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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories... a stark warning from the world health organization — the pandemic will last longer because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. the 620 will meet at the end of october and also where are we against those commitments? and i can say today that we are not on track, and we really need to speed it up. britain's health secretary rejects calls to reintroduce covid restrictions in england — even though he admits cases could reach 100,000 a day in the uk. the growing danger women face in nightclubs — we talk to one of the victims of "spiking". and protests take place outside the headquarters of netflix over a comedy special.
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they say it is transfer back. —— transphobic. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the world health organization has told the bbc it believes the coronavirus pandemic will go on for a year longer than it needs to because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. it comes as a group of charities have criticised the uk and canada for themselves using doses from covax ? the global programme to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly. naomi 6rimley reports. it's the question we all keep asking — when will this pandemic end? not as soon as it could is the answer from the world health organization because of uneven vaccine
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distribution across the world. there have been plenty of summits about vaccine donations to poorer countries, but the exasperation of who officials is clear to see. we need a stock take, the 620 will meet at the end of october, we need them to say, "where are we against those commitments?" and i can tell you today, you are not on track. you need to really speed it up, or you know what, this pandemic is going to go on for a year longer than it needs to. covax was the international programme set up to ensure all countries — both rich and poor — could get enough vaccines to cover at least 20% of their population. but it hasn't worked out as planned. the vast majority of vaccine doses administered have been in richer countries. africa especially has been left behind. a new analysis from a group of charities called the people's vaccine alliance shows the huge gap between what the world's richest
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countries have promised to give the poorest versus the number of doses delivered so far. the uk and canada have been singled out for particular criticism, as both countries acquired some vaccines from covax for their own populations, even though they had their own supplies. on the one hand, every country thatjoined the covax facility was entitled to obtain vaccines, but these two countries obtained many, many doses through bilateral agreements that could best be characterised as hoarding. so the idea that they would then double—dip and take more vaccines from the covax initiative really is morally indefensible. the uk has stressed it helped kick—start covax and was one of its most generous financial supporters. the canadian government told us it's now stopped procuring vaccines from covax. as it became clear that the supply that we had secured through our bilateral deals with different companies, like astrazeneca, pfizer
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and moderna would be sufficient for the canadian population, we then pivoted the doses that we had procured from covax to be donated back to covax, so that they could be redistributed to developing countries that needed those doses. the latest warning from the world health organization is that the pandemic will continue deep into 2022. it's urging pharmaceutical companies and wealthy nations to make sure low—income countries are now prioritised in the queue for life—saving vaccines. naomi 6rimley, bbc news. covid restrictions are likely to be reimposed in england if progress in giving people their booster vaccinations is not satsifactory. that's the warning from uk health secretary sajid javid, who said that the number of new infections could rise to 100,000 a day, raising the prospect of another phase of mandatory face coverings, working from home, and vaccine passports
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in some crowded settings. our health editor hugh pym has the latest. queues of ambulances waiting to hand over patients at some hospitals tell their own story — the nhs under intensifying pressure, coping with a range of health conditions, and all that before winter has started to bite. and today, the health secretary struck a more downbeat note, with a warning about the outlook for covid cases. they could go yet as high as 100,000 a day. we are also seeing greater pressure on the nhs. across the uk, we are now approaching 1,000 hospitalisations per day. health leaders say, with those covid numbers adding to the existing strain on hospitals, intervention is needed now, in the shape of the government's plan b, setting out tougher measures which could be implemented. when you have the combination of winter pressures, covid
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pressures and the backlog, put all of that together, you've got a perfect storm, and that's why we need to do everything we can to reduce the pressure, and that's why we need plan b now. the government says it will introduce plan b if there is unsustainable pressure on the nhs in england, with steps like making face coverings mandatory in some settings, asking people to work from home and introducing vaccine passports. in northern ireland, face coverings remain a legal requirement in crowded indoor spaces. it's the same for masks in wales. proof of vaccination at nightclubs is needed and people are encouraged to work from home. scotland's strategy, similarly, includes vaccine passports and face masks in schools and some other settings. ministers say the strategy in england for now is to focus on the continued roll—out of vaccines, boosterjabs and first and second doses for those who haven't already had them. but the big unknown is whether that can happen fast enough to help slow any future spread of the virus.
