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witnesses, expert witnesses in the realm of law enforcement and pd officers, people who are experts, trained people in use of force techniques, so we continue watching. i'm brooke baldwin. thanks for being with me. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. [ no audio. . >> we heard from the lieutenant who trained hundreds of officers including chauvin on how to properly use force against suspects who are resisting
arrest. he says chauvin putting his knee on mr. floyd's neck was not an authorized use of force that he taught and that a neck restraint could render someone unconscious in less than ten seconds. the instructor did concede that officer chauvin's technique could have been part of some other police training, of course, as cnn's josh campbell reports. >> reporter: one by one veteran mess. minneapolis police department took the stand. >> thank you. each members of the department's training force. today's testimony added to the chorus of police department witnesses, including the chief who have said derek chauvin's use of a knee on george floyd's neck was not part of their training. >> who it be appropriate and within training to hold a subject in that prone restrained position with a knee on the neck and a knee on the back for an extended period of time after the subject had stopped offering any resistance? >> no, sir. >> or has lost their pulse? >> no, sir.
>> if you don't have a pulse on a person, you'll immediately start cpr. >> but the defense pushed back with this image. >> this is a specific kind of photograph that demonstrates the placement of a knee as it applies to prone handcuffing, correct? >> correct. >> while the witnesses emphasized a focus on minimal force and prompt medical care. >> how soon should be the person be put in the side recovery position? >> i would say sooner the better. >> the defense asserted rules can be fluid. >> there's no strict application of every single rule, agreed, or every single technique? >> sglark have you had people say i can't breathe? >> yes, sir. >> have you ever been trained or trained others to say that if a person can talk, they can breathe? >> it's been said, yes. >> do you train officers that if a person can talk, that they can breathe? >> no, sir. >> at times, the witnesses contradicted each other. >> just because they are
speaking doesn't mean they are breathing adequately. >> i can't breathe. >> and in a trial defined by numerous graphic videos of george floyd's final moments. >> you would describe sometimes that the public doesn't understand that police actions can hook really bad. >> that's a correct statement, yes. >> but they still may be lawful even if they look bad, right? >> yes, sir. >> here we are now in the shadows of a courthouse praying for justice. >> during the trial's lunch break george floyd's family joined the reverend al sharpton outside the courthouse. >> after we get the verdict and we get this conviction, we will be able to breathe. >> reporter: jake, the jury is currently hearing from an expert witness called by the prosecution, an officer from the los angeles police department. we are still early in this trial, but today was arguably the best day yet for the defense. they were able to elicit some information from some of the prosecution witnesses, including
one officer who testified that there have been instances in the past where a suspect claimed to either be injured or unable to breathe which ended up to not be the case. of course, in the u.s. criminal justice system all the defense has to do is raise doubt in the mind of one juror in order to threaten the prosecution's case. jake. >> josh campbell, thanks so much. let's discuss all this with former president euroshan wu and former police chief cedric alexander. when we're talking about the use of force, is it right that there's plank et definition for what is acceptable and not acceptable? the witnesses today said the appropriate use of force changes based on every situation and every suspect. that might help chauvin's defense. >> well, the key about this is this. certainly every incident is very, very different, but you have 9 minutes and 29 secretaries and it can also be very used correctly and with the
right intent and, therefore, what we all have seen are witnesses who have come and who have testified. those are experts in their areas who have testified that what they did on may 25th was not appropriate to any of their training, even -- even in this particular case that we all had an opportunity to witness, so -- to my observation to this, the defense is doing their job, but i don't think they scored that high of a point when you consider all the evidence that's been put before the court so far now. >> interesting. shan, i want to get your reaction to what the use of force instructor said today, specifically about neck restraints in terms of the minneapolis police department or mpd. take a listen. >> does mpd train in how to do it with a leg? >> we may show the younger officers in the academy what that looks like, but we don't train leg/neck restraints with officers in service. as far as my knowledge we never
