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breaking news. pfizer says a new clinical trial shows its covid-19 vaccine is 100% effective. 100% in adolescence. the drug giant plans to submit all that information to the fda, push for an expanded emergency use authorization for children ages 12 to 15. the vaccine is currently authorized in the u.s., of course, for people age 16 and older. let's talk about this news with dr. megan ranney from brown university. doctor, 100% effective? is there a precedent for that with a vaccine? tell us the importance of this news.
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>> so the first thing, jim, is that this is just stellar news for all of us. as parents, as society, we know we need to vaccinate kids in order to stop transmission, even though kids don't get super sick, having them vaccinated will be so helpful for us getting this virus under control. that said, a couple of caveats. there were only a few cases of covid-19, even in the placebo group. so the numbers are really small. of course, this is just a press release. we saw what happened with the astrazeneca press release. i'm holding my bottles of champagne until i see the actual data. but, no, i have not seen a vaccine that is truly 100% effective. one more thing is that they not only looked at cases. they also looked at antibody response. and because we know kids are less likely to get symptomatic. that strong antibody response is just as exciting as the prevention of the cases. the kids are developing that immune response to protect themselves. >> great, okay. and to your point, right, this
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is early data. let's look at this as an indicator as opposed to the final word. but a positive indicator. based on how these things work then, you need more data and then you go through other steps along the process. here we are just about to enter april. could this reach a point where you get many kids or most kids vaccinated prior to the start of the new school year in september? >> yeah, i do expect that kids age 12 and up will be getting vaccinated by the end of the summer. how quickly we get every kid aged 12 and up vaccinated, that's up for debate, but there's a good chance that a strong proportion of children aged 12 and up who are the higher risk ones for covid will be vaccinated before they go back to school, which is just amazing. >> speak to parents here. of course, many parents, like myself, might say i'm willing to take this for myself, right? the risks are small. for my child, it's a different story here. obviously, the results here are very positive.
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speak to parents about how they should absorb this information and how they should feel going forward about the possibility of vaccinating someone that young, 12 to 15. >> yeah, so, jim, i have a 12-year-old. so here is how i am thinking about it. the first is, i'm waiting for the full data. this is a press release. the next is, once this goes through, the full round of reviews by the fda, right, so as a reminder, they have this independent advisory board. it also goes through the cdc's council on immunization practices. once it goes through all of those steps, we will have assurance that it is safe and that it is effective. this mrna technology, although this is the first time it's been used for human-approved vaccines, has been in existence for decades. there's no evidence of it causing any harm. we've given it to millions of adults across the world. once it goes through fda approval, it's safe for my 12-year-old, and i will encourage all of the parents who i know to get it for their 12,
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13, 14, 15, 16-year-olds as well because it will protect them. >> well, listen, good to hear it, as you say. this is a step along the way. there are many steps in place. that's for a reason. but it's great news from this first step. dr. megan ranney, thanks for helping us out this morning. >> thank you, jim. to the trial still gripping this nation. scared, desperate, threatened. sad. helpless. kind of mad as well. that's how witnesses describe feeling as they watched george floyd die under the knee of a former minneapolis police officer ten months ago. one of those witnesses just 9 years old. her testimony is moving. the third day of former cop derek chauvin's murder trial will begin with more eyewitness testimony in the next hour. chauvin has pleaded not guilty. he faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge he is now facing. let's go to cnn's omar jimenez
