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of a deep freeze in texas. the frigid temperatures and now a water crisis following the near total collapse of the state's power grid. also, america first no more. u.s. president joe biden striking a new tone, declaring america is back as he meets virtually with some of america's top allies. and she lived through the 1911 pandemic, now this 111-year-old woman just received her second dose of the covid vaccine. she shares her secret to a long life. >>. >> this is "cnn newsroom" with robyn curnow. >> millions of americans in texas are facing a worsening water crisis after winter storms devastated the region. more than half the state's
residents are being told to boil their water if they have any at all. while much of the state's electricity has now been restored, freezing temperatures persisted for yet another night. president joe biden is ready to sign a national declaration order as soon as it hits his desk. >> thousands of people are driving through massive food and water distribution site necessary houston and san antonio. >> i don't think any of us are expecting this, for it to be like this. so it's all about survival right now until it starts getting warm. >> no water. and i have a 7-year-old and it's tough. >> some 14 million texans are
battling water shortages as more than 1200 public water systems across the state are fight to go fix disruptions caused by the winter storm and power grid failure. the worst of the texas freeze is over. the power grid emergency is now under control. >> we want to make sure whatever happened never calls again. >> to ensure that all of the machinery that froze up and was unable to generate the power you need, that may require funding. the state of texas should step up and provide that funding. >> there are still tens of thousands of people without power in texas, but getting those people back online could take several more days to repair. >> i want to acknowledge the imminent huge suffering we saw throughout this event.
>> seven people around the town of abilene died from weather-related causes. a volunteer found an elderly couple in their home. it was 12 degrees inside. >> they had been reluctant to leave their home. so it was 24 hours later. she went back to take them food and found the husband deceased in bed. >> as if battling a massive power outage in frigid temperatures wasn't enough, residents like melissa web in the san antonio apartment complex could only watch as fire destroyed their homes. >> i haven't been able to go to work all week long and now everything that we have in there is gone. >> as the water pressure was -- as you mentioned, the -- >> part of the building collapsed as a reporter interviewed a firefighter, frozen fire hydrants and failing water supply hampered efforts by firefighters to put out the flames. cities are battling crisis after
crisis. >> this is something that -- it's beyond historical, beyond unprecedented. it's a change reaction of worst case scenario of worst case scenarios. >> texas governor greg abbott has called for an investigation of ercot and has called for its executives to resign. bill magnus answered those questions on cnn. >> how can you keep your job after this? we're accountable to the people and the leadership of texas. we're going to go and explain the steps we took and how that played into the entire situation on the electric grid. if that is the outcome, that's the outcome. >> this is the last night of fridgit temperatures. but at the end of this week,
it's important to remember that 26 people died here this week most of them from hypothermia and carbon monoxide. cnn, dallas. joining me now in dallas texas is paige flink. paige, hi. it's been a devastating few days for people across texas, but particularly for women and children who have just managed to escape a vulnerable, dangerous situation at home. and then what happens? talk us through some of the video you sent to cnn. >> it was a scary few days. started out that we were without power for 48 and then it became 72 hours. then we started to see the ceiling leak from our sprinkler system. then we made the decision to leave. just after we made the decision to leave, the pipes in the ceiling started to burst and
literally the ceiling came through, the insulation came down on people's clothes and we were grabbing clothes and the clients were screaming, my ceiling just fell in. it was traumatic for these women and children who came to us from safety having fled domestic violence situations. so it's been traumatic for all of us, including our staff who are incredible. >> it's a double victimization on one level, isn't it? when you look at these pictures, you can see the amount of water that must have come in from the ceiling and these women and children don't have much. they fled, as i said, an interviewsive home. so they've come literally with the clothes on their back and perhaps an identify card or some documents. what was the most horrifying thing in terms of how they've lost, as well? >> they suffered in the dark every night for two or three nights. so that was scary enough. and then to have the water pouring down on some of the things that they -- it was all they had, the clothing that they
