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child care to high quality care, making investments, federal dollar investments in those facilities, and part of that is lifting up wages and training. >> part of that funding will come from the government. >> yeah, from the federal government. it will. that will help the salaries. when i talk to facilities, when they have great staff they love, they move into school districts and other places. it is about increasing the salaries for those teachers. >> thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. good friday morning to you. i'm erica hill in new york. lots to cover on the breaking news front on this friday morning including a lot of action happening in washington,
jim. >> that's right. i'm jim sciutto in washington. a very busy friday morning. we begin with job numbers out this morning, well above forecasts. president biden is expect told address the nation on two fronts, those booming economic numbers, 531,000 jobs added in october as well as revisions upward in both september and august. this is key because painted quite a bleak picture around the time about slowing economic growth, but rescissions there and a big month in october. the president expected to address that. also expected to address events up there on capitol hill, erica. some big votes coming today. does he move his agenda forward? >> there is a lot going on there as we're looking at what's going to happen with both bills. christine romans is our business correspondent and john harwood is at the white house. as we look at what is happening on capitol hill, what we're
getting in terms of those numbers this morning, there is a lot for white house to be happy about this morning. christine, break the numbers down for us. what does this tell us, especially the revisions for august and september? >> remember how concerned we were about the variant and holding back this summer hiring lull that we saw. it wasn't as bad as we thought. when you look at august, at first the government said there were 366,000 jobs created in august, they've revised that to 483. that is a really strong month of jobs gains. you look at september. they said 194,000. we were disapossibilitied by that number. it showed sort of this american engine of job creation slowing. that was revised too. these in normal times are verier big, big numbers. another 531,000 in october. it paints the picture of american employers who are aggressively hiring. you heard the labor secretary talk about how broad based the hiring was. it was hiring in bars and
restaurants, it was on construction sites, in factories, in laboratories, in office buildings, up and down the spectrum really you saw hiring here. a couple economists have told me they think as we get regular in-person school under way and we move into the fall that they're hoping you'll see this trend continue to even strengthen. >> john harwood, we've had a few fridays in the last couple of month where is the president was prepared to speak to talk about great job numbers, and he didn't get them in august and september, although now those numbers have been revised up and he has a big number for october as well. what do we expect to hear from the president today? >> jim, we expect to hear the president celebrating what is probably the best day of his presidency since the american rescue plan passed in march. this is a confluence of events here that i think we should put in perspective, especially given all the discussion we've had about those bald election results for democrats earlier this week. covid and the associated
economic dislocations of covid drove a lot of the public discontent that was behind those electoral defeats. think about what's happened today. you have the news about the pfizer drug. you have these better-than-expected jobs numbers which indicate the economy is slowly getting bab to normal, not all the way there, but getting back to normal. then you have the prospect that the congress may advance both parts of the agenda today in the house of representatives. all of that is potentially a formula for a different picture in 2022 for this white house. the key is getting past the pandemic. the moody's economist tells me if we get past the pandemic he's looking at 1 million job a month reports like we saw in july, and the economic growth in the fourth quarter. it slowed in the third quarter to 2%. analysts are looking, goldman sachs is looking at 4% for the fourth quarter and 4% for next year. that is strong growth, and
that's something that joe biden certainly is going to point to today. >> strong growth is great for the economy, more jobs are great, getting people back to the workforce is great, but christine, the reality for americans and families can look at this and say things are improving but my money doesn't go as far as it used to. >> reporter: both things are true. the economy is bouncing back from the covid crash, and prices are rising. you have record highs in the stock market, home equity for families who own their homes. the housing market is on fire and is expected to be maybe even into next year. but when you go every week and put gas in your gas tank and it costs $16 more this year than last year for a standard sized tank, that is a real-feel economic indicator every week that is something -- we go to the grocery store and you see prices are rising at the grocery
store as well. keep in mind, last year prices collapsed because the economy collapsed. they're coming back because the economy is coming back. but every week people feel those inflation pressure points, and that, quite frankly, sours their mood on the overall economy. next week we'll get new government inflation numbers, you guys, so we'll have a better picture of where things are headed next week too. >> christine romans, john harwood, appreciate it. thank you. also with us, cnn chief congressional correspondent manu raju joining us live from capitol hill. pretty big day there potentially. house speaker pelosi meeting with key moderates right now. do we have a sense of how many holdouts there are this morning, manu? >> reporter: enough to cut it will bill if they continue to hold out. the remaining hurdle, i'm told, is about whether there is going to be an analysis by the nonpart san congressional budget office to provide an estimate of how much this bill would cost.
