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america. no lines and no people at some vaccination centers in europe. have european leaders undermine the confidence of their people in the astrazeneca vaccine? >> i get 4, 5, 6 emails every day from nurses and medical doctor saying they don't want the astrazeneca vaccine. they refuse and want to rip -- want to wait for a better vaccine. laura: as researchers find a new strain of coronavirus in new york city, vaccination rates in the bronx area are lagging as people question the science. bbc learns princess latifa , the missing dubai princess, asked u.k. police to investigate her sister's disappearance two decades ago. she has not been seen in public since. and we report from kenya where farmers are finding creative ways to make money off locusts eating their crops.
welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. as the european union struggles to roll out the coronavirus vaccine, eu leaders met today to talk about how to speed up the process. but the pace is lagging behind that of the u.k. and here in the u.s.. both pfizer and astrazeneca manufacturers have had delays delivering the doses. the u.k. is ahead of european countries by a large margin. around 27 people in every 100 have had the job. over 28 million have been vaccinated, that equates to just six people out of every 100. some european country say there populations are reluctant to take the astrazeneca vaccine after a big row between the country and brussels and because france and germany are not using it on patients over the age of
65 until there is more data. jean mackenzie now reports. reporter: none of the cues they plan for -- inside, chairs sit empty. belgians largest vaccination center finally opened last week but there's barely a person in sight stop they have the capacity to vaccinate 5000 people a day, but today they have only done 200. and in the hour we have been here, we've seen just one person arrive for their vaccination. >> there are not many people in this afternoon it is quiet. >> it is quite shocking to arrive and see such a huge vaccination center and see it totally empty. is that not disappointing to you? >> of course it is disappointing, but i can't do anything about it. reporter: countries are -- countries are struggling after a
very public falling out between the eu and astrazeneca. the british manacturer said it should be able to provide 180 million doses from april but in countries across europe, some people have started to refuse the astrazeneca shot. >> i get 4, 5, six emails every day of nurses and medical doctors saying th don't want the astrazeneca vaccine. they refuse and want to wait for a better vaccine, which is strange because that is not based on solid evidence or scienc it's based on perception and rumors. reporter: mixed messages by governments are partially to blame, with countries like france and germany deciding not to use the vaccine on older people yet. here's a french health minister getting his astrazeneca vaccine live on television in an attempt to draw up support. in germany, hundreds of thousands of vials are sitting unused.
>> we have more astrazeneca now than appointments. reporter:ur people not turning up for their appointments? >> when we have 1000 appointments, may be 50 people say we don't want to have this vaccination. we don't want to have astrazeneca. reporter: data from scotland shows the astrazeneca jab is venting nearly all hospitalizations. >> we want the vaccine to keep people out of the hospital, out of intensive care, keep them from dying. as far as i have seen, all vaccines on the market can do that. reporter: if vaccines are to find their way into enough arms, countries must ramp up their production. these palm trees may offer a taste of the summer to come but at current rates, perhaps not. laura: it's not just the eu
battling with supply and skepticism about the vaccine. here in new york city, vaccines are lowest in the communities where the most people died. now they new variant of the virus has been discovered in new york, the effort to persuade people to take the vaccine has intensified. many have questions about the science as i discovered when reporting from the bro. they have very different views on the coronavirus vaccine. >> reporter: i'm still on the fence. reporter:she's trying to get an appointment. >> it usually takes over two years for a vaccine to be made and it has been how many months and we have a vaccine? i just feel like it is too fast for me. reporter: as a community organizer in the bronx, she feels a sense of responsibility. >> i don't want to be a guinea
pig, but i've also seen how 500,000 americans have died and it's important if i do community work and i am in the community, in the frontlines, that i set an example. reporter: the bronx is reeling from the pandemic. families have lost loved ones and jobs and after this turbulent year, doctors are finding people have many questions about the vaccine. >> there is a lot of concern about what is this, how is it going to affect me, is this the governments way of doing something to us? that's the main concern i find amongst patients. laura: the bronx is the new york city borough what the highest death rates. blacks and hispanics died here in disproportionate numbers. even though the bronx was hardest hit by coronavirus, it is lagging behind when it comes to people getting vaccine. so this mass vaccination center
at the iconic yankee stadium is an attempt to increase vaccination rates among community's of color. you have to make an appointment, you cannot just show up. this man does not have a computer and has been turned away eight times. >> i have to go all the way back home and explain to whomever that i could not get an appointment and i've got to try again. laura: because so many seniors are having difficulty with online appointments, a mobile vaccination unit takes them directly to people in public housing. this week there was a new problem. why are you not vaccinating today? >> we don't have the supply. that's a problem across the entire state and country. if we had the supply, we would be vaccinating not only today but every ngle day in public housing and arou the bronx. laura: she is having trouble,
