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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm lewis vaughan jones. 100 days, 100 million shots — joe biden sets out his coronavirus vaccination plan, warning things will get worse before they get better. truthfully, we remain in a very dark winter. infection rates are up 34%. more people are being hospitalised because of covid than ever before. the number of people around the world who have died —— india begins a mammoth regulation programme, aiming to inoculate 3 million people by august. the number of people around the world who have died with covid—i9 passes the 2 million mark. thousands of people
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set off from honduras heading to the united states, hoping a new president will give them a warmer welcome. and wayne rooney, england and manchester united's top goal—scorer, brings his playing career to a close. hello and welcome to the programme. 2 million people worldwide have now died from covid—i9, and nearly 400,000 of those deaths were in the us. so far, just 11 million americans have been vaccinated against the virus. but the incoming presidentjoe biden is promising to vaccinate 100 million americans in his first 100 days. he set out his plan. the honest truth is this. things will get worse before they get better. i told you i would always level with you.
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you know, and the policy changes that we we're gonna be making will take time to show up in the covid statistics. and they're notjust statistics, it is people's lives. people getting infected today don't show up in case counts for weeks. 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 everyone who participated in the clinical trials, we're grateful for the integrity of the process, the rigorous review and testing that's 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, we discussed five things — five things — we will do in an attempt to turn things around, five things to turn frustration into motivation,
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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 to ask. let me be clear — i am convinced we can get it done. ok, let's take a closer look at the five parts of the president—elect�*s plan. first, he wants to expand vaccine eligibility so it's made available to more people in various priority groups. he also pledged to create more vaccination sites, to increase supply of the vaccines, to hire a dedicated workforce, and also to launch a large—scale public education campaign. the state of california is suffering particularly badly
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with the pandemic and is also experiencing problems with the vaccine rollout. professor robert wachter is chair of the department of medicine at the university of california, san francisco. he explained what the situation is in california. where i am in san francisco is our worst surge ever, but not terrible. southern california is disastrous, it really resembles what new york looked like in march and april. hospitals filled, icus filled, some ambulances not able to take patients to the hospital, beginning to ration care because there simply is not enough of everything and the case counts continue to rise and the death counts continue to rise. and no sign yet that things are turning around. it may have begun to plateau, but it has plateaued at an extraordinary high level. any idea why this is happening now? well, california's done very well over the course of the pandemic, at least comparatively. we were about 35th of 50 states in terms of our overall per capita mortality rate.
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and i think the biggest reason was people let their guard down. that after ten months, people get tired of the restrictions and began to get complacent, and because we had done relatively well, relatively few people have immunity here. there's not a lot of people with prior infection. so i had a feeling we would have a — we'd have a surge during the winter. i did not think it would be this big, and did not think it would last this long. the eventual way out of this is vaccines. how is the roll—out going where you are? terrible. we really thought by now that the bottleneck would be the supply of vaccines. and — and it really didn't cross anybody�*s mind that the bottleneck would be that there would be vaccines available in freezers and refrigerators, and yet in california, about 30% of the vaccine available has been jabbed into people's arms. nationally, only a little bit
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better than that, 35%. and that number really should be 70% or 80%. at my own institution, at the university of california, san francisco, where ijust got my shot tonight, we're at about 85% of the vaccine that we have, we have injected in people. the roll—out�*s gone — it has been poorly organised, under resourced, a lot of it has been done by hospitals who are being overwhelmed with covid cases so there is not a lot of bandwidth. but the hope is, in listening to president—elect biden, itjust feels like a breath of fresh air, it feels like we're going to be treated like adults, we're going to get truthful information without spin, we're going to get a real plan carried out by competent people. none of those things have we seen for the past year, so i think there is some hope around the corner. and so you do think that this federal response which hasn't been there so far will actually make a difference on the ground?
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i really do. i think we have to give the trump administration credit for one thing — and maybe just one thing — which is the development of the vaccines was a miracle. it really was remarkable that in less than a year we developed two highly effective and very safe vaccines, which is extraordinary. but they did not get the roll—out right and i guess that shouldn't have been that surprising because they didn't get testing right and they didn't get the roll—out of masks and personal protective equipment right. so this part, theyjust did not understand or emphasise what sometimes we call the last mile — that it doesn't matter how much vaccine you have in trucks and in boxes and freezers, all that matters is it is in people's arms, and it's protecting them. but i think we can now see a new administration with a new approach to this and i think that at least is making me much more hopeful. our thanks to robert wachter, there. the us health secretary alex azar has resigned, describing the storming of congress by donald trump's supporters
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as an assault on democracy. in a letter to the president, he said actions and rhetoric following november's election had threatened to tarnish the administration's legacy. but mr azar said he would stay in his role until wednesday to ensure a smooth transfer of power during the pandemic. he's been one of mr trump's closest allies. a number of white house officials have stepped down following the violence in washington earlier this month. the authorities in india are beginning a huge coronavirus vaccination programme. efforts are underway to inoculate 300 million people by august, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. these are live pictures from delhi, primus and arena modi speaking.