it's going to be roughly $1.9 trillion. that is the estimates essentially informal from another committee. they looked at the tax porss of the bill but not the entire cost. that is what the demand is of some of the moderate members. they want a full understanding of the impanct on the budget an the economy before they vote yes. but it will take days or weeks to come up with that. behind the scenes, nancy pelosi and white house officials have been in negotiations and talks this morning to try to resolve some of those concerns. they have pointed to some analysis that the white house has provided showing that the bill, they're arguing, essentially would be fully paid for by a range of tax increases. some moderate members who emerged from the meeting say they're a yes. one's concerns have been resolved. another moderate, jarrett
goldman of maine, i asked will you vote for this if it's on the floor today and he said not without a cbo score. there is very little margin of error for the speaker. she can only afford to lose three votes. she's potentially lost one. but i'm hearing the other remaining sticking points including how to deal with immigration and work permits for undocumented workers, that issue has been resolved. so they can get this issue how the analysis and the budget impact will be, perhaps they can get to a vote but negotiations are ongoing. >> i imagine there's some impatience on the hill. i can sense it from here. manu raju, good to have you on. thanks so much. let's talk with jake tampper. great to have you on. for folks at home who have not been following the day to day on
this or have lost patience themselves following the day to day on this, big picture, do you sense the logjam breaking with democrats on the build back better and the bipartisan infrastructure bill snl. >> the votes are there for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. the issue is that the progressives won't vote for the infrastructure bill if the build back better act doesn't pass first. right now the moderates are considering not voting for it. the votes right now at 10:09:14 a.m. east coast time are not there according to my sources. my source say the same thing that manu raju's sources say. the votes are not there right now. now, does that mean they won't be there in 15 minute, an hour, two hours? no. maybe they will. the tes will be does pelosi actually butt the build back
better, the big social safety net spending bill with other si change, does she put it on the floor for the vote. if she puts out on the floor for a vote, she has the votes. members have been told strap in for a long day, and that suggests they don't have the votes right now. pelosi i don't think doesn't go to scotland until monday, so it's possible they'll work through the weekend. as of now, no, votes aren't there. >> real quickly on that point, jim and i have talked about this ad nauseam in the last several weeks. you have, too, jake. these constant deadlines. you hear from lawmakers, that's the only way to get it done, put a deadline out because it lights a fire. it seems this did not light enough of a fire this morning that clear message from nancy pelosi and the efforts from the white house to put out their own look at the funding there. >> it hasn't worked as of yet. that doesn't mean it won't.
it hasn't worked as of yet. look, voting for -- voting for the infrastructure package, which is a bipartisan bill that passed the senate with i think 19 senate republican votes, that's not a particularly controversial provision, controversial vote. but voting for this $1.7 trillion spending package could be controversial for front-line members of congress, democrats who are in swing districts. josh gottheimer in new jersey. abigail spanberger in virginia. there is concern. look, asking politicians to take brave positions or take risks is not a winning proposition. and this is a risky package. nobody knows how it will play out with the voters. nobody knows how successful it will be by election time next year. >> yeah. the risk made clear to democrats
on tuesday this week. airing tonight on cnn, a special report you've been working on, this of course on the continuing investigation into the january 6th insurrection. a key question here -- you interviewed republicans and asked this question about president trump, possibility not only that he runs again, which personally i think is quite strong, but that he could win. here's a clip from it, and i want to get your thoughts. >> the nightmare scenario is this, and it's not too far out of the realm of possibility, which is donald trump is running for president again, he will likely be the nominee of the republican party, assuming nobody attempts to challenge him credibly. joe biden will be 82 years old by 2024. many around him don't think he'll run again. there is very much a scenario where donald trump could be president again. this is a man who's challenged our institutions near to breaking point. >> and for those who have worked with trump, the fear is not just his undermining american democracy but once back in the white house also undoing the
american experiment. you think he will try to impose somer r form of autocracy. >> absolutely. there are things he wanted to do in power the first time that were well beyond the scope of what the u.s. president should be able to do, but it was the hope of winning re-election. >> can you give me an example? >> whether it's weaponizing the justice department against political opponents, whether it's, you know, going after the free press, he would certainly be open to using the military for political reasons as well. >> that's terrifying. >> mm-hmm. >> terrifying. she's not alone. i spoke to a republican yesterday who said the same thing. he worries about the republic falling if he were re-elected. what did the others have to say? was this a minority viewpoint? >> first of all, let me note, this is a documentary not just about january 6th.
