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president biden is preparing to host a call with key european allies about coordinated response to russia's attacks on ukraine. in just two hours, historic senate confirmations are set to begin for supreme court nominee judge ketanji brown jackson. it's the first of a rig courthouse four-day process with committee members set to grill her on record and beliefs. more breaking news from the supreme court. a health scare for clarence thomas, the 73-year-old hospitalized after experiencing flu-like symptoms. the latest on his condition coming up. and we begin with day 26 of russia's war on ukraine. right now, the search for survive is going on in the capital of kyiv after russian shelling hit a shopping center overnight, killing at least eight people. look at these images. the city's mayor says the strike
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also hit several houses in the area. and just a short time ago, air sirens going off in the western city of lviv where nbc's jacob soboroff is. take a listen. >> reporter: you can hear that noise. it's the fourth air raid siren of the day here. the first started this morning around 1:00 a.m. it's after 11:00 in the morning. you can see strangely people on the streets. >> at the same time, ukraine is rejecting moscow's demand to surrender the sieged southern port city of mariupol in exchange for safe passage. ukraine's deputy prime minister saying this morning there is no chance of surrender. all of this as another horrific attack rocked mariupol on sunday. the city council there accusing russia of shelling an arts school where they say at least 400 residents were seeking shelter, including women, children, and the elderly. the number of casualties not clear. the city's mayor says hundreds
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may be dead. for a second day in a row, russia claims it used hypersonic missiles in ukraine, destroying a military fuel storage site in the southern part of the country. ukrainian president zelenskyy speaking publicly over the weekend, renewing his calls for a face-to-face meeting with russia's putin to end the war. >> zelenskyy saying there that the time has come to restore ukraine's territorial integrity saying russia's losses will be so great it will take generations to recover. look at this powerful picture, a mother in kyiv injured during
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russia's attacks, now nursing her baby girl in the hospital. the mother used her own body to cover and protect her young daughter amid the russian shelling. she's recovering after sustaining several injuries. let's go live to ukraine. nbc news national correspondent gabe gutierrez is in lviv. gabe, thank you for being with us. air sirens have been going off this morning in lviv. what's the scene like right now? >> hey, there, jose. the sirens have stopped, but this has become a way of life here in lviv. we hear them every few hours during the middle of the night and during the day. jose, as you mentioned, a huge area of concern are the outskirts of kyiv right now. you're seeing that video from a security camera overnight capturing one of the blasts at a shopping center and surrounding homes just in the outskirts of kyiv. ukrainian authorities say eight
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people were killed and the mayor of that city, the capital city, has once again imposed a 35-hour curfew set to take effect later today. but another area of concern, jose, is the besieged city of mariupol, a desperate situation unfolding there. many people, including ukraine's president, are calling it a war crime, clearly a war crime. we spoke with one woman, one survivor, olga. she's on your screen. she described a harrowing escape from that city. she says she left there, you know, dodging land mines, dodging shelling, and this she left in a humanitarian corridor that she wasn't sure if it would hold or not. you hear sirens in the background right now here in lviv. but you mentioned that art school that had been bombed according to ukrainian authorities there. they are still searching for survivors in mariupol in that art school.
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there were 400 people seeking shelter. so, the mariupol city council says that thousands of residents have been taken to what they call filtration camps. some have been deported to russian-controlled territories. we spoke with olga about that. she says she does know of people that have gone to these camps. however, if her words, what russian state tv has been saying, is that some of these people are going to these camps willingly. i asked her about that, and she actually answered by posing a question to me. she asked me if you were in that desperate of a situation, if your child was close to starvation and you felt that you had no other option, wouldn't you go wherever the russians asked you to go? a desperate situation in that town, that southern port city of mariupol where local authorities have refused to surrender to the russian troops. again, another sign of defiance against all odds. jose? >> gabe gutierrez in lviv, thank you so very much. joining us this morning, kira
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rudik. thanks for being with us. what are you hearing and seeing in kyiv? >> thanks for having me. so today i have been at the place where the rocket hit the shopping center. what i can tell you, there is a word. this word is armageddon. i cannot imagine what happens to the people where the rocket hits and if there are any chances to survive if you're around and what are the chances. i do not believe there are any. i have been at the buildings, 500 meters, 700 meters from where the rocket hit and the windows are destroyed and the apartments are destroyed within.
