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both respond out and keep the public safe. good monday morning, everyone. i hope you had a nice weekend. i'm poppy harlow. we do begin this monday morning with breaking news, astrazeneca says its covid vaccine is 79% effective against symptomatic disease and 100% effective against severe covid cases. these findings come from their u.s.-based clinical trial the company also says an independent committee says their vaccine does not cause any serious side effects. and it says it found no increased risk of blood cloth
among more than 21,000 participants receiving at least one dose. that's important because you will remember more than a dozen countries have just recently halted the use of astrazeneca vaccine after a small number of people developed blood clots after taking it. but that does not mean causality. it does not mean the vaccine caused those blood clots. we'll have more on what this all means for you and potential emergency use authorization from the fda here in the united states in just a moment. take a look also at miami beach. in a moment, we will show you where an emergency curfew of 8:00 p.m. was just extended. this is why, spring break chaos. that's spring break in miami beach this weekend. police cracking down firing pepper balls, trying to disperse overwhelming crowds of mostly maskless party years. let's gen with the developments overnight and the information we
are getting on astrazeneca vaccine. kristen holmes joins me, what's the morning line for the u.s.? >> reporter: good morning, this is news, big news and a strong showing for astrazeneca. let's look at the numbers you just mentioned. we're talking 79% efficacy here, against symptomatic disease and 100% against severe disease and hospitalization. i want to point out that 100% number, that's the number when i talk to health officials that they look at most closely. because that's what they want to stop here in the country. that severe hospitalization and ultimately the deaths. now, these numbers are important for two major reasons, the first is the obvious. this is the beginning of that emergency use authorization process. we heard from the president today who said they plan to file for that uea at the beginning of april and they have 30 million doses ready to go out as soon as they are authorized, if, of course, they are authorized.
this the a big deal. if they are approved, that will mean there are four effective vaccines on the market at a time when we were already expecting a big rampup in those numbers. look at where the distribution is this second in the country. we have 156.7 million vaccines that have been distributed and about 124.4 million vaccines that have been administered. we are expecting this to ramp up here at this time because remember, we heard from johnson&johnson saying at the end of the month, they will have 24 million dose back on the market. the other reason this is big because of what you mentioned. this will calm those fears. we've now had this study which says the vaccine is safe and effective as well as an investigation in europe that found that this vaccine is safe and effective. so, hopefully, this will lead people to want to see this and get rid of vaccine hesitancy,
poppy. >> kristen, thank you very much. we will talk about all those headlines. after issuing a state of emergency and extending the city's 8:00 p.m. curfew, the mayor of miami beach on cnn this morning warning spring breakers who plan to defy guidelines and party all night, they have to stay home. watch. >> right now, we are being asked to take all people who are coming, the governor has said, you know, everything is opened, come on down, it's a triple threat of too many crowds, too many people acting out and the pandemic. those three together create a very challenging moment. let's go to our colleague randi kaye. she is in miami beach. i just my jaw is on the floor. seeing those images. seeing the total defiance, randy. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. it was a wild, rowdy weekend yet again, poppy, here in miami beach. it's quieter now. the overnight curfew was lifted
at 6:00 a.m. so just a few hours ago. it was quite a scene. at one point there were more than 1,000 people in the street. as you mentioned earlier, they had to use those pepper balls to try to clear the streets, because they were deafing the order of the curfew. the mayor said there was a stampede. someone fired a weapon into the air. there was some rioting. there were spring barackers jumping and dancing on a car, destroying that car overnight after the 8:00 p.m. curfew went into effect. spring breakers not happy about the curfew, those that traveled here to let loose a little bit. but the curfew is pretty strict. the city closes down at 8:00 p.m. to spring brackers. the causeways from the mainland to here on ocean drive where we are to the entertainment district, those closed now at 10:00 p.m.. the local streets are closed here except to residents. some people going to their hotels and businesses. people that need to get to those businesses. that will be at least until
