President Biden pledges 500m more vaccines to developing world
President Joe Biden made the pledge at a virtual Covid-19 summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, promising an "arsenal of vaccines". The additional jabs will see the total US commitment on vaccine sharing exceed one billion jabs. We'll hear from Lily Caprani, head of Advocacy for Health at UNICEF, Peter Maybarduk at the not-for-profit consumer advocacy organisation Public Citizen, as well as Thomas Cueni, Director General at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. Also in the programme: after Canada's most expensive federal election in history, the electoral map is largely unchanged. Guest Takara Small with CBC talks us through the agenda of the new government. Lebanon’s inflation rate has become the highest in the world, according to the latest figures from the Lebanon Central Administration of Statistics. Tala Ramadan, a journalist in Beirut, explains how ordinary people in Lebanon are trying to get by, as fuel, food and internet connection become ever more scarce. A multi-billion dollar project to build a new electric train line to link Egypt's Red Sea and Mediterranean coasts, due for completion in 2027, is being described as the Suez Canal on rails. Plus, the east African nation of Kenya has become the first market in which video streaming platform Netflix has launched a free service, in a bid to persuade people to sign up to a full subscription.
All through the show we'll be joined by Takara Small with CBC in Toronto, and Lien Hoang with Nikkei Asia in Saigon.
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President Biden calls for unity in United Nations address
At the 76th General Assembly in New York, President Biden urged global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and climate change. He pledged to double US climate finance for developing countries by 2024, while China says it will stop financing coal plants abroad. But are these gestures, or real steps towards climate change? We ask Michael McFaul, professor of political science at Stanford University.
There's been widespread fallout across Europe from rapidly rising energy prices. The BBC's Ed Butler considers the consequences for business and the food industry, and examines Russia's role in the whole affair.
The US sports betting company DraftKings has made an offer reportedly worth $20 billion for the UK-based betting group Entain. We examine the significance of the offer with Alice Hancock, leisure industries reporter with the Financial Times.
Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Jyoti Malhotra, senior consulting editor at The Print website in Delhi, and by Sarah Birke, the Economist’s bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, who's in Mexico City.
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US lifts Covid travel ban for vaccinated passengers from the UK and EU
Travellers will be admitted into the US from November, subject to testing and contact tracing. The announcement comes after a year of tough restrictions. We speak to Todd Knoop, professor of business and economics at Cornell College in Iowa, about the significance of the change.
The Dow Jones index fell 1.7% on Monday over fears that the Chinese property developer Evergrande is struggling to repay its debts, which could impact big banks. Our correspondent Michelle Fleury explains the story.
More and more countries are abolishing the death penalty. In the US, President Biden has promised to pass legislation at a federal level to eliminate it. Those campaigning for its abolition have found an ally in the business community. We speak to Celia Ouellette, CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice, and Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records, who has long campaigned for the wrongfully convicted.
Jamie Robertson is joined throughout the programme by Michelle Jamrisko, senior Asia economy reporter at Bloomberg in Singapore, and by Peter Morici, economist at the University of Maryland, who's in Washington DC.
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France is recalling its ambassadors from the US and Australia
France is recalling its ambassadors from the US and Australia for consultations in protest after Australia abruptly ended a submarine contract in order to sign a new deal with the US and UK. The security deal is widely seen as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea. Also the Russian election gets underway Google and Apple have removed a tactical voting app. Opposition activists have accused the tech giants of bowing to pressure from the Kremlin. We get reaction to the move from Leonid Volkov, who ran jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's campaign in 2018. Plus the international traffic light system is being simplified in England, with double-vaccinated travellers no longer forced to take Covid's pre-departure tests from October. But will this help revive a flagrant travel industry in England? Travel writer Simon Calder tells us more. Plus the BBC's Rebecca Kesby finds out how scientists are using genetic material from wild plants to make agricultural crops more resilient to climate change.
Throughout the programme Rahul Tandon is joined by Karen Percy a journalist based in Melbourne.
Produced by Philippa Goodrich
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UN secretary general climate change warning
The UN secretary general has warned that greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is rising relentlessly after a short dip during the pandemic. Antonio Guterres said he was alarmed how far the world was off course in tackling climate change. We speak to Barbara Davidson from Carbon Tracker who published a report that found many companies do not include their climate impact in their financial statements. And the BBC's Fergus Nicoll explores the prospects for deep sea mining to access metals required in the production of batteries. Gerard Barron is chief executive of The Metals Company which aims to exploit polymetallic nodules, found on the seabed off southern Mexico, and recently listed on the NASDAQ. Michael Lodge is secretary general of the International Seabed Authority, and explains the rules around commercial exploitation of such resources. And we hear about the environmental issues involved from Dr Kirsten Thompson, lecturer in biosciences at the University of Exeter. Plus showbiz reporter Beverly Lyons tells us why Elton John has delayed his UK and European tour until 2023. Rahul Tandon is joined by Patrick Barta from the Wall Street Journal in Thailand and Vonshay Sharpe, president of the Women's Institute for Science, Equity, and Race (WISER) in the US.
Produced by Philippa Goodrich
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