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—— prime minister narendra modi. two types of vaccine are being used. critics accuse the government of rushing to approve one of them, covaxin, which was developed in india. 0fficials insist the jab is safe, despite having not yet passed phase three clinical trials. the government believes it's well placed to vaccinate a population of 1.3 billion, thanks to its experience of mass immunisation programmes against diseases such as polio. well, with more on the how the rest of the world is dealing with the pandemic, here's our global health correspondent naomi grimley. mass graves in brazil and in the iraqi desert, too. at the end of september, the world passed the milestone of a million covid deaths. it has taken only 3.5 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, l a worm or a dog. this is a lack of respect for the people. in the space of a year,
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the pandemic has claimed 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 new, 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 vaccines on hospital admissions for the 60—plus age group.
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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. naomi grimley, bbc news. brazil's presidentjair bolsonaro says he regrets the health emergency in the northern city of manaus, where hospitals have been overwhelmed by the pandemic. according to local media, people have resorted to buying oxygen tanks on the black market to give to sick relatives. they said patients were being taken off ventilators as the oxygen ran out. health authorities say intensive care wards are so full that scores of patients are being airlifted to other states. coronavirus infections in the region havejumped since the discovery of a more contagious variant. early results in uganda's presidential election have given the incumbent, yuweri museveni, a clear lead. but his main challenger, pop—star turned politician
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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. 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, they are not a representation of what happened, of what the people said. therefore, we reject them.
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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 for his rivals. to all who have voted, let the counting 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 wantjobs, better education,
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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. this is bbc news. the headlines: 100 days, 100 millionjabs: joe biden sets out his coronavirus vaccination plan, warning things will get worse before they get better. india begins its mammoth covid vaccination programme, aiming to inoculate 300 million people by august. palestinians will head to the polls for the first time in 15 years.
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president mahmoud abbas issued a decree on friday scheduling a parliamentary election for may 22, followed by a presidential election onjuly 31. khaled elgindy, a senior fellow at the middle east institute, where he directs the program on palestine and israeli—palestinian affairs, says it's been a long time coming but hurdles remain. i think it is something the palestinian public has been waiting for for many years. we have had a number of false starts and it has become almost an annual ritual to announce that elections will happen soon, so this is the first time we've seen an actual date and an official degree by president abbas. but without a mind, there is still quite a few —— but with that in mind, there is still quite a few obstacles that need to be overcome before those elections can take place. ok, so not 100% from your point of view that they will actually go ahead, but optimism nonetheless.
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just remind us, what's been the problem — why have there not been elections for the past 15 yea rs 7 well, there's been a number of reasons. one of the most serious is this split that we have, that palestinians have had to endure since 2007 between the west bank — which is nominally under the control of the palestinian authority and abbas�* fatah party — at least in the 38% of the west bank that the palestinian authority controls — and the gaza strip is controlled by fatah�*s main rival, hamas. and that division essentially has paralysed palestinian institutions and politics for most of the last 1a 01’ so years. crosstalk. -- crosstalk. those are long—term
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issues and problems. it seems a really tight timetable, given the fact as well we are in a global pandemic. it seems an ambitious idea. oh, yeah, i think it is very ambitious to imagine that after 15 years with no elections, that all of the logistical preparations, that candidates and parties will have sufficient time to organise and to campaign, it is a tall order. in addition to the fact that the palestinians have to negotiate some kind of arrangements with israel to allow palestinians in eastjerusalem to participate in these elections — as they participated in previous elections — so that will be a difficult political hurdle, and no israeli leader will want to give permission for such a quintessentially political act happening in what they view as their undivided capital. police in guatemala have arrested 600 migrants accused of entering
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the country illegally. thousands are trying to cross the country after setting off from honduras, bound for the united states some 3,000 kilometres away. they say they're escaping poverty and violence for a better life in the us, which they hope will be more welcoming with president trump leaving office. paul hawkins reports. it's 5am in honduras�* second biggest city san pedro sula, and the start of a long, long journey for thousands of migrants. their goal — a more welcoming america underjoe biden. translation: we pray that he will be filled - with mercy, that god will touch his heart, and that there will be doors opened. i just want a chance to work. we're defeated. we have nothing. we're left on the streets. we lost everything. most of us have nothing — not even a blanket. the incoming president plans to reverse many of his
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predecessor's immigration policies. building that wall will stop. young migrants known as �*dreamers�* will get permanent protection from deportation. us immigration hearings will no longer be held in mexico. and the cap on the number of refugees resettling in the us will be raised to 125,000. within 100 days, i'm going to send to the united states congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people. but it's 2,000 miles to the us border which, if they walk all the way, could take up to two months. and the journey will be even tougher than previous years with coordinated security and coronavirus travel restrictions. 600 migrants have been already been arrested in guatemala, accused of entering the country illegally. el salvador and mexico have
