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the fda clearly stated that they would not license this vaccine before it was shown to be safe, and i want the public to understand that. this pause is really prudent and gives me reassurance that everything we give people will be safe. >> all right. dr. ryaner thank you and thanks to all of you. >> my pleasure. >> anderson starts now. good evening. as we look at the crowds again tonight in brooklyn center, minnesota the question is what will the next few hours bring? will people here make of a full day of developments in the wake of kthe killing of donte write. a number of protesters scaled a fence holding a banner reading justice for daunte wright and chanted what's his name? say his name. daunte wright. kim potter who fired the shot quit the force and will learn many she could be criminally
charged tomorrow. the chief of police stepped down and the city manager has been fired. members of the minnesota national guard are on the scene in brooklyn center and parts of minneapolis and st. paul and as if to under score the degree the area is an epicenter of the current crisis of policing, race and justice, members of cdaunte wright's family met with george floyd's family. president biden spoke to the moment with members of the congressional black caucus. >> daunte wright in minnesota god awful shooting and resulting in his death, and the mi iimidsa trial of the killing of george floyd and what the verdict will or will not be. >> he spoke at a round table on black maternal health and blunt in her assessment. >> before i get started, i want to address the killing of donte
wriegtd. he sh he should be alive today. to his family and loved ones, you must know that the president and i grieve with you as the nation grieves his loss and we stand with you. our nation needs justice and healing. and law enforcement must be held to the highest standards of accountability. at the same time, we know that folks will keep dying if we don't fully address racial injustice and inequities in our cou country. >> former president and michelle obama also spoke out today releasing a statement that reads in part our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a black man, daunte wright at the hands of police. the fact this could happen even as the city of minneapolis is going through the trial of derek chauvin and reliving the heart wrenching murder of george floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to
reimagine policing in public safety in this country. we'll talk about that tonight with our legal and law enforcement team. we'll also bring you the latest in the derek chauvin trial, day one for the defense but testimony under cross-examination from a key witness that might have been more useful to the prosecution. first, though, before we go live to brooklyn center a reminder what set off the chain of events, anger and grieving when a police stop turned fatal for daunte wright. it's tough to watch no matter where you stand on the issues. >> taser, taser, taser! holy [ bleep ] i just shot him. >> miguel marquez is in brooklyn center for us and joins us now. miguel, what is the latest on the ground? >> well, there is several hundred protesters that came out so if you give people a look at what is happening here.
this is the area near brooklyn center police department. i'll give you a second. this is the people as they chant. >> our whole system is guilty as hell! the whole damn system is guilty as hell! >> reporter: it's a stunning scene. it's almost a blizzard. people have only shown up in bigger numbers at this point. they marched from the police station in brooklyn center down to the federal building. the department of justice, fbi building about a block away and we're winding through the streets of this neighborhood, and they are going to eventually go back to the brooklyn center police station. i can tell you that a ton of extra security showed up today in the form of individuals, big trucks, personnel from the national guard.
so they are on alert for this, as well, but if i can just say this has been such a heart wrenching moving, sad, angry protest today over the latest killing of a young man at the hands of police even if it is an accident, even if the police officer resigned, the anger here is palpable. people are tired of it. the deaths are part of what they are concerned of. it's the attitude of policing towards african americans and people of color generally and everyday occurrences that all of this has brought back and they are just sick and tired and fed up with it and this is the result. i'll let you listen to a bit more. >> shut it down! shut it down! shut it down! shut it down! >> reporter: anderson, just a very moving moment here given they basically have a blizzard
coming down on them. >> miguel, have you been hearing much reaction from community members in the wake of the news that the officer kim potter and the police chief have both resigned and that we may see a charging decision by tomorrow? >> reporter: yeah, look, they're happy they resigned but they'd like to see them fired. there may be many reasons you just can't fire a police officer given certain laws but those are also things that many want to see. they have resigned but for many it's not enough. they want them fired and they want them to lose their pension and not work again and they want general police change. you can't have these incidents without some sort of accountability in the system. the washington county district attorney who now has the case for doaunte wright, he says tha he may have charges as early as tomorrow but he also warns that