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in minneapolis. he's covering this live. so, tell white us who is on thet today. who do we hear from and when? >> we'll be getting into court in the next hour or so. we're going to hear more from the firefighter and trained emt genevieve hansen. she was finishing up court testimony yesterday when court was dismissed for the day. so that's why we're picking back up with her. and toward the end of it, she was being questioned by the defense attorney for derek chauvin, and there were many, many tense exchanges. and part of that was tied to whether she would have been able to do anything in the moment when she was steps away from george floyd pinned under the knee of derek chauvin. and when the defense was asking her questions, things grew contentious at times. it was emotional. and here's part of how that exchange went between the two sides. >> do you think it would make
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your job fighting the fire harder if someone started yelling at you and telling you that you were doing it wrong? >> i am very confident in the training that i've been given, so i would not be concerned. >> what if they started calling you names? >> like i said, i know my job, and i would be confident in doing my job, and there's nothing anybody could say that would distract me. >> now that exchange is especially interesting because part of what the defense had argued in their opening statements is that because of the growing threat of the crowd, the perceived threat of the crowd that was growing in that moment, the defense was arguing that chauvin became distracted and was no longer able to focus on the care of mr. floyd. and so when you see that exchange, him seemingly trying to push her to see if any sort of crowd would have distracted her from the work she would have
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been doing, she's saying, no, i can stay focused on my job. so that will likely be what -- a preview of what we'll hear when she gets back on the stand. and as we continue into this week's testimony. >> omar jimenez, thanks very much. with us, laura coates, cnn legal analyst, former federal prosecutor and charles ramsey. he led police departments in philadelphia and washington, d.c. thanks to both of you. chief ramsey, i want to start with you because the defense is taking aim at the crowd here, calling them both a distraction to the police here. therefore, perhaps responsible for, or partially responsible for the fact that they couldn't give attention to george floyd, but also even dangerous. it's remarkable argument to make given the cops are armed, right, and by the way, they have a man face down on the pavement there. but given your training, your experience, do you find this line of questioning, this line of argument at all credible? >> no, i don't.
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and you have video to back it up that actually shows the actions of the crowd. you can hear the audio. some of the names that were called, believe me, i've heard a whole lot worse than that over the course of my career. and i've seen hostile crowds, real hostile crowds. and that would not qualify to be considered hostile in my opinion. as far as distraction goes, you know, you have to learn to stay focused on the job at hand. he had nothing more important than the safety of the person he was trying to take into custody, period. nothing else was more important than that. he failed in that responsibility. and i think what the defense is doing is just simply throwing as much stuff out as possible to try to make a weak excuse, but there is no excuse for what derek chauvin did. >> laura coates, to that point, the defense has to defend. that's their job, right? and they are taking aim at not just the crowd. they're taking aim at some of the witnesses trying to discredit, it seemed, or even
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rile up donald williams. the questioning even led to the judge scolding to some degree the emt operator there. you know how courtrooms work. is this a strategy that is more damaging or more helpful to the defense? >> it's more damaging because of course, it makes them lose focus. first of all, the earlier point. america and these jurors have seen what an angry crowd looks like recently. there is a recent reference point of people who overwhelmed the police. for example, the insurrectionists at the capitol. they have this reference point in mind. this crowd of people reacting to what the officers are doing and not rendering aid to a dying man compared to what a hostile, overwhelming crowd looks like. this is very clear as day in their mind. so it's very difficult for jurors and the judge to be patient, frankly, with this notion of scapegoating the witnesses because, remember, the person who would be on trial here is, who?