had brought with them. and then they had to get on a bus and we moved them to a church that volunteered their space because they had power and then they had to go sleep on cots. and we had two bedrooms for 123 women and no showers. so it continued. so it's been a hard five days. so tonight we moved them into an extended stay hotel. >> i think that makes all of us listening to you feel better. they're in a hotel tonight, but how long does that last? >> well, yeah. the shelter will not be operable. so i'm looking at least 12 weeks before we're able to repair the facility. and that's determined by how long does the insurance company
take and the construction and we are not alone in dallas. there are many other organizations who have also suffered the same type of devastation. so we're all going to be fighting for the same repair people and that sort of thing. so if i can get it out in three months, it will be hundreds of thousands of dollars to put them in these -- in the hotel. but -- which is not optimal because it's not as safe as our facility which has a big fence and security 24 hours a day. so that part is also unnerving for us. >> and what have these women been telling you? no doubt they're probably also afraid of being found on top of all of this. >> that's right. some of them were really concerned that when we moved to this -- it was a lovely church, but it has no fence and it's right there on a corner. there's so many levels of fear that women who have come to us for safety have, they've fled
chaos, we get them settled and then this chaotic situation makes it so much worst because the trauma they've experienced is long-term for some women. they're resilient, though. but they're very emotional and the kids are also trauma advertised because nothing is normal for these children. and we're just trying to keep it calm and figure out how to put structure back in the day as they go to school. i have no idea. the school that serves our shelter, we have relationships with and they were going to goback to the classroom. so we have a lot of things to figure out before we're able to get it -- you know, there's so many questions i still have on how it's all going to work. >> so many unanswered questions. so are you getting help? do you feel like the community is rallying around you? >> yes. dallas, texas, is an amazing
place. they are so generous and so we have offered of food and clothing and almost sometimes more than we can handle. so we've said first let us get totalled and then we have to take it sort of one day at the same time which is the same way the clients lived their lives, which is one day at the same time. >> thank you so much for the work you're doing, detroit time and please send our best to all the women in your shelter. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> and even though domestic violence shelters in texas are struggling with the severe weather conditions on all levels, many are open and offering sanctuary.
and millions of texans are facing long lines and empty 14e68s as food and water run out in the state of austin. the mayor told cnn earlier they're in urgent need of supplies there. >> water. you know, we could hand out all the bottled water that would be delivered our way. we have truckloads that are coming in. we couldn't source it in texas. we had to order water from the southeastern states that's supposed to be arriving here tonight. we're sourcing water. it would be great if the federal government came in with just an armada or planes full of water. >> well, after days of freezing temperatures, some much needed warmer weather is on the horizon. i want to go straight to derek van dam with more on that. so can you give us a little bit
of good news for the folks of texas? >> well, robyn, what i can tell you is residents of texas, arkansas and mississippi and louisiana have one more subfreezing temperature to wake up to. that's this morning. and then temperatures are going to improve dramatically. that is good news. music to people's ears there. they want to see that happen as quickly as possible. however, we had over 10 million americans are hard freeze warnings this morning. you can see that with a shading of blue on my map and that stretches from mississippi all the way to the border of mexico and the u.s. this is interesting. this is the first time i've seen the radar imagery without any precipitation. no snow, no sleet, no freezing rain. that's also a good sign, as well. skies have cleared out dramatically, hence the cold temperatures are still in place. it is amazing, we have to put it into perspective how massive this outbreak was. there were over 40 locations
that set all time record temperatures. that means 40 separate locations had never been that cold ever in the history of recordkeeping in the u.s. look at the low temperatures on tuesday morning. that is when the cold outbreak was at its worst. temperatures were subfreezing. in terms of the cold air moving eastward, that is going to recede because we're going to get southerly wind to help bring our temperatures in the 50s and 60s. around the weekend, we'll reach the 70 degree mark. we would like to see the blues being replaced by greens, yellows and reds. this forecast is more and more promising as we edge into the first half of the workweek coming up. same similar for dallas, as well as houston.
this is on top of, though, you have to keep this in mind, over 10 inches of snow on the ground in some locations. >> extraordinary. it really is. thanks so much. derek van dam, always good to see you. thank you for briefing us on that. joe biden stepped into the virtual world stage on friday as he renewed america's solidarity and tried to remove all doubt that the trump era was over. that story is ahead. plus, biden's bold overture to iran. we'll discuss what happens next.
