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bridge. >> all right, thanks. that does it for us on this hump day. >> that's right. we'll leave you this morning with a live look outside at the beautiful iconic golden gate bridge. the "today" show is coming up now. >> good morning setback. the cdc calling an emergency meeting today to review the johnson & johnson vaccine, now on pause in all 50 states after rare reports of blood clots in women. one of them fatal. the white house is still confident today the vaccine rollout will go on >> we have more than enough supply of pfizer and moderna vaccine. >> this morning, what it means to the millions who have already received the j&j shot, and for the mass vaccine effort key to reopening the country. did vaccine skeptics just get a shot in the arm? our live conversation with dr.
anthony fauci straight ahead breaking overnight a third straight night of unrest near minneapolis over the killing of daunte wright tear gas used to disperse the crowd after protesters hurl objects at police. >> this type of behavior is not acceptable, and we're, quite frankly, not going to tolerate it. >> the police chief and the officer who fired the fatal shot resigning, and a decision on possible criminal charges expected as early as today we'll have the very latest total withdrawal president biden set to announce all u.s. forces are being pulled out of afghanistan with a symbolic deadline. the 20th anniversary of the september 11th attacks that ignited america's longest war. this morning, who is pushing back on the decision at the pentagon and on capitol hill risky rescues. an emergency mission underway
overnight after a commercial ship capsizes in a storm off the coast of louisiana at least six crew members pulled to safety, but more than a dozen still missing. just ahead, a live report on that race against time those stories, plus, carrying on. the queen attends her first royal engagement since the loss of her beloved husband, prince philip the personal event that led her to pause her official mourning 100 days to go the countdown to the olympics in tokyo reaches a new milestone. >> i've had in my mind that the games are on for the past year >> inside the preparations for a games like no other. >> whenever it's time to shine and have fun in front of a crowd, that's what i try to do >> we're going to celebrate with team usa's biggest stars today wednesday, april 14th, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news,
this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza good morning, everybody. welcome to "today. we are glad to have you with us on a wednesday morning hoda, you're back from assignment it's not just any morning. 100 days to go until the tokyo olympics. >> this is a biggie. the athletes are so, so ready, and there are a lot of questions about safety those remain but it is full speed ahead for the athletes and the organizers. this replica of the olympic rings unveiled in the mountains near tokyo overnight we're going to have so much more on the plans for a safe and fun olympics coming up, and some of the athletes will be joining us live i also get to chat with simone biles, as we said. it'll be fun. >> looking forward to that. we begin with a story affecting millions across the country. the use of the johnson & johnson vaccine paused in all 50 states out of concern over a small number of adverse reactions. we're going to talk about that and what happens next with dr. anthony fauci straight ahead
first, let's get to tom costello who has the very latest. tom, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. so vaccination centers around the country are now rescheduling people who were supposed to get the j&j vaccine this week. the cdc's outside advisory panel meeting today to discuss this. the fda really stressing it is hitting the pause button only on these rare cases of blood clots. your risk is said to be greater from smoking or birth control medication a handful of unusual cases with potentially far-reaching implications states and federal vaccine sites have halted use of the johnson & johnson single-shot vaccine, following guidance from the fda and cdc out of an abundance of caution. >> we are totally aware this is a very rare event. we want to get this worked out as quickly as we possibly can. that's why you see the word "pause." >> reporter: the biden administration says the national vaccine rollout should still hit
its target, 200 million doses in its first 100 days. >> we have more than enough supply of pfizer and moderna vaccines to continue the current pace of about 3 million shots per day. >> reporter: public health experts say those who have already had the j&j vaccine have no need for alarm. just six cases out of nearly 7 million represent good odds, given the known risk of covid-19 >> one in a million is a very, very low chance. in many settings, one's chance of having a very bad outcome from covid are actually much, much higher than that. >> reporter: in a statement, johnson & johnson said, in part, at present, no clear causal relati established between these rare events and the covid-19 vaccine, adding that safety is its number one concern. we have made the decision to proactively delay the rollout of our vaccine in europe and pause vaccinations in all covid-19
vaccine clinical trials. the temporary loss of a vaccine comes as many states are in bad shape, with cases surging. florida is now reporting the most new cases since february. more than 9,000 infections in just one day. in the michigan hot zone, front line doctors say pausing the j&j vaccine is a setback. >> it's pretty discouraging because we really were relying on getting the single-dose vaccine out to try to prevent these surging numbers that we've got. >> reporter: importantly, the pfizer and moderna vaccines are based on different technology. pfizer and moderna are not in any way seeing the same kind of side effects. one more note on moderna. just reporting 90% protection at least six months after you get your second dose. they are well on their way toward full fda approval, not just emergency use authorization. savannah, back to you. >> implications there. tom, thank you. joining us now is dr. anthony fauci. hi, dr. fauci. good morning to you. >> good morning.
>> before we get deep into the underlying issues here, let's see if we can get to the top lines. as we know, what was recommended with j&j was just a pause. do you fully expect the johnson & johnson vaccine to come back into use? if so, how soon do you think that might be? >> well, savannah, i don't want to get ahead of the advisory committee and immunization practices, but i believe this is going to take days to weeks, as opposed to weeks to months. i think we're going to be hearing about a decision pretty quickly. i don't think this is something that's going to drag out. they did the pause because, as we saw, first one, two, three, then four and then six. albeit, as rare as it is, as you just said quite correctly and appropriately, less than one in a million. nonetheless, as you said, out of an abundance of caution, they want to take a quick pause, take a look at it, see what's going
on, see if there are any more details, and then that's it. i think it is going to be a matter of days, not months, for sure. >> that leads me to my next quick question, which is one of the reasons for the pause was to surface the issue and to see if there were any cases missed. to your knowledge, have any additional cases of this very rare clot surfaced in the last 24 hours since the pause was announced? >> to my knowledge, no. to my knowledge, no. >> okay. let's talk about if you have received the j&j vaccine. a lot of folks are probably wondering, what should i do? what should i look out for? what is your advice to them? >> well, the first bit of advice is really don't worry very much because just as we've said, it is a very, very rare event. that's the first thing. the second thing, the bracket of time when this occurs was between 6 and 13 days. it is between one and two weeks. if you got your vaccine several weeks ago, then it makes it even less likely that you should have
any concern at all. if you've had it within a few days, just stay heads-up for symptoms, severe headache, abdominal pain, chest pain, things like that. but again, underscoring, savannah, it is a very, very rare event. you don't want people who have just received the vaccine to be overly worried about this. this is a rare occurrence. the pause is just an abundance of caution to scope out the situation a little bit more closely. >> which raises the next question. i'm sure this was not an easy decision internally. when you're talking about something that's literally one in a million or less than one in a million, and you're doing this out of an abundance of caution, is there concern about the implications of that? i mean, you have people who are skeptical of the vaccine already. if the next big battle in this pandemic is to get people vaccinated, is it possible this was too much, that it was an overreaction, that this is a
real setback? >> well, you know, there are a couple of ways of looking at that. if you look at that on the other side of that coin, one of the most important reasons why people have hesitancy is they're concerned about the safety. the very fact that you have an organization, two organizations, the cdc and the fda, looking so carefully at this, making safety the primary concern, in my mind, confirms or underscores the situation that we take safety very seriously. so i would think, at the end of the day, it could actually diminish hesitancy by saying, boy, those people there, they're looking at that really carefully. when they say something is safe, you can believe it is safe. so it goes both ways. >> very quickly, do you see at this moment any connection between the clotting issues observed with regard to johnson & johnson and the clotting issues observed with regard to
astrazeneca overseas? i say observed. i didn't say caused by. i said observed because we don't know if it is caused or if it's just an association, but in any event, are those two connected? could they be? >> well, they certainly could be. there are some rather strong similarities about this with regard to the timeframe following vaccination. particularly, importantly, the clinical syndrome of these clots together with low platelets. there are a lot of similarities there that you just can't miss that, savannah. it is pretty clear. >> all right. dr. fauci, important to have you on today. we appreciate it. thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you for having me, savannah. now to the third straight night of unrest in the minneapolis suburb, where 20-year-old daunte wright was shot and killed by police. protesters defying overnight curfews taking to the streets and clashing with police.
