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the freeman foundation by judy anfopeter blum kovledation; pursuing solutions for am and by contributions to ts pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. america. georgia plays host to an encore of sorts. the numbers maybe smaller in the state senate runoff, but the akes could not be higher. a colts dose of reality, the process of getting americans vaccinated is proving tougher than expected. rging countries are ahead.the question is why? plus, a touching tribute to covid victims in sweden. i one artist has used thousands
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of metal flowers ♪ welcome. to world news america on pbs and around. . the globe covid is still managing --gi ra many parts of the world. ump supporter have been gathering in washington to protest the certification on wednesday that joe biden is the next president. georgia, millions of people going to the polls again to vote for the next two senators. reporter: the men standing with joe biden j mightt be his most important friends right now. democrats raphael warnock and jonssoff are running for
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george's two senate seats. if they went, president-elect's will control the senate. >> one state. can chart the course, not just for the next four years, but for the next generation. reporter: the peopleoin gia. >> the place we demand better is the energy here in georgia is something i have never seen before. >> yes we can do it. reporter: if jon ossoff wins, he will be the youngest sator, a biden.thatnce belonged to joe he has been campaigning day and night. joe biden's fate in your hands. >> we are going to win on tuesday. when we win on tuesday, we are going to enact an agenda that serves working people in this country. reporter:ss the pe on
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george's republicans to. >> b we're in ttle for the country. reporter: quarantine for a few days >> make sure you get friends and family out. reporter: the early turnout has been huge, and that is because this state knows that their candidates will decide just how powerful joe biden's presidency will be. >> pro-business, pro-conservative values have really trickled down to our city. as mayor, what i am telling people is to go out and vote. reporter: teenagers are getting organized too. polls suggest they could give democrats an edge. since the election, more than 23,000 people have turned 18 and cannot vote. >> i did the math, it turns i was sort by just a month was mad at my mom. >> even though i was unable to
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vote in the presidential election, i am in some ways able to vote on a presidential scale. reporter: georgia is the final battle for president trump. he still wrongly believes the election was rigged. >> there io way we lost georgia. that was a rigged election. porter: some republicans worry he could push off voters, giving advantage tooe biden. katty: all eyes on georgia. our guests joins me now. georgians turned out in huge nuers in november for the presidential election. is there the same amount of enthusiasm for this runoff? reporter: yes. we have more than 3 million georgians who have already cost ballots, a record for this type of election.
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e democrats hilt an early advantage. if you look at the stistics, republicans feel like they may be down about 200,000 votes. that is a whole they need to fill on runoff day today with a big surge in tnout. katty: what are you looking for tonight or over the next day or two? we are all getting used to that at theoment. what are you looking for? reporter: let's look where president trump went last night. north georgia, deeply conservative. he went there because early voting has lagged behind other parts of the state. it shows you the depth of republic concern that solo of hil supporters are not turning out. we also look at the metro atlanta suburbs. an area that used to be solidly republican, and has noped democrat. one of the most important strongholds for democratic three, driving up the numbers in
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atlanta's suburbs. katty: explain for our viewers around the world if georgi voted democrat in the presidential election, woul't it stands to reason that it would vote democrat in the senate election too? reporter: that's a great question. in november, it was theirst democrat flips georgi since 1992. k was a landmcasion, not typical. it was aut 12,000 votes, millions cast. these runoff electors, going to be a smaller electorate. the electorate tends to be older and whiter. that is my republicans came in this with an advantage. katty: explain this rule of 3030
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two me. reporter: democrats think if they could win a statewide contest if 30% of the electorate is african-american, and they get % of the white vote. those two hallmarks are hard to reach. in november, they hit them. the electoratwas about 30% black, and white voters came out in droves for joe biden. e question is, while some of those white voters return and help jon ossoff and raphael warnock? katty: thank you very much. we will wait patientlyor the results of the georgia runoff election. as america's political divisions spill over into the new year, stowe -- so do coronavirus. the trump administration had set a target of vaccinating 20 megan people by new year's day.
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around 5 million americans have been vaccinated so a fraction of the population. compare that to israel, which is outperforming the rest the world. the country of just 9 million peopleas administered more covid-19 vaccinations than any other nation, according to oxford university. take a look at these numbers. hisrael managed to administer almo 16 doses per hundred of its people. compared to the u.s., 1.4 doses per 100mericans. joining nate fromsrl is a professor,haman of the israeli association of public health physicians. thank you very much for joining . what have you done right? >> week go prepared, and we are flexible.
