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sensitivity and gum issues. dentists and hygienists will want to recommend biden takes office as the 46th president of the united states, and a daughter of the east bay becomes the first woman vice president. plenty of bay area reaction from both democrats and republicans, plus the new way women are honoring kamala harris. >> also ahead, day one of the new administration is already marking the end of the travel ban. a sigh of relief tonight from bay area muslims. and how the new vice president helped change california see its own history today. >> announcer: building a better bay area, for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. >> i, joseph robinette biden, jr., do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> office of president of the united states. >> and i will well and faithfully discharge. >> t duties of the office upon which i am about to enter. >> the duties of the office upon which i am about to enter.
♪ oh, say can you see ♪ >> and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god. ♪ this land is my land california ♪ >> in the norms and notions of what just is, isn't always justice. ♪ amazing grace, how sweet ♪ >> those were just some of the sights and sounds of today's inauguration as president joe biden takes office and kamala harris makes history as the first woman and woman of color to serve as vice president. such a historic day. good evening. i'm ama daetz. >> it was indeed, and i'm dan ashley. thank you for joining us. following a tumultuous four years, history today turned the page to a new chapter. after the initial inauguration, the extended families of both the president and vice president
left their limousines to walk the last part of the route from the capitol to the white house. our coverage tonight begins with abc7 news anchor liz kreutz. liz, quite a day. >> reporter: such an historic day. a culmination of months of tense buildup to a transfer of power like we haven't seen in quite sometime. new president joe biden never mentioned his predecessor in his speech but he did serve up an implicit rebuke saying it will take unity to defeat the challenges that lie ahead. >> the world is watching, watching all of us today. >> reporter: after almost 50 years of public office in washington, president joe biden, assuming the highest office in the land, knowing many challenges await him in the four years ahead. >> uniting to fight the foes we face, anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. >> reporter: oaths of office on the very steps where exactly two weeks ago a violent mob ofprid
stormed the u.s. capitol. you now former president only making himself seen much earlier in the morning skipping the ceremony altogether. vice president pence, the one to represent their administration. now stepping aside to history in the form of the bay area's own kamala >> i kamala devi harris do solemnly swear. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> that i will support and defend the constitution -- >> reporter: proudly born in oakland and raised in berkeley, the first female, black american and southeast asian descent to hold the office. >> little girls and boys across the world will know that anything and everything is possible. >> reporter: one star of the day, a direct message of that, 22-year-old amanda gorman of los angeles delivering her vision of america's future from the eyes of the young generation. >> we've learned that quiet isn't always peace, and the norms andot what just
is isn't always justice. somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished. we, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves aand dream of becoming president. only to find herself reciting for one. >> i can't watch that -- i could watch that over and over, so good. each performance we saw today from gorman there to lady gaga, j-lo, garth brooks symbolizing president biden's overall prompt is to the american people of this day to lead a resilient and diverse country in a historic time ofri c asi division. dan and ama? >> liz, thank you. president biden began signing a stack of executive orders.
they include 100 days masking challenge, extending eviction moratoriums and ending the muslim ban. abc7 news reporter with the muslim ban and the reaction to it. julian. >> reporter: hi, good evening, ama. the bay area muslim woman i spoke to says she has not seen her family in iran for several years. her parents have only seen their grandson once, and now she's hopeful for a reunion. >> today has been an emotional day. it's new day, new -- >> reporter: relief from bay area muslims as president biden rollsab bg bl muslim ban his first day in office. >> you can see president biden preparing to sign -- >> reporter: the executive order signed by president trump in 2017 placed travel bans on predominantly muslim and african countries. the list included iran, yemen, syria, and several others, citing national security concerns. it drew protest, a battle in the supreme court, and divided families. >> i would call it some times
it's more anger of why, why -- what was the reason? what were we trying to fix? >> reporter: mina, a campbell base cyber security engineer hopes to be reunited with her 67-year-old mother who has only had the chance to meet her grandson once. the boy was born months before trump signed the travel ban. mina traveled to iran so the two could meet after her mom's tourist visa was denied. >> my mom was dying to see her first grandson. >> reporter: the islamic relations tells me this reversal is the culmination of years of work by activists and organizers. >> president biden making, repealing the muslim ban a day one priority communicates to american muslims that they are being heard, that their concerns are relevant to this administration. >> reporter: the biden administration said the order he signed today will restore visa processing swiftly. mina is hopeful her family will be reunited soon.
