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we're going to cross straight to atlanta where we're getting a briefing on the shooting that took place in the state of georgia. let's listen in now to deputy chief of police charles hampton jr. >> be it chief bryant with many of the civic leaders of these communities. as you all know, there was definitely a joint operation that led into the swift apprehension of the suspect. within three hours of our last homicide, this individual was captured. and it could not have been done without the efforts of our state and federal partners. as a result of that, though, we still have an investigation that is still ongoing. our investigation is separate from the cherokee county's investigation. our investigation is slightly different. we had four asian females that were killed, and so we are
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looking at everything to make sure that we discover and determine what the motive of our homicides were. again, it's just very important to let you know that we are not done. in most cases of homicides, we don't have a quick apprehension. there's usually a lengthy investigation, especially when there's involving multiple victims. and so again, we're still working very diligently to ascertain all the facts so we can have a successful prosecution because that's what's most important now. so i was hoping that we would be able to release the names of the victims, but we are not able to do that at this time. and the reason is we need to make sure that we have a true verification of their identities, and that we made the
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proper next of kin notification. so again, i thought we were going to be able to do that, and out of respect of the lives and of the family, we want to make sure that we do that privately before we release the names of our victims publicly. again, you know, we can have a couple of questions. but again, it's very important that everyone knows that our investigation has not concluded, and it's still ongoing. >> so is the investigation -- the investigation into a possible hate crime, is that still on the table? >> our investigation is looking at everything. so nothing is off the table for our investigations. >> reporter: yesterday after cherokee investigators said that right now they don't think it's a hate crime and this suspect had a bad day and said some things about sexual addiction.
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people criticized them for saying it so early and for what he said. i know you cannot speak for the people who said that, but what do you make of the position -- >> i don't have a position. i'm only going to comment about our investigation. and again, we're -- we're not prepared to talk a lot about what has been said because, again, we're not trying to try the case in public. this is, again, this is a tragic and, again, we try to remember that eight families are impacted by this. and we wouldn't be doing justice by putting a lot of this information out in the public, and especially if -- in our cases where the next of kin has not been notified. so i know it's tough. i know there are a lot of questions that want to be answered, but again, we just ask that you respect the families
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that are still mourning and some who may not even know yet. and so that's the real key part of for our victims that our victims' next of kin have not been officially notified. >> reporter: being able to identify the victims of having reached the family members -- >> i'm sorry? >> reporter: do you anticipate being able to release the identity -- >> as soon as we verify and make those notifications, we're working with the office of the republic of korea also to make that verification. but as soon as we are 100% sure and notifications have been made, we will definitely release those names. >> reporter: that will likely go beyond today? >> yes, yes, ma'am. >> reporter: because they're from a different country, that's the main -- >> that creates part of the delay, yes. >> reporter: is there any indication that the -- is there any indication the suspect had visited those spas previously? >> right now, early in our investigation, it appears he may
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have frequented those locations, yes. >> reporter: both of them? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: is there anything more about the suspect -- did he have encounters at those locations or with any of the victims -- >> not right now. i can't be able to answer. >> reporter: you believe he had been specifically -- >> i can say he frequented the locations, yes. >> reporter: did he target the specific individuals that he shot and killed? >> i will not say that. again, i will just say that unfortunately they were at that location. i can't say that he specifically targeted those individuals. but you know, what i will say is that he did frequent, as the question keeps coming up, he did frequent those two locations within atlanta. >> reporter: is it also -- is part of the problem in identifying the victims, do they not have any family members in the united states, or all the family members are overseas in korea? >> i'm not saying that. again, we just want to make sure that we do our due diligence of
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that. we may -- some family may reside stateside, some may be even here in the atlanta area. but again, we want to make sure that we do our due diligence to make sure the identification of the victims have been handled first. >> reporter: have you ever -- have police ever been called to those locations -- >> again. i think that was addressed last week -- i mean, we've had recent -- not recent, we've had some incidents there, calls there. but again, that's not why we're here. >> reporter: any word on -- [ all talking at once ] considering his reportedly mental illness -- >> i'm not sure about any mental illness. all we do know is he did purchase the gun the day of the incident. >> thank you. >> all right. so that was deputy chief of police there charles hampton jr., the atlanta police department, updating us on the state of the investigation into
