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it's going to be very benign and on the mild side of things. this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm kasia madera. eu leaders try to speed up their much—criticised vaccine programme, with the commission president making a bold promise. at the end of the summer, we will have offered to 70% of the population the vaccination, the adult population. with almost a third of people now vaccinated in the uk, queen elizabeth talks for the first about having the coronavirus jab. it is obviously difficult for people if they've never had a vaccine, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves. president biden marks america's 50 millionth coronavirus vaccine shot, but some communities remain
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reluctant to take it. we have a report from new york city. and the pop star lady gaga offers half a million dollars to get her two french bulldogs back after a gunman shoots her dog—walker and steals the animals. european leaders have agreed to take steps to speed up the vaccination programme and get millions more eu citizens vaccinated. the eu has been criticised for its slow vaccine roll—out compared to the us and the uk. 29 million people in the region have had at least one jab so far, just 8% of the adult population. leaders also discussed proposals for a basic vaccine passport to help revive the tourist industry.
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the european commission president ursula von der leyen struck an optimistic note about speeding up the rollout programme. we are confident that we are able to reach our goal that at the end of the summer, we will have offered to 70% of the population the vaccination, the adult population. these are 255 million people in the european union, and if we look at the plan figures, this is a goal we're confident we'll reach. as well as supply issues, some frontline medical workers in several european countries have been reluctant to take the astrazeneca vaccine. this was after germany's medicines agency declined to approve it for use on the over—65s, citing a lack of trial evidence that it was effective on that age—group. but now, the french president emmanuel macron has offered his backing to the astrazeneca
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vaccine, saying he would gladly have the jab himself. our europe correspondent jean mackenzie reports. none of the queues they planned for. inside, chairs sit empty. belgium's largest vaccination centre finally opened last week, but there's barely a person in sight. they have the capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people a day, but today they say they have only done 200, and in the hour that we've been here, we've seen just one person arrive for their vaccination. no, it is a pity that there are not many people. this afternoon it's very quiet, because there are not enough vaccines at this moment in time. it is quite shocking to arrive and see such a huge vaccination centre, and to see it totally empty. is that not disappointing for you? yes, of course it is, but what do you want me to say? of course it's disappointing, but i cannot do anything about it.
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there has been a shortage of vaccines, but some countries are struggling to roll out the supplies they do have. many have decided not to use the astrazeneca jab on all the people —— older people because of a lack of evidence causing some, including health care workers, to refuse the vaccine. the french president, who initially called the vaccine because i ineffective, defended it. translation: i think it is definitely useful and — i think it is definitely useful and must be administered. my turn _ and must be administered. my turn will— and must be administered. my turn will come. if it were that vaccine — turn will come. if it were that vaccine they offered me, i would _ vaccine they offered me, i would of— vaccine they offered me, i would of course take it. france's _ would of course take it. france's health minister had his jab live on television to drum up support, but some health care workers are unconvinced. i get maybe four, five, six e—mails every day, | of nurses, even medical. doctors, saying they don't want the astrazeneca vaccine, they refuse, | and they want to wait for a better vaccine, i which is a bit strange, - because that's not really based on solid evidence, or science. it's really based on -
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perception and rumours. with more than a million doses of astrazeneca now sitting unused in germany, governments will have to work hard to get rid of doubts. jean mckenzie, bbc news. in the uk, more than 18 million people have had a first vaccine dose, equivalent to one in three adults here. queen elizabeth has spoken for the first time about having it. she urged others to do the same, saying anyone who is nervous should think of others. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. they both had their vaccinations last month, and though the duke is now in hospital being treated for a non—covid infection, the queen, unperturbed, it would seem, by her husband's absence, was earlier this week on a video conference with health officials from across the uk. the vaccination programme had stirred memories. well, having lived in the war, it's very much like that. you know, when everybody had the same idea.
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and i think this has rather sort of inspired that, hasn't it? but how had the queen found her own vaccination? as far as i can make out, it was quite harmless. it was very quick, and i've had lots of letters from people who have been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. and the jab was very, it didn't hurt at all. there was understanding for people who are nervous of the vaccination, but a reminder that everyone has a responsibility to have it. it is obviously difficult for people if they have never had a vaccine, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves. and there was a message to the scientists who developed the vaccines, and all the staff who are administering them. it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done, and so many people have had the vaccine already. so you have to keep up the good work. nicholas witchell, bbc news.
