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tonight an fda advisory panel recommending emergency use authorization for a second coronavirus vaccine.
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this one manufactured by moderna. the fda says it plans to issue the authorization quickly. that as the u.s. is dealing with record rates of daily new cases, rising deaths, and record numbers of covid-19 patients in hospitals. president trump out of sight and silent on the crisis. one white house adviser saying trump's complaining about losing the election but his whining is unbecoming. and president-elect joe biden making history, picking the first native american as a cabinet secretary. i want to bring in now cnn's white house correspondent john harwood and cnn political analyst ron brownstein. good to see both of you. thank you for joining me. we've got a lot to talk about tonight. so john, the former governor of new jersey chris christie spoke to chris cuomo earlier and here is what he said about the election. >> whenever anybody loses an election, party, individual, there is great disappointment but elections have consequences
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and this one was clearly won by president-elect biden by the same margin in the electoral college that president trump won four years ago. and by even more, nearly double the popular vote. this election, there's been no evidence put forward that's shown me as a former prosecutor that there was any fraud that would change the results of the election. and so it's time for us to accept that defeat. >> john, what do you think? president trump is missing in action. think he's listening? >> of course he's not listening, don. look, the president is not all there mentally. let's just be honest about it. he is showing in the aftermath of the election why he is not fit for the presidency. he is not capable of doing the job. he's not capable of focusing on anyone other than himself. this has actually been evident throughout his four years in
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office but it's been accentuated by the fact that since the election not only has he refused to recognize the reality of his defeat he's completely ignoring the surging coronavirus pandemic which is raging through the country and killing 3,000 people a day. it's an abdication of his duty and -- but that's who donald trump is and that's what underscores his incapacity to do this job. >> ron, we are learning tonight about cedric richmond, a top biden aide, testing positive. he is a congressman, right, and also congresswoman porter is in quarantine. secretary azar's wife testing positive. secretary of state pompeo is in quarantine. seems like we need our top officials to get vaccinated as soon as possible. >> yes, and we also need as john said, we need a president who will do his job until the last day. we talked about this before. what we're watching is the equivalent of a navy captain abandoning the bridge under fire and retreating to his state room
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wondering about his own survival and plotting his own survival leaving the crew, in this case the american public, to face this unprecedented national security threat on their own. we're looking at a 9/11 a day. a pearl harbor a day. and not only is the president silent and absent, i am especially struck by again the tolerance and abetting of his party of this behavior. you do not hear republicans calling him out for walking away from the country at this critical moment, putting any pressure or even acknowledging that it's happening. and now we have a second front of this massive russian hack which the president is ignoring. again, republicans are ignoring that. it is the entire party at this point is kind of walking away from this enormous challenge and given the hostility to the -- or the disruption of the transition, you know, in many ways they are putting tacks in front of the biden
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administration that's going to have to handle it and clean it up. >> but ron why won't he talk about it? why won't he come out and say, say listen, we have a vaccine out there but every day i need to you wear masks, i need you to do this, blah, blah, blah, blah, we've got to get the economy back on track? he is m.i.a. you don't really hear from him. it's like he's given up. >> well, look. there are presumably personal and political reasons. personal, obviously as john has said, this is someone who has been self-absorbed from the outset, who really kind of looks at issues from the lens of what can it do for me. and, you know, here he feels like his interest is in stoking this grievance. but look. from the beginning, the original sin of his handling of the pandemic was the desire to project normalcy at all costs no matter what the implications of that for public health and no matter how dangerous that was in terms of spreading the virus. and you continue to see governors like desantis in florida and abbott in texas under the pressure of that refusing to recalibrate their
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course in any way as the country buckles under this extraordinary surge. so in one way personal but in another way it's political. he clearly has made the decision and convinced much of the republican coalition that we can soldier through this even though these deaths now appear, feel especially unnecessary with there being light at the end of the tunnel in the presence of the vaccine. >> so, john, we're learning that states were told by the federal government that they will receive fewer pfizer vaccine doses than initially promised. states are confused. are there concerns about the government's command and control of the vaccine distribution? >> well, there's good reason to be concerned about every aspect of the trump administration's performance. now, what the white house is saying about the state's complaints is that they're getting less -- fewer doses so far than they expected simply because the administration is
