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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. the us say it's releasing 60 million doses of the astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine to india as the country struggles in the grip of a brutal second wave. i been waiting here for two hours. if i do not get anything, i don't know what i'll do. my brother is sick at home and he can barely breathe. i am scared you will not make it. uk prime minister borisjohnson denies claims he said he'd rather let thousands of bodies pile high than have another lockdown. no, but again, i think the important thing i think people want us to get on and do as a government is to make
sure that the lockdowns work. and after a night like no other at the oscars, anthony hopkins is the oldest best actor winner — at the age of 83. we start with the pandemic in india. the us has promised emergency assistance and vowed to release millions of doses of the astrazeneca vaccine. india has reported a fifth consecutive record high of daily covid cases. there were 350,000 confirmed new infections in the past 2a hours. there's an oxygen crisis — with some patients dying outside hospitals because they've run out of oyxgen and beds. here's our delhi correspondent rajini vaidyanathan she came to hospital to be saved.
instead, this is where she died. they don't have oxygen, they don't have doctors, people are dying out here, her brother said. we were standing here in the car park for an hour. now, my sister is no more. a horror story on repeat, as oxygen and bed shortages claim lives that could have been saved. patients left to fend for themselves, struggling for help, as they struggle to stay alive. they say there is no bed, and that i should look for another hospital, this man said. but i would be dying on the way. i need the oxygen here. with supplies still low, international help is on its way translation: i've been | waiting here for two hours. if i don't get anything, i don't know what i will do.
my brother is sick at home, he can barely breathe. i'm scared he won't make it. with the helplessness, mounting frustration. a year after the country's first wave, many ask why the government didn't do more to scale up healthcare facilities. instead, it has come to this. didn't do more to scale up healthcare facilities. instead, it has come to this. international help is starting to arrive. american oxygen concentrators have landed at delhi airport. a uk shipment of aid is due to arrive on tuesday. president biden and prime minister narendra modi have spoken on the telephone in the past hour or so. narendra modi tweeted: shortly after that, a senior official in the white house tweeted this: that was from andy slavitt, the white house senior advisor for covid response.
india has reported a fifth consecutive record high sharing american—made astrazeneca vaccine doses during the next few months. given the strong portfolio of vaccine that the united states is already authorised it is available in large quantities and is available, including to those vaccines in one does vaccine, and given astrazeneca is now authorised for use, we do not need to use astrazeneca over the next few months. gary 0'donoghue is in washington i think it is a a reflection of the tension that he has faced. making sure that all americans get offered a vaccine before the rest of the
world gets help but also wanting to reach out and re—engage which is something that he wanted to do for the beginning of his administration. clearly, they found with the astrazeneca vaccine, the 60 million doses. i don't think they will all be available in one go because there were some problems at the factory in baltimore for the astrazeneca vaccine is being manufactured. those on the problem factories. the clearly making it clear that this will be shipped abroad in the coming months, along with other health particularly for india and the raw materials for manufacturing vaccines. materials for manufacturing vaccines-— materials for manufacturing vaccines. , ., .,~ materials for manufacturing vaccines. ., vaccines. the vaccines are taking on the headlines _ vaccines. the vaccines are taking on the headlines in _ vaccines. the vaccines are taking on the headlines in the _ vaccines. the vaccines are taking on the headlines in the attention - vaccines. the vaccines are taking on the headlines in the attention span. i the headlines in the attention span. but between the two men, what else did they discuss? the but between the two men, what else did they discuss?— did they discuss? the also talked about the other _ did they discuss? the also talked about the other kinds _ did they discuss? the also talked about the other kinds of - did they discuss? the also talked about the other kinds of help - did they discuss? the also talked | about the other kinds of help that the national security council set out yesterday. so, we mention the
raw materials, some of the oxygen supplies that india is very short of. we do not know the detail of this, but it sounds like they may have discussed this issue that india and other countries have been raising over intellectual property and some of the international laws around that and how that may be stopping them from manufacturing generic forms of vaccines. there is no response from the white house from that but on the other end of the call, that is one of the things that was raised.— the call, that is one of the things that was raised. ., ~ , ., , . that was raised. thank you very much and we will — that was raised. thank you very much and we will have _ that was raised. thank you very much and we will have further— that was raised. thank you very much and we will have further coverage - that was raised. thank you very much and we will have further coverage of i and we will have further coverage of the situation in india in the coming hours. to the uk now and the prime minister borisjohnson is facing fierce criticism after reports he said he would rather see "bodies piled high" than take the country into another coronavirus lockdown. sources have confirmed to the bbc that mrjohnson did use those words,