january 6th was the most visible manifestation of donald trump's attempts to overturn the election, undermine democracy, and disenfranchise the american people. but the document is about the entire campaign, months-long campaign, and we only interviewed journalists and republicans and republican officials in this documentary to a person are expressing the concern about donald trump will try again to undermine the election, and he will be better situated to do it. so we talked to election officials from arizona and pennsylvania and georgia. we talked to republican members of congress like andny gonzalez and liz cheney and adam kinzinger to talk about how he almost stole democracy last time, how he could do it again without violence next time. and, yes, they are very afraid he will attempt to do it and whether he wins, you know, in ak wall ti or whether he tries to steal it and succeeds, then you
heard alissa express the concern about what then happens, not just another trump term like what we had, what we just experienced, but something where he is not afraid of anything. re-election was a concern of his, and what he would then do. that's the white house communications director for trump expressing those fears. >> she used the word autocracy. these people know him well. jake tampper, thanks so much. watch the new cnn special report tonight. it's called "trumping democracy: an american coup." it begins at 9:00 eastern time. still to come this hour, new yorkers have a huge shortage of police officers because of the city's vaccine mandate, and warnings from union leaders. what's the reality this morning? a little different. and opening statements under way in brunswick, georgia, where three white men are facing murder charges in the death of 25-year-old ahmaud arbery, a
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this morning after concerns over a walkout due to the vaccine mandate, a very different situation in the nypd. 89 of roughly 35,000 officers on the force are on leave without pay for not complying with the mandate. joining me now to discuss, nypd commissioner dermot shea. thanks for taking the time this morning. >> good morning, jim. >> so your overall rate of having one shot, 86%, is a pretty good figure. others have requested exemptions and are waiting for cases to be considered. i suppose my question is what happens to the others and is time running out for them to comply? >> so 86% is what we hit yesterday. that's the most recent number. we do have about 6,000 uniform and civilian members that have requested accommodations. that's the next level, jim. as those are pored over, our
office of employment discrimination with attorneys reviewing each case individually, and they will be either pushed into, yes, the accommodation stands or it's denied and there's an appeals process. i anticipate this is going to take some time to play out. >> okay. >> while that is all happening, those individual members are subject to testing. so the most recent number is we have about 130 uniformed members that are out without pay. obviously, we'd love to have each one back. >> so have those numbers, as those cases are being considered, it's an important point you make while they're being surveyed they're still working and tested. have they impacted the police at all? >> the reasonable accommodations are just coming to work and doing their normal jobs, so that's no impact. the impact comes from the uniform and civilian members that have not requested an accommodation and were put on
leave without pay. it's manageable. you know, we're able to move resources around, stop training in certain areas, do things behind the scenes, but clearly, jim, you know, anytime you lose people, it's going to have an impact. right now it's manageable. again, we're trying to get those people back to work. we're providing free vaccinations. but any challenge that arises we'll meet it and keep moving forward. >> the newly elected mayor of new york, eric adams, says he's going to revisit the vaccine mandate. do you think that's a good idea? >> i'll leave that to him. i mean, you know, i haven't heard him say that. 86%, i think, right now is vaccinated. i think that's the take-away. that's the good news. i've been encouraging from the beginning everyone to get vaccinated. you know, it's only about three weeks ago that we lost an officer to covid. it's important for a lot of reasons. so, you know, certainly that's
within his discretion to do that, and, you know, the next police commissioner will deal with that one. >> right. i know that will be when your term comes to an end. let's get to crime figures. murders and shootings and shooting victims in new york city, we can put numbers up on the screen, they're actually down in october compared to october of 2020, the overall index of crime at 11%. this is a downward trend compared to other cities around the country. are you doing something different that you see having success? >> we're always doing something different. we're always modifying what we're doing, jim. i can tell you, you know, the positives here are five months in a row now we've been able to knock shootings down from last year's level. any way you slice that, that's something positive to take away. i can tell you it was awfully hard to do that in october between downward pressure on
