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top of the hour. good to have you with us. ink erica hill in today for brooke bald win. right now an fda advisory panel is meeting on johnson & johnson's single-dose vaccine. if granted emergency use authorization, this, of course, would be the third vaccine authorized in the u.s., and then if the cdc signs off president biden says the first doses would roll out immediately. for its part j&j says it has about 4 million doses ready to go. for americans meantime struggling financially because of the pandemic it looks like the covid relief bill will pass in the house today but without that $15 an hour minimum wage. the senate parliamentarian arguing the increase cannot be conclude in the package. the biden administration says it's disappointed with the decision but the reality is, of course, without that increase
the overall stimulus may have an easier time moving forward in the senate. also this hour, president biden and first lady jill biden are in houston where they are set to visit a food bank, meet some of the volunteers there. earlier today they surveyed some of the damage from the devastating winter storms in texas. we're going to bring you that video as soon as it we get it, but, first, we do want to get to an a update on where things stand with this covid relief bill on capitol hill. cnn's jessica dean is there for us this afternoon. so, just how close are we at this point to the bill passing? >> well, erica, we expected this bill will pass. as far as how close we are, we are many, many hours away from that actually happening, so just to give everyone a timeline update, right now that bill is still in the rules committee which is where it needs to kind of get sorted out before they can take it to the floor. once it gets to the floor, we estimate between six and seven and a half hours that it will take to go through debate, the votes, all of the things it will
take to get to final passage of this bill, so members i've spoken to know this is going to be a very long night for them here, a very long friday night which is somewhat rare for the house here on capitol hill, so they know it's going to take a while, but, again, we do expect this bill to pass. congressman jim clyburn saying earlier that he does expect some democrat may vote against it. they can afford to lose up to three votes but that he does expect it to be pass, that notwithstanding, that it will continue to go on. one interesting thing to note. you mentioned the senate parliamentarian, of course, ruling that that $15 minimum wage provision cannot be included on the senate side. it will be in this house bill because this is coming from the house. it will then get kicked over to the senate upon its passage once that happens, and that's where that will all play out and the senate will decide kind of how they want to move forward with everything. erica? >> but that's the next step, of course. first we've got to get through tonight and the long night that you have ahead, my friend.
jessica, thank you. happening right now. an fda advisory panel about to vote on whether to recommend emergency use authorization for johnson & johnson's single-dose vaccine. if authorized this would be the third vaccine available in the u.s. first shots would likely be in arms next week. right now they are averaging 1.5 million shots a day. the rise of variants though across the country is also increasing concerns about another surge despite a consistent drop in cases and deaths. cnn's alexandra field has more on the vaccine race and also new details about the number of americans who are willing to get their shot. >> reporter: a third covid-19 vaccine could be authorized as soon as this evening. we may see the new shots in arms early next week. >> we need every tool we can possibly get to curtail the spread of this pandemic. >> initially johnson & johnson won't pump out as many shots as
quickly as the biden administration had hoped, but the ease of the country's first single-dose vaccine should boost critical efforts to vaccinate more americans. >> the more vaccines that have high efficacy that we can get into play, the bet sneer pfizer's vaccine is becoming easier to roll out. the fda now says that vaccine doesn't require ultra low temperatures for shipping and storage meaning it could be distributed at more sites. good news as demand for vaccines ramps up. a new keiser family foundation survey shows for the first time that a majority of u.s. adults, 55%, have been or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible, up from 47% in mid-january and 34% in early december. black and hispanic adults and young adults are more likely to say they will wait and see, this as new cases and hospitalizations are down significantly from all-time highs, but the cdc says they are
seeing a concerning shift. those declines may be stalling. >> cdc has been sounding the alarm about the continued spread of variants. we may now be seeing the beginning effects of these variants. >> reporter: as to whether vaccines could help combat potential new surges, dr. fauci saying they can play a big role. they don't have to specifically target a new variant in order to be effective. >> get as many people vaccinated as you possibly k.everything you throw at a mutant will be countered by getting people vaccinated. >> reporter: and erica, you just can't overstate the need for more of a supply right now, that as we inch closer to the possibility of more supply becoming a reality. this advisory committee is set to vote soon on whether or not to recommend the emergency use authorization. once the fda issues an emergency use the authorization, you would see things start to move forward. a cdc committee is scheduled to meet over the weekend. they would look at whether to recommend the vaccine and who it should go to. the biden administration saying