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here, 6areth is getting a third dose. he's eligible because he is undergoing treatment for cancer and his immune system has been compromised. i feel great, actually. ifeel a lot more confident going forward. i am a great believer in the vaccination programme. sajid javid ruled out plan b for now, but he warned that, if people didn't come forward forjabs, the government might have to step in. am i saying that, if we don't do our bit, get vaccinated, you know, all those behavioural changes that we can make, that we are more likely to face restrictions as we head into winter? i am saying that. i think we've been really clear that we've all got a role to play. he also announced deals to secure two new treatments for covid patients, which would be available for the nhs if approved by regulators, but that could be a few months away. in the meantime, the virus threat is still looming. hugh pym, bbc news.
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morocco has banned flights to and from the uk because of the pandemic. several uk airlines and holiday companies have been told by the moroccan government that flights are now suspended until further notice. flights between morocco and germany and the netherlands have also been suspended. around 100 people have protested outside netflix's headquarters in california over the airing of a comedy special by dave chappelle, which they say was transphobic. for more on this, david willis joins us live from los angeles. this is all about a one hour special called the closer by dave chapelle, in which he made various remarks about l6btqi+ people, he said that gender is a fact and accuse them of being too sensitive. that was immediately met with protests
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from l6btqi+ people are posted on social media and elsewhere that his comments were harmful, and that he was basically profiting from free speech. dave chapelle was paid about $20 million for his special on netflix. today so about 100 demonstrators gathering outside the netflix ho. they can be formed into temperatures different groups, those who support dave chapelle and his right to free speech, those who believe that his remarks were potentially harmful to transgender people, and those who are opposed to transgender is as a concept, they chanted "love you, don't change yourself". much of the controversy has been brought about because netflix said they put it upon themselves by issuing e—mails to staff in which they defended dave
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chapelle, who has of course made a lot of money for netflix, and basically appeared to turn a deaf ear to the whole controversy. since then netflix has somewhat backed down, and issued a statement saying, "we understand that the part that has been caused by this, and we respect the decision of any employee who chooses to work out." netflix has admitted that in his words, it screwed up in its response to the controversy initially. let s get some of the day s other news. at least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods caused by unseasonal heavy rain hit the northern indian state of uttarakhand. the impact has been devastating — fields of crops have been destroyed, roads blocked, and bridges have been washed away. the indian airforce has been called in to help the rescue effort.
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a senate inquiry in brazil says president jair bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. it accused the president of deliberately acting too slowly and exposing brazilians to the virus. mr bolsonaro has refuted the accusations, saying he bore no guilt. the united states says it's time to engage in a sustained dialogue with north korea in order to achieve the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the us ambassador to the united nations, linda thomas—6reenfield, said washington had no hostile intent towards pyongyang and was willing to meet north korean officials without any pre—conditions. the man who shot dead 17 people at a school in parkland, florida, three years ago, has pleaded guilty to murder — and the attempted murder of 17 others who were injured. 23—year—old nikolas cruz apologised to the victims and theirfamilies in court. prosecutors have described the killings — one of the deadliest school
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shootings in us history — as cold, calculated and premeditated. they are seeking the death penalty. the parents of luke hoyer — who was killed in the shooting — agree he should be given a death sentence. he does not deserve life in prison. life in prison is a life. he deserves nothing more than the death penalty. i'm just looking forjustice here, and justice for us is, you know, we want him dead, we want him forgotten. i don't ever want to hear this kid's name again. we can now speak to parkland survivor and gun control activist david hogg. he is also the founder of march for our lives, a student—led organisation in support of gun control legislation. thank you for taking the time to talk to us. what do you make of the guilty plea?— of the guilty plea? honestly, i'm happy — of the guilty plea? honestly, i'm happy that _ of the guilty plea? honestly, i'm happy that things - of the guilty plea? honestly, i'm happy that things are -