there is a done of documentation that he has received. he's trying to work through it all but by tomorrow he may have some charges. there is also move from the mayor of brooklyn center and other places to try to have the state step in. that the state attorney general step in and conduct the investigation and possibly likely takeover the situation. >> miguel marquez, appreciate it. joining us is jonathan mason who mentored daunte wright in high school and owns a consulting firm that provides cultural competency to teachers dealing with minority and at risk youth. thanks for being here. i'm sorry it under these circumstances. you mentored him in high school. you said you're heart broken over his death. what was he like? >> he was an amazing kid, anderson. i want to thank you for letting me come on and tell my story. daunte was an amazing kid. he had a ray of sunshine that
came from him. everybody looked up to him as far as individual within the school. he always brought a certain type of joy and spunk to him, and that's what drawed me to him right away and me and him kicked it off right away, and i wanted to help him become a basketball player within minneapolis so i fought to get him on the basketball team. we were working on getting his homework done and we'd talk about these type of things so when i found out that we need to fight for justice within minneapolis for ten years and i was at another event for a person who was killed by the st. paul police and i was getting calls from my uncles and everybody who was in the general va vicinity and said another boy has been shot. i rushed over there not knowing it was daunte and i seen his
mother thinking she looks familiar and saying how could this happen? no justice, no peace. who is in charge right now? and then all of the kids from edison started messaging me and saying you know that's daunte who you used to hang out with at the school and mentor and help and mason, do you know what is going on? i was trying to tell them and it hit me and my heart was in my stomach and i was like this is daunte wright and it made me sick instantly when i found out. >> had you had conversations with him about police? i believe we have a transmission -- we're having some chanctransmission issues. we'll try to get jonathan mason back. perspective from our law enforcement team, andrew mccabe and philadelphia police commissioner charles ramsey currently teaches at drexler
university and former federal prosecutor laura coats. so laura, we learned earlier today the washington county prosecutor hopes to have a charging decision for officer potter by tomorrow. what do you expect her to be charged with? or do you expect her to be charged? >> well, if anything, i was going to say if anything, it would be based on partially the statements made by that police chief who has now resigned. i was surprised the police chief made a conclusion at the press conference my immediate thought was well that will be factored in by the prosecution in this particular case knowing that we have to judge things normally by the supreme court standard by the reasonableness use of force aspect of it and what other officers are saying so they already planted the seed in the mind of the prosecutor but it does not foreclose prosecution because you have a whole body of law based on negligent homicide and as long as you are negligent, you could appreciate a risk or you acted in a way that disregarded something that was a known risk that will be
factored in and remember a taser and gun, there have been precautions that have been set up to avoid this mistake and so to look into these things. e we'll have to track what we learned in the chauvin trial. >> the medical examiner ruled mr. wright's death a homicide. in the video you hear the officer saying taser, taser, taser. she clearly thought she was holding a taser or that's what it would seem to indicate and immediately after the shooting you hear her saying an expletive and saying with some surprise in her voice i shot him. do you think charges will be filed and if so, what? >> i think it's entirely possible, anderson. let's remember that the medical examiner's conclusion that mr. wriegtd die
wright's death was a homicide, that means it was an intentional act. he doesn't get into whether that was a mistake. as far as the police officer goes, there are, you know, any number of ways that this could be seen as having been negligent or reckless in terms of her deployment of the pistol instead of the taser as laura mentioned, there is a lot of facts that will go into that determination. whether or not she had the taser in the right place on her belt. whether or not she compiled with her training, things of that nature but it is certainly possible that a -- the prosecutor and the grand jury could determine there was probable cause to believe she may be committed in a reckless or negligent homicide. >> chief ramsey, you spoke about this last night and i think it bears repeating that in the wake of another case in oakland in which some -- an officer said they thought they were using their taser and was actually using their gun on somebody, police departments around the country had officers ordered
that their tazers be on the of side side of their guns. is that clear to you that was the case this officer had her taser where it was supposed to be? >> well, i couldn't see it from the video shown but there is a flash at one point when she's reaching in the car if you notice to her right, there is another officer and you can see yellow. that yellow is the handle of the taser. the taser not only feels different and looks different but the coloring of it. you can get it in black but most departments get the taser in either a bright yellow or bright green. again, making the distinction between the two. i've watched that video several times and it just looks to me like as she's walking toward mr. wright as he's struggling with the officer, you can see both her hands as she reaches in to try to assist and then her hands disappear. it looks like she reached down and grabbed her weapon, maybe she thought she had her taser