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there is nowhere to hide. in kyiv, we're getting different attacks from putin. we already tour ground attack. we are ready to fight him back. we are training. we are preparing. we are being organized. we are ready for a siege in preparing the food, the water, the supplies, but there is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do to prepare to this, to the missile going into your home, to the missile hitting like neighborhood and then the buildings being destroyed. so the word is armageddon. and you cannot be ready to armageddon. >> kira, the tragedy in all of this tragic reality is that things seem to be going towards the worst. the fact that putin is saying that he's not hearing what he wants to hear from the ukrainians, it seems as though the situation can only get worse. how do you prepare for something like that, kira?
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>> well, first of all, whatever putin says is a lie. second, russia is not in a very good state right now as well. so we are waiting for the sanctions to hit. we do know that things are not so fairy tale y inside russia as well. we hope we will be able to buy the time for russia to collapse. and we hope that the summit on 24th of march when all the leaders of the world will be in and will be discussing, like, how to help ukraine, the decisions will be made to help ukraine because right now when we are showing these terrifying images, terrifying videos, the world is watching them. the world is supporting us. but basically, the world is just watching us being destroyed. and this is the most heartening thing, because what we need right now is a force to fight putin back, because what we need right now are the jets that we
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have been constantly asking for to be able to fight putin in the air, to be able to intercept his rocket, to be able to fight his planes. this is what we as ukraine need to be able to actually win this war, because we do not believe that things are getting worse, because we see that we are fighting him on the ground and he is not winning on the ground. and he now does the coward's move. he is destroying us from the air where we cannot stop him. this is the most important thing right now. and this is why i really hope that nato alliance will come to the conclusion to help ukraine not just by the support and the supplies but by the actual weaponry that we actually need. >> kira, i want to take you to mariupol, where they're saying that thousands of residents have been deported to russia. nbc news has not independently verified that allegation. this would just be another stoep step in the horror of what russia is doing in ukraine.
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>> this is another war crime that putin as committed. look, what he's doing, he just took the hitler's book and he opened it up and he is reading through it and going through it. and he's doing all the terrible things, unimaginable things. you have heard there was an attempt of chemical attack in another city. what happens in mariupol, it just breaks our heart. but what is even more heartening is that there is no things done by all countries of the world to stop this, because we have been trying to get people out of mariupol for the last 2 1/2 weeks, and every single time putin would say, yeah, there are humanitarian convoys that can get out, every single time his
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forces would fire guns at the peaceful citizens who are trying to escape. so the only way for us to get people out was when ukrainian army took this lifeline, the piece of the road, the part of the road where people were able to escape. right now there is no other way to take our people, just only by force. same way it's happening everywhere in ukraine. there is no negotiation. there is no trust. there is no belief in putin's good will. we can only try and get what we need. this is why, again, we are asking for more and more support if our allies. look at us. we are fight so hard. we've been killed out mercy, and we are standing up to the tyrant who wants to conquer the whole world. he was very clear that he will be taking ukraine, then poland and lithuania and we are the
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ones standing up to him right now. this is why we do need the support. this is why we are hoping that nato allies will make the right decision, will come to this decision to give us the jets, to give us the necessary equipment so we can fight him in the air so my people, people of ukraine, will not be dying from this devastating weaponry coming from the air. >> kira rudik, thank you for being with us. let's of course continue to stay in touch. so appreciate your voice. thank you. >> thank you. with ukraine rejecting russia's offer to surrender mariupol, how is that going to affect troop movements on the ground? that's still ahead this morning. first, a historic day on capitol hill as the first day of confirmation hearings get under way for president biden's supreme court nominee, ketanji brown jackson. we're digging into what we can expect next.
