tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto CNN February 24, 2021 7:00am-8:00am PST
good morning everyone. johnson & johnson covid-19 vaccine. this would be the third approved for use in-this country. the agency refeeling this morning that the single dose va- is more than 66% effective against moderate to severe illness and meets the requirements for what's known as emergency use authorization. once authorized, possibly as soon as next week, johnson & johnson will join pfizer and moderna as the third vaccine now available to millions of americans. the three vaccine makers have committed to a combined --
listen to this figure -- 240 million doses by the end of next month. this is enormous progress, poppy. >> huge progress. it's great news. all this comes amid stunning news in the sports world, golf legend tiger woods is awake and responsive and recovering. that is the word this morning following this terrifying rollover crash in southern california. he needed a lengthy emergency surgery to fix multiple injuries in his right leg which included inserting a rod, screws and glad hs okay. let's begin with the primary care doctor, executive director of health justice w. it's great to have you on all these fronts. we have to start with the j. and j. news. what's your reaction? >> thank you for having me on.
it's incredibly exciting news. we're going to have potentially a third option, and not just a third option but one that is a single dose that doesn't have the same storage requirements as the pfizer and moderna vaccines. this vaccine can be stored for three months at normal refrigerated temperatures. the data looks encouraging. it's safe and efficacious and i think this will help to accelerate the vaccine rollout. >> tell us how quickly we see the effect of that. the country is doing a decent job with the two other vaccines. hiccups in the second doses, interruptions with the big winter storms. but by adding in one that is a one dose that doesn't require the same kind of storage, how much of a difference does it make in terms of making the vaccine widely available in this country? could it move up the summertime lines we've been talking about? >> i think initially the
estimation is that it will be 2 million to 4 million doses initially released, and then i think 100 million more in the next few months. so i think it will take some time before we actually see johnson & johnson having an effect on the pace of the rollout. but i think irt will get us to be in terms of getting most of the public vaccinated, hopefully by the summer or early fall. that would be so great. dr. blackstock, even when there's enough vaccine or when we get to the day where vaccine exceeds demand, you've got the equity issue. you have so focused on this, and rightly so. there's a new analysis that shows the allocation of vaccine to be more nuanced to improve equity. you wrote about it recently, just a few days ago in "the washington post." you suggested and argue that black americans should face a lower cutoff age for the
vaccine. can you explain how that would work and how it would increase real equity? >> the other dr. blackstock and i felt really compelled to write this op-ed to call attention to the fact that the fixed-age cutoffs that have been part of the vaccine rollout -- for instance, prioritizing people age 75 and older, don't take into account the reduced life expectancy of black americans. we saw in data that was released last week that overall there was a decline in life expectancy among americans, but that decline was greatest among black americans. it also for the first time in two decades led to widening of the difference in the life expectancy between black and white americans. and we felt really strongly that sort of the disproportionate toll of the pandemic on black americans as well as the effects of structural racism call for
black americans to have a lower vaccine cutoff because often we are getting underlying conditions at much earlier ages than our white american counterparts. >> dr. michael osterholm, he and his colleagues are calling for delaying a second vaccine dose for pfizer and moderna that require the second doses in order to get more people to have at least some coverage and protection now. i wonder, given now the addition of j&j's option, is that something you support? get it out as much as possible, some immunity, and worry about the second doses later? >> i think there's more and more emerging data as the days pass on that lengthening the duration doesn't appear to impact out.com. so it looks like there's a great deal of protection that people receive from the first dose, as
high as 70%, i believe, for pfizer, and that that protection is boosted by the second dose. in situations where there's a reduced supply like we have right now, at least in england, this is a real world case study, showing that delays actually -- and prioritizing, vaccinating people with the first dose appears to be working. >> so good to have you. thank you for what you and your sister and fellow dr. wrote in "the washington post." it's really important. thanks for coming on the show. >> thanks so much. this morning tiger woods is recovering at a los angeles hospital. he is awake, we hear. he's responsive. this follows the emergency surgery for what doctors called significant orthopedic injuries to his leg. >> dan simon joins us now from the site of the crash. first, though, josh campbell outside the ucla medical center. what's the next steps? are there more operations to
