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joined us with his new coanchor, a new baby girl, elora lam, so adorable, so smar tonight, the breaking news late today on the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. the vaccine will resume here in the u.s. with a warning now. the cdc saying cases are very rare, revealing 15 known reports now of rare blood clots, possibly linked to the vaccine. out of nearly 8 million shots. all of the cases in women. many of them in their 30s. three of the women died. but tonight, deciding the benefits outweigh the risks. the vaccine will now come with a fact sheet for medical professionals, and the symptoms to look for. dr. jha standing by to answer your questions. also tonight, the stunning images coming in from india. the virus and the widening toll. the u.s. navy called in to
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help tonight in the grim search for an indonesian submarine that went missing with 53 people on board. late today, search crews saying they have detected an object showing a strong magnetic force, but dwindling hope on the oxygen supply. was there a close call for american astronauts on board that that space-x crew dragon? space junk coming within 100 feet of the space craft just hours after their picture-perfect launch from kennedy space center. what we've learned tonight. 50 million americans on alert tonight from texas to the east coast as severe storms move east. tornado and thunderstorm watches in effect at this hour. hail and damaging winds. rob marciano standing by to time out out. new charges for ghislaine maxwell tonight. back in court. what authorities are saying. the new indictment involving a alleged fourth victim, they say recruited by maxwell f epstein. our series continues this week. and tonight, the battle over the snake river. some environmentalists ranking it the most endangered river in the u.s. the salmon population near extinction.
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so, what's behind this? our team taking us out on to the river tonight. also, news coming in on tiger woods at this hour. the new image just in. a and the precious gift -- stepping in or loves ones who wish they were there. our persons of the week. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together. we begin tonight with the breaking news on the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine here in the u.s. late today a cdc panel recommending lifting the pause and restarting vaccinations here in the u.s. with that vaccine. it will now come with a warning about the risk of very rare blood clots. the cdc now revealing there are now 15 known reports of blood clots, possibly linked to the vaccine. that's out of nearly 8 million shots given. 12 of those cases, the clot was near the brain. all of the patients, women.
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between the age of 18 and 59. three of the women did not survive. the panel determining the benefits outweigh the risks given the million of shots given out and the rare number of cases, saying johnson be johnson's vaccine could prevent thousands of deaths from the virus moving forward. people getting this shot will b. we'll go down the list. authorities say this will help with the vaccine hesitancy, hoping to quickly vaccinate people in remote areas of the u.s. obviously easier because it's one shot. only ten of fema's clinics remain operational because of that pause. tonight the cdc reporting 135 dmults have received one dose of the vaccine, more than 52% now of all adults in the u.s. abc senior national correspondent steve osunsami is at the cdc in atlanta tonight leading us off. >> reporter: it's a decision tonight that health officials say is in the best interest of public health.
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>> the vote is ten in favor, four opposed. >> reporter: a cdc panel recommends that we should remove the hold on using the single shot johnson & johnson vaccine. anyone 18 years old or older should feel free to get the shot, and they will be warned about the low risk of blood clots. >> i'm a firm believer that the perfect should never be the enemy of the good. i think the risks and benefits of this vaccine clearly show that we're preventing tremendous disease. >> reporter: public health authorities put a pause on using the vaccine after six women came down with severe blood clots about two weeks after getting the shot. tonight, the cdc shares that there are now 15 of these cases, most of them with severe blood clots near the brain. all of them are women between 18 and 59 years old. three of them died, and seven are still hospitalized. but the experts underline these are out of 8 million americans who've gotten the shot with no serious complications. >> this is a very rare
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complication, a very rare aden >> reporter: the scientists are sharing this table to explain their thinking. over the next six months, they expect to see about 26 more cases of these rare blood clots, out of a universe of 9.8 million johnson & johnson vaccinations. but they believe the same vaccine will prevent more than 1,400 deaths and keep more than 2,200 people from getting so sick that they need to be treated in intensive care. they're still warning people who have gotten the shot to call their doctors right away if they feel headaches, abdominal or leg pain or have trouble breathing. 18-year-old emma burkey, for example, from clark county, nevada is fighting for her life tonight. >> she's been brought out of the coma. she's been taken off the ventilator. >> reporter: a family spokesperson says she had seizures, blood clots, and needed three brain surgeries after getting the johnson & johnson vaccine. doctors say it's not clear if the vaccine is responsible, and her family says they still want
