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the 20 year old tells us about the frightful interaction. we'll have that at 6:00. >> that's going to do it for now. lester holt is next, and we'll see you again in just 30 minutes. . tonight the new the new covid variant spreading in new york city, the new concern of the new strain and your protection. i want comes as the u.s. on the brink of authorizing a third vaccine. president biden marking a smile stone, million vaccinations since he took office and should you try to choose which vaccines you get. we'll tell you what the experts are saying. and my exclusive conversation with the
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pfizer's ceo, do you need a shot every year? and the exclusive interview with the team that rescued tiger woods and the tools they used to get him out. >> the former gymnastics coach taking his own life hours of being charged of sex crimes. >> former president trump ready to make his first appearance leaving d.c., his message to republicans. caught on camera, the third floor on fire, the mother window to safety below. throwing her children out the window to safety below. announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, we can't lose sight of the fact that d killing in this country nor can we ignore reasons for killing.tonight
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an outside advis johnson&johnson's entry into the vaccine war chest and the number of americans who received at least one vaccine shot is now climbed over 46 million. the needle slowly is moving in the right direction as health officials continue to access the risk of virus variants tonight we are having a conversation with pfizer's ceo it is a wide range conversation which we'll get to in a moment tom costello and the big push to get folks to roll up their sleeves. >> reporter: with the count down to a third vaccine down to a matter of hours to reach under served communities, vice president harris at a pharmacy in d.c. today. >> initially i was apprehensive being african-american >> reporter: national
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guard troops are on the covid front line. >> it makes sense for lines. >> it makes so much sense for all of us to make sure that we are vaccinating people in places where the virus are most active. >> as the covid-19 vaccine becomes available, you may be asking yourself, should i get it >> reporter: one of the biggest public education efforts in history is underway in collaboration with the cdc. >> the vaccines are safe and effective. they're going to save lives. >> reporter: tomorrow we'll review johnson&johnson vaccine. emergency authorization could come by the weekend with 4 million doses shipping immediately. pfizer and moderna vaccines are effective at preventing illness the j&j shot is 100% effective of keeping people alive and out of hospitals >> it is a good track record with pharmaceuticals to have them come in to be in the mix with the other two is nothing but good news.
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>> reporter: j & j vaccine requires only one shot and can in a normal fridge. be kept on a normal fridge americans should not be choosing >> take what you can get, any vaccine is better than no vaccine it is reviewed by the fda and recommended by the cdc.reviewed by the >> you are making that statement very clear as the president of moderna >> absolutely, without hesitation >> tom is at the nih right now. some push back i know and how serious of the potential new variant is in new york >> reporter: health officials say there is been an over reaction to laboratories, it is premature to say whether that new york variant poses a greater variant poses a lester pfizer is partnered withual
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re-vaccinations, i spoke about it exclusively with the pfizer biontech to keep their vaccines at pace. i spoke about it with the someone having the two doses pr pfizer's ceo, albert bourla, if someone had two doses of your vaccine, are they protected from any of the virus >> now, we have confirmations that they are protected from the u.k. variant and we have data of protection against the south african and the brazilian virus. variant and have data suggesting it is protected >> pfizer announced to test a booster potentially an annual third dose to fight the new virus. >> do you think it will be more effective and last longer? >> we believe the third dose at
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variants >> do you think it will be effective and last longer >> we raise the antibody response right now that'll be significant to overcome all these resistance of what we know so far. also, i want to say this is a two-dose vaccine for the initiation of the schedule >> is there expectation that this will turn into a routine ree-dose vaccine? >> we do not have a third dose vaccine. we'll three-dose vaccination? >> the company announced is working with regulators on potential changes to its vaccine could make it adaptable to future variants. >> how long from the time you discover a new variant could you variant could you tweak your current vaccines to make it effective? >> we are aiming for 100 days
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>> what about the findings of israeli studies showing substantial immune response after one dose of the pfizer vaccine. >> i believe the data were in much younger population so you expect much higher level of protection >> so too much of risk right now to try to rely on one dose. >> very >> it is too much of a risk right now to rely on one dose >> very high risk, i think. >> people getting these vaccinations with the hopes that they won't die and get sick from the disease. freedom. we are being and right now we are still wearing masks because of the possibility that you can still infect others. what is the data showing you? is it likely that you can infect others after two doses? >> we are getting data and other here are data, we are g studies will better understand this a lot of indications right now that are telling us that there is a protection against
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transmissionbourla says studis underway with pregnant >> bourla says there are studies are underway with pregnant women and they have not seen any issues they are optimistic of their pediatric vaccine trial. >> how soon may we see vaccinations for young children >> we are already doing trials trials for kids between 11 and 12 years olds and all the way to 16.we are also planning i hope we'll have data in a couple of months i believe we should have data about this by the end of the year >> the question on all our minds. currently with the two dose vaccines, how long does that extend protection going forward? >> we don't know now, lester because we have only taken on for six months after six months, the protection is robust.