have. >> that seemed pretty important for the prosecution. >> it is, jake, and i think the way that this is going it's pretty clear that the bulk of the expert stm that chauvin did violate police procedure and training in this circumstance. i agree with cedric that the defense made some points today. their point of view is that there are exceptions to everything. it's evolving fluid circumstance. i think that the difficult for that point that they are making is all that really compelling eyewitness testimony. those folks don't come across as really hostile obstructionist crowds. they will be interesting to see whether the prosecution recalls any of them later in the rebuttal case. if they do, that might signal the prosecution for the defense to score some points, too. >> cedric, the testimony today fit into a larger pattern that we've heard from the prosecution. derek chauvin, he not only went outside his training but against
his training as well as the guidelines of the police department in his use of force against george floyd. there is, of course, a difference between breaking work rules and knowingly committing murder. that designation will be up to the jury. >> well, certainly it will be, but i think one thing that's very clear here, and it's already been stated, articulated and pointed out by those who are experts in their field, that everything that chauvin did on that day he was not taught, particularly when they got mr. floyd down on the ground, pinned him down the way that they did, and we also have to remember this, too, in all of this that we're hearing. chauvin was not there by himself. he had three other officers there with him. two of them were down at the legs, so they had an opportunity quite frankly to make sure that george floyd had an opportunity to breathe whether they believed it or not because if you can remember even officer lane said shouldn't we turn him over so
even lane had some doubt in what was happening but, of course, chauvin said no. so i don't think that the defense scored any real points here today because here again the overwhelming testimony that we have heard really is pretty straightforward, but we're going see as this trial continues. >> shan, as we hear all these witnesses talking about derek chauvin's behavior and his training, do you think the defense is considering letting chauvin testify? as a defense attorney would you let him take the stand? >> no, i wouldn't. it's tempting particularly in ma police officer case because we know that jurors tend to sympathize with the police. don't want to convict them so it's much more tempting than the regular defendant situation where usually if you put your client on as a defendant they are going to get sliced and diced. here, however, i wouldn't do it because his reputation, even his demeanor in the courtroom is not very sympathetic.
that are very charismatic defendants who can win a jury's sympathy just by sitting there. o.j. simpson, for example. he's not one of them. i think he's coming across as pretty cold. his reputation is that he comes across as cold. i think he'd not do himself any favors by testifying. >> even if the defense convinces the jury that this was an acceptable, allowable use of force, they still have to explain why none of the officers on the scene gave mr. floyd any medical aid. have you heard any good reasons so far as to why that aid was never given? >> no, i have not and even when i put myself and i think back over the course of my career in situations where we had to wrestle someone to the ground, we always remember one thing, and that is we still were responsible for the safety of that person, even once we had them in custody, so i don't think anything has been presented here so far that has been compelling enough on a defense side, but, here again, there's still a lot of testimony
that's coming forward over the next couple of weeks. >> yeah. or just at the beginning of this. thanks to both of you for your expertise. appreciate it. any moment we expect to see president joe biden mark a new milestone for the covid vaccine efforts in the u.s., and he'll set a new public goal saying that every american adult will now be eligible for a vaccine by april 19th, that's just 13 days from now, and it's earlier than the previous deadline he had set may 1st. we should note more than 40 states have already stated that that's their goal. cnn's kaitlan collins is at the white house. kaitlan, i'm trying to understand this announcement because the vast majority of states were already planning to meet this april 19th deadline. is there something we didn't know about. did that happen because the biden administration had been previously pushing them behind the snooens is this because the federal government has been ramping up vaccine sites? is there more vaccine available because too many americans are vaccine hesitant? what's going on? >> reporter: well, jake, there are a few things at play. one, the white house is saying
governors were heeding president biden's call to hit that may 1 deadline. can you see he'll be speaking any moment now, that may 1 deadline that he announced a few weeks ago and after that he already said -- let's listen in and hear the president himself on this. >> good afternoon, everyone. i just visited a vaccinate clinic in virginia at the virginia thee logic seminary in alexandria, virginia. the seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites. they are seeing these kinds of partnerships, not just there but all over the country. people are coming together across the different faiths to serve of those most in need with special focus on vaccinating seniors from all races, backgrounds and walks of life. it's an example of america at its finest, and they are all meeting what pope francis calls the moral obligation.