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the deadly shooting at two spas in georgia, the metro atlanta area, both in cherokee county and atlanta, talking about the inability of law enforcement to yet identify all of the victims, saying they're working with the consular service office, the embassy, the republic of korea, to work on that front. he did, though, say he is not ruling anything out. he was asked about whether or not they were able to determine a motive or whether or not they were taking the issue of this being a hate crime off the table to come he responded saying nothing is off the table, we are investigating and continue to investigate these shootings. there are obviously four asian women that were killed in one of the spas there in atlanta that fall under his jurisdiction. he distanced himself from the comments made by a spokesperson or a police officer at the cherokee county police department, one that has been drawing some controversy, saying that the shooter had had a very bad day and he was able to rule out that this was not based on the testimony or at least the
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statement given by the shooter that this was not a hate crime. that was obviously something the deputy police chief there was asked about. again, he distanced himself from those comments saying their specific investigation has not ruled or taken anything off the table. we're going to continue to follow the story out of atlanta. we have a lot more on that throughout this hour. we are also following another breaking news story that we're waiting for from the white house. in just a few minutes from now, we expect to hear president biden from the east room at the white house as he marks the milestone of 100 million vaccine doses administered since he took office. now that is 100 million shots in just 58 days, to be clear. that is 42 days ahead of his much-touted campaign promise of getting 100 million shots by his first 100 days. it is a sign of the intensity of this administration's ongoing efforts to curb this pandemic. the current daily pace of vaccinations in the united states, it is about 2.4 million per day, and that 100 million
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shot is believed to be going out somewhere in the u.s. right about now. we're going to bring those comments to you live once they get under way. meanwhile, one of the first major diplomatic clashes the biden administration is also unfolding at this hour. russia has called its ambassador home, and vladimir putin is responding to biden calling him a killer, saying it takes one to know one. the white house says it has no regrets. >> does president biden regret calling vladimir putin a killer? >> no. the president gave a direct answer to a direct question. >> and in addition to those stories, new exclusive video of a baseball bat attack on capitol police during the january 6th insurrection. nbc news' washington affiliate has just obtained this footage through a court order. we're going to show you more of that exclusive video in just a minute. let's start with today's major milestone for the biden administration. joining me nbc news
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correspondent monica alba. good to have you with us. while this is a major achievement for the biden administration, no you got that, the work as they have said is far from over. what do we expect to hear from him today as he marks in milestone? what next steps are they working on? >> reporter: that's a good way to put it. there have certainly been moments of incremental progress that can be celebrated, but the road toward any destination resembling normalcy is still a very long one. that's something the white house is definitely clear eyed on, and that's something you're going to hear from the president here in the next couple of minutes. but he is expected to out to the fact that before the 60th day of his administration, they were able to administer more than 100 million shots in arms in these first 100 days. that was a goal that candidate and president-elect joe biden laid out back in december, back when there were a lot of questions about just how feasible and attainable that would be, and then when he took office, the vaccination pace
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under the former administration was actually at a good enough clip and rate that they were going to feel pretty confident about getting to that goal until that time frame. but the fact that they're hitting it more than six weeks early -- we expect the president to talk about that, but then to also continue to urge americans to be vigilant and to continue to make sure they sign up for their vaccinations once they are eligible. it also comes, though, as we're learning that the u.s. is going to give some millions of doses of the astrazeneca vaccine, which has not been approved in the u.s., to our north american partners, mexico and canada, which won't affect, again, the u.s. population getting vaccinated. but it is a signal that because we expect to have a surplus, now the united states is looking out to help other countries, as well, on this path to vaccination. >> all right, live at the white house for us, monica, thank you. turning to russia where president putin is directly responding to president biden's tough words for him and recalling the country's
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ambassador to washington, d.c., so the kremlin can begin talks to prevent a, quote, irreversible deterioration of relations with the united states following eye-opening comments by president biden about vladimir putin himself. watch. >> he will pay a price -- we had a long talk he and i. i know him relatively well. and the conversation started off, i said, i know you, and you know me. if i establish this occurred, then be prepared. >> reporter: you said you know he doesn't have a soul. >> i did say that to him, yes. and -- and his response was, we understand one another. >> all right. joining us from moscow, nbc news matt bodner and form u.s. ambassador to russia and professor of political science at stanford university, ambassador michael mcfall. great to have both of you with us. matt, i'll begin with you. bring us up to speed on what else russian authorities are saying right now and the reaction in moscow this evening to president biden's blunt comments. >> reporter: thank you, ayman. it's been a wild ride here in moscow today on this one.
