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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. my name is mike embley. ghana receives the first delivery of vaccines — donated by richer nations to the poorer ones. healthcare workers will get the first shots. police in california say golfer tiger woods is �*lucky to be alive�* after his car crash and confirm no charges will be brought against him. the ioc says it's favourite choice to host the 2032 olympics is brisbane in australia. and revealed — the van gogh painting hidden from public view for the past hundred years that marked a turning point in his career.
hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — i'm mike embley. ghana in west africa has become the first country to receive vaccines under a scheme that aims to reduce the divide between rich countries and poorer nations. a delivery of 600,000 doses of the astrazeneca vaccine arrived in accra. the covax scheme aims to deliver two billion doses globally by the end of the year. 0ur science editor david shukman reports. live coverage of a momentous delivery in ghana. the first coronavirus vaccines arriving as part of a massive global effort. a scheme known as covax that aims to reach 20% of people in the poorest countries with at least two billion doses, and this consignment isjust the start. the ambition to reach that first 20% and the two billion doses is to do so within this first year, so maybe within the next 12 months, let's say.
but to go beyond that, i think the thinking is to achieve that as fast as possible. these first doses are of the oxford astrazeneca vaccine, made in india. many more will follow. but vaccinating the whole world is a daunting challenge. so what's the likely timeframe for vaccinating 75% of people in different countries? based on doses that have been ordered, that should happen this year in the uk and many other nations, nearly all of them relatively wealthy. it's likely to be next year for several dozen middle income countries like argentina and indonesia, but as things stand, it's set to be 2023 for the majority of african countries, and that's with all the vaccines that are being donated. and the longer it all takes, the greater the risk of new variants of the virus emerging. that's why there's such pressure for every country to get the vaccines.
otherwise we're going to be seeing a sort of vicious circle where one part would be protected, and again, put at risk because new variants going to come and threaten the gains that have been obtained by vaccination. meanwhile, some governments see diplomatic value in vaccines. china is offering them around the world, such as here in senegal. russia is doing the same, even though the who has yet to approve them. but the hope is that all the initiatives will help to build up immunity as quickly as possible. david shukman, bbc news. matthew kavanagh is a visiting professor at georgetown university law center and director of the global health policy and governance initiative at the o'neill institute. thank you very much for your time. how optimistic are you about covax? i time. how optimistic are you about coun— time. how optimistic are you about covax? i think it's great that we are _ about covax? i think it's great that we are seeing _ about covax? i think it's great that we are seeing covax - that we are seeing covax roll—out right now. they've got
vaccinations on the table right now is fantastic. but i have to say it's not enough. right now we are looking at 3% of countries, 3% of populations in most countries that are covered by covax are going to be reached in the near term. in the meantime in the uk and the us we are looking at trying to get 70% or 80% in that same timeframe. it's really not enough, we've got to do more. it's good in a second on how to fix that what does it being globally? fix that what does it being aloball ? fix that what does it being globally?— globally? the reality our estimates _ globally? the reality our estimates are _ globally? the reality our estimates are that - globally? the reality our estimates are that it - globally? the reality ouri estimates are that it will globally? the reality our- estimates are that it will cost roughly $9 trillion to the global fling that global economy to not have equitable distribution of the vaccine. this means a longer pandemic, many more people dying, it's a kind of thing we saw in the global hiv pandemic. we know it is entirely preventable. the question is does this pandemic and this year orfive question is does this pandemic and this year or five years from now is entirely within our grasp. but we are making decision that result in