get vaccinated, something which he went on to say can save your life and the lives of others, and i was at the seminary clinic to mark an important milestone as well. yesterday we crossed is 50 million shots in 75 days, the first 75 days of my administration. on our way to hitting our goal of 200 million shots by the 100th day in office. that, of course, is the new goal i set after passing the original mark of 100 million shots in my first 100 days, doing it in just 58 days. at the time some said 100 million shots was too ambitious, and then they said it wasn't ambitious enough. well, we've got keep moving. if i could raise it up higher we have to do that as well. we know what we have to do. we have to ramp up a whole government approach that rallies the whole country and put us on a war footing to truly beat this
virus, and that's what we've been doing, getting enough vaccine supply, mobilizing more vaccinators, creating more places to get vaccinated, and we're now administering an average of 3 million shots per day. over 20 million shots a week. on saturday alone we reported more than 4 million shots were administered. we're the first country to administer 100 million shots and the first country to fully vaccinate over 62 million people. but here's the deal. i promise an update to the american people every 50 millionth shot, and i'm already back to update you a little over two and a half weeks later. i promised in the beginning that i would always give you the straight scoop, straight from the shoulder, the good and the bad. here's the truth. the good news is we're on track to beat our goal of 200 million shots in the first 100 days.
more than 75% of the people over the age of 65 have gotten shots up from 8% when we took office. that's a dramatic turnaround and critical because seniors account for 80% of all covid deaths. to help support my goal of safely reopening a majority of k-8 schools by my 100th day in of course, i directed states in early march to make education and child care workers eligible for vaccines. and to get a goal of getting all who wanted the vaccination to be able to have one and to do it in the month of march. i'm pleased to report that over 80% of teachers, school staff and child care workers received at least one shot by the end of march.
that's great progress protect our teachers and essential workers and because our vaccine program is in overdrive it makes it easier to get a vaccination shot. last week i announced that by april 19th of this month, 90% of all americans will be within five miles of a vaccination side and further good us? that we're getting more and more data on just how effective the vaccines are. dr. fauci recently cited two studies from the "new england journal of medicine" that found fully vaccinated care workers, health care workers on the frontlines had extremely low infection rates, less than .2 of 1% compared town vaccinated health care workers who had considerably higher infection rates, so we're make incredible progress. there's a lot of good news, but there's also some bad news. the new -- new variants of the
virus are spreading, and they are moving quickly. cases are going back up. hospitalizations are no longer declining. while deaths are still down, way down from january, they are going up in some places. so you might ask, everybody is asking. what does that mean? i understand that people may find it confusing that the vaccination program is saving trends of thousand of lives but the pandemic remains dangerous. let me explain it in a single word, time. time. even moving at the record speed that we're moving at we're not even half what through vaccinating over 300 million americans. this is going to take time. remember. the we're a two-doze vaccine, it takes weeks from the time you get your first one until you're able to get your second shot which makes you fully protected. if you get your first shot next
week in mid-april, you won't be fully protected until -- until may, late may. if you get your first shot in mid-may, you aren't fully protected until late june. so, look, now on the one hand june isn't that far away given how long this has been going on, but it isn't here yet either, so the virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight think we're at the finish line already. let me be deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line. we still have a lot of work to do. we're still in a life-and-death race against this virus. until we get more people vaccinated we need everyone to wash their hands, socially distance and mask up in a recommended mask from the cdc. think about it this way. many times we're ahead and as
i've said before we can have a safe, happy 4th of july with your family and friends and small groups in your backyard. the real question is how much death, disease and misery are we going to see between now and then? in january, in just the month january, we lost 95,747 -- excuse me. 95,774 americans. in march that was 37,172 americans. all tolled, i keep doing this, i carry this card every day with my schedule on it and on the back i have a covid update. the total number of deaths in the united states to date is 554,064 dead. that's lives that have been
lost. what we do now is going to determine how many people will save or lose in the month of april and may and june before we get to july 4th so, please, until we're further along in this accelerating successful but still growing vaccination effort, please wash your hands, practice social distancing and wear a mask as recommended by the cdc, get vaccinated when it's your turn. why i'm asking the american theme do their jobs here's what i'm doing. we first started our vaccination program, there were real questions how quickly we could get shots in people's arms. well, by the end of may the vast majority of adult americans will have gotten at least their first shot. that's success. that's success that's going to