as england went into it second lockdown last autum. the prime minister denies having said the words. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. are you ready? politics is notjust a game, but a constant back—and—forth over the most serious of decisions. borisjohnson is alleged, in the autumn, to have made the most serious of remarks, suggesting around the time of the second lockdown that the bodies of those dying of coronavirus could just pile up. did he? no, but, again, the important thing i think people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work. yet back in early autumn, it was tense. ministers and advisers divided over whether to lockdown again after coronavirus rose. after arguments, borisjohnson did agree to introduce restrictions. you must stay at home, you may only leave home for specific reasons. but several sources, familiar with private conversations at the time,
say the prime minister did then suggest he would let bodies piled high in their thousands rather than repeat the process again. at the time, dominic cummings was by borisjohnson�*s side. now the prime minister's a former chief adviser is very firmly out of government and very firmly on the warpath. there are a list of dangerous claims stacking up a downing street's door, not just about the prime minister's attitude during the pandemic but about how contracts were awarded, what promises he made and how and who paid for an expensive makeover of the downing street flat, where he lives above the shop. theresa may gave a rare glimpse of her flat in her last week of office, but the pink sofa and beige carpets were moved out when borisjohnson and his fiancee moved in. it is claimed tory donors initially picked up the tab for tens of thousands of pounds of renovation. if so, that should have been declared and that hasn't happened yet and the most senior civil
servant in the country wasn't willing to shed much light on it for mps this afternoon. i asked you whether or not you were aware whether or not any private donations had been used to refurbish the flat. i mean that is a straightforward yes or no, really. so, as i said, the prime minister has asked me to conduct a review into how this has been done and ask that i share the details of those conclusions with the committee. after months of claims, downing street now says the prime minister paid out of his own pocket, but we don't know when or where he got the money. for the opposition, sparks flying in downing street are a political gift. we have got lots of investigations going on but we haven't got anything that is looking at the pattern of behaviour and, day after day, there are new allegations of sleaze, of favours, of privileged access. we need a full investigation to get to the bottom of that and, most importantly, make
recommendations about change because we need to change the rules. borisjohnson has sometimes been proud of pushing political convention. downing street is adamant that, in all senses, regulations were followed but with a long list of claims against him, it isn't yet clear if he was always following the rules. rob watson is our political correspondent. it is always good to have gone outside source. mrjohnson is not a stranger to controversy stringent accusations and he is not always been straight with what he says. how do you assess this situation he is in compared to other onesies found himself in? i in compared to other onesies found himself in? ~ . , ., ., himself in? i think that is rather a shrewd bit— himself in? i think that is rather a shrewd bit of— himself in? i think that is rather a shrewd bit of background - himself in? i think that is rather a shrewd bit of background that - himself in? i think that is rather a i shrewd bit of background that you raise there, and nice to be here, too. of these allegations flying
around are going to give him a deep trouble. the question is why is borisjohnson not in more trouble in the answer is bbc. covid—i9, not normal times and people are feeling rather pleased that the lockdown is easing in that the vaccination programme is going well. but i think the other reason why he's not in as much trouble as you might expect is b, brexit. brexit has divided this country into two tribes and if you're in the leaf tribe, you tend to stick by borisjohnson no matter what because he is in the leaves tribe too. and borisjohnson himself, as you suggested, at the start there, people who vote for borisjohnson start there, people who vote for boris johnson know that he start there, people who vote for borisjohnson know that he is start there, people who vote for boris johnson know that he is far from perfect. that he is not a model of integrity and purity, so they are ready for this kind of stuff. ﬁnd ready for this kind of stuff. and from other— ready for this kind of stuff. and from other conservatives, how do conservative mps play this. this is
the man who is delivered in the house of commons, brexit, reshaped their party and yet, controversy still seems to make its way back to downing street. i still seems to make its way back to downing street.— downing street. i think the answer to our downing street. i think the answer to your question — downing street. i think the answer to your question is _ downing street. i think the answer to your question is that _ downing street. i think the answer to your question is that for - downing street. i think the answer to your question is that for the - to your question is that for the time being, they are happy to take the line at downing street the boris johnson is taken which is who cares who pay for the furnishing of my flat, all that matters here is that were trying to beat covid—i9. for the time being, conservative mps are parroting that line and that is where british politics work. 0bviously, where british politics work. obviously, if things were to get stickier and of public opinion were suddenly to change, if the mood was to shift against borisjohnson, one can't help feeling that these conservative mps who the thing they like most is winning and governing, if borisjohnson looks less like a winner, they will be less loyal. it is a simple and is brutal as that.