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derek chauvin. it's not george floyd. it's not donald williams. it's not the minneapolis firefighter or the -- any of the minors. it's not the 911 dispatcher or anyone else. and so unless they are making the argument that george floyd provoked, taunted or was aggressive to require this level of force over a sustained period of time, it's a losing game. and the scapegoating of the crowd is highly -- what would they have the witnesses say? should there be attaboys thrown in their direction or good for you? would there be compliments thrown when you watch someone, as donald williams says, i believed i was watching a murder? what would they have said other than what they have said? >> so let's talk if we can, charles ramsey, about force, as it was applied, while this crowd was around and, of course, george floyd died eventually of this. a witness named alyssa described the force and the length of time and the pressure from chauvin on
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floyd's neck. have a listen to it. >> at one point, i saw him put more and more weight onto him. the police officers didn't move, and chauvin kept his knee on his neck the entire time, even when the paramedic was checking for a pulse. >> that witness they did not show the face because it was a minor at the time, which is remarkable. old enough to witness this but not to testify in court. tell us, what training would lead an officer to apply more pressure, right, over time. is there any training to do so, given that, at the time, floyd was not resisting at that point or not visibly so, according to witnesses. >> no, there's no training that really teaches that. as far as force goes, however, and this is something that most of the witnesses, if not all of them, probably didn't see. and that was in the initial encounter when they were bringing the george floyd to the car and he didn't get in the car
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and they were trying to pull him into the car. that's force, okay? but when you look at these cases, you have to look from the beginning of the contact all the way up to the end. and just because force was justified at one point doesn't make it justified at a later point in the encounter. once they got him in a prone position, which, by itself, your training will tell you, you don't keep a person in that position very long. and once they got him totally under control, he was han handcuffed, his legs weren't flailing or anything, the force has to stop, period. there was no reason to continue with the kind of force and pressure they were putting on him, whether it was his neck or back after he was no longer resisting. i mean, that's the training. >> laura coates, one of the most remarkable things to me, as i watched this, right, is just the age of some of these witnesses. and again, too young to have their faces shown in court but not too young to witness this.
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i want to play one of them here. a 9-year-old girl. listen to her voice how she told it. have a listen. >> i was sad and kind of mad. >> and tell us, why were you sad and mad. >> because it felt like he was stopping breathing, and it is kind of like hurting him. >> there's been nights i stayed up apologize ing and apologizin to george floyd for not doing more. >> that was first the 9-year-old and then her teenaged cousin there. what is your view to hear such young people not only bear witness to this, but also to talk about what they are feeling and what they felt they were watching as it happened. >> oh, it was striking. as a parent, i have an 8-year-old son, and i can only imagine when you send your child
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to the store to go get snacks and they return, you expect them to have cheetos or crackers, but they have a story and a memory of a murder? remember what the parents on that jury are thinking about what it would have been like for the children to see it and the amount of credibility you also assign to a child because, remember, unlike somebody who later down the road during the trial or might be attacked for credibility reasons or their vantage point or they have some sort of angle or agenda they're trying to push. what's the agenda of a 9-year-old girl who is witnessing with a love t-shirt on, witnessing a man asphyxiated to death. what's the angle of a then-17-year-old who is up at night apologizing, and there was an end of that clip. she says, i apologized to george floyd at night. apologized for not being able to do more to save his life. then i realized it's not what i should have done. it's what he, derek chauvin, should have done. and it goes back to that moment in the opening of, in your custody is in your care.
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this is profoundly compelling testimony. >> and as often happens in cases like this, there's more than one victim really over time. laura coates, charles ramsey, thanks so much. >> thank you. still to come this hour -- president biden set to unveil his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan today. how does he propose paying for it? we have new details. and congressman matt gaetz denying a relationship with a 17-year-old girl after reports that he is under investigation by the department of justice for trafficking. what he is saying. stay with us.
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just hours from now, president biden will head to pittsburgh to unveil his newest plan to boost the economy. this time a roughly $2 trillion infrastructure spending plan. it is the first of a two-part proposal. the first part aiming to revamp physical infrastructure -- roads, bridges, manufacturing, the nation's electric grid. joining me is jeremy diamond at the white house and christine romans. jeremy, first to you. this is big, right? but the fact is republican and democratic administrations have been talking about an infrastructure plan for some time. give us a sense of the details. >> no doubt. and what is notable here is how high on the list of priorities the biden administration is putting this. they just passed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package and item two is this big infrastructure package. president biden today unveiling
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this $2.25 trillion package that aims to address physical infrastructure needs. $650 billion to rebuild roads, bridges, tunnels, et cetera. but also $300 billion for housing infrastructure. $300 billion for manufacturing. the electric grid. and then also this aspect of the care economy with $400 billion targeted towards that economy and home caretakers, care for the elderly and disabled. that's part of president biden's overall vision. and as you mentioned, this is going to be one of two parts of this overall infrastructure and jobs plan that the administration is referring to as the american jobs plan. now they are already facing some pu pushback from republicans on capitol hill who are disagreeing with the biden administration's plan to pay for this package with some increases in the corporate tax rate among others. they're also face something pushback from democrats as well. this is how jen psaki, the white house press secretary, pushed back on some of those concerns.