>> it's a good day. it's something that we were -- it makes us happy. >> reporter: while the council on american islamic relations is praising the biden administration for taking this swift action on reversing the travel ban, there are also pushing the biden administration to take further action and stop pro viali profiling of the muslim community. we're live, julian glover, abc7 news. >> julian, thank you. tonight in his continuing series of stories we call dear democracy, abc7 news reporter wayne freedman sought out people from both side. some colored it red, others blue. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> will to the best of my ability -- >> reporter: in the emptied streets of a virus questions tered nation, this was inauguration day. main street usa struggling. americans at home social distancing. and democrats like eric celebrating. >> i did not realize how light i would feel. >> reporter: light? >> light, just a weight lifted.
>> reporter: but republicans like nancy felt quite the opposite. she spent this morning with a cross word puzzle, not a tv. >> i will accept the next four years because there's really nothing i can do about it. >> we must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue. >> reporter: as inauguration day speeches go, this one hit all the requisite notes of hope and inspiration. >> what we're going to hold him to his word. >> reporter: but our political world right now is only half starstruck. we do hear these speeches every four-year. >> i want to believe. but i don't believe because i don't trust politicians. >> reporter: this inauguration happened in the shadow of a violent backdrop. two weeks ago a mob attacked the capitol trying to disrupt the electoral college. >> i was horrified. i thought it was awful. >> reporter: today's inauguration took place behind the protection of 25,000 troops. that sent the wrong broad stroke political message, said nancy. >> we are in charge. we're afraid of you. you are bad people. you are aldo mess tick terrorists.
and we want to keep you as far away from this city as we possibly can. >> reporter: but did we have another choice, asked eric? >> they told these idiots who somehow thought that they could overthrow the u.s. government with a few hundred morons with guns. you know what, we have more. >> hear me clearly. disagreement must not lead to disunion, and i pledge this to you. i will be a president for all americans, all americans. >> reporter: for that we can certainly hope. >> i will wait and see what his policies are. >> it's going to be a long road. i don't think it happens in four years. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> reporter: in the north bay, wayne freedman, abc7 news. >> in addition to the change of leadership at the white house, there is also a shift in the balance of power today on capitol hill. >> do solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies,
foreign and domestic? >> kamala harris conducts her first official act as vice president, swearing in the senate's three newest members. raphael warnock and jon ossoff of georgia, and california's alex padilla. the latter filling out the remaining of harris's term. the action means democrats now control the senate the first time since 2015. meanwhile, thousands of women inspired by kamala harris are paying tribute to the first female vice president by mimicking her iconic style. as abc7 news malia melendez explains, some decided to make it chucks and pearls day. >> reporter: i woke up to pictures of friends and women across the country wearing what, until now, i believed was a walking contradiction. they showed off their glamorous and coveted pearls and sneakers. not just any sneakers. you know, chuck taylor converse shoes. i was clearly encountering a symbol moment for many,
celebrating the swearing in of the first female vice president. >> this symbolizes all the work kamala did to get to where she's at. but the tennis shoes for me, it's we have to hit the ground running. we have to work. >> reporter: kamala harris was the first to come up with this iconic style of converse sneakers and pearls. she even appears on the cover of vogue magazine wearing the peculiar combination. >> she really is an ordinary woman that just blends everything, from her family to her beliefs and ideology, and we love her. >> reporter: just like in previous years when many women wore white to remember the fight for equality, today a group of thousands embraced what they called chucks and pearls day. amelia ashley ward of the sun reporter showed us a picture of influential bay area women in pearls. >> i couldn't sleep for the last