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holding back the second doses in the two-dose regimen so that they would appear to be getting half of what they thought but they will get the other half when the three weeks pass and the time comes for the second pfizer vaccine. if that's all it is, that's not much of a problem assuming that logistically they can execute that second shipment. but that's what the white house says. we haven't heard from all the states on this. and the fact that the states didn't know what the white house is telling us tonight would suggest that there is at minimum a communications problem. >> gentlemen, thank you so much. tonight an fda advisory panel recommending authorization of a second covid-19 vaccine. i want to discuss that now with cnn medical analyst dr. jonathan reiner and dr. william schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at vanderbilt university. i have two of the best minds on to discuss this and very happy about that. good evening, gentlemen. dr. schaffner, the fda plans to
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issue an emergency use authorization for that moderna vaccine quickly. but it comes as the u.s. had its deadliest day of the pandemic. these vaccines really can't come soon enough. >> oh, you're exactly right. everybody's eager for the vaccines to be in place locally so we can distribute them out. the pfizer vaccine is in large institutions. you know, that's the one that has to be kept so very cold and managed very, very carefully to prevent a vaccine is less cold sensitive, heat sensitive, so it can be distributed more widely out into rural counties, smaller institutions, pharmacies, doctors' offices. there are a lot of people ready to roll up their sleeve, don. we need to get started on this vaccination program just as quickly as possible. it started in our institution. my medical center today. and we got off to a rousing start. >> dr. reiner, i want to ask
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you, i want to get your take on some states raising concerns that they expect to get fewer doses of the vaccine than initially promised. is this a red flag for some sort of -- is it going to have some sort of impact on, you know, what could happen, on how long before we get back to normal? >> well, we heard from pfizer this afternoon that they have no manufacturing problems and that they have a warehouse full of literally millions of doses of vaccine ready to go out as soon as the federal government tells them where to ship it. there was another report this evening that states that really the confusion came from a new federal software system called tiberius which was written by the big data company palantire which was loaded with essentially the wrong data that led states to believe they were getting more vaccine than they truly were. so this might all just be a big confusion. we have the vaccine. it'll probably be sorted out in
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the next several days. >> dr. schaffner, i want to talk about -- there is a new study that finds regeneron's antibody cocktail reduces a patient's viral load and works best in patients whose immune response hadn't kicked in yet. this is what president trump got. is this encouraging? >> well, we're going to be using this drug much more widely in the future. it is already being used fairly frequently. if we could prevent the development of serious disease among people who are infected, if we could intervene early enough so that the disease does not get into its later phases, the ones that require hospitalization, that would be terrific. and those, we're using that drug in our medical center now for just that purpose. >> dr. reiner, we have turned to the expertise of you and dr. schaffner throughout this pandemic.
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this is some of what you've told us through this past year. >> we've known for a long time masks prevent transmission. if you look at photographs from the spanish flu pandemic, 102 years ago, everyone in the street is wearing a mask. >> and with states opening up, and some of those states don't seem to have met all the criteria in phase one that's been laid out in the national plan, we're of course worried this coronavirus which cleverly knows how to be transmitted from person to person will have a field day as people get out and about and close to each other and get a little more lax in their social distancing. and that will result in more people coming into the hospital, i'm afraid. >> but what i'm really afraid of is since it's now everywhere, come fall i think it's going to spring up all over the country and i think this second wave
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that's coming in the fall will be worse than the first. >> so why should his followers wear a mask? the president's not going to wear one. and that moronic stance will cost us a quarter of a million americans by thanksgiving. >> wow. interesting. you guys know what you are talking about. we've now suddenly blown past a quarter million preventible deaths. what do people need to listen to now, dr. reiner? >> i think they need to listen to their doctors, they need to listen to public health officials. help is on the way. no one wants to be the last person to die of covid. you don't have to be. you need to mask up. you need to avoid crowds. you need to what i call make your viral footprint as small as possible. go to the store once a week rather than every single day. these kinds of things. stay out of trouble.