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>> did they not think that we should invest in infrastructure, that we should do an historic investment in infrastructure? did they think the number of people out of work is acceptable? do they think it's okay that one-third of the country doesn't have broadband? if they agree, we need to address these issues, let's work together on it and figure out how we can pay for it. that's how you get legislation done. that's how democracy should work. we're open to having that conversation. >> and listen, white house officials have made very clear they want to get this passed by this summer. but they are also mindful that the plan they are proposing now is likely not the one that will ultimately be passed into law. they're committed to working with congress and they know those discussions are going to go on for quite a while and could get quite contentious. >> so $2 trillion. the trump administration cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%. this would give some, though not all of it back. raise it up to 28%. does that pay the bills? what other tax increases? >> it does. what they are looking at here is making a big investment in
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infrastructure which is needed and which companies would benefit from by asking the companies to help foot the bill. it would be about eight years of spending and 15 years of higher taxes for big companies. now, jim, you make a very good point. corporate -- corporate money going into the treasury every y year, how that funds the american government. that percentage gets smaller and smaller. the corporate burden has been getting smaller and smaller. they are going where the money is. really rich people and companies. this is the starting line. this is the beginning of negotiation. and understanding some subsidies, closing some loopholes, finding some money other ways. this white house thinks that the tax cuts in 2017 for big companies and for rich people will really tilted toward people who already had money and they weren't fair. they're trying to find some fairness. that's the way they're looking at it. >> christine romans and jeremy diamond, thank you. joining me is mark zandy, chief economist for moody's analytics.
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good to have you on, mark. the fact is infrastructure -- how many infrastructure weeks did we have during the trump administration? both republican and democratic administrations have been talking about this for some time. it costs money. you have to pay for it. you make the good point that historically, the u.s. has invested less and less over time as a percentage of gdp in infrastructure. we have a graphic that shows that. way down from the peaks we saw during the '50s for instance to where it is today. is this number, as an economist in your view, particularly big, too big, and is this the right way to pay for it? >> it's big. it's 2.5 to $3 trillion in additional spending on infrastructure and tax credits. it's also to help innocent more infrastructure spending. particularly in housing and green energy. it's large but we've got a large problem. we've been slowly reducing the amount of infrastructure spending we've been doing as the
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size of our economy. as you point out since the 1950s. and the current amount of investment we're doing is barely enough to keep pace with just the maintenance of the infrastructure. we can all feel it, right. roads, bridges, problems with our water systems and you saw what happened in texas with the grid. and, of course, climate change issues coming that make our infrastructure more vulnerable and fragile. the package is large, but the need is very large. it is paid for in large part through higher corporate taxes, not completely, so it does add to the deficit and debt longer run but modest in the grand scheme of things. >> let me ask you this because republicans -- >> probably do something different, but given all the constraints here, this feels pretty good to me. >> negotiations coming. republicans argue when they cut taxes, right, because cutting taxes adds to the deficit, too, that they will argue those tax cuts are expensive but they
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stimulate the economy. right? would an infrastructure investment do the same? what does the data show? if you replace the bridges and hire people to do that and roads and broadband, et cetera, does it have a stimulative effect as well? >> it does. initially, obviously, you'll hire people to go out and build out the infrastructure. this would be very helpful in the wake of the pandemic because we know we have several million people who have permanently lost their job because of the pandemic. they are in communities across the country. this infrastructure program would be helpful in getting them back to work relatively soon. and then even perhaps even more importantly, long run, and it lists the productivity growth in competitiveness of our businesses. businesses are hand strung by the fact that our ports, our airports and roads and our tunnels just are inadequate. there's delays, congestion, and it bogs down the economy. now raising taxes, obviously,
