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america's only one-shot vaccine on pause inside the decision to halt johnson & johnson vaccinations over extremely rare blood clots and what it means for those who already got it. the twinities hit with a third night of protests over the death of daunte wright. america's longest war winding to an end. the final sprint to the olympics we are live kicking off the 100 day countdown to tokyo it's "early today" on this
wednesday, april 14th. good morning, i'm phillip mena >> glad you're with us i'm frances rivera millions of americans are aware of the halting of the johnson & johnson vaccine. six women developed rare blood clots. 10 million doses on hold nationwide pfizer is ramping up production and says they'll be able to deliver 10% more doses by the end of may the j&j halt dealing a blow to states susan mcginnis has the latest. >> reporter: states nationwide heeding a call from the cdc and fda pausing distribution of johnson & johnson covid vaccine after evidence of a fairly rare side effect. >> they're pausing to look at it more closely. >> reporter: women 18 to 48, half a dozen of them, developed rare blood clots within weeks of receiving j&j's shot one died officials stressing that the
adverse events are extremely wear and the pause is out of an abundance of caution. >> tens and tens of millions of people received vaccine with no adverse effect this is a a really rare event. if you look at what we have done so far, 6 out of 6.85 doses which is less than 1 in a million. >> reporter: still they say call your doctor if you have severe headache, leg pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath within three weeks. in a statement johnson & johnson says as of now no causal events exist between the pause and the vaccine. >> we have more than enough supply of pfizer and moderna vaccines to continue the current pace of about 3 million shots per day. >> reporter: reassuring comments as dozens of states see cases
rising michigan among those with a new wave pushing hospitals to their limits trying to convince hesitant americans that the benefits of the vaccine out weigh any potential risks. susan mcginnis, nbc news, washington. new yorkers waiting to get the johnson & johnson vaccine are facing a major set back. raheem ma ellis has the story. >> reporter: good morning, phillip. there is a lot of concern for people who wanted to get their johnson & johnson vaccine and then they found out it was no longer possible. folks coming here to the javits center showed up concerned, confused about what would happen and then they found out. listen to what one woman said to me hesitant about what would be happening going forward and then listen to what she said on how it all turned out for her. >> i was weary and confused this
morning because i didn't know what was going on. i took it to my own hands to find a pfizer appointment. i wish it would have been organized faster. >> reporter: state officials say anyone who had a johnson & johnson vaccine here for the javits center, they can come in at their appointed time and be vaccinated with a pfizer vaccine. the city is doing something a bit different. they say those with appointments for the johnson & johnson vaccine, they will be notified of being rescheduled for another appointment. all in all the city and the state are both saying the same thing and that is this, there's enough vaccine available in at least this state and the city of new york for anyone who wants a vaccination, they can get one. phillip. >> good news for new yorkers thanks. let's turn to minnesota where protests continue over the death of daunte wright upwards of 60 people were arrested overnight people trying to bring down the
fencing around the police department and throwing bricks and bottles at officers. there are curfews in effect around the twin cities and more than 2,000 minnesota national guard members have been activated. the officer who shot 20-year-old daunte wright during a traffic stop has resigned. ron allen has more. >> reporter: the officer who fired the fatal shot and the city's police chief both resigned over growing outrage. kim potter with 26 years on the force saying it was in the best interests of the community for her to resign immediately. >> i'm hoping that this will help bring some calm to the community. >> reporter: prosecutors say they're likely to decide whether to file criminal charges it follows a second night of confrontation. hundreds of protesters face-to-face with police outside of their fortified headquarters. >> we need the police to stand down.