they are ready to distribute those johnson & johnson vaccines just as soon as they get go the-ahead. they say they have got 3 million to 4 million shots in the pipeline, shots that could be getting into arms next week. erica? >> and so we wait, right, for that announcement. hopefully that will come a little bit later to start the ball rolling. thank you. joining me now is dr. sanjay gupta, cnn's chief medical correspondent. sanjay, as we look at this, the good news, right, as we saw in will eaks's piece, hospitalizations, new cases, even dress are dropping, but the numbers are plateauing at fairly high less. i know that's concerning, and i know yesterday you spoke with the nih director francis collins who told you that there is a real risk here of another surge. >> yeah. i mean people have sort of raised this concern ever since we sort of identified some of these variants and recognized that they are -- that they are simply more transmissible, erica, so, you know, frankly just in the regular life, what you may have gotten away with in
terms of not actually causing a -- a viral transmission may be harder if -- if the virus in fact is more contagious, so that -- that's what they are really talking about. i think the big question as we have asked all along through this pandemic is you see an increase in the number of people who are diagnosed. does that translate to a corresponding number of hospitalizations a few weeks later and then sadly to a corresponding number of deaths after that? the hope is that that doesn't happen as much, right, as more people have immunity, as more people get vaccinated, that even if cases do go up, hopefully you're not seeing the most tragic consequences of that. we don't know the answer yet, but that's what everyone is hoping for. >> yeah, absolutely. >> as we look at what is hopefully coming down the pike, right, the fda advisory panel meeting right now could recommend emergency use authorization for j&j single-dose vaccine. there's so many questions about these variants. do we know how that particular vaccine potentially protects against these emerging variants?
>> yeah. i think we have a pretty good idea. we saw the initial data and then saw the fda's analysis of the data. we can put it up on the screen. here's the best way to sort of think about it. i think that there is an impact of the variants on the vaccine meaning that for some of these places where the variants were circulating, you know, widely such as in latin america, the variant associated with brazil, you can see a drop-off from 72% to 68%, south africa 64%, but that was for moderate disease. if you look at the right side of the screen, that is global data, so it takes into account all the variants and all these various locations, and what they found is that it was 85% protective against severe disease so that's really significant, erica, and, you know, no hospitalizations or deaths at the one-month mark for people who received that johnson & johnson vaccine. that's the sort of data that the fda is going to pay attention to. their bar for the emergency use authorization is do the benefits
outweigh the risks? as simple as that. one other data point i want to show you, erica, because you and i have talked about this before. we know the vaccines protect against illness. it's been a long-standing question. do they help prevent you from getting inforgeted? what they found is people who received the vaccine were far less likely, 70% likely to have asymptomatic infection, so that kind of means that it seems to be protective to some extent against people actually carrying the virus. you remember, even if you're vaccinated you still have to wear a mask. why? you could be carrying the virus and spread it. this data seems to suggest that this should ultimately address that issue as well. >> which is exactly what we want to hear moving in that direction. there's also a new model that we've looked at so much over the last year or so, the new model showing cases and deaths are actually falling faster than expected. i know you spoke with the doctor who is the head of the modeling team last night. so what did you learn? why are we seeing this drop?
>> well, you know, when you look at this, i mean, i'll preface by saying as people have said to me all models are wrong but some are useful, and we're seeing some of that here as well. it's a wide range, erica, when you look at the model here, but we can put it up and show you. first of all, they are seeing a faster drop-off than expected. a few reasons, one is, you know, we're still sort of off that surge now from the winter holidays in the early part of the year. two is people may be better about mask-wearing than was originally modelled or projected, and, three is that you are seeing the impact of immunity. i mean, we all talk about the herd immunity as sort of being that benchmark, but the reality is that even along the way as you -- as you gradually increase immunity, that makes a difference overall, so people who have been naturally affected have some immunity, the vaccinations are adding more immunity. mask-wearing is possibly better, and we're coming off the surge so all these things seem to make a difference.