save lives and get this country back to normal sooner. but it's not enough. on march the 11th i announced that i was opening up all vaccination sites to all adults by may 1st. many governors, democrats and republicans, responded and decided to beat that date which was good. thanks to their hard work and the hard work of the american penal and the hard work of my team i'm announcing today that we're moving that date up from may 1st to april 19th nationwide. that means by no later than april 19th in every part of the country every adult over the age of 18 -- 18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated. no more confusing rules. no more confusing restrictions. my message today is a simple one. many states have already opened up to all adults, but beginning
april 19th every adult in every state, every adult in this country is eligible to get in line to get a covid vaccination, and today in advance of that new national full eligibility date i want to make a direct appeal to our seniors and everyone who cares about them. while we have made incredible progress vaccinating three-quarters of our seniors and putting vaccination sites within five miles of 90% of the public, it still isn't enough. it's simple. seniors. it's time for you to get vaccinated now. get vaccinated now. to make it easier my administration is sending aid to community groups to drive seniors to vaccination sites. we're incredibly grateful to all the volunteers, houses of worship and civic groups that
are helping us in this effort. this is america. we take care of one another. we have to keep it up. i've asked seniors to sign up for their shots now. i also have a message for people under 65. if you know someone over 56 who has not gotten this life-saving vaccine, call them now. work with them to get their shots this week or next. pick them up, drive them, your parents, your grandparents, your uncles and neighbors. finally, even after we open vaccinations to all adults and put a site within five miles of 90% of the public, we know there are many people who still struggle to get access to a shot. we know that there are number of seniors and people with disabilities and people in many communities of color who may be
isolated and lack access to transportation. that's why we're ramping up transportation to vaccination centers and deploying more mobile units and pop-up clinics in the places close to where people live. that's why we're working with faith-based organizations and other community groups to host vaccination clinics, sign people up for appointments, get help, help them get those appointments. that's why we're sending even more vaccines to community health centers like the one i was at today that all together serve nearly 30 million americans like the ones i visited today. two-thirds of the patients at community health centers live at or below the poverty level. 60% are racial and ethnic minorities. to reach them we're investing nearly $10 billion to expand testing, treatment and vaccinations from the hardest
hit yet most underserved communities. let me close with this. we've vaccinated more people than any other nation on earth. the vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. that should give us real hope, but it can't -- we can't let it make us complacent. despite the progress that we're making as a nation, i want every american to know in no uncertain terms that this fight isn't over. this progress we've worked so hard to achieve can be reversed. now is not the time to let down. now is not the time to celebrate. it's time to do what we do best as a country, do our duty, our jobs taking care of one another, and we can and will do this, but we can't let up now. my hope is before the summer is over i'm taking to you all about how we have even access to more
vaccines than we need to take care of every american and helping poor countries, countries around the world that don't have the money, the time, the expertise because until this vaccine is available to the world and we're beating back the vaccine -- the virus in other countries we're not really completely safe. so we've made great progress, and i'm still looking forward to the prospect that we keep the pace we're on and we listen to one another and take the progress that i've talked about, to have a 4th of july, an independent day on july 49th as i defined about three weeks ago. i want to have an independence day, independence from the covid so you're able to get in the backyard with a small group of people of friends and neighbors and celebrate independence day
because you've been vaccinated because you're safe, because you're in the clear. may god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you so much for listening. thank you. >> how are the vienna talks going? >> i'll report on that later. >> mr. president, do you think the masters golf tournament should be moved out of georgia? >> i think that's up to the masters. look, you know, it is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new jim crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. there's another side to it, too. the other side to it, too, is when they in fact move out of georgia the people who need the
help the most, people who are making hourly wages sometimes get hurt the most. i think it's a very tough decision for a corporation to make or a group to make, but i respect them when they make that judgment and i support whatever judgment they make, but it's -- the best way to deal with this is for georgia and other states to smarten up, stop it. stop it. it's -- >> mr. president, despite your efforts there are many americans that are reluctant to take the vaccine in red states. why has the white house not had a more forceful campaign like advertisement on television, for example, to convince americans to take that vaccine? >> we are. we are doing that. by the way, the number of people who are reluctant to take it continues to diminish, continues to diminish across the country
