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cooper, andy cohen. they'll be live from times square new year's eve starting at 8:00 on cnn. i will be watching. still ahead, more from capitol hill. democrats push for $2,000 stimulus checks requested by president trump. brooke baldwin continues our coverage. brianna, thank you so much. hi there. welcome to cnn. i am brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me this monday. a deal delayed but not denied. the president caves, signs the coronavirus relief bill after getting none of what he wanted. for the moment, his signature adds temporary stability for americans that need it most, people that saw unemployment benefits expire over the weekend now may only receive 10 instead of 11 weeks of payments. the bill means $600 will soon show up in bank accounts of most americans, and payment
protection program is open again, giving small businesses a renewed lifeline. but today we are watching the house voting on sending $2,000 checks to americans and override the veto of the defense spending bill, all of this comes as the united states is entering a pandemic. consider this data point as well. nearly 1.3 million americans pass through airports on sunday. that's the highest level for air travel since the whole pandemic began. we'll have more on science and data in a couple of minutes. first, let's go to kaitlan
collins, live from west palm beach, florida. kaitlan, is there a strategy to the president's decision to sign the stimulus? >> reporter: i think if there is, brooke, even the president's own staff doesn't know what it is because when we were talking to white house officials yesterday as the president tweeted, good news is coming, that was the tweet a few hours before he did finally sign this deal, white house officials weren't sure what he was going to do. a lot of it had to do with not being confident in him saying it because of what happened last week. he released a video that a lot of staff didn't know he made, threatening to derail the bill after his treasury secretary was negotiating it with democrats. mark meadows playing a role also in all of that. i think there's a lot of question what the president gained if anything from this. a lot of people, including his own allies, saying he only made things worse by doing this. he didn't get $2,000 checks he wanted. senior white house official
pointed out, if he wanted to look like he was fighting the $2,000, he could have been involved in negotiations earlier which he was not, he was absent from those. he didn't put up much of a fight. a few days where the president wanted the $2,000 checks, then relented, signed the bill as it was with a $600 check last night. the only thing happened from that, there's a lapse in the two government unemployment programs which means there's a lapse and delay in benefits for millions of americans. so if it was the president trying to accomplish something or look like he was fighting for the american people, they don't seem to have gotten that message from what he did the last several days of the crisis of his own making. >> kaitlan collins from florida. for more, melanie. i want to read this to you. quote, what a bizarre,
embarrassing episode for the president. on what concessions he got, zip, zero, sil much, if he was going to give up this easy, he should have kept quiet, signed the bill. do you have sources whether he decided to sign it after almost signing it christmas eve? >> sources i talked to said kevin mccarthy and several other top republicans had been working all weekend to try to convince him to sign the bill, and he dug himself in a hole, finally climbed out last night. but there's tough consequences for the american people. not only have benefits lapsed saturday which means a week of benefits might not get out to the american people, also the checks may not get out to the american people as quickly as they would have been. on top of that, there are political consequences for the gop. it is now crystal clear it was the gop standing in the way of the higher checks. democrats wanted higher checks
all along. every single house republican will be forced to go on record about where we stand on the issue. essentially they'll be asked to go against the president or go against the millions of americans who are suffering and could have really used higher stimulus checks. >> two of whom i am talking to later this hour, i am sure they'll have choice words for this congress and this president. i mentioned at the top of the show, a critical vote later today on the national defense authorization act, overriding the president's veto. which way do sources tell you the vote is leaning? >> right now, everyone i talk to on the hill is confident that commerce is going to overturn the veto, both in the house and senate. and that would be a very big deal. commerce has yet to do that under trump's four years. also significant to see republicans that are finally willing to stand up to this president and rebuke him in such a dramatic way, brooke. it is important to understand that this is a bipartisan bill
that passed annually the past 60 years, includes money for pay raise for the troops and they're starting, some republicans are starting to look ahead to a post trump gop. no doubt, this is going to be a huge week on capitol hill. one of the final acts of the 116th congress. i think trump's loyalty is going to be put to the test. >> speaking of members of congress, i am fascinated about the other piece you put out. you report on the republican push to form their own version of aoc's squad. remember to 2018, the women wave and democratic women were elected. in 2020, so many republican women were elected. their names, congresswoman elect nicole talk us, carlos jimenez, victoria sparks make up the core of the group, they dubbed themselves the force. you say their message already