it could reverse. you could see the case numbers go back up as everyone has been warning, but hopefully, again, you don't see the corresponding increase in hospitalizations and deaths. >> yeah, exactly. dr. sanjay gupta, always good to see you, my friend. thank you. >> any moment now, president biden and the first lady set to meet with texans who are still suffering from that brutal winter storm that crippled the state. we are live in houston. plus, the biden administration release is a long-awaited report on the killing of jamal khashoggi and it says the saudi crown prince at least approved the operation to capture or kill the saudi journalist so what happens now? some of the biggest names in the gop are taking center stage at cpac today and many others choosing to skip the conservative conference all together this year, that and, again, the statue. we'll discuss it all next. ♪ limu emu & doug ♪ hey limu! [ squawks ] how great is it that we get to tell everybody
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recovery efforts after the severe winter storm battered the state last week. the president just wrapped up touring the emergency operations center in harris county where he was accompanied by texas governor greg be a bolt, and he heard from local officials who have been working day and night since this storm about the efforts that have been under way as the state recovers. he heard about the fema response that's coming into the state as well as everything like the number of boil water notices still ongoing in the -- in the state as well as even school buildings and how many school buildings across the state were facing leaks amid this winter storm. now in a short while the president will be arriving at the houston food bank where both he and his wife, first lady jill biden, will be receiving a tour and meeting with volunteers. the first lady was actually there earlier today packing up food and water supplies for the local community and once they wrap up there, they are heading over here to the complex at nrg stadium, where one of those
federal mass vaccination sites just opened up yesterday. the president will be delivering remarks here as this is one of those sites that's trying to dole out 6,000 vaccines a day in the coming weeks. now, part of what biden's goal here on this trip is to assess what kind of federal assistance can still be offered to the state of texas, but it also gives him the chance to play that role of a comforter. you can see presidents step into this position many times in the wake of natural disasters as well as other major tragedies, and it's really something that biden is quite familiar with as he -- his empathy has really been a calling card of his for years. you have seen the president go into communities in the past to meet -- meet with families who have lost loved ones or cities and towns that have faced destruction. you've also seen him over at the white house offering sympathy to the country as that covid pandemic has taken so many lives. now, while he's here in the state, he's accompanied by texas
governor greg abbott, texas senator jop cornyn is also joining him for some of these events. the other texas senator ted cruz was over in florida earlier today speaking at a conservative conference. the white house says neither an invitation nor a request from cruz was given to the white house to ask him to attend here with biden. now, there could be some opportunities for the president to face questions over the course of the day when it comes to that explosive and damning report related to the death of "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi an also those strikes in syria, but so far the focus for the president today has simply been on these recovery efforts here in texas in the wake of that storm. erica? >> arlette saenz with the latest there for us. thank you. breaking news as we wait for the white house vote on the covid stimulus package for struggling americans. cnn has just learned that some republican members are saying they can't make that vote because of a, quote, public
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for biden's covid-19 relief package. they say they can't be there for the votes because of the, quote, ongoing public health emergency. here's the thing though. those same lawmakers are actually slated to attend this weekend's cpac conference in orlando. of course, former president trump will also be there. cnn chief congressional correspondent manu raju breaking the story for us now. manu, one of these, you know, sorpt of part of the job, part of what taxpayers elect to you do. the other one is not. >> yeah. no question about it. what's not is attending a political committee -- political conference in which -- on the day in which you're supposed to be in congress voting, and they set up these rules to vote by proxy in order to ensure that members who could not come back to capitol hill could vote and the reason that's not the case is because of the pandemic, they are required to sign letters with the house clerk saying, quote, they cannot attend due to
the ongoing public health emergency, but what we have found is that several of these republican lawmakers are actually speaking at the conservative political action conference today and tomorrow. that includes some of the president's -- former president's allies, president matt gaetz, a florida republican who addressed the conference tomorrow, paul gosar, who helped overturn the election results in six states, jim banks of indiana recall, potentially even more, but those are the ones that we have seen, and the thing about this system of voting by -- called voting by proxy on capitol hill, you can designate another member to vote on your behalf and at your direction and tell them how to vote one way or the other. republicans actually fought this system when it was first instituted. they said the democrats could not be pushing forward on this. they went to court to try to battle this and it was rejected in court.