prolonging the pandemic and economic impact in that. what economic impact in that. what can be done — economic impact in that. what can be done it _ economic impact in that. what can be done it sounds - economic impact in that. what can be done it sounds like - economic impact in that. what can be done it sounds like we | can be done it sounds like we need more producers. the knowledge _ need more producers. the knowledge needs - need more producers. tue: knowledge needs to need more producers. tte: knowledge needs to be need more producers. tt2 knowledge needs to be shared. that's the key. these vaccines are remarkable. they are scientific advances that i think if you had hoped would be this good. especially some of the mrna vaccines and others that have come out. but that knowledge is being monopolised by some two handful of companies. this makes no sense. we have seen a year ago no country in the world and no company in the world had produced an mrna vaccine. now many are. we should be spreading this technology to senegal, south africa, thailand, vietnam were within six months we could have vaccination programmes up and going and producing millions more vaccines instead of fighting over the existing limited supply that we have right now. should i go to france, uk or south africa? 0bviously france, uk or south africa? obviously there is a pressure on governments in rich countries from their vote is to look after, everyone wants their government to look after them. there is a self interest
here even if you don't see a moral imperative that the fewer people that are vaccinated the more risk to everyone.- more risk to everyone. that's absolutely — more risk to everyone. that's absolutely right. _ more risk to everyone. that's absolutely right. this - more risk to everyone. that's absolutely right. this is - more risk to everyone. that's absolutely right. this is the i absolutely right. this is the problem that i think we've had with covax. unless you increase the supply it's always going to be a rich country looking after themselves. we see that again and again and again. rich country give government did not governments and companies really look after the interest of low and middle countries was that there are dozens of providers out there who could be making these kinds of vaccines instead of focusing on who gets which doses let's focus on who can produce it, let's open the knowledge and then we can actually end the pandemic sooner. 0therwise were all going to be suffering under the economic collapse that is coming from the current pandemic as it stands. brute coming from the current pandemic as it stands. we can sto it pandemic as it stands. we can step it nova — pandemic as it stands. we can stop it now. really _ pandemic as it stands. we can stop it now. really interestingi stop it now. really interesting to talk to you. thank you. police in california say golfer tiger woods was involved in a "serious car accident", and confirm no charges will be brought against him. the 45—year—old is said to be �*awake, responsive, and recovering' after emergency
surgery to mend a shattered ankle and compound leg fractures. police says he's lucky to be alive and, inevitably, questions are already being asked about the prospect of seeing him play again. 0ur los angeles correspondent sophie long reports. this is what remains of the luxury suv tiger woods was driving. it is, authorities say, remarkable he survived. is anyone trapped in the vehicle or is the vehicle on fire? he was travelling at speed when it hit the central reservation, flipped, struck a tree and rolled multiple times before coming to rest here. i asked him what his name was. he told me his name was tiger. at that moment, i immediately recognised him. it seemed as though he was lucid and calm. i will say that it is very fortunate that mr woods was able to come out of this alive. the golfing legend was pulled from the wreckage conscious, but with severe leg injuries. this, the latest dramatic turn in one of the most compelling stories in professional golf. in a remarkable career, he transcended sport
to become a global icon. tiger woods made golf cool, and he's definitely a reason why most of us are professional golfers now. but there have been great personal lows. a high—profile marriage breakdown, long struggles with injury. in 2017, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving after being found asleep at the wheel of his car. but it made his victory at the masters in 2019 all the more miraculous. one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever. but the challenge he faces now could be the greatest yet. to go 11 years between winning majors is pretty rare, very off the charts. but to go through what he went through, the physical struggles, four surgeries by that time to rebuild his golf game, obviously the life struggles as well, to maintain your nerve to come back. as we know by now, he has extraordinary mind strength. among the millions of well—wishers, former us
president barack 0bama sent prayers to tiger woods and his family. he said, if we've learned anything over the years, it's never to count tiger out. tennis star serena williams said, love you, big brother, we will get through this. after a long emergency surgery, he is now said to be responsive and recovering. tiger woods has proved anything is possible. but to a man so used to winning, simply playing golf again could be his biggest victory yet. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. joining me now to discuss is will lowery, the creator of nbc�*s golf channel, and host of the beyond the fairway podcast. very good to talk to you. as we were saying, millions of well—wishers and enormous range of what is it that unite all these people for tiger? you've not to these people for tiger? you've got to think — these people for tiger? you've got to think he _ these people for tiger? you've got to think he transcends - these people for tiger? you've got to think he transcends the | got to think he transcends the game. he brought so many people together, melting pot gifted