has resonance on the hill. what's their plan here? >> yeah. so they saw the democratic squad led by alexandria ocasio-cortez and saw all the success they had as freshman which as you know is not usual in washington to have any sort of influence as a freshman. they're trying to take a page from their play book, using social media, by trying to leverage the grass roots energy that helped propel them to congress and their goal is not so much legislative and policy focused but more messaging focused. they're trying to hammer the left for supporting democratic socialist ideas and for pulling the party to the left and it could have a real effect. a lot of democrats are saying the reason they lost so many seats in november in the house is because of the gop antisocialist attacks. these new group of republicans are looking to use that as
momentum going into the new year. >> the force. thank you so much. good to see you. >> thank you. want to turn our attention to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. as the u.s. surpasses the grim milestone of 19 million cases, there's promising news. today, drug maker novavax started phase three trials. the federal government paying up to $1.6 billion in trial costs. yes, while it trails behind other drug makers in clinical trials, experts say it will take more than one vaccine to end the pandemic. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is with me now. tell us about this vaccine candidate. >> this vaccine, it is exciting to have a fifth vaccine in phase three clinical trials from this company, novavax, was small, nobody expected much. this phase three trial like many
predecessors has 30,000 participants. 25% over 65, 15% black and 10 to 20% latino. this one only requires refrigeration. it might be easier to get this to certain parts of the country than the other two already approved that require freezing to various degrees. let's look at where this stands in the history of covid-19 vaccines. pfizer and moderna we know are already authorized by the fda. astra-zeneca and johnson & johnson started theirs in august and september, those are in progress. novavax started today. and san oef ee in phase one or two. haven't started phase three yet. i know the question on everyone's mind, how long will it take them to do a phase three trial, unfortunately the fact that we have incredibly high
rates of covid-19 helps the trial move along at a more rapid clip, the more disease out there, the faster trials go. for pfizer and moderna, took three or four months to complete the trial. you can use that as a benchmark. >> heard a phrase this morning, someone said it is not vaccines that save lives, it is vaccinations. roughly 10 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered to states, official count says only 2 million actually administered. i want to play this. this is what a member of the white house task force said about this today. >> the 2 million number is probably an underestimate. we distributed 10.8 million doses. that 2 million number is delayed 3 to 7 days. 20 million doses will be distributed to states by the first week in january. that's where we are. probably another 30 million doses in january, another 50 million in february. >> so elizabeth, where do we stand on getting doses into people's arms? >> right, when people hear my goodness, look at all of the
doses delivered, only a relatively small fraction have been put in people's arms. i think federal officials shot themselves in the foot, no pun intended. they gave this expectation over and over again that we would have 20 million people vaccinated by end of the year, which obviously is not going to happen. likely not going to happen. it is one thing to deliver the product to the hospitals and nursing homes. it is another to get shots into arms. you don't just line people up and start to stab them, this is a process. it takes time. hospitals, you have to stagger people. you don't want everyone having side effects, calling out of work the next day. nursing homes, you have to get consent. that can be tough. this is not a quick and easy process, brooke. >> we are learning as they go. at least 2 million so far. elizabeth, thank you so much. still ahead, we will take you back to washington, as in washington state to the nursing home that had one of the first
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we are back. i am brooke baldwin. thank you for being here. despite pleas from public health official toss stay home for the christmas holiday, air travel sets pandemic records. the tsa says sunday was the busiest day for air travel, 1.3 million passengers screened. the increase in air travel stoking new fears of another jump in covid-19 infections, similar to the spike reported following the travel records around thanksgiving. adrian broadus is live at o'hare. i see folks behind you. why are people traveling. what are they telling you? >> reporter: hey, brooke, they're traveling for a number of reasons. one family i spoke with said for them, it is essential. they're traveling to guatemala to be with a grandfather that's seriously ill. another family told me back in the spring, the pandemic forced them to cancel their family
