tv After the Bell FOX Business January 12, 2021 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
5g, if you're downloading spreadsheets, various things. there is tremendous difference. companies participating in that will participate. [closing bell rings. liz: dan, thank you very much. this is the closing bell. wait and see call on the dow if it settles. doesn't look like a record. russell, the transports, yeah, a record close. connell: we're speeding up the fight against covid-19. vaccines are about to be made available to more americans. stocks are edging higher as we fight for records at the close, coming up a little bit short on the dow. it was in record territory up until a minute or two before the close. up 89 points. the close is higher by 60 points. we look at the s&p 500 and nasdaq. they are inching back towards record highs as well. investors look ahead to stimulus. looking ahead to earnings season. we do have green on our screens today. good to be with you, i'm connell mcshane, welcome to "after the bell." time for the news happening at
this hour. to our top story. we begin with blake burman at the white house reporting on the new guidelines for vaccine distribution. blake. reporter: connell, clearly a shift in strategy from the trump administration today on this front. we heard from top officials from "operation warp speed" say they are no longer, the federal government will no longer be holding back covid-19 doses. they are also recommending to the states at this point they vaccinate people within their states who are either older than 65 years or under 65 but have comorbidities. listen. >> to really emphasize, to make it very clear how vitally important it is to prioritize and focus on those who are most vulnerable for whom the vaccine will have the biggest effect and those are those age 65 and over and those 64 and below with comorbidities. reporter: here are the latest numbers. yesterday morning 25 1/2 million doses had been shipped across the country but roughly 35% of
those, just shy of nine million have actually made it into the arms of americans. "operation warp speed" officials think there could be a lag in reporting but they also say that future doses to the state's, connell, are not going to be given at a per capita basis which is how it was initially distributed. instead they will look at essentially success rates within those states, con. connell: those are where the guidelines stand. we'll watch for the success rates and other things. what about the cac vane candidates. we know about two out there. what about the others in the pipeline on this front? >> more to come in the future. we heard from the top scientist on "operation warp speed," moncef slaoui. this is a best guess. johnson & johnson he said could get emergency use authorization approval by the middle of next month. you move on to astrazeneca. potentially at some point in march.
dr. slaoui said novavax could be march or april. right now they need more participation in trials to find out if the moderna is successful on tweens and teenagers. >> we are running a chin call trial, phase three trial adolescents with 12 to 18 years of age with the moderna vaccine. it is a real challenge. it has been four weeks on going. we only recruited about 800 subjects in the trial. reporter: they have about 800 participants ages 12 to 18 looking whether or not that moderna works on essentially the older age range of children. you heard the doctor there mention that they have some 800 participants but connell, he also said they need about 3,000 to try to get a population together to figure out if it could be successful. connell? connell: all right. that part could take some time. we have a lot going on in the world. this is the big story in terms it of our health and the
economy. blake, thank you. talk more about it with dr. tom price who joins us the former hhs secretary. your view, dr. price, what hhs did today in terms of these recommendations which should as states follow through on it make the vaccine available to wider number of people as we roll it out. what did you think of that? >> good to be with you. i think it is imperative we get the vaccine out as rapidly as possible. the states are responsible, infrastructure and states are responsible for delivering the vaccine, getting the vaccine in peoples arms. nothing could be more important at this stage of this disease especially with the recent spike we've had getting folks vaccinated. getting those folks vaccinated at greatest risk over age 65, and under age 65 with comorbidities the better. the more we can do to get the message out to encourage people and have people recognize this vaccine is a safe vaccine.