come? how long is the recovery expected to be? >> reporter: we're waiting for additional details. we learned after the violent rollover crash yesterday he was brought here to this level one trauma center. authorities determined his condition was severe enough, they wanted to bring him here to this enhanced facility. we're told he underwent emergency surgery upon arrival. currently being described as awake, responsive, and recovering. of course, that was much different from yesterday. authorities say they actually had to insert a rod to stabilize the bones in his right leg. they also had to insert ask yous and pins in order to stabilize his right foot and ankle bones. serious injury there. the world of sport is watching. this could have been a lot worse, that in the words of the sheriff who says when you look at the location where the accident took place, it's nothing short of a miracle that he didn't end up in a fatality. nevertheless, those serious injuries requiring hospitalization. he's here resting and recovering
at this hour. we're waiting to hear what his prognosis will be, whether this will be a long-term type recovery where he remains in this hospital. he doesn't live here in los angeles. but we're waiting to hear those details from officials as they update us. >> okay. we're hoping for the best for sure. dan simon, let's go to you. you're at the site of the crash where this all happened. the investigators say he's lucky to be alive this morning. >> no question about it, poppy. the accident literally happened 24 hours ago, just after 7:00 a.m. loekal time when woods sat in that vehicle basically motionless, unable to get out on his own. we know firefighters used an axe, breaking the windshield and putting him on the backboard, rushing him to the hospital. the question remains how and why did tiger woods lose control of that suv. we know from the sheriff that he was speeding. exactly how fast he was going we don't know. that, of course, will be part of
the investigation. investigators, once tiger woods is able, they'll want to talk to him. perhaps they'll be able to speak to him in the hospital. we're told he is um and alert. so perhaps he might be able to offer a recollection in terms of what ultimately happened. i tell you what, driving down this roadway, you can understand why this is a perilous roadway. we're told that accidents here are not uncommon. what you don't fully appreciate in terms of seeing the images on television is how steep this roadway is. if you're traveling at a high rate of speed and you get distracted in some fashion, it's easy to understand how an accident could occur. we're told tiger woods hit the median, hit a curb, the car rolling several times before landing about 30 feet off the roadway. poppy and jim. >> goodness. very lucky indeed. josh campbell and dan simon, thanks to both of you. what do tiger woods' injuries mean for his future in
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. not one but two confirmation votes on neera tanden's budget director nomination are now on hold. both the senate budget and homeland security committees made that decision just this morning. a senate homeland security committee official said it postponed its vote because senators want more time to consider the nomination. poppy, i imagine there's a little horse trading going on as well. >> let's find out more from our colleague lauren fox on the hill this morning. they knew it would be tough to get tanden through. i wonder what does this signal, that it's going to be dead or that they're going to make it? >> reporter: well, it certainly signals this nomination is in serious jeopardy. we've known that since friday when senator joe manchin, a democratic from the state of west virginia announced he would not support tanden's nomination. without all the democrats united, they needed to find some republican to cover that vote. essentially they have been looking towards senator lisa murkowski, a republican from alaska who has not said whether
or not she'd support tanden or not. i think it's significant these hearing markups were postponed in part because of who serves on the committee. the homeland security commit includes kyrsten sinema, a conservative democratic who has nod said whether or not she would support tanden. when they talk about members needing more time, that's the member that they perhaps are talking about. we are also, of course, looking at the senate budget committee. that is chaired by senator bernie sanders, an independent from the state of vermont, who also has not said whether or not he would support tanden. certainly her nomination in trouble this morning. the white house saying they will continue to back her. time is running out here. >> two other cabinet nominees, confirmation hearings today. they've got a tight path as well. >> reporter: that's exactly right. that's the name of the game right now up here. you have a tight path if you are one of biden's nominees because
of that 50/50 senate. you have to hold all the democrats together, and we have two nominees, javier becerra for hhs secretary as well as deb haaland to lead the department of interior. mitt romney voted for several other biden nominees for cabinet jobs. i think one of the things to keep an eye on are what do democrats like manchin and sinema think? manchin is a chairman of the energy committee, also a member that is perhaps the most pro energy when it comes to things like coal and fossil fuels, given he comes from the state of west virginia. that could be a problem for haaland, someone who has supported policies like the green new deal. much more progressive on energy policy. we'll be watching what manchin says about her nomination. he told me yesterday he thought
she was doing fine in her committee questioning. but republicans arguing they felt she did not answer some of their questions directly enough. jim and poppy. >> deb haaland would be the first native american cabinet secretary, no small thing there. lauren fox, thanks so much. let's go to the white house now. cnn white house correspondent john harwood. the thinking of tanden is interesting. you might imagine the administration -- particularly look at manchin's vote. is he showing a little independence by opposing her so he could go all in on the $1.9 trillion stum lus, would it make sense for the white house to make that trade? >> reporter: well, i think they do not intend to make that trade if they don't have to. joe manchin has made the trade himself. it does give him more space to support that covid-19 relief plan. i think the white house is waiting to see whether it's possible that lisa murkowski could support this nominee, just as joe manchin changed the onus