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president biden has held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of 50 million americans against the coronavirus. he said the us was weeks ahead of schedule on the path to immunising 100 million people in his first 100 days in office, a key promise he made before his inauguration. but he also said the real challenge will come when the lines outside vaccine centres have evaporated, and supply outstrips demand. the time is coming, maybe 60 to 90 days, when the supply is adequate and not enough people can access the shot. to address that, we will launch a massive campaign to educate people about vaccines, that they are safe and where to go to get the shots in the first place. in new york city, once the global epicentre of the pandemic, vaccination rates are lowest in the communities where the most people died.
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and now that a new variant of the virus has been discovered in new york, the effort to persuade people to take the vaccine has intensified. but many people have questions about the science. laura trevelyan reports from the bronx. wanda and her niece sadia have very different views on the coronavirus vaccine. i'm still on the fence about taking the vaccine... wanda's trying to get an appointment, while sadia is wary. it usually takes over two years for a vaccine to be made, and it's been, like, how many months and boom, we have a vaccine. so i just feel like it's too fast for me. wanda is hearing this from her niece and many others, but as a community organiser in the bronx, wanda feels a sense of responsibility. i don't want to be a guinea pig but i also have seen more than 500,000 americans have died of this and it's also important that if i do community work and i'm in the community in the front line, that i also set an example.
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the bronx is reeling from the impact of the pandemic. families have lost loved ones and jobs, and after this turbulent year, doctors are finding people have many questions about the vaccine. well, there's a lot of concern about what is this, how is it going to affect me? is this the government's way of doing something to us? so, that's really the main concern that i find amongst patients. the bronx is the new york city borough with the highest coronavirus death rate. black and hispanic new yorkers here died in disproportionate numbers. yet even though the bronx was hardest hit by coronavirus, it's lagging behind when it comes to people getting the vaccine. so, this mass—vaccination centre at the iconic yankee stadium is an attempt to increase vaccination rates among communities of colour. you have to make an appointment online to be vaccinated here, you can'tjust show up. 80—year—old anthony doesn't have a computer and he's been
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turned away eight times. now i have to go all the way back home and explain to whoever. .. that i couldn't get an appointment, and that i got to try again. because so many seniors are having difficulty with online appointments, there's a mobile vaccination unit in the bronx that takes the doses directly to elderly people in public housing. but this week, there was a new problem. why are you not vaccinating today? we don't have the supply, and that's a problem acrossl the entire state and country. there's lack of supply. if we had the supply, - we would be out vaccinating, not only today, every single day in public housing - around the bronx. wanda's also having trouble getting a vaccination appointment, but she's persisting. i'm a big woman! and i also get high blood pressure, and i could get sick any time, and i don't know if i get sick if i'm going to make it. the vaccination effort
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in the bronx is taking time to get going as concern about vaccine safety, difficulty getting appointments and supply problems, a community which has suffered so much is still struggling. laura trevelyan, bbc news, the bronx. the former coach of the us women's gymnastics team has killed himself, hours after being charged with sexual assault and human trafficking. officials say the body ofjohn geddert was found in the afternoon after he failed to surrender himself at the appointed time at a sheriff's office. the charges against the coach include verbal and physical assault, including the alleged sexual assault of a girl aged between thirteen and sixteen. the united nations has called for the urgent rescue of dozens of rohingya refugees, it says, are stranded at sea. they've left refugee camps in bangladesh, where they've been confined after escaping persecution
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in their home country. last year alone, more than 200 rohingya refugees lost their lives this way. 0ur south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan reports. a perilousjourney on the high seas. for months, thousands of rohingya muslims, women and children have risked everything, leaving the refugee camps for a better life in east asia. this footage shows one such journey last year, dozens crammed on board. now, there are fears for 90 others who are stranded in indian waters after their boat's engine failed. we were sent this desperate phone message by an activist who says it's from a refugee. "today five people died," he says in the recording. "people are dying. "if nobody reaches us soon, more will die." these dramatic images from last year show a boat full
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of refugees back on shore, after attempting a similarjourney. they returned dehydrated and malnourished. the head of the united nations in region told me he is calling on india to urgently rescue the boat back to shore. i think already after two weeks exposure in the high seas and this boat has been adrift, i think it is a race against time, and the longer we take, the probability of more loss of life, i think is increasing, by the day, by the hour. for families living in the world's largest refugee camp in bangladesh, it's a heartbreaking wait. thousands of muslims came here in 2017, fleeing persecution in myanmar. now they risk destitution in the camps. this woman's parents saw