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in 2009, we forms that 2013 vaccination for polio, we are communicating with the public. we saw the adjustable challenges related to the -- we have eat infrastructure of health maintenance organizations, very good at the community level. they know how to communicate with the public, and get vaccination sites close to communities. there are many challenges. we still have not started the second dose, which is a challenge. weay have a shortage of vaccines. we may have some kind of problems. definitelyo far, a wonderful success. katty: run through us those logistical challenges and how you solve them. spell out, where are the
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vaccines being administered, and who is doing the administration? >> you need on the one hand to be centralized. we have all of the national pply together, at one place. we got the commercial companies, heing the tional mission. they are very expensive. experience in delivering drugs including using cold chain. here is the great challenge. you need to use all of the vaccines in five days, and once you open the vile, in six hours.
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so far, there is very minor and misuse of using the vaccine. katty: we were just looking at some of the images. is the military being deployed to help administer the vacne? >> no. interestingly, and i was the head of technology in the israeli defense forces, not at all. the vaccine operation has been run successfully by the health ,syst including getting two differentnu cities, ting homes. the military had a very minor .o claims in israel that they were high expectations from the military, which were not -- the
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health system -- we also see that for the vaccination companies, the health system is doing the job. it seems like that even in israel, we did a very strong civilian sector, and not necessarily faith in the katty: thank you very much. very interesting to see what is happening there in israel, and congratulations on the successful rollout. let's have a little bit of a compare and contrast. at was the view from israel, let's take a look at the situation here in the u.s.. i am joined by the dean of brown university's school of public health. thank you foing the program. i hope you had a chance to hear ayat professor levine isg about israel. can you speak on the u.s. experience compared to the israeli experience?
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>> i was listening to the contrast, it could not be sharper. we do not have a coordinated effort. it is highly decentralized and disorganized. things are not going well so far. i expect things to turn around a little bit, but what professor levine laid out, is not the instrategy being usehe united states. that is why our rates are about 1/10 or worse than israel's. katty: my husband was sayin n it's ju possible, israel is a population of 9 million people. it's very centralized. here we have 50 states, is it state nature of the unitede states? >> i think it is possible. we can do big things nationally. it requires a differentel m and it requires work and attention, and that is what has not been done.
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theer fed government's strategy largely has been to turn it over to states, but without adequate, funding without partnering with states. then,is we are sur when states are not able to pull it off on their own. this is in my md incompetence of the federal government. katty: just to clarify, is it lack of supply? ntis it lack of equip is it lack of peritnnel, what is hat is holding it up? >> the sgle biggest thing is there is no money. astates pretty much out of money on vaccine distribution. thnm federal govt and congress had not passed any resources. states were on a shoestring to figure out how to make this happen. they have a definite lack of done, because they are out of money,d they have posocal counties and said, you figure it
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out. local counties are struggling to figure out how to do this. w this is to run a national vaccine campaign. ate really needed was resources, early from the federal governmenm congress to states, and a partnership between states and the federal government. including logistical support so we can set up vaccination sites. katty: you said at the beginning of this interview that you were hopeful things might be about to turn around. why and how? >> two or three reasons. congress has finally passed this money. most states have not yet started getting it, but i expect states will start getting resources, start building out a vaccination infrastructure. states are making progress. theyavspent the last few weeks working out a plan, starting to put those plans into place.that's good. here we are never.late than
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we are a couple weeksbi away frm n administration that has made getting people vaccinated a the trump administration really should have. the bidenn administrat pulling together a group of individuals that are highly competent andti eff, and i expect the federal government will be a far more useful weeksr to states in t ahead.katty: thank you for joine program. a reminder, america has vaccinated 1% of its population in the sameime period israel has vaccinated 10%. a quick look a other news from around the world. prosecutors in wisconsin have cleared a white police oicer in the august 23 shooting of a black man, jacob blake. the incident touched off street protests and inflamed racial tensions in the u.s.. ahead of the decision, local
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alficials prepared for poten unrest with the city council -- once the announcement is made. a three-year diste between qatar and its gulf neighbors appears to be over. this is the momen he embrace the saudi crown prince. the border between the two countries has now reopened. it began back in 2017, when qatar's neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism aligning too closely with iran. a hospital warsaw is being investigated, after about celebrities and a former prime minister to jump the line to get coronavirus vaccinations. 18 people were reportedly invited to get theo jab promote a campaign, only meant for workers and their families. poland's prime minister calle it a scandal, saying there was no justification for breaking the rules and jumping the line.