this after wright's family joined together with george floyd's family in a united demand for justice. nbc's morgan chesky joins us with the latest. morgan, good morning. >> reporter: hey, hoda. a quiet morning following another wild night in brooklyn center. in fact, you can still see the national guard humvees and soldierings standing outside of the police station here after hundreds turned out to protest following the death of 20-year-old daunte wright. this morning we've learned that the officer who fired that fatal shot killing him and the police chief have now resigned. overnight, frustration boiling over yet again. protesters breaking an emergency curfew. >> if you do not cease your unlawful behavior and disperse peacefully -- >> reporter: brooklyn center police ordering the crowd to disperse. firing tear gas and flashbangs. demonstrators threw objects back at police and national guard troops. mounting anger in minnesota sparked by the death of
20-year-old daunte wright. an unarmed black man killed at the hands of police during a traffic stop. his final moments captured on body camera video. >> i just shot him. >> reporter: the graphic images resulting in swift fallout. kim potter, the veteran officer who fired the fatal shot, resigned monday. writing, in part, i believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if i resign immediately. >> i am hoping this will help bring some calm to the community. >> reporter: the city's police chief, tim gannon, who said he believed potter accidentally fired her handgun instead of her taser while trying to take wright into custody also resigned. >> they always try to justify the unjustifiable actions when they kill unarmed black people in america. >> reporter: outside the hennepin county courthouse, the family of george floyd standing alongside wright's loved ones. >> the world is traumatized,
watching another african-american man being slayed. >> to hear my brother and to see my sister's pain. come on, hold her accountable. hold her higher than accountable! >> reporter: the pain still sinking in for whittaker, the mother of wright's young son. >> i feel like they just stole him away from him, and i feel like that's not fair to my son. >> reporter: this morning, we've learned the mayor of brooklyn center asked minnesota governor tim walsh to take this case to the state attorney general's office. charges against kim potter could be coming as soon as today. now to that major announcement expected today from president biden, a plan to withdraw all u.s. forces from afghanistan and end america's longest war by the 20th
anniversary of 9/11 this fall. nbc's chief white house correspondent kristen welker has the details organ that and the reaction as well. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. in his speech today, one of both policy and symbolism, the president will thank the troops and families who have sacrificed over the past two decades. he'll also aim to make his case for why now is the right time to bring america's soldiers home. without a peace deal in place, the move could embolden terrorist groups in the region. after more than two decades and more than 2,000 service members' lives lost, america's longest war may finally be coming to an end. in just hours, president biden is expected to lay out his plan to withdraw all u.s. forces from afghanistan before september 11th. the withdrawal set to begin within weeks, the u.s. has 2,500 troops still in afghanistan, another 7,000 nato forces will also leave the country.
the move pushes back a may 1st withdraw deadline that was set by former president trump whose administration struck a deal with the taliban last year. president biden has been signaling for weeks he was unlikely to meet that benchmark. >> we will leave. the question is when we leave. >> reporter: still, some critics are warning without a peace deal in place, afghanistan could descend into chaos and leave a power vacuum that terrorist groups could fill, potentially jeopardizing more lives and the gains made over the past two decades. >> conflicts do not simply end. they are won or they are lost. foreign terrorists will not leave the united states alone simply because our politicians have grown tired of taking the fight to them. >> reporter: the move also overrules long-standing advice from pentagon officials who warn that a vacuum could strengthen terrorists. still, the plan does involve maintaining a military and intelligence presence in the
region, an attempt to prevent turmoil. meanwhile, we're tracking another headline here at the white house this morning, president biden accompanied the first lady to an appointment for a, quote, common medical procedure at an outpatient center. the white house shares that dr. biden, quote, tolerated the procedure well and the first couple is now back at the white house. all of this as president biden prepares to address the nation. savannah. >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you. we have a lot more to get to including poignant tributes in washington to a fallen officer. sheinelle is in for craig with that story. >> good morning to you, u.s. capitol police officer billy evans died in the line of duty during that car attack on the capitol grounds earlier this month, and yesterday his family along with president biden and members of congress honored his life during an emotional ceremony. here's nbc's kasie hunt. >> reporter: overnight this somber symbolic moment honoring fallen u.s. capitol police
officer william billy evans, the last call. >> officer william billy evans end of watch, april 2nd, 2021. >> that touching tribute following a day of remembrance in washington. officers standing at attention as his casket was carried up the capitol steps bringing officer evans to lay in honor in the same building he served to protect for 18 years. the 41-year-old killed in the line of duty when a car rammed his barricade earlier this month. now his grieving family, including two young children, mourning his loss. during the ceremony, his kids gripping stuffed animals and 9-year-old logan wearing his father's service hat. the president offering a gesture of comfort. >> you're going to make it by holding each other together most importantly by holding logan and abigail as tightly as you can because as long as you have
them, you have billy. >> reporter: at one .7-year-old abigail wiping away her mother's tears. for "today," kasie hunt, nbc news, the capitol. >> certainly our hearts go out to officer evan's family. now to some breaking news, we're just learning that morning this bernie madoff has died in federal prison. madoff was 82 years old and according to an "associated press" source he died of natural causes. last year madoff's lawyers filed court papers to try to get ed fn in the pandemic, a request that was denied. madoff swindled thousands of clients out of billions of dollars and investments over decades. let's switch gears and get a quick check of the west coast weather, hi, al. >> good morning, sheinelle. as we show you what we've got going on things kind of quiet right along the west coast from seattle all the way down to los angeles, but we do have some
snow back through the rockies, the mountains there stretching all the way into wyoming. we're going to be watching a day that's fairly nice. portland, you're going to look at sunshine, 71 degrees, 55 in reno, partly cloudy. some clouds down in san diego and 61. colorado springs looking at sunshine and 49 degrees. the rest of the country today, we are looking for chilly, snowy conditions through the rockies. that fire risk continues through the southwest, and look for severe weather along the gulf coast. we are going to get to your local foreca
good wednesday morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. maybe in the backyard home schooling today in lafayette, expect temperatures to start out in the low 50s in the next hour and continue to warm up reaching into the mid-60s and it won't be as windy today. some of our inland spots like antioch and concord will reach up to the low 70s and we'll see that continue through the end of the week, but this weekend, it does heat up with our valleys reaching 87 by this sunday. >> that is your latest weather guys >> al, thank you. still to come, a race against time off the coast of louisiana. inside the search for survivors after a ship capsized in a storm with nearly two dozen people on board. we'll have the latest on the rescue. plus, inside the queen's return to royal duties for the first time since the death of her beloved husband, prince philip more on that
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days after vaccination. this is extremely rare, given almost 7 million americans have already received those shots with little to no side effects. good morning, everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. more than 100 corporations, including netflix and google, and amazon, have signed an open letter to washington saying they support voting rights. this comes as many states, much of them red states, begin to restrict voting rights in the name of fighting voter fraud, though there was no indication there was any widespread fraud in the last election. >> let's check the forecast right now meteorologist kari hall, another nice day ahead? >> absolutely. enjoy some more time out there at the park. let's check out our forecast for parts of the east bay in spots like concord, reaching into the low 60s in the next couple of hours, but a high of 71 degrees. our temperatures will stay nice and mild until they warm up this weekend.