nick. >> the big headline from the g7 commitment to get covid vaccines to the poorer nations to speed the development and deployment of the vaccines to increase, manufacturing capacity of vaccines. to share more information about variants of covid-19 that can potentially, potentially be more deadly or more infectious. so that was a priority committing more money so that those vaccines can get to those poorer nations, 7.5 billion dollars committed. president biden came with his own money, as well. >> we must cooperate if we're going to defeat covid-19 everywhere. my first memorandum focused on defeating covid-19 and to better prevent and prepare for the next pandemic. today i'm announcing the united states is making a $2 billion pledge to covax with the promise
of additional $2 billion to urge others to step up, as well. >> the munich security conference, virtual, as well. president biden speaking there talking about an inflexion point in history where you can go with democracies or you can go with autocracies. he says he wants to work with our democratic nations to develop diplomatic plans to hold china and russia to account. he says the united states wants to earn its way back in a leadership role welcomed by boris johnson. >> as you've seen and heard earlier, america is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world. that is fantastic. and it is vital for our american friends to know that their allies on this side of the atlantic are willing and able to share the burdens of addressing
the world's toughest problems. >> angela merkel offering her support saying it's important to get a joint transatlantic plan of how to deal with china and russia. emmanuel macron saying look, we agreed on all those shared interests. sometimes the priorities might be a bit different, he said, but we can work together. that is the clear message emerging. the president for president abide sn not all european nations are perhaps going to go along with him as easily as he would like, specifically on china and russia, too. so not plain sailing, but tides, president joe biden back on the world stage leading as he wants to. nick robertson, cnn, london. >> thanks, nic, for that. the united states says it doesn't anticipate taking any actions against iran at the time, but it does repeat the offer to open up champs of communication if iran is
interested. biden's national security adviser said this might be the best chance of striking a deal. >> one of our concerns right now is iran is threatening to move even further out of compliance, to refuse to operate with the international atomic agency in the work it's trying to do to ensure nothing in iran's program is being used for weapons purposes. so i think the first order of business here would be for the iranians to take the decision to stop the process of moving further out of compliance. and then i do believe there is a diplomatic pathway to getting to an ultimate agreement. >> fawas ezes is a director of the middle east center in london. thanks for speaking to us. good to see you, sir. it's been a while and i really do want to get your take on this. what do you make of those comments here? the biden administration is doing outreach, but so much has
happened. where do tehran and d.c. really begin? >> you're right. the world has changed a great deal. and the world is delighted to have joe biden. even boris johnon, who was a close friend of donald trump is delighted to have joe biden. america speaks with one voice. you can summarize joe biden's foreign policy decisions by multi lateral diplomacy of joe biden versus america's first. so there is a great deal of elation in the world, most of the world. yet at the same time, the world is waiting to see the specifics.
there is little about specificity. no details. think of joe biden's domestic politics. very highly ambitious. it's really joe biden's proactive on the offensive. he wants to transform the american economy. he wants to bridge divide inside america. yet in terms of foreign policy, he is not as ambitious. it's cautious. that is why the world is waiting to see the specific policies. as i say, did devil lies in the details. >> so where does tehran look at this, though? they certainly feel like america pulled out of the deal, that they want america to make the first outreach here. they want sanctions lifted before anything is done from tehran's point of view.
how is some sort of compromise reached between tehran and d.c. here? >> robyn, there is a huge gulf between iran on the one hand and the united states and its you european allies on the other hand. the united states must lift the sanctions imposed by president trump in 2018. iran must respect its commitments while the sanctions remain in place. if you ask what the with biden administration wants, and europe, too, remember, joe biden is trying to portray the conflict with iran is not the united states versus iran. it's the united states and
europe versus iran. not only they want iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, but they want to overhaul the original deal. they want to expand and deepen the 2015 nuclear deal and they want to include other activities by ranl including its ba lftic missiles and its regional activities. so certainly you have a long way to go. >> and it's a very opt listic you thought if you think in the next week or so that iran says it will start iaea inspections. is ranl playing with fire here? >> time is not on iran's side. the iranian economy is bleeding. what iran has been trying to do is to raise the stakes, to increase the pressure, to speed
up enrichments of uranium, to say to the atomic agency you won't be able to come to iran and check on our nuclear activities. and all of these moves are part of iran's strategy to pressure the biden administration to begin the process of lifting the sanctions. the biden administration says no way. you might say why? the secretary of state anthony blinken, the national security adviser jack sullivan, the head of the cia, william burns and other players were the ones who basically negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with iran. so the iranians are saying, look, guys, you were part of the deal. and why are you taking your time? so what you're seeing now is both sides are positioning themselves. and i think there is a new opening. and the new opening is the
european union basically has called for a diplomatic meeting to begin the process of talking, both iran and the united states and european community. >> and what about russia and china here? obviously, their signatories to that original deal, as well. how much negotiation and how much pressure or at least communication needs to be done via a china or russia and clearly does the biden administration need to reach out to them on that case, as well? >> you are absolutely correct. and the initiative by the european union on thursday was to include both russia and china. russia and china are not on the same page as the united states and europe. russia and china would like the united states to return to the 2015 nuclear deal. they do not really want to overhaul the nuclear deal. so yes, they would be involved.
