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penguins. >> they're not going to know i am not really a penguin. >> thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next. back at 6:00. join us then. >> see you then. johnson & johnson vaccine back in use. more states restart with it today, but some americans don't trust it and why millions are now skipping their second dose of the other vaccines altogether plus the sporting event that packe 15,000 fans into an indoor arena the united states rushinin supplies to help india in its battle against what has become the worst covid surge in the world. hospitals don't have enough oxygen to keep patients alive growing calls for the u.s. to share its vaccine supply too and the major change for travel just
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announced. vaccinated americans can now visit europe this summer. our new poll on the president's first 100 days how the country thinks mr. biden is doing on covid, immigration, and the one campaign promise both sides say he has failed to deliver. back to work stress the growing anxiety so many are feeling as companies plan a return to the office. >> super anxious and super stressed. >> how you can prepare for the shift back. and the miracle on 14th street. how a chance encounter at a new york city subway station changed three lives forever. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow good evening the johnson & johnson covid vaccine became more widely available today, but there are many people unwilling to take it and across the country, growing signs of hesitancy to take any vaccine at all in some areas, that means fewer people are signing up for a shot where there is plenty of supply. contrast all that with
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the increasing covid crisis in india, where they desperately need more treatments and vaccines the world health organization now calling on countries with excess to send it there. we'll have a report from overseas in just a moment, bu we begin with sam brock in miami. >> reporter: on florida's first full day of johnson & johnson re-entering the vaccine marketplace, many took a pass >> they didn't want to take chances. >> reporter: or voiced strong opposition for their loved ones. >> it's concerning for me as a parent, or as a daughter, you know, family member, whatever you don't want to be that person going through any type of side effects. >> reporter: one mom already vaccinated with j&j was seeking it out for her 18-year-old daughters. >> it's only six cases out of more than 8 million people who got the shot so, it's very minimum. so, i felt safe.
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>> reporter: going on full court press to let the public know that the vaccine is effective and low risk >> benefits outweigh the risks even for younger women. >> reporter: a fragile american psyche butting up against a race to get shots in arms at the indianapolis motor speedway, acceleration once again j&j doses. >> any vaccine into any arm is a win >> reporter: while in san francisco, a green light in the golden state. >> i wouldn't have gotten the johnson & johnson. it's too risky, especially when there's other options. >> reporter: right now, some are turning down shipments due to lack of demand in arkansas 17 counties are cutting back according to the "arkansas gazette. >> people may have wrong information about the vaccine. >> reporter: with less than a third of the country fully
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vaccinated, like this ufc fight in jacksonville packed without many masks and america's most famou quarterback, tom brady, in attendance. >> i don't understand people not getting the shot because it's not only for you it's for other people. >> sam, there's a major change just announced for vaccinated americans looking to travel abroad >> reporter: kate, that's right fully vaccinated americans can be traveling to the european union by this summer, but there's no specific time line provided, and that banks on the idea, kate, that the united states is going to be approaching herd immunity by mid-june kate >> good news for a lot of travelers sam, thank you let's go to india now where the situation is growing increasingly dire. covid is hitting harder than anywhere else in the world now. the u.s. vowed to help but some say it's not enough matt bradley has more. >> reporter: tonight, a global response to the covid crisis
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ravaging india drug treatments, rapid diagnostic covid-19 testing kits, ventilators, ppe, oxygen supplies and ingredients for producing vaccines so far only 1.5% of india's population has been fully inoculated. the president tweeting tonight, we are determined to help india in its time of need but help couldn't come soon enough. for the fourth day in a row, india broke another world record in daily new covid infections, nearly 350,000 sunday an aggressive mutant variant no match for the country's underfunded medical system hospitals are turning patients away for lack of oxygen, medicine and beds >> indian hospitals desperately need oxygen, ventilators, even some pharmaceuticals. these are things that the united states has in excess right now. >> reporter: the world health organization calling on wealthier countries to step up >> the solution is straightforward. we need countries and companies that control the resources that
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could save lives to share. >> reporter: india is now calling on the u.s. to release an unused stock pile of astrazeneca vaccines, which aren't even approved for use in the u.s. and they want the u.s. to lift restraints on suppliers who make most of the world's vaccines >> unvaccinated populations in the world are going to spread new mutations and variants which ultimately are going to put american citizens and american businesses at risk >> reporter: pro-india policy that could put america first. >> beyond the u.s., how are other countries helping out? >> reporter: britain is sending nine planes loaded with supplies and the european union announced today they're going to be sending aid as well. kate >> all right matt bradley, thank you. also overseas, there was a massive
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and deadly fire at a hospital caring for covid patients in baghdad, iraq. 82 people were killed, dozens injured many were on ventilators and unable to escape the blaze that was sparked by an exploding oxygen cylinder we're getting our first look tonight at that indonesian submarine that was found off the coast of bali, nearly 3,000 feet below the surface. there were 53 crew members on board all perished, and the accident is under investigation. a decision could come as soon as tomorrow over whether or not a north carolina judge will release body camera video of andrew brown's deadly encounter with sheriff's deputies last week. the case igniting nationwide outrage and there are increasing calls to see what really happened in brown's final moments. kathy park is there. >> his family needs answers. >> reporter: tonight family members preparing to see andrew brown jr.'s final moments after he
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was shot and killed by by pasquotank sheriff's deputies >> the family is ready to see this body camera footage >> but there is no guarantee? >> there's is guaranteed. >> reporter: this comes days after growing pressure on the sheriff to release the video. he said he will put in a formal request monday. >> because we want transparency, we want the body camera footage made public. >> under north carolina law, the body camera film, video can only be released with the approval of a superior court judge. >> reporter: so how soon could the judge okay the release of the footage? could it be in a matter of hours? could it be days >> it could be in a matter of hours. it's up to the judge. >> reporter: four days ago, deputies were attempting to serve brown a search and arrest warrant on felony drug charges. dispatch audio reveals some details on the deadly shooting. >> we've got one male 42 years of age, gun shot to the back.