but when she fired, i don't think it was intentional, but it doesn't matter. the result is the same and not only that, there was a passenger in the car. if that had been a through and through wound, then it would have struck the passenger, as well. so there was several tactical errors that were made during the entire stop. there is a whole lot of things that are wrong with this particular situation. >> and the intention of the officer, how much does that matter? >> i was going to say, i don't as a prosecutor, i don't make assumptions of innocence although there say presumption of innocence in this country. one of the things you have to do is assume even if everything they told you is true, you can equally assume everything they told you is not true as you're investigating and it you have a body of law in minnesota as we're seeing unintentional based homicide cases, unintentional murder when you need not intend to actually kill the person but if you intend to perform the act that leads to the death or
causes grave bodily harm it is considered the same. that's one of the charges by the way that derek chauvin faced, an idea of unintentional second-degree murder in the case. in this instance, why i mentioned the statement of the police chief. the prosecutor can obviously weigh that assessment of an accident but they can also look at this and say are there other factors involved here that could demonstrate it was not an accident? that somehow it was an unreasonable assumption or too unreasonable to conclude the officer was actually holding a taser as opposed to a handgun or vice versa. the steps leading from the time that that officer was behind the vehicle approached mr. wright and intervened into what was going to be a handcuff and possibly a fleeing vehicle, all of that gets factored in and anderson, remember, the supreme court in 1985 in a case called garner talked about how an officer is not entitled to use a certain amount of force or deadly force obviously to deal with a fleeing suspect who poses
no direct harp to himself, the officers or others that same use of force continue will have to be contemplated by the prosecution in any evaluation of this case, as well. >> in terms of the prosecutor hoping to have charges or a charging decision on the police officer involved on wednesday, what goes into that process? >> well, it surprises me they expect to have some sort of a resolution of that process tomorrow because typically, it takes a little bit longer. in most jurisdictions, any law enforcement shooting has to be presented to the grand jury so that takes time to get in front of a grand jury to have relevant witnesses testify to put whatever information about the incident you want the grand juries to consider and then of course, the grand jurors vote as to whether or not to return an indictment. so i'm a little surprised that they believe they can conclude that process but i guess we'll have to wait and see. >> chief ramsey, lastly, both
the chief of police and officer resigned today. were you surprised the chief of police resigned? >> i was a little surprised he resigned but then when i heard the press conference, it was clear he lost the confidence of the elected leaders and once that happens, being a police chief is tough enough. if you have no political support from your mayor or sicity manag, you might as well step down because there is no way you're going to survive. so, he did what was probably in his best interest at the time. i wasn't surprised the officer resigned. there has to be an enormous amount of pressure on both of them at the time. so, you know, the resignations weren't all that surprising although i really didn't think the chief would step down this soon. very quickly, resignations and firing of one or two people is not going to make a difference. there say serious problem in policing right now and a systemic in nature and we have
to address it and stop believing fire this guy, fire this guy, charge that one will make a difference. we have to take a real hard look at policing. president biden is making a mistake by not dealing with this up front thinking congress will do it. our congress can't do anything right now. >> so somebody who has been involved in policing most of your life, you want to see, you think, something fund mental needs to change? >> yeah, there is no question in my mind. but you have to look at the entire criminal justice system. this isn't just a policing problem. it's bigger than just police. but police are as good a place as any to start. i was on a conference call with eric holder and he said something that really stuck with me. and that is we have to stop saying there is just a few bad apples. if you walk by an orchard and see a lot of bad apples on the ground, at some point you have
to look at the tree and call an arborest or something because it's not just bad apples. most are good, hard working people but we have folks that have no business in policing and we better face it and deal with it or this will happen over and over and over again. >> thank you-all. up next, day one from the defense in the derrek chauvin child and the ad mission about the force used against george floyd. and breaking news that could spell trouble for matt gaetz. we'll talk to a correspondent about her reporting on gaetz' friend and what he is telling the feds. the world around you may seem like an immovable, implacable place. it is not. it can be bright. quiet. and safe. it's a change that will be felt from this street. to this street. to no street. and everywhere in between. all it takes is the slightest push in just the right place and that will be the tipping point that changes everything.
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as we look at live pictures of protesters in brooklyn center outside minneapolis, it's worth remembering the context raw from the killing of george floyd and reliving it all in the trial of the former police officer charged with floyd's murder. today the defense began its case. details from omar jimenez.