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all things being equal is a constraint on growth as well. but i would argue that higher corporate taxes as a marginal negative effect. the benanefit of all of this is very positive through the economy long run. >> on those tax rates, because you hear the stories of major companies that pay zero tax, right, because it's easy for multinationals to hide profits all around the world so they don't pay anything close to 21% or 28% if the rate were to go up to that. you know, who actually -- who is bearing the burden then, right? who is paying for everything? >> yeah, exactly right. now you mentioned in the previous discussion with christine that the marginal rate -- top marginal rate is going back up. one other big aspect of the tax increase being proposed is to increase taxes on foreign income. if you are a u.s. corp, making money overseas, you'll raise more money that way as well. so it's trying to address the
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question or the concern that you just brought up. you have a lot of american corporations that aren't paying a lot of tax. and the effective tax rate. the actual amount of tax they're paying relative to the profits they're making has been steadily declining. as low as it's been, well, since world war ii. >> they have a lot of lawyers and accountants. they find ways to hide that money from the irs. legally, but, still. mark zandi, thanks very much. >> sure thing, jim. republican congressman matt gaetz caught in the middle of a sex trafficking investigation after he is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. how he's responding to that accusation ahead. and we're moments away from the opening bell on wall street. futures are flat this morning. ahead of the rollout of president biden's sweeping infrastructure plan. we were just discussing that. investors will be paying close attention for any movement on that. what's the political reaction. stocks closed in the red yesterday. the dow retreating from record highs as treasury yields climb.
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republican congressman matt gaetz is denying having a sexual relationship with an underaged girl. this after "the new york times" reported that the florida representative is facing a u.s. justice department inquiry as part of a wider sex trafficking
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investigation. cnn's lauren fox joins us from capitol hill. she's been following it. lauren, play out what we know from "the new york times" reporting here, but also what we know about the congressman's response to it. >> well, this is really two separate issues, jim. and i will talk a little about the justice department's investigation first. "the new york times" reporting that this investigation began during the trump administration when bill barr was still the attorney general. and that gaetz is not the target of this investigation but the subject of it. and this is an important piece of it. this was part of a wider sex trafficking investigation into a former florida lawmaker. now the question now is whether or not gaetz was involved in a relationship with a 17-year-old woman and whether or not he traveled across state lines with her. that is what the doj investigators are looking at, according to "the new york times." now cnn has also confirmed that
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this was part of a broader probe into that former florida lawmaker. now there's a separate issue here. gaetz is denying these allegations, very federal reservently. -- fervently. also he says they were trying to target his family, extract money from them in an extortion theme. they were so concerned about it, they went to the fbi and his father was willing to wear a wire in order to catch this person. in a fox news interview last night, gaetz actually named this person as david mcgee. now david mcgee released a statement to "the washington post." cnn has also requested this statement. and i want to read it to you. mcgee denying that he was involved in any way saying, quote, it is completely false. it is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that he's under investigation for sex trafficking of minors. i have no connection with that case at all. other than one of a thousand people who have heard the rumors.
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and, jim, just a reminder. gaetz was a very close ally to president trump up here on capitol hill. he was someone who stood by the president whether it was something the president was saying about the election being rigged, whether it was the first impeachment or the second. gaetz has stood by the president at every turn. again, important to note that this investigation started when president trump was still in office. jim? >> and to be clear, gaetz's extortion claim is about information that the investigation was under way, not the origin of the investigation itself. >> that's exactly right, jim. >> understood. of course, bill barr was leading the justice department at the time it was opened. lauren fox on capitol hill, thanks very much. the nypd says they have now arrested a man accused of attacking a 65-year-old asian woman on monday. the hate crimes unit said brandon elliott, shown here in security footage, has been charged with felony assault as a hate crime. this is video of that attack. it's just alarming.
