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as we begin a new hour, a focus on the radicalization of the republican party from conspiracy theories, the gop showing who they are. the party of trump. plus, an in-depth look at america's pandemic response. what are we doing right? what are we doing wrong? and the risk that the new variants pose to the american people. and a broken freezer forcing officials in seattle to take a shot in the dark. an overnight action to keep hundreds of shots of covid-19 vaccine from being wasted. we begin with america's republican party.
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as the saying goes, when someone shows who they are, believe them. it's a lesson americans, including many republicans, are being forced to reckon with. it boils down to one simple question, to be a republican, must you embrace trumpism or reject it? >> is there just no room for disagreement in the republican party when it comes to donald trump? i mean, this is, to me, a form of cancel culture, is it not? >> it is, totally. if you look at matt gaetz going to wyoming because a tough woman has an independent view, and he doesn't want to go out to explain why he didn't vote for impeach. ment, that's totally republican
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cancel culture. >> and kevin mccarthy, visiting the former president in florida last week, indicating trumpism is here to stay. is the republican party in disarray, or has it become the party of disarray? megan molloy, and kimberly atkins, joining me now. i'm going to start with you, mckay. why is the strategy of collective amnesia going to be tough for republicans this time? >> it's going to be tough because first of all, a huge faction of the republican party remain dedicated to trumpism.
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to maga-style politics, conspiracy theories. we've seen that over the past week or two, where people like marjorie taylor greene have gained enormous influence and attention for fanning outrageous conspiracy theories and beating the drum of trumpism. and the republicans who come from the old guard, establishment, trying to put distance between her and them get shouted down by a lot of the right-wing media. that will be the problem with collective amnesia. >> here's what adam kinzinger said about his vote to impeach donald trump. >> explain this difficulty that some of your colleagues are in. >> it's really difficult. imagine everybody that supported you, or so it seems that way, your friends, your family, has
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turned against you. they think you're selling out. i've gotten a certified letter twice from the same people disowning me and claiming i'm possessed by the devil. but this is the time to choose. >> what does it say about the hold trump still has over the supporters, spurring them to eat their own there? >> it says a lot. it says the fact that you have all of these republicans who are still putting donald trump above everything else. even after he's left office. we saw this coming in the 2020 election, the republican party didn't put out a platform. it was just to support donald trump. and they're continuing with that platform even after his administration to the point that there is no room for any sort of dissent, even in defense of democracy. we have a former president who will be tried for inciting an insurrection. he's going to have to find a way to defend himself with this
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changing legal team that he has. one thing he doesn't have a problem with is the political support of the majority of the party, and it's really interesting. for years now, we've been talking about this civil war happening within the republican party. and it's playing out in a real way. >> do you really think it's a civil war? is there enough effort on the other side to make it a civil war, or is this who they are and this is where they stand? >> i think a lot of this, when you look at the republican party, and those backing donald trump right now, they're backing it for a reason, and it's always been what the gop stood for. this idea that the election was stolen. why? because the votes of people, particularly black and brown people in places like detroit and atlanta and milwaukee were counted. that's exactly what is behind the voter suppressive laws like voter i.d. laws that went into
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place right after barack obama was elected, and the gutting of the voting rights act. this is how republicans think they can win. donald trump took it to an entirely far level, but it was a lie, a big lie, based on little lies that republicans have within telling for years. in that way, they're showing exactly who they are, who they've been for many years. >> megan, the fear here is that trump has such a hold on the base of the party that republicans would lose without his support. there's a counter to that, which is the hill reporting that more than 30,000 voters who had been registered members of the republican party changed their voter registration in the weeks after a mob of pro-trump supporters attacked the capitol. how concerned should republicans be, what happens if the party is
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only left with trumpists? >> they have two self-inflicted problems. there's no longer any consequences for bad behavior. i remember when justin amash was kicked off of a committee for voting differently than paul ryan. and now, marjorie taylor greene is on the education committee. and they're not punishing those folks, and they're being rewarded. the second huge issue is that the gop lacks any sort of long view or long term vision for the party. they can't get over the last four years, and they're somehow still living in fear of donald trump tweeting them, and in fear of a base that isn't loyal to a party but an individual.