there isn't in the reason not to take this vaccine. connell: what about the risk of, instead of holding back the second dose putting that out there as well? president-elect biden called for that to happen. secretary azar before the trump administration leaves is apparently going forward with that plan. is there risk there or is that the right move? >> only challenge there if the production isn't enough and the distribution isn't enough to be timely giving folks the second dose if they already had a first dose but there is a greater window likely to provide that second dose. in the eu they're recommending up to 90 days for that second dose. that booster shot if you will that you get after the first one there is a flexibility in when that can be provided. so i think the production and the distribution ought to be able to catch up with that but goodness knows we're not moving as rapidly as we must. connell: no we're not. we have to pick that up, as a
former congressman what about the potential economic impact? when you were in congress you would ask those types of questions, connecting health policy, you're economic doctor, rafael bostic president of atlanta federal reserve when i was in atlanta last week. if the vaccine rolls out the economy will get rolling pretty well also. but that the is is the caveat but to your earlier point we need to pick that up, is that right? >> yes the numbers have to be significantly greater. we have to have 70 to 80% of population having immunity or vaccine through the disease. we prefer it to be through the vaccine. hundreds of millions of individuals need to be vaccinated and we're just not on that path right now. if we're going to get there within the second quarter, by the end of the second quarter of this year that we've really got to increase our ability to get these vaccines in peoples arms. so all that we can do to make that happen will improve the economy. imagine if you would the
confidence that you would feel or anybody would feel if we got 80% of the population with immunity and knowing that there is not a possibility of the disease to have this kind of spike like we're currently having. connell: do we need a stronger national approach to have that happen? i know conservatives and you're one have said this should be something that is passed on to the states. that is what the trump administration has essentially done. do you expect the biden administration to take a more of a kind of national approach and if so is that what could help in this particular situation? what are your views? >> the public health system in this country is set up through the states and the local communities. that will not change nor do i believe it should change but what must happen from a federal standpoint. it is not that you're hands off. you unify with single message that is delivered repeatedly over and over about the imperative and the importance of getting this vaccination so that we're able to move our society
forward. we're able to get back to the kinds of things all of us want. i was, i watched the game last night, the college championship and it was wonderful to see that, however wouldn't it have been much greater to havet stadium full? the only way you get that stadium full again to have the confidence that that number of individuals can congregate together that have immunity in order to do the kinds of things we did before. that is true for every sector of the economy. connell: i'm sure alabama fans agree with you. that was some performance. dr. price, thank you. good to see you again. we'll talk to you again soon. another story here. taking a stand. apple ceo tim cook who is one of the more significant figures in american business says the rioters on capitol hill should be held accountable and no one is above the law. susan li is following the fast-moving developments this week in the technology industry. joins us more. reporter: ceo of the world's biggest company talking about
the violence that took place on capitol hill. he was asked by cbs if president trump should be held accountable? >> i think no one is above the law. that is the great thing of the country. we're a rule of law country. i think everyone that had a part in it needs to be held accountable. reporter: not just apple. some of america's biggest companies weighed in with their wallets and their political donations and contributions, pausing them amongst the list you see, a lot of big blue-chips at last count according to our analysis. we saw over 41, likes the comcast, at&t, joining facebook, microsoft, pausing pac donations to both parties until at least the first quarter of this year. biggest hotel company in the world marriott galvanized movement, airbnb, morgan stanley, those companies specifically say they will pause gop member donations to those that objected to the electoral college certification last week. as you see big business, big donations mean a lot for d.c.
the last election cycle looks like american corporate pacs gave $100 million to the house of representatives, 2million dollars to senators. that represents 3 to 8% of total donations. just costing the wire here, connell. looks like walmart is joining the blue chip brigade saying we're pausing political donations at least for now in light of the events last week this is rethink right now for america's big companies, being blamed for their complicity when it comes to be silent and still making these donations. connell: really interesting to see where those positions are six months or a year from now. thank you, susan li. closing its doors. we're live today in chicago where big retail, talking about the likes of macy's and gap, they are fighting to survive. we'll bring you their stories. reversing course while the governor of new york, andrew cuomo, now it is saying it is time to start thinking about reopening the state. distribution concerns. experts sounding the alarm on what some are calling a black market for the covid vaccine.