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repeated kicks to the head as she lay on the ground. police say he also expressed anti-asian sentiments. essentials say the victim suffered serious physical injuries. understandable as you watch that play out. was taken to the hospital, though, in stable conditions. this comes as new york and the nation has seen an increase in attacks against asian-americans. a story we continue to follow. two u.s. capitol police officers are suing former president donald trump. they say he should be held responsible for inciting the mob that stormed the capitol on january 6th. both officers say they were injured in that violent insurrection. cnn's whitney wild has been following the latest. so this is something we were looking for, right? what would the other legal consequences of this be beyond charges against those who took part? these police officers say they suffered physical and emotional damages. what more do we know about these cases? >> we know this is the third civil lawsuit that seeks to hold
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former president trump himself accountable. and this lawsuit, this 40-page lawsuit really describes in gut-wrenching detail the terror and the emotional and physical injuries that these officers suffered that day. and a reminder, these u.s. capitol police officers go back to the scene of their trauma, the scene of that crime every day. i just want to remind our viewers of that. this complaint basically says that the president incited and aid and abetted the assaults that these officers felt that day. further, one of these officers describes being slammed against a column, injuring his back and his neck. another officer says he was crushed. he said he was sprayed with chemicals. each of these officers is seeking at least $75,000 in damages. the lawsuit also says one of these officers is now suffering depression. the emotional toll widespread throughout people who were there
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that day who gave their physical -- their bodies, their emotions to this just really gripping and crushing crime that happened at the capitol that day. but this is one of three lawsuits seeking to hold the president accountable. we'll be watching this very closely. at this point, no response from former president trump, although up until this point, jim, he has denied any responsibility here. >> and as you know, their place of work still is where this all took place at the u.s. capitol. whitney wild, thanks very much. as we as a country race to get americans vaccinated, there are still fears that the uk variant could lead to another surge here in the u.s. how do we stop it? we're going to discuss. that's next. is your cleanser doing enough for your sensitive skin? cetaphil gentle skin cleanser defends against
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there are growing concerns this morning about the dangerous uk variant of covid wreaking havoc across parts of europe. experts now fear the u.s. could be next if americans fail to stick to mitigation measures over the next several months. this as more state leaders, despite all that, continue to ease restrictions. cnn correspondent melissa bell is in paris this morning. melissa, the biden administration pleading with americans to hold on a bit longer with an eye to europe as something of a cautionary tale here. what do officials know there? what do they blame this latest spike on? >> well, essentially the lesson from here in europe, jim, is very clearly the new variants, and specifically the one you mentioned first identified in the united kingdom are game changers. what we saw in europe was in january those figures begin to fall. the restrictions brought in at the time the second wave bearing their fruit. the idea was then they'd be able to lift. in fact, we've seen not only that the figures have gotten
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worse. the new variant first identified in the uk now represents the majority of cases, not just here in france and germany and italy but in many parts of europe. it represents the vast majority of new cases. and that's two things. first of all, the contagion spreading faster. so there are more and more people getting infected at a faster rate. also the faces of the people entering icus have changed. they're younger. they have no co-morbidities. those are worrying trends. we're expecting to hear from the french president and what we expect is something closer to a partial national lockdown. partly because the icus, particularly in places here in greater paris, simply cannot cope. jim? >> sad to see there. melissa bell, thanks very much. this just in to cnn. beginning may 1st, delta airlines will no longer leave middle seats empty. it's significant given that delta was the last airline to hold out on that decision. cnn aviation correspondent pete muntean here with the story.