>> reporter: the beginning of the defense's case for derek chauvin offered jurors the first expert witness to definitively defend chauvin's actions. >> i felt that derek chauvin was justified acting with objective reasonableness following minneapolis police department poli policy and current standards of law enforcement. >> reporter: a use of force consultant saying the officers could have used more force when he resisted. >> i felt that that level of resistance exhibited by mr. floyd justified the officers in higher levels use of force that they chose not to select. >> reporter: but during cross-examination, prosecutors pushed back specifically on the length of the time of the use of force asking if the same situational awareness an officer might use to monitor a crowd should be used to monitor a suspect's medical condition. >> particularly if they are
exhibiting sign of distress? >> yes. >> loss of consciousness? >> yes. >> inability to breathe? >> yes. >> loss of pulse? >> yes. >> reporter: at times, growing tense. >> the defendant did not alter the level of force that he was using on mr. floyd, did he? >> no. >> even though mr. floyd by this point had become as you put com com compile yent, fair? >> yes. >> what part of this is not compile yent? >> i see his arm position in the picture that a compliant would be resting comfortably versus moving around. >> did you say resting comfortably? >> lying there. >> resting comfortably on the pavement? >> yes. >> reporter: some of the testimony went into george floyd's past including a portion of a 2019 arrest that the judge
allowed because he said was similar to the deadly may 2020 confrontation. confrontation by police followed by a rapid injection of drugs. >> he told you he had taken a pill at the time the officers were apprehending him? >> correct. >> reporter: the per mearamedic recommended floyd go to the hospital was called by the defense focussing on drugs taken then and the high blood pressure recorded. >> did you record what his blood pressure was at that time? >> yes, it was 216/160. >> reporter: the prosecutors drew a critical bottom line in the cross-examination. >> you didn't have a stroke while you were with him? >> no. >> he was never given narcan, correct? >> correct. >> he didn't stop breathing? >> no. >> his heart didn't stop? >> no. >> he didn't go into cardiac arrest? >> no. >> he didn't go into a coma? >> no. >> omar joins us from brooklyn center. given situation the past couple nights, has the judge made any announcements to the jury?
>> reporter: he has, anderson. it been a point of concern. specifically when court was dismissed today, the judge told the jurors one, have a good night but also don't talk to anyone and don't watch the news. he wants them to stay as focused on the derek chauvin chitrial a much as they can even though it clear to see it a very tense minneapolis area in total and this is actually the exact thing the defense was initially worried about, a day ago they asked the judge to sequestered jury now because of how big the news has gotten surrounding the shooting and killing of daunte wright at the hands of police and especially as we see curfews going into effect at night and it just makes it a little bit more difficult to avoid and there are fears that it can creep into the juror's ability to judge that case. for now the judge says the j jurors can know that case is different from this one and on we go to closing arguments potentially on monday and then
they would be sequestered as they deliberate over a verdict. >> thank you. an attorney for the floyd family joins us and george floyd's cousin and president of the george floyd foundation. good to see you again. thanks for being with us. last week when we spoke, you said you were pessimistically optimistic about a conviction. how are you doing now, how the floyd family is doing as the defense starts to present its side. >> well, i think my feelings are pretty much still the same. i think that the prosecution did a tremendous job today of backing the expert witness out of his testimony he did not feel it was excessive force being used. so i thought that was very good, but my position is pretty much still the same just because i don't have the ability to know
what the thoughts are in the minds of each of the jurors. >> yeah. and which is of course, what it really comes down to in this trial. tony, do you think the defense, tony, accomplished what they set out to do today in the interview because you heard in omar's report, the prosecution seemed to dismantle the use of force expert's testimony or poked some pretty big holes in it. >> so, if we remember what this case is about, it's about whether or not there was use of force, whether or not it was excessive and whether that use of force which was excessive caused death. i think if we always default back to the video, anderson, i think if we use common sense, we see that there was an excessive use of force, which caused death. the prosecution today in their cross-examination i think was able to establish that. i mean, i think this witness came off a little incredible when he was saying, you know, things like george was resting
comfortably on the street and even if there was a reasonable use of force, i think he lost credibility with that. the prosecution did a great job on the cross-examination and whatever he was said, whatever he said on direct exam, i think was muted out by the excellent cross. >> to be focused on this trial as you and your family have been and then to have in brooklyn center this shooting and a killing, a death occur, what has been that like to have that -- have yet another person die while this trial is going on? >> yeah, well, first of all, my deepest condolences to the wright family. it's unbelievable to think that something in such close vicinity of the same place that george was murdered for it to happen
again is just really difficult to even process at this point. >> tony, do you expect -- i mean, in a normal case, the defendant would be very unlikely to take the stand. do you think derek chauvin is going to end uptak taking the stand? >> it hard to really know what he's going to do but if i read tea leaves and after hearing the testimony today, i would say derek chauvin will not take the stand. i don't know that eric nelson wants to take the chance of a cross-examination of his client. you saw the prosecution did a good job today on the cross exam of the expert. i'd be a little fearful putting up derek chauvin and watching that cross exam. this expert today that the defense put up essentially said everything derek chauvin would say. i'm going to bet that we're not going to see derek chauvin testify. i could be wrong but that's my bet today. >> legal strategy aside on a
human level, do you at some point want to hear from derek chauvin? >> not necessarily. i mean, in the clip that they showed where he was actually speaking with mr. mcmillan where he basically said, you know, i think mr. mcmillan was saying that he thought he was on george for too long or something and he said that's your opinion is pretty much, i mean, that was enough for me. i really doesn't need to hear anything else from him. >> charita tate, appreciate you. thank you both so much. up next, breaking news on florida congressman matt gaetz and more about an associate of his. i'll talk to a reporter next.