riker's again, between retirements and many other factors, but we did, five months in a row now. i can tell you, jim, the honest truth is that there is not a single, not one, person that wears an nypd uniform that is happy with the level of violence in new york city now. >> yeah. >> there are still challenges. >> i get it. >> an awful lot of work being done to attack gangs, take guns off the street, to work with prosecutors. so headway being made, but it's still a long fight ahead. >> i saw that when i went out on patrol a couple nights this summer with nypd officers. i do want to ask you finally about a case that the supreme court is now considering. earlier this week, their conservative justices seemed to signal that the court may rule against new york's law which requires proper cause before issuing a license allowing people to carry a gun outside their home. you've been very public. you've said that adding more
guns to our streets is not the answer to reducing violence. if the supreme court were to overturn this law in new york, would that make the city safer or less safe? >> you know, guns are probably the number one issue in new york city. there's no doubt. i think many cities would say the same thing. and, jim, a snare cenario wheree going to make it easier and proliferate further guns into the hands of citizens concerns us greatly. so, you know, that's been opposition on that. we have some tough gun laws here. you know, we tend to think we are very progressive in how we police and how we reform and how we keep new yorkers safe. and this particular decision, you know, worries us if it goes the wrong way. >> commissioner dermot shea, we know you and the officer who is serve under you have difficult days and nights every day, so we wish you safety and wish you good luck.
thanks for joining us this morning. >> have a great weekend, jim. thank you. >> thanks. this just in to cnn, exclusive video, a former justice department official jeffrey clark seen arriving this morning just moments ago for his interview with the january 6th committee. clark was integral to helping then president trump and his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and wrote that memo trying to make a legal justification for then vice president pence, refused to certify the results. clark didn't answer cnn's questions as he walked in today. he did not say whether he plans to take the 5th. the chair of the january 6th committee says he also just signed about 20 more subpoenas for that investigation. those subpoenas, jim, could go out as soon as today. still ahead, opening statements under way in brun brunswick, georgia, where three men face murder charges in the death of 25-year-old ahmad a
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swaying the jury in this high-profile trial, at least potentially. cnn's amara walker is live in brunswick, georgia. this relates to evidence. can you describe exactly what that evidence is? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. and first off, the opening statements, by the way, are under way right now. and we are hearing from the lead prosecutor in this case, who basically opened up by -- started off by saying, look, this is a case about assumption that the three defendants made before ahmaud arbery was shot and killed. she showed surveillance video of arbery in a house under construction tied to the murders, and she said in the video nothing is stolen or damaged. but back to the judge's rulings from this morning, which basically represent a pretty major blow to the defense. so what these rulings mean regarding the evidence you were mentioning, jim, is number one, the jury will be allowed to see
the images of the confederate flag on the vanity license plate that was mounted on the front of travis mcmichael's truck. the jury, however, as the judge ruled, will not be able to hear anything about the fact that he was on probation at the time of his killing. back to what the jury will be seeing. so the defense, regarding the confederate flag, arguing the images of this need to be limited. they're concerned that their client, travis mcmichael, who was driving the pickup truck that day, accused of pulling the trigger on the shotgun that killed ahmaud arbery, they're concerned he's going to be painted as being racist, and they say, look, it's improper to comment on his character. but the state has steadfastly stated this is evidence of a motive, has nothing to do with character. of course the judge sided with that. another thing this jury will be seeing is the body cam video, which has been described as quite graphic, from the responding officers.