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keep a mask on. you're going to get a vaccine in the next couple months. and that's going to put your life right. so if you can just do that, we can get through this. but i think on a nationwide basis i don't see how we don't shut down. there are too many deaths now. hospitals are too packed. we're going to have to do some shutdowns. >> wow. really? >> it has to happen. >> dr. schaffner? i'll give you the last word. what do you say? do you agree with that? >> well, i'm certainly worried about it. and i'd like to reformulate it a little bit and reach out to all those men out there who think wearing a mask is unmanly. on the contrary, you're the protector. you're the protector of your family, your loved ones, your wife, your children, your neighbors. people with whom you worship. if you wear the mask you will protect them. that is a very manly thing to do. >> i so appreciate having both of you on. i mean, it is just -- we just went back through the entire
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year and i was just -- everything you were right on, right on. we are so fortunate to have both of you. thank you so much. i'll see you soon. >> thank you, don. joe biden is choosing a diverse cabinet that looks like america, but what will they do about the climate crisis that threatens everybody in this country and the world, especially people of color? hi sabrina! hi jen! so let me just ask you? this aveeno® moisturizer goes beyond just soothing sensitive skin? exactly jen! calm + restore oat gel was designed for sensitive skin. uh! it's incredible! we formulated it with a super nurturing ingredient. prebiotic oat. it soothes skin and strengthens its moisture barrier, too. uh! i love it! i love it! aveeno® healthy. it's our nature.™ oh. wait! wait! sabrina! there's a serum, too? of course, there is. of course, there is. i knew that. did you know diarrhea is often causedtry pepto diarrhea. food? pepto® diarrhea is proven effective to treat symptoms,
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the president-elect joe biden announcing more members of his history-making cabinet, new mexico congresswoman deb haaland is his pick for interior secretary. she'll be the first native american cabinet secretary. and michael regan to head the epa. he would be the first black man to head that agency. so what do these choices mean for his policy goals on climate? and is the president-elect living up to his promise to build a cabinet that looks like america? joining me now to discuss, cnn's chief climate correspondent mr. bill weir and cnn political commentator karen finney. good to see both of you. karen, i see you all the time. you know i love you. bill, i don't get to see you a lot. where you been, brother? we miss seeing you. >> good to see you.
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>> good evening to both of you. bill, biden going, you know, with a lot of picks who clearly understand the disproportionate effects brought on by environmental changes including deb haaland as interior secretary, michael regan epa head. what does this tell us about his approach to environmental justice? >> it is so interesting to see if you go to the environmental twitter feeds after four years sort of outrage on a loop. there is pure giddiness. it's hard to overstate the importance, the poignancy of deb haaland, who is a 35th generation new mexican being put in charge of 1/5 of american land. and a quarter of the carbon pollution that comes out of the united states comes out of this federal land. so the meaning of her -- this is a woman who lived without electricity, lived without clean water, running water, as so many native americans have experienced. and they are celebrating. there's about 2 million native
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americans now who have someone that looks like them running this old agency. and then on the other pick, michael regan, what's really interesting about that is he's got great bona fides. 44 years old, north carolina, top environmental official there. he brokered a big deal with duke energy, got them to pay for the biggest coal ash cleanup in the country's history, worked under clinton and george w. bush in the epa but his name really didn't emerge until the last couple days because what seemed to be the odds-on favorite, mary nichols, who's the long-time sort of climate czar in california. a bunch of environmental groups came forward and said we oppose her pick because she is not sensitive to the needs of environmental justice. the cap and trade scheme doesn't work for fence line communities, where corporations can basically buy offsets and just keep polluting. she says we're still suffering. and you've ignored us for ten years as we've tried to raise this so they wrote to biden and i think it really set the transition back and that's how they took a look at regan.
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>> yeah. listen, karen, not many people can say they are 35th generation. that's pretty awesome. biden's cabinet has several historic firsts. are you encouraged by what you're seeing? >> absolutely. i have to say i was really hoping that deb haaland for example would be named to the cabinet. i mean, you know, representation matters. we've talked about this before, don. think about the legacy. we've talked about slavery and racial injustice in this country but think about the injustices that have been done generation after generation to native americans in this country and to now have someone who is native american, 35th generation new mexican. >> wow. >> running such an important agency. and being at key decision making tables. you know, again, one of the things that is so important about the representation and the diversity of experiences and backgrounds, different folks
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here have experienced both local governments, state governments, at the federal level dealing with these issues and each of them bring their experience, their lived experience. their diverse american stories to the table around the table to help make decisions about the future of our country and to undo so much environmental damage that was done under the trump administration. >> if we can just put the picture back up of the folks so far. i mean just look at the screen. look at that. i mean it really is reflective of america, what this country actually looks like. and it's such -- bill-i think you said it. it's such really the opposite of what we saw during the last administration. i've got to say, bill, i've been watching you for a long time, watching you go around the country, watching you talk to people suffering the most from climate issues.
