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tens of millions of dollars needed to repair the capitol. our nation's soldiers struggling. tonight, our cbs news reporting: families who say they can't feed their kids. >> we are military and we are struggling. >> o'donnell: and, we visit the food bank that serves 1,500 military families. how you can help. the boss uce spristeen admits to taking tequila shots with fans, and then getting on his motorcycle. the news on the charges tonight. meet this 105-year-old who beat covid. the secret to her longevity. why a college dropout gave $20 million to the school he couldn't afford to attend. and, superheroes and their sidekicks. how these injured animals are helping children through therapy. ls are helping children this is the "cbs evening news"
with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ews" with norah o'd >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with breaking news and another possible turning point in the battle against the pandemic. tonight, the f.d.a. says the new single-shot vaccine from johnson & johnson not only protects people from getting severely ill or dying from covid-19, it may also help reduce the spread of the virus. the new analysis paves the way for the vaccine to be given emergency authorization by the end of this week. and it means four million doses could ship out nationwide in days. giving the u.s. another vaccine and one that is easier to store and administer. still there are concerns tonight. production delays have forced the company to slash the number of doses it promised the government it what deliver by the end of next month. meaning it could still be months before many americans have access to that new shot. well, tonight, health officials are also warning about a new variant discovered in california which appears to be spreading
quickly there. even as there are more hopeful signs across the country showing new infections and hospitalizations from the virus have dropped 50% in the past month. we have a lot of new reporting for you and your family tonight. our team is standing by. cbs's nikki batiste is going to lead off our coverage from outside johnson & johnson's headquarters in new jersey. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: good evening. the c.d.c. says as of today, 20 million americans are fully vaccinated. and if johnson & johnson's new vaccine is authorized. executives here at the headquarters say they could supply enough doses to double that number by the end of march. "safe and effective" is how the f.d.a. described johnson & johnson's one-dose vaccine. >> if an e.u.a. is issued, we anticipate gaining three million to four million doses of johnson & johnson's vaccine next week. >> reporter: the f.d.a. confirms that j & j's vaccine is slightly less effective than the moderna
and pfizer shots over all but showed-- overall but showed 85% efficacy against severe illness wand complete against death, 28 days after getting the shot it also works better in the u.s. than in south africa where a more contagious variant is dominant. >> reporter: johnson & johnson vaccine only needs to be kept at normal refrigeration temperatures and stored for three months. >> i think the johnson & johnson vaccine is a very important new development. it does show very, very good protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death. >> reporter: to keep down infections, the biden administration is planning to ship 25 million masks to community health centers and food banks, also tonight moderna announcing it is preparing clinical trials for a south african variant booster shot. researchers in california say there is a home grown variant there too, which not only spreads quickly but may show resistance to covid antibodies. >> we are in a race against time. >> reporter: dr. michael
osterholm says the u.s. should rethink about how they deliver vaccines to get needles into arms as quickly as possible. >> we have now compelling data showing that there is no need to provide two doses to vaccine to anyone who has already had covid. >> reporter: but there is good news. lucia declerck was diagnosed with covid last month on her 105th birthday, the same day she received her second dose of the pfizer vaccine. now a survivor of both the spanish flu and covid, she credits a regimen of nine gin- soaked raisins and faith. >> pray, pray, pray. and don't eat junk food! >> reporter: the f.d.a.'s vaccine panel is scheduled to publicly review j & j's data on friday, which means authorization could come as early as this weekend. if that happens, millions of doses could be headed to states next week. norah? >> o'donnell: an 105-year-old saying gin, but no junk food, nikki battiste, thank you. tonight, the l.a. county sheriff
saying tiger wood's accident was purely an accident. there was no evidence he was impaired, and no charges will be filed. woods is beginning a difficult recovery after a lengthy surgery on his right leg, ankle and foot. cbs's carter evans reports tonight from southern california. >> reporter: considering the wreckage rescuers says tiger woods is fortunate to be alive. deputy carlos gonzalez was first on the scene. >> i noticed that tiger was awake and conscious and able to speak to me. it made me feel a big relief. >> reporter: new video tmz says shows the s.u.v. the legendary golfer was driving moments before the rollover crash that pinned him inside. investigators say they didn't find any evidence of drugs or alcohol, and they don't expect to file any criminal charges. a statement posted on tiger's twitter account says he's currently awake and responsive. doctors say woods had open fractures affecting his tibia
and fibula. those are the two bones in the lower part of the leg. surgeons inserted a rod into the tibia and stabilized the golfer's foot and ankle with a combination of screws and pins. how could this effect his golf game? >> well, this will definitely effect his golf game. in many ways he will likely need to relearn parts of his swing. says the golf star's injuries sound similar to what happened washington football quarterback alex smith in 2018. >> alex smith is down! >> reporter: the lower part of smith's leg essentially broke in half, but he also suffered a major infection and nearly lost his leg, as he told norah on "60 minutes." >> they had to remove quite a bit of muscle and tissue from my lower leg, in order to get the infection under control. >> if tiger is able to avoid that complication, he will have a much better course. >> reporter: we're here at the hospital now waiting for any more updates on his condition.