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>> reporter: searching for answers, grieving family members want accountability. >> now i've got to live every day, my newborn, without even getting a chance to meet him at all. and that's going to hurt me every day. i just want justice. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: those calls growing louder each day until deputies share details. >> kathy, we understand seven deputies are now on administrative leave >> reporter: kate, that is right. the sheriff says they will be held accountable if they violate any laws meanwhile, an outside investigator will be brought in to investigate this shooting as well >> kathy park, thank you. tonight, we are bringing you the first in a week-long series of nbc reports, examining president biden's first 100 days in office. our new nbc news poll shows how american think he's handling key issues like covid, immigration.
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kelly o'donnell has more >> reporter: a first record for the president. >> my first 100 days in office. >> reporter: in a new nbc news poll, his approval rating stands at 53%, while 39% disapprove, placing president biden ahead of donald trump, but behind barack obama at the same 100-day point. of republicans surveyed, just 9% approve of the president's job performance. confronting the pandemic, mr. biden's stewardship earns a 69% approval with a majority of americans, at 61%, saying they believe the work is behind us, including tennessee republican scott carey. >> on the covid response i think he's taken the leadership role i was hoping he would. >> reporter: but political discourse, raw and contentious, is reflect t in this big number 82% surveyed say the country is divided rather than united >> the only way we come through this is
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if we come through together as americans. >> reporter: turning to immigration, signs of trouble just 33% support the job he's doing among the sharpest critics, progressive democrats, angered by the white house back tracking then delaying a promise to welcome thousands more vetted refugees from around the world. the president says he will increase the refugee cap later. democrat austin coker studies immigration. >> i think it was a real shock to the conscious of people following refugee policy >> reporter: on the economy the president's stewardship climbs to 52%. on gun policies, just 34% support his actions. >> do i agree with biden 100% absolutely not >> reporter: but joe says he is satisfied with the president so far. >> i think that he just needs to keep politics boring, and i think this country is going to serve well.
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>> and kelly, president biden has another big first this week tied to the 100-day milestone. >> that's right. the president will deliver his first joint address to congress on wednesday night. because of covid restrictions, the house speaker is limiting attendance to about 200 of the normally more than 500 lawmakers who would attend kate >> big story this week kelly thank you. still ahead tonight, millions skipping their second dose of the vaccine. how risky is that? also the new record nasa just broke on mars.
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we're back with what public health officials say is a troubling trend. millions of americans getting their first dose of the covid vaccine but failing to get their second more on why so many are skipping that second dose. >> reporter: as the vaccine rolls out, 138 million americans have gotten at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine. new cdc data shows 8% of people have missed their second shot of the moderna or pfizer vaccines a "new york times" analysis says that amounts to about 5 million people, though some may have been missed in the data by getting the second shot at a different place than the first. >> a lot of people got scared especially after they put a pause in the johnson & johnson and said maybe vaccines aren't safe when, in reality,
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vaccines are very, very safe. >> reporter: the reasons why some skip their second shot vary, with a number of vaccine suppliers canceling second dose appointments because they ran out of supply others worry about side effects or think the first shot is effective enough nathan novice is a college professor who was nervous about getting his second dose after experiencing ringing in his ears, but ultimately decided to move forward >> all the doctors i spoke with said, well, it would be worse to get covid than have this ringing in your ears because covid might lead to death and that would be be very bad. >> reporter: in arkansas officials say data suggests 11% may have skipped their second dose. health workers are now calling people to make sure the shots haven't been missed. tonight the bide administration says 8% is relatively low compared to other multi-dose vaccines, some believing 80% efficacy off the first dose was enough.
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how important is it to get a second dose? >> if you only get one shot you may not be protected against all the different variants because your immune system is not ready for it. >> reporter: in the race toward herd immunity, doctors stress the second dose is key to full protection. guad venegas, nbc news we're back in a moment with dramatic new video from the border and the moment two young children are lowered over the 30 foot wall plus what you need to know if you'r stressed about heading back into the office again.
