel, trains, planes, crossing of state borders, federal buildings, courts and that kind of thing. he will really put on the pressure there and contact local officials and local mayors and local governments and again encouraging them to encourage people in those areas to wear a mask as well. he says he also wants to encourage and involve pharmacies, high street chemists, more than they have been so far in the distribution of the vaccine. and tell me a little bit about the appetite for vaccine in the states.
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just looking at the latest yougov poll, it shows 47% of americans are willing to take a covid—19 vaccine. that's not a really high percentage, is it? it is not. it is disturbing to many that it is seemingly so many people are cautious, nervous or just flatly opposed to taking this virus and that will be crucial in terms of moving towards what is known as herd immunity, enough people who are essentially immune to this virus, largely because they've had the vaccine to bring and end to coronavirus. i don't think we will see an end to it in the very near future but at least to get to that point where we can start to live our lives normally again and go back to work and work in the office and go shopping and go to restaurants. we are not at that point. in fact, we are moving back from that point. i'm in los angeles now. officials say one
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in three people has the virus or at least has contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and here the hospitals are overflowing so it is absolutely crucial in terms of people in communities who are willing to have the vaccine. joe biden also being very candid, saying that it is going to get worse before it gets better. yes. he wasn't shy about being quite bleak in his message. at least as far as the short and medium—term is concerned. and that is to some extent a hallmark ofjoe biden. he's a character who says it as it is and he is pledging to continue to be pretty blunt with americans over the coming weeks. maybe you can see that as a dig at donald trump, who has put a more positive gloss on the fight against the coronavirus during the last six to nine months. there's concern about supplies of the pfizer bion tech vaccine
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after it was announced that shipments are to be substantially reduced for the next few weeks. the vaccine makers say that modifications are needed to the manufacturing process. in a letter, six european union countries have described the delay as "unacceptable". the eu commission president ursula von der leyen said she'd been in touch with the head of pfizer about the situation. of course this is not the first time that we see a delay in this process. we should not forget that normally it takes ten years to develop a vaccine and to deliver it. now we have reduced this time to less than a year and we are facing all the difficulties we normally face in an extended period of time. it is not the first time that a company announced that it has for a short period of time problems with delivery and it is not only biontech, but others had to delay the application time at their european medicine agencies. so we have encountered this problem before and we will encounter these problems
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in this process. so it's a year since the coronavirus first emerged. and a grim milestone has been reached. as it is now estimated that two million people have died with covid—19. that's according to figures compiled by johns hopkins university. 0ur global health correspondent naomi grimley reports. mass graves in brazil, and in the iraqi desert too. at the end of september, the world passed the milestone of1 million covid deaths. it has taken only three and half months to see that toll double. thousands of people have seen their relatives buried at a distance. and sometimes with undignified haste. translation: my father had to be buried like - an animal, a worm, a dog. this is a lack of respect for the people. in the space of one year, the pandemic has claimed
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more lives than hiv, malaria, flu and cholera combined. according tojohns hopkins university, the worst affected country remains the us, which has seen around 390,000 deaths. brazil and india have suffered huge tolls too. russia recently admitted its death figures could be three times what had previously been stated. in europe, the uk and italy have lost the most lives to the virus. africa appeared to have escaped the worst in the first wave. but the region's cases have been going up since mid—september, especially recently. there is concern that the more transmissible variant found in south africa may be to blame. all eyes are now on israel, where there are positive early signs of the effect of the vaccines
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on hospital admissions for the 60—plus age group. the country has been vaccinating at the fastest rate per capita, with one in four israelis so far receiving shots. but vaccinations in the world's poorest countries will not even start until next month. early results in uganda's presidential election have given the incumbent, yuweri museveni a clear lead. but his main challenger, pop—star turned politician bobi wine, says the poll was rigged. catherine byaruhanga sent us this from kampala. one of my gardeners came and informed me that we were surrounded... he calls himself the hope of a new generation, but tonight bobi wine finds himself surrounded in his home. security forces patrol the area, reminding him of the power of the government he wants removed.