rob, one last question about the dynamics the story, you've been covering westminster in washington for a long time and stress can develop a momentum where it feels like almost every day or two for a politician is bringing something new into the public domain, it's not possible to know which way to go but it was that there is more momentum then there was a year or two ago. i'm glad that you added that caveat. we journalists, i'm glad that you added that caveat. wejournalists, let's i'm glad that you added that caveat. we journalists, let's face i'm glad that you added that caveat. wejournalists, let's face it, politicians themselves, orjust rubbish at telling what story could really snowball and what's really going to finish someone off. i'm starting to give such a hopelessly caveat answer. and it feels like that now. you feel is the reasons we discussed earlier with the brains of voters and people who know that borisjohnson is voters and people who know that boris johnson is far from voters and people who know that borisjohnson is far from perfect. they're sticking by him. boris johnson is far from perfect. they're sticking by him.— boris johnson is far from perfect. they're sticking by him. thank you ve much they're sticking by him. thank you very much and _ they're sticking by him. thank you very much and we _ they're sticking by him. thank you very much and we will— they're sticking by him. thank you very much and we will see - they're sticking by him. thank you very much and we will see you - they're sticking by him. thank you l
very much and we will see you soon. and 0xford, delhi and washington. in russia — authorities are ramping up their crackdown on the opposition leader alexei navalny. this was him at his trial, he's currently serving a two—and—a—half year sentence. the authorities are continuing to target the peoplse around him. a moscow prosecutor has ordered a foundation set up by alexei navailny to combat corruption, to be suspended. the authorities are also seekin to have the opposition movement labelled as extremists . that would officially put them in the same bracket as terrorist organisations such as al-qaeda. and authorities would be able to jail activists and freeze the groups�* bank accounts. sarah rainsford, in moscow, explains more. the first move has come from the moscow prosecutor who has suspended already the activities of all the political offices across the country and that is some three dozen offices
with staff there and also many supporters. their activities have been suspended and the prosecutor has as the courts to suspend the anti—corruption foundation as well by members and his team have been carrying out a number of very high—profile investigations into very seniorfigures with high—profile investigations into very senior figures with the russian elite year and that is what the foundation was doing. activity, the authority or looking out to suspend as well. and that is on the head of as well. and that is on the head of a move by the courts to ban both of those organisations and label them as extremists, which would be an extremely serious move because it can mean jail extremely serious move because it can meanjail sentences extremely serious move because it can mean jail sentences and all sorts of punishments for anyone who was linked to those organisations going forward. the decision could affect thousands of staff, supporters and donors who support navalny�*s movement. some of the offices — such as the one in moscow — have announced they would stop their activities to protect their employees from fines and arrests. well this is from ivan zhdanov, the head of
the anti—corru ption foundation. we've translated it for you —— he says: they re just yelling here: we re afraid of your activity, we re afraid of your protests, we re afraid of smart voting". smart voting, by the way, refers to efforts to vote tactically to oppose putin. and navalny�*s chief of staff — leonid volkov — said we've seen navalny�*s supporters again taking to the streets to protest his detention lately. here's sarah rainsford again on how this ruling could impact that. it was because this move against the organisation was coming and other support is called the protest last week about his imprisonment, calling for his freedom, they knew it would be for more difficult, if not impossible going forward. they managed to bring out thousands of people across the country although
the numbers were down precisely because people are nervous already. a reminder of our top story. the situation in india, the capitals being hit incredibly hard by the second mist of covid—i9. 0n the 20 million people and we know these two hospitals for patients have died because oxygen supplies ran out. one is where 25 people died on friday and another is using these digital boards to tell patients how many beds and ventilators it has available. although there is space there, there is not at some hospitals. in view of oxygen scarcity and uncertainty, no help from anywhere, we are forced to stop admissions and discharge patients. let us hearfrom one admissions and discharge patients. let us hear from one doctor who was working on a covid—i9 ward in delhi. we have seen so many patients, and we've seen, still there's so many
patients coming that even with the best possible efforts, we are not able to give our services to everyone and we are just dealing with saturation and cover 50%, 60% saturation and sometimes even lower than that and sometimes they're just begging for bedding. and we can do anything and wejust begging for bedding. and we can do anything and we just consoled them to find some other place or to find at least some oxygen cylinders from somewhere and at least give oxygen to your patients. this is the situation inside and outside the hospital and living here is becoming such an abhorrence that we do not know what will happen to the people, people will call us and most of the calls,, i have seen many influential
people, army officers, doctors and even scientists that are calling for help to at least get better for their patients. every phone call, everything is so horrific and that is where it's becoming very difficult to treat patients here. it is hard to overstate the pressure being given to the health care system in india, delays for blood tests, x—rays and that has consequences for patients with the many other illnesses. next, let me plead this, also in delhi and before we see her report, i should tell you it is distressing. the capital is being ravaged at a frightening speed. with every fire that burns, india's self belief is dying. each funeral is a story of personal loss and national shame.