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their daughter three weeks ago. she's just 1a. her parents told us they paid more than $400 to a trafficker, hoping she would have a better life in malaysia. they believe she is on the boat which is stranded. translation: | heard . she reached close to india but i don't know whether she is dead or alive. i heard the indian government gave them some food but i hope they save them. if they don't rescue them all, they will die at sea. ..her mother said. this is just the latest struggle for the rohingya. the world's largest stateless population. three years since they fled violence in myanmar in their masses, they're still on the move. and with the ongoing military coup in myanmar, their chances of going home soon are slimmer. the un's calling on the world do more to help them, right now, that means urgently rescuing those stranded at sea.
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rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... the much loved 90s sitcom �*frasier�* is set to get a reboot. we take a look at a few other shows that are set to get a second life. 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
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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... european union leaders have agreed to take steps to speed up the authorisation, production and distribution of covid— 19 vaccines. president biden has held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of 50 million americans against the coronavirus. the pop superstar, lady gaga, is offering half a million dollars as a reward for the return of two dogs, after a gunman shot her
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dog—walker and stole the animals. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes told me the latest. we know that he was shot multiple times in the chest, he was taken to hospital with serious injuries. we haven't actually had an update in the last few hours regarding his condition. some reports suggest that he will survive those gunshot wounds, but clearly, it was a very violent attack by — again, reports vary on this — by one or two people. certainly, he was shot by at least one man who, according to reports, was carrying a semi—automatic handgun, so a violent attack, as you say. one of the dogs managed to escape, but the attackers got away with two of the dogs, which has prompted this reported half $1 million reward from lady gaga for any information, no questions asked, leading to the return of these dogs. we know that she's very, very close to these animals — she's been photographed many, many times.
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she sometimes takes them with her when she is performing. she's actually currently out of the country shooting a movie in rome, but by all accounts is very, very distressed by this. and do we know if the dogs were targeted because it was obvious that they were lady gaga's, or is it the breed itself that's particularly sought after in the us? ., , ~ , the us? that is the key question. _ the us? that is the key question, and - the us? that is the key question, and we - the us? that is the key question, and we don't| the us? that is the key - question, and we don't know the answer to that question. whether these dogs were targeted because they were the dogs of lady gaga or, and what seems more likely because it happened before, that these dogs were targeted because they are french bulldogs. they are very much in demand. they're very much in demand. they're very expensive, anything from two for a puppy. and that's largely because this particular breed is very difficult to breed. artificial insemination is required to get the female pregnant and to deliver the
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puppies, normally a c—section is involved. that's because of the physical characteristics of this particular breed. they've got very wide shoulders and a large head, which means the normal dose is difficult. that all adds to the cost involved, and subsequently, the price tag on a puppy. and subsequently, the price tag on a pum— let's get some of the day's other news. a lawyer for russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, says his client has been moved from a remand centre near moscow, and the authorities will not say where he has been sent. vadim kobzev says the prominent kremlin critic has likely been transferred to a prison camp. a majority of mps in the dutch parliament have supported a proposal to classify china's treatment of its uighur minority as "genocide". the non—binding motion was put forward by the liberal democrat d66 party. the canadian parliament passed a similar motion a few days ago. rights groups say up to a million uighurs and other muslims are held in
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detention facilities in china's xinjiang region. china says the allegations are "completely unfounded". king salman of saudi arabia has held his first telephone conversation withjoe biden since the us president took office. president biden has said he wants to recalibrate relations between the two countries after the close ties of the trump administration, with more emphasis on human rights. the conversation came ahead of the expected publication shortly of a us intelligence report on the murder of the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi, three years ago. during lockdown many if us have been binge—watching tv shows. maybe a new series or perhaps a return to an old favourite? —— many of us. well, fans of the 90s comedy frasier will be celebrating that the series is making a return to the small—screen. and it's not the only classic show being brought back to life. tiffany sweeney reports.
