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we have toe drill safely and not drilling on follow land. at the same time we have to protect the workers who lose jobs. i think president-elect biden will find that equalibrium. >> dana: who will get the covid-19 vaccine first? a cdc panel is meeting moments from now to answer that question. i am dana perino and this is the "daily briefing." >> ♪ >> ♪ >> dana: a panel of advisors will vote on recommendations today just one day after moderna joined pfizer in requesting emergency approval for their vaccine. officials say the first doses could be distributed in just weeks. laura, this is a big day and significant step in this
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pandemic. >> it is. as we wait for the cdc committee to vote and let us know who will be the first to roll up their sleeves. all eyes on the calendar. we now in december. we could see vaccines rolled out to the public. we are waiting on ford from the fda as well. once the fda approves moderna and pfizer distribution will be handled by the federal government. the big decisions on who will get the vaccines will be passed to individual states. they will determine come hospitals and pharmacies will get the vaccine. who falls in to the phase-1 line-up? it's expected to lead hospital and pharmaciys and home
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healthcare workers. the chief advisor to operation warp speed says there will need to be patience in the months ahead. >> we will need to really make sure the large majority of the population is immunized before we declare probably in may or june that we have things under control. >> while the cdc works on its priority list, the commissioner of the fda was summoned to the white house to discuss the timing of the vaccine's approval. we were told by john roberts who is watching this situation that offers to help the fda with any government assistance was put on the table as well. officials with the fda said before this meeting today the scientists have been working around-the-clock going through a tremendous amount of data and the current approval pace is historic in terms of speed.
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>> dana: it is. let's bring in former cdc director who is also on the mid-atlantic covid-19 advisory board. in 2005 i participateed in a pandemic exercise with the government. this was a step. we got the vaccine. it was fictional and i found during that exercise that this step of figuring out who gets it first was probably going to be the most controversial and most difficult one to see through. from your experience, how do you see it? >> yes, i think that's right. i remember those days and holding focus groups with different populations to find out who gint groups felt should get the vaccine first.different should get the vaccine first. there were all kinds ever issues. a lot of grandparents said give
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to my grandchildren first and they said give to my grandparents. this work that is going on is really important. this committee, i worked with them when i was at the sids. -- cdc. their task is to look at all of the data and say who should get vaccine first. who should get them at all. and why? they will be looking data and who is greatest risk of dieing from this. who it needed to keep our healthcare system ambiguous. -- going. there is no law that says states have to follow that, but states do.
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it represents not just the medical community but experts in infectious diseases and in ethics. there is a citizen representative that is on there. it's a transparent process moving forward. >> dana: with the transparency, we will be able to dip in and see some of it. the governors probably want to rely on cdc guidance because it will be controversial. people that may number nursing homes or working in hospitals, they might be first on the list. do you expect any curveballs. any other segment of the population that could come up here that might be surprising? >> i don't think so. i think we will definitely see healthcare workers early on. we will see nursing home residents and people who work in
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nursing homes early on. the committee laid out principles and equity is one of those principles. you look at how the pandemic played out across the nation, every community has been hit. black, latino and native-americans are dying at rates that exceed their part of the population. that has to do with exposure risk. by prioritizing healthcare workers, you will have a high proportion of groups who have been hit really hard by this in the early groups that get vaccinated. >> dana: hopefully that will give them some comfort. they are working nonstop. i saw an interview with a doctor who worked 254 days in a row. i hope you will come back as we talk about vaccine distribution. thank you very much. >> you are very welcome. >> dana: the trump campaign launched a legal challenge in
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wisconsin supreme court after officials observed a partial recount in the state. john roberts is live on the north lawn with this. >> good afternoon. this comes from a recount paid for by the trump campaign in 2 counties. milwaukee county, the biggest city there and dane county which is the capital of mads. -- madison. they said the count was complete and they confirmed that joe biden won the badgers state. the trump campaign said they found a gold mine in the recount because it allowed them a first chance to get a close up look at the ballots and provided evidence of thousands of ballots that were cast outside of the bounds of law. the margin of victory there is 20,000 votes for joe biden. tensions are running high.
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republican members called for a resignation of a chair woman who certified the results yesterday. listen to this exchange. >> the law is very clear. you have violated the law as our chair. i can't see that we can go forward as a group. i don't think you realize even at this moment how much you have destroyed the bipartisan nature of what has gone on. >> number 1, i am not withdrawing as chair. number 2, what i did was not illegal. >> tomorrow in michigan, rudy giuliani and a colleague will appear at a hearing with republican lawmakers similar to ones last week in pennsylvania and yesterday in arizona. the president calling into that meeting yesterday in arizona. listen to what he said. >> [muffled audio]. [inaudible]. we won arizona, we won michigan.
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we won georgia and pennsylvania and wisconsin. >> the president going on to say they won all of those states trump campaign but they played games like no one has seen before. he said this is the first time a republican has fought back when it comes to an election loss. the last time there was a sitting president on the republican side who lost was george w. bush in 1992. still unclear how long this will go on. deadlines are up to a matter of interpretation. the president cease the final deadline as january 20th. we will see how long he continues to fight. >> dana: thank you. next president-elect joe biden's pick for budget chief under fire from both sides. our panel will react to that. joint pain, swelling, tenderness.
