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world. the big reveal comes on what fans have dubbed star wars day, may 4th. as an, may the fourth be with you. >> it is an elegant weapon. young luke. >> captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, president biden's new push to vaccinate millions by july 4 and the new strategy to speed up those shots. the new goal: another 90 million shots before independence day, and reaching under-vaccinated communities. thousands of pharmacies will offer walk-in appointments and your doctor's office could have it, too. and the president says he's ready to roll out vaccinations for kids as young as 12 as soon as it's approved. deadly train crash, at least two dozen people are dead in mexico city after an overpass collapses, subway cars dangling, people thrown to the ground. tonight, what caused it. severe weather risk: tornadoes
slam the south, but the threat isn't over. nearly 40 million americans in the path of 70-mile-an-hour wind and flash floods. war inside the g.o.p.: the republican leader in the house says he's had it with liz cheney, the highest ranking republican to vote to impeach donald trump. breaking news: derek chauvin's attorney files a motion for a new trail. why he says there was jury misconduct. "irretrievably broken": bill and melinda gates reveal the reason for their split after their 25- year-old daughter speaks out. and the family reunited. a mother and son from mexico separated at the border in 2017 are back together after nearly four long years. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
>> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with the president's new goal to get 70% of adults vaccinated by july 4, part of what he's calling a new phase of his administration's fight against coronavirus. tonight, the white house says the plan includes shifting doses to local pharmacies, adding walk-in appointments, and closing down those mass vaccination sites. and the move comes as the rate of new vaccinations nationwide is falling fast. about half as many americans are getting their first shot now than were just a few weeks ago, and experts worry herd immunity may now be out of reach. well, mr. biden acknowledged today his new benchmark will require convincing people who have hesitant that the vaccines are safe, and he implored americans to avoid that misinformation and talk to people they trust who have been vaccinated. the president also suggested that the f.d.a. will soon sign off on giving pfizer's vaccineve to children as young as 12, saying the white house is already working on plans to offer the shots to teens once it gets approved. well, cbs' mola lenghi will have
more on that in just a moment, but first, cbs' weijia jiang is going to lead off our coverage from the white house. good evening, weijia. >> reporter: good evening, norah. as the rate of vaccinations plunges, the administration is shifting its priority to making the vaccine easier to get than ever before, especially in rural areas. but the president said that the big hurdle is also convincing those hold-outs to get the vaccine, arguing it's not only safe but a lifesaver. >> i'm here to... >> reporter: president biden he. once again pleaded with americans to get a vaccine. >> we need you to bring it home. get vaccinated. in two months, let's celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence from this virus. >> reporter: as of today, about 57% of the adult population in the u.s. has received at least one dose of the vaccine. president biden is aiming to get that number to 70% by july 4. he also set a goal to have 160
million adults fully vaccinated by then, compared to 105 million so far.0 the white house is focusing on three areas: vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as the f.d.a. authorizes it, which is expected soon. making it more convenient to get a vaccine, with more walk-in appointments, pop-up clinics and mobile units, and boosting vaccine confidence. >> i want to be clear: i've been saying this a long time but i really believe it. this is not a democrat or republican issue. >> reporter: but the demand for the vaccine is dwindling. the number of people getting a first shot or single dose is down 50% since peaking on april 11, two days before the administration announced a pause on the johnson & johnson vaccine. at least 25 states told cbs news they did not order all the supply that is available to them for this week. today, officials told governors that the doses they don't want