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it seems like it shows from the 90s are making a comeback. it seems like hit shows from the 90s are making a comeback. the latest to return is the comedy series frasier, which will launch on the new streaming platform pa ramount+. american actor kelsey grammer starred as a pedantic psychiatrist with his own radio show, and went on to charm audiences around the world. the series ended 17 years ago, but remains one of america's most successful tv sitcoms — winning 37 emmy awards. every episode is like a tight little farce that was brought around the characteristics by frasier. he was so pompous that he would get himself into all of this trouble. very few details have been released, but the one thing we know for sure is kelsey grammer will reprise the starring role as frasier. reviving 90s tv shows seems to be a growing trend. frasier is following in the footsteps of iconic comedy series sex and the city, which is being brought
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back on hbo max. this time, the revival will only follow three main characters — carrie bradshaw, charlotte york and miranda hobbes — as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s. however, forfans, it won't be a surprise that fourth original cast member kim cattrall will not be returning. the actor's long said that she has no desire to return to the role that won her a golden globe. so, why are shows like frasier and sex and the city being brought back? it's a bit more of a commercial and content decision than an artistic one, and that does worry me. that said, i can't wait to see what they do with it. fans around the world now get excited for some tv nostalgia coming soon. tiffany sweeney, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to variety's chief tv critic, caroline framke, and i asked her whether she's excited about frasier�*s revival. yes and no. it's an exciting
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idea to see what they would do with it and what frasier would be up to now, but as your report said, we don't know whether the rest of the cast will be back. the only actor who's been confirmed as kelsey grammer, and to me, frasier doesn't feel like frasier without the others. why are they doing _ without the others. why are they doing it? _ without the others. why are they doing it? what - without the others. why are they doing it? what your . they doing it? what your understanding of why they're doing it with yellow it's no coincidence that it was announced during cbs�*s big presentation for the launch of paramount plus, especially alongside other revivals such as rug rats and the real world. this isn't a coincidence, this is them trying to get people to sign up for a service that they might not have wanted to before to see a property that they already know they like. it’s to see a property that they already know they like. it's a sure thing. _ already know they like. it's a sure thing, you _ already know they like. it's a sure thing, you mentioned . already know they like. it's a i sure thing, you mentioned the italianjob, one of my
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favourite films. how can you make that better by redoing it? i'm just wondering, are people out of ideas or genuinely something they feel they can improve? something they feel they can im - rove? ~ , improve? well, this time i . uess improve? well, this time i guess they're _ improve? well, this time i guess they're saying - improve? well, this time i guess they're saying it's i guess they're saying it's different because it'll be a ten episode series, so it will have to be different than a movie, but i think at this point, yes. it'sjust more of movie, but i think at this point, yes. it's just more of a sure thing and you see this a lot. all the other streaming services, like peacock doing saved by the bell. have a friend's reunion. these are just things they know people want to tune into, so i don't know if it's necessarily about making it better so much as making it better so much as making it. making it better so much as making it— making it better so much as making it. making it indeed. you touch — making it. making it indeed. you touch on _ making it. making it indeed. you touch on sex _ making it. making it indeed. you touch on sex and - making it. making it indeed. you touch on sex and the . making it. making it indeed. i you touch on sex and the city. frasier is only kelsey grammer that will be in it. how does that will be in it. how does that work? is this a remake, a reboot, a what?—
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reboot, a what? technically, i think we would _ reboot, a what? technically, i think we would call— reboot, a what? technically, i think we would call this - reboot, a what? technically, i think we would call this a - think we would call this a revival. if it was a reboot, it would be an entirely new actor playing frasier. it would be a whole new cast and situation, so technically, i think we can call these revivals.— so technically, i think we can call these revivals. when this as - ect call these revivals. when this asoect of _ call these revivals. when this asoect of the _ call these revivals. when this aspect of the revival, - call these revivals. when this aspect of the revival, do - call these revivals. when this aspect of the revival, do you | aspect of the revival, do you see it, is it going to be successful? i know that's $100 million question, but is this going to be a winner, especially for frasier? so many pans just especially for frasier? so many pansjust adore this especially for frasier? so many pans just adore this programme. right. | pans just adore this programme. right. i think pans just adore this programme. right. ithink it pans just adore this programme. right. i think itjust depends on who you're asking —— so many fans. if you're talking about the fans, i don't know. it depends on who they bring on. i don't think the creative team for this month so far includes any original frasier writers. that will be its own question, whether it gets enough eyeballs for paramount plus, that's different. the television credit being very honest. we have to wait and watch but do let me know
