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this is t w news coming to you live from berlin the e.u.'s medical regulator tells governments to keep using astra zeneca as coronavirus vaccine the head of the european medicines agency says the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects as an investigation continues its reports that the back scene is linked to blood clots also coming up the u.s. secretary of state and blinken arrives in south korea as washington tries to get asian allies on side in the face of growing chinese influence.
hello i'm terry martin good to have you with us the european union's medicines regulator has urged governments not to stop using the astra zeneca corona virus vaccine while the pandemic is still going on it says the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk of any possible side effects a number of e.u. member states suspended use of the shot earlier this week due to reports of a rare form of cerebral blood clot here in germany the move has shaken confidence in an already sluggish vaccination campaign. every adult in germany has been promised a vaccine shot before the end of september without astra zeneca that will be hard to achieve the immunization program is about to be expanded including 3 general practitioners like dr saurabh for heaney in berlin he was getting ready to give the
jab to hundreds of his patients every week now he's been put on hold as. we were prepared to start vaccinating we wanted to get going early we've spoken to the medical bodies set everything up here in the practice and alerted many of the patients. and then came this big surprise. the government says if it is asking people to get the vaccine it has a duty to inform about potential risks but many doctors say the cautious approach will cause delays. i think they've not done the vaccination campaign any favors but safety 1st i think it was important to put patient safety at the center of things so it was the right decision but then you need to publish the information behind it immediately. the european medicines agency has to give its verdict about fears that astra zeneca causes blood clots on thursday but even if the vaccine is given the go
ahead for a 2nd time confidence in it has been dented from the information that we get is that the value of astra zeneca is greater than the risks but of course having any risk is not a nice feeling for this country i don't know if the. actually the risk of getting other people taking this my time is worth it or not because it's people are not being very clear about this situation if i have the choice i would take but on tech but if i have no choice it would take astra zeneca. doctor for he me hopes downs will not get the upper hand with the 3rd wave of covert infections approaching he says that would be bad news. it's come up on one of those months more than i can only say from what i hear many people are still willing to take it all more. germany has a shortage of vaccines a problem that will be much worse if hundreds of thousands of astra zeneca doses
stay in the box. well for more we're joined by you to polish she's a licensed pharmacist and a member of the european parliament for the green party was promised many countries including germany have suspended use of the astra zeneca vaccine you've described that decision as madness why well it has been said in in the country of us and we just watched the benefits do outweigh the risks a lot and in my opinion of course it's important to know about the risks of oneself the vaccinated but. as we have a 3rd way which is just in its exponential face and vaccinating is not only about protecting the backs in it it also protected the non-banks in it because back as far as we know of vaccinated people are less prone to pass on the virus i think
those really thousands of potentially thousands of dead people outweigh the risk of a very small number of c.d.'s ministry poses now astra zeneca was declared safe by medical regulators around the world europe's medicines agency that has said there's no indication the vaccine is the cause of the reported blood clots yet numerous countries are not convinced what did they know that the e m a doesn't. well we must we must know that specialists that are working or that are in the relevant. body at the end may other specialists member states. chiclet tech who is the head of the public energy institute in germany.