vacation, so they're making up for lost time. another woman said i need an escape. she and her friends are traveling to jamaica. she said she feels safe traveling to jamaica because that country requires you to have a negative covid test at least 10 days prior to boarding the airplane. then i spoke with another high school student who was traveling with his father. he said just because we're getting on a plane doesn't mean we're not listening to the advice of health officials. listen in. >> it is a good activity to go outdoors, good for social distancing, you can stay safe with covid and we have gone to utah in the past to ski. so it is a good idea to try to get out of the house. >> reporter: bottom line, so many people we heard from are dealing with pandemic fatigue. meanwhile, december has been the
deadliest month so far, linked to covid deaths. the virus killed more than 63,000 people. >> adrian, thank you so much in chicago o'hare. she said it, december has been the deadliest during the entire pandemic. more than 60,000 americans have lost their lives. for 26 consecutive days, hospitals nationwide recorded more than 100,000 covid patients. yet dr. anthony fauci told dana bash he believes the worst is actually yet to come. >> we very well might see a host of seasonal in the sense of christmas, new year's surge, i described it as a surge upon a surge when you're dealing with a baseline of 200,000 cases, new cases a day, and about 2,000 deaths per day. with the hospitalizations up over 120,000, we're at a critical point. >> to that point, let's go to
cnn contributor, professor of biology, specializing in immunology at the university of massachusetts, dartmouth. professor, welcome back. listening to dr. fauci, do you agree the worst is yet to come, can we even wrap up what the worst will even look like? >> yes, so dr. fauci is very much right in what he's saying. the infections that happened post thanksgiving are only just starting to roll into hospitals now, coming up as deaths now. we've had months, like a month of 200,000 cases per day, they're still yet in the icu and in hospital. we're looking at pretty dark days coming into early january. then you have to look at what the infections, we're seeing a lot of travel. travel by itself does not necessarily indicate infection, but mobility is a good indicator that infections will rise. if we get 200,000 now and get a
surge on top of that, we could be rolling into february with events of christmas still impacting us, even with the vaccine coming out. >> so that's still reverberating in february. then add the potential complication being a coronavirus variant. i was reading about this, at first it was the uk based variant. now it is in so many other countries. i was reading according to this one study, 56% more contagious. doctors say this current vaccine inoculates against it. since we know so little about the variant, how do scientists know that for sure? >> yes, we have to tread really lightly with the data. it is very interesting. it is indicative something is going on, but we really don't know, we're not scientifically sure it is more transmissible. it appears to be but just
because we throw more money and attention at it, we don't get results as quickly as people would like. so we need to keep an eye on what's happening there. it certainly is becoming the predominant variant in london and around uk. we are seeing it around the world. but a great study this morning showed that it was in the uk late august, early september, so it has taken awhile to get to this point in london particularly. now, in regards to the vaccine, we're only looking at one point change. one mutation that's happened on that spike protein. so if you think of your hand as being a really important part, it is just like the thumb changed a little bit. so the other fingers are still there, look the same. the vaccine should recognize the other four fingers and be just as effective. we still need to demonstrate that that's the case, but the way we look at it at the moment is the vaccine as well as prior infection should be enough to
protect you from the new variant. >> i understand. appreciate the explanation. last quick question before you go. what's your advice to people watching who want to celebrate new year's eve but do so safely? >> really is that, do it safely so we know outdoors is better than indoors, distance as much as you possibly can. ventilation where you can't get the distance. masks always. if we can just do those or do two out of the three, we're going to have a safer new year. we won't see the surge we are going through now. really the future is up to us, the next month is up to us, not up to the vaccine. make smart choices. >> great to have you on. thank you so much for your wise words, sir. appreciate it. coming up next, we are live in nashville. police are trying to figure out why the 63-year-old man would want to blow up this rv in the middle of downtown nashville in front of the at&t building.
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she spent two months at the federal correctional institution in dublin california, after pleading guilty to paying a half million in bribes to get her daughters into university of southern california. her husband is still serving, he is set to be released in april. she's set to complete 100 hours of community service. now that authorities identified the man responsible for the christmas day explosion in nashville, they're trying to figure out why he did it. investigators are looking for clues about why anthony quinn warner drove his rv to downtown nashville and set off the explosion. look at this. neighbors and business associates tell federal investigators what they know about the 63-year-old computer consultant. cnn crime and justice reporter shimon prokupecz is live in nashville. what are authorities telling you? who was this guy? >> reporter: they're trying to figure this out, brooke. there's no clear motive.