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time over a dozen passengers missing after a 129-foot commercial lift vessel overturned in rough waters the dramatic scene all caught on video. crews searching high and low the hours-long rescue mission kicking off tuesday afternoon following a distress call 8 miles south of port fourchon, off the coast of louisiana >> we go until all reasonable efforts have been given. >> reporter: a witness saying, i've never heard so many mayday calls in my life describing a lifeboat flipping and waves breaking over the bow. the coast guard quickly deploying two cutters, two 45-foot boats, a helicopter and plane to the scene offshore, fleet operators, sea corps marine confirming to nbc news, the ship is one of its vessels. the cause of the accident unknown, but the ship left with
19 leaving 13 people still unaccounted for. this morning, crews still on scene as the desperate rescue effort continues >> miguel, we know the weather was really, really bad, so how big of a role did that play? >> reporter: well, we know that the weather at least in parts of louisiana was rainy overnight on tuesday, and we also know the wind speeds reached upwards of 60 miles an hour the coast guard has not said whether it was a factor, but that's something they will clearly look into. >> miguel almaguer for us, thanks just ahead, the queen returning to work just four days after the loss of her husband. >> we're going to be live at windsor castle with more on that new details on the plans to honor prince philip's life this weekend. first, these messages. ♪
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the queen out of sight but back at work at windsor castle this morning, preparing for her husband's funeral. the plans in place for years, envisioned by prince philip himself. prince charles, prince william, and prince harry together for the first time since the bombshell oprah interview will likely walk behind philip's coffin at the funeral for princess diana, philip famously joined his grandsons telling them, if you do it, i'll do it. then millions lined the streets, witnessing a grandfather providing comfort at a time of national grief this time, the entire funeral will be behind windsor castle walls. philip and diana always sharing a connection through history the duke knew how it felt to be the outsider writing letters to diana in 1992 diana calling him dearest pa, and philip signing off with fondest love, pa >> he tried to help her understand what it was like to marry into this institution, this family, but also this institution.
she was very thankful to him >> reporter: the duke talked about his own role way back in 1969 with barbara walters on "today." >> in the early years of your marriage, was it difficult to find yourself in the role in which you were -- how do i put it so that i say it correctly? i know when -- let me ask in what way, specifically, it was the toughest for you >> oh, that i really don't know. there were a lot of problems inevitably, it is an awkward situation to be in >> do you get used to it >> oh, yes, you get used to anything you'd be surprised >> reporter: the royal family's instagram celebrating his global reach this morning while windsor and the world say good-bye and the palace has said they will abide by all covid rules, and that could mean that the queen has to sit alone inside st. george's chapel for the
service. she'll have to be at least six feet away from all of her family members because they're not part of her household she could sit next to prince philip's private secretary, but it is not yet clear, guys, if he'll attend savannah >> kelly, thank you very much. >> a royal correspondent for the "sunday times" is with us now. roya, good morning we'll get more to the funeral plans in a moment, but it is interesting to know the queen was resuming some public duties. i was wondering if we expect to hear from the queen, either after the service or before. >> that's right. talk about dedication to duty, just four days after she lost her husband. she was doing this retirement service yesterday, hosting her former lord chamberlain. i think we can possibly expect to hear something from the queen within the next week or so there's been a little bit of speculation about a potential broadcast address.
we know that when her mother, queen elizabeth, the queen mother died she did give that address to the nation on the eve of her funeral that still hasn't been confirmed by the palace. i think the fact that the queen was honoring her former lord chamberlain, the man that would have overseen this funeral, there is now a new appointment in the role, shows even though she is in official royal mourning at the moment, she doesn't want to let people who are very important in the running of the monarchy, she doesn't want to let them down. >> let's talk about what you're expecting this weekend this is not going to be a big state funeral. because of the pandemic, only 30 people will be in person inside the chapel as prince philip is laid to rest in a sense, though, from all accounts, prince philip wouldn't have wanted a big fuss how do you expect the royals to mourn his passing? >> reporter: well, that's right, of course, had we not been in the thick of a pandemic, his funeral would have been attended
by 800 guests. even that, you know, as far as the duke was concerned, i think, probably would have been -- he would have deemed over the top i've been told by people very close to him that he would have been looking down now and going, actually, this small and intimate funeral is exactly what he wanted. i think we can expect the family, very close family members and a couple of his ky aides like his private secretary who we know will be inside the church with the queen, to rally around the queen we will -- whatever has been going on in the last few weeks and months, and we know it has been extremely dramatic for the royal family, we can expect to see the royal family put on a very united front, what is probably going to be one of the most difficult days of the queen's life. >> that brings us to, of course, to prince harry. he is there. he's in england. there have been some reports that he and prince william have spoken, maybe by phone because of all the covid restrictions. what more do you know about that, and do you think that there is an opportunity to do
some healing here? >> look, that relationship, as so many of us have written about and talked about, is very strained at the moment we do know that harry is isolating at frogmore cottage. he isn't able to see other members of the family until all being well saturday morning if he clears the covid test. look, you know, royal aides are certainly saying that they're not going to speculate on who's been speaking to who but i think this is a family in mourning i think you can expect that, you know, the brothers, father, sons will have probably been speaking, of course. it is an exceptional time. >> all right roya, thank you very much. and a programming note, nbc news will bring you live coverage of saturday's funeral services for prince philip. hoda and i will be with you. we'll start at 9:30 a.m. eastern time on many of these nbc stations all right. it is 7:43 let's head over to mr. roker for a check of the weather. >> earlier, you asked was it unusual to see this snow we're expecting through saturday throughout upstate new york, new
england. albany, the last average snow april 3rd. april 12th in burlington, hartford, march 28th but it goes even into may for hartford, burlington, and albany, and the rockies are going to be looking at a lot of snow as well some places picking up to a foot of snow from jackson all the way down to colorado springs denver usually is going to get about one to three inches, one to two inches in colorado springs. cheyenne up to eight inchses of snow april 29th for denver, april 24th for colorado springs, but they can see snow into june from cheyenne into colorado springs as far as temperatures are concerned, we are looking at very chilly conditions from the plains all the way down into texas. temperatures anywhere from 20 to 10 degrees below average, but nice and warm in the east, but that will start to change as we get into thursday from burlington, louisville, below average temperatures in abilene and salt lake. and as we get into the part of