would be reallocated to states with higher demands. the president said the decision to get vaccinated should not be difficult. >> people who are not fully vaccinated can still die every day from covid-19. this is your choice. it's life and death. >> reporter: the president reminded young people who have been reluctant to get shots that it's not only about their lives but protecting others. weijia jiang, cbs news, the white house. >> reporter: i'm mola lenghi in new york. as the biden administration continues to plead with americans to get vaccinated, tonight, pfizer is preparing to seek full f.d.a. approval-- not just emergency authorization, for its adult vaccine, a step health officials hope will encourage more people to get a shot. >> i hope they do it quickly, because people, when they hear it's still emergency use, they still have a little concern about how far you can go with it. >> reporter: a federal health official tells cbs news the f.d.a. will also expand emergency authorization as soon
as this week for the pfizer vaccine to be used in anyone 12 and older as children now make up 22% of all new cases, compared to just 3% a year ago. >> we have excellent vaccines to prevent this virus, and we should use them. this virus is still raging in this country. >> reporter: more than three million children have been infected with covid. hundreds have died and thousands more have suffered from a related inflammatory disease. as many as seven million young people could be protected by the beginning of the next school year if vaccine authorization expands. >> in terms of getting kidsd ful fully back into schools, i imagine this will only help. >> yes, and you could argue that we could mandate vaccines for high schools to make sure that we don't cause disease in not only those children but in the only those c teachers with whom they come in contact. >> reporter: 80% of people who are trying to decide whether to get vaccinated say they prefer to discuss it with their doctor first. new york is the latest of a few states nationwide supplying primary care physicians with
vaccines. >> i decided to come over here, you know, get vaccinated because this is the only thing there is right now. >> reporter: so if not for your doctor, you do think you would be getting the vaccine? >> no. >> reporter: well, at its peak, lenox health in greenwich village here was vaccinating about 1,100 people a day. today about 600 people got a shot in the arm, which seems to reflect new york city. in recent weeks, the number of residents seeking their first dose of vaccine, dropped by two- thirds according to the state health department, norah. >> o'donnell: mola lenghi, thank you so much. in mexico city tonight, there are questions about the safety of one of the world's busiestf subway systems after an overpass collapsed monday night, triggering a train wreck that killed two dozen people and sent dozens more to hospitals. will grant reports from the scene. >> reporter: a view from above, revealing the fufull magnitude f mexico city's deadliest train disaster in nearly 50 years. today, a crane began removing the dangling train cars from the partially collapsed overpass.
it carefully lowered one of them containing four bodies to the it carefully lowered one of them ground. security cameras captured the moment when a portion of the elevated metro line came crashing down on the busy street below, killing nearly two dozen including children and injuring more than 70 others. they were rushed to local hospital where family members waited for word on missing loved ones. cristian osorio says he's looking for his sister who would have been riding the metro at the time of the collapse. at one point, firefighters had to stabilize the wreckage before continuing the search for more survivors and recovering more bodies.. mexicoco city has ththe second largest subway system in north america, behind new york city's, serving around four million passengers a day. this collapse happened on its newest line, which was completed in 2012, which temporarily shut down two years later for repairs. many question the structure's stabilility followowing a 7.11
earthquake in 2017. tonight, union leaders say engineers have been reporting failures on this line but weren't taken seriously. mexico city's mayor is vowing a full investigation that will involve reaching out to international experts to examine the line's construction. norah. >> o'donnell: will grant, thank you so much. and there is breaking news tonight from minnesota where derek chauvin's lawyer has filed a motion for a new trial in the murder of george floyd, citing juror misconduct. now, the accusation comes after a photo surfaced of one of the jurors, brandon mitchell, at a march in washington last summer, where floyd's family spoke. mitchell can be seen wearing a t-shirt reading, "get your knee off our necks." while the juror who spoke out after the verdict tells our cbs station wcco he was in d.c. for a voter registration rally, not a protest. chauvin, a former minneapolis police officer faces up to 40 years in prison at his sentencing next month. tonight, nearly 40 million americans across the south face the threat of severe storms.