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think of taking down the wall. now we know that immigration policy is expected to change pretty much immediately under president-elect joe biden. he will have a democratic majority in the congress as well. let's bring in edward lawrence who continues his series of reports on the next administration. he join us from washington. reporter: connell, the president wrapping up the remarks on the border town of alamo, texas, he says it would be a mistake to reverse his immigration orders and he warns a caravan is already planning to interthe united states illegally. listen. >> if our border security measures are reversed it will trigger a tidal wave of illegal immigration, a wave like you've never seen before and i can tell you already waves are starting to come up from 2000, and 1000, and 500 miles away. we see what's coming and they're coming because they think that it is gravy train at the end. reporter: he says it could cost
american taxpayers billions. president-elect joe biden on the campaign trail said day one he would repeal the immigration changes president trump made. now he is elected and biden is saying he needs to put some guardrails in. he needs more money for asylum judges before making changes that could be months, not days. he will repeal the travel ban. give so-called dreamers a path to citizenship and merit-based system who favors people who do not need government assistance. will stop construction of the wall to make asylum-seekers waiting in mexico. all things the acting i.c.e. director would cost more, not less to american taxpayers. >> look at the stats the stats are clear. 90%, 91.6% of everybody i.c.e. arrests either has a criminal conviction or pending criminal charges. there is no money savings that i think we should risk public
safety. reporter: he adds no more deportations allowing asylum-seekers to stay in the u.s. until trial would increase number of undocumented workers in the u.s. i.c.e. has seen an increase in attempted crossings since the election was certified. connell? connell: the price of progress with edward lawrence. what do you have for us tomorrow, by the way? reporter: tomorrow is paid family leave. we're looking at some proposals on the democratic side wanting 12 weeks. they say some say could cost you more. find out tomorrow why. connell: ah-ha, very good. edward, thank you. it has been good stuff all week long from edward lawrence, price of progress. the tax man cometh. president-elect biden and democratic congress have plans to tax the rich. you hear about it all the time. small business owners could take a big hit as a result of this. many file as individuals. hillary vaughn is getting the story from main street. she is in wayne pennsylvania. hillary? reporter: connell,
president-elect biden wants the wealthy to pay his fair share. he said if you're making over $400,000 your taxes are going up. according to the u.s. census borough, 31 million small businesses, 40% of them have taken in over $400,000 in revenue. so that means many mom-and-pop shops are going to see tax hikes at a time when they're struggling to survive. that is because they don't file as corporations but instead they file individual returns and pay individual rates. we talked with john, owner of campus corner pizza, steps away from villanova have university. he tells me higher taxes means he would have less money to invest in his shop and also his staff. he is worried but normally his pizza place would be packed with students. because of covid they aren't, and his sales are down 50%. >> -- in a basket, my nuts are drying out because i'm actually using my own personal money to keep my guys working here and
not cutting their hours and so forth. so it will be a huge effect. reporter: john and deb able of able brothers towing has seen business boom over the past 25 years. they started their business with three tow trucks. now they have over 30. she says potential tax hikes on the rise will mean they will have to do more with less. >> we're also fearful of what, what's to come taxwise on small business because the amount of money that our federal government has been spending due to covid, i'm sure it has got to come from somewhere. it usually comes out of the pockets of small business. reporter: connell, a senior policy analyst at the tax foundation tells me that biden's tax plan as it stands could slow recovery on main street because it essentially is punishing those businesses that were able to make a profit during the pandemic. connell? connell: all right. hillary vaughn just like edward, important reporting on what lies ahead. thank you, hillary.