the weekend, it's going to warm up to 50 degrees in denver, 62 in san angelo. look, new york, by sunday we're going to be back to 62 degrees >> happy wednesday. let's get you out the door in walnut creek is a live look outside as we start out on this beautiful day. more sunshine headed our way and very comfortable temperatures. the wind will start to calm down today and our high temperature in concord will reach 73 degrees. santa rosa we're headed up to 69, and we'll see some upper 60s in much of the south bay. as we go through this forecast our temperatures will gradually warm up, by the weekend we're in the 80s, reaching 87 degrees on sunday. >> that is your latest weather guys >> al, thank you. coming up, a cause for celebration. as the countdown to the tokyo olympics hits 100 days. >> we're going to talk all things olympics with the man, the myth, the legend, mike tirico
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a very good morning to you. i'm xwrs, go, at 7:56, here is what's happening now. >> reporter: i'm bob redell outside a vook seen site in pleasanton. governor newsom doesn't expect the temporary halt in the johnson & johnson vaccine for the restrictions in june, the vaccine accounts for roughly 4% of the state's supply. the cdc is recommending a pause in the administration of the johnson & johnson shots after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed blood clots 6 to 13 days after vaccination, this is extremely rare given almost 7 million americans have already received those shots with little to no side effects. i'm cierra johnson in marin county. 100 days until the opening
ceremonies in tokyo, we're profiling local hopefuls hoping to make it to tokyo. one of those tyler abramson a senior at stanford is a hopeful for the men's water polo team, a 2017 graduate of marymount high school and he has a long way to go in the next 100 days. he will first travel to irvine, to be some training, montenegro from there serbia where the final roster will be announced in mid-june. all right, half way through our work week, and on this wednesday morning, expecting a nice day. looking good out there, kari? >> yes, absolutely. it's going to be another beautiful day, our inland valleys in spots like santa rosa as well as concord will see highs in the low 70s today and we'll do it all over again tomorrow as well as friday, this weekend it's going to heat up, and some of those valleys are going to see high temperatures reaching into the upper 80s. laura? >> all right, we'll get ready for that. another local news update is coming up in half an hour.
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coming up, pressing pause. the cdc set to hold an emergency meeting today about the johnson & johnson vaccine after stopping its rollout over blood clot concerns. >> really don't worry very much because, just as we've said, it is a very, very rare event. >> what does this mean if you're waiting for a shot or already had one? we're live with the latest plus, making their case. how derek chauvin's defense team is trying to convince the jury that george floyd's death was not caused by the former police officer. >> i felt that derek chauvin was
justified with acting with objective reasonableness. >> we'll take you inside the trial. then hello, doctor the cast of "e.r." is getting back together for a special cause. just ahead, how the stars are feeling ahead of the big reunion. and 100 days and counting. we are kicking off the countdown to this summer's olympic games in tokyo mike tirico will join us with his picks for the athletes to watch, and hoda goes one-on-one with gymnastics legend simone biles. >> what ultimately made you decide to come back? >> i knew i had more to give to the sport, for myself, and i felt like i had a purpose. >> we'll hear from her and many other olympic hopefuls as we gear up for the summer games today, wednesday, april 14th, 2021 >> countdown is on for the tokyo olympics >> training in chula vista, california.
>> wilmington, north carolina. >> notre dame, indiana >> and miami, florida. >> happy 100 days to tokyo, "today" show >> i love it >> i am fired up >> it's great. >> this is going to be good. wednesday morning. not just any wednesday morning, 100 days to the olympics craig is off, so we have ms. sheinelle doing double duty. >> another busy morning, but a good one >> it's going to be super fun. we have a big board of athletes. we're excited about it all. >> absolutely. any reason to play "eye of the tiger," right? doesn't it bring you back? we also have exciting news about a special edition of "today" that is going to be on tuesday, next week, april the 20th. former president george w. bush will be our guest live >> yeah. he is coming out with a new book it is a beautiful book called "out of many, one. portraits of america's immigrants
the stories -- i got a chance to read some of it -- so inspiring. he has some of his art there, as well he has painted them, too president bush will be here to tell us all about it we're going to catch up with him. it'll be president bush's first live tv interview in three years. >> wow. >> he'll be here. >> yeah. while he is here, he is going to help us do the honor of hosting citizenship candidates as they become u.s. citizens the official ceremony will take place in partnership with the department of u.s. citizenship and immigration services we'll introduce you to special candidates for citizenship many of them heros of the pandemic, doctors, nurses, scientists it'll do your heart good, as they take the oath and become u.s. citizens live right here on our plaza. >> it is going to be a memorable morning. mark your calendars. remember, april 20th as mentioned, we have plenty of excitement to look forward to this morning we're celebrating 100 days until the tokyo olympics mike tirico, host of nbc's
coverage, is standing by to share some of the latest plans in tokyo and what he's excited >> i love it, and take a look at this hoda, which is what you just mentioned our virtual plaza filled with olympic athletes counting down the days with us we can't wait to chat with them in a minute. in the third hour, we have a sneak peek at what team usa will be wearing during the closing ceremonies. >> love the olympic fashions first, your news at 8:00 federal health officials holding an emergency meeting today on the single shot johnson & johnson covid vaccine. its use paused nationwide yesterday after reports of very rare but serious blood clots blayne alexander got a closer look at the impact blayne, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you at the morehouse school of medicine, this is a vaccination site that already has given more than 5,000 shots to people around the atlanta area. now, they recently got a supply of the j&j vaccine and were planning to add it to the mix late next week of course now they're going to
be holding off, but at sites like these and here around the country, the concern is not running out of supply but rather making sure that people are not discouraged from getting the shot altogether. it started with scenes like these, people lining up for the johnson & johnson vaccine rolled out just last month. now, nearly 7 million shots later, the fda and cdc are pressing pause after six women who received the shot developed severe blood clots and one died. experts stress these cases are extremely rare, fewer than one in a million, but worry it is enough to shake public confidence according to a kaiser family foundation poll from last month, americans are growing more willing to be vaccinated, but 17% still want to wait and see what happens while 20% either will not get a vaccine or will only do so if required >> i do think any time we hear any information about a complication or unexpected side effect, we think that that will sway people, particularly people who are on the fence.