as they see their neighbors, particularly in communities that have been very -- now, there's a different group of people. there's a group of people who have been reluctant because of past how can i say it, past wrongs that have been done to them, experimentation, not sure that they are being told the truth, et cetera, but then's another group that seems to me to be, i probably shouldn't characterize it, but mitch mcconnell keeps speaking to them which i give them credit for saying the idea, he said the polling data shows republican men, particularly young men, don't think they should have to take the vaccine. it's their patriotic right not do it, their freedom to choose, and he's saying, no, no. take the vaccine. take the vaccine, and i'll add a phrase he didn't but i think he believes. it's a picktic responsibility that you have. last question. >> mr. president. >> mr. president, have you spoken to the federal reserve
chairman jay powell yet? >> i have not. >> can you say why? do you plan to speak to him? >> i am not -- look, i think the federal reserve is an independent operation, and starting off my presidency i wanted to be real clear that i'm not going to do the kinds of things that have been done in the last administration, either talking to the attorney general about who he's going to prosecute or not prosecute, and under what circumstances or the fed telling them what they should and shouldn't do. even though that wouldn't be the basis upon which i'd be talking to him, so i've been very fastidious about not talking to him but i do talk to the secretary of the treasury. thank you all very much. >> you mentioned 554,064 american dead from covid-19. a lot of families want to know how this happened. how it got here. have you had a chance to speak to any of your international partners, any did, president xi when i know you go way back with. have you had a chance to ask
them that these reports are true that china may have misled the world at the beginning? >> no, i've not had that conversation with president xi. thank you. >> welcome to "the lead." you've been listening to president biden announcing a new deadline. all american adults will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine on april 19th. he said he also marked 150 million shots given in the first 75 days of his presidency. he was also very cautious saying it's not time for the american people to go back to normal yet because of the new variants. cen's kaitlan collins is at the white house. we were talking to her before. kaitlan, the president really emphasized that we're not at finish line yet. >> yeah. he was saying despite the progress that's been made, seeing people you know get vaccinated does not vaccinated doesn't mean it's over. before the president started
speaking you asked why are they moving this deadline up from day one to make all adult americans eligible to get vaccinated to april 19th given we had already seen a lot of states if not most states already doing that or meeting that deadline, but president biden just gave two reasons there. one is he says he wants there to be clarity because before it was bit of a patchwork with certain states having certain dates when everyone could get vaccinated. it wasn't really routine across the line so he wanted to be clear that everyone knows that you can get vaccinated by april 19th. get in line at the latest, and the other thing he said was we've got a few days before then, and if you're a senior who has not been vaccinated yet, now is the time to get it. he said 75% people over the age of 65 have gotten one shot of the coronavirus vaccine but he was saying before other people start to get in line and now is the time for those seniors to go get in line before everyone is eligible to get vaccinated and at the end he took a few questions from reporters because
another big aspect of seeing these states open up this eligibility has been questions about vaccine hesitancy because some states have opened it up pretty early which has raised concerns about whether or not the entire older population actually got in line to get one, and he gave credit to republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell saying because he's been making these appeals for republican men to get vaccinated he gave them credit for actually making those appeals. >> very important for seniors who are eligible all over the country to go get vaccinated. my parents have been vaccinate the. they are fine. my wife's parents have been vaccinated. they are fine. in fact, my mom was able to come down and see my kids for the first time since thanksgiving 2019 because she is now vaccinated. >> that's awesome. >> and safe and protected so an important message for anyone out there over 65 who has not yet been vaccinated. kaitlan collins, thanks so much. let's discuss with our team. sanjay, what do you make of president biden's announcement and where we stand in our vaccination efforts right now? >> well, it's a good sign,
right? it's sort of this sign of confidence leaving aside the idea that the strategy has always been sort of to underpromise and overdeliver. the numbers continue to look good. in fact, if you do the math here, you say by the first 100 days, there will be 200 million shots. if things continue the way they are right now should be closer to 235 million and they could go up higher than that. what's interesting, jake, you'll run into a situation if you sort of think that 20% to 25% of the country, the adults have this vaccine hesitancy, if you sort of look at the numbers, that means there's around 200 million people who roughly are willing right now as things stand to get the vaccine and so, you know, going into may, june sort of time frame you're going to get into a situation where i think for the first time supply will start outpacing demand. that's -- that's what may happen. we'll see, but overall the numbers look positive. >> and dana, president biden's leadership on this, there's the
underpromise and overdeliver part of it, but there's also adhering to science, steady leadership and talking to the nation regularly about it, it's -- it's not a surprise that his poll numbers when it comes to handling the pandemic are much higher than president trump's were. >> not at all, and -- and the list is extremely >> as kaitlan said it may be trying to have a common and more uniform goal for all of the states, but one of the main goals that i took away from what that speech was about was patience, and it was a classic