the region has been getting hammered for days by tornadoes, hail, damaging gusts and flash floods. cbs' omar villafranca is in texas tonight. >> looks like a tornado. >> reporter: strong storms pounded the south for a second day in a row bringing severe weather to parts of louisiana, mississippi, and alabama, and hammering texas with heavy rain, hail, and several tornadoes. >> holy cow. >> reporter: like this one, southwest of forth worth. in waxahachie, witnesses say another tornado cut across a busy interstate sideswiping several big rigs forcing drivers to scramble to help people pinned by the wreckage. after the storm blew over the highway it came this way and came across a residential area. you can see it flipped this mobile home over. around three dozen homes and businesses were damaged by the storm. ellis county judge todd little: >> many barns, many things that
were just, fortunately, no human life was taken, and we feel blessed for that right now. >> reporter: eight people were treated at the hospital for injuries. the national weather service says that the tornado that came through here was an ef-2 with winds up to 120 miles an hour, and this is the kind of damage an ef-2 can do. you can see the side of this house was ripped off. but let me show you what 120- mile-an-hour winds can do. this is a two by four that impaled this trailer. now three people and their three dogs rode out the storm in this house under the stairs. and, norah, we're happy to report the people and the dogs are all okay. >> o'donnell: that is some good news. omar villafranca, thank you. well, tonight, it is war inside the g.o.p. as house republicans clash with liz cheney. she's the chairwoman of the house republican conference, over her repeated criticism of former president donald trump. cbs' nikole killion is on capitol hill this evening. good evening, nikole. >> reporter: good evening, norah. a rift has been brewing for
months between house minority leader kevin mccarthy and congresswoman liz cheney. the number-three house republican has been an outspoken critic of former president trump. she voted to impeach him afteret trump. the insurrection and has accused him of perpetuating the "big lie." some republicans want her removed from leadership because they feel she is becoming a distraction, but others, like senator mitt romney, have come to her defense, even after he was heckled by utah republicans saturday. in a hot mic moment, mccarthy told a fox news anchor off camera, he's had enough. >> reporter: a vote to remove cheney could happen as early as next week. her spokesperson says she won't perpetuate lies about the election or january 6. norah. >> o'donnell: incredible to hear her say that it is poisoning our democratic system.
nikole killion, thank you. all right, tonight a mother and son from mexico are back together for the first time since they were separated at the border by the trump administration nearly four years ago. cbs' lilia luciano has the emotional reunion. >> reporter: today feels like a dream to 18-year-old bryan chavez. outside the port of entry in san ysidro, california, he anxiously waits for his mother, sandra, who is crossing from mexico. the two haven't seen each other since being separated at the border in 2017, part of the trump administration's zero tolerance policy. seeking a safe haven from mexican cartels, bryan, 15 at the time, was placed in a refugee shelter while his mother was deported. ( crying ) finally tonight, a family ripped apart is reunited, and mother and son hold each other tight. >> there's clearly no words to describe the happiness that i'm feeling right now, and i'm really grateful with all the people that did this amazing work to allow my mom to come
back. >> reporter: more than 5,500 families were separated under the trump administration. more than 1,000 of those migrant children have still not been reunited with their parents. in february, president biden created a task force to reunite them. what does a moment like this mean to our whole country? >> you know, i think when we sa, babies being ripped out of their mom's arms at the border, when we saw children crying in cages, when we saw that level of cruelty, we really need to-- we needed to move quick to a moment like this. >> reporter: this family is the first of four celebrating reunions this week. end of a nightmare? >> yes. >> reporter: bryan chavez graduated from high school two years ago. his experience affected him so deeply, he's now working with an organization helping refugee children who are going through a similar crisis. >> we're going to try to, like, recover and, like, spend the most time that we can together. >> reporter: bryan is a permanent resident.
he has a green card. his mom may still have to make her case for asylum, but, norah, just as an anecdote, when sandra's grandson saw her, he ran up to her and asked, "grandma, will you stay here forever?" we know she'll be here for mother's day. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you. well, tonight, as the u.s. withdraws from its 20-yearlong war in afghanistan, a new large- scale military offensive is under way there. taliban forces are wasting no time trying to seize as much of the country as they can, and cbs' charlie d'agata reports from kabul. (heavy machine gun fire) >> reporter: from the moment u.s. troops started pulling back, the taliban went on the offensive. a fierce firefight shows afghanistan forces battling against taliban militants trying to overrun an outpost in laghman province. cbs news has obtained video of the taliban in that very region, a show of force right on the door step of the capital, kabul. the afghan military told us
coordinated taliban offenses are ongoing in 20 provinces across the country, including volatile helmund province, where u.s. troops handed over a base to afghan forces just two days ago. despite deploying elite afghan troop reinforcements to the southern province, local leaders warned today that helmund is on the verge of collapse. as the u.s. pullout got under way, we asked first vice president amrulla saleh his prediction. how long can they hold against the taliban? >> forever, afghanistan is not conquerable by the taliban. and one way or another, we will stand. this country will not bee by th. in one way or talibannized. >> reporter: that resolve is already being tested as the militant group steps up attacks. launching a major taliban offensive in helmund province carries with it symbolic significance, norah. those battlefields are some of the heaviest fighting against american forces during the 20-
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