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pete, it makes a big difference on a plane when you have that space in that middle seat. i wonder, is this about the data showing it's safe to go with the middle seat, or is it just about the bottom line? >> delta was the last airline to continue to do this pandemic policy of social distancing on board planes that other airlines put away at the start of the pandemic. delta started doing this april 8th, 2020. all other airlines followed. american and united did away with their policies in the summertime. southwest airlines did away with its policy around the holidays on december 1st. what's so interesting here is that airlines said as they were doing away with these policies this was really more public relations rather than public health. and airlines over and over again say they feel empowered by the science to fill every seat on board planes. a study from harvard says that because of federally mandated masks on planes and the heavily filtered air on board an
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airliner that coronavirus transmission rates are relatively low and delta's ceo goes one step further. he says that vaccines are helping the airline. he says that 65% of its customers from 2019 will have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by may 1st, once delta's policy ends. this is coming at a time when planes are already packed. the tsa says it screened more than a million people at airports across the country yesterday. that's the 20th straight day of more than a million people flying on commercial airliners. in fact, the tsa record set only back on sunday of the pandemic. 1.57 million people traveling through america's airports. so this is coming at a time for big numbers for airline travel and airlines think there's pent-up demand. delta wanted to cash in here. >> understood. well, comforting to hear that data about the safety of flying, even when the planes are full. hope that keeps up. pete muntean, thanks very much. right now, more than 4,000
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migrants are filling a facility in texas meant -- listen to this -- for just 250. incredible new video from inside this temporary shelter on the u.s./mexico border. we have details, next.
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today the white house is set to host a bipartisan briefing updating house members on the situation, the surge at the u.s./mexico border. this as we have new video from inside just a remarkably overcrowded border facility now housing more than 3,000 mike
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grant children. cnn's priscilla alvarez is following the latest. priscilla, it's been a struggle to get views inside these facilities. this is one of the first views we've had. how bad is the overflow? what are they going to do about it? >> reporter: jim, this is an overflow facility set up to process adults and kids and supposed to serve as the first step for kids before they're transferred to the custody of health and human services. but given the lack of shelter space, they're staying here for prolonged periods of time. these are plastic pods lined where children are lying on the floor on mats side by side with very little personal space, let alone space to social distance. there's also a play pen set up for very young children. that's where they play during the day. it's also where many of them will sleep during the night. now, to give you a sense of the numbers, there are more than 4,000 migrants at this facility,
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a pandemic capacity of 250. we also know the majority of those at this facility are unaccompanied children, children who crossed the border alone and that at least 39 have been for more than 15 days. this is key, jim. this is a facility not intended for long-term care, but that is the reality for the administration right now as they scramble to find shelter space that is suitable for these children. the administration is setting up emergency sites across the country. they are also sending additional border patrol agents to the border to assist as well as asking the federal workforce to volunteer on the border. all of this happening simultaneously to start to open up this bottleneck that's leading to the overcrowded conditions in border patrol facilities, jim. a very urgent issue for this administration as shown by this footage. >> priscilla alvarez, thanks very much. minutes from now the murder trial against former police officer derek chauvin will continue. we're expecting more emotional
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very good wednesday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. poppy harlow is off this week. we're minutes away from the third day of testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial in minneapolis. another dramatic day expected in the court as minneapolis firefighter general new year's eve hanson prepares to resume her testimony. the off-duty emt wanted to help floyd, maybe save his life but police prevented her from doing so. ch chauvin faces up to 40 years in
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prison if convicted of the most serious charge. let's go to straight to cnn's omar jimenez in minneapolis. be ear just minutes away. tell us how today is going to play out. >> reporter: jim, in just a few minutes lawyers and the judge will file back into court. they're going to handle a few legal matters, not sure what those are going to be. we'll find out shortly. 30 minutes after that is when testimony will resume. it will resume with that firefighter and emt genevieve hanson. she was called by prosecutors and this was a chance for the defense attorney, for derek chauvin to ask her questions about what happened on may 25th, 2020. and when the defense attorney had the chance to cross examine not just her, but others, that's when things got a little more contentious. we'll watch for that over the course of today. she wasn't the only one that testified yesterday. we also haerld from donald williams w


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