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the army says it's for his own protection. bobi wine rejects thursday's presidential elections. he told the bbc he believes he is the clear winner. i'm not calling myself a president—elect yet. i am saying the results that have been communicated by the electoral commission are fake, they are fraudulent, and not a representation of what happened, of what the people said. therefore we reject them. but uganda's electoral commission says bobi wine needs to present evidence of his allegations. results they have released so far show the incumbent, president yoweri museveni, has taken a decisive and early lead. the 76—year—old, who is seeking a sixth term, has controlled uganda for three decades and is in charge of the army and police. he had this warning
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for his rivals. to all who have voted, the count should be peaceful, nobody should try to do violence. the real power here is still in the hands of the old guard — business leaders, politicians and army generals. they want to maintain the status quo for economic stability. but they will have to deal with a growing chorus of young people who believe the state has failed them and want jobs, better education, and health care. there is anxiety here over whether the final results will be accepted. many of bobi wine's supporters stayed back towards the vote count. even though he is challenging the process, bobi wine has so far stopped short of calling his supporters out onto the streets. catherine byaruhanga, bbc news, kampala. stay with us on bbc news — still to come...
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marking a magical milestone — 100 years since they first cut the lady in half. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry and one of its biggest. but the industry is nervous of this report, and how it may tend to make people stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. demolished buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she had been given no help and no advice from the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black. children in south africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country's new— multiracial government - and enrolled at formerly white schools. it's the 9610th performance
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of her long—running play. after hearing of her death, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would've been the last person to want such a thing. this is bbc news — the latest headlines... a hundred days — a hundred—million shots. joe biden lays out an ambitious coronavirus vaccination plan — warning things will get worse before they get better. the number of people around the world who have died with covid—nineteen passes the two—million mark. preparations are continuing in washington forjoe biden�*s inauguration next week. the president—elect has pledged to immediately confront america's economic and health crises in his first days in office along with reversing some of his predecessor's signature policies on climate and immigration. lauren wright —
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a political scientist at the princeton school of public and international affairs — gave her analysis of president—electjoe biden�*s announcement. i have to say as somebody who teaches political communication, the very first thing i noticed was the professionalism with which this summary proposal was laid out. it had quite a few details. it was not a tweet in the middle of the night, it was not a surprise tojoe biden�*s staff, which is how we were used to sometimes the trump administration sending messages about very important legislation. so that is important, and i did notice a few elements of the proposal that could make progressives either angry or happy and conservatives, and so i did see quite a few indications whether it is the direct payments or payments for child health care to state
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and local government funding thatjoe biden really does want this to be a bipartisan effort and that it's his first choice rather than just a straight party line vote. where do you think the pushback will come from? it will come from all sides most likely. republicans will go back to their old arguments about the rising debt, we cannot afford this, and they think we are bailing out irresponsible state and local governments and democrats will argue that actually student loan debt relief should have been part of this, the payments should be larger. we will see probably the traditional back—and—forth but i think the goal here for the biden administration is to show that they have deep contacts in congress and joe biden has bargaining skills, and they want to send the message that this is important for republicans and democrats. i don't know if they will get there, but that is the effort. what do you think will be
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the main challenges he faces, other than the covid—19 pandemic, on the day that he takes office? the economic crisis will be a presence every day, all day. you already see the headlines, the administration a messaging the administration messaging that this vaccine roll—out is not going to be as fast as we want it to. but they are providing resources for states to hopefully deal with that and to fast—track the process. so they are picking up from the trump administration's legacy, but it is quite a mess, and so he has immense challenges and i don't by any means think that this will be an easy first year in office at all. very briefly, president trump's impeachment trial, what do you think will happen? oh, gosh, we don't have long enough to talk about it but i willjust