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we're continuing to monitor developments in brooklyn center, minnesota where protesters are still gathering after the police shooting of a black man meanwhile there is breaking news on the federal investigation, whether florida congressman matt gaetz broke federal sex trafficking prosecution laws and "the new york times" says a one time associate of the congressman and local florida official named joel greenberg has been providing authorities with information about gaetz and
actstiveties since last year. gaetz denied the allegations against him. joining me are the "new york times", chief political -- sorry, we just lost our guest. having technical problems. gloria borger is here to save the day. thanks for being with us. >> as always. >> there is this reporting from "the new york times" about cooperation between this matt gaetz congressman gaetz associate said to be cooperating with the justice department except for congressman adam kinzinger, republicans have been largely quiet when it comes to commenting on gaetz' future. nobody wants to weigh in on this. marco rubio when asked whether he backs gaetz said i don't know anything about the case. you can only keep that up for so long. >> right. and look, i think when i hear marco rubio, it takes me back a few years to hearing republicans over and over again say oh, i i don't read that tweet by donald
trump. i don't know much about this. i can't comment on it. the irony is that matt gaetz is not a popular person on capitol hill. they don't like him. but donald trump has been sort of tepid in response to the gaetz thing saying he's denying, denying and what is being played out is the trump playbook that effectively, republicans learned you can deny anything until there is some disposition one way or another in the justice department case. so republicans are hanging back. the only person who called the charges sickening is liz cheney of wyoming and she wouldn't comment any further but you'll recall that gaetz went to her district to campaign against her after she said that donald trump should be out of office. >> and "new york times" reporter katy benner who shares the story joins us now. you and your colleagues at "the times" said this former
associate joel greenberg who is an interesting character in his own right has been talking to investigators since last year. what else have you learned? >> one of the reasons he's a person of interest is because his lawyer indicated recently as did prosecutors he would begin the process of a cooperation agreement and plea to plead guilty and get some sort of leniency from the government. what we learned is he's actually been cooperating with investigator tors tos since dec giving information about people including mr. gaetz. what is interesting, it remains to be seen whether the information he's given is good or not and prosecutors can trust him and that trust will go a long way towards determining whether this deal actually finally comes together in the end and he gets anything from the government. >> so, does he have a plea deal or has this cooperation not yet a plea deal? >> the cooperation is not yet a
plea deal. what investigators were doing and been doing basically since the end of last year is determine whether or not the things that joel greenberg tells them are true, whether they can be backed up or whether he's lying to them. if you look at mr. greenberg's history, the idea he would lie to a prosecutor is not out of this world but if he did choose to do in the months before the idea of a plea came into focus, it would hurt his chances of getting a plea deal. it could get him into deeper hot water. it would be interesting to see whether or not prosecutors feel he gave them good information. the plea deal whether or not it happens we'll know in mid may. that's the date set by the judge. >> katy, joel greenberg's attorney said he was sure congressman gaetz was not feeling confident. how much legal trouble is congressman gaetz in potentially? >> that's a really interesting statement by mr. greenberg's lawyer. certainly it implies greenberg has given prosecutors and fbi a lot of information on mr. gaetz
but not even his lawyer can be certain he's telling the truth. if you look at his extremely colorful history, this is a man that threatened a political opponent, stalked a political opponent or lied whether this person molested a child stole information from the local government at the tax office and while on bail proceeded to defraud the government emergency lending program. so it's clear that he is a witness who could be key to the government investigation but could also be very troubled. >> and gloria, congressman gaetz who certainly has an interesting choice in friends was denied a meeting with the former president last week. he's been quiet on gaetz with the exception of a statement saying the congressman never asked him for a pardon. i mean, gaetz could not have shown more to the president? >> they never asked me for a pardon because the reporting is