the game of golf that alone right there makes the heart heavy when you hear an accident such as theirs. qt heavy when you hear an accident such as theirs.— such as theirs. of course he's messed up — such as theirs. of course he's messed up more _ such as theirs. of course he's messed up more than - such as theirs. of course he's messed up more than a - such as theirs. of course he's messed up more than a few l messed up more than a few times. and come back. that makes a difference to people. he's real. yes, absolutely. he messed up a couple times but he's human. were all human and that makes the comeback that much more significant. and given the fact that tiger is who he is we have to maybe remove ourselves hoping that here is an awesome comeback after the accident yesterday. i think more importantly we really need, he can come back and be a great father to his children and live the life he wants to live. to children and live the life he wants to live.— children and live the life he wants to live. to think you can come to golf? _ wants to live. to think you can come to golf? the _ wants to live. to think you can come to golf? the selfish - wants to live. to think you can come to golf? the selfish part| come to golf? the selfish part of me wants _ come to golf? the selfish part of me wants to _ come to golf? the selfish part of me wants to hope - come to golf? the selfish part of me wants to hope that - come to golf? the selfish part of me wants to hope that he l of me wants to hope that he can't come back to golf but i have to be human. and i have to be decent and not be so selfish in my own right. i'm hoping that he will live the life he wants to live and be a great father and what did not play
with his kid. tt’s father and what did not play with his kid.— with his kid. it's no secret that golf _ with his kid. it's no secret that golf was _ with his kid. it's no secret that golf was such - with his kid. it's no secret that golf was such a - with his kid. it's no secret that golf was such a white with his kid. it's no secret - that golf was such a white game before tiger powered his way through. can you give us a sense of those? is a just a black figurehead or has he actually change your doing that change the colour, the diversity of the reach of the game as a whole? absolutely he chanced game as a whole? absolutely he changed the _ game as a whole? absolutely he changed the game. _ game as a whole? absolutely he changed the game. in _ game as a whole? absolutely he changed the game. in more - game as a whole? absolutely he j changed the game. in more than way. first time we saw an african—american taking on a white sport but the fact that his ability to work hard, his persistence and his work ethic is what we all admire. the fact that he could go on a in a world of one and one at that time that's pretty much amazing for that's why we all have heavy hearts today. what's been our heavy hearts today. what's been your experience _ heavy hearts today. what's been your experience with _ heavy hearts today. what's been your experience with them - heavy hearts today. what's been your experience with them and l your experience with them and are you in touch with him now? no i am not. i'm good friends with some of his family members as well. ijust pretty much on the outside and setting my thoughts and prayers with them. thank you so much for talking with us.
president biden has signed an executive order to prevent disruptions to the supply of strategically critical items such as drugs, car batteries and computer chips. deliveries have been disrupted by the pandemic and strained relations with china. mr biden said severe shortages should never have happened. the american people should never face shortages in the goods and services they rely on. whether that's their car to prescription medicines or the food at the locally grocery store. we shouldn't have to rely on a foreign country especially when that doesn't share interest to our values in order to protect or provide to our people during a national emergency. stay with us on bbc news, still to come. shown to the public for the first time in more than 100 years — this vincent van gogh painting is up for auction. prince charles has chosen his bride.
the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos�* sanctuary, the name itself symbolising one of the cruelest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world - that the winner of best film was la la land. _ the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing - speeches by the team behind the modern musical. - not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life.