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>> they're not happy with the johnson & johnson vaccine, which is understandable, but they do believe that people should get vaccinated. >> reporter: many worry it will now be harder to convince many americans, especially women, to put this vaccine into their arms. >> i feel safe taking the pfizer and moderna, but probably not the johnson & johnson. >> reporter: health officials today considered putting a safety warning on the shots specifically for women under 50, but decided against. they say any blood clots are treatable with the right medicines. >> let's goat to steve osunsami with us from the cdc. how soon could we see the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine available again at vaccination sites across the country? >> reporter: johnson & johnson is working with the fda and the cdc on this right now, trying to get this vaccine back into service. one thing that will speed things long is that there are millions of doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine already sitting on shelves, ready to go into arms. david? >> steve osunsami leading us off
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on a friday night. thank you. we know there have been a lot of questions about this, so let's bring in dr. ashish jha. always great to have you with us. we want to get your reaction to the decision late today, the breaking news, to get this vaccine up and running with a warning now. the right call? >> yeah, david thanks for having me on. absolutely the right call. these are extraordinarily safe vaccines. one in 500,000 people having these significant clots. way, way rarer than most adverse events. i think the cdc's advisory committee absolutely made the right call. it's time to get these vaccines back in people's arms. >> we know these are rare cases, the reports of blood clots. they say look out for severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, trouble breathing. it's a pretty generalized list, so how do you balance alarm with the proper caution here? >> the symptoms associated with these are quite severe. this is not a normal headache,
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this is not a kind of, oh, my leg hurts. these are going to be pretty serious and would normally get people to go to the hospital, normally to see their doctor. the key now is bring up to the doctor that you have been gotten vaccinated with j&j so they can look and make sure this is not a clot causing the problem. >> dr. jha with us on a friday night. thank you. one more note on the coronavirus tonight, and it comes from overseas. we reported earlier this week on india -- tonight, haunting new images of their battle with covid. this is drone video showing mass cremations taking place. india could see 500,000 cases a day by next week. brazil, close to 200,000 dying a day there. and tonight a note from israel reporting no new daily covid deaths for the first time in ten
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months there. they point to the vaccines working. more than half the country fully vaccinated. the u.s. navy has been call in the to help in that grim search for the indonesian submarine t 53 sailor dispeering after diving to begin a torpedo grill. late today saying they have -- an object with a strong magnetic force, but low oxygen supply. here's martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the indonesian navy says one of its ships has detected an object with a strong magnetic force in the search area, but even if that turns out to be the missing submarine, which is far from clear, the chances that the 53 sailors on board survived are all but impossible. the submarine disappeared in the dark waters off the coast of the resort island of bali more than 72 hours ago with an oxygen supply that would have been depleted hours ago.
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the last transmission from the submarine was a request to dive to test-fire torpedoes. a wide sheet of oil now marks the area where it began its descent. >> not only is the issue running out of oxygen, but if the submarine lost power and it continued its descent, it would not be able to survive. the submarine would likely implode at 800 feet, the ocean bottom in the search area is more than twice that depth. but searchers continue to hunt for the submarine. the u.s. sending a reconnaissance aircraft and offering underwater assets as well. it is very likely the submarine will eventually be found, but it could take weeks if not months to bring it to the surface. david? >> martha, thank you. tonight we're learning of a close call for astronauts aboard the space-exdragon.
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coming within 100 feet of space junk. what does this all mean? here's gio benitez tonight from florida. >> and liftoff! >> reporter: tonight, hours after this picture-perfect predawn launch from the kennedy space center lit up the skies up and down the east coast -- >> it's an invasion! >> it's a ufo! >> reporter: a close call for the spacex crew dragon. space junk threatening the ship. the crew scrambling to get back inside their pressurized suits. the space junk traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour, coming within about 100 feet of the crew dragon, but missing it. before the scare, the stronauts giving a live tour. >> and this is what we get to see, coming up on madagascar. >> reporter: megan mcarthur sitting in that same pilot's seat her astronaut husband bob behnken sat in just last year on the same spaceship. bob and son theo sending mom off with an air hug. >> i'm like a baby bird here, relearning how to move around in microgravity. it feels really good, but it feels a little bit weird too.
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>> reporter: spacex making history by successfully re-using a crew dragon spaceship for the first time. >> and gio benitez now with us from the kennedy space center tonight. gio, we know the astronauts are headed to the space station to do scientific and medical research, but thi was a little bit alarming when we learned of the space junk spotted close to the spacecraft because we moe it doesn't take a large object to create potentially dangerous damage. >> reporter: we're talking about more than 17,000 miles per hour. anything could be catastrophe. but the good news is they're now tracking that space junk and they should be docking tomorrow morning. david? >> gio benitez at kennedy space center, thank you. we are tracking severe storms from texas to the carolinas. thorned and thunderstorm watches post in the several states at this hour. that system then moves up the east coast this weekend. let's get to rob marciano with us tonight. hey, rob.