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go very quickly. we will see this transmitted to the senate afterjoe biden�*s inauguration and i think there are a few coalitions of senators that might add up to the 17, quite a few people who are retiring very soon, people like chuck grassley, toomey, and people who have been critical of the president all along like mitt romney and ben sasse, and senators who are likely running in 2024 and do not want president trump to be in the running, so you can get to 13 or 1a votes pretty quickly that way, and then it depends on mitch mcconnell and other republicans. british meat exporters say new customs systems post—brexit are "�*not fit for purpose'. perishable goods are being delayed for hours, sometimes days, because of extra customs checks and additional paperwork. the new border rules were introduced two weeks ago at the end of the brexit transition period. the uk exports 15 billion pounds worth of food and drink to the eu every year, a third of that is perishable
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meat, fish and fresh produce. the bbc�*s business editor simonjack�*s report begins at a meat processing factory in shropshire, near the border with wales. uk lamb is highly prized. at this shropshire—based abattoir, 70% gets exported to the eu. it's an export—driven success story, but the well—oiled machine that gets it there has a new spanner in it. paperwork that used to take 15 minutes is now taking hours and requires vet certificates not needed before. we have been having sleepless nights and taking calls from hauliers and agents in the early hours of the morning. it has been a steep learning curve and we see some of these problems will remain even when we get to the new normal level. for a fresh quality product trading on a daily basis, the system is not fit for purpose and it needs to be looked at urgently.
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rizvan�*s products are still getting through but delays are shortening shelf life, making customers frustrated and forcing them to consider other options. i feel very upset. we are thinking to buy some lambs in spain. we have some of our competitors who have all their lambs in ireland instead of the uk. between the seller and buyer are the hauliers. no one is feeling more frustrated than pete white. we travel all over western europe every single week. last week, for me, was probably the worst, most difficult week in this job in 20 years. we have lost hundreds of hours, dozens of days already, with our trucks waiting unnecessarily. behind us we are looking at the new border control posts that customs have set up. near the mouth of the eurotunnel in kent, customs expert steven cock says problems on the way out mean problems on the way in. we have a situation where
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border force's car park is full, the roads are heavily congested, they are turning lorries back now. exports are grinding to a halt at the moment. if you have a lorry that is going to get stuck on the way, out then if you are the haulier why would you want to bring it in in the first place? so it will snarl everything up, import and export. it has been a pretty miserable time for hauliers, their drivers and their commercial customers. the problem we've seen are at a time when ports are operating at a fraction of their normal volume. those volumes are expected to increase. let's hope any potential chaos will be short—lived. but it seems clear additional cost and additional complexity in trading with our biggest trading partner are here to stay. after decades of friction—free trade, there was bound to be disruption. the government says it is working hard with business to get to what it describes as a new normal in cross—channel trade. simon jack, bbc news. meanwhile, the organisation representing scotland's fishermen has written
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to prime minister boris johnson, accusing him of leaving the industry in "the worst of both worlds" due to his brexit trade deal with the eu. the scottish fishermen�*s federation claimed its members had been failed in the short term — with many left "fearing for their future". it said details were urgently needed of a compensation plan, which borisjohnson suggested earlier this week was being planned. the us gun rights group, the national rifle association, has filed for bankruptcy protection — which could help them escape a law suit in new york. the group said it plans to reincorporate in texas. last year, new york's attorney general, letitia james, sued the nra, accusing its leaders of misusing millions of dollars on lavish personal trips. the group has dismissed the allegations as politically motivated. ms james said her office would continue to investigate the nra. the freezing blast of arctic weather sweeping across europe is causing widespread disruptions — but for some it's an excuse to get
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outside for some fun. these children in southern poland are making the most of the heavy snowfall by throwing on their winter woolies and dusting off the sleds and toboggans. it was a stunning sunrise in denmark. keen skiiers say the combination of sun and snow made for perfect conditions for a day of cross—country skiing. and the animals at this helsinki zoo in finland were a little unsure about the snowy stranger inside their enclosures. but as you can see... they showed their guest a great time and were on their best behaviour. by by decapitating him. it's one of the oldest tricks in the book — sawing someone in half. this sunday marks 100 years since a magician called percy thomas tibbles performed the illusion in london. david sillito has more. ok, so here we go. michaelj fitch, who is this weekend just one of many magicians taking part in a global online celebration of a magical moment.