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i'm happy that things are moving forward and we can close this chapter and move through to any kind of closure that is possible for the community, but i would also point out that there are so many people in the united states affected by gun violence, that people feel they are in to get a form ofjustice in the first place, so we hope communities can get some form of that but the real work is about trying to prevent these things from happening in future. . , ., , future. health frustrating is it for you — future. health frustrating is it for you that, _ future. health frustrating is it for you that, since - future. health frustrating is it for you that, since what l it for you that, since what happened to you and the people who were killed, nothing seems to have changed —— how frustrating? to have changed -- how frustrating?— frustrating? deeply frustrating. - frustrating? deeply| frustrating. because frustrating? deeply - frustrating. because here in the us, unlike many countries such as the uk and others around europe, our response is horrific, it is to somehow ask ourselves for some reason, how we can work to protect somebody�*s right to have a
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weapon like a shooter at my high school is above trying to protect the rights of americans not to be shot. it is deeply frustrating because in 2018 we said to the adults, we need adults that are elected and will to protect our right not to be shot and they said we voted in record numbers in the united states and we did it again in 2020, and all that happened was that it will likely filibuster stopped as being able to pass life—saving legislation despite the vast majority of americans supporting it, like the simplest background checks, so it is deeply frustrating but ultimately i believe that my generation in a worst—case scenario will be the ones to end this because we will not let our children deal with this. ,., . ~' let our children deal with this. ., ., , this. going back to what is happening _ this. going back to what is happening with _ this. going back to what is happening with the - this. going back to what is happening with the trial, l this. going back to what is i happening with the trial, the shooter has said that he is sorry. do you believe him, do you care? i sorry. do you believe him, do you care?— you care? i don't really care,
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honestly- — you care? i don't really care, honestly. all _ you care? i don't really care, honestly. all i _ you care? i don't really care, honestly. all i am _ you care? i don't really care, honestly. all i am focused i you care? i don't really care, | honestly. all i am focused on you care? i don't really care, i honestly. all i am focused on a strike to prevent these things in future because there is nothing that the individual could say that would bring my classmates back or would other, he stole 17 people's lives from their loved ones and there is nothing that can ever fix that. i am entirely focused on how we can prevent this stuff from happening in future, because the united states after these incidents, we hear it often from these individuals when they are a shooter, the shooter at my high school was not mentally ill, he was racist, he was anti—semitic, and xenophobic. he was able to legally obtain a weapon like the ar-is, the legally obtain a weapon like the ar—15, the reason the uk and europe doesn't have this happen on a daily basis the way it does in the outer states isn't because there aren't people with mental illness, or people with mental illness, or people that have eight in their hearts, it is because many of those people are not able to access a weapon like the ar—15, with any of the same means that
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you can, in the united states. david, aren't you so much for taking the time to speak to us. we appreciate it. —— thank you so much we appreciate it. -- thank you so much ., ~ we appreciate it. -- thank you so much . ~ ,, stay with us on bbc news — still to come... salvation from the skies — a mission to rescue dogs trapped by lava on the spanish island of la palma. have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock — older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside, it lights up a biblicalfamine now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money.
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we've had controversies - in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found _ a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news — the latest headlines... a stark covid warning from the world health organization — the pandemic will last longer because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. britain's health secretary rejects calls to reintroduce covid restrictions in england — even though he admits cases could reach 100,000 a day in the uk. here in the uk, police
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forces have been asked to look urgently at reports of women being spiked by needles in nightclubs. there have been reports across the country of clubbers blacking out after having felt a sharp scratch. our correspondent jo black reports. after covid, it was supposed to be the freshers' week they never had. but on this night out at a club in nottingham, second—year university student sarah buckle became so unwell, she ended up in hospital. out of nowhere, i seemed to just stop communicating. i couldn't talk. it was as if someone had just turned a switch. the 19—year—old believes she was the victim of an injection spiking. i was almost screaming out for help and then almost going unconscious and coming back round and choking, and they could just tell immediately, wait, it's not that she's had too much to drink, something's really, really wrong. i have no memory of anything. i think my earliest memory will have been around 9am. my hand was throbbing and a bruise was starting to develop.