that he approached other people about a preemptive pardon for lots of republican and gaetz was the original groupie loyalists to donald trump and did whatever donald trump wanted and went to wyoming to rant about liz cheney because she thought the president should be removed from office but i think gaetz' instinct right now is to just deny, deny, deny just like donald trump denies, denies, denies and hang in there until we know something one way or another. and as long as donald trump doesn't bother him and sort of hangs back because his staff is worried about it and they don't want him to get involved in this i'm told, as long as donald trump isn't out there attacking him, he probably figures he can survive one way or another. >> gloria borger, katy bennett, thank you. next, the decision to suspend the use of johnson &
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white house is scrambling to maintain confidence in vaccines in the nation's vaccine rollout after a surprise recommendation pro from the cdc and fda led to a pause in the johnson & johnson vaccine criticized for being made too quickly. the agency say there are six reported cases of a rare and severe blood clot involving women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the vaccine. one of the women died and another is in critical condition. the fda and the cdc stress however that these six reported cases are out of more than 6.8 million doses of the one-shot vaccine doses calling the clots extremely rare and no evidence tieing the vaccinations to the blood clots. president biden today responded saying there is still enough vaccine for every american. the concern among health officials and governors is what happens to confidence in all vaccines after today's pause? i want to talk about the decision and administration's response, the u.s. surgeon
general and dr. sanjay gupta. thanks for being with us. we know the one death is a virginia woman who died on march 18th and the new york times is reporting that another woman has been hospitalized in critical condition in nebraska. what more can you tell us about the other four women and the timeline that led to the decision about the vaccine? >> well, thanks, anderson, good to be with you and good to be with you, sanjay. i recognize when people hear news like today the vaccine administration is being paused can be troubling. let talk about what happened. the six women who were identified who had these rare but serious cases of blood clots were between the ages of 18 to 48. and as you mentioned, one of them unfortunately has passed away and what we're trying to figure out right now is whether these unfortunate cases of clots are in fact, related to the vaccine itself. keep in mind 6.8 million people
have received the vaccine and we're talking about six cases here. the fact this is being caused tells you something about how seriously we're taking adverse events and how safety is really a critical priority when it comes to moving this larger vaccine campaign forward. >> just in terms of safety, i mean, the bottom line is that vaccine safe? i mean 6.8 million vaccines given from johnson & johnson is a huge number. six serious cases is six serious cases or very serious cases. i mean, is it safe? why pause it? >> so the reason to pause, anderson, there are a couple reasons. one is to do the investigation quickly and understand whether there is a connection between the vaccine and adverse events but another reason to pause to give us time to speak to the medical community, to doctors, nurses and others taking care of patients so we can enlist their
help in looking for the symptoms we may be concerned about and have them reported. this is a really important part of the process and anderson, it's important to say pause something not unusual not just with vaccines but when new drugs come out, pauses happen often for these purposes to evaluate new developments, new clinical conditions that arise. sometimes it turns out there is no connection and then you proceed as before. other times if a connection is found then the fda and cdc may come out with recommendations that include warnings for example for certain populations that may be at increased risk. >> given, you know, vaccine hesitancy, dr. fauci said this is a one in a million factor, risk factor, you know, if it's six people out of 6 million, it's one in a million so far have been impacted by this. is the cost of pausing worth the
other side>> that was the quest the administration deliberated on and that the cdc and the fda had to put their heads together on and make a very difficult represent there. there are costs to pausing. questions are raised. people are sometimes troubled and scared by these moves, even they another made for the reason of protecting safety. that's all taken into consideration. at the end of the day, the most important thing is making sure we are doing the investigations that are needed. here, anderson, i want to make sure that people understand. people who may have taken the johnson vaccine or those kbho may have family members who have taken the vaccine. number one, these complications that we have seen may or may not be connected it the vaccine but even if they are, they are rare. very rare. second thing to understand is that the other vaccines that people are receiving, the moderna and pfizer vaccines, are not implicated with these