march 30th, possibly as long until april 13th when spring break officially ends, that's thursday to sunday evenings. so from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. in the morning. >> i did speak to some spring be right back i breakers. some of them not so happy about it. here's what one told me especially can't believe, i came here from new york to have fun. 8:00? maybe 10:00? 8:00? >> reporter: one spring breaker is from florida but from ft. lauderdale, about 45 minute or so an hour north. she says she is worried they will send the spring breakers up to ft. lauderdale and they will have a situation there. i did speak to some of the folks there. we understand that more than 1,000 people have been arrested since february 3rd and more than half of them coming from out of
state. >> wow. they have to think about everyone else around them and anyone else they see without a mask in the street. it's not just about them. thank you for reporting from miami for us. let's bring in dr. carlosryio, a member of the school of medicine. good morning, doctor. what do you think? >>. >> what do you think as someone on the front lines informing all of us about this for the better, for more than a year, when you see what just happened in miami. >> it's very frustrating. we're so close to actually i would say is the end game and this could be thrown in disarray as a result of many of this i know people are tired and want to party. this is not the time to do it. we could potentially be facing a significant issue. it is not just what's happening there. but you know the students, the spring breakers will then carry the infection to other places. florida is where we have more
cases of the uk variants. the b-117 variant, which is highly transmissible. i think this could change dramatically our country. we are still seeing 60,000 new cases per day, that's lot. so we're not where we need to be. i am worried and also disappointed and, quite frarpgly, very upset. >> yeah. yeah. okay. on the plus sigh, there is another vaccine astrazeneca that may be close to getting the green light from the fda. we'll see. what is the biggest take-away for americans across the board this morning about the astrazeneca covid vaccine from this data that kristen just reported on. >> first of all, what i am seeing is a press release from astra zen car, i'm looking forward to the entire fda package. then i'll look however the data. what i see from the press release makes me incredibly hopeful. they are reporting in a very
large conducted trial arc large trial. over 31,000 people. they are reporting 75% efficacy and 100% in preventing severe covid ie hospitalizations or death. so basically that, will leave us with four vaccines with 100% efficacy in preventing severe disease. we are seeing nationwide a drop in hospitalizations and deaths, that is because we are vaccinating people. the u.s. is given one shot, to close to 30% of the population so we need to continue vaccine 98. businesses are raised between vaccines and variants. >> but, dr. del rio, this is the same vaccine that i think a number of 12 european nations have halted. i wonder what you say to anyone that might be concerned. do they have any reason to be? because what this data appears to show is perhaps those nations that halted the use made a mistake between causality,
causing blood clots and coincidence? people getting blood clots, who had gotten the vaccine? and just a few or a very small number in. >> and that's actually what the european medicines agency, with i is the european equivalent of the fda said that last week. they've reviewed the data and carefully and they are very good regulatory agency and they concluded the vaccine is safe and there was actually no evidence that the vaccine was causing blood clots. you know, again, it's very hard to delink association with causation, especially when you are vaccinating millions of people. things are going to happen to people. people will have things happening to them. that doesn't mean the vaccine is causing those things. the european medicines agency conclude there was no causation and the vaccine was safe and it can continue to bed a machine sterd. >> do you believe your colleagues on this new york a lot, who tweeted. this may be the vaccine that essentially saves the world. i mean, look in terms of the
ability to spread it widely, look at what's happening in brazil right now. there is no relief in sight. there are overcrowded icus. so many people dying and not enough vaccines. >> well, it is. it's still a two-dose vaccine. i have a lot of confidence in the johnson&johnson and jan zen vaccine. whether it's the johnson or the astrazeneca are much easier to produce and cheaper than the mrna vaccines and if they are just as effective, they can be scaled up and be in the billions. astrazeneca has already licensed the vaccine production to india, they have licensed to a group in argentina and mexico. they will start producing the vaccine. so i agree with dr. shaw that having this vaccine and being able to scale it up and redistribute it widely may be the vaccine that vaccinates the world. >> okay. thank you, dr. del rio, so much,
good to have you. >> delighted to be here. still to come, a former top prosecutor for the control riots says federal investigators in his word are looking at everything, including charges of sedition. also, we will show you inside a border facility that show extremely crowded conditions of undocumented and unaccompanied minors in u.s. custody as the u.s. surges past 15,000 of them. we will take you live to texas. and protests across the united states call to an end in rampage and violence after shootings at those spas across georgia that left eight people dead. we are hearing now from family members of the victims.