>> reporter: most violating curfew stores looted. police using tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the area after they say coming under attack. >> say his name. >> daunte wright. >> reporter: for daunte wright's family, another day of grief in solidarity with george floyd's family. >> i never imagined this is what was happening. i thought he was being arrested. >> reporter: denying justice calling the incident an accident with the officer mistakenly using the firearm instead of her taser. >> i just shot him >> police have not revealed the exact weapons the officers carried but guns and tasers typically used look and feel very different the family's attorney says there was no reason to use a weapon. wright was stopped for an expired vehicle tag and officers found he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. >> they could have given him a ticket when there's black people they do the most excessive use of
force. >> chyna whit particular kerr and daunte wright have a son together >> how do you feel >> i'm hurt because he's a black, young son he needs his dad. >> thanks to ron allen for that report. just a short distance from those protests, derek chauvin is on trial over the death of george floyd now the defense team is beginning to call witnesses. here's nbc's jay gray. >> put them on your head. >> reporter: the defense opens with this police video george floyd, the passenger during a traffic stop in 2019. >> don't jerk away from me. >> the officer at the time, scott creighton, he's the first witness. >> the passenger was unresponsive and noncompliant to my commands. >> you told him to undo his seat
belt, correct? >> that's correct, zbyes, ma'am >> and he did that, right? >> yes, ma'am. >> the prosecution during cross quickly and directly pointing to a difference between the stop and the day floyd died. >> mr. floyd didn't drop dead while you were interacting with him, correct >> no. >> your honor, the defense calls peter chang. >> reporter: calling officers and a paramedic to the witness stand, the defense gets straight to three key elements. floyd's health and drug use. >> he told me that he had been taking multiple like every 20 minutes. >> reporter: why the use of force in the case may not look good but was necessary and within the scope of minneapolis police training and policy. >> i naelt derek chauvin was justified, was acting with objective reasonableness following minneapolis police department policy. >> reporter: and that a growing crowd was hostile, a potential threat and distraction to derek chauvin the day floyd died. >> they were very aggressive,
aggressive towards the officers, yes. >> his lawyer beginning an aggressive defense centered on their contention it wasn't chauvin's knee but those outside factors that led to floyd's death. jay gray, nbc news, minneapolis. in two weeks president biden will address both chambers of congress for the first time. our capitol hill correspondent tracie potts joins us. from the pandemic to police reform, there's no shortage of pressing issues to focus on in this address. >> reporter: no question, frances. there's a lot to address we may hear that from president biden in a couple of weeks house speaker nancy pelosi has invited him to join this joint session of congress on april 28th we may hear more about the plan for afghanistan. the president expected to announce today that the u.s. will withdraw all troops from afghanistan between now and september 11th, the 20th anniversary of the attack on the
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so we are 100 days from the start of the olympics. organizers in tokyo mark the countdown by unveiling the statue west of the city. elizabeth mclaughlin is live in charlotte, north carolina where olympic trials are underway. liz, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frances. here at the u.s. national whitewater center, it's the final day of olympic trials for canoe kayak slalom with three months and change, it's clear the road to tokyo has been a rocky one
aspiring olympians, it's been an extra year of anticipation for tokyo. >> the olympics are happening. it gives me goose bumps saying it. >> reporter: 100 days out for the games athletes are antsy. >> i'm super excited for the journey. >> reporter: gymnasts, track athletes, swimmers are preparing now for olympic trials in june. >> that is the next big marker for us swimmers and what we're preparing for so it feels like it's coming up soon. >> reporter: with many already making the cut more than 115 athletes qualified for tokyo with rowing and canoe kayak trials already underway. >> it's been great to represent the united states in three games. i'm hoping to make it four. >> reporter: fans from japan will be allowed to attend because of the pandemic. >> it's a tight and safe games
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the johnson & johnson also called johnson vaccine has an extremely high safety profile as well but there is a rare complication that we're trying to understand. >> now at 4:30, on pause. johnson & johnson vaccine doses out of rotation, one day before the state eligibility widens. how it will affect your chances of getting vaccinated. and setting the table, for a new lifeline. the big change for restaurants in one bay area city. why today will be crucial for a plan to move forward. plus the countdown to the tokyo olympics is on. live coverage on major changes coming to the games, now just 100