findings with the clots. they use different mechanisms, mor more than 100 million people have received them. and this is how the system is supposed to work. the reason you find so many of us talking about this is we want people to understand our confidence in the vaccines is still high. there is nothing that tells us that they are any less effective than the clinical trials told us. and we want to make sure the investigations are done completely. >> sanjay, you have some questions? >> yes. dr. murthy, good to see you. i am curious how fbig a surpris was this? you remember in the fall of last year, the johnson & johnson trial was paused at that point. it was described as an unexplained ill and we learned that it was a 25-year-old man who had a blood clot in one of the blood vessels in his brain. was there concern going back then? how big a surprise was this? >> well, it's a good question,
sanjay. certainly, you know, we did not expect that this would, you know, happen, but we were prepared for it. and that's why the data was being collected and reviewed very carefully. also it hnot escaped our attention that the astrazeneca vaccine has encountered similar challenges with patients having had severe blood clots that caused people to also investigate what was happening there. so what i would say is that from the clinical trial data, sanjay, you know, the upshot of all of that, the analysis was that the safety profile was strong and that the effectiveness was also strong and, but as you know also, these trials are done with large numbers of people, 40,000 plus. once you get the vaccine out into the population, you are giving it to millions and millions and millions of people, and every now and then you will find some events that occur at a frequency greater than what you had in the trials. that's why, precisely why, you
continue to collect safety data and you are very sensitive about pulling the brakes then if that signal, that safety data gives us a signal that tells us something could be wrong and needs to be investigated. >> one thing that -- this vaccine, one of the assets is that it's a single toes, as you know, and can be given more easily because it doesn't require the cold storage. college campuses, and also homeless communities, transient populations, people who may not show up for the second dose. even though it's a smaller segment of the overall vaccine rollout, dr. murthy, how big an impact would it be if we no longer have this as an option? >> well, it's a good question. i will say that, yes, when the johnson & johnson vaccine was first coming out, that was certainly one of the mother attractive pieces, that si single-dose vaccine that is easier to store. the good news is we have adequate supply with moderna and pfizer to be able to vaccinate
the adult population by the end of july in the united states. and even much of the adolescent population. the other piece is with moderna, we have actually found that we can actually enable it to be stored in manners that primary care doctors can actually store it in their offices and deliver. i have family members who are administering the moderna vaccine to patients. in the early days we didn't know if that was possible. the more vaccine campaign goes on, the more we have been able to find ways to get it out into the population, administer it. i am confident even with what happened with johnson & johnson we will be able to vaccinate the country effectively. >> surgeon general vivek murthy, appreciate it. we remember slain capitol police officer womeniam billy evans. words president biden.
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he was an 18-year very veteran who died while protecting the capitol after a man wielded a knife. also in atenens president joe biden who spoke of the immense stress the capitol police have been under after multiple attacks this year. >> never has there been more strain, i have been here a long time, i have been here since 1972, a senator, '73, and so much strain and responsibility placed on the shoulders of the capitol police. and yet you hear it, you see it, you watch them, and you watch them do their duty with pure courage and not complain. >> evans is the second capitol police officer to die in the
line of duty this year. the other died after the capitol riot in jan from injuries sustained on duty and two officers died by suicide after responding it the attack of the president spoke at length on the issue of dpregrief and loss of families, something of which he is very familiar. >> miss evans, you have some idea -- i have some idea of what you are feeling like. i buried two of my children. and people have come up to you and will come up to you for some time and say, i know how you feel. after a while, you know everybody means well. you feel like saying, you have no idea. you all know that you are going to make it by holding each together. most importantly, by holding logan and abigail as tightly as
you can because tas long as you have them, you have billy. >> the president also said thinks prayer for the family of officer evans' family is the memory of him makes them smile before it brings a tear to their eyes. i promise it comes, he said. it just takes a while. i will hand it over to chris. thank you. i'm chris cuomo. welcome to primetime. a charging decision could be imminent in the daunte wright police killing. the prosecutor in minnesota tells cnn he hopes to reach a decision by tomorrow. the big question, was the shooting a mistake? will that influence the charge or charges? might it even influence if there is a charge? it shouldn't. does time here matter? yes. why? because there is anger in the streets of a state that ha