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you're watching bbc world news america. japan's topumo wrestler has tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country faces a third wave of infections. ♪ katty: tensions between iran and south korea are -- its crew of 20 has been detained. e incident comes amid tensions. here is the bbc's reporter. reporter: korea has put out a statement saying they think there are $ bilon worth of iranian funds frozen in bank accounts here. earlier this month -- earlier december, there was discussion about whether or not iran was willing to barter to release
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those funds in return for some vaccines. thowevere has been no headway, and the tension has increased. the deputy foreign minister was due to fly to tehran on sunday. they are not sure if that is itg isng to go ahead, but it is essential to have talks on this issue. ♪ katty: in japan, the record-breaking sumo champion has tested positive or the coronavirus, just days before a 15 day grand sumo tournament. as of tuesday, japan has reported more than 250,000 cases of the virus, and over 3500 deaths. the prime minister is considering declaring a state of emergency in the tokyo area. we have the report. reporter: my bully informed sumo wrestler is the youngest serving
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of all-time. but tmos giant of japan's iconic sport, has won a record 44 tournaments, has succumbed to the virus. he has lost his nse of smell. this is a close contact sport. other members of his -- just last week 11 members tested positive. in may, a 28-year-old wrestler died due to multiple organur farelated to coronavirus. he came to japan at age 15 to enter the world of sumo. now 20 years on, he is under pressure. he has been dealing with any injury and has notompleted a competition since march. withdrawing from three he has an official warning for repeated absences. the sports strongest rebuke, short of recommending
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retirement. japan is battling a third wave of coronavirus infections, but the prime minister insists that the tokyo olympics this summer. he says the games will be proof that mankind overcame the virus. forow he has to beat the virus to stay on top of his game. bbc news. katty: looking at those people fighting in close contact. coronad.rus is going to spr sweden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has divided medical experts and public health officials around the world. the nation has avoided tough lockdown measures we have seen elsewhere. that hasome at a cost. infection rates have been rising,00 and nearly eople have died. when artist has chosen to pay tribute to t coronavirus victims with a unique installation. ♪ >> when corona came to sweden, i
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wanted to do something. it was terrifying and strange. that is but i started making flowers and putting them in the field. one flowers for deceased corona patients. i planted 6000 -- 6530 flowers in total. i would chuckhe daily number of deceased, and just write down the dates on my paper. the total, that will give mehe mber.
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♪ the other reason i started the project was because i thought it was terrifying if someone has corona, you are not allowed to be near that person. if you are allowed, a lot of regulations, uncertainty, fear. i wanted those people who did not get attention, to give them a place where they could have a
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little respect. ♪ katty: sometimes the numbers are overwhelming but each one of those people had family. before weis go, cas maybe over but the festive spirit lives oven if you have to go underwater to find it. random. ahead of the christian festival, a spanish scuba diving club has installed an underwater nativity scene. his offe charity.
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those who want to take part have to payix aboutollars to receive a training course and an underwater christening. only then can they paddle down to view the festive output. many children will wake up to a christmas tree left by the thes wisemen of this programg for this is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. the freeman foundation. blby judy and peter kovler foundation; pursuing solutions ford america's negleceds. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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gat the height ofhe conflict.d into vietnam he became a single parent of two young children. we moved a lot. we slept in rest areas. we slept in our car. w i didn't realize that e actually homeless. it makes your world really small. if we happened to stay in a motel that happened to have a tv, it was really special. we loved nova. especially when it would be about space. we would talk for hours about the universe. watching nova, i felt big, like, my mind was big, the trajecf my life my ideaschanged.g.ry i could see a world outside of our povertyi anlt like things were going to get better. ♪
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captioning sponsored by newsho productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour toniowt: balance of. voters head the polls in georgia's runoff elections, with control of the u.ssenate and the future of much of president- elect biden's agenda at ake. then, combating the coronavirus. the u.s. sets anher daily record for covid-19 infections behind projections.campaign lags plus, "rethinking college." lost revenue and cutbacks from pandemic-related closures have compelled many st


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