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captioning sponsored by cbs >> duncan: tonight stepping back >> duncan: tonight stepping back into the spotlight. donald trump returns to theirst time as a former president. political stage for the first time as a former president. >> hello, do you miss me yet? >> duncan: is this the g.o.p.'s future or a power play? also tonight, will a third vaccine accelerate america's covid fight?am >> reporter: i'm errol barnett in louisville, kentucky, where ups is ready to roll out the nation's first single shot vaccine. >> duncan: critical moment with cases dropping and millions getting shots, warnings of a covid comeback. plus hunger crisis, a child's cries are heard in new jersey
and beyond. >> this is just not only america, this is happening in your backyard. >> duncan: racial reckoning, how the fashion and beauty industry is facing up to its ugly past. and later, he couldn't afford college, but now this former ups driver is paying it forward. >> your giving is historic. why do this? >> when you have the resources to help others, it is something i think you should this is the "cbs weekend news" from new york. here's jericka duncan. >> duncan: good evening. we begin with former president donald trump who returned to the public stage late today for the first time since leaving the white house. mr. trump received a rousing welcome from a gathering of conservatives in florida as a familiar soundtrack of his former campaign event played on. cbs news senior white house and political correspondent ed o'keefe is following it all and
joins us from our washington bureau. ed, good evening. >> reporter: jericka, good evening, former president trump didn't launch a 2024 campaign today as some might have expected, but he did reassert his leadership over the g.o.p. party, sharply criticized-- speaking at the conservativee ce political action conference in orlando former president trump said he wants to unite republicans. >> we have the republican party, it will unite and be stronger than ever before.i i am not starting a new party. >> reporter: and attacked president biden's early moves, especially on immigration. >> in just one short month we have gone from america first to america last. there is no better example than the new and horrible crisis on our southern border. >> reporter: mr. biden is home in delaware for part of theo weekend and aides said they don't plan to respond every time trump speaks out, but the former president's political activity is unique. >> who knows, i may even decide
to beat them for a third time, okay? >> reporter: and polls show a majority of republicans say they would support a trump 2024 campaign. party leaders are split over whether to stick with him. >> the voters are saying overwhelmingly they agree with what president trump did in office. >> if we idolize one person, we will lose. >> reporter: if trump takes a pass on 2024, more than a dozen other gop officials are making presentations. several spoke this weekend and mostly celebrated the trump legacy. >> let me tell you this right a now, donald j. trump ain't going anywhere. >> duncan: ed, on another political matter tonight new york governor andrew cuomo is now facing accusations of sexual harassment from a second woman who used to work for him. the democrat said in a statement he never made advances toward the second accuser. ed, what's next? >> reporter: jericka, cuomo is calling on the attorney general to appoint an independent investigator to look into the
allegations detailed in "the new york times," attorney general leticia james said the governor had to formally request an investigation in order for her office to launch one. the latest allegations come as the governor is facing a federal investigation into how he oversaw nursing homes during the pandemic. notably today even the white house press secretary said that president biden, a long time ally of cuomo, supported an independent investigation. all of this could affect cuomo's plans to run for an unprecedented the fourth term in 2024. >> duncan: ed o'keefe in washington, thank you. well, the race to vaccinate america is getting a big boost, a third vaccine approved this weekend is about to ship out. cbs news transportation correspondent errol barnett is in louisville, kentucky, good evening. >> reporter: jericka, good evening. behind me you see a fleet of ups aircraft among those set to distribute this johnson & johnson vaccine nationwide. it is the literal shot in the arm the country needs to get as many people vaccinated as soon
as possible. tonight the c.d.c. clearing the way for the nation's first single shot vaccine, joining two existing inoculations in the fight against the pandemic. and while it's solo dose and standard refrigeration mean more people will be fully vaccinated quicker, supply is limited. only four million doses have been manufactured, ready for immediate shipment. johnson & johnson projects 20 million doses should be available by the end of march and 100 million by the end of june. it's efficacy is lower than existing vaccines, however president biden's chief medical advisor asserting today it's important to get whichever vaccine is available as fast as possible. >> they are highly efficacious in many ways, including importantly, preventing severe or critical disease. if you look at all three of them, they are really very good. >> reporter: now, both ups and fedex will put those vaccine
shipments with unique labels alongside delivery inside cargo holds like this one. they expect to receive those vaccine shipments on monday, arriving at their destination tuesday, at the earliest. jericka. >> duncan: errol barnett in louisville, thank you. there is good news on covid's front lines. the number of people in hospitals with covid-19 has fallen below 50,000 for the first time in nearly four months. infections have slowed, but still nearing 30 million. and deaths have reached 513,000. cbs' lilia luciano joins us fro the hardest hit state, california, lilia, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, jericka. the mood here is optimistic as covid cases are starting to take a nose dive. the number of californians in the i.c.u. hasn't been this low since november but people are still worried about what is next. l.a. county's covid crisis is at l.a. county's covid crisis is at a pivotal point. there are fears of the next
surge as variants grow while cases slow. california's hospitalizations are down 64%, deaths down 45% in the last month, mirroring national numbers that may be leveling off. >> we have time to get a better tool box for the fall to take care of the variants. >> reporter: the c.d.c. sees the variant first identified in the u.k. as the top threat. the strain is confirmed in 43 states plus puerto rico and accounts for 10% of cases in the u.s. still, a reason for hope. one year after a covid outbreak at a washington state nursing home kick-started the american pandemic. that county reporting for the first time 0 new cases in long- term care centers. in miami, 55-year-old isabel pupuo defied science, battled covid for 150 days with oxygen levels doctors called unlivablef >> i actually told the family on numerous occasions, unfortunately she was going to pass away. >> reporter: she says it was god's miracle.