safety he is part of elephant body at the yemeni so it's not the against the member states it's run of the e m a saying ok there are number of countries have experienced issues they are taking the safe site it's our job now to collect all the data from all the member states and also we're looking at other data for example from the u.k. where we have millions of vaccinations with astra zeneca being administered and then put together the pieces in order to have a scientific assessment of what's happening. assuming us percentage of those get the green light from the a.m.a. as expected on thursday do you think that will be enough to restore public confidence in the vaccine. i truly hope so i mean i have had several of conversations in the last day with people who said before you leave that
sitting on the shelf i'll take it because a lot of people really want to get vaccinated as soon as possible but it's not their turn yet because we take the risk based approach which it's perfectly fine but i don't think that we have problems of really getting astra zeneca into people's arms polish thank you very much for talking with us this morning that was you to publish an m.e.p. with the green party thank you. see a look at some other stories making headlines around the world today new shares government says gunmen have killed at least 58 people near the border with mali and the attacks targeted a convoy returning from a market and a nearby village no group has claimed responsibility but several armed groups are active in the region linked to the so-called islamic state and that. pro-democracy protesters have defied a curfew in myanmar to hold a vigil for those killed by security forces the u.n. says $149.00 demonstrators have been killed since the military seized power last
month many have been detained or gone missing the ruling military junta declared martial law in myanmar's largest city hall. starting today ride hailing company will treat its $70000.00 drivers in britain as workers instead of contractors that means the drivers can now receive a minimum wage paid holiday leave and if eligible even pension benefits this move follows litigation and a recent loss for the company in the british supreme court. u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken has landed in south korea on the 2nd stop of a tour to reset relations with asian allies arrived in seoul from japan pushing the biden administration's agenda to keep a lid on the growing power of china he also reaffirmed china washington's commit rather to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula but ahead of his
trip the powerful sister of north korean leader kim jong un warned washington not to interfere in the region. let's get more now from correspondent frank smyth he's standing outside the defense ministry in seoul and is covering blinken visit what can we expect from this meeting today. well they're going to talk about a few things 1st of all the just concluded 10 days of military exercises these were command post exercises which took place indoors largely computer simulated although they did utilize a number of troops both korea and the u.s. they want to get probably some more training odors now those laure skill 02 or exercises that would involve aircraft and heavy munitions and and tens of thousands of troops on each side had been particularly thorny and in an acre bidding north korea and that's why they've largely been toned down they're also going to talk
about what's called the opcw on transfer which would give so korea control over its own troops during war time but that's been held up because of the ongoing tension here on the korean peninsula ok so it sounds like there's a lot of focus on defense issues so the u.s. is also urging its allies in the region to help it push back against china or the interests of america and its allies there particularly south korea fully aligned in this regard we. know they're not exactly on the same teach so 3 is the largest trading partner is china 54 and it doesn't want to antagonize peaching i mean will jeopardize that trade back in 201620170 great deployed american anti ballistic missile system sat terminal high altitude area
defense in place go out songs you in the middle of the peninsula be reacted with unofficial sanctions against south korea as a. entertainment and tourism industry and certainly 'd president moon and here in south korea doesn't want to see that kind of retaliation would be heeded if it was to put more pressure on b. cheney over issues little more important to washington. and this is the biden ministrations 1st cabinet level visit to the korean peninsula to almost 4 turbulent years of the trump presidency during which trump tried to engage with north korea where do things stand now between washington and pyongyang well you know recently just a day or so ago. the ruler north korea his sister. is sister kim you know john. told the u.s. to not make a stink regarding any activity by north korea or military exercises
by north korea. indicating a thaw it sort of any potential for talks in fact the biden administration early on reached out to north korea to try to bring them to the negotiating table but because of the downfall in terms of you know this so-called love affair between kim jong il and its former u.s. president donald trump the failure of the noise summit in vietnam to us to really breaks through the ongoing sanctions against north korea pyongyang doesn't seem to bring really interested in talking. frank thank you very much that was correspondent frank smith at the defense ministry in seoul. to annex footballer who's started a new chapter in his working life he's not just any footballer stefan leashed on a once played for top tier european clubs like eventis arsenal and lots now he's
trying out other talents off the pitch in a tiny watchmaking shop in switzerland. you know he's made his millions now stefan link's diner is making time for himself after years of success on the football pitch leeks diner is learning how to be a watchmaker in a workspace that could fit into a football goal. for all my life i put a whole. new experience for me for. a very with him. for life to see new things to see how you do the watch and some simulation of the food because most of the. team is perfect. extend are only just called time on the world of international football and top flight european club competition he set records for the swiss national team and earned over 100 caps on the way. he enjoyed
a glorious 7 year run with powerhouse eventis among other clubs finally ending his football career last august after a season with the bundesliga has f.c. . steiner doesn't rule out a return to football but for now it's the quiet cerebral setting of a zurich watchmaker shop he was chosen for a traineeship over other applicants because of his enthusiasm can that translate to success as a watchmaker only you know what i will tell. sailing now and team new zealand retain the america's cup after beating italian side luna rossa 73 in the best of 13 series and they did it in dominant fashion finishing 46 seconds ahead of their challenger in race 10 marking new zealand's 4th america's cup triumph the team savored the victory in front of an excited home crowd tens of thousands of fans gathered off the coast of auckland and what
a treat it was for the locals the city only emerged from a covert 1000 locked down 2 weeks ago. watching t w news coming up next we've got a documentary looking at the pandemics affects on globalisation of course and get all that it's news and information in the time you want on a website it e.w. dot com i'm terry martin thanks for watching. we're all set to go. yes. well. as we take on the. miracle all about the stories that matter to. believe in front of. you fire makes.