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thank you so much for joining us tonight, the major vaccine temporarily halted here in the u.s. the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine now on pause. the cdc and fda calling for it out of an abundance of caution. health officials reviewing reported cases of rare and severe blood clots in six women here in the u.s. that's out of nearly 7 million vaccinations. some governors angry the vaccine has been halted. dr. anthony fauci tonight defending the decision. so, what do you need to know if you've had this particular vaccine in the list of symptoms to be aware of and when someone should call their doctor. and if you already have an appointment for this one-shot vaccine, what now? dr. jha is here answering your questions tonight. also developing late today,
the woman police officer involved in the deadly shooting of daunte wright resigning today. the police chief resigning, too. officer kimberly potter, a 26-year veteran of the department, firing the fatal shot, heard on body cam yelling "taser" and firing her gun instead. her statement today with her resignation and daunte wright's family responding tonight. just a few miles away in minneapolis, the defense now presenting its case in the trial of former police officer derring chauvin. the defense calling the first witness in this trial to say that chauvin's actions were justified. news on u.s. troops in afghanistan tonight. president biden planning on all u.s. forces to fully withdraw from after began stan by september 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. martha raddatz standing by. the emotional service for fallen capitol police officer. president biden getting up to
pick up that daughter's toy replica of the capitol. and developments coming in late today in the case of a young woman who disappeared 25 years ago, making news then. there are developments tonight on two arrests. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on this tuesday night. and we begin tonight with that move to halt the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine in this country. the cdc and the fda temporarily suspending its use out of an abundance of caution, in their words, as they now investigate those six cases of a rare blood clot in women. authorities underscore this is rare. six cases out of nearly 7 million doses already given of this particular vaccine. the news came early today from the cdc and the fda, halting those injections of the johnson & johnson vingle shot at federal sites. at least 48 states tonight are now following suit.
walgreens and cvs halting those shots, too. many people alerted that their appointments have been canceled. those pharmacies say they will reschedule. some locations offering one of the other vaccines from pfizer or moderna. dr. anthony fauci defending the pause tonight. but tonight, some governors are angry this has been halted. and what do you do if you've already had the johnson & johnson vaccine in a list of symptoms to be aware of tonight. and what if you've already scheduled an appointment for this particular vaccine? we're going to ask dr. jha about all of this in a moment. but first, abc's steve osunsami leads us off from the cdc in atlanta. >> reporter: it's the covid vaccine that promises good protection with a single dose. an important tool for public health officials around the world, but tonight, the fda is telling everyone to hold off using the johnson & johnson vaccine. a very small number of women
have come down with an extremely rarely blood clot after getting the shot. >> this is a really rare event. if you look at what we know so far, there have been six out of the 6.85 million doses, which is less than one in a million. >> reporter: all six women were between 18 and 48 years old. they got sick about 6 to 13 days after getting vaccinated. the clots formed in veins of the sinus and prevented blood from draining out of the brain. one woman died, another in critical condition. there's no evidence showing the vaccine caused the condition, and to be super clear, your chances of getting struck by lightning are nearly twice as high. one in half a million. but the fda is warning anyone who got the johnson & johnson vaccine in the last three weeks to be on the lookout for severe headache, shortness of breath, abdominal or leg pain. and if you need treatment for a blood clot, they strongly suggest avoiding the commonly used blood thinner heparin, which they believe adds to the complications.
>> that would be a mistake in this situation, because it could be dangerous and make the situation much worse. >> reporter: health officials say that these rare immune responses have only been seen in viral vector vaccines. johnson & johnson is one. astrazeneca is another. pfizer and moderna use a different technology. very quickly today, the federal government put a hold on using the shot at mass vaccination sites and at least 48 states followed. the nation's governors tonight are beyond frustrated. in a phone call with the white house, they questioned the wisdom of putting a hold on a vaccine over such small number of cases. >> the ability for governors to reinstill confidence after something like this is a hundred times harder than putting the pause on in the first place. >> reporter: people who've already gotten the shot are worried and now there's more of a scramble. cvs and walgreens, for example, are rescheduling their johnson & johnson appointments. >> i don't want to take any chances. it's my body and i want to be safe. >> reporter: the president tonight is trying to reassure americans that there will still be enough vaccine from moderna and pfizer.