for republican senators. before joe manchin declared, the white house believed neera tanden had one or more republican votes. it becomes more difficult for a republican to vote for her if that's going to be the decisive vote. by the same token, if the nominee can get a republican vote, murkowski, it becomes more difficult for someone like kirsten sen ma or bernie sanders to be the decisive vote. everyone is waiting to feel it out and see if it's possible to get murkowski. if not, obviously the nomination is doomed. we're not quite at that point yet. >> john, that's a great point. you've got two or cabinet nominees, but you've got javier becerra in terms of the hhs pick and deb haaland for interior. i wonder if you have a sense for how the white house is feeling on this front given the criticism of them, what romney has brault up in the last 24
hours. is there a confidence they're going to eke through these committees? >> reporter: yes, the white house is confident both knows nominees, haaland and becerra will make it. the flash points for them are not anything about personal conduct. republicans are complaining about neera tanden's mean tweets. in the case of haaland and becerra they're focusing on policy differences that are fundamental between the two parties, abortion in the case of becerra and climate and fossil fuels in the case of haaland. there are no democratic nominees for hhs or interior who are going to be anti-abortion or pro fossil fuel. that's simply not going to happen. >> that's a good point. >> >> reporter: so if you have a straightforward policy disagreement, it becomes more likely the democrats will be able to hold together and the republican objections from mitt romney don't matter. until you get a declared democratic member of the senate coming out for either one of
those, presumptively, they are favored to get confirmed. but we haven't seen that yet. >> right, and they don't know what joe manchin is going to do on those two either. >> reporter: that's right. they're waiting. the upset will be if he comes out against either of those. >> john, great reporting as always. also this week on capitol hill, a big vote on a big bill, a $1.9 trillion bill, the covid relief bill that's going to take place this week. >> house votes friday. millions of struggling americans say they desperately need that money. ma knew raju joins us now. ma knew, democrats don't need republicans to pass this, don't need a single vote. do the democrats have their caucus in line on this? >> it seems that way. house majority leader steny hoyer says he doesn't expect any democratic defections and they can't aftford any given how narrow the house majority is at the moment.
republican opposition is stiffens as well. in a closed door meeting that just happened this meeting, i'm told from multiple members at the meeting that one republican member after the other railed on this bill. they started to go after the size, the scope, they believe it's not focused. they believe this is going to be a message that the party will unify behind after months of being engaged in a bitter battle against the elections. now they see something as the leadership does as to get their party dehind. in a sign that there won't be republican defection, tom reed who co-chairs the bipartisan problem solvers caucus told me moments ago there's so many issues with the bill, that the popularity of it is going to wear off. so their belief, the republicans are calculating, that despite its popularity, ultimately they're going to go after other things they don't believe should be in the bill. the democrats say this bill is popular because people needed 1,4000 stimulus payments. as you can see, an extension in
jobless benefits, money for child care, schools, vaccine distribution. both sides making different political calculations about what the american public needs at this moment, set for friday for house passage. the question will be can the 50/50 senate move this bill for ward? if no republicans vote for it, which we're not expecting, they'll need all 50 democrats to advance it. that still remains a question. >> another place joe manchin has a lot of power. it's been interesting to watch the full-court press, the rob portman op-ed about why they think this bill isn't the right one. before you go, mike pence, the vice president who was in clear danger during the capitol insurrection and the president not looking out for his well-being has made up with president trump and fully behind him again. >> behind closed doors, mike pence met with a group of house conservatives. the message is that he and donald trump are in a good
place. he said they've been talking together, he talked fondly about their relationship. suggested nothing has been different now than in the last four years. he expressed no ill will towards donald trump about what happened on january 6th, even trump tweeting attacks against mike pence as the pro trump mop came looking for mike pence, putting his life in danger. he's not telling his colleagues and allies he has any concerns with donald trump. i'm told from the people who attended that meeting that pence plans to put together an organization, a political organization to defend the trump-pence record. we'll see the -- still the pull that donald trump has on his party, including his former vice president. >> i'm curious if the president issued any words of apology to him for those comments and attacks. it would be interesting to know. >> doesn't seem that way. >> thank you, manu, for the reporting. tiger woods recovering, thank goodness, after suffering what doctors are calling significant injuries to his right leg and ankle.