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that's a step in the right direction. ♪ connell: back with "after the bell" headlines. impeaching the president for a second time. the house will meet tomorrow to vote on one article despite pushback from republican members arguing the move could have the opposite effect bringing our country together. as washington prepares for president-elect joe biden's inauguration day, capitol security officials are are warning lawmakers of a serious threat ahead of the event with legislators being briefed on for risks intercepted against the capital, white house and supreme court. we have new details on the criminal charges affiliated with the riots at the capitol last week. the acting u.s. attorney for
washington, d.c., michael sherwin made announcement that the justice department is already pressing charges in more than 70 cases. he was saying that he expects that number to grow into the hundreds. here is break down headlines, john bussey, "wall street journal" associate editor. i watched, jon, some of that fbi briefing and acting u.s. attorney for washington d.c., was there as well. they talked about serious charges. sedition, conspiracy, and basically was saying listen if you're hearing some misdemeanors out there in news it will get a lot more serious than that what do you make of what is going on? >> they said essentially the entire capitol grounds are a crime scene. they're still trying to tangle it all. they have gotten thousands and thousands of tips. they have a lot of angles of the investigation they're pursuing. somebody got a capitol police officer, got beaten to death ultimately. so there is a lot of different
scopes of criminality. there was documents that were stolen, equipment that was stolen. it is a variety of cases they will be pursuing but what was interesting, connell, about this, you know, you did not see the fbi director on that stage. you did not see the acting attorney general of the country on that stage. it took six days for the authorities to have this press conference. we're six days away from this event and we're still not fully informed about what happened and about what led up to it, the scope of early warnings that they may have gotten from things on the internet that they were intercepting. there is a long way to go before sort of official washington really has fully informed the public. connell: really is a fair question as to where chris wray, the fbi director has been and where he was today. as you say certainly not at that briefing. as his bureau investigates what happened last week though as we
said they are obviously worried what might happen next week, worries over the inauguration, in addition to the headline i mentioned a moment ago, i will add to that i saw a comment in the last few minutes from senator rob portman of ohio, the republican. he basically said something to the effect if he thinks president trump should address the nation, he should be explicit telling his followers and supporters to refrain from violence in the events surrounding the inauguration. he should have a national address. do you think that would help, what are the odds it might happen? >> i think it would help. it probably wouldn't go far enough, connell. i think the problem here is not just counseling people who are trump supporters and who feel aggrieved not to participate in violence and what the fbi is concerned about is the possibilities of activities in all 50 states at this point. what the president has to do, you did not see this in his comments today either, he needs to tell his followers, the
people truly believe in the president that what he has been saying about the election, that it was a fraud, and illegal, is false. that the courts have found it false. that 50 states found the lie false. that, his own party, governors and secretaries of state, electoral college found it false. he needs to give them guidance that the truth is that joe biden was elected president and president trump lost. whatever was said by his acolytes, his supporters in the congress, by the conservative media that propagated his falsehood, that this was a legitimate election and you should not feel aggrieved. you should get behind the rule of law which is what governs our elections and what is the common, most sal you in a
democracy such as that united states. connell: false information repeated over, starting with the president but including members of the united states senate who obviously knew better. members of the night congress who should have known better. number of members of the media who i know for a fact know better. they kept it going for a long time. we got where we are wednesday. impeachment will be debated on the house floor. i assume the house passes second impeachment of the president. nobody seems to know what that means. that is totally unprecedented situation. how do you expect it to play out when it eventually goes over to the senate? >> you're right. we don't know how it will play out in the senate. it will pass the house, has to have a supermajority in the senate. mcconnell says we don't have time for the trial because people are not coming back until the 19th which is the day before inauguration. congressman clyburn saids look,