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>> reporter: hi, david. this is a sprawling system across much of the south. dropping damages storms now. tornado and thunderstorm watches from texas through louisiana. big hail, big uldloing rains wi this. dallas, houston, lake charles, that's where the heaviest rain will be. flash flooding through new orleans as well. georgia, the carolinas tomorrow for more severe weather. mid-atlantic electoral night. d.c., philly, new york, heavy rain and wind by sunday morning here in the northeast. david? >> rob marciano, we'll be watching this weekend. thank you. next tonight, the political headline this evening -- caitlyn jenner is now running for governor of california. the former olympian and reality star and transgender activist could be the most -- in the country. she's facing gavin newsom, who's facing a recall. tonight, president biden be the climate summit with world leaders. the president finding common ground with russian president
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vladimir putin on the final day of the virtual summit. president biden praising putin for his efforts to decrease russia's emissions. the president saying, quote, two big nations can cooperate to get things done at this time. world leaders will finalize their commitments at glasgow summit in november. on climate, our series continues tonight. the endangered river in the u.s. tonight, the battle over the snake river in the u.s. some ranking it the most endangered in the country. the salmon population near extinction. what's behind this? kayna wit worth on the river tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent report from a conservation group, naming the ten most endangered rivers in the u.s., with the snake river topping the list. environmental advocates arguing a system of dams along the lower part of the pacific northwest waterway is decimating the salmon population. we've got to remove the four dams on the lower snake river.
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>> reporter: fishing generates more than $5 billion annually in the region, supporting more than 36,000 jobs. >> when people don't come to fish, then the cash registers aren't ringing,and that's had a pretty big economic impact. >> reporter: but the dams are at the center of a decades-long debate in four states. the snake river, running more than a thousand miles starting in wyoming, through idaho and oregon. it then enters washington, where it winds through 5 million acres of farmland. this river is the lifeblood of this region. the calm water allows for 10% of the nation's wheat exports to be transported by barge, a system viewed by farmers as environmentally friendly and cost effective. by your estimation, if those dams were breached, your profits wouldn't be cut in half, they would be almost gone. >> there's a very slim margin of profits in wheat, and so yes, it would be impossible to
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continue to be able to produce. >> reporter: but the nez perce tribe, who have been synonymous with t l believe with technology, humans can adapt but the salmon cannot, and without them, their way of life and their culture would disappear. >> and if the salmon are gone, that's the way we go too. >> reporter: idaho republican mike simpson wants to be $33.5 milli $33.5 million earmarked to help save the snake river. his concept includes removing those dams, and he is being met with opposition. some call that plan costly and foolish. but the question remains, if not now, when? david? >> kayna whitworth reporting on the snake river tonight. thank you. for a full list of top ten endangered rivers in america, we have it at for you.
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workers and tonight, one more reason to say thank you. >> reporter: tonight, at beth israel deaconess hospital-plymouth in massachusetts, they are battling the virus and the isolation that comes with it. now the fully vaccinated workers there, the doctors, nurses, the health-care workers, are volunteering their time coming back in outside their shifts to sit with covid patients whose family members are unable to visit because of restrictions. >> hi, david! >> reporter: volunteer ashley grecco, an exercise physiologist putting on protective gear. >> they have someone to talk to them, and so they feel like they're not alone. i've really seen some great improvements in the patients. >> reporter: ashley with covid patient jane lane, battling covid for weeks. and surgical technician, lindsay silva, too. her patient, retired firefighter jeffery chandler. >> hi, david. >> reporter: dr. ben moor started it all. >> we sit with the patients, chat with them, just kind of wile away the hours with them.
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because it is a very, very scary and lonely thing to be sick and alone in a hospital room. >> reporter: this wife kerr ri hurley sending us this the closest kerri could get to her husband while at the hospital was the parking lot lol >> reporter: tonight, telling us they are grateful for those volunteers. >> they were our lifeline of communication, our guardian angels and the people who sat and held his hand when i couldn't. >> reporter: and tonight, we're happy to report that retired firefighter, geffrey chandler now home, too. >> hi, david. >> reporter: with a message of thanks and hope. >> i hope this program spreads faster than the virus did. >> so we choose all of those work as going back after their shift is over to help. good night. going back after th shift is over to help. good night. going back after th shift is over to help. good night. going back after the shift is over to help. good night.
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now from abc7, live, breaking news. >> the motion carries, the vaccine is recommended for 18 years of age and older in the u.s. population. citing an urgent need to get the country vaccinated, ac/dc advisory panel recommends resuming the vaccine. good morning, thanks for joining us, i am dan ashley. >> it is up to dr. rochelle walensky to sign off. when that happens, vaccination using the j&j vaccine could resume within a matter of hours. stephanie sierra has been keeping an eye on this all day. she joins us live from the newsroom. >> reporter: the vote was tense with one person who declined to vote. johnson & johnson was put on hold after reports of severe but rare blood clots formed in women, particularly those under the age of 50. today, there are 15 known cases
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out of the 8 million doses that have been administered in the u.s. women, half of them are in their 30s. symptoms typically started a week or two after receiving the vaccine. a doctor at today's meeting said the clotting disorder is quite rare, but clinically serious. at least a dozen of them involved clots forming in the brain. the cdc is planning a briefing next week where it will lay out the symptoms and treatments that are associated with the clotting disorder. >> the cdc in public health officials and our healthcare providers will have that information at hand, and they will be able to make the information to providers and patients. >> abc7 has been the data hnhnson accoun fo the u.s. has about jojohnsois g


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