the judge ruling yesterday, saying that the body cam video is a very real depiction of what happened that day when it shows arbery just gravely wounded, lying there on the ground, and it shows really graphically the extent of his injuries. jim and erica? >> amara walker with the latest for us. thank you. also with us, stephanie rollins blake, former defense attorney, and paige pate, a constitutional law this morning. as we look at where we stand in terms of this evidence and what the judge ruled this morning, i'm curious, first of all, your take on that, paige, and what this could mean. >> i think that the judge made the correct call. i mean, it's not about character. it's definitely about motive. it's clear that the defense took a hard blow. they're trying to erase any
notion that their clients acted out of malice, acted out of racism, and between the inclusion of the tape as well as the confederate license tag, that's definitely a big thing for them. >> paige pate with us now. the jury breakdown has attracted a lot of attention, because here you have brunswick, georgia, which is 55% black, lichb county, 26% black, yet only 1 of 12 black on an otherwise all-white jury. in your experience, does that impact jury decisions? >> well, i think it certainly can, jim, especially in a case like this where race is going to play such a big part not just in the evidence that's presented to the jury but also in the arguments that the lawyers will
make during the course of the trial and at the end of the trial. you're absolutely correct to point out that this jury is not reflective of the population of glen county. it is not even reflective of the people that were found qualified to serve many the case. so after 2 1/2 weeks of jury selection, they were left with about 25% african-americans in the pool and then all but one of those were struck. so this is a very different jury for glen county, and it's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. >> that alone is getting a lot of attention nationwide. those are the headlines we're seeing, right? it is really about the makeup of this jury and what that could mean. stephanie, as we're look at what we're expecting from the defense, this is interesting, a two-part defense. one, this was a citizen's arrest but, oh, also self-defense, yet there's this video that shows ahmaud arbery who appears to run the trk but runs into travis mcmichael. as you're looking at that, the
video seems to contradict that argument. how do you envision the defense putting that together? >> i think the defense is going tuch a tough time putting it together. you know, they have a hard case. these individuals, as the prosecutor laid out, don't own the property, weren't instructed to protect the property, yet they were -- they took it upon themselves to act as the police. so i think it's going to be tough for the defense to put those things together and lay out a credible case that will convince at least one juror that this was self-defense. >> what are the rules around supposedly making citizens arrests here? by the way, armed, against someone who is not armed? >> jim, there are no rules in georgia law, certainly not at the time, about whether you can be armed or not armed.
the law as we all know has since been repealed in georgia as a result of this case. back last year when this incident occurred, it was okay under georgia law if you had someone or had good reason to believe someone had committed a serious e offense, to track them down and hold them for law enforcement. so it is a two-step question for the defense. can they convince the jury this was a legitimate citizens arrest? and two, when they confronted arbery, did they have a legitimate claim of self-defense? a big challenge. >> interesting that law has been repealed since. stephanie rawlings-blake, page pate, thank you. >> thank you. still ahead this hour, we'll go live to the national cathedral here in washington, former secretary of state colin powell's funeral will begin shortly. the latest from the cathedral and who's expected to attend, several presidents among them.