funeral is a story of personal loss and nationalshame. helping funeral is a story of personal loss and national shame. helping to cremate the dead for decades, now, he barely ever stops working. i bade he barely ever stops working. i have never seen — he barely ever stops working. i have never seen such _ he barely ever stops working. i have never seen such a _ he barely ever stops working. i have never seen such a terrifying - never seen such a terrifying situation, i cannot believe that we are in the capital of india. people are in the capital of india. people are not getting oxygen and they are dying like animals, he says. we do not even have enough resources to cremate them properly. for not even have enough resources to cremate them properly.— cremate them properly. for many here, the government _ cremate them properly. for many here, the government promises l cremate them properly. for many| here, the government promises of rushing and oxygen are coming too late. families left asking why something so basic is unavailable. we have seen body after body being brought in and it is hard for anyone to keep calm, but woodworkers have been telling me is that the real scale of deaths caused by covid—i9 in india is a lot higher than what official numbers reflect and a lot official numbers reflect and a lot of those who have died right now i've done so because they could get
oxygen in time. this is not isolated to delhi, these three states are also facing an oxygen shortage and there's a huge pressure on supply and here is an oxygen plant that is said to be scaling up its production and another said security had to be hired and central is the railways. this is carrying 45 metric tonnes which is the worst affected state, of the supply of oxygen of been airlifted from singapore. most of the oxygen is supplied by tankers which are especially designed to carry liquid oxygen extremely low temperatures, but it is a much slowerjourney temperatures, but it is a much slower journey this way. temperatures, but it is a much slowerjourney this way. taking two hours to fill in the canonical faster than 40 kph. that's herfrom the doctor from some of the other logistical challenges. india produces _ logistical challenges. india produces the _
enough oxygen, but there is enough surge capacity, but the problem is having the ability to move oxygen from a part of the area where it is produced to the other part of the country where it is needed and it is there that action is being taken. they're not enough containers to move this oxygen oxygen is produced ljy move this oxygen oxygen is produced by liquefied oxygen and we go to the site where it is used and my understanding is the lack of containers and you may say that containers and you may say that containers obtained earlier and all of that, that is part of preparedness and. of that, that is part of --rearedness and. �* , ., preparedness and. because of the shortages. _ preparedness and. because of the shortages, families _ preparedness and. because of the shortages, families are _ preparedness and. because of the shortages, families are turning i preparedness and. because of the shortages, families are turning to | shortages, families are turning to the black market
because of this shortages, families are turning to the black market to try and source essential medicines. and prices have soared. some people are paying over 2,000 dollars for oxygen concentrators and over 660 dollars for the cylinder. another drug — tocili—zumab is in huge demand and has disappeared from legal channels and is being sold on the black market for over 4,000 dollars. studies have shown it can reduce the chances of a very sick patient needing to go on a ventilator. of course, most families can't afford that. on this — let's hear from the journalist barkha dutt in delhi on how families are seeking help. iam in i am in the national capital which is a place of worship for the sikhs and normally these have a feast for anyone who is hungry. but this is not providing an oxygen area. people were short of breath and this is a country that is gasping to breathe and are driving to their place of worship and they have oxygen cylinders that they try to replenish
service often as they can and ijust saw the most disturbing scene of a boy who was driving his mother and he came in here saying i oxygen and her oxygen has fallen to 60 and someone came rushing out with a giant oxygen cylinder and set it up here on the road by her car window. that is the place of worship behind me and places of worship are now turning into this, that is so bad it is, they're having to shut off emergency walls and no longer able to take patients in some patients are dying at the gates of hospitals and ignored baby who is covid—i9 positive they could not get any help in an young boy that drove with his mother for 12 hours across the city and i saw her gasping for oxygen at the back of the ambulance and the ambulance and we have one cylinder and that one was running short. it is terrific what's happening. in 25 years of being a journalist, i have never been short of works but this may finally be that moment, i never
thought the day would come i would see an oxygen drive through at a place of worship. it see an oxygen drive through at a place of worship.— place of worship. it accounts for the third of— place of worship. it accounts for the third of cases _ place of worship. it accounts for the third of cases across - place of worship. it accounts for the third of cases across india i place of worship. it accounts for. the third of cases across india and. the situation and mumbai is which are seeing in terms of the pictures, the pictures on a day today basis has a need for things such as bed and oxygen supplies and ventilators and the prime minister has now announced that they would be setting up plants in every district in order to alleviate the supply situation and thatis alleviate the supply situation and that is unlikely to happen in the immediate time. in a that is unlikely to happen in the immediate time.— that is unlikely to happen in the immediate time. ., , ., immediate time. in a few minutes an outside source, _ immediate time. in a few minutes an outside source, will _ immediate time. in a few minutes an outside source, will bring _ immediate time. in a few minutes an outside source, will bring you - outside source, will bring you up—to—date on the situation in delhi and also talk about brexit. you followed the story since 2016 and now it is a reality will look at the promises made in the referendum and the trade negotiations and whether or not they have been capped. he
played a big part in the brexit story will begin with that in a few minutes' time. —— kept. good evening. much of the uk has been dry yet again today. however, we do have some rain working its way south. a reminder if it were needed of what rainfall actually looks like, this weather watcher picture sent in from highland earlier. this rain came courtesy of this area of low pressure which will work its way south across the uk through the next few days. the majority of the uk should see at least a fewer showers, but as the nature with showers, we cannot guarantee them everywhere. there will be a little bit hit and miss. for eastern scotland, with an onshore wind, we are likely to have more persistent rain through the course of the night. cloud and showers spread southwards, eliminating the risk of frost. for the majority, clear skies across southern
england and east anglia. frost is likely as we head into the first part of tuesday. best of the sunshine through tuesday. it will stay largely dry, maybe a few showers to the far south—west later in the day. but the chance of showers does increase across wales, into the midlands, northern england and northern ireland through tuesday. it's looking fairly grey and wet for our north sea coast of scotland and northern england. tuesday into wednesday, the low heads towards the south—west. wednesday will be the day that wales, midlands and southern counties of england to really see an increased chance of showers. further north, we pick up quite a notable northerly wind, some colder air getting into scotland once again. a frosty start, but overall dryer and brighter day. a few showers are possible, wintry of the high ground. summit showers towards the south—west could be heavy, maybe with a little hail and thunder, looks like they will not reach the south—east until the afternoon. wednesday night into thursday that's the turn of the south—east of england and east anglia to see something more meaningful
in the real showers. by thursday and friday, the lows off into the continent, the isobars start to open up and pick up a north—easterly wind which drags in cold arctic air. the end of the week looks drier again, showers are fairly isolated. the best chance of seeing those probably close to some of our eastern coasts on thursday. the further west you are, the brighter it will be, but also a little warmer as well. generally, a chilly story for the end of the week, with the continued threat of overnight frost.