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so they're foregoing the opportunity to create a value proposition for the next generation of republican voters and a growing number of independents. i'm from mississippi, and i'm very familiar with brain drain, and that is what is happening with their party right now. and at some point, as you said, it's a game of numbers. and right now, the numbers just aren't in favor of those reasonable republicans. >> mckay, to megan's point about how this is no longer necessarily about conservative ideology, but rather about loyalty to trump, here's represent kinsinger today. >> the republican party has lost its moral authority in a lot of places. when i ask what is a conservative principle, how many people think it's build the
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wall, charge the capitol, and have an insurrection? and i agree, it's -- i will sit here and defend conservative principles, but it's hard to have seen an insurrection three weeks ago, to say that's no big deal. >> is there any appetite to have that conversation about principles? >> so, this is the problem, right? the republican party under trump ceased to be in any meaningful sense a conservative party, right? conservatism as presently defined is equated with xenophobia, race-baiting, sure, all of those things are central, they're all tribal. people are lining up behind the red team and backing whatever the leaders of their party want at this moment. i do think there is still an audience for actual
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conservatism, but the current wave of defections is only the latest in a years-long exodus of college educated suburban voters who either became independents or voted for joe biden in this election, because they were so put off by the trump era gop. they're not going to come back to a party where marjorie taylor greene is the face of the party. >> and this idea that there have been lies all along the way, that the big lie was predicated on. you had people saying impeachment is the way to hold people accountable, that's certainly true, but i wonder if there are other ways to do that, of rooting out some of the core lies.
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the lies about immigration, not wanting to actually reform a broken system, and where do you think the opportunities may be in the next six months to a year to begin rooting those out? >> the biggest lie is that fraud has existed in the election system in a widespread way for years and years. it hasn't. there has been evidence -- no evidence that it has. study after study has shown it's minimal. but that's the justification republicans have put forth, whether in 2010, with a dozen restrictive laws, voter i.d., voting hours, early registration, of the election of barack obama. and again in 2014, after the 2013 decision by the supreme court. and they used this idea that they have to make elections secure. it shows that with surgical precision, according to one court, it could prevent mostly black and brown folks and poor
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folks from voting, people that are mostly voting democratic. and it's become a republican tactic to stop as many votes from the other side as you can. and as we call out the big lie of election fraud from donald trump, we must call out the other lies, too. right now, even in places like georgia, the republicans there are at this minute pushing for more restrictive laws. that's one thing you have to look forward to, not just in the next year, but perpetually to call it out and understand what it is. >> megan, i want to get you on one last quick thing. former vice president pence is reporting he's beginning to build a political future without donald trump, including making plans to form a policy focused fund-raising committee. what do you make of that, megan? >> it will be interesting to see what mike pence decides to do in the future. i think it's not all that unlike trump saying he's going to go off and start his own new
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political party, the patriot party. as we're having these conversations about where the republican party goes from here, we kind of forget that there are 70-plus million people that did in fact vote for donald trump. and voted for him after four years of a record, knowing exactly what he stood for and what he didn't stand for. i think, yeah, of course, they're going to have to find a home for those people. i think the real danger is, it wasn't all that long ago in 2012 when the republican party wrote its own autopsy. one big thing was, if we're going to be viable as a party in the future, we have to do better with women. look at what this administration did with women. i think you kind of, building on that, look at what the leadership in congress is doing to liz cheney, trying to demote her and promote marjorie taylor greene.
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more power to mike pence, i wish him well. but i think it will be a real turning point for the republican party to see what he and donald trump do. >> the autopsy is quite a relic at this point. thank you all so much. still ahead, a reality check on vaccine distribution. getting the shot, a huge hurdle to jump, with new variants here. and protests across russia are not giving up demands for putin's opposition leader to be released. as president biden will give his first foreign policy address. and also, richard lui is standing by. >> a major winter storm, walloping the country. 100 million people are in its path over the northeast. winter storm warnings, with
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50-plus mile an hour wind gusts and more than a foot of snow in some places. and part of california's highway 1 got washed into the ocean by a mudslide. former president trump announced his new impeachment defense team, david schoen and bruce castor jr. will head his legal team in the upcoming impeachment trial. five of his previous lawyers just left his defense team less than two weeks before the trial. more "american voices" right after this short break. after this short break really? i didn't-- aah! ok. i'm on vibrate. aaah! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ at t-mobile, we have a plan built just for customers 55 and up. saving 50% vs. other carriers with 2 unlimited lines for less than $30 each.