late today, pfizer announced that they now expect to deliver their 300 million doses about two weeks ahead of schedule. >> there's enough vaccine that is basically 100% unquestionable for every single solitary american. >> and steve osunsami joins us tonight from the cdc and steve, what are we hearing so far from authorities on this? how long do we,% this temporary pause of the johnson & johnson vaccine to last? >> reporter: well, david, federal health officials were asked that same question by the nation's governors today and the answer was days, possibly weeks, hopefully not months. there's a public hearing on this issue tomorrow, they're encouraging anyone with those symptoms to call their doctor. and one criticism that we're hearing from people who are upset with the governmentgovern response to this is that it's really hard to scare americans and then later on try to unscare them. david? >> all right, steve osunsami leading us off tonight. steve, thank you. we know many of you at home
likely have questions on this, so, let's bring in dr. asheesh ya, dean of the brown university school of public held. thank you for being here. we heard dr. fauci make the point cede that the chance of this happening is less than one in a million but at the same time, obviously it's concerning when you hear one person has died, another is in the hospital. so, help put this in perspective for us. what is the appropriate level of concern and do you agree with this pause? >> david, thank you for having me on. this -- these are very, very rare events. i mean, if you think about it, one person has died after months of vaccinations. 1,000 people are dying almost every day from the disease itself. so, there is no question these vaccines are very safe and effective. but out of an abundance of caution, the fda did put the pause in. i agree with it. it shows that the system is working to protect people. i expect the pause to be short lived and i expect us to be able to get back to vaccinating people on a regular basis. >> i want to get back to what
steve reported there, the fda says if you've had this vaccine in the last three weeks and you've had she's symptoms, severe headaches, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, they say call this doctor, but this could be tricky when you hear about headaches. so, help folks at home here. what are we talking about? >> yeah, so, what we know from this is that, again, the six cases, the one in a million, these are really severe headaches, these are not mild headaches that people can get on a regular basis. if you have anything that's truly out of the abnormal, severe headache, severe abdominal pain, it would be wise under any circumstances to call your doctor, but particularly if you had the j&j vaccine in the last three weeks. >> and lastly, if you've already scheduled your vaccination and it's the vaughan vaughan ojohns one-shot, do you keep it? >> obviously, in the next couple of days, it may need to be rescheduled. i expect them to lift the pause, i think they want to gather more
data, but i think we'll be back to vaccinating people with j&j soon. >> let's hope to. dr. jha, thank you. in the meantime, the shooting of the young man, daunte wright, in minnesota. the police officer who fired that shot has resigned. you could hear her yelling "taser" and fired her gun instead. tonight, the police chief has resigned, as well. people talking to the streets in anger and frustration again last night. and today, daunte wright's family overcome with grief and demanding change. what they told our robin roberts. and abc's stephanie ramos in minnesota tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the officer who fatally shot daunte wright has resigned from the force. >> we have received a resignation letter. >> reporter: in that letter, officer kim potter writing, "i believe it's in the best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if i resign immediately."
we now know that potter had been with the brooklyn center police department for 26 years. and during that fatal traffic stop, she was training another officer. the mayor of brooklyn center also announcing today that the police chief has stepped down. an acting police chief is now in place. >> there's just a lot of chaos going on right now. we're just trying to wrap our heads around the situation and try and create some calm. >> reporter: but overnight, the protests continued nationwide. more than 50 arrests made in minneapolis and brooklyn center. you yourself went out there last night. you went out there with protesters. what was that like? >> it was very tense. where i was, they were protesting peacefully. they were certainly angry at the situation. >> reporter: and among the family of daunte wright, there's also shock and disbelief over his death. police say she accidentally grabbed the gun instead of a taser. >> you don't accidentally grab something, point it at them and not realize what you have in your hand. it's just not true. >> reporter: daunte's parents doubting this was an accidental
shooting this morning in an interview with abc's robin roberts. >> do you accept that explanation, mr. wright? >> i cannot accept that. i lost my son. he's never coming back. this officer that's been on the force for 26 plus -- 26 years. i can't accept that. >> i would like to see justice served and her held accountable for everything she's taken from us. >> reporter: the family of daunte wright is now represented by attorney benjamin crump. >> say his name! >> daunte wright! >> reporter: he also represents the family of george floyd. outside the courthouse where derek chauvin is standing trial, the floyd family uniting with the wright family, calling for change. >> at some point, we need officers to be held accountable. charged and convicted. just because you are the law, don't mean that you above the law. >> reporter: the washington county attorney says he will
review all of the evidence given to him by the state investigative unit and hopes to make a decision on charges against officer potter tomorrow. david? >> stephanie ramos in brooklyn center, minnesota, tonight. thank you. and just a few miles away in minneapolis there, the defense now presenting its case in the trial of former police officer derek chauvin, charged in the death of george floyd. the defense calling the first witness in this trial to say that chauvin's actions were justified that day. here's alex perez on the trial again tonight. >> reporter: after a dozen law enforcement witnesses testified former police officer derek chauvin used excessive force against george floyd, today, for the first time, a police veteran testifying chauvin's actions were justified. >> i do. >> reporter: the defense calling former officer barry brodd as a use of force expert. >> i felt that officer chauvin's interactions with mr. floyd were following his training,
following current practices in policing and were objectively reasonable. >> reporter: in fact, brodd testifying that chauvin didn't actually use force at all when he pinned floyd down. >> why is it not a use of force? >> because that's a control technique. without -- it doesn't hurt. >> reporter: but the prosecutor pushing back, showing this picture. chauvin with his knee on floyd's neck. >> orienting yourself on top of a person on the pavement with both legs is unlikely to produce pain? >> it could. >> what do you mean you it could? >> i'm saying it could produce pain. >> if this act that we're looking at here in exhibit 17 could produce pain, would you agree that what we're seeing here is a use of force? >> shown in this picture, that could be a use of force. >> reporter: the jury today also hearing for the first time from an officer who responded to the scene.