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17 past the hour. this morning a historic moment for the nation's highest court. in less than two hours confirmation hearings begin for judge ketanji brown jackson. jackson, the first black woman to be nominated for the bench. she was selected by the president to fill justice stephen breyer's seat upon his requirement this summer. and another top story from the supreme court. on sunday, the court said
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justice clarence thomas has been hitzed with an infection and is experiencing flu-like symptoms. joining us this morning from washington, nbc news white house correspondent mike memoli. also with us, nbc news senior national political reporter sahill kapour. what can we expect today? >> we're looking at four days of high-stakes hearings for judge ketanji brown jackson to the supreme court. they kick off today shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time. what we can expect to hear today is opening statements from all the senators on the committee. we'll hear judge jackson be introduced by two people, one, retired conservative judge thomas griffith, the second university of pennsylvania law professor lisa fairfax. then we will hear opening remarks from judge jackson herself. the remarks from the committee members are going to give us an indication of how contentious this battle will be. it is worth remembering she only needs democrat supports to be confirmed. as long as the 50 democrats in
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the senate stick together, there's nothing republicans do. that said, the white house and democrats want bipartisan support. it is plausible some of the more moderate republicans are not expecting to go scorched earth on this nomination. they have not been able to paint her outside the mainstream, but there are some conservative members on the judiciary committee who are known to have higher presidential ambitions, and expect them to try to score political points in this hearing to try to pick at elements of judge jackson's record and question her about them. she is likely to face questions about her judicial philosophy, her temperament, how she goes about making decision. there will likely be attempts to pin her down on hot button cases like guns and abortion rights. the trend in the last few decades is that judicial nominees say as little as possible about how they would rule on those cases. they say it would be inappropriate and they tend to punt that and say they will look at the cases as they come before
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them. that is what we're looking at. the democrats on the committee hope to get this wrapped up within the committee at least by early april, jose. >> mike, what are officials at the white house looking at today? >> reporter: well, jose, as you said, this is a historic moment, a moment that's more than two years in the making since then candidate joe biden promised to nominate the first black woman to the supreme court. it's been lam month now since the public has heard from judge jackson, so these hearings are an important opportunity to showcase the history that is being made here. from the white house's perspective, they are going to be looking for reasons sahil lays out as well, the republicans not necessarily on the judiciary committee as much as those who are on it. this is a white house that is very confident. they're never fully confident all 50 democrats will be on the same side on any issue, but here they'll have all 50 votes they need. they would love to run up the score and get some bipartisan support. last year when judge jackson was
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nominated for the court of appeals, she got 53 votes. they think they can see more republicans come over to support her this time around. that's why it's those republicans who are not on the committee, tend to be more moderate in temperament who have expressed some positive remarks about her that they are looking to potentially cross the aisle. this is a white house that has been very active in responding to the attacks that have been made from republicans specifically josh hl lee. they've rounded up support for judge jackson from a number of conservative jurists as it relates to the soft on crime attack, also been highlighting the support she has from police organizations, from 83 former attorneys general, state attorneys general to really buttress that argument that she has been supported by law enforcement over her career. they hope it will be a smooth confirmation. >> mike memoli and sahil kapur, thanks for being with us this morning. for more on, this i want to bring in c.k. huffler, a veteran
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trial lawyer, also chair of the rainbow-push coalition, served as a national bar association. rent. and joins vance, former u.s. attorney and law professor at the university of alabama, nbc legal analyst. c.k., what are you looking for from today's opening statements? >> i think as it relates to judge ketanji brown jackson, i expect that she's going to perform brilliantly because she is a brilliant jurist. she will state her position. she'll be succinct, say what she means and means what she says. i expect she's going to quite frankly express herself in the way we've been accustomed to hearing her. her judicial temperament is well-known and i think we'll see more of that. eight months ago she faced the same committee or similar members when she was being confirmed for the d.c. court of appeals for the federal district court of appeals. i think we can expect that from her. from the opening statements from others on the committee, i think we can expect them to question some of her credentials, challenge some of the reasons why she is being nominated.