hello, i'm ros atkins. this is 0utside source. the us says it is releasing 60 million doses of the astrazeneca vaccine at countries that need them. burt and i will be india where families are struggling in the grip of a second wave of covid. jase of a second wave of covid. jose shanaka i _ of a second wave of covid. jose shanaka i have _ of a second wave of covid. jose shanaka i have been _ of a second wave of covid. ira shanaka i have been waiting here for two hours. if i do not get anything, i do not know what i will do. —— translation macro. uk prime minister borisjohnson denies claims he said he'd rather let thousands of bodies pile high than have another lockdown. no, but again, i think the important
thing i think people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work. we will also be looking at the promises it made during the campaign to brexit and whether they have been met. today we look in—depth at fishing. ever since 2016, 0utside source has followed the brexit story through the referendum, through the long process to find a withdrawal deal and then a new trade deal. now brexit is a reality and this week we're going to look at if promises have been kept. today it's fishing, which accounts for 0.1% of the uk economy, but has always played a big part in this story. to those who support it, brexit is about taking back control. it's an idea that resonated with fishermen and women.
we should be the guardians of our own seas, not ministers who we do not know, we have not voted in, making decisions for us. irate not know, we have not voted in, making decisions for us.- not know, we have not voted in, making decisions for us. we are an island nation. _ making decisions for us. we are an island nation, and _ making decisions for us. we are an island nation, and let's— making decisions for us. we are an island nation, and let's profit - making decisions for us. we are an island nation, and let's profit from| island nation, and let's profit from how it _ island nation, and let's profit from how it sees — island nation, and let's profit from how it sees. —— our sees. boris johnson told the fishing industry we can do it better ourselves if we manage the rules. and he put it this way on the eve of the brexit vote. you have got the eu commission sitting instead of us, deciding how fish stocks, how uk fish, are going to be parcelled up and divvied up, so you take back control. in the 70s, the uk had agreed to the quota system it now wanted to leave. and as the trade talks unfolded last year, the idea of control was there again. the principle of being an independent coastal state and controlling access to our waters is a red line for this government. but did borisjohnson and his government keep these promises? well, the brexit trade deal reduces the value of the fish that eu boats can catch in uk waters by 25%
across five years. and its estimated that by 2026, uk boats will have access to an extra £145m's worth of fish every year. that's a shift, but not "taking back control" straight away as was promised. what happens beyond 2026 is not settled. and not everyone is happy. this is one fisherman before the deal. the french get 84% of the channel cod and the uk gets 9%, which does not strike me as being particularly fair. this has not changed. then there's the brexit promise of not allowing foreign boats to fish in uk territorial waters. this is the fisheries minister before the deal. access to the uk's territorial seas are out of scope for any fishery�*s framework agreement with the eu. but the uk then agreed that some eu boats can fish those waters. fishing news reported this under
the headline boris brexit betrayal — it argued that a "one—off chance to right historic wrongs has been squandered". boris johnson's defence was to look to the long—term. by 2026, the fishing people of this country will have access to all the fish in all the territorial waters of this country. this though is highly unlikely to happen, as the eu s response would make the move very costly. then there's shellfish. while in the eu, the uk could sell it fresh within the eu. now in most circumstances, it can't. and some businesses are already on the brink. this is one mussel farmer. there reaches a point where we have got to make our minds up whether to basically stop and demolish the farm, take it apart and... i don't know. the environment secretary has blamed the eu even though this new deal was at the uk's instigation. he said...