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to put it mildly, russian officials and the russian state media are not happy with these comments at all. and we've seen some very strong statements just starting with the kremlin's spokesman at his daily briefing today saying, you know, these are negative comments and shows that biden doesn't really want to try to improve relations with russia, and that moscow is going to proceed under that assumption. now what was really interesting today was that president putin himself actually waited pretty deeply -- waded pretty deeply into this. earlier in the afternoon he was on russian state television, and he was asked about that killer comment. and he had this really rambling response where he -- he recounted the history of native americans in north america and said, you know, it takes one to know one. and then asked if he would say anything to biden if he had the chance, he said, yeah, i would just wish him good health. sincerely without irony or any joke. and you know, throughout the
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afternoon, we saw that theme played with in the russian state media. very interestingly actually, just about an hour or so ago, president putin again on russian state television said that he just came up with an idea and wants to propose some kind of online, one on one, live-streamed discussion with biden before the russian and american people. and i don't know about you, but that kind of sounds like a clubhouse invitation to me. and so i think we'll just have to wait until tomorrow's kremlin press briefing to get a sense of whether or not that's a legitimate proposal or what's very clear at this point that putin has decided that it's time somehow to have a substantial discussion with the american president. >> yes, to that point, ambassador mcfall, the kremlin says that its ambassador had been called back to moscow as a -- as these u.s. ties had reached a, quote, blind alley. your reaction to what you're seeing out of russia this
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evening, this late evening proposal, if you will, from vladimir putin to have a one-on-one conversation with the american president in front of both russian and american publics, what do you make of all of this? >> well, it's a pretty dramatic action to recall your ambassador. that's only happened a few times in u.s./russian and u.s./soviet history. they're trying to make the statement by calling back the ambassador. the substance is not going to change. we're talking about the theatrics of u.s./russian relations. guess what, president biden doesn't want to improve relations with russia. and guess what -- president putin doesn't want to improve relations with the united states. when they can cooperate as they just recently did in extending the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty, both governments are going to do so, and i applaud that. but i don't think there's any desire by either the kremlin or the white house to have a reset in relations and to figure out ways to improve relations. that era is over.
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>> let me play for you since you brought up the issue of mutual interest, let me play for you what jen psaki, the press secretary, said about the dispute earlier. >> president biden and president putin certainly have different perspectives on their respective countries and how to approach engagement in the world. but where they agree is that we should continue to work -- look for ways to work together, as was noted in part of president putin's comments. and there are areas of mutual interest. >> do you see any daylight there between what president biden said and what jen psaki is saying in terms. cooperation and areas of mutual interest? here's the president calling the russian leader a killer, and at the same time saying he has no soul, but at the same time jen psaki saying if there's areas of cooperation, we're going to work on it. >> i do. but i think it's limited. so the basic philosophical approach of the biden
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administration toward russia, not that different than their approach toward china, by the way, is to engage when they can, contain when they must, and that's -- they're going to both of those things. but there's a deficit in terms of bilateral issues where the united states and russia can actually cooperate on something substantively. in the multilateral dimension, i think there's more there. on pandemics, on climate change, on stopping iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. in those multilateral issues, i think russia and the united states can cooperate, but the bilateral agenda i think is very thin. and neither side has any illusion that's some happy talk and some nicer words between the two presidents will somehow launch this bilateral relationship in a different trajectory. >> ambassador, when you survey where we are right now in our relationships around the world, are you at all concerned that we have these relationships with both china and russia that can be ad best described as adversarial? here you have president biden
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talking about the russian leader in these terms. you also have calls by republicans and democrats for the biden administration to take a tougher position with china. we'll see what comes out of that meeting in alaska with the secretary of state. but you have to be looking at this and saying these are the three biggest superpowers in the world. obviously not equal, but nonetheless influential. and yet, the u.s. has adversarial relationships with both of them. >> that's exactly right. so that's an analytic statement. that's an enormative statement. that's the book -- right now, it's exactly about the three powers. and what i would say about that is there are structural tensions between the united states, russia, and china, that has to do with power and also has to do with idealogy and regime type. it's not an accident that both china and russia are auto cracies. we, the united states of america, are also an ideological power, and both mr. putin and