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welcome back. the former top prosecutor for the u.s. capitol insurrection says that he believes there is enough evidence to charge some suspects with sedition and he said that former president trump may be quote culpable for part of it. listen to this. >> but we have soccer moms from ohio that were arrested saying i did this because my president said i had to talk back our house. that moves the needle towards that direction. maybe the president is culpable for those actions. also you see in the public record, too, militia members say, you know what, we did this because trump talks a big game. we did what he wouldn't do. >> from short, you have investigators looking into the
president's role? >> we have people looking into everything. yes. >> that was mike sherwin, until days ago, he was the top leading investigator in u.s. history of all those who participated in the insurrection. let me bring in jepp fer rogers, former prosecutor. good morning, it's good to have you. >> good morning, poppy. >> so win hear meek sherwin say everything is on the table when it comes to the former president. where is the bar on that? you got so many people involved. they will say they were motivated by different people and different factors? >> it's a high bar. conspiracy sedittion requires first a conspiracy and the president reached a meeting of the mind with another person that this group of people would do in and stop congress from doing. that's challenging to do. i think it's going to take a lot of proof. that's why i think they have been looking for evidence of
coordination with some of these groups armed and planning to go there january 6th and doing what they did. >> so far the most serious charge is obstruction. that's a felony charge up to 20 years in prison. you got what i thought was interesting is the potential for murder charges, because you've got the 139 officers, police officers who were attacked and brian sickneick with the bear spray that prosecutors say was sprayed by individuals at him, then that would bring about murder cases. >> yeah. that also is hard to do for the reason that you suggest, the causation. does someone know that what they're doing is potentially deadly but did this bear spray actually cause him to die? we don't know enough from what's in the public record about what
happened to him after the events that we were able to see on the video that we've seen. so we would need to know more. certainly, the grand jury will have to know more when they vote in terms of the medical cause of his death. >> a charge that has not been brought forward yet is sedittion. i want you to listen to the exchange on that. >> i personally believe the evidence is trending towards that and probably meets those elements. >> do you anticipate sedittion charges against some of these suspects? >> i believe the facts do support those charges and i think that as we go forward, more facts will support that, scott. >> here's the definition of sedittion for anyone not familiar with the incitement or resistance or insurrection. that bar given what we saw took place on the 6th of january
doesn't seem that high. do you see sedition charges coming? >> i think we will see those. i think it was completely inappropriate for him to talk about that he knows things, secret grand jury evidence we don't know. putting that aside, i do, as we are not now talking about the former president, necessarily and the notion of people who together agreed to go and stop what was happening, which was congress in the midst of executing a law has clearly happened here. so i do think we will see those and the question is if they can be applied. >> jennifer, thank you. ahead, more than 15,000 children are in u.s. custody at the southern border. we got astonishing new images inside some of these facilities where many of the these migrant children are being held.
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there are stunning new images this morning shedding light on what is a crisis unfolding at the tourn border, henry quayle providing these images to cnn showing conditions inside a border patrol facility in texas. you can see minors and adults crowded into these tents. this is a number of unaccompanied middle easterns, it swells to more than 15,000. the biden administration is struggling to figure out what to do here. >> we are dealing with the needs of the children now. we are rebuilding orderly ways in which the children can make their claims without having to take the perilous journey to the border and we are elevating our messaging, so that the individuals do know that they cannot come to the border.
the border is closed. >> he said the border is closed. but the border is not closed. i mean, there is a flood that continues. does theed a machinetration have a handle on all this? >> poppy, the administration is dealing with an influx of children and encountering single adults and families. they can turn them away because of the public health order put under trump. that does not apply to unaccompanied children. we are now seeing images of the crowded conditions the families are finding themselves in. this is an overflow facility. it is slightly different from other border patrol station along the border. this is a reality. there is an increasing number and not shelter space to accommodate them.
i am here at a massive convention center. part of which is turned into an emergency site for the administration to trance forchildren here. this is a site that they can receive meals and contact families and case managers to relocate with relatives in the united states. this is where the administration wants to cancel, in the interim, they are kept up in border patrol facilities. we are learning there are around 4,900 in border patrol facilities just under 5,000 over the weekend. but again, this is a problem for the adminstration, poppy. >> it is, and for all of those children and what happens from here. thanks, very much for your reporting. let's talk about how the white house needs to handle this joining with me is the obama manager jim messina. good morning, jim. i wish it were on better, we were talking about something more positive. we're not.
you got 15,000 up accompanied children. you got dhs mayorkas told dana bash when she pressed him for a time line, where you say they shouldn't be anyways, he couldn't provide a time line. he said as soon as possible. you've got double in terms of the spike you had a year ago. so i guess my question is was the administration caught flat footed even with the ones, during the transition? >> no, this shouldn't happen as you well know. under president trump's administration the illegal or sorry children coming to the border increased over aer 82 the problem is mr. trump ended the program where the kids can stay in their home country and apply for asylum there.