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what are communities of color and indigenous people hoping to see change here? >> a seat at the table, don. you know, distant white guys have been making decisions for a lot of these communities for a couple hundred years and so to have a position of authority where for entire fates and futures of land and water and wildlife can be taken into account especially after four years in which donald trump really turned even the words environmental protection agency into an oxymoron. he appointed men who spent their careers suing the epa on behalf of coal and oil producers. and so we knew that he had promised to run on climate, we knew we'd see a 180 but it is interesting to see the reaction to these picks too. you have jen granholm who we know here at cnn department of energy. he could have gone with a more traditional pick there but her bona fides in terms of clean transportation. and she's a good communicator the way pete buttigieg is at the department of transportation. and sort of reminding people
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that all of these things are connected. these different cabinet posts, climate touches all of them. you know, it's not a menu item. it's the whole restaurant. the economy and public health, foreign policy. all of that depends on a livable planet. of course in this moment of reckoning now after the summer of black lives matter protests, after you see that covid affects communities of color disproportionately because they've been breathing dirty air, you know, america was built, a lot of it, by dumping our pollution on the poor side of town. and it is long overdue that somebody can come to the table who has lived in those communities. and knows what it's like and knows the hidden costs of the choices we all make. >> karen, what did you want to say? >> i was just going to say let's also add that this climate team, this environmental team also represents a 180 we believe in science. science is real. climate change is real. climate science is real.
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if you didn't believe, you know, here in washington where it's been 39 degrees one day and 70 the next. >> a nor'easter. >> but it says this is real. and this is about the now and our future. and this is also a team of people, jennifer granholm, someone who is also, you know, backed by labor and who understands what it takes in terms of, you know, creating clean energy jobs. that can stay here in america. it also says we have to face the facts in terms of clean energy and the future we want for our country and the jobs we need to create and the seriousness with which we need to approach these issues. >> bill, i got to run but i can't let you jump in because i got to ask you this question. so what is key west going to do on new year's eve without you? >> sushi is going to do a
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virtual drop in high-heeled shoe maybe. >> so you're going to join us? you're going to join us? >> i will be on new year's eve though i won't be in key west. i won't be at a grateful dead, dead and company show. i have something very special planned. >> all right. we have something very special. i know, look. anderson and andy always do but we've got something. you've got something. we're not going to tell. it's suspense, folks. you've got to tune in. all right. thank you both. i'll see you soon. the coronavirus is surging, reaching levels we've never seen before and it could get a lot worse with the holidays. how to keep yourself safe just ahead.
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these are the darkest days yet of the pandemic. with only a week until christmas. millions of people expected to travel for the holidays and experts are warning that we could see another surge in cases. and there are already cautionary tales. today the county health department in henderson, north carolina confirming 75 cases of coronavirus linked to a holiday celebration at a local church. and this week we learned a small town georgia couple dressed as santa and mrs. claus mingled with dozens of children only to test positive days later. remember the warnings before thanksgiving? lots of people still traveled and we got a surge because of
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it. or traveled anyway, i should say, and got a surge because of it. so is there a safe holiday gathering this year? let's discuss now with the joe allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science at harvard and the author of "healthy buildings." also dr. cornelia griggs, pediatric surgeon at massachusetts general hospital. i was just commenting in the break we love having both of you on because you know so much. so thank you for joining us. dr. griggs, i must start with you. we are so close to having vaccines widely distributed but the next two months could see things get worse, get really much worse. what is the best way for people to stay safe this holiday season? >> you know, it's such an important inflection point in the pandemic at this stage because we're seeing a lot of really hopeful, optimistic imagery of health care workers getting their vaccines but it is right at this point where if
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people are not vigilant and lose steam that we'll see a surge upon surge with the holidays. we already know that americans gathered for thanksgiving and millions are planning to travel for christmas but i hate to be a total grinch. it just means you have to keep your gathering as small as possible. avoid eating together. bring your own food, your own drink. keep everything to a minimum. do whatever you can on screen. >> do people call you the griggs who stole christmas? >> they probably will. it won't bother me even if it prevents one person from getting the virus. >> what you are saying is very, very important. you are exactly right. joe, for americans in many parts of the country it's too cold this time of year to gather together outside. right? if people are going to be together this christmas, is there a safe way to do it indoors? >> yeah. thanks for having me back on, don. so first and foremost we
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definitely have to try and stay out of this wave. so ideally i'll reiterate what was just said. only gather this holiday with those you live with if you can. but if you are going to get together with people, a couple things you can do. first try to do this outdoors. i know that doesn't work in a lot of areas of the country particularly where i am we just had a big snowstorm. but if you are going to be indoors just be mindful and aware that as people talk and breathe we emit aerosols that can build up indoors and our homes don't really breathe all that well. in fact you only get half an air change per hour in a typical u.s. home. that means it can take several hours to dilute or dissipate any aerosols, respiratory aerosols, someone is infectious, that they release into the home. it can take several hours to clear that out. so really critical. you want to open your windows. even an inch or two will help. for those in the cold climates an inch or two will work. if you can't do that, a good substitute is a portable air cleaner with a hepa filter.