there isn't that note someone would leave behind saying this is why i did this. they don't see an ideology at this point that he was following that would have made him do something like this. so for them, it is still a mystery. what they're doing as officials here said, they're trying to put as much together as possible about his life so they could perhaps try to figure out the motive. today the tennessee bureau of investigation spoke about how they're going about that. here's what they said. >> basically what's happening is we're all going and doing interviews with various subjects that either knew the individual specifically or neighbors, some of that is taking place. our agents specifically are questioning neighbors and around family members, trying to get some history. >> reporter: and the history
seems to be the key, brooke, for authorities because they don't have a clear motive. it could be a combination of things. certainly there was a lot going on in this individual's life, he was having some problems. that's something that authorities are looking at. the other thing for them really is going to be about going back now. they have to go back in this person's life. and it could be, brooke, that we may never learn clear motive. there have been other clear incidents, mass casualty incidents like in las vegas where authorities never learned the clear motivation. that could happen, brooke, in this case as well. >> i know they're looking at cell phone, computer, talking to co-workers, neighbors, hoping to get to the bottom of it, shimon, thank you so much. i want to stay in nashville. that blast sent eight to the hospital, damaged more than 40 buildings. the explosion so huge it knocked out wireless service in and around the city. cnn's parent company at&t says most services have been
restored, but now just imagine people are totally displaced from homes and businesses, forced to close, and all of this comes as nashville businesses are already suffering having been hit so hard by the pandemic. with me now, the owner of nashville downtown hostel. i am so sorry this happened to this beautiful city of yours, welcome. >> hello. >> let me show, you sent the producers this closed captioning video you sent from inside the hostel at the moment of impact. i care about you, your employees, people staying at the hostel. is everyone okay? >> yes, we had 20 guests staying and a staff at the moment of the blast and they're all comfortable and safe. >> and your reaction to the fact this even happened on christmas day? >> i mean, i'm shocked, i'm baffled.
it has been a really difficult year and it has been devastating. >> i know you were waiting for the fbi victims unit and red cross to help you figure out how to help the people who were staying at the hostel. what have they told you? >> well, the building in the area is cordoned off by the fbi and the city because we're right in the impact area. we won't have access to the building for weeks unfortunately. and most of the guests have left the building in pajamas, without shoes, glasses, medicine. their biggest concern is trying to retrieve their items. a lot of them, they left without their phones and that's their main communication source. so that's the only challenge.
after the first day, red cross and fbi victim service group talked to us and they're being serviced at the moment. >> i heard flooding was a huge issue. >> yes. so our building stretches from first avenue north side to second avenue north side and fortunately for us, the north is on the back side of the u.s. exit shared with nashville -- fortunately that site does not get as much traffic as first avenue north. we literally had guests leave the building two minutes before the blast to the north side. so yeah. that was the fortunate part of that. i forget your question, i'm sorry. >> no, no, i imagine you have not slept much the last couple
of days. i'm going to keep it quick and easy for you. next hour, i talk to an investor and entrepreneur who is offering help, financial help to businesses like yours in nashville, so when i talk to him, what shall i relay? what can he do to help you on? >> you know, actually at the moment we're just trying to get a handle on all of this. about the sprinkler water, yes, it has been going 36 hours. they weren't able to shut off the water, the building got completely flooded. that's another part of the damage other than the exterior building damage. so if marcus can come assess the situation, see how a business like ours can get back on our feet and serve guests again, that would be helpful. >> i will relay that to him. i promise. be well.
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on the way for millions of americans struggling in the pandemic. the bill includes a $600 direct payment for individuals, but experts are saying it will still take two weeks for treasury to get checks into bank accounts after the legislation is signed. with me now is one of the people that knows the hardships caused by the pandemic all too well. matthew cox, father of two who lost his job and savings after the pandemic hit. matthew, thank you so much for coming on. honestly, i admire your courage for sharing all of this on live national tv, but you are not alone. so thank you so much for coming on. you have been unemployed since august. you had to relocate your family, y'all were down in south florida, you're now in indianapolis area, it is less expensive to live there, and you're near your wife's family to help with child care. >> yes. >> briefly what have the past few months been like for you and your family?