they are doing what people have done, what you could to the bordered and asked for help. second, there is no facilities at the border to process these children in a way that protects dhs officials from covid. there is no screening programs. there is no way to take these things. so the administration who has only been here eight weeks, by the way, is having to deal with a system that is broken. so it is going to talk some time. we're going to have to deal with that. >> cnn has reporting from multiple sources within the administration they were warned well in advance that this was coming and that they knew reversing title 42, that law that then says you cannot turn away unaccompanied children would lead to this susan rice is saying, look, we are basically building this plane as we are flying it and the numbers are double. jim. i mean, the number, yes, it started to increase last april
under trump. but they're double where they were. so, how can you say this is all the trump administration's fault? >> poppy, this biden administration has been there for 56 days. they need some time to figure out how to move forward to deal with some of these programs. the deputy chief of staff in the white house, i dealt with these things every day. it takes a while to get these programs into place figure out what to do with these children isn't a thing you will be able to do in eight weeks. this is going to take a little time. they're dealing with it quickly and actually putting into place the programs, that will work here. we are talking about a political challenge right now, what this really is, is an organizational challenge in the government. >> okay. when you reverse a policy, like a title you know there is going to be an influx, is it not on you to be prepared for it? i wonder if you think, for example, you know, you were in
the obama administration, how much criticism president obama got from fellow democrats from immigrant advocacy groups calling him deporter in chief. is there a concern in the bind administration, do you believe that he does not want to be titled that? and that it is over-correcting and this is a part of the result? no, i don't think so. here is a very simple choice the biden administration had when they made their right decision. which is as you said, these children were coming during president trump as well, what are you going to do when they get there? and sending them back into the desert to go in the shands of splugleers is unconscionable. so they made a right decision and now we have to put a program together to deal with it. >> can i ask what you may be advisings them to do and what you believe america needs to hear from the president in this first press conference that he's going to have this week, finally? he's going to take questions, a lot of them i think will be
about this issue, does he need to go to the border, for example, before, to see it first hand before that? >> well, look, this is an administration who prides itself on just quietly getting things down, trying to take the politics out and move it. as you know, the house of representative passed two deals to begin with this, so republicans were brave and supported this as well and they just get on with the business of governing and deal with this and not worry so much about the politics, which everyone wants to talk about. we're a long ways away from the next election. we just got to deal with the boring day-to-day government of putting together programs to deal with a crisis that has been brewing for a very long time. >> does he need to go to the border, president biden, to see it, do you think? >> well, look, i think that's his call and, you know, he will make that decision. what is true is the secretary who is there on the border
dealing with this every day, now it's his job. when the president wants to go, he'll go. the very first thing we august to do is build some of these programs, which mayorkas is doing and get some of the politics out of it. >> jim messina, thank you for being here. >> thanks, poppy. >> still to come, you will hear from family members of one of the as a results in the atlanta area shootings, how they remember their mother who had dreams of early retirement, instead was killed just two days before her 50th birthday. . >> i was planning to get a cake and have a big dinner afterwards.
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there are protests across the entire country right now calling for an end to anti-asian violence eight people killed. six asian women. famtlys are demanding justice. >> reporter: she says she was living the american dream. after moving to the u.s., her friends and clients called her emily, she started as a nail technician before working her way up to buy two spas outside of atlanta. beloved by her family, customers, neighboring business owners, she was killed two days before her 50th birthday. >> i was planning to get a cake and have a steak dinner afterwards. >> reporter: her only child had plans to meet up with her mom last sunday. but she overslept. she would never have the opportunity to see her mother
again. >> when i saw i had all this time with her, i mean, just because i missed that sunday maybe with my mom, i thought we could meet with any sunday any another day before. >> she sent six days and her mother's business dominated the headlines. >> i was hoping this is not my m mom. the family is still in china. >> my grandmother was the only one that doesn't know my mom that she passed away. >> her ex-husband, michael webb, said she often worked tevin days a week and talked about retiring and traveling the world. >> she'll never get to enjoy that. she worked to die.
>>. >> the fact that they were owned by asian people is hard to ignore. she understands the asian-american community's overall anxiety over these assaults, but this family is not ready to connect that with tuesday's killers right now. >> i don't think we are trying to say there is not racial bias in this country. we don't know what generated this at this point. we know how we feel and we know what he lost. >> and in the wake of the tragedy, demonstrators from coast-to-coast. >> i'm asian, i'm a woman. if i don't stand up for myself, no one else will. >> thousands gathering in sol tarity with asian americans, in atlanta, a church service with a community hoping for change.
