每日新闻播报(May 26)

A Chinese national receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Bankok, Thailand May 20, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>500M vaccine doses administered

More than 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday. A total of 510.86 million doses had been administered in the country, according to the commission.

The pace of inoculations has accelerated after fresh locally-transmitted cases were reported in several places across China since May 13.

China is now capable of administering over 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines per day, the commission said.

Delegates attend the 74th WHA via video link in Beijing, China, May 24, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Taiwan denied access to observer role

The 74th World Health Assembly, or approved on Monday a recommendation by its general committee not to include the proposal by a few countries for China's Taiwan to be an observer in the WHA agenda.

Chen Xu, China's permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland, said Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and the Taiwan-related proposal is in violation of the purposes and principles of the UN charter, runs against the WHO's constitution and the assembly's rules of procedure, and is illegal and invalid.

The Taiwan region's participation in the assembly must be handled in accordance with the one-China principle and through cross-Straits consultations, he stressed.

A woman wearing a protective face mask is seen at the arrival gate of the international flight terminal at Tokyo International Airport, commonly know as Haneda airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan Dec 28, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>US warns against travel to Japan

The US warned its citizens Monday not to travel to Olympic host Japan, citing the growing risk of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Asian nation, just two months before the Games begin.

The warning came in a travel advisory issued by the State Department as Japan, which has been criticized for its slow inoculation rate, opened its first mass vaccination centers in a push ahead of the Olympics, which were postponed last year due to the pandemic.

Just 2 percent of the country's population of 125 million has been fully vaccinated, so far.

Flowers, candles and photos are seen in commemoration of Princess Diana in Paris, France, Aug. 31, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

>BBC's deceit over Diana interview

The BBC Board on Monday announced a review of the corporation's editorial and whistle-blowing policies amid mounting pressure following an inquiry into the BBC's 1995 interview with the UK's Diana, Princess of Wales.

The BBC said it accepted the inquiry report, which said the BBC fell short of "high standards of integrity and transparency" over its interview with Diana.

The board said in its statement that it hoped to ensure the "mistakes of the past" could not be repeated.

The report published last week by an independent inquiry led by John Dyson, a retired senior judge, found that former BBC reporter Martin Bashir had acted in a "deceitful" way and faked documents to obtain the interview while the BBC's own internal probe in 1996 into what happened was "woefully ineffective", the inquiry said.

The inquiry found Bashir mocked up fake bank statements that falsely suggested individuals were being paid for keeping the princess under surveillance.

He later showed the fake documents to Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, to gain his trust to gain access to Diana and persuade her to agree to give the interview.

British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the report "reveals damning failings at the heart of the BBC" and he will "consider whether further governance reforms are needed".

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