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the process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals into the community as a whole did not exist when we came into the white house. as everyone in america has seen, the way in which people get vaccinated is chaotic, it's very
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limited. >> the president's chief of staff making clear they have an even heavier lift than expected to get people vaccinated. case in point, 20 million doses of the vaccine are missing. all 50 states in the union say they need more shots to meet demand. the cdc is picking up the pace on distribution, preparing to ship out more than 10 million doses tuesday. the stakes of getting vaccinated or more dire now that new variants are all but certain to create a surge in infections. >> the surge that is likely to occur with this new variant from england is going to happen in the next 6 to 14 weeks. and if we see that happen, which my 45 years in the trenches tell us we will, we are going to see something like we have not seen yet in this country. you and i are sitting on this beach, where it's 70 degrees. perfectly blue skies, gentle breeze, but i see that hurricane five, category 5 or higher, 450 miles off shore.
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and, you know, telling people to evacuate in the nice blue sky day is going to be hard. but i can tell you that hurricanes are coming. >> joining me now, dr. james hamlin and with us, the founder of the covid tracking process. alexis madrigal is with us. the u.s. variant has reached 30 states. can you talk me through how it compares to the other strains and since you are the data guy, are they tracking each of these strains in each state? >> sure. you know, the main difference, on a functional level, from the previous strains that we have been dealing with, it appears to be more transmissible. and you know, it was already a pretty transmissible virus. you make it more transmissible and you have serious problems. in the united states we did not invest a lot in genomics.
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we cannot know where the other variants like the ones from brazil or south africa really are. there's some work being done. some tracking being done by the cdc, but we did not invest nearly as much as the united kingdom. >> dr. hamlin, we now have a variety of vaccines. that is great news. at the same time, there's a sliding scale of efficacy among the vaccines. does it matter which vaccine you get? >> right now, if you have access to a vaccine, if you are in a group that qualifies, i would not hesitate to take whatever vaccine is available. we need to use all of the weapons that we have right now to prepare people, they have all proven to be very safe and very effective and so i would not worry about that right now. when it comes to the variants they seem to be working effectively still against them as best we know with slight differences. but what we're seeing with the variants coming from brazil and
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south africa seems to be an ability to evade immune responses. in addition to the uk variant and transmissibilty the capacity that we are seeing in the variants should light a fire under us to getting vaccination done as quickly and efficiently as possible and thinking beyond the u.s. border. we cannot just get to herd immunity in the united states. because if it continues to roil around the world, it will continue to mutate, and we will get more and more dangerous variants that will have the capacity to evade immune responses and our vaccines could be rendered less effective or ineffective. >> alexis, a study is suggesting that the covid death toll is actually about 44% higher than the cdc count. what is the administration doing to improve transparency? you have been ringing the alarm bell on this. >> they have been doing a good job. cdc has been rolling out new dashboards and bringing out information that was hidden by the trump administration.
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there's still a long way to go, but we are seeing some major improvements. in terms of death reporting one of the core problems is that this country is so decentralized when it comes to public health response that it's extremely difficult to know how many people have died of covid. just because of the complexity of having so many local officials who are in charge of this kind of reporting. and all that stuff has to filter up through the states and eventually to the federal government. one thing that i hope really, really changes in this administration is to put in the infrastructure in place to have something that approaches realtime kind of analytics for infectious diseases. >> you have shown us how complicated this all is. dr. hamlin, dr. fauci shared this prediction about getting back to normal. take a listen. >> talked about getting back to some form of normality, you generally talk about approaching what we call herd immunity. where you have enough people vaccinated that the level is so low, and people are generally
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protected as a group, as a cohort. i believe that will be somewhere between 70% and 85% of the population. if we rev up the vaccinations within the months of march, april, may, june, july, i believe by the time we get in to the summer, we will be approaching that. >> do you share, dr. hamlin, that level of optimism? >> i think, respectfully, dr. fauci is thinking too narrowly about this problem. if we get to 70% and even if that did constitute herd immunity in the united states, if there's countries around the world that are nowhere near that level of vaccination, where the virus is still spreading widely, and replicating and evolving, we will get new variants and we know this virus has the capacity to evolve to evade the immune system. so i would expect that by the time we get to that level, we