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ah! there we go. whenever anyone says, you know, "oh, you're a magician," the first line, we hear it every day is, "oh, can you saw my wife in half?" 0r, "can you saw my husband in half?" for some reason, that illusion has stuck in everybody�*s mind and captured their imagination. ladies and gentlemen, my wife! thank you very much. and this is the man who created the illusion — pt selbit. his real name was percy tibbles, but not everyone was impressed with his new trick. it was performed for the first time on stage without an audience to a bunch of agents and bookers, and nevil maskelyne, who was the owner of one of these, the owner of the very venue the illusion was performed in for the first time, dismissed it. and while this anniversary is a celebration of pt selbit�*s creation, it's worth noting this is very much a two—person trick.
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would i be right in saying that a lot of the work's going on inside the box? of course, yeah. all the hard work goes on inside the box. - michaeljust has to stand there and put some - blades in or knives in. what? he gets the easy part. yeah, definitely. no, that's not true! it's magic, it's magic, and it's all me, it's magic. so is this another example of men doing all the talking, claiming all the glory, while the women do the work? well, it's alwaysl the way, isn't it? always the way, it's . always women who do the hard work, yeah. it is, then, a magical landmark, but 100 years on, it is also perhaps a good time to think about exactly who is doing the magic. david sillito, bbc news, colchester. wonderful. that is it for me in the team. thank you for watching. goodbye.
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hello. friday turned out to be quite a quiet weather day across many parts of the british isles. perhaps you had the opportunity to enjoy some of the beauty that's widely available across the north of england and up into parts of scotland. and we're not quite done with this wintry weather scenario just yet. because as we start the weekend, a new set of weather fronts will drive their way in from the atlantic. some of this atlantic moisture is going to fall into really quite cold air across the eastern side of the british isles. so we are going to see further accumulations and notjust where we already have significant amount of lying snow. as we creep towards the higher ground of lincolnshire and down to east anglia, this is where we may see new accumulations of snow widely,
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two centimeters of snow. but in some areas we could see as much as five to ten cm and that's why the met office have issued this amber weather warning for snow. they say up to five to ten cm possible in some areas. that threat exists while these weather fronts dominate the scene particularly so across the eastern side of britain. isobars quite packed on those charts so it's going to be a blustery day. especially so across the northern half of britain. right from the word go many parts of central and eastern scotland, the midlands through north england and eastern england will see that combination of rain or snow. which will take time to get away from east anglia, hence those accumulations. they also take the time to get away from east kent as well. quite a blustery day following behind. winds probably at their strongest across the north of scotland. temperatures really struggling after that chill wintry start across the east. some in south wales in the southwest may
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get to double figures. that weather feature is going to cause all sorts of problems through the heart of continental europe through sunday. but closer to home, a little build of high pressurejust getting in across a good part of england and wales. settling things nicely here. not too much in the way a breeze. in the north, a blustery day. some showers, if not longer spells of rain for scotland and northern ireland. temperatures into single figures and come the middle part of the forthcoming week things will turn a little wetter, milder and windier. take care. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news — the headlines. joe biden�*s given details of his plan to sharply increase the number of americans being immunised against covid—nineteen in the face of a sustained surge in cases and deaths. the president—elect — who takes office on wednesday — said the priority was to inoculate everyone over the age of sixty—five. countries in europe have reacted angrily to a warning by the drug company pfizer that it'll reduce the number of coronavirus vaccines it delivers from next week. pfizer says modifications to its plant in belgium will lead to a temporary drop in shipments — but will boost long—term capacity. the number of people around the world who have died with covid—nineteen has now passed the two million mark. that's more than the combined total of deaths for hiv, malaria, flu and cholera in the past year. after the united states, brazil and india are the worst affected countries.
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