here they have several republican lawmakers who say they wanted to vote by proxy because of the public health pandemic and instead are addressing conservative will activists and expect some democrats i'm sure and perhaps republicans to respond on this because this is not what the system is designed for, erica. >> yeah, definitely not. i look forward to those responses from both sides of the aisle. manu, great reporting as always, thank you. >> that conference, of course, is speechiac and there's -- cpac is to promote the story that the election was stolen and the widely debunked conspiracy theory will be central to former president trump's speech on sunday which we'll tell he's use to remind republicans that he's here to stay. not that they need any prompting. >> there are a whole lot of voices in washington that want
to just erase the last four years. they look at donald j. trump and they look at the millions and millions of people inspired who went to battle fighting alongside president trump, and they are terrified and they want him to go away. let me tell you this right now. donald j. trump ain't going anywhere. >> ted cruz, he's got his backing. well, if that's not enough of an endorsement though, check out this 6 foot tall golden statue. here it comes, wait, wait for it. there it is. being wheeled around, the conference exhibit halls. >> it's something. charlie didn't is a cnn political commentator former republican congressman of pennsylvania. always good to see you. you know, i have to start with this reporting we just got from manu, the fact that there are republican lawmakers who are at cpac, scheduled to be there. they said they can't take care of their business in washington because of the, quote, ongoing
public health emergency. you know, i guess on the one hand it's not surprising. it should be though that i think should be somewhat disappointing and it's pretty easy to figure out where they are. >> yeah. erica, it's never a good look for a member of congress to -- to skip doing their official work for a, you know, campaign activity or a non-official activity not in their district so i think it's a very bad look for members to be doing that. i mean, obviously they can vote by proxy. ordinarily they can't, but that's where they are, but they have to do some explaining back home. p. >> you know, i'm guessing putting yourself in that situation. will it matter bottom line? >> will it matter, you know, probably not in many of their districts because i think most of those represent very safe districts and they are out there, you know, just beating the trump drum and in their
districts that's very effective politically so they are willing to take the hit and they will be recorded as voting because they will be voting by proxy so i don't think it will have much of a political impact on them. >> it really does say a lot. you talk about beating the trump drum. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell was pressed whether he would support trump as the nominee in 2024. here's the response. >> if the president was the party's nominee, would you support him? >> the nominee of the party, absolutely. >> not a hesitation there, but i do just want to remind everybody some of mcconnell's most recent comments about the form irpresident. >> there's no question, none, that president trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, no question about it. as an ordinary citizen unless the statute of limitations is
run, is still liable for everything that he did while he's in office. didn't get away with anything yet, yet. >> that was 13 days ago. now the top republican in the senate who directly tied the president to the insurrection saying very clearly he's willing to put him back in the white house. the two don't really square. >> yeah, the two are incompatible positions, but i think it's very clear that mitch mcconnell wants a clean break from donald trump unlike some other house republican leaders he's in a different spot. mcconnell is in a bit of a pickle. he made a great speech and voted against conviction. wish he voted for conviction but i kind of understood what he did what he did then and if trump is the nominee he's the titular head of the party and he almost has to say yes. if he says no i suspect his leadership position will be in
jeopardy, and as i've said many times a leader with no follower wants to take a walk. he's going to work around the clock to make sure i'm sure that donald trump is not the nominee in 2024. >> i'll be interested because we're told that donald trump is going to make it clear next weekend, right, he still has a strong hold, that he's still the head of the republican party. he plans to be there in 2024, whether that actually happens remains to be seen. we'll be watching that this season. i do want to get your take. former republican speaker of the house john boehner has reportedly been going off script when recording the audio version of his new memoir. axios reporting he says oh, and ted cruz go blank yourself. you were in the house when boehner was leader. any of this surprising to you? >> not one bit. i've heard -- i've heard john boehner on many occasions vent on senator cruz because senator cruz attempted to undermine his leadership particularly during