>> reporter: doctor valerie montgomery has been a champion for vaccine confidence, urging people, especially those in hard hit minority communities to get the shot she's disappointed to lose the one-shot option. >> we were clearly planning on using johnson & johnson in populations that were more transient and that really only wanted one vaccination >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci spoke with savannah this morning. >> you have people who are skeptical of the vaccine already. if the next big battle in this pandemic is to get people vaccinated, is it possible that this was too much, that it was an overreaction, that this is a real setback >> the very fact that you have an organization, two organizations, the cdc and the fda, looking so carefully at this, making safety the primary concern, in my mind, confirms or underscores the situation that we take safety very seriously.
so i would think, at the end of the day, it could actually diminish hesitancy by saying, boy, those people are looking at that very carefully. >> reporter: around the country, some are still concerned. >> they should have figured this out a long time ago, before they because it's getting a lot of people >> reporter: what would you say to the people who look at this information and say, you know what, i'm just not going to get a vaccine all together >> i would remind them that we've had over 562,000 people who have died from covid-19 complications. >> reporter: savannah, of course, a big question among so many people is should there be concern about a possible vaccine shortage well, the white house says no, there's no reason to worry about that they say they've still got more than enough pfizer and moderna supply to continue at their current pace of vaccinating about 3 million people per day savannah >> important meeting today thank you very much. dozens of people arrested during a third night of protests
over the police killing of daunte wright in brooklyn center, minnesota. the officer who fired the shot and the police chief resigned yesterday. meantime, in neighboring minneapolis, the defense started calling witnesses at the murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin. nbc's gabe gutierrez is at the courthouse gabe, good morning >> reporter: hoda, good morning. after more than two weeks and 38 witnesses, the prosecution has rested today, we're expecting to hear from more experts for the defense. this morning, derek chauvin's defense team making its case, trying to convince at least one juror that george floyd died from drugs and poor health and not the ex-cop's knee on his neck for more than 9 minutes the defense calling its own use of force expert, former police officer barry brodd. >> i felt that derek chauvin was justified and was acting with objective reasonableness. >> reporter: brodd said he doesn't consider prone control, the technique used by chauvin,
to be a use of force >> it doesn't hurt >> reporter: during cross-examination, the prosecution pounced. >> compliant person would have the hands on the small of their back, resting comfortably. versus like he's still moving around >> did you say resting comfortably? >> laying comfortably. >> attempting to breathe while restrained is being slightly noncompliantd to t >> no. >> reporter: the defense called a retired officer to the stand who arrested floyd in 2019 as seen on this body camera video >> the passenger was unresponsive and non-compliant to my commands. >> reporter: a paramedic later testified about that incident, where floyd said he took multiple opioid pills. >> i asked why, and he said he was addicted. >> reporter: the defense shifted to the night floyd died. shawanda little who was in the suv with floyd said he was alert inside the convenience store but fell asleep in the vehicle
before officers arrived. >> he was already asleep they tried to wake him up. i tried to wake him up over and over. >> reporter: a minneapolis park peace officer who detained hill that day also took the stand and testified about the crowd of bystanders >> very aggressive. >> aggressive toward the officers >> yes. >> reporter: another emotional day for floyd's family, who stood outside the courthouse with the family of daunte wright >> it's a time for change, and that time is now >> reporter: it's not clear exactly how many witnesses the defense will call, but the judge has told the jury to expect closing arguments on monday, hoda >> that's the news hoda, you're back, and we're ready for a boost. >> all right, got a good one for you. do you guys remember the scene from that romcom "love actually," the guy holds up the cardboard sign and tells the woman he loves her >> yeah. >> a young woman in england used that technique to share exciting news with her dad. the signs read, what do you get a dad who has everything the answer was a promotion
here's what came next. ♪♪ \m\ >> look at his reaction. >> the daughter has been trying to start a family for a while, so her dad was obviously overwhelmed by that. wonderful. by the way, one of the greatest things in life is getting a peek into people's tender moments the fact that we get to witness that was super cool. how beautiful. >> every time i put a new one at the top of the list -- >> that's why we have the boost olympics the end of the year every year coming up next, guys, a moment worth celebrating 100 days to go before, oh, the real olympic games in tokyo. >> we have a firsthand look at the preparations for the event like no other, right in the middle of a pandemic the athletes to watch, from nbc olympics primetime host mike
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welcome back. as mentioned, the world welcome back as mentioned, the world is now just 100 days away from the long-awaited tokyo olympics. this morning, we're marking the occasion in a big way. >> we sure are team usa hopefuls are joining us live check out our virtual plaza. we'll also bring you a fun conversation with olympic legend simone biles. >> first, kerry sanders is getting us started as we enter this final countdown kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, guys. i'm here at an olympic-sized swimming pool, a training facility in coral springs, florida. in the water right now training is a member of team brazil, bruno fratas around the world at training facilities, athletes are getting ready because we have finally reached that point we are 100 days until opening ceremonies
delayed but not denied, the tokyo olympic games 100 days out, and the momentum building for what so many feared would be completely canceled by covid in japan, as the cherry blossoms bloom, the spirit of olympic sports competition is also alive. >> i've had in my mind the games are on for the past year >> reporter: katie ledecky cruising on her way home olympic champion and world record holder katie ledecky just swam her fasters 400 meter free style in two years >> i feel i'm in a good spot i had a great meet last week. >> reporter: are you at all concerned about covid as you think about japan? >> i think everyone has some level of concern, just in trying to keep each other safe. i think we're all taking the different precautions very seriously. >> reporter: as athletes focus on competitions, japan is putting safety first tokyo recently imposed even tighter restrictions because of a rise in coronavirus cases. the city of osaka skipping its leg of the torch relay because
of the pandemic. not only will these games now go forward, but 2020, a year late, is adding new sports including skateboarding, sport climbing, karate, and surfing. we caught up with mahina, a japanese-american surfer raised in hawaii, who has chosen to represent japan. >> all of us are going to be extra hungry to win that gold medal, and it is going to be the most exciting event ever, i think. >> reporter: the year-long postponement making athletes that much hungrier to compete, but also requiring inventive training solutions so much of it in isolation at one point, katie ledecky training in a friend's backyard pool. >> at the end of the day, it is a competition. when you get up behind the blocks and you're next to the seven best swimmers in the world, you want to be at your very best. >> reporter: there we go
we're looking at some of the hopeful future divers. this is about four years away for these young women to perhaps make a team. look, i'm at the pool dara torres trained of course we loved her the big difference between her history making wins at the olympics, goalds and others, is that there won't be fans in the stands everybody will be at home. well, at least i'll be at home you guys will be at the games. boy, this is delayed but not denied we're excited, right >> we are. kerry, i half expected you to do a back dive into the pool. i guess we'll wrap it up and say thank you and turn to nbc's olympics primetime host mike tirico mike, i know you're excited, too. you've been waiting. how do you think these olympics will feel different for the athletes and for the spectators? >> good morning, ladies. i think it is going to feel different because there's been so much anticipation we've done one year out twice. this is the first time we've
done 100 days out. i think it feels more -- savannah, i have to be honest, i was shaving this morning, and i heard you at the top of the 7:00 say it is 100 days until the olympics it just felt a little bit different. i'm sure the athletes are in that cadence now where they feel like, okay, i have my ticket i'm ready to go. it is time to actually compete and stop preparing for the games. >> let's talk about how things are going to look different. there aren't going to be fans, at least at this point no family of olympic athletes, just fans from japan how are they working it with all the covid restrictions that you know >> yeah. like everything else, hoda, it is all different, right? this is the new normal we're trying to learn it and figure it out along the way. i've been at multiple sporting events, just the masters this past week. it wasn't the same number of fans there as you normally have. there were some. i think we'll feel some of that at the olympics. for the people who are at home, the parents and the family and the loved ones of team usa, those are the ones i feel for the most the olympics is a one-shot deal,
maybe two for some for them not to be able to be there and share in those moments with the people they love and they helped get to this point, that's probably the biggest void i think we're going to feel once we get to the games. >> let's talk sports i know at the top of your list, simone biles and katie ledecky, two female power houses who are olympians already. what do you expect >> looking forward to hoda's sitdown with simone in the 8:30 half hour. so much has been going on in her career away from gymnastics. in terms of competing, she and katie ledecky have the chance to win more gold medals than any women have simone is the g.o.a.t. at gymnastics, the best ever at women's gymnastics a chance to fortify that mark coming up here in tokyo. then you go to the pool, and katie ledecky. you just saw it in the piece a moment ago katie is back in the pool and swimming some of her best times in the last couple of years.