but she is persisting. >> i'm a big woman and i get high blood pressure. i could get sick any time and i don't know if i get sick if i'm going to make it. laura: the vaccination effort in the bronx is taking time to get going as concern about vaccine safety, difficulty getting appointments and supply problems -- a community that has suffered so much is still struggling. joining us now from omaha is an infectious disease physician at the university of nebraska medical center. think you for joining us. as a physician, how do you persuade people in communities of color who fear they may be experimented on by the government to take the coronavirus vaccine? guest: thank you for having me. it's a really important discussion we need to have with our patients and one of the things i like to emphasize is
the people expressing their concerns or the need for deliberations, they are not a monolith. people have a lot of different reasons why they may be concerned. it's important to address each of the individual concerns as they come up. the way i like to do it is ask folks what are their thoughts about the vaccine, have they given it any thought, then sit back and listen to hear what it is they have to say and ask if they would like to have additional information. may i tell you a little more about this? this is something that is important for us to sit with some of the discomfort as health care professionals that we may feel when our patients tell us they have concerns. laura: now that we are seeing more variants of the virus, including in new york city, is it more crucial than ever people
get vaccinated as it becomes a race between the variants and the vaccine? guest: absolutely. we have seen over the last year how covid-19 has really ravaged the black and brown communities across the united states. we really don't want to see that replicate it self with increasing numbers of people becoming sick from the new variance. it's important for us to get folks vaccinated because the sooner we n get to what we would like to see as herd immunity where more folks are not susceptible to the virus, the sooner we can see that we are protected from the variants here or that may be developed in the future? -- that may be developed in the future. laura: president biden was marking 50 million doses.
but people i talked to are findinit hard to navigate a sign-up system. how do you help that? guest: one of the things we do is talking with our patients while they are in clinic with us and signing people up if they are interested. we help them sign up right away and i think that is something really important for us to do as health care professionals, to reach out to the folks who don't have that kind of access. it is important as we talk about mobile vaccination units not having enough vaccine supply, perhaps the mobile vaccination units can be mobile sign-up units and let's figure out how we can transport people to the vaccine administration sites if we don't have the supply yet and use that to build the momentum to bring those vaccines into the community when the supply
increases. laura: thank you so much for joining us with those suggestions. last week, the desperate plight of princess latifa cause worldwide shock and concern. in secret video messages, she said she was abducted and being held captive by her father who is the ruler of dubai. but now the bbc can reveal another plea, this time raising questions for britain. 20 years ago, her sister also tried to escape but was taken back to dubai. an investigation was closed due to insufficient evidence. the bbc has obtained a letter to cambridge police with a plea to reopen her sister's case. our special correspondent now reports. reporter: the billionaire ruler of dubai and one of the most powerful men in the middle east
-- last week, the bbc released secret recordings of his daughter. in them, she claims he is responsible for her abduction and imprisonment. the messages sparked international concern, but she is not the only daughter who tried to escape. 20 years ago, her sister ran away from the family estate in surrey. >> in 2000, my sister, while she was in holiday in england, she s 18 years old, going on 19. she ran away. so after two months, they found her. reporter: the police launched an investigation but it hit a dead end. the bbc obtained an exclusive letter written by princess latifa in captivity. in it, a plea to reopen her sister's case. she says that she has strong links with england and her
fondest memories oour her time here. we have pieced together the extra nares story. she was a passionate horse writer and loved spending summers at her father's estate in the surrey countryside. >> she liked to push all the boundaries. she was not what you would call a princess. she was full of life and adventure. reporter: she dreamt of going to university but said her father would not allow it. in the summer of 2000, she drove a black range rover to the edge of the estate and ran away. after she escaped, she lived as a free woman for around two months. she then checked into this hotel in cambridge. suddenly, her father's operatives arrived and she was
captured. by 5 a.m. the next warning, she was on a helicopter to northern france were was transferred to a private jet that took her to dubai. on her and forced return to dubai, she was kept locked up for the next eight years and then released from confinement, but her life remains heavily controlled. we spoke to someone who had regular contact with her after she was released. >> she was tranquilized all the time. everything she did was controlled. there was no spark in her anymore. no fight anymore. i understand people cannot get there head around it. they just see some rich girl, but it is not like that at all. it's horrific. reporter: the uae government maintain that they are cherished and adored by their family. they are trying to prove she is alive and well. laura: the mystery of the
missing princess. in other news, in the capital of peru, people are standing in long lines to get oxygen for loved ones infected with coronavirus. it comes as accusations that nearly 500 officials jumped ahead in line to get the vaccine. organizers of this year's olympics in tokyo asked fans not shout or cheer during the torch relay as they set out safety measures they are putting in place. the relay will start in fukushima on the 25th of march and cover all 47 of japan's regions before arriving at the olympic stadium on the 23rd of july. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come -- as rohingya refugees displaced from emr, some make dangerous crossings like this -- the u.n. calls on india to rescue them.