the 2013 government shutdown. boehner said he thought the junior senator from texas was lucifer in the flesh and the most miserable s.o.b. and someone called lucifer for comment and i heard he was very upset about baron's remarks and further i would tell you that, you know, i would have never called the junior senator from texas miserable after he made that miserable s.o.b. comment so boehner has been known to make those comments. i understand why he was angry and frustrated because he would -- basically the senator would work with members at that time of what soon came to be the freedom caucus to help impede boehner's agenda in the house and it was really very irritating, not just to him but to a lot of us who are actually trying to run the country. >> charlie didn't former congressman great to have you with us. thank you. >> thanks, erica. >> our breaking news coverage continues. candidate joe biden promised justice for jamal khashoggi's
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breaking news. the u.s. treasury just issued several sanctions against some saudi officials and departments for their role in the murder of "washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi. now the sanctions come just hours after the intelligence community declassified its long-awaited report about the 2019 killing. the summary of the report says the very clearly something that the cia had determined months ago saying, quote, we assess that saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman approved an operation in istanbul, turkey to capture or kill saudi journalist josh i did. deeper inside the report is this line. crucial here, the crowns prince
viewed khashoggi as a threat to the ding dom and broadly supported using violent measures, if necessary, to silence him. the prince denies any involvement. its declassification was actually delayed yesterday so president biden could speak with saudi arabia's king salman, and while that call did take place, the readout provided to the media made no mention of jamal khashoggi though it did say they discussed human rights abuses, and because former president trump largely ignored this international atrocity it makes president biden's decisions on this all the more crucial in many ways. joining me now is cnn national security analyst james clapper, former director of national intelligence. director, as we look at this, these sanctions are specifically against the saudi rapid intervention force known as the tiger squad and the former deputy head of the saudi general intelligence agency, but there's nothing here having to do directly with the crown prince. what's your reaction? >> well, erica, first thing i
would like to do is to commend dni haines for specifically and the administration generally for complying with the law which the last administration chose not to do. now it's kind of a sign of the times that you single out and commend people for complying with the law. with respect to the sanctions, i think what this indicates is the difficulty of actually mohammed bin salman, mbs himself, since it's very difficult to sort out what is his and what is, you know, generally the property or resources of the kingdom, and -- and, you know, the administration is admittedly a difficult place here. they are complying with the law, doing the right thing, naming and shaming mbs officially although this is not a startling revelation. it's more confirmation of what was surmised at the time, so there's a balancing act here
that the administration is going to have to contend with. >> so, i mean, as of 3:40 this afternoon, that balancing act appears to be calling out the crown prince but not punishing him. >> well, that's the dilemma. i think there is -- it's important that he be named and shamed, but there's a needle to be threaded here because you have to acknowledge the importance of saudi strategically. its economic impact. it can be a force for good in terms of instituting a legal regime to prevent a recurrence. reform in terms of rights of women could a saudi be influential with the taliban, for example. these are measurable things that you can gauge in terms of saudis' behavior, and i think that's what -- that's what i think is the hope here that the
saudis will change behavior, and particularly with the legal regimes and the decision-making mechanisms that were supposed to -- that were reportedly reformed after this egregious incident. >> it will be interesting to see, you know, what changes. it's understandably a delicate dance, right, because it's not just about saudi as an ally, it's about the message that the united states is going to send to both saudi arabia and other allies to the region but also, you know, globally on a broader plane about how the united states views atrocities such as this one. when we look at what we do know from the report, as you point out, the report itself is not new, but the trump administration never release it had despite the requirement from congress requiring it to be released almost two years ago. based on that it's likely jared kushner, who was engaging with mbs had this information, so, i mean, do you think he just overlooked it, just ignored it as he was continuing in those
conversations in that engagement? >> well, i obviously doesn't know the answer to that, but i surmise, and it was pretty obvious in some of the things that the president said, notably to bob woodward, that essentially they were going to ignore the law because in their judgment larger interests were at stake so i think this is a case and stark contrast with the biden administration who does believe in the rule of law and human rights and concern about human rights abuses, and so i think that's a rather stark contrast between the two administrations. >> james clapper, always good to have your expertise and insight. thank you. >> thanks, erica. prince harry opening up now about his split with the royal family talking about who he blames for destroying his mental health and why he says this was never about just walking away. i'm looking for my client. i'm his accountant.