but the reality is, it's going to take a long time. because you have a huge gulf between iran and the united states and a further complicating point, you have elections in iran in four months. and the elections might produce a more conservative government than president rouhani and the frm. so time is of great essence here and that is why it seems to me i don't see the biden administration really in any kind of a hurry. and i think the strategy of the biden administration is to keep the sanctions on and to pressure iran not only to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, but also to open up the deal and include other limits and basically on the iranian nuclear deal and the ballistic missiles, as well. and i'm not optimistic. if you ask me what are the
chances of a break through between iran on the other hand and the united states and its european allies, i would say between 30% and 35% at this moment. >> okay. let's talk again and see what happens in the next few weeks and months there from the london school of economics. always good to get your analysis. thank you, sir. >> thank you. skomg up, president joe biden reveals where he thinks the u.s. might reveal to something close to normal, but he's not making any promises. we'll explain when we return. hey, i just got a text from my sister.
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viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is 35 minutes past the hour and you're watching cnn. despite the delays in vaccine shipments, president joe biden has said the u.s. will have enough vaccines for every american who wants one by the end of july. but he struggled to answer when the country might return to some semblance of normal. take a listen to this. >> i can't give you a date when this crisis will end. but i can tell you we're doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later. i believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year and god willing, this christmas will be different than last. but i can't make that commitment to you. >> mr. biden made those comments on friday while touring the manufacturing plant in michigan. jeff zeleny has more on that visit. >> president biden making a visit to the pfizer factory in portage, michigan, where the
coronavirus vaccine is being produced. and clearly there have been issued with vaccination supply. so the president taking a firsthand look while he walked through the factory getting the pfizer acknowledgement to ramp up production. that is about two months ahead of schedule from the original plan. now, there is no question, winter weather in the united states has slowed the distribution of this vaccine considerably. the president said there could be other bumps in the road, as well. different variants of the strain, of course, are making this even more challenging. but he did say by the end of july, he does expect some 300 million americans should be receiving vaccines. but also making the case that vaccines are safe. there is a worry inside the administration that people who are eligible for the vaccine are afraid to get it because of the safety concerns. he made clear the vaccine is safe. also, he pushed republicans to support his $1.9 trillion covid
relief spending bill that is moving through congress. he said the majority of americans do support this plan. he made clear that things will get better slowly, but acknowledged there would, indeed, be bumps in the road along the way. he said by next christmas, things will be much better, but he said also things are outside of the administration's control. but certainly on the president's first visit here to this factory where the world saw this vaccination rolling out in december, clearly progress is being made, but bumps in the road now even clearer than before. jeff zeleny, cnn, portage, michigan. johnson and johnson is allowing the world health organization to allow emergency use of its single dose coronavirus vaccine. this would make the drug available in almost 200 countries and be part of the covax cooperative. covax ames to distribute vaccinations fairley around the world, especially to developing countries.
meanwhile, in canada, covid cases are down. shipments are ramping up for the vaccine, but prime minister trudeau says this could cause yet another wave of infections. and wales is being cautious. the first minister there said the lockdown put in place in december could last a few more weeks. selma, what can you tell us? >> hello, robyn. here in the uk, there is now the authorities looking atting easing lockdown restrictions after millions of people have received the first dose of their vaccine. so quite literally this weekend prime minister boris johnson will be sitting in downing street crunching the numbers, looking at the data, listening to scientists, reading projection charts. ultimately, the plan or the decision to ease these lockdown restrictions, to ease these rules must be based in the
science. so what are we expecting? monday, prime minister boris johnson is set to announce a road map and easing of lockdown restrictions. that will not happen overnight. it will be slow and steady or irreversible. that means anything that's done, you can't go back on it. this is a third nationwide lockdown that we're experiencing here in england. so there is very little public appetite for a fourth one. two points of data here are the most important. first of all, the effectiveness of the vaccine, and i don't just mean whether or not it prevents disease. it also mean whether or not it prevents transmission of the virus. studies and research has been done on that. and infection rates which, of course, have been steadily declining over the last few weeks. the plan is that the authorities want to first reopen schools. the earliest that could happen would be march 8th. there might be a staggered reopening because you might need to test students, test teachers. reopening schools potentially as early as march 8th.