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we are moments away from the funeral for general colin powell, of course the nation's first black secretary of state and chairman of the joint chief of staff, died in october from complications related to covid-19. >> we should note the general was vaccinated against covid-19, but his immunity was compromised. he was being treated for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, which weakens the immune system. cnn's suzanne malveaux is live outside the national cathedral
this morning, a beautiful setting always. we're now seeing some people streaming into the church. can you tell us who is expected to attend and pay respects today? >> reporter: sure. good morning, jim. this is a beautiful, crisp, cold sunny day in washington, d.c., as we really recognize one of those time-honored traditions at the national cathedral to recognize and celebrate the life of the most distinguished citizens. as you mentioned, general colin powell, a statesman, a patriot, a father, a friend to many and a trail blazer as well and a top soldier and different. no surprise who will be at the funeral this morning, three presidents and first ladies. we expect the first one, president joe biden and first lady jill to arrive shortly after the hearse and the family. we also will see president obama and first lady michelle obama as
well as president george w. bush and laura bush. we're also going to see former secretary of state hillary clinton. president bill clinton is not able to attend because of his own health issues. but they will all be sitting in the front row. there will be a number of dignitaries, lawmakers, statesmen as well as diplomats. and they will be celebrating his life. it is going to be really a beautiful ceremony. we are expecting to hear tributes from people who meant the world to powell. we are talking about his deputy secretary of state dick armitage, who will be speaking, as well as former secretary of state madeleine albright. they are very close and good friends despite being on opposite sides of the aisle, the political spectrum. and two of his three children, michael powell, who will pay trib utes, as well as anne marie. this is going to be a 90-minute ceremony. we expect the hearse will be arriving within the next hour or so on this beautiful day, this
tribute to an amazing american. >> suzanne, thank you. cnn will have live coverage of the funeral for general powell starting at the top of the hour. join jake tapper and wolf blitzer as the country honors the legacy of the former secretary of state. you can watch that full service right here on cnn. still ahead, some encouraging new results from pfizer on a covid-19 treatment for people who become infected. how their antiviral pill works and why pfizer thinks it would be cowboy poised for emergency use authorization. that's next. and here's what else to watch today.
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we strip in the community garden. i've been stripping here for years. i strip before take-off. breathe right strips open your nose for relief you can feel right away, helping you take in air more easily, wherever you are. breaking news, pfizer announcing its experimental pill to reduce the risk of coronavirus hospitalization and death. they say it does that by 89% among folks who are at severe risk of severe covid-19. this is data, we should note, put out by the company, has not
been peer reviewed or published, though pfizer says it will be sharing specifics in a peer-reviewed paper and to the u.s. food and drug administration. >> elizabeth cohen joins us now. this is for people who have become infected. it is not preventative. but tell us the significance of the data, the findings by pfizer with this pill. >> reporter: jim, the findings were so significant that actually a board of monitors stopped the trial early. they call it stopping for benefit. it worked so well that they said, gosh, we want you guys to be able to go now to the fda to apply for emergency use authorization. not a replacement for the vaccine. the vaccine is best. always better to prevent than to treat. this needs to be done quite early. the folks in this trial, the data i'm about to show you, these folks had symptoms for about three days. you have to get it early. let's look at what happened when they did get to it early.
in this trial, there were about 775 patients, folks with very early covid. they gave half of them a placebo. it did nothing. they found over time 27 of those folks rr hospitalized and 7 died from covid. >> we have to sbrinterrupt you there, sorry. president biden is speaking on the new jobs report beating expectations. >> america is getting back to work. our economy is starting to work for more americans. thanks to the economic plan we put through in congress earlier this year and a successful vaccine deployment, america continues to add jobs at a record pace. in this historically strong recovery, unemployment rate has fallen again today down to 4.6%. this included a substantial drop for unemployment for hispanics, which was much needed. our economy is on the move. this morning we learned that in october our economy created
531,000 jobs, well above expectations. we also learned that job growth over the prior two months, august to september, was nearly 250,000 more jobs than previously thought. in total, the job creation in the first full nine months of my administration is about 5.6 million new jobs, a record for any new president. that's a monthly average of over 60,000 new jobs each month, ten times more than the job creation three months before i took office. new unemployment claims have fallen every week for the past five weeks. they're down by more than 60% since i took office and are now at the lowest levels since the pandemic started. and people continue to move from unemployment rolls to work. unemployment has decreased this year more than any other year since 1950, so any year since