two nights, waiting on this, because at last, you know, hallelujah. it's unbelievable. and when i saw her get out of that limousine today, i realized that it was real. >> reporter: perhaps it's easier to break down those barriers while wearing sneakers. as many witnessed today, vice president harris, a black and south asian woman was sworn in by a latina, justice sonia sotomayor. both from under served communities, raised by single moms, achieving the unimaginable. and it was vice president harris who asked justice sotomayor to perform that swearing in. lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> one of many remarkable moments today. still ahead we move on, new developments on the vaccine for covid-19. san francisco announces a new goal and new hope for jump
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kaiser permanente tee in santa clara county is changing the minimum age for covid-19 vaccine eligibility to 75. kaiser had been the only provider vaccinating people 65. e cng due to vaccine e makin supplies and all other agencies and providers in santa clara county. the vaccine is also available to eligible health care workers in phase 1-a. meanwhile, san francisco is faced with serious supply shortfalls, even so city and health leaders today set an aggressive goal to fully vaccinate all their residents by the end of june. abc7 news reporter laura anthony has the story. >> we anticipate everything we have in our possession will be gone by thursday. >> reporter: despite mayor london breed's dire predictions about running out of covid-19 vaccine, san francisco public health leaders have set a goal of vaccinating all 900,000 residents by the end of june. what's unclear given a severe
supply shortage is how they'll get there. >> for far too many of our residents at one of the most anxious, scary, traumatic moments in their lives, there are still no clear answers. >> reporter: the city plans to launch its first mass vaccination site this friday at college city college with with h 500,000 set aside. beside city college, two other sites are set to open february 1st. at moscone center. providers like kaiser, dignity and sutter. >> we are committed, as everybody is in this meeting, to the urgency of vaccinating the community. >> reporter: ramping up infrastructure is one thing. but the larger challenge right now is securing supply. there are some 200,000 people over 65 in san francisco. the age demographic that represents 83% of the city's covid deaths to date.
but so far, public and private providers in san francisco have been allotted just 123,000 doses by the federal government. laura anthony, abc7 news. >> and tonight a new covid-19 vaccine being tested at stanford is moving into a final phase that could potentially lead to its rollout in a matter of weeks. and while experts caution that the data on the johnson & johnson vaccine is not in yet, it does hold the promise of changing the vaccine landscape rather dramatically with a single dose. as concern grows over the slow pace of covid vaccinations in the united states, there is hope that could turn the tide. the vaccine from johnson & johnson would be the first to be given in a single shot without requiring a booster. it's been in clinical trial at sites across the country including stanford. and tonight researchers say they've been given word to lock the data they've gathered to this point so the company can quickly begin the review process. >> they will review the data in
an unblinded fashion and see if the medication looks effective. >> dr. philip grant has been leading the trial at fan stored. he believes an announcement from johnson & johnson could come early next month. >> then at that point they'll be turning in their application and with similar timing we may see if it works, an approval by i'd say mid to late february. >> while dr. grant cautions, the final data isn't in yet. earlier phase 2 results have been described as promising. and earlier this week, dr. anthony fauci said he believes that vaccines from johnson & johnson and astrazeneca will reach fda review in a matter of weeks. and the impact could be significant. unlike the moderna and pfizer formulas, the johnson & johnson vaccine does not require any special deep cold refrigeration. and experts say the single dose could make it much easier to distribute. >> it's much easier if you say, we have the supply here. we can get it to you. versus, we have the supply here.