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orthopedic trauma specialists say they inserted a rod into his right leg to stabilize those two lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula. >> they also used screws and pins to stabilize the foot and the ankle bones and relieved pressure to his leg's muscle and soft tissue by surgery releasing the covering of the muscle. what does this all mean? we don't know, but dr. scott boden certainly does. you live and breathe this stuff. this is what you do as the professor and chair at the department of orthopedics at emery school of medicine. thank you, doctor, for being here. all of the stuff jim and i described to the viewer, can you help us understand what that means about the seriousness of his injury and any potential comeback athletically? >> absolutely. first of all, what we know from the public reporting is that he broke the lower part of his leg, the tibia and fibula bones, and he broke them potentially in two
places. so i can show you on this model that right below the knee, you can see the big bone which is the tibia, and the fibula is the small bone. we're assuming he broke both of those bones somewhere below the knee. again, those two bones are also near the ankle and the foot. so here again is the big bone and the small bone. there may have been a second break there. one of the reasons he probably had emergency surgery was because it was a compound fracture, meaning there was a break in the skin. that means there's an increased risk of infection if the fracture isn't washed out quickly. it also means there's a little higher chance that the bone won't heal in the normal time frame. another indication that this is potentially a more serious injury is the part about having to release the covering of the muscle. as you can see on this little model of the ankle and the foot, the muscles here, each of these muscle compartments has a thin lining on it called the fascia.
when there's a big injury in the muscle compartment, pressure can build up that can affect the nerves and the blood vessels. they release the pressure in those muscle compartments to try to prevent some of the downstream further damage that can occur from too much pressure building up. that sometimes is going to need skin grafting and other subsequent informations depending on how much swelling he had in the area. >> dr. boden, you're not his doctor, not in the room, but speaking in generalities here. based on your experience, when you see injuries like this, what is the general recovery hopes? one, just for simple things, walking around, that sort of thing. but this is a high-level athlete. it's a difficult recovery at that standard as well. >> for an elite athlete like tiger, he's got as good a chance from coming back from this as anybody does.
we know never to count tiger out from a recovery. i think one of the things that we don't know yet is whether the joint surfaces and the cartilage that line those joints in the ankle have been affected. that's one of the things that potentially doesn't heal as well and could slow or limit his recovery and/or motion and pain, and we just don't have enough information at this point. but from what we know just from a tibia and fibular fracture with rodding, generally the recovery from that should be really good. it's really the soft tissues and what's going on in the foot and ankle that we don't quite have enough information about just yet. >> finally, doctor, when would his doctors know that? are we talking about months out and physical therapy and all that until you can really determine? >> well, if the fractures do not involve the joint surfaces, they probably know that now by looking at the x-raies.
if they do involve the joint services, it's a matter 067 watching and waiting and seeing how things heal and getting back motion as quickly as possible. we don't have a lot of information about the ankle and the foot fractures just yet. that's going to be one of the -- >> i know that's something they'll be assessing over time. good to have your expertise here to help us understand the broader picture, dr. scott boden, thanks very much. >> thank you. happening now, president biden's pick to lead the cia is facing lawmakers on capitol hill. we'll have a live update on his confirmation hearing. that's bill burns next.