maybe what congress does is impeaches him in the house, sends it to the senate down the road so that president biden can get traction on his 100 days policy and his agenda. hard to say whether or not that is going to be effective either. look the impeachment process, there is a call by some republicans and this includes kevin mccarthy who is one of the top prop greattores of the lie in the congress unfortunately to, well unify. we should be unifying, impeaching the president isn't unifying. when in fact there is a sort of unifying element to when you appeal to the fundamental values that are shared by a group and in a democracy first and foremost the fundamental value is the rule of law. nobody is above the rule of law. there has to be an accounting for what happened. those responsible responsible need to be held to account, not
just those who rioted, who incited mob violence. the president is on that list unfortunately. i think there is a unifying element in a acceptance of the rule of law by the greatest number of people within a democracy. i think that is what the house is after here. it is after an accounting, transparency and holding to account those that caused january 6th to happen. connell: all right. we're go towing have to wrap it up for now, john. but the other side of that of course which we talked about we're in the middle of a pandemic. an impeachment trial takes up a lot of time in the night senate when you have -- united states senate. >> it certainly does. connell: we have new reports of individuals jumping the lines, speaking of in the middle of a pandemic trying to get the vaccine earlier than they should, taking doses reserved for those higher on the list. this is just the beginning. later this hour we'll take a closer look. we'll tell you how states are
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congressional reporter chad pergram. he just told us that an additional 3,000 national guard troops are being brought to the capitol tonight. they will put up anti-climb walls around the capitol complex. some of that already has been happening this will be more of it. house committee chairman who was just briefed by the fbi on this put a statement out, quote, they have grave concerns about ongoing and violent threats to democracy. this ahead of the impeachment debate on the floor of the house tomorrow. inauguration a week from tomorrow. urging the reopening of the economy. how about this, from the governor of new york, andrew cuomo. he has made a pivot in what has been a month's long line of messaging from the governor. take a listen to what he said. >> we simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. the cost is too high. we will have nothing left to open. we must reopen the economy but we must do it smartly and safely connell: here now with us is
black, owner of the famous sylvia's restaurant, long-time establishment in new york city. also a member of the new york forward reopening advisory board. this is something a pivot, a pivot it sounds like in language from the governor, he is saying we got to think about reopening even different from what we heard a few weeks ago. what do you make of how he handled things and what he is saying now? >> what i will have to say that he has done the best that he, that he could given the circumstances. you know we know that this is unprecedented for our lifetime. you know, we are still actively fighting the pandemic and trying to roll out the vaccine. so there is still a lot of unknowns but, in the mean time small business owners we're holding on by a slim thread. i understand that he sees the
gravity and what being closed has cost us, a lot of businesses have closed. they have closed in harlem. they closed all over the country, and we wish that we could just say, hey, you guys can go back to business as unusual and everything will be fine but we know that is not the case. so i have i have to grade him on a curve. connell: grade him on a curve. it is about 40 degrees in new york. it is not terrible today. generally has been cold lately. eating outside is not uncomfortable a lot of restaurants had to close their doors, they can't keep it going. the governor comes around and say you might not have businesses to go back to. that is what many business owners have been saying for months. if you had to, could you seat people inside of sylvia's? would it be safe to do so at this point if you're allowed? >> here is the thing i don't think it is going to be safe until the cdc says it is going
to be safe. so we have had to pivot. we haven't had any customers in the restaurant. when we were able to seat in the restaurant, that made up for about 60% of our revenue. we had to pivot, thank god we started a ghost kitchen with thrilla's downtown, we're able to deliver up until 96th street, down to lower manhattan that has been a much-needed-line for us. gearing up our delivery radius, making sure that we're translating the sylvia's authentic experience via take-out, so that when this is all said and done, that our customers still remember us. they still come in for good eats. you know it's, it's, it's strenuous for us. it is strenuous for the industry. the only way that we're going to make it is if the administration passes the restaurant act.