what's going to be here in three weeks, it makes that management much more straightforward. >> johnson & johnson also used a similar platform to deliver a groundbreaking vaccine to fight a recent ebola outbreak in africa earning it the reputation of being sturdy and transportable. something like a four-wheel drive of vaccines. now the hope is that it will help drive down surging infections from covid-19. and one other encouraging note here. researchers say the different technologies used to johnson & johnson vaccine along with the pfizer and moderna drugs are both very flexible. that could become important if the covid virus meow tautates e if the vaccine
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service is returning. >> yes. you asked, and i am obliging, dan. yes, it is going to be back to winter again in just a matter of a couple of days. i want to show you a beautiful view from our san jose camera, and it is clear out there. hope you had a chance to enjoy the mild weather. doppler 7 showing you the mild weather but that will be changing friday. temperatures in the 50s, 60s, highs made it to the l60s to lo 70s. definitely spring like. grab the coat before you go because it is going to be colder. tomorrow afternoon, a comfortable day but you will notice more high clouds and the temperatures will drop. upper 50s to the mid 60s. level 1 system coming in on friday. we're looking at scattered showers, mainly light in intensity and it will be breezy at times. here is a look at the hour by hour forecast. 2:00 friday morning, showers moving into the north bay as we head into 4:00 a.m. krotsing the centr
krotsing crossing the central bay. spotty before it winds down in the early afternoon. so this is really just going to be a quick-moving system so rainfall amounts are not going to be very high. most of you will be between 500th to a third of an inch. there could be a few weather spots. here's a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. it does look more like winter than we've seen days past. we are looking at a cooler afternoon tomorrow. light level system friday, showers, much cooler weather. temperatures in the 50s. and you will notice another one coming in sunday afternoon/evening, going into monday and there is another storm coming in bringing wet and windy conditions tuesday into wednesday. that one looks like the coldest storm and the strongest of the series. that could bring the snow levels down very low. so stay tuned. it may look like a wintry scene in just a matter of days, dan and ama. >> that is good news, sandhya. we need it so much. >> from flags to
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you can see it speaks for itself. in about half an hour at 6:00 p.m., lights that look like fire works will be displayed on a marquee on the top of the theater in celebration of the inauguration. and take a look at this. mailboxes danced in berkeley to celebrate democracy. isn't that a great shot, ama? this is an art project by the u.c. davis department of theater and dance. the department chair says it is to celebrate an accurate, fair and verified election, including the mail-in ballots. hence the mailboxes. >> it's a happy day, misha. >> it is. >> and some neighbors in berkeley could not help but share their enthusiasm with one another. the city's mayor encouraged residents to proudly fly the american flag in the days leading up to and following the inauguration. >> vice president kamala harris now has a special memento from her birth place of oakland to show off in washington, d.c. steph curry, as you see here, presented her with that madame
vp jersey. it has 49 on it, the nation's 49th vice president. she said she's going to hang it in her office. isn't that awesome, dan? >> that's neat. >> let's take a live picture of san francisco city hall in honor of today's inauguration. you can see the lights. it's still a little light outside. it's not as dramatic as it will be once it gets dark outside. you see the red, white and blue, still looks very cool. and oakland's city hall is a glow this evening in honor of today's inauguration. it was lit moments ago. yesterday oakland raised a flag atop city haula long with the city of scranton, pennsylvania. it was a sign of support and solidarity by the two hometowns of our new president and vice president. so, lots of symbolic gestures today on this inauguration day. a moment in time, a moment in history, dan. >> absolutely. >> all right. well, news tonight with david
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tonight, america witnesses history. a new president is sworn in, president joe biden, america's 46th president. and vice president kamala harris making history as the first woman, first black, first asian-american vp. an inauguration like no other. president biden sworn in on the capitol steps in the shadow of a pandem pandemic, an economic crisis, amid deep national divisions. under tight security and in the very place where rioters descended on the capitol two weeks ago today. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> president biden addressing the nation, calling for unity and proclaiming this america's day. and that democracy has prevailed. vice president kamala harris making history. she will carry an influential voice with the president and a decisive vote in the senate.