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but to be very candid with you, i think that those challenges will pale in comparison to the extraordinary impact that judge ketanji brown jackson will have based on her opening statement. >> c.k., you mentioned judicial temperament, right. what exactly is it and how will that be manifest? >> well, she's been on the bench for quite some time, on the federal bench. the federal court and the federal coombs. so her judicial temperament meaning how she conducts herself in court, how she analyzes, her analytical abilities, the pnc opinions she has rendered in the multiplicity of cases that have come before her that's all well-known. eight months ago she was questioned on those issues. so it will manifest itself in terms of her answers to the questions. how she addresses issues, they'll ask her about what role
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if any race plays when she is writing opinions as a judge if she were confirmed as a u.s. supreme court justice. how does she feel on criminal justice reform, voting rights, civil rights? that will be informed by her judicial temperament. that's what i mean. how she conducts herself. i think that's very, very critical for people to see. >> absolutely. joyce, judge griffith, a bush appointee, introducing judge jackson today, a former classmate of yours. walk us through the significance of having this person on today. >> it's very important to joe biden across the board with his judges that they elicit as much bipartisan support as possible. but i think we need to be candid about where we are in this country. we're not in the time, for instance, where ruth bader ginsburg or antonin scalia were
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confirmed with virtually unanimous votes. justice scalia was confirmed with a unanimous vote. so the fact that we'll see the white house fight for just a few republican votes is no reflection on judge jackson. it's more a reflection of the times that we live in. but it is important to see one of her former colleagues on the court of appeals in the district of columbia, my law school classmate, introducing her this morning to this panel. it does signify that she has deep respect among judges, among her colleagues regardless of what president appointed them to the bench. and i suspect that that will speak loudly to some of the republican senators who have indicated that they're open to considering her credentials and haven't made up their minds on how to vote on this historic nomination. >> joyce, "the new york times" is reporting republicans plan to use public records against her saying she favored criminal defendants.
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what's your reaction to that? >> i think this, again, is just a reflection of the times that we live in rather than indicating any sort of bias for criminal defendants because she has a record on the bench that demonstrates that her sentences are very fair, that her rule rgs in the mainstream of fetd ral judges. this really indicate what is a strong supporter she is of the constitution. working as a defender is in many ways thankless work. -- in the district of columbia encountering many of the issues that she'll be asked to decide as a supreme court justice. if anything, this prior job signifies her commitment to the rule of law, but it also gives us some assurance about her credentials, that she understands these important criminal issues that make up a large proportion of the supreme court's docket and that she'll be fully prepared to handle them. >> joyce vance and c.k., thanks for being with us this morning.
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we're watching some live images of inside the judicial -- there you see it, the committee's senate hearing area as well as i understand just outside the judge's home where she has been staying. and we have a camera there as well as soon as she steps out and heads into the automobile that will take her to capitol hill. we're covering all angles of this for you this morning. also, breaking news. a boeing 737 plane carrying 132 people crashed in the mountains of southern china this morning. the plane lost contact in the middle of a domestic flight. rescuers dispatched to the scene. take a look at the geography there, just very mountainous, very complicated area. joining us now from beijing is nbc news janis mackey frayer. what do we know about how many people were in that plane, injured, people who may have lost their lives?
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>> reporter: well, so little is known about why the plane went down, but the first rescue crews have arrived to the scene. there was a fire in the forest around the crash site. and they're reporting back that there are no signs of life. they're finding fragments of the plane, bits of debris suggesting that the plane almost disintegrated upon impact. what we do know is that the plane appeared to fall from the sky. flight data showed that it lost speed and altitude very quickly, about 130 miles out from the destination. it took off from hunan province just after 1:00 this afternoon. it was supposed to be a two-hour trip. in the meantime, china eastern, the airline, is grounding its entire fleet of boeing 737-800s until they can determine what
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happened. the president here xi jinping issued a statement saying he was shocked by the crash and he ordered hundreds of rescue workers to go to site to do what they can. but in the meantime, in the absence of any answers, there seems to be this sense that people will have to come to terms with the worst, that there sunt doesn't appear to be any survivors. >> janis mackey frayer, thank you very much. 132 people on board that 737-800. up next, with the war in ukraine stretching into day 26 and fighting growing more intense by the hour, what can we expect to happen next on the ground? clint watts is at the big board to break it down for us next.
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news military analyst. also with us clint watts, a distinguished research fellow at the foreign policy research institute and nbc news national security analyst. good morning, clint. what are you seeing? what are the signs you're seeing that russia may, indeed, have reached a stalemate? >> three things, one of each front. i think in the north what we were talking about over the last two weeks was this convoy. we then saw it break out, just trying to establish these battle positions around the city. but they have not advanced much further. separately, this axis of advance had an armored formation. it was devastated in its initial advance. some of the supplies cut off here to the rear. it seems to suggest they cannot really get to encirclement right now and they're starting to essentially dig in, create defensive positions here to bring in artillery to hit inside kyiv more directly. separately, i think big picture, things to watch that are going on right now is this very key battle here at izyum.