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mr. xi know that. i not the challenge moving forward for diplomats is to manage those sets of issues so that we don't fall into military conflict first and foremost, but also make sure that we cooperate when we can, we contain their belligerent actions abroad when we must, and first and foremost try to manage these relationships, not try to have some breakthrough either with china or russia. i just don't think that's in the cards right now. >> all right. that was an inadvertent plug for your forthcoming book, you have a standing invite to come back when the book is ready to talk at it at length. ambassador mcfall, sir, thank you. always a pleasure. greatly appreciate your insights. matt staying up late in moscow with that news, as well. disturbing news in washington. a san antonio man was arrested near vice president kamala harris' residence and was found to have an ar-15 rifle and large amount of ammunition in his car according to police. the vice president and her
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husband, doug emhoff, have not been living at the observatory since the inauguration as it's undergoing repairs. this comes as congress just received an intelligent report laying out the rising threat of domestic terrorism. the unclassified executive summary of the report requested by president biden particularly warns about the danger of white supremacists and militias and predicts that some threats could likely grow in the coming months. joining me is jennifer wexton whose virginia district includes parts outside of washington, d.c. congresswoman, thank you so much for your time. you have probably seen the report. it echoes what we've heard recently from fbi director christopher wray and the department of homeland security. do you think congress is doing enough right now to address these growing domestic threats? >> well, we are definitely taking it more seriously than we did in the past. and i'm glad that the biden administration is taking it seriously, as well, because these are real and growing threats and they're going to continue to be a threat in the future.
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so we need to do what we can to learn as much as we can about them and help combat them. >> you recently sent a letter to your colleagues from dr. serena liebengood, widow of the capitol police officer who died by suicide after the capitol hill insurrection. i want to read a part of her letter. "i am writing to express appreciation for your recent exchange with acting u.s. capitol chief pittman regarding my late husband's death in the wake of the january 6th attack upon the capitol. her reluctance to designate his january 9th suicide as being in the line of duty is a wrong which must be rectified. " there's no way to convey what our family is going through as we struggle to function in our grief. we never could have imagined we would lose howie so early in our lives after assisting riot control on the 6th. the u.s. cp scheduled howie to work lengthy shifts in the immediate days following. he was home for very few hours over the course of four days.
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although he was severely sleep deprived, he remained on duty as he was directed. practically around the clock from january 6th through the 9th. on the evening of the 9th, he took his life at our home." it's just a heartbreaking letter when you read these words. do you think you'll be able to get classification for officer goodman's death changed, and are you concerned that not changing it may have a negative impact on other officers willing to come forward with their own mental health struggles? >> well, the capitol police's treatment of howie libengood so far has had an effect on capitol police officers seeking help. the family wants broad-based mental health concerns and mental health assistance for the capitol police. because the capitol police right now, the leadership seem to just want to sweep this under the rug and pretend it never happened. it's devastating to the capitol police officers who had to respond on that day, and we need to ensure that we get
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broad-based mental health supports in for them. >> yeah. >> for my constituents and for that designation and for other law enforcement officers, as well. >> yeah. i just wanted to note that the capitol police said in a statement that the department provided the officer's family with its death gratuity payment and noted that members that took their lives after the tragic events were not considered line of duty. we remind our viewers if they or someone they know is struggling, the national suicide prevention lifeline is available 24 hours. the phone number to call is there on your screen. finally, the house overwhelmingly passed a resolution awarding congressional gold medals to the u.s. capitol police and the d.c. metropolitan police for their service during the riots. what message do you think this sends? >> that we appreciate them. that they're valid -- their service and valor will. be forgotten, and they deserve the honor of the congressional
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gold medal. >> all right. the same time, legislation that would create an independent bipartisan commission to study the events of january the 6th is stalled unfortunately with both parties divided over the make-up of the committee and the scope of the investigation. i'm curious to get your thoughts if an independent committee is not possible, what will the house do to further investigate the capitol hill insurrection? what should be done, do you think? >> we have the ability to investigate through our committee structure, and i think we will continue to do that while we are trying to come up with a bipartisan commission. but i do think that the best thing to do would have a bipartisan commission to really investigate in depth what happened and to take the politics out of it because it's so important moving forward that we have a result that is based on the facts, based on the evidence, and that the american people have faith in. but that will not stop us from moving forward with our own investigations here and fixing our issues here with the capitol police and our own security going forward. >> all right. congressman jennifer wexton, thank you so much for your time.