this is bbc news, the latest headlines... ghana receives the first delivery of vaccines, donated by richer nations to the poorer ones. healthcare workers will get the first shots. police in california say golfer tiger woods is �*lucky to be alive�* after his car crash and confirm no charges will be brought against him. now — the tokyo olympics are set to take place injapan injuly and august after being postponed last year due to the pandemic. 0rganisers are doing all they can to make the games work but are also looking to future competitions. and today the international olympic committe — the ioc — announced the city leading the way as the favourite for 2032. take a listen. today we received a report by the future host commission for the games of the 0lympiad. this commission recommended
that to the executive board to enter into a targeted dialogue with brisbane 2032 and the australian olympic committee for the games of the 35th 0lympiad. philip pope is a former head of media for the british olympic team — he�*s in brisbane. you live in brisbane but you are not linked to the bid. does this sound to you like brisbane is good to be at? t this sound to you like brisbane is good to be at?— is good to be at? i think it's very positive _ is good to be at? i think it's very positive news. - is good to be at? i think it's very positive news. this - is good to be at? i think it's l very positive news. this gives the organisers and brisbane the opportunity to have a period of direct negotiation with the ioc. they don�*t have to worry about any other rival cities at this stage. of course they are very well advanced in their feasibility studies and they are planning for the games. i worked on the london bid and i would say they are much further advance than london was at the same stage of the bidding process.
same stage of the bidding rocess. ., �* , , process. you've been inside this process. _ process. you've been inside this process. of— process. you've been inside this process. of course - process. you've been inside this process. of course you | this process. of course you know how it feels. the ups and downs of that. but would mean for brisbane? itbiiiiii downs of that. but would mean for brisbane?— for brisbane? will be a perfect -oached for brisbane? will be a perfect poached covid _ for brisbane? will be a perfect poached covid opportunity - for brisbane? will be a perfect poached covid opportunity to l poached covid opportunity to promote tourism and business in south queensland and more broadly australia and this part of the world. there is a warm glow at the ioc still from the city games. the ioc recognised that australia delivers a very good games. of course the goal post here in south queensland to delivered the commonwealth games only a couple of years ago. many of australia�*s top 0lympic ago. many of australia�*s top olympic athletes are from brisbane and the surrounding area. qt brisbane and the surrounding area. . ., , , brisbane and the surrounding area. , , ., area. of course there is also been events _ area. of course there is also been events years _ area. of course there is also been events years where - area. of course there is also been events years where a l been events years where a player spends a tonne of money and it ends up with a load of white elephant buildings that hard get used after that. haifa hard get used after that. how do ou hard get used after that. how do you avoid _ hard get used after that. how do you avoid that? _ hard get used after that. how do you avoid that? i - hard get used after that. ihty�*t-h" do you avoid that? i think the rules of change. and the ioc is coming to the modern world and they are rules now require
cities to think about legacy, sustainability projects was up that�*s how brisbane gone about it. i�*ve been occasionally briefed by the queensland government on their thinking. and i�*ve been impressed having gone through six years of their london bidding process how detailed the queensland bidding team are. in fact how unified the federal state and mayoral office in brisbane as well as the australian olympic committee who are very ably led byjohn coates. as street late night extremely experience official for them they got everything going for them officialfor them they got everything going for them and it�*s impressive to watch from the outside knowing what i know about london and its rival bids in paris, new york, moscow, madrid that london had to get through. hopefully, brisbane doesn�*t need to work quite as hard as we did. because they�*ve now got this exclusive period where they can convey their thoughts to the voting membership to the ioc. if they are fortunate and all the stars aligned maybe there is