1950, unemployment has decreased more in this year than since 1950. and not only are more americans working, working americans are seeing their paychecks go up. weekly pay went up in october with an average hourly earnings up almost 5% this year. that's more than some of the lowest -- that's more nan some of the lowest paid workers in our country, men and women working in restaurants, hotels, have seen their payment go up 12% this year. over 5.5 million jobs, unemployment down a record pace to 4.6%. before we pass the rescue plan, forecasters said it would take till the end of 2023, to the end of 2023, to get to 4.6% unemployment rate. we've reached that rate two years before forecasters thought it was possible. i would humbly suggest this is significant improvement from
when i took office and a sign that we're on the right track. this did not happen by accident or just because. we laid the foundation for this recovery with my american rescue plan that congress passed at the beginning of my term. it put money in working families' pockets. it gave families with kids a takts cut each month. it helped keep small businesses going in the dark days earlier this year. and it provided the resources need to launch one of the fastest mass vaccination programs ever. we got more than 220 million shots in arms in my first 100 days. we didn't stop there. in recent months, we've started implementing vaccination requirements, which have helped bring the number of unvaccinated adults down in this country from around 100 million several months ago to 60 million now. you know, that's good for our health, but it's also good for our economy. now vaccinated workers are going back to work. vaccinated shoppers are going
back to stores. and with the launch of the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 this week, we can make sure more vaccinated children can stay in school. these plans i have implemented -- through these plans we've had economic success. the economic rescue and vaccination plan, both of them, have made the economy the envy of the world. we're the fastest growing major economy and one creating jobs at a faster pace. yet, yes, there's a lot more to be done. we still have to tackle the cost that american families are facing, but this recovery is faster, stronger, and fair irand wider than almost anyone could have predicted. that's what the numbers say. bu but we want to make sure that people continue to people it in their lives, bank accounts, in hopes and expectations, for tomorrow is better than today. that's what it's all about, making sure our recovery is
fully felt l. to determine that depends on two things that are entirely within our reach. the first for our economy to fully recover, we need to keep driving vaccinations up and covid down. in that effort, we took two major steps this week. on tuesday, the cdc recommended covid-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. we're prepared for this moment by supplying enough vaccines for every child in that age group in america. those doses have started to arrive in thousands of pediatricians' offices, pharmacies, schools and other sites. as parent of one of the first children to receive the shots said, quote, today is such a huge sigh of relief. starting next week, our kids vaccination program will hit full strength, with about 20,000
trusted places for parents to get their kids yesterday. yesterday osha issued a rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests negative for covid-19 at least once a week. the centers for medicare and medicaid services issued a rule requiring that all workers at health care facilities participating in medicare or medicaid are fully vaccinated. together, these rules, along with other requirements we've put in place, means that two-thirds of all workers in the united states are covered by vaccination requirements. these requirements have broad public support, and they work. already we've seen organizations that have adopted vaccination requirements increase their vaccination rates by more than 20 percentage points, often as high as over 90%. this is good for the workers, for their colleagues, for their loved ones, and for their
communities. it's also good for the economy. a recent university of chicago survey showed every economist agreed that requiring staff vaccinations or regular testing among large employers would promote the economic recovery as faster and stronger even than it is now. analysts at goldman sachs preproject these kinds of requirements could lead to up to more than 5 million americans reentering the workforce. that's because they feel safer to do so, because there are fewer disruptions to things like child care. again, beating covid-19 remains one of the important ways to strengthen our economy, not just save lives but strengthen our economy. we're making progress. as of this week, 70% of american adults are fully vaccinated. more than 193 million americans fully vaccinated.
it was less than 1% when we took office ten months ago. one more piece of good news. last night we received promising news about another potent and potential covid treatment, a pill, a pill developed by pfizer that may dramatically reduce the risk of being hospitalized or dying when taken shortly after infection, if you're infected. if authorized by the fda, we may soon have pills and may treat the virus of those who become infected. we have already secured millions of doses, and the therapy would be another tool many our toolbox to protect people from the worst outcomes of covid. it's important to remember, we need to prevent infections, not wait to treat them once they happen. vaccination remains the best way to do that. the pandemic is not yet behind us. but within this week's announcement, vaccines for kids, more adults getting vaccinated, potential treatment for those