she has a gold from london, four from rio she has five she and simone could be in a race to see who gets to the mark first for the most gold medals ever won by an american woman. >> i'm looking forward to a lot of things going to the olympics. i'm looking forward to you and savannah doing opening ceremony. i was just kind of picturing what that would be like to watch all of those -- the parade of nations. it's going to be a beautiful way to kick it off we're looking forward to you, mike and s.g. doing that and hanging out. >> can't wait. mike, it'll be the first time the world really gets together since the pandemic happened. i think it'll be momentous >> we've talked about that it is going to be special to get everyone together to celebrate something in sports and in the world, since we've all been through these rough, rough 15 months or so. >> mike, thank you so much we're going to have a lot more on the countdown to tokyo just ahead including our chat with simone biles >> catch all the excitement from the olympic games across the networks and platforms of nbc.
now let us get a quick check of the weather al, what do you got? i can't wait to see tirico >> look at you two >> i love this guy >> i know. here we go. >> he is so good looking it's like looking in a mirror. anyway, let's show you what we've got as far as your weather today. severe storms down through the gulf we're watching that. we're also looking at chilly, snowy conditions through the rockies. sunshine along the west coast. fire risk continues through the southwest. that's what's going on around good wednesday morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. as you are headed out the door let's check the temperatures over the next several hours. we have low 50s, but it will warm up fast and we're headed toward the upper 60s and make sure you grab those sunglasses before you head out the door and 70s in the inland valleys and in the tri-valley as well as napa valley we could reach into the upper 80s by this sunday and slightly cooler by next tuesday
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all back for "f9." join the cast in stirring up trouble this time around is pro wrestler and actor john cena "f9" is from universal. >> that's hot, carson. next up, "e.r.," everyone's favorite tv doctors, set to e reunite next week in an event for youtube's "stars in house. part of the pandemic has been cast reunions which we've seen recently this one looks to be a good one. fans will be happy to know george clooney, the beloved ju nurse carol doctor, will be joining the reunionon as well as julie ann marg lease nurse carol hathaway also, noah, gloria ruben, and a dozen other actors who filled out the show's iconic cast it'll stream on youtube next thursday at 8:00 p.m. savannah guthrie sat down with ellen degeneres in an interview that airs later today. the two of you talked about
music, the olympics, and also the struggles of working from home savannah, you shared one very interesting strategy that you use to try to keep your husband, mike feldman, from spending a little too much time in your home office. >> on the phone doing rolling conference calls, like 15 hours a day. i come home from work, and he's sitting here the bathroom is right here, like this is the bathroom door. sometimes, you know, in days of the pandemic when i was, like, just wishing he had an office to go to, i would flush the toilet when i knew that he was talking, so i felt like that would maybe encourage him to go find some office space if you hear a toilet flush, it's just revenge >> did it work >> it hasn't worked. he's still there i mean, now he knows he's onto the strategy now it's war. >> you have to up your game. >> exactly
>> get something else. >> that airs today watch that today. just ahead, our olympic countdown rolls on with simone >> yeah, i had a fun conversation with simone about how she's feeling, getting ready for tokyo, and what is driving >> a very good morning to you. it is 8:26. i'm laura garcia. police and firefighters at the scene of an early morning fire in san jose that included the discovery of a dead body. firefighters responded at 5:00 a.m. to a fire at center road in east capital expressway. that fire started right outside a strip mall. when crews arrived, that's when they discovered the body. right now it's still not clear how or when that person died. we still don't know how the fire started, as well. we'll continue to follow that investigation. right now i want to check in with meteorologist kari hall. she has a look at our forecast. looking good? >> it's going to be a beautiful day. we're in for more sunshine as
our temperatures reach into the low 70s in the inland valleys from santa clara valley to napa valley, we'll see more of this very comfortable and seasonable weather and it will go from spring to summer and check out the temperatures reaching into the upper 80s, but before you crank up the ac it will cool off on tuesday with a slight chance of showers, so we'll be watching out for that. laura? >> all right. thank you very much. we'll be back with another local news update in half an hour. i hope to see you then. in the meantime, i hope you also get a chance to enjoy the really nice wednesday ahead. taking a live look outside. we'll see you in about a half an hour. now back to the "today" show.