we'll see if that happens. now, on all of this, covid has made it far harder to assess brexit�*s impact. but some have already seen enough. we were very disappointed with the overall shape of the deal on fisheries. we wanted to be able to take advantage of being an independent coastal state and not essentially one where we feel we have got our hands tied behind our backs. the issue for the uk though is neatly summarised by this fish merchant. 95% of what we buy is exported, mainly to the eu, so it is our market. without it, we would have no business. this is about two factors — the eu's access to uk s waters and the uk's access to eu's markets. these two factors are being constantly balanced — brexit doesn't change that. for his part, borisjohnson is saying that after 2026... there is no theoretical limit
beyond those imposed by science or conservation on the quantity of our own fish that we can fish in our waters. there's no theoretical limit, but there's a very clear practical one. in reality, the uk government in 2026 is not going to block all eu access to uk waters, because the price paid in lost export markets would be too high. mrjohnson knows this, not least because that is what's happened with his trade deal. it's a compromise — one that's brought some changes, but is far from the transformational moment it was sold as. the european union has launched legal action against the coronavirus vaccine manufacturer astrazeneca. here's the eu commission spokesperson. indeed the commission has started it last friday a legal action against the company astrazeneca on the basis of breaches of the advanced purchase
agreement. the reason indeed being that the terms of the contract or sub terms have not been respected on the company has not been in a position to come up with a reliable strategy to ensure timely delivery of doses. astrazeneca has responded with a statement saying it regrets the european commission's decision to take legal action over the supply of covid—19 vaccines. it says... the legal action marks an escalation in a long—running dispute between the two sides over the supply of coronavirus vaccines. it began injanuary this year, before the eu had even approved the astrazeneca for use in the block. the eu had ordered 80 million doses of astrazeneca's vaccine by the end of march, but the anglo—swedish company said it could only deliver 31 million
doses, with deliveries in the following quarter also likely to be 50% lower. the supply issues were blamed on production problems at plants that make the vaccine for europe, particularly at one site in belgium. the eu asked for uk supplies to be diverted to the eu to make up the shortfall, but astrazeneca said this could only happen once the uk's contract had been fulfilled. it said teething problems at the uk plants had been ironed out early because the uk had signed its contract with astrazeneca three months before the eu. the eu then accused astrazeneca of favouring the uk with its supplies and threatened to restrict vaccine exports from the block. here's ursula von der leyen speaking in march on that. it is hard to explain to our citizens why vaccines produced in the european union are going to other countries that are also producing vaccines, but hardly nothing is coming back to the european union. 0ur europe correspondent
has this analysis. this is the latest instalment in this bitter row that has been rumbling on for a few months now. what we are told is this is a unanimous decision. the 27 eu member states have decided to take legal action against astrazeneca and, just at the heart of this, the european commission believes that the british—swedish company has been favouring the united kingdom, sending more doses to the uk compared with the eu member states and so they believe this is unacceptable and have launched this legal action. they also say that astrazeneca has not got an effective strategy to deliver the doses. and if we look at the sort of numbers here, by the end ofjune, the eu says it should have been getting about 100 million doses and in fact it is likely to get... sorry, it should have been getting 300 million doses. in fact, it will get about a third of that, 100 million, which is a quite a substantial shortfall. astrazeneca today in response saying that this legal threat is without merit, that it will strongly defend itself
in court and to answer your question in terms of what happens next, we believe this will be in a belgian court initially, potentially a hearing later in the week and the reason for that is this contract was signed apparently under belgian law. 35 years ago today, there was a nuclear explosion in chernobyl. 0ne nuclear explosion in chernobyl. one person was a four years old at the time and rejoin her as she returns home to try and find where her family lived.
stay with me on outside source, in a few minutes' time... after a night like no other at the oscars, anthony hopkins became the oldest winner of the best actor award at the age of 83. there's been a partial reopening in parts of the uk. travel decisions have been relaxed to allow people across the uk. scotland is reopening for business. after so many months of shuttered shops and closed doors, colour, cash and people are returning to the streets. for some, today means family reunions. well, i'm coming to see my granddaughter, who i have not seen for two years and this was the day i thought right, get on a train, scotland is now open for visitors.
where have you come from? lancaster. for others, it is a chance to celebrate with friends. we have all taken the day off and the following day so we are going to revel in edinburgh's brilliant hospitality. scotland has not exactly been known for its outdoor dining culture, but covid is changing all that and today it feels like a big step back towards normality. 0utside, as well as indoors, hospitality is restarting here, but the scottish government says the risk of transmission is greater inside, so strict controls remain in place. the industry disputes this. nick wood, who runs over 20 venues, says the restrictions mean it is too financially challenging for some to reopen straightaway. at the moment, i cannot serve alcohol inside, i have to shut inside at eight o'clock. 0utdoors i can serve alcohol until ten. until we can serve alcohol indoors, there are a huge amount of our venues that willjust not be viable at all. all retail in scotland can now open. after months away from the till, staff in this shop are just
glad to be back at work. it was a bit like waking up from a long nap. everything is a bit like relearning how to work in a shop again, it is sort of a bit strange but also very nice. this is still a big change to life in scotland and all going well, further easing is planned for the months ahead. this is 0utside source live from the bbc newsroom. 0ur lead story: the us says it is releasing 60 million doses of the astrazeneca covid—19 vaccine to countries with india top of the list to receive them. let's return to the covid crisis in india, which has recorded a fifth consecutive record high of daily covid cases. many have been critical of india's government and prime minister narendra modi.