the prime minister of armenia is taking to the streets of the capital together supporters after accusing the military of an attempted coup. our correspondent has more on the story. reporter: the prime minister address thousands of supporters who gathered. it follows a statement signed by dozens of army generals on ursday urging the prime minister and his cabinet to resign. the reaction was that he decided to fe the chief of general staff of the armenian armed forces. all of this opposition stems from the fact that armenia was defeated in a recent war with neighboring azerbaijan. he insists that he still enjoys the popular support of the armenian public and said it was ultimately down to the nation of
armenia to decide his fate. laura: the united nations is calling for dozens of rohingya refugees to be rescued. they escaped refugee camps in bangladesh where they were confined after fleeing persecution in their home nation of myanmar. last year alone, more than 200 rohingya lost their life this way. our correspondent now reports. reporter: a perilous journey on the high seas. for months, thousands of rohingya muslims risked everything, leaving refugee camps in bangladesh for a better life in southeast asia. this footage shows one such journey last year. dozens climbed on board and now there are fears for 90 others stranded in indian waters after their boats engine failed.
we were sent this aspirate phone message by an activist who says it is from a refugee. today, five people died, he said . people are dying. if no one reaches us soon, more will die. these dramatic images show a boat full of rohingyaefugees back on shore after attempting a similar journey. they returned dehydrated and malnourished. indian authorities say without provided food and they are now in talks about repatriating them. but head of the u.n. said they need to be urgently rescued. >> i think after two weeks of exposure on the high seas, it is a race against time and the longer we take, the probability of more loss-of-life is increasing by the day, by the
hour. reporter: for families living in thelds largest refugee camp in bangladesh, it is heartbreaking. thousands came here in 2017 to a fleeing persecution in neighboring myanmar. now, they are escaping destitution in these camps. her parents last saw their daughter three weeks ago. she is just 14. her parents told us they paid more than $400 to a trafficker hoping she would have a better life in malaysia. they believe she'on the boat which is stranded. i heard she reached close to india but i don't know whether she is dead or alive stop 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. i'm upset. this is just the latest struggle
for the world's largest stateless population. three years since they fled violence in their masses, they are still on the mov with the ongoing coup in myanmar, their chances of going home soon are even slimmer. the u.n. is calling on the world to do more to help them. that means urgently rescuing those stranded at sea. laura: from southeast asia to africa now where are swarms of locusts devoured crops and land. there's a debate on how to deal with the swarm. could they be treated not just as pests but as profit? our senia africa correspondent has more from africa. reporter: the locusts are back -- swarms with billions of tiny insects are once again eating
their way across east africa. >> they are so terrible. they want to destroy our beans and i don't know what we are going to do now. laura: this time, the farmers may have more than pots and pans to defend themselves. >> once they are caught, they are processed to make animal feed. reporter: they took the swarm so they could be sprayed and now he is working with an organization to turn them from past to profit. we joined them as they tracked a swarm in central kenya. during the day, catching them it's almost impossible.
how easy is it to track them? >> it's a nightmare. it is really difficult to track a moving swarm. reporter: but once night falls, the locusts route and the work begins. rakes, nets and patience is reired to get a good harvest. at the end of each night, the locusts are weighed and harvesters get 50 shillings. the locusts are crust -- are crusd, dried, and turned into animal feed. >> it is animal feed for fish, poultry, the most expensive part . reporter: they have already
harvested 2.2 tons of locusts. but this is only a tiny fraction of the total locust population. it is may be easing the pain for some suffering but it will not solve the problem. laura: very inventive. before we go, some elephants in britain could be helping to save their relatives in the wild. researchers made the world's largest collection ofhermal images of elephants, used to train cameras to recognize what they look like from the heat they give off. it is hoped that they can use to avoid -- use it to avoid conflicts with humans narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, the fight for 15-- debate continues on raising the federal minimum wage as income inequality in the u.s. grows ever wider. then, getting the vaccine-- we look at the reasons why many health workers remain hesitant to receive covid inoculations. and, disconnected-- amid the pandemic, millions of students with limited broadband access are at risk of falling further behind. >> until the internet is looked upon not as a luxury, but as a need. we're going to always have this gap. and it's unfortunate that this is dividing us in a country that is already divided. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's n