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Hello, I'm Neil Nunes with the BBC News. The US President-elect Joe Biden has criticized distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, saying it's falling behind the schedule. Under the Trump administration and at the present pace, it would take years to vaccinate the population. Mr. Biden said he planned 1 million vaccinations a day with 100 million shots in the first 100 days of his term, but he warned that the country faces a tough period fighting the pandemic. People getting infected today don't show up in cases for weeks, and those who perish from the disease die weeks after initial exposure. So, we have to anticipate the infections over the holidays will produce soaring cases counts in January and a soaring death tolls in the February. You know, turning this around, it's gonna take time.
The Republican leader of the US Senate Mitch McConnell has proposed a bill which ties increased individual payments in the coronavirus stimulus package to stripping some legal protection from social media companies and the launching of an inquiry into the presidential election. The Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has said the new bill would be rejected by the House, which has already given its approval to raising the payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000.
Large crowds of campaigners both for and against abortion, have gathered outside the Argentinian congress in the capital Buenos Aires as the Senate debates a bill to legalize abortion. It would allow voluntary determinations up to the 14th week and has already been approved by the lower house despite opposition from the influential Roman Catholic Church. This campaign has explained why they oppose the bill. Abortion exists legally or illegally, but I think that this country is going to use it as a means of contraception and that will be a massacre. Things shouldn’t be confused. It's not a matter of religion. In fact, I'm an atheist and this has nothing to do with religion. Life begins a conception. The debate is expected to last several hours. Argentine media say the vote may be tied.
The latest reports from Croatia say an earthquake which struck the center of the country earlier on Tuesday has left at least 7 people dead. The epicenter of the 6.4 magnitude quake was near the town of Petrinja, about 50 kilometers from the capital Zagreb. The Croatian President Zoran Milanovic spoke of the fear of those caught up in the quake. I think it's the biggest blow to people, the fear you feel, shaking above you and around you. What has been destroyed and damaged will be rebuilt. It's a problem. It's a minor problem, in fact. World news from the BBC.
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