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the russians are trying to link up this access with their forces coming out of donbas. but the ukrainian military put up an intense fight. separately back here, there are areas in the rear back towards part of kyiv where the ukrainian military is doing well. that brings us to the south. key things to look at is this battle area around here. a cruise missile strike hit there over the weekend. the russians fired it in, hit the refuge for the ukrainian navy. they keep trying to advance to the north but are taking steep losses. this is another battle area that's important in this axis here, again, stalled out. the only place they could take is mariupol, where there's intense devastation here. >> general, i remember at the beginning seeing more and more russian troops at the board tler. we talked about 150,000, 170,000
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russians that have been put in, and they had all the infrastructure they needed. and yet we're talking about a stalemate now. what does that mean? and what does it say about this? >> well, first of all, it says 44 million people, these are not just the ukrainian military but also territorial defense units, armed civilians. they're fighting in urban areas. they've done extremely well, aggressive tactics. the kinds of support, military support by nato countries have been effective, smart munitions, both air defense and ground attack of russian armor. they've caused enormous casualties apparently to russian ground combat units who are incompetently led to our astonishment. now the russians have pulled back and they're using standoff fires. they're an artillery army,
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rocket systems, 1.25 millimeter self-propelled artillery, cruise missiles fired off bombers that could be 1,400 kilometers away, cruise missile strikes coming off russian naval vessels in the black sea, striking as far west as lviv. it looks like a war of extinction against the civil population. time is no longer, in my view, an ally of the ukrainians, only their ability to cause russian casualties and have a ripple effect with economic and political sanctions inside russia. the situation is grim. >> kira rudik, member of ukrainian parliament, was asking for jet planes, something they, the ukrainians could use, to fight back against this. general, russia is now using at least twice now this new
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hypersonic miss toll strike ukrainian facilities. how do you fight back against a ten times the speed of sound missile coming at you? you can't do that with sa-300s, with sa-10s and 12s. >> well, you're quite right. this is a new technology advance. i don't think it will be a decisive weapon of war. the ukrainians do lack a sophisticated air defense system like s-400, a lot of which is operating out of russia itself. so i thought all along that, you know, mig-29 ground attack aircraft was a shiny diversionary object. those mig-29s really cannot operate against sophisticated russian air-to-air fighters, nor their ground defense units. it's questionable whether we could get out of nato countries, three of which have the s-300 system, and get it successfully
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into ukraine, get it to fighting, to make it operate. so for the time being, the ability to control the skies over ukraine are very limited. nato airpower could do it in a month. >> but, general -- sorry to interrupt, but what about migs in the hands of ukrainian pilots to help, for example, what's going on in mariupol. there are cities, mariupol probably being the first one, that really are being annihilated. is there something that jets or some kind of technologically advanced defense mechanism e could help there now? >> well, nothing likely that we could get into the hands of ukrainians with a training and maintenance package, operators that would make a difference. again, these are coming off russian naval vessels so, you know, we could do land-based
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anti-ship missile systems, but this is tough. the russians have a standoff fire-power advantage that is lethal. it's bringing down the cities. it's creating massive civil losses. its intention is to break the spirit of the ukrainian people and forge this inspirational president zelenskyy and his leaders to capitulate. that is their purpose. >> what a tragedy we are seeing unfold right in front of our eyes. general mccaffrey, clint watts, thank you. still ahead, daily covid cases are plummets in the united states, but sorry to break the news to you, new covid variant is spreading and it's spreading quickly, making up about a quarter of infections. so realistically, should we be worried? we're digging into the science next.