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we're back with some shocking new video of a dangerous border crossing from mexico into california the footage from u.s border patrol cameras shows a smuggler being lowered to the ground with a small child on his back next a woman holding her toddler is sent
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down the 30-foot wall with a piece of rope agents took all of them into custody. nasa's mission on mars is breaking another record today its ingenuity helicopter flew over the red planet for the third time in a week look closely you can see it right there, today's flight going faster and further than the previous two, covering a distance of about 330 feet at a speed of about 4 1/2-miles-per-hour here's a question for you. are you feeling stressed out about going back into the office in person a lot of us have been fortunate enough to be able to work from home this past year now companies are starting to bring people back, but some say they simply aren't ready for the way work used to be here is kristen dahlgren. >> thank you for sending over the agenda. >> reporter: for lindsay bennett -- >> before we get started. >> reporter: -- a year of working from home >> there's a lot i love about working from home. >> reporter: will soon be coming to an end. is there anything that
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gives you anxiety about returning to work >> i'm really worried about losing a little control of the personal things. >> reporter: like time with her 6-year-old. >> i'm also anxious about just my schedule now. i will have to travel. i'm anxious about being away from my daughter. >> reporter: she's not alone. in january a recent gallup poll showed almost half of u.s. workers prefer to continue remote work >> i'm just going to be superanxious and superstressed. >> nerve-racking it makes me nervous. >> i didn't realize how much i didn't like working in an office until i didn't have to anymore, and i don't think i could ever go back. >> reporter: leaving businesses to figure out what a post-covid workplace looks like. >> i expect that the future of work is going to be very much a hybrid or distributed work force. a lot of businesses are moving to a model where their employees have flexible work arrangements. >> reporter: this woman is an associate
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general counsel and director of human resources. she gets it. working from home has helped her balance life with her kids but she started to prepare them and herself for a return to work. she says the first step is talking to your employer about how you're feeling and what you want. >> if you don't communicate about what your hopes are and how you're feeling, they're not going to know about it and they might think that you're just fine don't forget that all of your colleagues are probably feeling anxious too. >> reporter: lindsay is looking forward to seeing colleagues and returning to many parts of her job in sports marketing, if she can hold on to some of what she has learned over the past year. >> whether it is me saying i'm not coming to this meeting because i want to go to my gymnastics practice or telling my daughter i'm going to miss gymnastics practice because i have a very important meeting. we have to be able to extend grace to ourselves. >> reporter: grace to help embrace a new normal kristen dahlgren, nbc news. up next the story made headlines across the country. now the incredible
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happy ending more than 20 years after a man found a baby in the new york city subway
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there's good news tonight about a good deed that led to a lifetime commitment and a couple who have now written a book about their journey, hoping to inspire others to seize the moment when life suddenly gives you a possibility you never expected >> reporter: it all started in this new york city subway station. it was the summer of 2000 social worker danny stewart was rushing to meet his boyfriend, peter mercurio, for dinner. >> so, as i was exiting, that's when i noticed on the ground was this bundle. i kind of made a note like, oh, some little
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girl left her doll on the ground as i was going up, i looked back one more time and that's when his legs moved. >> it wasn't a doll, but an abandoned newborn baby. >> my heart was racing i just could not believe there was a baby on the ground. >> he called 911 and the baby went to foster care. the case made local headlines for weeks, but after months with no sign of the parents, danny was asked to attend the court hearing. that's when the judge asked a life-changing question. >> she says, would you be interested in adopting this baby all eyes were on me in the courtroom, and i said, yes but i don't think it's that easy she smiled and she chuckled and said well, it can be. >> had you guys even been thinking about starting a family? >> no, no. >> but when they visited the baby, there was no question. >> holding him and seeing --
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seeing danny hold him for the first time was quite powerful danny looks down at him and he says, remember me? those two human beings that had a connection, that found each other that night >> they named him kevin and fatherly instincts kicked in. >> we just slathered him with love and affection. >> reporter: they married when kevin was 12 and now more than 20 years after finding him, pete wrote a book called "our subway baby." >> you look like an angel. we need to be reminded of hope, possibility and love, and this story seems to do this. >> this was the night that he was found. there are some nights i wake up and i think, oh, that didn't happen and then i'm like, no, we have a kid in college. >> danny, thank goodness you turned around and looked again. >> we think about all those little things that happened that aligned so perfectly. >> i didn't know that this kind of deep love existed until kevin
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came into our lives. >> kevin is studying mathematics and computer science by the way, they are all still friends with the judge who asked danny if he wanted to adopt the subway baby. she even presided at their wedding. one last note for you tonight. the latest in my digital series, "the drink with kate snow," focuses on how to get to the top of your field. what to do when that's over speed skater apolo ohno joined me it's on the drink or "nbc nightly news" podcast. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, stay safe and have a great night.
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. right now at 6:00, wet weather hits the bay area tonight. we are tracking the storm as it moves through, but how long will it be here? the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thanks for joining us. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. rain, glorious rain, the bay area got some today. it's clearing up. you knew it couldn't last. we got clouds, we got some rain drop and slick roads. >> rob? >> let's look at the one camera that does have rain. that's dublin, finally seeing some showers, 54


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