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last i would recommend mask wearing for all times when you are not actively eating or drinking. >> but none of it is fool proof except for not gathering together, correct? >> yeah, that's right. there is no such thing as zero risk. my preference would be and what i'm doing is we're having just our immediate family, the people i live with. we're going to keep it real small this year. that's ideal. but we know an abstinence-only message doesn't always work so if people are going to get together we want to give them tools and tips to reduce risk. >> i'm with you. let me ask you one more thing before i get back to the good doctor here. it's not just family gatherings, right? malls this time of year mobbed with holiday shoppers. supermarkets, people -- i've got to get my food on, i've got to do this. i've got to make the turkey and all that. should people be shopping online this year? how risky are stores right now? >> i'd say the same thing. you want to look for -- they don't have to be high risk but what is going to happen around
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the holidays as we know is a last-minute mad dash rush same with the grocery stores. what i would do absolutely of course wear a mask but if it looks crowded that is your first indication that it's not going to be so good. look, only go to a place if you can keep your distance. but if there's a lot of people in there the one thing you won't know is whether or not there is enough air being brought in. what is guaranteed is if there's a lot of people in there and it looks crowded there is not going to be enough air per person being delivered into that space. so that's a cue, that's a place you don't want to go into. >> okay. dr. griggs, back to you. dr. fauci isn't spending christmas with his family for the first time in 30 years and says he is worried that coronavirus spread will be worse than it was over thanksgiving. he's been accused of wanting to ruin christmas for asking people to be safe. so listen, you're in good company. what do you say to people who don't want to give up christmas with family from out of town? >> i mean, americans have been through so much. people across the world have been through so much.
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i understand how desperately people feel they want to see and hug their family members. but the really insidious thing about this virus is that you are likely in this holiday season to get covid from somebody that you trust and love when you let your guard down, when you're not wearing a mask, when you give them a hug and a kiss. that is the truly devastating thing. and we're going to wind up with horrible, horrible numbers of people in the hospital in january and beyond. >> you can look at it this way because you can't get together that means you don't have to buy christmas presents. >> lean into whatever you hated about the holidays. >> i think this is a good year actually considering what so many people are dealing with, it is a good year not to buy christmas presents and take that money and help someone else if you can spare it. right? a good lesson to learn. it's not about buying presents but about the spirit of christmas. thank you. and the spirit of the holidays. thank you so much. i appreciate both of you.
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see you soon. be safe. >> thank you. medical experts and health workers trying to fight vaccine skepticism. one hospital administrator choosing to get a shot to show leadership to staffers who clean covid rooms despite concerns from his own family.
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an fda advisory panel recommending authorization of a second vaccine. this one made by moderna. distribution of the pfizer vaccine is well under way this week starting with front line medical workers and hospital personnel. i want to bring in now -- you have to listen to this person, roy dunlap. roy dunlap is a director of environmental services at howard university hospital in washington and he got the vaccine. so we're so happy that he's here. mr. dunlap, thank you for joining us. congratulations on getting the vaccine. >> thank you, don, thank you for having me. >> what was it like to have it? i mean you have any side effects or anything? >> since the 48 hours since i got the vaccine just a little soreness on my arm so instead of sleeping on my right side i slept on my left side. that's about the only thing so far. >> i got the flu shot a couple months ago and my arm was sore. you'll be all right.