yesterday in a radio address he admitted... here's a spokesperson for the bjp party. definitely it is a crisis, but is no need to panic as such, because the government has taken up the challenge and even various countries, the us, united kingdom, singapore, germany, france, they are all assisting us and supporting us by supplying oxygen equipment, ppe and other important things. the government is also working on improving the birds, almost 64,000 new beds have been created out of railway compartments for isolation and other things. the smoker improving the beds.
not everyone accepts that. this is the national spokesperson for the opposition party, the indian national congress. the fact is that through the two waves, — the fact is that through the two waves, through the first wave of covid-19. — waves, through the first wave of covid—19, you saw a highly centralised system of decision—making, so there was also a centralised _ decision—making, so there was also a centralised obsession of credit taking. — centralised obsession of credit taking, premature credit taking, and now we _ taking, premature credit taking, and now we are — taking, premature credit taking, and now we are to be second tsunami of covid-19. _ now we are to be second tsunami of covid-19. we — now we are to be second tsunami of covid—19, we see a decentralised left to— covid—19, we see a decentralised left to your— covid—19, we see a decentralised left to your own devices. that is not away — left to your own devices. that is not away irresponsible government acts, _ not away irresponsible government acts, especially one which is focused _ acts, especially one which is focused on the centralised decision—making. in october india's health ministry invited bids for new oxygen plants. 162 were sanctioned. only 33 have been installed so far. by the end of this month, 59 will be installed. many see the scramble to increase supply points as a lack of any emergency plan. next, let's hearfrom devina gupta.
this is the government that they have trusted, even at the centre it is a government that won a majority mandate and right now what we're seeing is a situation which is similar in other countries, but india seems to dealt with itjust last year quite effectively. it was not this bad. right now, there are a lot of questions that even at this time, when we know we are stretched for resources, why are there elections in the state? even today, we have seen elections in the eastern state of bengal. we have seen local elections in the western state of uttar pradesh which is again battling with this wave, so why are policymakers not taking straight decisions? also people are saying could this be an opportunity for another national lockdown? places where people are asking question, why are these decisions being delayed at the cost of precious lives? so that is criticism towards the government. india's lucrative premier league
is also facing backlash for playing through the crisis. in the past 48 hours, three cricketers have left the tournament. india star spinner ravichandran ashwin was the first to withdrew on sunday. to withdraw on sunday. australians adam zampa and kane richardson followed today. others are backing it. australian cricketer pat cummins released this statement. he's also announced a 50,000 dollar donation to hospitals in india and encouraged other players to do the same. the tournament is being held behind closed doors until may. here's cricketjournalist, sharda ugra, in bangalore. they are worried about the borders closing and i think cricket followers and fans in india are just wondering how long the rest of the players will want to stick around, because if flights will not be allowed into say countries like
england or australia or new zealand that other players come from, they do not want to be here, because the ipl has five more weeks to go. the strange situation is that on the 28, thatis strange situation is that on the 28, that is on wednesday, there will be a match in delhi which is still under curfew. the issue is that they could have shifted, they had a standby at venues, they could have moved at the matches may be a week knowing these numbers have gone up. you have seen the number is rising for the past week, ten days may be, so they knew the waif was coming. so they have tried to be immune and stay in a bubble and the television coverage also reflects a lot of that. , . ., ., ., ., that. there is much more information onﬁne that. there is much more information online about — that. there is much more information online about india _ that. there is much more information online about india if _ that. there is much more information online about india if you _ that. there is much more information online about india if you want - that. there is much more information online about india if you want to - online about india if you want to see it. it was the oscars last night. with a global pandemic, hollywood's biggest awards ceremony was done a little differently this year. the big winner of the night
was this woman... ..chloe zhao, who became the first asian woman and only the second woman ever to win best director at the academy awards. herfilm nomadland picked up best picture and the best actress prize. critics say the themes of the film struck a chord with audiences in the pandemic. larushka ivan—zadeh is chief film critic for the metro newspaper. it is about this woman, a widow, who is forced into homelessness and travels across the states and she was living this life of isolation and grief and i think that in terms of the pandemic and the things that we have all been facing, this image of this resilient woman struggling with isolation, with grief and ultimately, a very hopeful film which relies on the kindness of strangers, i think it's just really struck a chord. for me, it is the really great film of the pandemic era. chloe zhao making history as only the second woman ever to win best director and the first woman of colour to win best director. she has got her trademark style here in that she works mainly with a nonprofessional cast, apart from frances mcdormand, which gives a real authenticity to her film.