potential for the ioc to aligned maybe there is potentialfor the ioc to reach a favourable conclusion on the eve of the tokyo games. t a favourable conclusion on the eve of the tokyo games. i know ou have eve of the tokyo games. i know you have been _ eve of the tokyo games. i know you have been involved - eve of the tokyo games. i know you have been involved with - eve of the tokyo games. i know| you have been involved with the london bid for 20121 think you�*re in the run for singapore went london want to start using the ups and downs. his brisbane didn�*t get it now that would be a colossal blow. but do you think it�*s unlikely is not well, i was privileged to be standing next to david beckham when they opened the envelope and tears flowed from barbie charlton that day. tt�*s and tears flowed from barbie charlton that day.— charlton that day. it's a massive _ charlton that day. it's a massive honour - charlton that day. it's a massive honour and - charlton that day. it's a - massive honour and privilege for any city the right to host the games. it changes the nation, it changes the population, my children this morning were heading to school and having to swimming events and having to swimming events and cricket events and they will be 20, 22 and cricket events and they will be 20,22 and 16 during the game. already this morning at swimming training that will focus, could we take part in brisbane 2032? that�*s what it means for a nation. you will recall the uk in 2012 how the
whole nation got behind this massive event and people had a smile on the face for years. i believe it will be the same here. we�*ve got the climate, we got the barrier reef, we�*ve got the passion for sport and the olympic movement. and if we act 0lympic movement. and if we act with humility and deliver the plans that i�*ve seen which i think a very good and there is very positive days ahead, i believe. . ., very positive days ahead, i believe. ., ,, , ., customs authorities in germany and belgium have seized a record haul of more than 23 tonnes of cocaine destined for the netherlands in two raids this month. 0ur correspondent in the hague, anna holligan sent this report. stashed away in containers that were supposed to be packed with putty, one of the largest single intercepts of cocaine worldwide. more than 16 tonnes concealed in tins for wall filler. it entered europe via the german port city of hamburg on a container vessel from
paraguay, that�*s been a key transit country for years. translation: colleagues are working day and night| and through weekends, often without finding anything, so it�*s a nice success for them. years ago, we could not imagine that we would find one tonne. this incredible amount obviously makes my colleagues happy and content. according to detectives, the cocaine recovered in hamburg and antwerp had a combined street value of roughly 600 million euros. so far, only one suspect has been detained. a 28—year—old dutchman was arrested. so far, there were no arrests made in germany, but the investigation is obviously ongoing because we believe that the chap couldn�*t have acted alone. despite speculation the record seizures may be linked to the covid restrictions, making it harderfor drug mules to
travel, a spokesperson for europol, the european police agency, told the bbc that this trend started way before the pandemic, and can be attributed to a range of other factors. these european drug cartels have more money to spend so they can buy bigger quantities and afford to take greater risks, that increase interconnectedness also means any losses are now shared. organised crime has a foothold in the legal economy, so things like european ports and shipping companies have been infiltrated and this level of corruption has helped to enable some of these enormous shipments. indonesia�*s foreign minister, retno marsudi, has met a high ranking myanmar military official to discuss the february 1st coup. they met in the thai capital, bangkok, after ms retno dropped our burmese reporter — nyein chan aye — was at the protests outside the indonesian embassy in yangon, and filed this reportjust moments before outside the indonesian embassy protesters chant to make
their voices heard. they are calling on indonesian leaders to abandon diplomatic ties with the ruling military. and for the release of their democratically elected leader. translation: please respect our vote and hear our voices. - i came here to ask indonesia to pressure to transfer the power back to the civilian government. indonesia has been relaying support for a united asian approach to the situation in me and indonesian foreign minister was due to visit the country to meet but the plan has been abandoned for now. instead, they met in neighbouring bangkok where the thai foreign minister
was also present. translation: the safety . and well-being of the people is the number one priority. therefore we ask all parties to exercise restraint and not use violence toward casualties and bloodshed for the up indonesia also continues to emphasise the importance of an inclusive democratic transition process. the flurry of diplomacy between the neighbouring southeast asian neighbours has caused concern from protesters. who believe that talks led to the demise who believe that talks led to the demise the military coup. it�*s now been three weeks since the military coup and in the latest round of protests people from different backgrounds and faiths took to the streets. they say they are united in their fight for democracy.