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former senior royal prince harry opening up about why he and meghan markle decided to step away from royal life, telling late night host james corden saying the atmosphere in england was simply too toxic. >> it's such a monumental decision to have walked away from the royal family. why did you feel that that was necessary and the right thing to do for you and your family? >> it was never -- it was never walking away. it was -- it was stepping back rather than stepping down. >> right. >> you know, it was a really difficult environment as i think
a lot of people saw. we all know what the british press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health. >> really. >> this is toxic. >> yeah. >> so i did what any husband and what any father is do. i needed to get my family out of here, but we never walked away, and as far as i'm concerned whatever decisions are made on that side, i will never walk away. i will always be contributing, but my life is public service, so wherever i am in the world it's going tonight same thing. >> a royal editor at "harper's bazaar" and the author of "finding freedom, harry and meghan and the making of a modern royal family." joining us now to discuss the comments. he's offering in his own words, his reason for leaving the uk, for leaving royal life behind, to a degree to protect his family, to protect their mental health. any surprises in what we heard from him? he seemed very open. >> yeah, i think this is harry obviously in a much better place
in his life. they are now sort of well into the next chapter, an clearly he's found sort of a place to thrive in, and i think he's been able to speak very openly about some of the things that they dealt with as senior working members of the royal family. of course at the heart of that was their issues with sections of the particularly the tabloid press that made his and meghan's life almost unbearable at times. i got to know their team closely throughout those periods of time and i know they really struggled with it. they tried everything they could to change the environment they're working with, even raising it with members of the royal family, but that royal family never complained, never explain attitude of sort of no commenting on stories was ultimately what stopped them from ever having control over the many untrue stories about them out there. >> harry said we all know, in his words, what the british press can be like. i don't know that we actually do know on this side of the pond, right? we hear about the britsh
tabloids and how difficult it can be. put it into perspective. how difficult were things for harry and meghan versus will and kate? >> we have to remember harry's background with the british press, of course, is the life he knows his mother lived, often at the hands of the british press. that's something that's always front of mind for him. on top of that, he also got to see the treatment of meghan and she was the most important, still is the most important woman in his life and really came under attack for things we didn't see kate criticized for. i think there was a lot of unpleasant racial slurs, stereotyping, misogynistic behavior not just in commentary but in some of the stories put out there. as much as harry and meghan tried to fight against it, they belonged to an establishment that didn't want to take on the press. ultimately, the royal family needs the british media and there was this very almost unhealthy relationship between
the two, a give and take. cast our minds back to the fall of 2014 when harry and meghan launched legal lawsuits against british tabloids harry said this was a game that his mother played that he doesn't want to. and i think that ability to have control over their privacy and their freedom is exactly what they needed. >> you know, he seems very comfortable. it's clear the two have a rapport, he and james cordon. i love that he said they zoom regularly with the queen so she can see archie. is he still close with the royal family? and if so, with whom? >> yeah, it's interesting. one thing we don't always understand with the royal family is that there are the core family members and then there's the institution of the monarchy that they belong to. and that machine, the home to, those men in gray suits we hear about, is where harry and meghan really struggled to find their place. obviously they're much lower down in the pecking order.
they found themselves as almost sidelined members of the royal family and they knew their power, their status and wanted a place to thrive. harry does have a very close relationship with his grandparents and i think it was important for him to put that out there and also to share a warm side to the queen and prince philip. i'm sure many think those are the people to blame for the reasons that harry and meghan stepped away. >> as we learned, harry actually watches "the crown," which was fasc fascinating. omid scobie, thank you. >> thank you, erica. the stimulus package heads to the house floor tonight. what we learned about some republicans who decided it was more important for them to be in florida. it's time for the ultimate sleep number event on the sleep number 360 smart bed. can it help with snoring? i've never heard snoring. ...exactly. no problem. and... done. don't miss the final days to save 50% on the sleep number 360 limited edition smart bed. plus, 0% interest for 36 months. ends monday.
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