you know we need, we need a bailout. we need funding. you know we are deemed essential. our business has been open this entire time. the only day that we were closed bass was on christmas. we're earnings to our community. we need to be treated as such. you know i would who have for -- connell: can i ask you about that for one second? >> sure. connell: the restaurant act. because you know, the ppp, paycheck protection program, is you know, similar in some ways but different. it's a loan that can be forgiven if you meet certain requirements. the restaurant act i understand, $100 billion of flat-out grants t was not in the last round of stimulus. you're saying basically you and other restaurants, the ppp is not enough, is that, it is not snuff -- >> yes, hands down the ppp is not a saving grace. the ppp in order to have it be
forgiven the terms cannot be met. they can't, they simply can't be met. we don't have the demand to meet the terms. so what we need is, we need what we presented to the government. we need that restaurant act. the hospitality industry, we employ more people than the airlines and yet the airlines got the much-needed funding that they need. but we haven't. and our industry, we're the ones that give the first jobs. we're the ones that give the last jobs. we're the ones that take care of our churches, your community, youth organizations and if we're deemed essential then treat us as such. let us get our vaccinations first. for god's sake, please let us get grants. grants that go along with the times. grants that will meet certain criteria that goes with our operating status. that is not what we have. connell: you hit on a key point.
you hit on a key point, as we wrap it up i will reiterate it. that is about demand. people around the country don't understand necessarily. depends where you are. more rural areas, more red areas, the demand actually is there we talked about this by the way when we were in atlanta. there was a restaurant owner said same thing. in restaurants around the country the demand isn't there, even if you were allowed to open up even if you had the demand. that is really interesting point. treness woods black. thank you very much. speaking of survival, big chain stores are not immune from it. jeff flock live on the magnificent mile which of course is chicago's premier shopping district. what is the latest from there, jeff? reporter: governor cuomo said there may not be nothing left if we don't get open. there is already nothing left in some places like macy's in the water tower shopping center this is the temple of shopping in chicago. they're closing permanently now.
nothing held back. entire store on sale, not a good sign. i'll tell you that is not the only people shut down. if you look across michigan avenue, the bus is here now. toys "r" us, that is shut down. this is prime real estate, boys. columbia sports wear, boards across that. this is the magnificent mile. around yeah, you talked about restaurants, connell. you know these are the businesses that are supported by the foot traffic that we get here on michigan avenue and you know, there is not a lot of foot traffic. look at numbers from the national restaurant association. already revenues down about 36% as of december. and 17% of restaurants are already now closed forever. and here's the final kicker in had illinois. you know the cares act had a provision where small businesses like restaurants and other small businesses could carry back losses from this year to previous years. so they had access to some cash to keep afloat during the
pandemic. here in illinois, the governor, governor pritzker said that is not right. we don't want you to do that. we're going to eliminate that provision. that will bring in another 500 misdemeanor dollars of tax revenue that we need. you know. what you want to say about that, other than that will be tough on small businesses who have pay an extra $500 million in taxes that didn't think they were going to have to. that is the way it goes. everybody is hurting i guess. connell: last thing many of them need to your point, you're right about that. jeff, thank you, sir. jeff knock out there in chicago. everybody is hurting. out of this world view though as we continue here for you today. it's a rare three plan net conjunction, mercury, jupiter, saturn this weekend. this phenomenon includes a planetary trio defined by planets within a circle with a diameter less than five degrees in width, can be visualized with 3:00 fingers held together at
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raising concern that the rich and connected might be jumping the line to get vaccinated against covid-19. officials are calling for more scrutiny now over the distribution. our own gerri willis has been looking into this. joins us now with the details. gerri? >> hey, connell. that's right. the health and human services administration today saying urging states to get more of the elderly, those 65 plus vaccinated pronto as soon as possible, even as experts in the category are saying hey, there is a black market developing for these vaccines. as the well to do and well-connected, guess what? they are jumping the line. what is interesting about this there is no vaccine shortages. we had 25 million doses distributed and only nine million shots for actually real people. we debate where these go, protocols, first second and third, it is being ignored. listen. >> i've actually heard stories
of concierge doctors down in florida that concern me and i'm sure it is not just florida where concierge doctors pay a certain fee, set fee. it is dangling the vaccine or access to the vaccine as an enticerment to get you to join their practice. reporter: on friday stanford medicine apologized for its vaccine distribution plan which left out of the loop people on the front lines, treating people with covid-19 in favor of the faculty which has been at home all this time. two weeks ago new york state officials forced a health care provider in brooklyn to return doses it received by miss representing itself. now governor cuomo is threatening million dollar fines to folks who don't follow his rules for distribution. i send it back to you, connell, stopping this kind of activity will be really difficult because it is only a little white lie to maintain you're essential worker, right?