>> you know, it has been hard. it has been real hard. after things happened, had to come home, went through my entire 401(k), went through everything i had. now living, doing doordash, my wife is on disability. that's all we have. >> what had you been doing, what had your work been. you were making a solid 90 k. now doordash which is what, like doing takeout delivery service. >> correct. i was a manager in the service industry. now, yeah, make about 300 a week. about 1200 a month now. going in, being in restaurants, trying not to catch covid and bringing it home. that's all i have at the moment. i have been interviewing a lot. hard to get anything going. >> hang on. 300 a week. how far does that stretch for
you? >> basically nothing. it doesn't even pay the rent. so i have had to borrow money from my family, i've had to sell some stuff, take out savings and 401(k). now i am living day to day. i have a lot of interviews, but when you apply for one job and there are 100 people applying, it makes it very difficult. >> when you hear, listen, i have been sitting here for so long covering congress and now especially this president, not having signed the covid relief bill initially christmas, christmas eve, now thank goodness signed it last night. i imagine you were following this more closely than people like me. what's your message to those in washington and to the president of the united states as you need a little assistance. >> with what's going on, it is one of those we looked at 600
again, that's not going to help anybody. it is kind of insulting. >> wait, why is it insulting? >> because it is not going to do a lot for anybody. when the federal government says hey, this is what we're going to do, this is the numbers we're going to get, everyone is happy for us that are out there making less money or no money, it doesn't do a whole lot for us. >> what would do a lot for you? >> that's a hard question. i don't know. that's definitely something that we would -- a bigger payment, 2,000, that's great, that's fantastic, got excited. talked to my friends, they were excited. expect it, then came back with 600. so we got our hopes up, thinking hey, we can do this, do that, pay this off. then come back with 600. kind of like putting the carrot in front of us and taking it away. >> listen, we'll see what happens on capitol hill with the votes and what the ultimate
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several states rolling out the first doses of vaccines today at nursing homes and along-term care facilities. in new jersey, mildred clemmants became the first long-term care resident to be vaccinated. she was just a baby when she survived the 1918 flu pandemic, and the ben ming health care center in boston is one of the first to get the vaccine there. and in washington state, the vaccine has arrived at a nursing home where we saw one of the first outbreaks of covid in the nation many months ago. the live care center of kirkland. our own sara sidner was there in
february, and is there now as help has finally arrived. it feels like forever ago that you are in kirkland the first time. tell me some stories of what it's like there today. >> reporter: it's true, brooke. you know, where i'm standing right now was where all the ambulances were showing up in the first week of march. we watched one after the other after the other coming and taking away patients. that was then. it was, for lack of a better word, the nightmare. one of the nursing managers sat down and told us it was like chase ago ghost to try to figure out what was going on inside. they didn't find out that it was covid until several days after their first person ended up testing positive, because the tests weren't available. now they are finally getting something, a weapon really, to fight against the coronavirus. for a long time, as nurse chelsea ernst told us, she was a
director of nursing, and she came in because 70% of the staff had contracted covid and she came to help. she talked about how important this day was. one by one we saw six staff members here at kirkland get their vaccination. it really was a teary time for some of them. for some of the nurses who watched all of this happening before their eyes, who had to live with making the phone calls to family members to tell them that their family member had passed here. now they are currently taking care of 69 patients. back then there was more than 120 who were here. they are so unbelievably thankful this day has finally come. nurse alice cortez is a nurse manager here, who talked about they are not only getting is but they're giving the patients something to fight covid. >> i can't express how i feel right now. i didn't even feel the needle, but what i feel right now is a new life, a new beginning, but a
better life. >> a new life, a new beginning but a better life. we heard that over and over again. we also heard a really, really troubling story. that was that one of the patients inside, you know, the residents, they get to know them. she kept asking about it. she's been asking, hey, when is that vaccine getting here? are we getting phi are pfizer or moderna? she was plugged in, but she ended up dying before the vaccine made it here. brooke? oh, that has to be so horrible for so many families to just feel they are at the precipice, and then their elder loved ones don't just quite make it. it's tragic, at least there's some hope for folks there in kirkland. thank you for sharing all of that with us. minutes from now the house is back in session with two big votes on the table, one to send the $2,000 stimulus checks to americans, an the other to
our cnn correspondents are all around the world following the pandemic headlines across the globe. >> i'm barbara nadeau, where the vaccination is under way. the focus in this country is to vaccinate first the frontline workers, healthcare workers who work in emergency rooms. all of this comes against the backdrop of the continue continually rising death rate. more than 70,000 have died in italy, the highest number in europe. a chinese citizen journalist has been sentenced to four years in prison for her social media dispatches during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the chinese city of wuhan. she was convicted for, quote, picking quarrels and provoking
trouble. she's been on hunger strike while in detention her defense attorney says, who also says the authorities have been force-feeding her with a tube down her throat and nasal passage and binding her arms to keep her from removing that tube. >> thank you both. we continue on, hour two for me here on cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for watching. a dramatic reversal from the president, offering to help the economy drowning in pandemic fatigue. another hope today, two million receiving the covid vaccine under estimate, says a top trump health official. scenes from airports remind us of a public health