peter chang of the minneapolis park police, who showed up to assist and watched from across the street. >> the crowd was becoming more loud and aggressive, a lot of yelling across the street. >> reporter: officer change's body camera capturing george floyd sitting on the ground -- >> last name? >> floyd. >> reporter: the defense, which has focused on floyd's drug use before the encounter with police, also calling a woman who was with him at the time. shawanda hill testifying floyd had nodded off in the car and she tried several times to wake him up when the police arrived. >> so he instantly grabbed the wheel and he was like, "please, please, don't kill me. please, please don't shoot me. what did i do? just tell me what i did." >>. >> reporter: david, at this point, there's no indication that derek chauvin would take the stand. david? >> all right, alexer are pez, thank you. we turn now to news tonight on u.s. troops in afghanistan. president biden is set to announce that all u.s. troops will be out of that country by september 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz
tonight. >> reporter: it will be 20 years in october since the u.s. launched those first airstrikes on al qaeda targets in afghanistan. and tomorrow, president biden will announce the 2,500 u.s troops still there will be home by the 9/11 anniversary. president trump had hoped to bring all the troops home by the start of next month, after a tenuous agreement with the taliban, but some military and civilian officials pushed for a few months longer. more than 2,400 american lives have been lost in the war, along with more than 40,000 civilians. through dozens of trips, on the ground, through the mountains and with air force fighter pilots providing cover and support, we saw the conflict up close and the number of troops at the peak swelling to 100,000. but the taliban fought on. >> so, let's bring in martha raddatz with us tonight.
and martha, you've been there many times. we were there long before this pandemic, interviewing general scott miller right there, he's now become the longest serving commander in the afghan war. we asked him at the time if the u.s. leaves, do we risk it becoming a safe haven for terrorists again, do we risk those gains for women and girls, can the u.s. trust the taliban to work with the afghan government? and what's striking tonight is that all of those questions, the biden administration is already facing with this new decision. >> reporter: exactly the same questions, david, because the taliban remains a threat to the afghan government, to the rights of women and girls. the biden administration says it will continue humanitarian aid, but afghanistan's future, after all this time, after all this loss, is still a big question. david? >> all right, martha raddatz with us tonight. martha, thank you. and now, to the capitol and to the emotional farewell to capitol police officer billy evans today. lying in honor in the rotunda, after his death when a man rammed his vehicle into a security barricade. president biden today delivering the eulogy.
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building a better bay area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. >> we are totally aware this is a rare event. we want to get this worked out as quickly as we possibly can. >> a will not materially impact our ability to ourto ourto o >> we are going to continue to do vaccines. we have the other vaccines which have not been problematic. putting a pause on the johnson and johnson vaccine after six people of 7 million shots suffered blood clots. officials say that is no reason to avoid getting one of the other vaccine shots. >> it is a busy day. california is following the advice of the fda and cdc to stop administering the single- dose vaccine. >> of almost 7 million patients of those who receive
6 women one died. >> we have team coverage on today's decision to pause the vaccine covering everything from concerns about supply to vaccine. hesitancy and a look at the safety issues involved.issues i. our vaccine team and kate larson. >> good evening. i am hearing from a lot of people on social media today and mostly women who are now concerned about their health after recently getting the johnson & johnson vaccine. that being said, everyone i have heard from is healthy. >> just because blood clots are really concerning especially as a woman -- >> arianna woods got the johnson & johnson vaccine six days ago. >> you hear all of these medical advisers is saying it is safe and take whatever when you can. then, having