back at the beginning of the pandemic it was worldwide wrestling said they were essential. florida said, okay. connell: i mean, got to be joke there somewhere. probably not worth making. it is interesting though, gerri, how are the feds determining how many doses each particular state ends up getting? how are they working that out? >> this is critical. it was originally about population. now there is a different calculation going on. first the states getting them out the fastest. they're getting rewarded. to those states that have the highest elderly population because, well, they're next in line. connell? connell: all right. gerri. good reporting as always. gerri willis. to questions now about the flu as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country. on this particular point there is actually some good news to report as experts are saying flu numbers are down. let's go to fox news correspondent jonathan serrie in atlanta with more on that.
reporter: hi, there, connell. america has been spared the one-two punch many public health officials feared. they thought there might be a very active flu season this winter on top of the covid-19 pandemic but this has not happened so far. doctors attribute this in part to order high rates of vaccination against influenza. americans heeded the warnings, went out and got their flu shots but they also credit face masks and social distancing. these measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are also effective against other respiratory viruses and are apparently keeping flu at bay. all states are currently reporting low to minimal flu activity. so connell, there may be some lessons taken as we approach flu seasons in the future to mitigate the severity. connell: all right. those will be good lessons to take. in the middle of all of this, jonathan we have all kinds of headlines. one was the san diego zoo placing its gorillas under
quarantine? what is that all about? reporter: they did. for covid-19. they noticed some of the gorillas were developing minor respiratory systems, some coughs. they decided to do coronavirus tests on them. sure enough some of the tests became positive. they believe a asymptomatic zoo employee unwittingly affected the gorillas. this is the first known transmission to great apes. they are coordinating together at the san diego zoo safari park. officials say so far the symptoms are minor. connell: i hope they're all right. i don't know what that tells about transmission. something new every day. jonathan serrie in atlanta for us. we have a vaccination super site with california based disneyland, closed for months, closed since march. it will serve as the first large point of dispensing site providing covid vaccinations.
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connell: fox business alert, "the new york times" has just reported that the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, has told some of his associates he believes president trump committed impeachable offenses and that he's pleased democrats are moving to impeach him, believing it'll make him easier to purge mr. trump from the republican party, sourcing people familiar with senator mcconnell's thinking. okay, we are seeing standoffs along the west coast as advocacy groups try new strategies to stop evictions and house the homeless. fox's dan springer in seattle with more on that story. >> reporter: hi, connell. we're seeing a blending of the black lives matter movement and housing activists. five recent protests have turned
into occupations under housing is a human right. one was in portland where police were chased away after a legal eviction held up by several courts. anarchists put up makeshift barricades, expect house was reoccupied by the people that were evicted. the takeover of a travelodge also saw housing rights trampled. activists refused to pay after one night. all the paying customers left, and it took police nearly a week to get the homeless people out. the hotel owner was afraid for his staff. >> i felt like i'm a hostage. because these guys have taken over, and i can do nothing. it's, there's nothing i can do. >> reporter: and, orcom, the whole idea's about strength in numbers and trying to get people in front of the police to prevent them from evicting these
homeless people. it hasn't worked out that well for the activists though. connell? connell: no, it hasn't. dan springer live from seattle, thank you. i'm connell mcshane in new york, thanks for watching us today and every day on "after the bell." we'll see you back here at the same time tomorrow. ♪ ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. the radical dems will vote on a resolution that will call upon vice president mike pence to invoke the 25th amendment for the removal of president trump dent pence reportedly has absolutely no appetite whatsoever to follow through on the demands of the left, and that means house democrats will be voting on a single article of impeachment against the president as soon as tomorrow. that's right, here we go again. president trump today traveling along the u.s./mexico border