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will be dealing with new variants. we need to think of 70% of the globe, not the united states. >> to that point, we are talking a lot about the vaccine. i want to make sure that we are talking about testing. you had the biden administration promising to make covid testing regular, reliable and free. your sense of the progress that has been made on the testing front? >> you know, i think vaccines have consumed a lot of the early biden administration covid efforts to be honest and i don't think testing has gotten as much attention as was expected. can i respond quickly to what jim said? >> please. >> i share the fear that leaving the global situation untouched will be a problem for the united states. but a good thing about the vaccines and something that has been shown over and over is there's pretty great protection even with the new variants against serious illness and death. and if there's one thing i want to leave viewers with that is a hopeful message, i think we should expect to see that if we get to the level of our population where most older
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people are vaccinated, or all, we will see deaths come way down. even if we continue to see transmission. and i see that as a hopeful message that i hope is getting across to people so they get the vaccine. >> thank you, alexis, for that dose of optimism, and thank you both for reminding us how global this is. again, thank you. next, how will the president handle a familiar american foe, president putin? new details of how their diplomatic relationship has kicked off. and later, a plan to address a massive problem made worse by the pandemic. american moms leaving the workforce. g the workforce. they customize your car insurance so you only pay for what you need. wow. that will save me lots of money. this game's boring. only pay for what you need. liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. t-mobile is upgrading its network at a record pace. we were the first to bring 5g nationwide. and now that sprint is a part of t-mobile
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anti-putin protesters refuse to give up. chanting by the thousands, and arrested by the thousands for daring to demand the release of opposition leader alexei navalny.
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[ speaking foreign language ] >> since these protests broke out two weeks ago, russian police have detained thousands. some of them beaten in the process. with that backdrop, all eyes on president biden, who is expected to outline his foreign policy vision tomorrow aimed at restoring america's global image. and yet to be determined, how this president will deal with president putin who faced little opposition from trump. joining me now, julia ioffe from "gq" magazine. tell us more about what we are seeing out of russia. thousands are arrested and including journalists what are we watching unfold there? >> it's a day of unprecedented protests and new records were set in two bad categories. the most police out ever in the streets, and the most people arrested, over 5,000 people. we saw yesterday the head is the media organization founded by pussy riot, that covers the
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judicial system and penitentiary system. he was arrested for a retweet, about the protests. they left his toddler in the street. 82 journalists were arrested and others were warned with visits to their homes and, yeah, i don't know if you saw some of the scenes coming out of moscow, the blood-stained floors of the paddy wagons, as we are seeing on your screen. some pretty powerful stuff. >> yeah, powerful indeed. secretary of state anthony blinken tweeting support for the protesters today. he condemned the police violence against them. called for navalny's release, your thoughts on how much of the path forward between the u.s. and russia now hinges on the fate of navalny? >> oh, i think a lot and a little. >> yeah. >> i think, you know, i think
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there's not that, all that much the u.s. can do to pressure russia. russia is going to say this is interference in our internal politics. and, you know, to us, it's going to, to americans it will sound similar to things that we were saying after the 2016 election. and i think, i don't know, there's not that much left in biden's tool kit, to be honest. sanctions are cranked up high already. they haven't done that much damage to the russian economy, which is suffering regardless because of low oil prices and corruption and economic mismanagement. that is one of the things driving the protest. real income is down 10%. poverty is up and prices for basic goods are skyrocketing. the government is struggling to keep a lid on them. it's implementing centralized price controls for grain, eggs, cooking oil, and sugar and
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things like that. i think the processes internally as usual are going to be more important than anything the u.s. can do. but, you know, it can take symbolic actions like sanctioning some of the russian officials that navalny and his associates have in a letter to president biden, have requested to be added to the sanctions list. >> julia, of the cornucopia of crises that the president has walked in to, one of them huge is restoring america's standing in the world. where does russia fit in the picture? >> it's taking in a tone that is more in line with america's values, frankly, and not overlooking things like putin using military grade nerve agent, not just on its own soil, but on british soil. you know, former president trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into taking some of the punitive measures against russia after the poisoning of
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sergei, again, reinforcing what merer stands for which is, you know, freedom of the press. freedom of assembly. free elections, things we have not heard out of the white house in four years. >> julia, thank you so much for your time tonight. and be sure to check out andrea mitchell reports tomorrow at noon. she is going to be speaking with biden's secretary of state, anthony blinken, right here on msnbc. next, activists, hollywood heavyweights ask for rights for moms. and how a freezer failure in seattle triggered a race against time overnight to keep hundreds of covid-19 vaccines from going bad. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ among my patients, i often see them have
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why focus on women with children? >> because we have lost four times as many women in the pandemic for every father who left the workforce, three mothers have. it's a national crisis. if you look at our labor participation, over 30 years of hard fight progress has been gone in less than nine months. and so we have to do something about it. we need a 360 plan to get mothers back to work. >> and why focus on direct payments? >> look, i think that we don't value what we don't get for free. and when they decided to close down the schools and they thought about hvac equipment or teacher safety, they didn't think about us. they just assumed that mothers would homeschool their children, and there's still talk that we may not open the schools in the fall. basic income is important, and affordable daycare and child