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>> thank you for having me. as we mentioned at the top of the program, we're awaiting president biden to speak at the white house any moment to mark the 100 millionth vaccination dose. we'll bring you that live even if it means busting out of this commercial break to do so. doo . pads were similar. until always discreet changed that. by inventing a revolutionary pad, that's incredibly thin. because it protects differently. with two rapiddry layers that overlap, where you need it most. for strong protection, that's always discreet. it's time to question your protection. it's time for always discreet.
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let's cross over to the white house. president biden. >> shots for the virus in the first 100 days of our office, 100 million shots in 100 days. it was considered ambitious, some even suggested it was somewhat audacious. experts said that it -- plan was, quote, definitely aggressive, and distribution would have to be seamless for us to be successful. one headline simply put it, quote, it won't be easy, end of quote. it wasn't. when i took office, when we took office, there was a lot that had to be done. needed more vaccines, more vaccinenators, more places for people to get vaccinated. and we needed a whole of government approach. so i directed jeff zines, coordinator of our covid-19 response, to put us on a war footing, and i meant that in a
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literal sense, to get us on track to truly beat this virus. and i'm proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met my goal of administering 100 million shots to our fellow americans. that's weeks ahead of schedule, and even with the setbacks we faced during the winter storms. and that's another big step on the path to checking the -- putting checks in pockets and shots in people's arms. when we crossed the 50 million doses just three weeks ago, i told you that every time we hit the 50 million mark i'd update you on our progress.
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today, 65% of people age 65 or older have received at least one shot. and 36% are fully vaccinated. that's key because this is a population that represents 80% of the well over 500,000 covid-19 deaths that have occurred in america. we have nearly doubled the amount of vaccine doses that we distribute to states, tribes, and territories each week. we have gone from one million shots a day that i promised in december, before we were sworn in to an average of 2.5 million shots a day, outpacing the rest of the world significantly. and here's how we accomplished this -- using the power given to a president under the defense production act, we expedited critical materials and vaccine production such as equipment, machinery, and supplies.
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we work with vaccine manufacturers to speed up the delivery of millions more doses and brokered a historic manufacturing partnership between competing companies who put patriotism and public health first. these steps put us on track to have enough vaccine, enough vaccine supply for every adult american by the end of may. months, month earlier than anyone expected. and we stood up or supplied more than 600 community vaccination sites that are administering hundreds of thousands of shots per day. we launched a federal pharmacy program which has allowed millions of americans to get a shot at one of -- excuse me, one of 14,000 local pharmacies in this country. the same way they get their flu shot. and for folks who aren't near a pharmacy or mass vaccination
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center, we've supplied more than 500 mobile clinics like popup sites or vans, meeting people where they are, meeting people where they are. we developed -- deployed nearly 6,000 federal personnel, including fema, active duty military, and department of health and human services to support vaccinations and serve as vaccinators, putting the needle in people's arms. we're supplying vaccines to community health centers to reach those who have been the hardest hit, the hardest hit and suffered the most, especially black, latino, native american, and rural communities. this is really important because we believe that speed and efficiency must be matched with fairness and equity. when vice president harris and i took a virtual tour of a
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vaccination center in arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope, a dose of hope. that's how she phrased it. behind these 100 million shots are millions of lives changed when people receive that dose of hope. grandparents can hug their grandchildren again. frontline workers who can show up at their jobs without the same fear they used to have. teachers with the confidence to head back into the classroom. these milestones are significant accomplishments. but we have much more to do, much more to do. and the american rescue plan will help us do it. in addition to the cash payments
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to you and your families, it also provides the funds to add vaccinators, to supply more community vaccination -- support more community vaccination centers, and increase testing. it will help us accelerate nationwide efforts to reopen our schools safely. and as i told the nation last week, i've directed all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults eligible to be vaccinated no later than may the 1st. i'm glad to see that several states are already taking that step to make more and more americans eligible, even before may 1st. tomorrow we will hit 100 million doses our administration has administered. i've always said that's just the floor. we will not stop until we beat this pandemic. next week, i will announce our next goal to put shots in arms.
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this is a time for optimism, but it's not a time for relaxation. i need all americans, i need all of you to do your part. wash your hands, stay socially distanced, keep masking up as recommended by the cdc, and get vaccinated when it's your turn. now's not the time to let down our guard. in the last week, we've seen increases in the number of cases in several states. scientists made clear that things may get worse ads new rare -- as new variants spread. getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to fight back against these variants. while millions of people are vaccinated, we need millions more to be vaccinated. and again, i need you to get vaccinated when it -- when it's your turn, when you're able to do that. i need your help. i need you to help.