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44 past the hour. time for a check of our other top headlines. this morning, four u.s. marines died in a crash in norway when their helicopter went town during joint nato training exercises. the cause of the crash under investigation, but nato officials say they were training in extreme conditions. right now, wildfires are scorching central texas. one blaze has frown to 11,000 acres and forced evacuations across the entire region. in total, fires throughout the state have burned more than 54,000 acres of land, destroying scores of homes. and nasa released this image. take a look at this. it's a star 2,000 light-years away. it's produced by nasa's new james webb telescope. it's an image that tests how the guice's 18 mirrors work together
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to capture a picture more than a million miles away. a new covid variant called ba.2 is quickly spreading across the u.s., making up a quarter of new infections. while daily covid cases continue to be low here, scientists and doctors are watching the rise in infections in the uk where daily cases have doubled. hospitalizations creeping up and bracing for the next wave, something the biden administration may not be ready for following more than $15 billion in cults to covid funding by congress. joining me now, dr. kavita patel, an msnbc medical contributor and former white house health policy director for the biden administration. great seeing you. how concerned are you about this new variant and the potential surge here in the u.s.? >> yeah, jose, in general i'm not as concerned as i was about the original omicron when it was starting to hit us in november and december, but i am concerned that we still have vulnerable
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pockets. as you mentioned, without the federal funding to give us that safety net, which we know wasn't wholly adequate in the first place, we might be short of getting people free vaccines if they need it, booster shots when they need it, testing, those incredible tests we finally now can get. i urge anybody watching or listening, help a neighbor, try to get as many of those free and general tests you can get on because you want them on hand. in general, i think people need to prepare to take precautions and watch cases locally and think about your individual risk as well. >> so important, let's talk about those free covid tests. i guess you can get two four-packs per family via >> right. >> and then it's -- now is a good time to be thinking about that because as you say, if another wave comes it will be the same problem we had a couple months ago.
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why do you feel more confident today than you did about the original omicron? >> yeah, so a couple things. we've seen an increase in booster shots and now we have growing evidence that even though we see less immunity with our current vaccines against omicron, they still hold, especially when you're boosted, so that's generally three shots, that you're still protected against hospitalizations and death. that's good news. that's why the uptick in the uk is concerning, but we're not seeing as many hospitalizations and deaths as we would have seen if the uk had not had the high booster rate. the united states has catching up to do. we're not anywhere near as boosted as other countries like uk and parents of europe. we have some room to go, and just as another advertisement, if you haven't gotten your booster shot, go get one. now is the time. >> and so, so far it's just one booster shot available for most people, right? >> so far. that's right. the fda should be taking up that conversation about a second one soon here. >> dr. kavita patel, always a
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pleasure to see you. i want to bring that site back up,, doctor. that's the one for free tests? >> yes. it will also be available on many ways to get them. >> there are some links -- [ speaking spanish ] thank you, dr. patel, for being with us. it's a pleasure to see you as always. >> thank you. still ahead, the u.n. says the war in ukraine displaced about 10 million people inside and outside the country. my next guest is doing something to help. i'll talk to a teenager who saw a problem and came up with a creative and very effective solution. [ marcia ] my dental health was not good. i had periodontal disease, and i just didn't feel well. but then i found clearchoice.
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willing to host them in their new country. refugees simply searched the city they need housing in, and then they're shown what options are available. all of it, free. joining me now is avi shifman, one of the creators of ukraine take shelter. avi, it's great to see you. how do you come up with this idea? >> sure. i came up with this idea when i was at a protest in san diego a few weeks ago. and i felt that i could do something on a much more global scale, rather than just stay at this local protest. i had this big public plmpl after developing one of the largest coronavirus tracking websites. and i felt that i could use the technology skills that i know now and apply it to what was happening in ukraine. >> so, how did you go from the coronavirus website to this one? what were the steps that you took? >> i really just went and looked at what was happening and i saw that there are millions of refugees leaving ukraine and pouring into countries all over europe, like poland, germany,
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moldova, et cetera, but the systems in place to connecting these refugees to host would not scale to millions of users, and i saw a lot of refugees were posting on facebook groups. they were filling out random google forms online and hoping that someone would match them to someone. i like that my swipt swooit puts the power back in the hands of the refugee, where they're able to go to without having to wait for someone to apply to their google form request. >> some of these refugees are fleeing with pretty much nothing but what they have in a small suitcase, with their children or their dogs and cats. how are you making the refugees aware that your site exists? >> so, when i first started it, i emailed like over 100 ukrainian and polish news outlets, but now, luckily, i've been in contact with a lot of
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reporters, and the biggest ukrainian news outlets are writing about this website. the ukrainian government is like replying to my tweets on twitter. this is in the right hands. a lot of the polish radio stations are covering this, we're working with like individual bus drivers, like all the way in eastern europe, and having them like show a card that has like a qr code of this website to refugees. and all of that kind of stuff. >> and avi, is it in english only? >> we have over a dozen languages translated now. we've got german, polish, ukrainian, and anyone wants to translate, just let me know. >> that's incredible. >> avi, thanks very much for being with us. really appreciate what we're doing. >> and that wraps up this hour. please stay with us. i'll be back for another hour of breaking news, right after a quick break. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." break. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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