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posts on social media talk of similar incidents, and now a petition calling for compulsory searches at nightclubs has been signed by more than 130,000 people. and groups from more than 30 universities around the uk havejoined a campaign calling for a boycott of nightclubs at the end of this month. the problem of people having their drinks spiked in night—time venues has been reported for many years, but now there are new fears about the rise of injection spiking. however, only a small number of police forces across the uk say they've had reports of this happening. despite this, young people we spoke to today in nottingham said they were worried. i won't go out. i won't. it's too worrying. you shouldn't have in the back of your thought, "is someone going to stab me with a needle and spike my drink?", or anything like that. so, yeah, it's really concerning. it's one thing to worry- about your drink being spiked, but having stuff injected - into you that you don't know what it is, anything i
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could happen to you. it's terrifying. the home secretary, priti patel, has now asked police forces for an urgent update on this issue. and today, at the home affairs select committee, questions about the scale of the problem. do you think police forces are taking this seriously enough? every chief constable takes this as top priority. violence against women in general. sarah says it will be a long time before she can enjoy another night out, but she hopes her story will be a warning to others. if you feel unwell slightly, orjust think you've had a bit too much to drink, go home, and if you think something more sinister might have happened, do not be afraid to contact the police. jo black, bbc news, nottingham. queen elizabeth has cancelled a trip to northern ireland and is resting for the next few days, according to buckingham palace. her majesty, who celebrated her 95th birthday in april, will stay at windsor castle but is still expected to attend
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the global climate change conference in glasgow later this month. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the queen at windsor castle last night, hosting a reception for global business and other leaders, doing what she's done for nearly 70 years now — representing and gently canvassing support for britain. she was, by all accounts, in good spirits. it was the latest in a series of engagements over the past eight days. she was at westminster abbey last tuesday, using a walking stick for the first time at a public engagement. two days later, she was in cardiff, for the opening of the welsh parliament. at every engagement, there are lines of guests, all of them anxious to meet her and have a few moments of conversation. in addition, there's the daily business of monarchy — audiences, many of them now by video call. ah, there you are. this was earlier this week.
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the queen in windsor, speaking via cyberspace to the new 6overnor—6eneral of new zealand. good morning, how are you? oh, gosh, it's good morning, isn't it, to you? this afternoon, this 95—year—old monarch should have been boarding a flight to northern ireland, for a series of engagements there tonight and tomorrow. but this morning, buckingham palace issued this short statement. the queen is not unwell, but she is 95, and there's obviously a need for anyone of that age to pace themselves sensibly. and that's all, officials insist, that's happening here. there are, it's understood, no covid—related concerns. the queen has, of course, received her double vaccination. what royal officials and doctors will be focused on is her role
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at the forthcoming cop26 summit, when the queen will be hosting all the visiting leaders. they will want to be sure that she is fully rested for that. nicholas witchell, bbc news. on wednesday, we had a report on the volcano that's been erupting on the island of la palma, in the canary islands. at the end of that piece we heard about an ongoing mission to feed three dogs who had been stranded by the lava, using drones. well, a rescue mission was planned, but now the canines are nowhere to be seen. danjohnson has been following the story, and has the latest. all life has been caught in this eruption and these three got left behind, trapped by lava. they have been fed by a drone and are now looking to the skies for rescue. and here it is — the flying retriever, a snare from the air coming to lure the pups in and lift them up, up and away. very, very, very good. we are positive.