a painting by vincent van gogh at a key point in his career has been unveiled to the public in paris, after a century of being in private hands. the 1887 work of a street scene in montmartre was produced during his stay in paris. lucy williamson reports. as debutants go, this one is older than most — revealed to the world for the first time today after more than a century in a family home. montmartre street scene was painted by van gogh in 1887. here in paris, he met impressionists like renoir and began to absorb their styles, his famous brushstrokes already becoming clear. the pigments he used so pure, the colours still pop after 100 years. even for sotheby�*s own experts, the first glimpse of this painting was special. ifelt like i was in montmartre in 1887, in a way. it�*s a mythical place, and it still is a mythical place, and to see this painting
where it�*s captured in time in 1887 by van gogh on top of that, it was fabulous. it was a punch, i have to say. it was an aesthetic punch, yes. van gogh lived in montmartre for two years with his brother, theo, who is thought to have inherited the painting, before it went to a french family, who held onto it ever since. the mill that van gogh painted in this picture is gone now, but it used to stand just next to this one, right around the corner from where he lived. van gogh often painted buildings in this area, fascinated by the mix of windmills and cabarets, of urban and rural lives. the painting will now be shown in amsterdam and hong kong before the auction in paris next month. the guide price, five to eight million euros — not bad for an artist who sold almost nothing while he was alive. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. more on that and all the news
anytime on the bbc website. also on our bbc website. thank you for watching. hello there. following on from the last couple of days�* rain, there are still flood warnings in force. but to the south of that weather front, we�*ve seen some exceptional warmth, and that�*s down to the wind direction. 18 was the warmest day of the year so far on wednesday, but we won�*t see a repeat of that despite the weather settling down because we lose that strong south—westerly and we pick up a brisk westerly wind across the atlantic. so, slightly cooler direction which will push in showers through the day ahead, some heavy showers as well. and our weather front is present further south, so very different complexion to the weather here. there could be some heavier bursts of rain, and it�*ll certainly be a much greyer, damper start across many southern, central and eastern parts of england. could be a little bit misty over the tops of the hills, and as i say, there could be some heavier pulses of rain
working their way eastwards. might even linger in kent and essex until the evening, but much brighter skies further north. and then we run into the brisk westerly wind and lots of showers pushing into northern isles, into the western aisles and generally across western highland scotland. one or two will push eastwards given the strength of the wind here. one or two also for northern ireland, just the odd one elsewhere in western areas, but i think it�*ll feel fresher despite the sunshine. temperatures because we changed our wind direction a little bit down — ten to 12 degrees celsius, and clearly not feeling anywhere near as pleasant with all that cloud further south and east, which should eventually clear during tonight. in fact, overnight, we�*ve got clear skies in many areas, the winds further north falling light, so it�*s a colder night. still largely avoiding the frost in the north because we have the showers and a bit of breeze but overnight, frost will be in the forecast for the next few nights, really, because with high pressure building, we�*ve got a lot of dry, unsettled weather to come. now, there could be some fog around and it does take till mid morning to clear at this time of year. so, friday will be a much colder start if you are up and out early, and temperatures
won�*t reach, as i say, the highs that we�*ve seen recently because it�*s a chilly start — 11 to 13 degrees. but that high pressure will ensure a lot of dry weather, settled weather, lighter winds throughout the coming weekend and potentially even into the start of next week as well. so, for many, temperatures are not going to reach much higher than you�*d expect at this time of year because we�*ve got this chilly start with some frost around. but we should, as i say, see some dry and bright weather, spells of sunshine once the early morning fog goes around and some fair weather cloud to go with it. as ever, there�*s more on the website, including all the warnings.
ghana in west africa has become the first country to receive vaccines under a scheme that aims to reduce the divide between rich countries and poorer nations. a delivery of 600,000 doses arrived in accra. the aim is to deliver two billion doses by the end of the year. police in california say tiger woods won�*t face a reckless driving charge for the car crash that shattered his ankle and left him with compound leg fractures. the golf legend has been awake and responsive after an emergency operation. police say he�*s lucky to be alive. a painting by vincent van gogh not seen in public for more than a century has been shown in paris ahead of a sale by auction. the picture called street scene in montmartre has been in private hands. it was painted in 1887. it�*s expected to fetch at least eight—and—a—half million dollars. more than 18 million people have been given a covid vaccine so far,