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leave, and that scools are open safely five days a week. and we have to think of retraining many mothers who have left the workforce because the industry has changed. we need a 360 plan and i think this is a part of it. >> this is a crisis that will have a long tail. amber, what made you decide to add your name to the list of supporters? >> you know, we now understand in much better terms the value and utmost importance of the term essential worker, given the last year with the pandemic. and i really want americans and the biden administration to think of women, most especially women of color, as essential workers of the household and of our everyday livelihood. women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men. if we saw men leaving the workforce in that rate it would be a national emergency. that's a fact. motherhood is not a favor. women are vital to our economy and sanity and it's important that we get women back to work
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as soon as possible. >> there's been, of course, pushback. some of the pushback has come from fellow feminists and progressives. i want to read this critique that was penned by samantha eddis and amy nelson. they write, when you encourage legislation that prioritizes parenting by one gender you encourage an indivision of labor. think of the all the men who will feel vindicated saying, you do the laundry because you are getting paid for it. and the plan for moms excludes households that have two dads, single fathers, and grandparents as primary caregivers, why focus on mothers and not caretakers more broadly? >> first of all, that op-ed does not give mothers enough credit. i think we can make our own decisions. i think secondly, look, as the ceo of girls who code, people tell me all the time, what about the boys? and the reality is that we have a gender crisis in technology. so we had to focus on teaching girls and creating curriculum that was targeted to them.
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similarly, we have a crisis when it comes to working mothers. and if we don't do anything about it, we are going to fall even further and further back. the reality is, any economic recovery plan has to put mothers at the center. like amber said, listen, if fathers were leaving at this rate, we will call it the marshall plan for dad and i bet you that we would have one already. >> would you be open to a marshall plan for caretakers? >> i think that paid leave does include caretakers. affordable daycare will benefit caretakers. many of the stuff we are talking about will benefit all of us. i had a friend that called me and she was laid off by a fortune 100 company because of the flexibility she needed, because schools were, you know, unstable right now. and she called me crying and said, you know, i cannot believe that i have become a statistic. that feeling is being felt across millions of households. it is mothers who are paying the burden of the covid crisis and it's mothers who are being penalized. we know we have a motherhood
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penalty and fatherhood premium. and it's just gotten worse and we have to do something about it. and here's the thing, we cannot change what we cannot name. and, yes, i am all for an aspirational society where labor is shared equally. but guess what? it's not. and we have to change the situation of where we are at right now. and the reality is, it's mothers who are doing this unseen labor. period. and they are losing their jobs because of it. >> amber, to her point, there is this one piece, which are the targeted payments and a lot of other stuff, passing paid family leave. policies like affordable child care, pay equity. you know well, these are debates that have been had for years. do you think in the moment there's the political will to get it done? and if not, how do you create that sense of urgency beyond this letter? >> i think we do it by doing exactly what we're doing right
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now. if you can see the rest of the room, there's kids' stuff everywhere. there's toy train tracks all over the floor. yet i'm wearing my hot ass blazer because i do two things at once. that's what women and mothers do all the time. and you don't see it. the general public does not see it. they don't see what goes on at home. at home. so we're in a situation where the more we talk about it, the more we ask for what we need and not just ask, but demand what we need for equality and for women to be able to come back to the work force. we have to just keep our voices present in the conversation, otherwise it's going to be trampled out with questions, what about men? what about these other things that matter? yes, they do, but right now as reshma said, we are in a total space of inequality. and while we are in a space of inequality, in a massive pandemic in which, you know, 100% of the jobs lost in december were women, there's no other conversation that needs to be this right now except for this, in my opinion. >> reshma, i think people understand the crisis that is happening in this moment. i think what is even harder to get people to focus on is the
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long tale of this crisis. can you talk through a little bit how this will affect the economy and not just women themselves, but their families, their communities for years to come? >> well, absolutely. listen, we've worked so hard, you know, for equality, for equity. we still have more work to do. as amber said, black women, latin ex women have been affected doubly so. there is inequity in women of color. we know when we sit around the table things don't get done. we need women solving climate, covid and cancer, and the only way we do that is to continue on the path that we were on before covid-19 happened, where women had a seat at the table and women of color were being elevated at that table. >> reshma, amber, thank you both so much. we'll be right back. we'll be right back.