today just 2% of the tests taken in l.a. county are coming back positive that is down from 19% just a month ago. and here it is a welcome break for very covid weary angelenos, jericka. >> duncan: lilia luciano for us, thank you. for more on the new vaccine let's turn to cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus also in los angeles.us dr. agus, good evening. we know that the johnson & johnson vaccine could roll out as early as this week. what difference will this make in the ongoing effort to vaccinate people? >> thank you, jericka. this is a really impressive vaccine because it is refrigerated, not frozen, it is one shot, not two shots, and this vaccine can be given at community centers and potentially going to people's homes because you don't have to watch people for 15-30 minutes afterwards because there is no reaction. so this is a much easier logistical vaccine to administer.le >> duncan: and while it might be
esier, doctor, there are people as you know who believe the johnson & johnson vaccine is inferior to the pfizer and moderna. can you clarify and talk about the differences. >> this is critical, right. 76% in four weeks have no symptoms when exposed to theohn& virus with the johnson & johnson, but pfizer, moderna that number is 95%. over the next month or so, the j&j number, johnson & johnson number goes up, but it is an excellent vaccine. and so the numbers will be nearer to each other two, three months out but what is critical is this is the first and only vaccine that was really shown to work very effectively against the south african variant. so, i'm very enthusiastic about this vaccine and truly believeac whichever vaccine you can get first, take it. a day earlier means a day earlier you are protected. 100% protection from hospitalization and from death, from all three of these vaccines. vaccines. >> duncan: you know, the latest numbers also show covid-19 death rates and hospitalizations are down, but there is still concern
as you mentioned about the new variants. could we see potentially a covid comeback? >> yes. we're starting to see it a little bit this week. numbers across the country, of infections, are going up. and remember hospitalizations and deaths lag infection by two to three week so it is a little bit worrisome that they are going up because this is a much more infectious strain, the variants. >> duncan: dr. david agus breaking it down for us on this sunday. we thank you. when a new jersey third grader recently told her teacher that she didn't have enough to eat, she highlighted a problem at home and one that affects some 18 million children nationwide. cbs' michael george has more. >> a third grade new jersey girl burst into tears in the middle of her virtual class. confessing to teachers and. fellow students that she was starving. >> this nine year old just couldn't take it any more. >> that heartbreaking moment lead an entire community to help, including new jersey's former lt. governor jim guadagno
who manages a food bank called fulfill. >> this family has been offered not only immediate food, but groceries for six months. >> the girl's mother lost her restaurant job almost a year ago. >> this is happening across america, not just for this young girl. >> this is not only america, this is happening in your backyard. >> as of january, 40 million people live in a family where at least one adult lacks work. lac according to the center on budget and the number of children facing food insecurity has doubled from 14% to 28% since 2019. >> about 80% of the family's in los angeles school district were in poverty before the pandemic began. >> my son has been-- i'm going to cry. you know, having to work from home, his school stuff is very
hard. >> president biden and first lady dr. jill biden toured a houston food bank several times, to meet the demands of the pandemic and a weather disaster. those on the front lines sayte america's hunger crisis will be a long fight. >> our hungry children are looking at two or three years, maybe longer, of need. >> food for thought for all americans. michael george, cbs news, newmis york. >> can't forget about those in need. >> overseas now at least 18 people were killed in myanmar today after security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protestors. several others were wounded. it's the deadliest day since the military seized power in a coup a month ago. and britain this is the moment an unexploded world war ii bomb recently discovered was detonated in an explosion. it happened in exeter, england,
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>> duncan: well, we end tonight with the sto >> duncan: well, we end tonight with the story of a couple's extraordinary gift inspired by a dream deferred. ♪ ♪ ♪ while the band at morgan state university in baltimore is known for drumming up excitement, it's the actions of this former student that has energized the campus. you're giving is historic. you're giving is historic. why do this? >> when you are blessed and you have the resources to help others, it is something i think you should do. >> duncan: this week calvin tyler and his s wife tinaa announunced a $20 0 million commitmentnt to the hihistoricay black university morgan state. the largest ever frorom an alum, bolstering the couple's scholarship fund established in 2002.. >> mororgan state'e's mission,nt of their mission is to help kids from disadvantaged families, get a chance to go to college and get a degree. and that's what we are trying to do.
>> duncan: 78 year old calvin tyler attended morgan in the '60s and says he remembers what it was like to struggle. >> i had to pay my own way. i didn't have a scholarship. >> duncan: he reluctantly dropped out, and started driving for ups. he rose up the ranks and became he rose up the ranks and became the first black senior vice president of u.s. operations. tyler says he and his wife tina never forgot their baltimoreir roots. >> i wanted to focus on our home town, on morgan state. >> duncan: without that scholarship, where do you think you would be? >> lord knows. i would be probably a statistic in baltimore. >> duncan: byron selby was one of the first so called tyler scholars, he received a full scholarship and graduated in 2008. now he works for the united states secret service. >> their generosity not only helped me, it inspired my family, it helps people that i meet on the daily. >> education. >> education. >> plus opportunity. >> plus opportunity. >> equals success.
>> equals success. >> i coach now, i mentor. >> duncan: so far more than 200 students have benefited from the tyler scholarship fund. university president david wilson. >> what calvin and tina tyler are doing is paving a way for those students to get a morgan degree and not start out in life with $50,000 to $80,000 in debt. >> duncan:n: do you sesee yoursf as a an inspiratation? >> i h hope. >> i hope so every young person has god- given talent. and they need to believe in themselves first, believe in themselves, and just face their dreams. >> absolutely, believe in well, full disclosure, if it were not for morgan state, i wouldn't be here. it is where my parents met 40 years ago. there they are, mom and dad in 1981, and again there, 2017 well, that's the cbs weekend news for this sunday. i'm jericka duncan in new york.
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