bully pulpit moment, jake, where the president as most presidents tend to do stood in front of cameras and pleaded with americans to do something together because it is necessary, and the one word he used was time. that is the word that he said people need to heed and focus on, that if you give it a little bit more time, more people will be vaccinated and -- and the -- the idea of these variants which he went into detail about which sanjay talks about all the time which are quite dangerous can subside, and it was a real, you know, commander in chief moment not so much of the military but like a real leadership moment. >> yeah, and even though he disagrees with the decisions being made by several governors out there, in texas, for example, where there was a packed baseball stadium one night ago or two nights ago, he isn't calling out and attacking republican governors with whom he disagrees which is a contrast
from what we saw last time as well with the president. >> at what point could we see the herd immunity that one gets through vaccinations at the pace that we're going at right now? >> you know, first of all, the number that people site as what is necessary for herd immunity is a little bit of a moving target because it's based on the contagiousness of the virus and the variants that dana was talking about may be more contagious. it's more of a moving target. if you place it around 80% you have to take into account a couple of things. that will put vaccination numbers sort of probably by mid-summer we could start to get to a point where 80% of adults would be vaccinated, again, because 20% or so may be hesitant or downright unwilling to get it so that wouldn't get you there but there's a nuance here that i think is really important and that is, that, you know, there's probably been close 100 million people that have been previously infected.
now probably about a third of them have also been vaccinated but that means that 65 million or so people have immunity just from having been previously infected and they count towards herd immunity. they should still get vaccinated ultimately because the vaccine is probably going to provide a more durable sports but this is good news what i'm saying because when you start to add the number of vaccinated with the number of people who have been previously infected and many of them may be people under the age of 16 who aren't eligible for a vaccination that's when you can start to get to the combination of herd immunity sometime over the summer. >> dana, just to change topics for a second. president biden was just asked whether he thought the masters golf tournament should move out of georgia as the major league baseball all-star game was given the state's new more restrictive voting law? he said it was up to the masters, but then he went on to say this. >> it is reassuring to see that
for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new jim crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. the best way to deal with this is for georgia and other states to smarten up. stop it. >> what's your take on this, dana? >> well, you know, he said that, but then he did have the yeah but. he did have the yeah but when a big corporation like the mlb or potentially the question to him was about the masters moves out of a state you also hurt the people who work there. you hurt the working people, so you -- you can almost see and hear, yes, he was saying that it was morally something that he supports. that pretty clear, but he also understands that there is a downside to it, and which is why he said it was up to the masters to decide, and, you know, you're
hearing varying degrees that have from politicians, particularly senators from georgia, the democrats from georgia, whereas the activists have the -- frankly have the ability because they are not elected leaders to be much more forceful because of the two sides, very real sides to the coin of boycotting or moving. >> although stacey abrams, who is a very strong voting rights activist in georgia, she does not support boycotts because they do hurt working people who are disproportionately black and brown americans. >> exactly. >> dana and dr. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. more covid headlines for you. >> california dreaming. the state about to do something that they have not done in over a year. what is it? hat fits your investing style. ♪ scotts turf builder triple action kills weeds, prevents crab grass and feeds your lawn. all three,in just one bag. i like that. scotts turf builder triple action.
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say by june 15th that we can start to open up as business as usual. subject to ongoing mask-wearing and ongoing vij happens. >> how and why is this new dawn possible? >> we're seeing death rates, mortality rates go down. we're seeing case rates stabilize. we have the lowest case rates in the united states of america. >> reporter: it's a lot higher in texas. >> we welcome you to opening day. >> reporter: lone star state style. >> biggio's first home run of the year. >> reporter: in the only mlb stadium allowing fans at full capacity. >> that's concerning. they are taking a chance. it's risky. i hope we don't see any deleterious consequences of that. >> reporter: nationwide average daily case counts and hospitalizations are on the rise. the more tan tagious variant first found in the uk confirmed
in all 50 states. down in miami-dade -- >> we're seeing upwards of 50% to 60% of samples testing positive for the b-117 variance. >> moderna reports its vaccine appears to protect against covid-19 for at least six months. pfizer said something similar last week and it's almost certainly longer. just over half of parents now say they will likely vaccinate their kids when they can according to a new poll, and more than half the people report seeing family or friends in the past week, a pandemic high. >> start walking, sir. >> reporter: this guy escorted out of disney world florida for allegedly refusing a temperature check. meanwhile, a couple of months after lifting his state's mask mandate -- >> providing incentives and promoting personal responsibility are more effective than imposing impractical government mandates. >> reporter: montana's governor just tested positive himself.