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a race to distribute covid vaccines on the verge of expiring, leading to a very sleepless night in seattle. sorry w he had to. after a fridge failed at the kaiser permanente hospital, clinics stepped up to save the moderna vaccine. hundreds signed up for last-minute appointments, some turned up in pajamas to get their shots. >> we didn't have to dress up. i came as i am, and we are here now. when we're done, go back to bed. >> i love it. not a single dose of the vaccine
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went to waste. joining me dr. guy hudson, swedish health services in seattle. dr. hudson, your team's quick thinking. how did the late-night clinic come together >> well, it came together very quickly. and so when we received a call at 10:00 p.m., that one of our health care partners needed an assistant to get these vaccines in arms in a short amount of time due to the fact they were going to expire, the team jumped into action and within an hour we had everything up and running and going and distributed just shy of 900 doses in the course of 4 1/2 hours. >> were you looking for folks who needed priority or were you doing first come first serve? >> actually we had two priorities. one is to fulfill the 1-a and 1-b criteria, the tiers we're looking for with our electronic sign-up system. also we needed to get vaccines in arms so they wouldn't expire. so we did our best to adhere to
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the guidelines and were able to do that very successfully in almost every case. >> this is a crisis and watching that footage is just incredible. do you feel like there were lessons learned from what you were forced to do that could be applied more broadly as we figure out how to get this vaccine to as many people as possible? >> the biggest lesson i think that we're all realizing from this is it takes everybody working together in order to get vaccines in arms and stop this pandemic. and so for organization to come together, what it means to do this was evident the other night. >> the washington state department of health says around 1% of residents have been fully vaccinated so far. your sense of what's slowing things down in your state? >> one of the biggest issues we're dealing with right now to be honest with you is supply. we can move much more quickly if supply would come into the state and get distributed so we could get vaccines in arms more
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quickly. >> january has been the deadliest month of covid in the country. what are you seeing across the swedish health system? >> well, we've definitely seen our share of covid cases. from the time it first came into the pacific northwest on january 21st of last year, and we were able to get to vaccine in less than a year, in my opinion, is just a miracle of modern science. and so, you know, we've seen hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of patients in swedish who have been cared for in this pandemic. >> the u.k. variant is already in your state. how are you preparing for the spread of the new covid strains? >> well, the teams are prepared and they're protected. we're continuing to move forth is with vaccinating as many people as we can. as we know more about these strains and actually how they get transmitted from one to the other, we will do our best to keep up with this and take care of those in need. >> you've talked a little about
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how supply is actually the issue. but now that you've tried this after hours approach, any plans to continue doing that as huh-uh ramp up vaccinations should you get those supplies? >> well, you know, we are a 24/7 operation anyway. but running the clinics with volunteers, 120-plus per clinic, we've been able to get over 52,000 shots in arms in the past six weeks. and so we're ready to step up as needed. >> dr. hudson, i can't thank you enough for giving us something positive, some good news that we can all enjoy on this sunday. really appreciate it. thanks for spending some time with us. >> thank you so much. >> you got it. that is all the time i have for today. i'm alicia menendez. i'm going to see you back here next weekend, 6:00 p.m. eastern, for more american voices. for now i'm going to hand it over to my friend joshua johnson. hi, joshua. >> hey, alicia, stay warm with this nor'easter on the way.
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see you next weekend. good to see you. hope you're staying warm wherever you are. america is watching and waiting as washington haggles over the next round of covid relief. ten senators plan to unveil a new proposal tomorrow. how will it bring us closer to a bipartisan deal or perhaps farther from one? the division centers around the former president's impeachment trial. that is set to begin in one week. this evening he announced his legal defense team. it will consist of two trial lawyers, david shone is and bruce castor. the other lawyers left the team. what can we expect from this team and the trial? from nbc news world headquarters in new york, i'm joshua johnson. welcome to "the week." ♪♪ the statistics are bad enough. more than

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