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not just the country but your family, your friends, your neighbors, get them vaccinated, as well. if we keep our guard up, stick together, and stick with the science, we can look forward to a fourth of july that feels a bit more normal with small groups able to gather for cookouts in back yards. and where we begin to declare our independence on independence day from the virus. look, together, together we're going to come through this stronger, with renewed faith in each other, and our government that fulfills its most important function -- protecting the american people. let me be clear again -- wearing this mask in the meantime, making sure you wash your hands, making sure you socially distance, listen to the cdc. we've got to reach the point where we have herd immunity meaning where we have a vast -- majority of the american people
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have been vaccinated before we can stop wearing these. so please, please don't let what happens what you see in europe, what you see on television. keep the faith. keep wearing the mask. keep washing your hands. and keep socially distanced. we're going to beat this. we're way ahead of schedule, but we've got a long way to go. just wanted to bring you up to date. i thank you very much, and may god bless america, may god protect our troops. thank you so much. >> mr. president -- >> all right. that was president biden there accompanied by the vice president, kamala harris, marking the 100 million shots that have been administered in this country. he anticipates that number being hit at some point tomorrow. taking a moment to remind americans that it is a time for optimism, but not a time for relaxation.
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he also said behind these shots are the 100 million people, there is a dose of hope for every single family. he took the moment to out to some of the success the administration has been doing, including getting the number of senior citizens or those above 65 to being fully vaccinated to at least 36% right now. there are about 65% who have received at least one shot. doubling the number of doses being shipped out to states and counties, as well as the promise of trying to get a vaccine for every adult in this country by the end of may. let's bring in nbc news monica alba back with us, as well joining us yahoo! news medical contributor and founder of advancing health equity and founder of punch bowl news and nbc news political contributor. i'll start with you, dr. blackstock, let's talk about this milestone for a moment. one of lines that stood out from
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the president, him saying it is a time for optimism but not a time for relaxation. >> yeah. absolutely. this was a very sobering statement. it's a momentous milestone, yes. and president biden did there by being incredibly organized, by increasing manufacturing of vaccines, by increasing vaccination sites, and who's eligible to vaccinate. however, we are nowhere close to the end of this. we need to keep going, keep pushing, and hopefully we'll be able to ramp up vaccinations over the next weeks to months as the variants are here and cases are plateauing, and we're concerned about a fourth wave approaching. >> we have talked about getting to herd immunity, it's something the president also referenced in that speech there. i guess -- herd immunity would be about 75% to 80%, we're obviously still nowhere near that number. when do you anticipate us reaching herd immunity if
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everyone is going to get vaccinated? >> right. so i think that depends on multiple factors. obviously the vaccine supply we have, a significant proportion of the population that still has some serious and justified concerns about the vaccine. and then we also have the variant fear, and we're seeing as in europe cases may be going up, especially in some states. and so you know, every american should be eligible for the vaccine by the end of may. my hope is that by the end of summer we should have a critical percentage of our population vaccinated to create a safer environment for everybody. >> yeah. we're certainly steaming ahead for those above the age of 65. monica, reviewed some of the inness that the president touted for us, everything from the number of mobile clinics to the number of personnel involved in what he described as putting the country on a war footing. >> that's right. and he was then able to talk about the american rescue plan, of course, his $1.9 trillion
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covid relief bill, saying that a lot of money within that legislation now can go toward things like making more people vaccinators so they can administer the shots. also more mass vaccination sites. things like that that then the president says are going to be able to set new benchmarks and new goals. i thought it was notable that he said next week he was going to give the american people another deadline of when they hope to have another either 100 million shots in arms or something perhaps even more ambitious beyond that. so he has said he wants to keep people posted, essentially every 50 million shots or so. he wants to give america a progress report on vaccinations. i was really struck also by this level of warning and making sure people know as they start to think about spring break and summer plans that this isn't the moment to take the foot off the gas pedal because as people like dr. fauci and dr. walensky have warned, there is risk and alarm.