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vaccine has become one of the world's most pre ordered ones. this is according to figures from the russia direct investment fund. at least 30 countries have signed contracts for 2.5 billion doses so far, jim. >> is it reliable? cnn's matthew chance gained exclusive access to russia's vaccine factory. he was even able to get a shot himself. >> reporter: the site was once a cold war biological weapons center, secret, remote and closed. but cnn has gained exclusive access to the high-tech facility where russia now makes sputnik v. it's controversial but effective covid-19 vaccine. >> the next important part is to get the extra pure, clean and sterile water. >> reporter: every step in the large-scale process had to be carefully calibrated, the chief scientist tells me.
delaying mass production of sputnik v approved in august until now. >> have you already made that step? are you already now producing millions of doses every month? >> yes. we are producing several millions of vaccines every month, and we're hoping soon to get even higher amount, maybe like 10 or 20 million per month. >> reporter: with those numbers, russian officials now say any healthy adult here who wants sputnik v can have it, opening pop-up clinics like this one in a moscow mall, encouraging shoppers to get vaccinated, offering a free ice cream with every jab to sweeten the deal. even the secretive russian lab that pioneered sputnik v has opened its doors, offering the vaccine directly, as it were, from the source. >> i'm rolling up. i'm not that nervous about
having the russian vaccine because it's had large-scale clinical trials and been peer reviewed in a major journal, and it's been found to be very safe and 91.6% effective which is very good. anyway, it's too late now because it's been done. the interesting thing, though, is the fact i can get a vaccine here in russia at all given i'm not in a vulnerable category. the fact is, a country with one of the world's highest numbers of covid-19 infections also has one of its highest vaccine hesitancy rates, fewer than 40% willing to have the jab according to one recent opinion poll. you'd think vladimir putin would step forward to allay public fears. unlike many world leaders, the russian president has yet to take the plunge. the kremlin says it will announce when a presidential vaccination takes place.
but in a country that looks to its strong man for the lead, his vaccine hesitancy is doing nothing to bolster confidence. >> -- vaccine stored before being distributed to the patient. >> reporter: this is how they're distributed. how many doses in this box? >> still more than 50 countries have ordered sputnik v according to russia sovereign wealth fund. russians may still be shunning the va vaccine. global demand for sputnik v continues to surge. matthew chance, cnn moscow. >> big indications for soft power there. right now president biden's pick to head the cia, ambassador william burns is facing questions during his confirmation on capitol hill. >> that's right. if he is confirmed, and it's expected he will be, he'll the
first career diplomat to take over at a time of escalating threats from china, iran and russia. it's interesting, from the reagan administration to the obama administration, it seems like this should be pretty easy confirmation. what is key about him? >> reporter: unlike some of president biden's other nominees, ambassador burns is expected to sail through, deeply respected diplomat who served more than three decades in the foreign service, just introduced by former secretary of state james baker. he finished his opening statement moments ago, about to start being questioned by members of the senate intelligence committee. in the opening statement, he singled out china as what he called the biggest geopolitical test for the united states, and for the cia he says that means intense focus and urgency on china. he talks about the need to
maintain a technological edge, particularly in cyber. he talks about the need to support and bolster the cia workforce. finally, he'll focus on key partnerships, including the director of national intelligence as well as 17 other intelligence agencies, as well as, on top of all that, key partners. there's no doubt he's diply respected as a diplomat. the question now is how a seasoned diplomat will run a massive intelligence agency, jim and poppy. >> and an agency that was the target of the last sitting president. we're nearly 2 1/2 years out from the brutal murder of journalist and washington post columnist jamal khoshoggi. we might as soon as tomorrow have declassified u.s. intel assessment of who is responsible. what do you know? >> reporter: long awaited, unclassified assessment. this was written into law, something ignored by the trump
administration, something the biden administration and the director of national intelligence said she would put out soon. now, we are learning, my colleague zach cohen and are are told by multiple sources that could come as soon as tomorrow. the big question is whether there is a smoking gun that will solidly tie the crowned prince, mohammed bin salman, to the murder of khoshoggi. you'll remember africa shogi was killed, the cia assessed that mbs ordered the killing. the u.n. later found it was inconceivable this sophisticated plot could have gone off without mbs's knowledge. the big question is what evidence will be presented about who was behind the killing and to what extent the crowned prince, the de facto ruler of saudi arabia was involved and behind it. >> alex, we'll wait for that. thank you for that reporting on