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medals they've been there before. they're veterans, looking to go back we're all wearing our olympic -- this is our first official olympic gear we're wearing >> wow. >> love it. >> you have something special coming up. >> i do. i do i love simone biles, like we all do i got a chance to fly to texas recently and sit down with her she's getting ready for tokyo. she talks about what it was like to stutter-step, they're on, they're off. when you're training and you have a window when you're at your prime, it matters when the window is. we talked about how she stays motivated. these younger gymnasts are looking at her like she's been around forever anyway, she found an extra reason to compete, which we'll talk about. >> like mike tirico said, she's the g.o.a.t. >> she is. also coming up, five-time gold medalist nathan adrian is with us live after beating cancer and becoming a dad to beautiful baby girl parker, now, he is looking to dominate in the olympic pool. we're going to chat with him in a bit. looking guard to that. of course, one of the things
we're looking forward to when we get to tokyo, the food >> uh-huh. >> yeah. >> we're going to bring in an expert on the topic for a little taste of tokyo by the way, we're also going to have ryan lochte. >> cool. a lot happening. much more ahead also on the third hour along with another great conversation, i had a chance to talk with jessica and ashlee simpson's mom, tina, for our series "through mom's eyes." we talked about their journey to success. it was a revealing interview, coming up in the third hour. ms. guthrie, you have a cool interview coming up. >> gwyneth paltrow and i are going to catch up about all things goop and other things keeping her busy actually, her daughter getting into the family biz a bit. beautiful apple martin >> how old >> she's a teenager. >> wow >> actually, i think she has two teenagers. >> wow. >> we'll have that tomorrow. mr. roker, how about a check of the weather >> let's look ahead to the weekend. never too soon to do that. start off with friday with a coastal storm in the northeast, spring snow in the rockies,
sunny and dry out west then on saturday we expect sunshine to return to the mid-atlantic, also the upper great lakes looking for some rain in the fwgulf, the chill continues with snow in the rockies, warm out west, then sunday, sunday, it is going to be mild in the east with plenty of sunshine. cool down in texas, seasonal conditions through the plains good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. expect more of this beautiful spring weather with seasonable temperatures in our inland areas. we'll be into the low 70s again today, and it won't be as windy and we'll see this weather continuing into tomorrow as well as friday. notice saturday our temperatures go up a few more degrees and some of our inland spots like antioch and brentwood as well as santa rosa will reach into the upper 80s and it will cool off by next tuesday and more clouds will move in with a slight chance of rain. >> and that's your latest weather. coming up, you can't
celebrate the olympic countdown without simone biles >> i go out, and i'm like can i do it again? can i be this good can i repeat what i did last olympics >> i'd say, yeah our peek at her training for tokyo. the surprising things that are keeping her motivated, and the history she's hoping to make at history she's hoping to make at the age of 24. mom needs help but,
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back at 8:36 back at 8:36 we continue to mark 100 days to the olympics. >> this summer in tokyo, some olympic traditions will look a little different because of the pandemic, but we know one thing we can count on. >> some things never change. that's right all eyes will be on a certain 4'11" gymnastics powerhouse, and you know her name. simone biles she'll have yet another chance to make history in more ways >> she's going to absolutely than one >> she's going to absolutely decimate the field here.
>> simone biles, a phenomenal competitor. >> the first time an american woman wins a gold medal in vault, and that deserves a standing ovation. >> reporter: four-time olympic gold medalist and 19-time world champion gymnast simone biles is considered the greatest of all time the g.o.a.t. she knows it she even has the leotard to prove it how do you wear that moniker >> i just do me whenever i go out there and whenever it is time to shine. >> two flip-flops to a double-double. >> have fun in front of a crowd. >> reporter: you're driven i watched old interviews of you when you were younger. you were like, i always wanted to be better than that girl. now, there's nobody out there. you're way out in front. >> yeah. >> reporter: how is it that you stay motivated and keep that fierceness >> it is more stressful whenever i go out and compete i'm trying to be better than i was at the last meet i'm trying to beat myself. sometimes you get caught up in that moment, and it's just scary because i go out and i'm like, can i do it again?
can i be this good can i repeat what i did last olympics i feel like that's what motivates me >> reporter: are you beatable? >> i don't know. i feel like you just never know. you just never know. if i'm at the top of my game, i feel like it would be very hard. >> reporter: if i had a vote, i would say, no, girl, you are not beatable >> yeah. >> reporter: at 24 years old, simone could become the oldest american woman to win the all-around olympic gold. you may be competing against a 16-year-old. >> right. >> reporter: do you feel intimidated by them at all >> they have less years than me, so i feel like they're a little bit fresher. they can recover quicker >> reporter: do you think about your age >> girl, all the time. >> reporter: you do? when >> every day i'm reminded of my age here. the kids remind me how old i am every day. yesterday, we were in practice, and they're like, simone, how
long have you been doing the sport? i was like, 17 years they were like, i'm not even 17 yet. some of my teammates aren't even 17 yet and i'm like thank you thank you. >> reporter: what ultimately made you decide to come back >> i knew i had more to give to the sport, for myself, and i felt like i had a purpose. now i feel like i do, and it is to be a voice for the younger generation i feel like i've done that i feel like, just, god called me >> reporter: a calling, she says, that's bigger than the sport of gymnastics. it's about keeping a spotlight on some terrible, unfinished business the sex abuse scandal perpetrated by former team doctor larry nassar. >> i just feel like everything that happened had to come back to the sport, to be a voice, to have change happen i feel like if there weren't a remaining survivor in the sport, they would have just brushed it to the side.
since i'm still here, and i have quite a social media presence and platform, they have to do something. so i feel like coming back, gymnastics just wasn't the only purpose i was supposed to do >> reporter: you came back for that other reason. i didn't know that. >> i don't think i knew it either, but i feel like gymnastics wasn't the only thing i was supposed to come back for. >> she's got a real calling inside, and she said that some people think that that scandal is over because he went to jail and it's over. she said, so many changes still need to be made. by the way, she was a little concerned because she did say she was at her prime in the sport when it was -- when the olympics was supposed to happen. she's been working her tush off, and she's been working really hard in her gym, so i got a chance to speak with her mom and dad who are cheering her on too. >> the timing is everything. she has to work. that prime can float how do you think she has done, 100 days out, to time it up so she peaks at the right time?
>> by the way, that's exactly what she was working on. she was saying that when that window happens, she's going to try to be at her absolute best it is a tricky thing. >> right. >> like she said, 24 imagine ever believing that was old. in her mind, she's like, it takes me longer to recover. >> physically. >> i have to tell you, she's super pumped she kept saying, she's counting down, she can't wait. >> i love when you asked her, can anybody beat you just the look, it was perfect. >> she was like, well -- >> the thought bubble said no. >> by the way, they actually had a real-life goat wandering around there. >> no. >> yeah, that was happening, too. >> phenomenal. >> can't wait to be watching simone in all her glory. next up, another inspiring athlete who is no stranger to gold medals. u.s. swimming star nathan adrian we'll chat with him live
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pumped up. excitement clearly building even as concerns surrounding the coronavirus remain our next guest has unique perspective. that's for sure. >> u.s. olympic swimmer nathan adrian set his sights on competing for his fourth olympics. >> wow. >> nathan, good morning to you let's do your olympic resume you've been in three olympic games. won eight medals, five of them gold you've had to wait a year for tokyo. what is keeping your motivation? what are you after this time >> i mean, we were lucky enough to compete this last weekend, and that just stoked my fire so much i think that's what we all live to do. obviously, with covid, it was a little bit tough, you know, across the different sports. man, when you just get to jump in that pool, race everybody, it's a lot of fun. >> well, you know, you've been through -- you've had quite a journey. i know a couple years ago you battled cancer, and here you sit. and i'm looking at you and
thinking how is he feeling how do you feel like you're going to be able to compete this olympics >> i feel good i mean, the extra year helped kind of smooth out some kinks that we -- that popped up from the surgeries that we had to deal with cancer i'm looking forward to trials, for sure. >> nathan, you were among the athletes at the start of the pandemic last year that urged officials to postpone it what was your take then, and are you hopeful, as far as safety is concerned this time around >> yeah. so, i mean, i just really felt strongly that, you know, the olympics is -- the integrity of the olympics is so incredibly important. if we were to hold the olympics last summer, as they were scheduled, it would have almost become a farce, just because the winners would have been those who found places to train and opportunities to train so many stories would be lost because of that. sorry, i forgot your other question. >> i'm sure you're hopeful this time around, safety, all of that, how are you feeling? >> yeah.