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people still need to keep wearing those masks. something that the president has urged people to do for weeks and months now. remember, he asked the public to wear those face coverings for the first 100 days in office. it will be interesting to see whether once he does get closer to the 100-day mark he has to then continue to ask people to wear them because as we know public health experts have said those masks are likely here for longer than we realize, even if the public is vaccinated. something else the white house has promised but not given us more detail on yet is they said by may 1st there will be a website, a clearinghouse for people to go and get more information on when they're eligible and where they can get their vaccines. we know anecdotally some people have really struggled with this, even though they maybe are allowed to get shots, they've had trouble getting an appointment. that's something the federal government wants to help with, as well. they plan to have that in the next month and a half. >> jake, i know it is rare in this currently polarized political climate that you live in in washington, d.c., to see members across the aisle pat each other on the back.
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but is capitol hill impressed with what president biden has been able to accomplish in these 100 days? do you get a sense that they share the sense of optimism that he is touting there in this speech? because you know, i watched the comments from senator rand paul today and his questioning to dr. anthony fauci, and he's talking about this being theater. the fact that people are being asked to wear masks while they've already been vaccinated. >> well, rand paul's never worn a mask that i could tell since he's had covid health officials have asked of him. you asked two very good questions with two very different answers. is there comity or bipartisan comity, the answer is no. but there is just a general level, a general sense that things are improving significantly. republicans would say, listening we wouldn't be here -- listen, we wouldn't be here without operation warp speed and the trump administration's work on the vaccine. and there's no question that it
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got jump-started under donald trump and that the effort has improved tremendously under joe biden. but ayman, the most amazing thing to me is that what we see here is joe biden setting realistic and achievable goals, and then reaching them. he understands because he listens to experts what is possible, right. he doesn't say we're going to be over this in a couple of weeks, stay inside for a couple of days, and the virus will be gone. we'll be rocking by this date or that date. no, he sets goals that he knows that the -- the country can achieve, and then he achieves them. so it's not difficult to under promise and over deliver, you just have to be willing to do that. and that's what i think you see joe biden doing here. and monica alluded to this. next week he's going to set another goal, and then that goal is going to be based on information. i will say one other thing, it still remains in the background that this $1.9 trillion package
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that he's out to -- touting did only pass with democratic votes. yes, people are impressed, but no, there's not sort of any sort of larger takeaway to take away from that from the vaccination situation. remember, a lot of -- three members of the senate, republican members of the senate, 25% of the house of representatives is still unvaccinated by choice. >> incredible. let's talk, dr. blackstock, about the next 100 million shots. is it going to be harder to administer those 100 million than the first -- for a variety of reasons, the location of people, getting access to them. are people going to lose the motivation to keep getting vaccinated and ultimately is it going to be harder? >> you know, i think that there may be advantages. i think for the portion of the population that has concerns about the vaccine, the wait-and-see types, i think actually seeing people that they know get vaccinated and seeing
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that most people have very minimal side effects and are doing fine after they're vaccinated can potentially be reassuring. and those folks when it's their time to come will actually be, you know, accepting of the vaccine. i also hope that some of these logistical issues that we've encountered over the last few months such as, you know, people were requiring broadband access or something smartphones to sign up for these websites to be vaccinated, that we're finding other ways to get people vaccinated by bringing as president biden said the vaccine to the people. also ensuring that we're doing this and using an equity lens. >> all right. dr. black good stock, monica alba, thanks for wrapping this up with us. coming up, police at the capitol, our affiliate in washington receiving this video after a court order. we're going to show it to you after the break. the break. i'm a. we built our 5g nationwide so millions of people
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all right, now to the latest on the surge of undocumented migrants at the southern border. the biden administration said it was only admitting unaccompanied minors to the u.s. earlier the press secretary indicated a small number of families are actually coming into the country. >> there has been some less participation in keeping some of these families in mexico than in the past. but the vast majority of people, vast, vast majority who come to the border are turned away. the border is not open. these are very limited scenarios. >> now some of the families being allowed in are going to mcallen, texas. that's why we find nbc news' dasha burns. good to have you with us. wham are you seeing there, and what do we know about why it took so long for the administration to be more forthcoming about this? >> reporter: hey, ayman. we've been here for several days now, and what we've been seeing is customs and border protection bringing buses full of migrant families and releasing them here in mcallen.
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most of them head to local shelters, and from there go on to another destination in the u.s. now, folks in the biden administration say that there has not been a substantial policy shift, but what we are seeing and hearing from hearing community leaders is that there's a substantial reality shift here on the ground. they are seeing more migrant families come in. what we are learning from people like sister norma when's been working with migrants for a long time and the mayor of mcallen is around the time of biden's inauguration mexico stopped allowing the u.s. to expel migrant families with children under the age of 6 to their country so right now families with children under 6 years old are being allowed in and that is what people are seeing here. there is an increase. my colleague just got new numbers on this.