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we are motivated and we are going to try, we're going try, ok? this sort of rescue mission can only be considered because of the fact human life has been so successfully protected here so far, but that doesn't mean that this eruption is without any risk. so, scientific teams are busy monitoring every aspect of the volcano, its lava and its gases, the silent, unseen, airborne threat. anna is here from manchester. i am starting my second year of my phd, so i never imagined i would be able to come here and see a live volcano. so, it's incredible experience for me. really bad for people, of course. i'm really sad about all the loss, but for me, an amazing experience. pulling off this daring dog rescue is not easy and the canine airlift is currently on pause because
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they can't actually find them. i think we can do it, we can do it, ok? but like so many people here, this team is dedicated and determined. danjohnson, bbc news, la palma. after the uk was handed a crushing defeat at this year's eurovision song contest, the bbc has announced it will work with tap music — which counts dua lipa, lana del rey and ellie 6oulding among its clients — to select a song and act to represent the uk in 2022. singerjames newman was the only artist this year to score zero points from both the jury and public vote, coming bottom on the leaderboard. one of the world's biggest live music events, the 66th edition of the contest is due to be held in turin in italy, next may. you can reach me on twitter —
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i'm @bbcmaryam you're watching bbc news, bye—bye. hello. thursday is going to feel chilly — especially when we contrast it with the temperatures we had at the start of the week, when we were getting daytime highs in the high teens, even the low 20s. and it will feel all the more cold because we'll pick up a keen northerly wind. the cold air plunging in behind this weather front, sinking south overnight. ahead of it, some heavy rain which will pull off into the continent. and then, through thursday daytime, we open the floodgates for cold air to sweep all the way south through the uk. we'll start the day with some cloud and rain to the south, the weather front pulling away, making way for lots of sunshine come the afternoon — but there will be some showers to the northwest, and they will be wintry across the hills and mountains of scotland. the wind a notable feature, gales possible down the north sea coast.
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these are the temperatures that you'd see on the thermometer — but, factor in the wind, those temperatures along the north sea coast will feel more like 11—5 celsius. we continue with showers streaming into the north and west as we move overnight thursday and into friday. quite a chilly night, as well — in sheltered eastern spots, there could be a patchy frost with sitting in quite cold air, but the strength of the wind will protect many from actually seeing bits of frost. through thursday daytime — sorry, friday daytime, though, the winds will start to ease back a little as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the atlantic. still some showersjust managing to sneak into the top of that ridge, a bit of cloud under it, as well — perhaps not the faultless blue skies of thursday, but it should just feel a little bit milder because the wind won't be quite as cutting. but, for things to really become milder, we need to get to the weekend, and it's all about the change in wind direction. as we say goodbye to this ridge of high pressure, it pushes away to the east
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and we start to pick up a south—westerly. for saturday, i think, actually, a lot of fine weather across the uk. there'll be some cloud closing in to the west, and we will see some rain for northern ireland by the end of the day. but the temperatures lifting up, we should hit the mid—teens, but it will feel so much warmer because we're moving back into a more atlantic airstream. sunday, greater chance of some showers just about anywhere across the uk — sheltered eastern areas favoured for the driest and brightest weather. temperatures possibly up to 15—16 to the south.
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this is bbc news —
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the headlines. the world health organisation has told the bbc it believes the coronavirus pandemic will go on for a year longer than it needs to because of the unequal distribution of vaccines. it comes as a group of charities have criticised the uk and canada for themselves using doses from covax. in britain — where daily covid infections are the highest in europe — the health secretary has rejected calls to reintroduce restrictions in england. sajid javid said if people did not get vaccinated and didn't wear face coverings — he'd reintroduce mask mandates and order people to work from home. around 100 people have protested outside netflix's headquarters — over the airing of a comedy special by dave chappelle — which they say was transphobic. netflix staff and transgender activists staged the walkout in los angeles. now on bbc news, david sillito is on the hunt


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