so i actually am very hopeful. i think, you know, the last year has been an interesting experiment for everybody to develop different covid strategies i'm very confident that we can develop some that keep all the athletes safe over in tokyo and in their training camps before then. >> nathan, it is carson. it's good to talk to you this morning. sorry, uncle al. i'll jump in with a question proud member of team usa now, another important team, team girl dad. i have three you and your wife, hailey, gave birth to beautiful baby parker in february. how is dad life? >> dad life is the best. it really is i mean, it's -- usually like swimming was like the most exciting, crazy part of my day, and now it's a tough competition with just walking in the door saying honey, where are you? i want to hold parker. >> congratulations. >> nathan, you talk about training
how tough was it finding space to train i understand you and a buddy actually bought a community pool just so you could train? >> so that wasn't just so we could train. it is kind of a long-term thing here i love swimming. i love teaching kids how to swim and kind of spreading that as more of a safety message instead of -- you know, if they want to chase their passion like i have in the sport, that's wonderful too, but yeah, once your local pool is shut down for covid restrictions, the health department i mean, you got to hop in whatever water that you can find >> nathan, we were just hearing that, like, parents, friends, and family can't go to the olympics with you guys just wanted to know what you were feeling when you heard that news >> i mean, it's certainly sad. i mean, the olympics is so -- to kind of give a little bit of a picture of what happens from our side, we are in a pretty tight
bubble in usa swimming it's so fun to kind of talk about your experiences afterwards, how you experienced whatever, you know, gold medal performance, and compare it to what was going on in the audience with your family, with your friends unfortunately, that's not going to happen. everybody is going to be watching it at home on tv. >> facetime. they'll be there one way or the other. >> yeah. >> they certainly will. >> we're root for you, nathan. thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you, guys, for having me. >> thanks, nathan. all the best to baby parker, too. coming up next, one of our very favorite parts of the olympic experience you guessed it, the food the recipe for a modern take on classic japanese noodle dishes, and fun drinks to pair with them them thi'm morgan, and there's more to me than hiv.
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see the athletes back in action, but let's be honest. we want to dig into the food we really want to just take a bite of japanese culture >> yes. >> this morning, we're turning our attention to the noodle bowl which we can expect to see this summer the best part, you can actually join in on the fun by making these recipes right at home. >> beautiful here to show off her favorites is japanese travel and culture writer candice kumai, also an author you think of the great food in japan. you've got your sashimi, your sushi, your udi, your ramen. talk to us what do you have for us today? >> good morning. you guys are all so bright and shiny already. in japan, we love starting the day with a noodle dish, whether it is hot or cold. this one is hiyashi chuka. you can pair it with a ginger vinaigrette. what you do is just pour it right in >> i want that.
>> this one is called? >> hiyashi chuka or a cold ramen noodle bowl, which is delicious. and then to pair it off, i know you guys want to talk cocktails this time. the japanese are known for artisanal whiskey, which has been made since 1923 this is light and fresh. this is the ultimate tokyo drink called a highball. so this is just seltzer water right over, and that's it e. good morning. >> good morning to you i like the noodle dish that can be served at breakfast, lunch, or dinner you can eat that any time? >> yeah. you know, it gets so hot in hawaii and in japan, so we love our cold noodle dishes most ramen can be eaten hot or cold so i love making these dishes. this next one is a soba noodle
salad. so this one is made with peanut sauce. you just pour over a little bit of sesame seed on top. if you're in the mood for a good pairing when it is a spicy dish, i prefer making a martini with that. >> why not >> this is hilarious >> is it too early >> nope. >> no. >> noontime somewhere. >> exactly >> 13 hours ahead in japan >> we're late, technically >> matcha powder and a japanese haku rice vodka. it's made out of 100% rice it also is made with koji which has that umami back end to it. to make a matcha cocktail, whisk you mix it with a little liqueur or a little vermouth, and then you give it a good shake >> of course.
>> then when your friends arrive, you can wow them with your green sparkly martini >> yum >> i can't wait until we do this in the studio again. >> i know. that's all i kept thinking. >> i want to taste that. >> wow >> why is ramen such an important part of japan's food culture? >> you know, my mom is from kyushu, the mecca of ramen what we love about it so much is it is so filling and comforting. you can put anything on top of it it's very versatile. it's inexpensive, and it's been part of our history and culture for hundreds of years. due to the war, the japanese needed a filling, cheap, fast, easy food. ramen really became it so the other thing popular to contrary belief is ramen is either instant or cheap. really, to me, it's the ultimate comfort food what you want to do if you're making ramen noodles is make them to the minute then you ladle your hot soup, in this case, this is a meal. >> oh.
>> so good. >> by the way, impressive watching you direct yourself >> on-camera work. >> do it with confidence is it true or false, it's okay to slurp ramen into your mouth >> very good question. my mother would tell you it is polite in japanese culture to slurp your ramen it is saying to the chef, this is oyshi, which means delicious in japanese. it tastes good, and you're enjoying it. it is one of the only cultures that promotes the slurp. >> slurp that whiskey. >> thank you so much. >> great stuff. >> for the recipes, head to today.com/food. >> before we go, we have to get another look at our amazing athletes they've been with us all morning long their moms and dads are watching they're on our big board some are olympians, some are olympic hopefuls we want to see you in tokyo. you all, good luck at your trials we love you.
>> that's the best of us right there, they're getting ready hard work ahead, but we hope to see those faces in tokyo in t minus 100 days >> let's go already. >> far from over, next in the third hour, ryan lochte talks about his push to return to the olympic pool. then on the fourth hour, we're excited. we're bringing back the hoda and jenna olympics we tried one of the new tokyo games. it's called skateboarding. that's an olympic sport. >> what could go wrong >> but first your local news a very good morning to you. it is 8:56. i'm laura garcia. the centers for disease control holding a special emergency meeting today. this is in the wake of the announcement from both the fda and cdc recommending the halting of johnson & johnson's covid vaccine. regulators are looking into several cases where patients develop bloodclotting issues.
one case was fatal. it is important to note there have been only a handful of cases out of 7 million doses administered. this comes as california expands vaccine eligibility to anyone over 16. it takes effect tomorrow. johnson & johnson only made up a small part of the california vaccine that was partly due to lower supply levels following levels at the j&j, production plant. we are monitoring all of the developments and bob riddle will have updates. all day long on the bay area, marking 100 days until the start of the tokyo summer olympic games and we are holding a celebration in san francisco's japan town. you can treat yourself to a visit there. we'll have live coverage and on the twitter feed you'll find a lot more links.
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the third hour of "today." good morning and welcome to the third hour of "today" on this wednesday, april 14th i can't even believe we are talking about the 14th of april. >> i know. >> time is just flying. >> flying. >> i'm chanel here with al and dylan. craig is off this week, a well-deserved vacation it is a big morning. we are feeling the olympic excitement savannah calls them our little olympic outfits. >> our swag. >> we are 100 days away from the tokyo games and if it were a relay race we would be in the final