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what you think about the revival of frasier. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ bbc kasia madera. bye— bye. hello there, it's been another mild day across the uk. it's been another mild day across the country those day across the country temperatures about 10 degrees those temperatures about 10 degrees above average. for thursday, it's a fresher day because we have this cold front that works across the country, just bringing a few patches of rain across parts of eastern england. fresherair off rain across parts of eastern england. fresher air off the atlantic. this chart, remember their deep red shows you where their deep red shows you where the air is unusually mild. just a bit above normal without atlantic air. the extreme heat for february really concentrated across europe, and i have to say, there have been many cities across europe that
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have seen record—breaking february temperatures over the last few days. enough about that and onto friday's forecast. high pressure is building from the southwest. it's going to be a cold start to the day were for many of us with patches of frost around. for scotland, a cloudy start with rain. temperature is starting off around 6 degrees here. that rain will clear out of the way. not a great deal going on really weather—wise. temperatures staying at around 10—12 celsius. so, again, we are above average for the time of year. now, as we look at the forecast into this weekend, could see a little weather front, a very weak one just poking into the high pressure. essentially that high pressure stays center smack bang over the top of the british isles. so, again for most of us, no great changes. that weak weather front, that said, could bring an odd spot of rain into scotland and northern england not amounting to much at all and even here, there will probably be quite a few of you that stay completely dry. most of us will have fine weather with further sunshine
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and again temperatures 10—12 celsius, no great changes there. mightjust eek out a 1k towards the south—east of england giving some decent sunshine. perhaps some mist and fog patches to start the day on sunday. sunday is another quiet day weather—wise. the higher pressure still with us. further spells of sunshine in the forecast and those temperatures, not really changing a great deal day by day. 10—12 celsius. well, that's around about three or four celsius above average for this stage of the year. now looking beyond that into the new week, well high into the new week, well, high pressure is still there. however, we've got a bit more troughing coming up from the south and that will probably introduce some thicker cloud from the south, perhaps with a few patches of rain. now, any rain that does manage to fall more likely to be across england and wales will be light and not everyone will see it. it'sjust something to bear in mind. further north you go, northern ireland and scotland, probably northern england,
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you're more likely to stay dry with some further spells of sunshine. but where we do have some thicker cloud, those temperatures coming down a little bit closer to the seasonal norms for the time of year. now, take a look at the jet stream pattern beyond that delving deep into the new week and things still looking very, very blocked really with often ridges in the jet stream working over in the top of the uk. so, it's going to be a quite settled spell of weather. no real cold air around, the coldest air is there in scandinavia diving into west russia, it's nowhere near us. so temperatures staying near and around ten, 11, 12 celsius. so, when i think back to february and all that really cold air, the massive falls of snow that we had, even episodes of very heavy rain. looking at the forecast over the next few days, it's going to be nothing like that. it's going to be very benign and on the mild side of things.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. european union leaders have agreed to take steps to speed up the authorisation, production and distribution of covid— 19 vaccines. european president said member states have to lose their capacity to sequence new variance. capacity to sequence new variance. president biden has held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of fifty million americans against the coronavirus. he said the us was weeks ahead of schedule on the path to immunising one—hundred million people in his first one—hundred days in office. the pop superstar lady gaga offers half a million dollars to get her two french bulldogs back — after a gunman shoots her dog—walker and steals the animals. the handler is being treated in the hospital and is read reportedly recovering well.
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