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covid's still a threat. and on reopening schools, we know what happens when we don't put safety first. ignore proper ventilation or rates of community spread, and the virus worsens. fail to provide masks or class sizes that allow for social distancing, and classrooms close back down. a successful reopening requires real safety and accountability measures. including prioritizing vaccines for educators. parents and educators agree: reopen schools. putting safety first. a brave third grade little girl in new jersey and her family are now getting the help and the food they desperately need, this after she literally
broke down during a digital learning class and told her teacher that it was because she was starving. her family, like millions, devastated by the pandemic's economic crisis. according to feeding america's latest estimates, about 17 million children in this country are going without enough to eat this year. with me is kim guy dan know, the ceo of the food bank and former lieutenant governor of the state. if we could just start on this little girl. we were heartbroken about it reading it. of course she can't concentrate in class when she is starving. how did it get to this point for her family? >> poppy, when the state shut down, any person in the restaurant business was out of a job. this is a single mom. she has three kids all under the age of 12. this little girl is in the third grade and she couldn't take it anymore. between march and the first and
second week of january, that family had no services and no food. it was heartbreaking for all of us. the phone call actually came from a social worker. the teacher quickly called the social worker at the school, and the social worker called us and said, this family needs help. they're in crisis. >> all new jersey school districts have been providing these take-home breakfasts and lunches. even if the school isn't open, you can go and pick up the meals. obviously that's logistically complex for families getting there, sets. do you have evidence that the virtual schooling is making it even harder for you guys to reach children in need? >> well, it's hard to find them because we don't know where they are and the schools can't tell us where they are. we try to work with the schools. we'll go to wherever you're delivering those breakfasts and lunches and we'll drop off dinners. we've dropped off million ofs of dinners throughout our area. they're still falling through
the cracks. where they used to get breakfast and lunch at school, we would do the afternoon meals and the weekend meals. we're struggling to find them. all over the country that struggle is occurring. >> for sure. just looking at your data, 64% increase in childhood hunger in the northern parts of new jersey in those counties, 92% increase, all of this during covid. my question to you is, you're a republican, and right now you've got this $1.9 trillion biden stimulus plan, and they want a smaller, more targeted bill. politics aside, has this partisan bickering put the families that rely on you for help in even more dire straits? >> i can tell you this, hounger has no politics. we don't talk about politics when we talk about a child who is 9 years old, brave enough to stand up in a virtual classroom and say i need help. there's 400,000 of those
children in new jersey, millions, as you already said, throughout the united states. this is what government should be doing. we should be helping these people now. that's what a safety net is all about. that's what crisis boxes are about, food stamps, affordable care, benefits anything like that. that's what we do here. we don't ask what party they are. we don't ask what country they're from or whether they're documented or not. they say they're hungry, we get them the food they need now. we need to stabilize those families. if it means the republicans and the democrats have to get together, well, they should get together because this is what they were hired to do. >> there's no question about it. very quickly, before we go, there's a really interesting opinion piece in "the new york times" today basically saying it's good the biden administration is pushing to make these changes to help elevate 45% of kids in poverty out of poverty. they say the biden
administration should take a note from mitt romney whose plans they say would be longer than just a year and make more of a difference for a longer period of time. do you think this is a moment when both parties are actually going to come together on the crisis that is childhood poverty in america? >> i think it has to be. i think if there was ever a time to do it, the time is now, and this is the reason. these children literally are starving. imagine the guts it took for that 9-year-old child to stand up and say i'm hungry. i cannot imagine children all over this country doing that, and any politician or any parent standing for it. so i think this is the time they'll do it, yep. >> i hope you're right. thank you so much and thanks for the work you do. >> thanks, poppy. >> thanks for joining us. we'll see you tomorrow. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. "newsroom" with kate bolduan starts right after a short break.
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