research shows, about 50% of people with this type of injury still can't go back to work after two years of healing. as for the investigation, the sheriff says he is going to pull cell phone records to try to determine if woods was on the phone at the time of the crash. norah? >> o'donnell: carter evans, thank you. tonight, federal prosecutors filed more charges against rioters in the capitol assault. now, about 275 people have been charged, and it comes as officials say it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair the capitol. here's cbs's kris van cleave. >> reporter: tonight prosecutors allege clayton mullens is the man in this video trying to drag a police officer down the steps of the capitol by his foot january 6. that officer required two staples to close a head wound. now, one of the three capitol officials who could have okayed a request for national guard assistance says he was never consulted before or during the attack. >> so were you aware of that request, or were you not? >> i was not.
>> reporter: as architect of the capitol brett blanton oversees the physical capitol complex. on tuesday the former capitol police chief acknowledged, he didn't contact blanton. >> unless it was an issue specific to the architect, regarding, you know, the building structure, something like that, my conduit was regularly the house of sergeant. >> if that was his regular practice, then i think we found an issue with the operational change of command of the capitol police force, frankly. >> reporter: blanton said temporary security, repairs and upgrades to the capitol could cost $40 million. during the siege, his employees rushed to reverse the ventilation system in an effort to clear the air of the chemical released by rioters. security remains tight up on capitol hill. this temporary fence topped with razor wire is set to be here until at least the end of march. but there is a bipartisan effort, republicans and democrats, who want to see the fencing gone. they oppose any permanent
barrier between the u.s. people and the united states capitol, norah. >> o'donnell: kris van cleave, thank you. and also at the capitol today, postmaster general louis dejoy apologized for those shipping delays during the holidays, and told a house panel his strategic plan may include slowing down first class mail even more anday transporting less of it by plane. democrats have been highly critical of dejoy, but he says is he not leaving, "so get used to me." all right, now tonight the struggle for food, water and shelter continues in texas and other parts of the south ravaged by last week's deadly storm. today, four board members stepped down from the organization that runs the texas power grid. the four did not live in the state where mass power outages lasted days, janet shamlian continues our coverage of the crisis. >> this is just the biggest pieces. >> reporter: tonight, texans in trouble, some still struggling after the storm. in rachel bohenick's house, nine pipes burs. >> water just pouring out of
this. >> reporter: it is overwhelming for the houston mom of three young children, who is also a 9th grade teacher with students whose homes are just as wrecked as hers. >> somehow i have to help my students process whatever trauma they've had happen to them. all of that is kind of, i'm just sort of holding it off. >> reporter: in an already tumultuous year, the storm has slammed students, parents and teachers. every step along the way has been another blow. the catastrophic storm on top of a pandemic is taking a toll. in irving, the pipes burst in kerry's apartment complex. there is no water, which is challenging with her husband's crohn's disease. they can't afford to move out. she lost her job during the pandemic, and now earns significantly less. >> now it takes three paychecks, sometimes four, to pay my rent. >> reporter: the chaos of the last year magnified for carrie and so many others, just when they thought it couldn't get
worse. >> it really is hard because i feel like i'm a failure and that i can't provide for him. >> reporter: to help families, distributions like this one sponsored by houston's schools have been going on daily. and they're running out of food quickly. and tonight the governor is scheduled to give a statewide televised address as questions mount over the response to the storm. norah? >> o'donnell: janet shamlian, thank you. i want to turn to a shocking story, a largely unknown consequence of the pandemic. nearly 40% of the military families have had troubling putting food on the table. many are forced to turn to food banks. cbs's mark strassmann spoke with families about this, including one that is down to their last $6. >> we are military and we are struggling. >> reporter: we met this army family on the front line of a food crises. >> what would you like today? >> just, everything.