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in february according to data of customs and border protection, nearly 60% of families in february allowed to stay in the u.s. compared to 38% in january. homeland security secretary mayorkas did acknowledge this in a statement saying mexico's limited capacity strained the resources including in texas. when the capacity of mexico is reached we place them in proceedings here in the united states. and the reason they're being released here is because of our own capacity issues here in the united states. we did get access to sister norma's shelter and some others of churches in this area and we have been seeing a lot of young families with young children. sister norma said she is having 300 to 500 people a day come through her shelters and expecting the numbers to increase. >> dasha burns, thank you for
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that. breaking news this afternoon on the investigation of the insurrection, new video shows a alleged rioter beating police with a baseball bat. prosecutors say immanual jackson of maryland seen pushing through the doorway with the crowd repeatedly striking a u.s. capitol police officer. joining me now is scott mcfarland. tell us more about how you're able to on tan the videos with the court order and what is the latest? >> we got the video. it gives you a new perspective how ferocious things were january 6th. the video the feds say shows jackson swinging a makeshift bat at police, really pushing close proximity to officers. he is just 20 years from old in prince georges county, maryland. a d.c. suburb.
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this shows you it wasn't just hand to hand but weapons along with the bear spray that police were trying to hold the line against. the videos will take on new importance because getting away from january 6th the question's going to be asked, how many of these individuals should be held pretrial? dozens of cases nbc news learned defendants in jail awaiting the next hearing but the courts are basically closed here. you have the prospect of defendants held for months or a year waiting for the day in court and judges reviewing videos to decide who to release and who to keep. in this case, a judge looked at the jackson video, cited it as a reason to keep him in custody and later overruled. we wanted to see why. the justice department did not hand it over. a judge ruled in our favor so we got a good close-up look at what
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jackson's accused of. >> it is a telling and damning video there. what did the defense team for jackson have to say about this video and certainly now that it's been released to the public the public can see what he was engaged in. >> they said it was dangerous to release it. the judge disagreed but in a statement during the case trying to get jackson freed they said jackson owns no cell phone, not alleged to have xhoon kated with others before, during or after the rally and said in the statement although he's seen in videos with a bat there's no evidence he brought the bat with him to the rally. he was a homeless 20-year-old. the more the public sees of january 6th the better served the public is. >> absolutely. on that front, i know the fbi,
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scott, released videos of people not yet arrested. we want to warn that the material is violent and disturbing and edited by the fbi to highlight who they want to identify. scott, walk us through the videos. tell us what we know. >> you have 300 people or so currently charged. you had 800 people inside the capitol so this is prospect of dozens if not hundreds of more arrests. the fbi wants to get tips. a week ago they have new images in the suspect of the pipe bomb deliveries and here are videos of alleged insurrectionists that are physical. this has to be the top priority. get the people most physical and dangerous that day and an idea of a deterrent and show the people being arrested and avoid them from striking again. several inrecollectionists are accused of promising a future threat or a future strike under the guise that january 6th 'em
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powers people to try this again in d.c. >> all right. scott, thank you very much. these are the same people that ron johnson's said he did not fear for saying that they loved america and would not harm them. thank you so much from our nbc affiliate in washington, d.c. see you tomorrow back here at 3:00 p.m. "deadline white house" starts right after this quick break. into your washing machine before each load and enjoy fresher smelling laundry for up to 12-weeks. there are many reasons for waiting to visit your doctor right now. but if you're experiencing irregular heartbeat, heart racing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or light-headedness, don't wait to contact your doctor. because these symptoms could be signs of a serious condition like atrial fibrillation. which could make you about five times
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hi there, everyone. it is 4:00 in the east. a brand new report from the inspector general of the postal service blows out of the water a claim from the postal worker that ballots were back dated in pennsylvania. it was one of the fronts in donald trump's fraud fantasy and one of the false and debunked claims of voter fraud cited by republicans echoing trump's big lie. we all now know that the big lie's at the rooting of a warning of domestic violent extremism described in alarming detail in a report released by the intelligence community just yesterday. we all now know that the big lie's at the root of a deadly insurrection of january 6. and we all now know that the big lie fuels ongoing doubts about the legitimacy of joe biden's presidency and we have

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