>> we've got early reopening, aggressive reopening, more eat-in dining, more athletics, more gyms reopening, and all of those things together are sending the message to folks, that well, covid is over. it's clearly not. >> reporter: so california plans to reopen but the mask mandate will stay. the governor made it very clear, he said this is not mission accomplished. jake. >> nick watt in california, thank you so much. republican-backed laws targeting transgender kids, why they may be left on the sidelines. those laws. that's next.
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back with the politics lead. the republican controlled legislature in arkansas just overrode the republican governor's veto so there will be a new law in arkansas banning doctors from treating any children going through any transitioning procedures or treatments. okay saw governor asa hutchinson says the bill targeting transgender kids was too broad and claims vast government overreach but he had just signed two other bills aimed at transgender children including barring transgirls from playing sports on teams high school
through college. this is actually a trend among republicans among the country. >> reporter: it has become a new front in the culture war. republicans across the country are pushing to ban transgender students and often specific transgender girls and women many who were assigned male at birth from compete in girl sports. >> reporter: in south dakota republican governor kristi noem vetoed a bill that would have bar transgender girls from competing in girl. >> it's clear that each and every one of us as men and women have exceptional gifts and differences. they should be celebrated, but those differences are very real, and the physical differences are very real. >> reporter: one ordering all girls who want to play in girls sports to present a birth certificate showing they were assigned female at birth. this is playing out in republican-led states across the
country. more than 25 now considering anti-transpolicies in school sports in k-12 and college according to the human rights campaign. three of those states have already signed them into law. high-profile activists are pushing back. >> as someone who has played sports with someone who is trans i can assure you all is well. nothing is spontaneously combusting. >> reporter: soccer star megan rapinoe penning this op-ed in "the washington post" saying the bills are attempting to solve a problem that doesn't exist. that point has been underscored and debates at very high levels. >> how many girls in georgia have been denied opportunity because of transgender athletes participating in sports? >> so, obviously there's not a lot of statistics on that. >> so there are none in georgia. >> okay. >> i don't have any hard data on that. >> as republicans in difference to socially conservative organization pushing for the ban have been unable to point to any
evidence of a problem. >> will you cite any examples where a young woman was denied a scholarship opportunity or a title here in arizona, not outside of adds adds, not anecdotally in another state but here specifically in arizona because they were competing against a transathlete who outperformed them? >> i can't at this point, mr. chairman. >> reporter: and as the parents of transgender kids make impassioned pleas against the bans. >> i need you to understand that this language if it becomes law will have real effects on real people. it will affect my daughter. it will mean she cannot play on the girl's volleyball team or dance squad or tennis team. >> and our thanks to cnn's sun lann serfaty for that report. coming up next, saving one of the sources of fresh water with a game. stay with us. to reduce plastic waste in the environment. that's why at america's beverage companies, our bottles are made to be re-made.
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places endangered by global warming around the world. endorsed by the u.n. and even blessed by pope francis. of course the reason for this game is very serious. the warmer our earth gets the less space there is for games like ice hockey and other winter sports as well. this lake is gigantic holding more fresh water than all of america's great lakes combined, a fifth of the world's unfrozen reserves. the russian government also recently relaxed regulations protecting the lake. and russia is one of the countries hardest hit by global warming. record temperatures for the past several years have led to a massive melt to the permafrost and giant sinkholes and massive wildfires that further increase the world's temperatures.
and highly hockey won't save the world's climate, at least the organizers hope that will cause some to take action to try and preserve the natural playing fields of the game that so many love so much. fred pleitgen, cnn. >> our thanks to fred. our coverage on cnn continues right now. welcome to viewers here and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we're following important new developments in the derek chauvin murder trial as the prosecution builds its case that the former minneapolis police officer violated the company policy when he put his knee on george floyd's neck. the key witness during today's testimony, a use of force instructor told the or