>> reporter: desiree alvarez, her three-year-old elijah and six-year-old marysol. >> this is the first time that i have consistently had to go to a food bank over and over again. >> reporter: her husband is an e-3 private at joint-base louis mccord. washington is expensive for a family of four living on $2,300 a month. a half hour away, thurston county's food bank serves 1,500 military families like the alvarezs. >> we're going to the park. >> reporter: a 22% spike since the pandemic began. >> you're welcome, nice to see you. >> that hurts me. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel j.p. smith, a chaplain, identified the downturn here. >> you take a spouse who is normally working, unable to find work because of the covid pandemic that they lose that second income, that is a blow on anybody. >> reporter: desiree alvarez used to work until the military transferred them here a year
ago. their financial cushion collapsed. the family's income plunged more than half. >> i really need to find a job. >> reporter: the department of defense estimates the jobless rate for military spouses is 22%. other estimates run as high as 35%. in san diego, families using the food bank at the armed services y.m.c.a. surged 400% during the pandemic. >> we couldn't even go a full week without having to go get help from the food pantry. our family is worth it. we're worth getting the help that he with need. >> reporter: families helping defend america in a bruising battle against hunger. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> o'donnell: and we want to let you know, if you would like to help, go to combatmilitaryhunger.org and tomorrow, we'll speak with the military on what it is doing about this growing problem. president biden is facing pushback from members of his own party tonight over one of his top cabinet picks. neera tanden was tapped to lead
the powerful office of management budget to pay for the president's priorities, but after years of mean tweets about members of congress, her first high profile failure of mr. biden's presidency. here is cbs's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: president biden tonight says he is disappointed by how slowly his cabinet is coming together. >> i don't so much blame it in the senate, i blame it on the failure to have a transition that was rational. >> reporter: after a bumpy transition and the impeachment trial, just nine of mr. biden's cabinet nominees have been confirmed. the pace of confirmation is lagging compared to similar points in previous president just today, two committees canceled votes on neera tanden, the president's pick for budget director. west virginia democratic senator
joe manchen says he won't support her, citing years of partisan comments on air and online about members of both parties. >> i think there is no secret she is lacking the votes right now, and is working hard to get the votes. >> reporter: white house officials tell cbs news they are sticking with her, within the 50-50 senate democratic defections can be fatal for a biden pick, so tanden now requires g.o.p. support. >> it is a numbers game. it is a matter of getting one republican to support her nomination. we're continuing to do that outreach. >> reporter: alaska senator lisa murkowski could be that one, but tonight says she's not yet made a decision. tanden had deleted more than a thousand tweets before being nominated, but late tonight, a newly-surfaced tweet shows she even attacked murkowski in the past. also tonight, president biden intelligence report that cbs news says it is expected to show saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman approved the 2018 murder of journalist jamal khasogghi. the president is expected to speak with the saudi king and st likely this report could be part of that conversation, norah. bruce springsteen's day in
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm catherine herridge in washington, thanks for staying with us. as we celebrate black history month, highlighting one of the first black officers in army special forces known as green berets. earned him rocket of his soldiers in vietnam and nomination for highest military award, but davis never received the medal of honor after his file vanished in vietnam at height after the civil rights movement.
now may be recognized. >> reporter: 1965 -- ♪ in washington, antiwar protests raged. bloody sunday in selma, alabama, galvanized the civil rights movement. in vietnam, then army captain paris davis broke barriers on the battlefi were one of the first black officers in the green berets? >> yes, i was. >> reporter: how did that work? >> it worked well. i said, look, you can call me captain davis, but you can't call me a [ bleep ], and it did happen. >> northeast of saigon near bong son -- >> reporter: june, 1965, davis led a nearly 19-hour raid. >> we were stocking bodies the way you do canned goods in a grocery store. >> reporter: hit by a grenade and gunfire, davis would not leave behinds americans billy and robert, both gravely injured. >> brown had been shot, i could actually see his -- his brain pulsating.
it was that big. and he said, am i going to die? and i -- i said, not before me. >> reporter: were you ever told to leave? >> well, twice. >> reporter: as davis first revealed in 1969 to an up and coming local tv host, phil donahue. >> i told him, sir, i'm not going to leave. i still have an american out there. >> what did he say? >> he told me to -- to move out. and i just disobeyed the order. >> reporter: there by davis' side, ron dyce, the team's >> captain davis refused and said, no, i'm not leaving while -- i'm not leaving while i have men out on the field. >> reporter: general westmoreland who led u.s. forces in vietnam, visited davis' outpost. and his commander, billy cole,