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we have to wait and see in one year >> the fda gave the okay for pfizer vaccines to be shipped and stored in conventional cold temperatures up to two weeks. the company is determining the ultra cold freezer storage ultra cold freezer storage not necessarily. you can watch more of my interview by going into our facebook page. we got breaking news that the u.s. military has carry out a air strike in syria. kristen welker >> reporter: the pentagon says the strike destroys multiple facilities a t at a border control check points those groups fire
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rockets inside the green zone adding "president biden will act to protect american coalition personnel. the president marking the 50 million vaccine dose in the u.s. >> this is not a time to relax >> reporter: with house democrats set to pass another covid relief package tomorrow republicans blasting the $1.9 trillion price tag. >> less than 9% of this bill goes to defeating this virus less than 9% >> reporter: it comes as former president trump is about to grab headlines a the cpac conference expect to take aim at president biden for reversing his immigration policies and point to the uptake of migrants at the border. >> how is the immigration moving for forward? >> we are not looking at former president trump for advisory kristen welker, nbc,
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>> the steering wheel was not where it used to be, it had been pushed way up to the seat and on his lap. >> reporter: so he was essentially pinned >> he was able to wiggle himself by the time we were able to get in there and talk to him. he was able to wiggle his legs out but he was still entangled.entangled. he could not get himself out on his own. >> reporter: it took 12 minut he could not get himself out on his own. >> reporter: it took 12 minutes to rescue woods who shattered right leg is now held together by a rod and screws and pins could have been amputated had help came later. >> he wanted out he was going to do anything he could to help us get him out. he was moving his arms >> reporter: even with those broken legs. woods had no recollection of the accident and there is no sign of the scene he tried to brake. the suv's black box like this one could contain point data
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points like speed, braking and eye movement crash clues and the harrowing rescue. >> we did everything the way we we the crash clues and the harrowing rescue >> we did everything the way we are supposed to do it and everybody stayed in their lane and did their job and it just happens to be a celebrity. >> reporter: it is a miracle that tiger woods is still alive. they have seen crashes with worse outcomes woods is still recovering at the hope a former u.s. the gymnastics coach takes his own life after being charged of olympic sexually assault, human trafficking and other crimes >> reporter: john geddert was supposed to be arraigned in a michigan courtroom this afternoon the 63 years old never showed to face 24
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criminal counts including lying to police about his friend and former trainer larry nassar geddert's body was found this afternoon after taking his own life calling this discovery a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved. the attorney general announced she was charging geddert with human trafficking, sexually assaults and racketeering and lying, all connecting to his years as an& pleat athlete coach in the lansing area >> reporter: she was abused guy nassar. she insist that geddert had no know what was going on. >> he saw a naked child alone with a grown man time after time >> did he ever ask you
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about that what was going on in that back room >> never, not one time he did not want to know >> reporter: geddert said he had zero knowledge of nassar's crimes nassar is in prison sentenced to serve more than 100 years. anne thompson, nbc news an intelligence report that concludes the ruler of saudi arabia approved the killing of jamal khashoggi, andrea mitchell has the biden administration is releasing an intelligence report that concludes the ruler of saudi arabia approved the killing of khashoggi andrea mitchell has great details. >> reporter: president biden and the saudi king says the u.s. intelligence report that the crown prince approved the murder of jamal khashoggi in 2018 the report president trump did not release. president biden did affirm the u.s. commitment to human rie ri rights on the call
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. the the trailblazing ballerina ballerina. >> reporter: copeland >> being taken out of casting because of the color of my skin or being told put powder on your skin to make you fit in >> reporter: she made history as the first black woman with american ballet theater. >> what was it like for you being the first one? >> i start to question whether it was the field for me i had incredible women who were for me. not dancers but they
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took me under their wings. >> reporter: when the 23-year-old erika law joined the company, copeland paid forward. >> the two are like sisters. >> i love her. >> reporter: a mutual support system >> when i got to abc, i had a direct example that i can look up to. >> reporter: growing up the examples were few. among them, aisha ash, lauren anderson and ballet is still far behind erika says until recently she permed her hair just to get that perfect ballerina bun. ballerina bun. >> they were always saying no curls, i thought wait a second, i can do this with my beautiful hair wait a second, i can do all of this with my beautiful hair >> reporter: a step forward but watching, what would still a long way to go 84 dancers and only seven are black.
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>> reporter: for the little girls who are watching this, what would you want to say to them >> if you believe in yourself, you can make it. >> reporter: two dancers giving the next generation of ballerinas a standing ovation. blaine alexander, atlanta. that's "nightly news" on this thursday, thank you for watching everyone, i am lester holt, please take care of yourself and each other. good night . right now at 6:00, stunning and disheartening video from oakland's chinatown. a woman dragged down the street trying to stop thieves from taking her purse. yet another attack against an asian-american. plus one minute he was just sitting down with his skate fwoord. the next he's being bitten in the leg by a coyote. >> i didn't even see it coming. it was very sneaky, very quiet. >> we talk one-on-one with the 20-year-old victim of the
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notorious coyote causing so much concern in contra costa county. also, their doses taken away. more counties sever ties with the popular health care provider who let people jump the vaccine line. >> basically the way to get something nowadays is if you know somebody that's on the inside. >> we investigate who's holding people accountable and honest when it comes to signing up for their shots. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on this thursday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. it is stunning video out of oakland now seen by thousands of people on social media. check out the top of your screen. you see that woman there being -- clinging to her purse as thieves in a getaway car drive away with it. it's just horrific to watch her. the car drags her until she lets go. she is an asian-american woman. nbc bay area's melissa colorado spoke to the victim's husband. she has the story. >> that's terrible. that's heartless. >> reporter: she stood her
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