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in moscow, alexi navalny has had his three-year prison sentence converted to a month and a half. navalny's lawyer petitioned the court. his current sentence is now around two years, six months. the judge denied journalist prermgz to record the proceeding, but said there would be a recording of the verdict. navalny has another court appearance later today in an unrelated defamation case. pro democracy protests in myanmar have entered their third week. despite the military's efforts, they don't show any sign of letting up. the anti-coup demonstrators are out on the streets again at this
hour demanding a return to democracy or the return of anan an san suchii. paula, what can you tell us about what is happening on the streets right now? >> well, as you said, the momentum is certainly continuing on the streets of myanmar. the crowds are slightly less than we saw, for example, on wednesday of this week when it was the biggest crowd according to those on the streets that we have seen since february 1st. but as you say, this is the beginning of the third week now. every single day people are coming out on to the streets calling for democracy. and also, there is another call now. after that protester, a
20-year-old woman was shot in the head and died on friday. that has now galvanized many protesters. they had really become the symbol of the pro democracy moment as she had been in a critical condition for ten days before passing away on friday. now, i spoke to two of their doctors earlier this saturday and they both said that she never regained consciousness since she came into the hospital. many were angry as what they had seen. police said they had only used anti-riot equipment on that particular day, february 9th, but the doctors i spoke to both confirmed that it was, in fact, a live bullet that had pierced her motorcycle helmet and was in her head. so this is really the first casualty that we are seeing, the first known casualty from this protest and many on the streets are not only chanting aung san suu kyi's name, but they're now
saying the protester's name, as well. >> thanks for that update. coming up on cnn, she is the oldest person in south carolina to get the coronavirus vaccine. what this 111-year-old says the secret to long life is, that's next. hey, i just got a text from my sister. you remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anymore.
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nasa is posting amazing photographs of its perseverance rover which landed dramatically on mars on thursday. take a look at the image on the right. a different spacecraft in orbit caught this view of the parachute which carried the rover down to its surface after the 300 million mile journey from earth. and boom, this selfie, the rover being lowered on cables from the spacecraft's sky crane before transmitting a color view of the landing area in an old lake bed. perseverance showed off one of its six wheels. the rover's mission is to look for signs of ancient martian life. and prince harry and meghan markle have decide they will not return as working members of the
british royal family. this means honorary positions will be revoked. buckingham palace made the announcement on friday, adding that the duke and duchess remain much loved members of the family. the couple announced earlier this week they are expecting their second child. and more than 59 million americans have received a coronavirus vaccine so far. and one of those is 111-year-old woman living in south carolina. gary tuchman has her remarkable story and what she says is the secret to a lengthy life. take a look. >> maria allenbacher is the oldest known person in the state of south carolina, one of the oldest people in the united states. and on this day, the 111-year-old is getting her second dose of the covid vaccine. >> okay. that's good.
>> maria allenbacher, not one of the oldest people in the world to get the vaccination. >> did it hurt? >> no. >> maria lives with her daughter and son-in-law near the blue ridge mountains. she was born in germany and lived there a long time. more than a century, to be exact. incredibly, shortly after her 100th birthday, she moved across the ocean to the united states. everyone calls her omi, an affectionate german term for grandma. >> it's sunny and beautiful again in south carolina today. isn't it so nice to live here? >> yes. it's beautiful. >> maria is incredibly optimistic. she loves her family, reading and naps and has a daily ritual that she's convinced has increased her longevity. >> ms. maria, what is the secret to living to 111 years old? >> every single dmeal, i drink
wine, i drink beer. i eat what i like. >> maria was a little girl during the first world war and in her 30s, she became a widow more than 75 years can ago. her daughter and son-in-law say she had to be strong. >> we look forward to seeing her every morning coming out cheerful, ready to have breakfast, a couple of cups of coffee and take on the day. >> how important was it to you that your mother get this is vaccines? >> well, we kind of felt like it's -- it's a civic duty. everybody has to get this vaccine because if you ever want to get over this, we all have to go and have the vaccine. >> maria is well aware she is now a role model. >> i am very happy to get the shot. >> i really feel blessed that i can have her for such a long time. and i hope i have her many more years. >> how old do you want to be?
>> old like methusula. >> methusula is a biblical figure. i hope you get there. i think if anyone can, it would be you. gary tuchman, cnn, travelers rest, south carolina. >> i'll have whatever omi is having. thanks to all of you for joining us. that was a beautiful story to end the show. i'm robyn curnow. much more news continues. want to brain better? unlike ordinary memory supplements— neuriva has clinically proven ingredients that fuel 5 indicators of brain performance. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration. try our new gummies for 30 days and see the difference.
. power is returning for most people in texas, but water shortages and another night of freezing temperatures means things are far from normal. and that bad weather is affecting covid vaccinations. the white house says shipments of 6 million doses have been delayed. and -- >> i'm sending a clear message to the world, america is back. >> job moves firmly away from donald trump's america first foreign policy in his first summit as president. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching here in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber, this is "cnn newsroom."