she gets in amongst these communities, it really get to know them and it has a very tangible quality to it because of that. so, a chinese director making history. you'd think chinese media would be celebrating. but it's been met with silence. it's been censored on weibo, a popular social media platform. when you type in nomadland, the page says, "sorry, there are no results for #nomadland". here's another example. this says hashtag #nomadlandreceived60scarsnominations has also been censored. in february zhao was hailed as the "pride of china" by the state—run global times. so what happened ? well a nearly decade—old interview with zhao has made her the target of a nationalist backlash. she described being a teenager in china as... just one news outlet, the global times, has broken the silence, in an editorial. let's get more from kerry allen,
our china media analyst. what is the editorial say? it uses very strong _ what is the editorial say? it uses very strong language _ what is the editorial say? it uses very strong language and - what is the editorial say? it uses very strong language and says i what is the editorial say? it uses l very strong language and says that she should be more mature. it very much draws on the idea that because she is in the us, she should act as an ambassadorfor china she is in the us, she should act as an ambassador for china and work closely with the two countries, so she should almost be more politically involved in her role. that is very much the message. but yes, very much and undermining of her success in china's media today, is a real emphasis on at the oscars being a platform for political correctness and diversity, this comes out in the global times editorial and yes, not a lot of praise. globaltimes editorial and yes, not a lot of praise. global times says it is good that she received an oscar, but it does not offer glowing praise and there have been a number of articles that have been taken down talking about how she has made history. so there has been evidence of censorship in that respect. issue ve well censorship in that respect. issue very well known _ censorship in that respect. issue very well known in _ censorship in that respect. issue very well known in china? -
censorship in that respect. issue very well known in china? sheet| censorship in that respect. issue i very well known in china? sheet is, 'ust very well known in china? sheet is, just because _ very well known in china? sheet is, just because she _ very well known in china? sheet is, just because she is, _ very well known in china? sheet is, just because she is, because - very well known in china? sheet is, just because she is, because she i just because she is, because she specialises in american films and only a few months ago she was known as the pride of china. it's very much related to these comments you made in 2013 and there is this council culture in chatty society that if you said anything critical about the covenantal country, it could go against you. —— china society. could go against you. -- china socie . ., , ., , society. can you see the film in china? not— society. can you see the film in china? not at— society. can you see the film in china? not at the _ society. can you see the film in china? not at the moment. it l society. can you see the film in i china? not at the moment. it was scheduled for _ china? not at the moment. it was scheduled for release _ china? not at the moment. it was scheduled for release earlier i china? not at the moment. it was scheduled for release earlier thisl scheduled for release earlier this month, but it has been cancelled and i think partly because of these comments there is the potential that there will be at scenes a cut. we have had scenes before with american films and chinese films that they go rectification work and there is one scene in particular, a screen grab at which very much focuses on the idea of her saying this is dedicated to those who had to leave it. i will
“um in to those who had to leave it. i will jump in there. _ to those who had to leave it. i will jump in there. very _ to those who had to leave it. i will jump in there, very useful, - to those who had to leave it. i will jump in there, very useful, kerry ends this edition of the programme and to see you soon. good evening, much of the uk has been dry yet again today. however, we do have some rain working its way south. a reminder if it were needed of what rainfall actually looks like, this weather watcher picture sent in from highland earlier. this rain came courtesy of this area of low pressure which will work its way south across the uk through the next few days. the majority of the uk should see at least a fewer showers, but as the nature with showers, we cannot guarantee them everywhere. they will be a little bit hit and miss. for eastern scotland, with an onshore wind, we are likely to have more persistent rain through the course of the night. cloud and showers spread southwards, eliminating the risk of frost. for the majority, clear skies across southern england and east anglia. frost is likely as we head
into the first part of tuesday. best of the sunshine through tuesday. it will stay largely dry, maybe a few showers to the far south—west later in the day. but the chance of showers does increase across wales, into the midlands, northern england and northern ireland through tuesday. it's looking fairly grey and wet for our north sea coast of scotland and northern england. tuesday into wednesday, the low heads towards the south—west. wednesday will be the day that wales, midlands and southern counties of england really see an increased chance of showers. further north, we pick up quite a notable northerly wind, some colder air getting into scotland once again. a frosty start, but overall dryer and brighter day. a few showers are possible, wintry of the high ground. some of these showers towards the south—west could be heavy, maybe with a little hail and thunder, looks like they will not reach the south—east until the afternoon. it's wednesday night into thursday that's the turn of the south—east of england and east anglia to see
something more meaningful in the way of those showers. by thursday and friday, the low�*s off into the continent, the isobars start to open up and pick up a north—easterly wind which drags in cold arctic air. the end of the week looks drier again, showers are fairly isolated. the best chance of seeing those probably close to some of our eastern coasts on thursday. the further west you are, the brighter it will be, but also a little warmer as well. generally, a chilly story for the end of the week, with the continued threat of overnight frost.
this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8pm — more questions about leaks and behaviour in downing street as sources say borisjohnson did suggest that "bodies could pile high" during a discussion about lockdown. he denies it. no, but, again, ithink the important thing, i think, that people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work. iran sentences nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe to another year in prison, dashing hopes she'd be coming home. i think it was worse than i was expecting. i think i thought we'd get some kind of suspended sentence and it would be a bit ambiguous. in fact, we've got a one—year sentence plus a one—year travel ban.
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