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The World Health Organisation has granted emergency-use status to a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s state-owned drug maker, Sinopharm.
It allows countries to authorise their own safety clearance for the two-shot vaccine. Sinopharm’s drug is one of the two main Chinese vaccines that have already been delivered to hundreds of millions of people in China. The WTO has now backed six coronavirus vaccines; Sinopharm’s is the first by a non-Western country.
Also on the programme: we hear from the Rio de Janeiro favela where a deadly police operation took place; and the Chinese rocket part that’s hurtling back towards earth this weekend
(Picture: Vaccination against COVID-19, Credit: EPA)
India's Supreme Court has ordered the government to increase oxygen supplies to Delhi and Karnataka, as the crisis rages on. We’ll hear how rickshaws in Delhi are being turned into makeshift ambulances.
Also on the programme: The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a resounding victory in its first electoral test since Brexit; and China says a rocket rocket that is plunging back to Earth is very unlikely to cause any harm.
(Picture: Coronavirus testing in India, Credit: Reuters)
The World Trade Organization has urged member states to start negotiations in earnest on proposals to temporarily waive international patent protections for coronavirus vaccines. We hear from its Director-General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Also on the programme: a police shoot-out in Rio leaves 25 people dead; and the government in Malawi orders thousands of refugees to move back to a single refugee camp, however long they've been in the country.
(Picture: COVID-19 vaccinations at a Sikh Gurudwara in Mississauga, Ontario Credit: Reuters/Carlos Osorio)
The US Secretary of State has urged Russia to end what he called its reckless and aggressive actions towards Ukraine. Antony Blinken was speaking after talks in Kyiv with the Ukrainian president. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Blinken said the Biden administration "would prefer a more stable and predictable relationship".
Also in the programme: The EU says it is prepared to discuss waiving patent protection on coronavirus vaccines, after Washington backed the move; and how will Afghan women's health be affected by a lack of donor funding?
(Image: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media during a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/Pool via REUTERS)
Facebook's oversight board has upheld the company's decision to suspend Donald Trump's account following posts he made during the attack on the US Congress by his supporters in January.
Also in the programme: President Emmanuel Macron has laid a wreath at the tomb of Napoleon, to mark the two- hundred years since his death. And Anuna de Wever is a 19 year old Belgian activist but already a veteran of inspiring international protests.
(Photo: Donald Trump. Credit: Getty Images)
The G7 meeting of foreign ministers looks at new ways to ensure fairer access to vaccine stockpiles and increase support for the global vaccine distribution scheme, Covax. Meanwhile, India's delegation at the meeting in London is self-isolating after two members tested positive for coronavirus.
Also in the programme: opponents of Myanmar's military government say they are forming an armed force to protect their supporters and eventually replace the army; and the Facebook Oversight Board upholds ban on former President Trump's Facebook account.
(Picture: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (L) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the G7 meeting. Credit: EPA/Andy Rain)