>> natasha joins us now. thank you so much for this reporting. i j you have to ask you if, it clearly is so hard to see her mother, but it goes beyond that, can you explain? >> yeah, poppy, jamie told me she thought she would be able to celebrate her mom's 50th with her. i asked her what she would say to her mother right now if she could. she told me, i would give her a big hug and say, i love you. that's something we often hear from people grieving a loved one. i sense something else, too. i suspect she and her mom didn't do much to begin with. i asked her about that jamie confirms that saying that her mother, she and her mother were
too shy to use those words or physically hug. that hit me so personally, because it's not uncommon for traditional families to express their love in an act of service more so than verbalizing that service. i feel that pain she shared with me perhaps of missing that opportunity to say, i love you. >> natasha, such an important point. our hearts are broken for her, for all of the families, thank you for reporting this story and staying on this story. you can join us this evening for a look at all of this, these violent acts against people of color, particularly asian-americans right now, what are the solutions, freed, fear of communities of color begins tonight. also this morning, growing tension between the united states and china.
right now, secretary of state anthony blinken is traveling to brussels for nato meetings where the tensions are expected to be addressed. i will bring in the secretary of labor under president obama. he was only the second asian-american in history to become deputy secretary of a cabinet position. thank you very much, chris, for coming n. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> can you explain the tension between the public tension that we saw play out in alaska between blinken and his counterparts last week and the clear tension between the administration and china right now and your fear for what may be to come in terms of vitriol and hatred against asian-americans in this country? >> for as long as asian-americans have been in this country, we have been treated as outsiders, as people who can't be trusted. you can go all the way back to the 1,800s, with chinese
railroad workers in world war ii and the rise if trade tensions with japan in the 1980s so there is this consistency that when there are tensions with an asian country, people asian american are often scapegoated. and to be clear, look, the u.s. has significant challenges with china right now and militarily. china needs to be confronted aggressively as the biden administration is doing. but it's important to do that in a way that doesn't scape coat chinese americans or more broadly asian americans. you seen this play out over the past year with the rising harassment and violence because of this desire by the trump administration to try to pin the coronavirus on china. we have seen the dangerous
impacts in this country. >> you serve on the board of aggressive action. they put out a statement, we need more than words to heal and to keep us safe but president biden on his first day in office. one was done deming anti-asian hate. those are words. i wandr wonder what you think working in this administration can do about it right now that would actually help people? >> first of all, let's not minimize the words. words matter. they especially matter when they come from the president of the united states and the healing words we saw from both the president and the vice president last week stand in stark contrast to what we saw from the previous administration. but we need legislation. president biden has endorsed a bill that would help facilitate the reporting of hate crimes in this country. right now, we don't know what the problem is. we have thousands reporting hate
times and 86% say they found no hate crimes in the past year. but this isn't something that can be solved. it requires all of us to take action. i go back to if you see something, say something. if you see somebody don't sit there silently. >> thank you very much. we are glad you are here. we'll have you back. >> we have breaking news out of the supreme court. we'll have that right after this. ♪ ♪ like an echo in the forest ♪ ♪ (singing in korean) ♪
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this just in, the supreme court has agreed to review a lower court opinion that vacated the death sentence of joe carcinia. let's go our colleague jessica schneider. this is the lower court did away -- wiped away the death sentence as a possibility for him. what does it mean that the supreme court will take it up? does it mean they could reinstate it? >> well, what the lower court wanted to do here, poppy, is really set up a new penalty phase for him. maybe they had issues with jury selection so they want this to be redone which essentially wipes away the death penalty that was already instated. they will decide whether they
should do that penalty phase of the trial. whether he can get another turn at sentencing here. what is interesting though is that the trump administration was the one who was really pushing this decision, pushing for the supreme court to take up this case. and it will be interesting to see how the biden administration actually framed their arguments given that trump administration was pushing hard here for the death penalty. of course, as we saw at the end of the trump administration, there were a flurry of executions. there were about -- let's see, resumed following a 17-year hiatus. there were 13 federal executions between july 2020 and when president trump left office on january 20th. so the whole death penalty issue plays big here. joe tsarnaev, it killed three people, it injured more than 200. so now the court will decide whether this will go back to the
penalty phase when the penalty for joe tsarnaev will be determined. we'll see how this plays out in court. the arguments won't be heard until later this year. poppy? >> right. okay. jessica, thank you very much for that reporting. still to come, some encouraging internal results on astrazeneca's covid-19 vaccine. what it means. it could lead to a fourth green light vaccine in the u.s.? next. there's a world where every one of us is connected. everyone. everywhere. where everyone is included. where everyone has access to information, education, opportunity. ♪ ♪ ♪ when everyone and everything is connected. that's really beautiful. anything is possible. good morning. cisco. the bridge to possible. ♪ limu emu & doug ♪
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