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so listen. roy, your family was skeptical in all seriousness, even worried about you getting the vaccine. >> right. >> why were they concerned? >> well, for one, you know, i told my wife at the last minute let me just say that. i knew i was getting the vaccine two weeks ago when my ceo said she was going to get it. i made up my mind at that point i was going to get it. >> you didn't tell them? >> excuse me? i didn't tell them until the night before. the night before, yes. we are having dinner and you know we sit around the table and bring things to the table we want to discuss -- school, work, etcetera. so i told my wife, i said, listen. baby, i'm going to get the vaccine tomorrow. i look across to my son and my son's eyebrows are raised like oh, no. and my wife, she just looked at
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me and she says, you're going to get it tomorrow? you're just now telling me? why do you need to get it? why? why can't you let somebody else do it? why can't you wait to see what's the side effects? your family needs you. i looked in her eyes and i said baby, quite frankly i need to do this. i need to be a leader. i need to be a leader to my staff, you know, because i oversee the environmental services department which does the cleaning, the cleanup for covid-19. so a lot of my staff members are exposed to covid-19 firsthand. and then my staff members, a lot of my staff members got covid-19, ten staff members that had it. so it was very important to be the lead, to take the vaccine to start combatting this covid-19 virus. >> a couple things. i know your wife was mad when she gave you the why come, she
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was mad, right? >> yes, she was. >> i like what you said that you and your family and you sit around and you bring things to the table for dinner. >> right. >> you bring up things you want to talk about. that is fantastic. >> right. >> but also, it's fantastic that you're setting an example for the people who work with you. and people who are concerned and really fearful of getting the vaccine and sometimes for good reason because of the history of this country. they need to see an example. >> right. and like you said, you know, i also want to be an example to the community as well. our history, with viruses, you know, in america has not been good. so i want to show black and brown people, latino and blacks, that this virus is the beginning stages of bringing this pandemic down and going back to normal. i want everything to return to normal.
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so the economy is all messed up and this is the fastest way to get back to the economy and get back to a way of life, a normal way of life. >> let me tell you something. i think you left out something. you're not telling people. your arm is no the hurting from that shot. your arm is hurting because you're sleeping on the couch in the dog house. that's why. [ laughter ] >> i think my wife punched me in my sleep, too. >> i like you. i like you, roy. you're a good man. roy dunlap from washington, d.c. hey, thank you, brother. merry christmas to you and your family. be well, okay? >> okay. thank you. it was a pleasure to be on your show mr. lemon. thank you sir. >> it is a pleasure to have you and have people in the world like you. thank you so much. make sure you join me. i'm going to be with dr. sanjay gupta. wow, that is big. i'm big time now seriously. tomorrow night at 10:00 for a new town hall called "the color of covid: the vaccines" and we'll speak with dr. anthony fauci and the surgeon general jerome adams about vaccine skepticism in communities of color and how to boost confidence.
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precautions this holiday season with that fox news canard of a so-called war on christmas. >> christmas is meant to be spent with your family, not isolated and locked down. they're going to keep us locked down with all these rules because it's working for them. you're not going to get your freedom back until you demand it. there's a lot of choices for this naughty list. the naughty list -- >> yes, there is. >> the naughty list could be longer than the good list. >> i don't know what she's talking about. there's no national lockdown and the argument that your freedom's being taken away doesn't really hold water. large gatherings are not advised due to the high risk of spreading covid. and then there's sean hannity. playing to his audience of one and that's of course president trump. going off last night once again on false claims of election fraud and blaming it all on democrats. >> they don't care about the weeks of vote counting, the reliance on mail-in ballots they once told us were not accurate and ripe for fraud. the mistreatment of election
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observers in every state. the election laws changed in the middle of the game. >> same thing every night. the fake news, phony, fox, cnn, fox -- whatever. it's the exact same thing. stoking the flames of doubt. right? is it any wonder that millions of republicans don't touch the election results? but i saved the best for last, and that's tucker carlson. he's outraged, outraged that the incoming first lady, jill biden, uses the title doctor. she has a doctorate in education. he didn't just mock her for using doctor when she's not an m.d. but he mocked her dissertation. >> dr. jill needs reading glasses. either that or she's borderline illiterate. there are typos everywhere, including in the first graph of the introduction. dr. jill can't write. she can't really think clearly either. >> so that's bad enough. but tonight they got worse, and
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they might want to have some of those real medical doctors on if they care so much about the field of medicine because rather than educating his audience about the vaccine and the facts that tucker carlson went on to rant about twitter censorship, social control, hyped up a report of one adverse reaction to alaska and said people should respond nervously to the vaccine news. just remember what fox news lawyers said about tucker carlson in court during a recent lawsuit. the judge in that case agreed with them and wrote this. "fox persuasively argues that given mr. carlson's reputation any reasonable viewer arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism about the statements he makes." we report. you decide. thanks for watching. our coverage continues. enough, crohn's. for adults with moderate to severe crohn's or ulcerative colitis,
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a sign of hope amid a grim holiday season. an fda panel recommends authorizing moderna's coronavirus vaccine, but it may come too late for the record numbers of americans now in the hospital. plus, congressional leaders scramble to get a stimulus deal finalized before tonight's midnight deadline. it's what the deal leaves out that has some state officials fuming. president trump remains silent on a massive cyber attack


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