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also promised to crack down on the caravan. translation: let them give us the opportunity to cross - the border, to arrive, and have the dream that we long for, because we also have needs. just as people in the usa are human beings and have needs, we also have them. give us a chance because we, too, have children, like them. if they were in this situation, we, as human beings here in honduras, would also understand them. the alternative is violence and poverty in their country, the economy shattered by hurricanes and lockdowns. many of them think there's nothing to lose. paul hawkins, bbc news. 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. prosecutors in brazil have
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recommended criminal charges over a fire that killed ten youth team players from the country's most successful football club flamengo in 2019. the teenagers died when the converted shipping containers they were living in caught fire. a faulty air conditioning system was blamed. the club's former president has denied negligence. an investigation subsequently found that flamengo, the current brazilian and south american champions, had failed to maintain the facilities. football, and the former england captain wayne rooney has announced his official retirement as a player. he says he wants to concentrate full—time on his newjob as manager of derby county. rooney is the record goalscorer for both manchester united and england. the bbc�*s tim allman looks back at his career. wayne rooney was one of the most exciting prospects in world football. although he never quite reached
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the giddy heights of a ronaldo or a messi, he did enjoy an illustrious and record—breaking career. applause. but every player has to face the final whistle — which is a lot easier, of course, when new opportunities present themselves. my future, ifeel, is in management. i have had a great career, i've enjoyed every minute. some ups, some downs, but i wouldn't change anything i've done in my career as a player. hopefully, i can start now to write some history and have a successful managerial career. some ups, some downs — but mostly ups. rooney made his professional debut for his boyhood club everton at the tender age of 16. he hit the ground running and, only a year later, was called up to the international side, eventually becoming england's top goalscorer and most capped outfield player. in 2004, hejoined manchester
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united, where he would go on to win numerous titles. he was their record goalscorer, too. after a brief return to everton and a short stint in america, he ended up at derby county, initially as a player—coach. now, after having the job on a temporary basis, he has been appointed the club's full—time manager. at the age of 35, he might have expected to have a few more years left in him as a player but he has been a professional for the best part of two decades and he says it is time for a younger generation. and who knows? with his eldest son recently signing a contract with manchester united, that younger generation may have a familiarface. tim allman, bbc news. it's one of the oldest tricks in the book — sawing someone in half. this sunday marks 100 years since a magician called percy tibbles performed the illusion in london. david sillito has more. ok, so here we go. now... michaelj fitch, who is this
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weekend just one of many magicians taking part in a global online celebration of a magical moment. ah! there we go. now, 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?" or "can you saw my husband in half?" and it's — for some reason, that illusion has stuck in everybody�*s mind and captured their imagination. ladies and gentlemen, my wife! thank you very much. applause. 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
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creation, it's worth noting this is very much a two—person trick. 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 always 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. that is it from me. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @ lvaughanjones. i'm lewis vaughan jones i'm lewis vaughanjones and
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this is bbc news. goodbye. hello. friday turned out to be quite a quiet weather day across many parts of the british isles. perhaps you had the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the beauty that's widely available there across the north of england and, indeed, 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. and some of this atlantic moisture is going to fall into really quite cold air across the eastern side of the british isles, so we're going to see further accumulations — and notjust where we already have significant amounts of lying snow. as we creep away towards the higher ground of lincolnshire and down towards east anglia, this is where we may see new accumulations of snow, widely 2cm or so, but in some areas, we could see as much as 5—10cm, and that's why the met office have issued this
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amber weather warning for snow. as i say, up to 5—10cm distinctly possible in some areas, and that threat exists while these weather fronts dominate the scene, particularly so, as i say, across that eastern side of britain. isobars quite tightly packed on that chart, 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 the north of england and out towards eastern england will see that combination of rain or snow which will take a time to get away from east anglia, hence those accumulations, and they may also take the time to get away from the east of kent as well. quite a blustery day following on behind. as i say, the winds probably at their strongest across the north of scotland. temperatures really struggling after that chill wintry start across the east. somewhere in south wales and the south—west may get to double figures.
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that weather feature's going to cause all sorts of problems through the heart of continental europe through sunday but closer to home, we'll see a little build of high pressurejust getting in across a good part of england and wales, settling things very nicely here — not too much in the way of breeze. further north, a blustery day. some showers, if not longer spells of rain, for scotland and northern ireland. temperatures, as you see, into single figures. come the middle part of the forthcoming week, things will turn a good deal 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—19 in the face of a sustained rise in cases and deaths. the president—elect, who takes office on wednesday, said the priority was to inoculate everyone over the age of 65. the authorities in india are beginning a huge coronavirus vaccination programme. efforts are underway to inoculate 300 million people by august, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. the government believes it's well placed to vaccinate a population of 1.3 billion thanks to its experience of mass immunisation programmes. the number of people around the world who have died with covid—19 has now passed the 2 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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