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>> dana: president-elect joe biden introducing a controversial pick to head the budget office. peter doocy is live in delaware. what about all of these new announcements? >> the controversial pick neera tanden spoke third. she will go before the senate to be the director of office of management and budget. she spoke about how she wants to use the budget to bring the things biden talked about on the campaign trail to life. >> i am proud to works along side leaders who understand budget are not abinstruction. they are a reflection of our values. they touch our lives in profound ways and sometimes they make all the difference. >> but her senate confirmation
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is far from a sure thing. tanden was scolded by bernie sanders last year when she was critical of his movement. she apologized 2 years ago for addressing inter-office sexual harassment claims by naming the accuser and she deleted more than 1,000 tweets in the last few days critical of republican senators she needs to get to 60 confirmation votes. biden kept things light today highlighting history. >> we might have to ask miranda who wrote the musical hamilton about the first woman secretary of the treasury yellen. >> the vice-president was moving well in a walking boot to help hairline fractures in his foot
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heal. someone asked how he was doing. he said good. >> dana: good to hear. peter doocy, thank you very much. let's bring in the panel. mary ann and colin. when i heard this pick i was surprised. what bernie sanders is saying. tanden is one of the democratic elite who helped sink bernie sanders campaign and a hippy puncher who fights with the left and much more. she is already taking it from the left. forget the republicans for a minute. the bernie sanders folks are not happy. >> well, some bernie folks. it's laughable to call her elite because she was raised in massachuset massachusetts. she was raised in bedford, massachusetts on public
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assistance when her parents got divorced and achieved the american dream. got into ivy league schools and worked in politics. republicans will really oppose her. bernie sanders won't suppose her. warren and brown support her. that's not going to be the problem here. it will be republicans in the senate who gave donald trump a pass on everything they are accusing her of including tweeting. >> dana: i won't play this because i don't want to take up your time. lindsey graham said that republicans better make sure that they get out and vote in the georgia run offs on january 5th to prevent neera tanden from being confirmed. the republicans they will get united pretty quickly to deal with this. that won't be a luxury that biden has? >> no. as it relates to georgia, the idea of a joe biden presidency
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and what it represents and morphs into what is really is, senate control is not the most compelling argument. it will work here. i am sure you see republicans singing off the same sheet of music. i don't know that democrats have found their message in the georgia election. they were able to run with an anti-trump tide but they can't run behind that in january. that's what i think all of the wind blowing in the republican's face in georgia, they have a united message in that state will help them. >> dana: one reason i found it surprising is that joe biden is known as a guy that likes to work across the aisle. and neera tanden tangled with a lot of republican senators. this seemed out of character for
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him. what do you think was the decision maker for him on this piece? >> well, as you heard today, he's known her for a long time. when biden says that, you are a biden family member. he really likes her. on the merits she is qualified to do this job. the fact she lived on public assistance as a child. she is overseeing these programs and knows what they mean and knows how to get them funded so they make a difference. in terms of the georgia senate race, biden won georgia. all of those people who voted for him down there are seeing how republican senators will try to block what joe biden wants in their opposition to neera tanden. that will galvanize all of them to turnout against and trump will just complain the election was rigged. >> dana: there are some things happening in georgia on the
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democratic side too. i have to let you go. we have breaking news here. fox news alert out of the justice department. attorney general bill barr said the justice department has not uncovered widespread voter fraud that would change the 2020 election outcome. john roberts live on the north lawn. have you had a moment to digest what the attorney general said? >> about 12.5 seconds, but this is bound to be something that won't make the big man in the white house behind me. the attorney general bill barr doing an interview with the associated press. he said looking at all of the complaints coming into to the doj, they have not found proud on this the scale that would
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overturn the election. reading into that, you might add the word yet into that. the trump campaign does continue to try to probe the debts of irregularities in many states including wisconsin and georgia. so far the attorney general says to the associated press that they have not uncovered this on a level that would overturn the election. we all remember back in the 2000 election campaign. that was the one that was so bitterly fought in the days following the november election. that was a margin of 537 votes. already enough votes were found in georgia to have overturned the outcome of the 2000 election 3 times over. but here in wisconsin, we are talking about 20,000 votes. georgia 12,000 votes. tens of thousands in other states. a close marge anyone arizona. far more than 537 votes.
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even given what has been presented to the justice department thus far you might overturn a few hundred votes -- but not tens of thousands of votes. the trump campaign insists that if it could win the lawsuits it has out there which would throw out wholesale lots of mail-in ballots, you could overturn the outcome of the election. i don't want to say i can read the president's mind, but it's clear if his attorney general is saying they have not seen fraud at a level to overturn the election that, won't sit well with the president who believes there was wide scale fraud and voter irregularities and more than enough to overturn the election. there might be a difference of opinion on this topic. >> dana: i think it was over the weekend that the president tweeted about the justice
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department and the fbi. >> yes. saying where are you, saying they are missing in action? >> they are no longer missing in action because the attorney general has spoken. i am not convinced that the president will like what the attorney general has to say. >> dana: stick around. i want to bring in andy mccarthy. this story just breaking this hour. one of the things in this interview that attorney general bill barr does with the associated press, he said there was one assertion that was systemic fraud about machines programmed for fraud and he said we haven't seen anything to substantiate that. this is breaking news. that caught me eye. your reaction? >> well, i think this is a common sense assertion by the
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attorney general if you think about it. the trump campaign had federal lawsuits they brought in pennsylvania and michigan and dropped them. in connection with the pennsylvania suit, they told the federal judge they were not alleging fraud and pulled the fraud count out. i point that out because it's much harder to make a criminal election fraud case than a civil election fraud case. if they are unable to prove this in a civil court, i don't know why anyone would be surprise there had is no evidence at the moment for a criminal case. you would think they would have made more progress on the civil side with compelling evidence. >> dana: the attorney general put a memo out to all of the u.s. attorneys saying that they
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could go forward and look for any irregularities and investigate. that was controversial at the time. some people at the doj thought that was stepping over the line. the u.s. attorneys have not come up with something that would change the mind of bill barr. >> that's right. that's why it was surpriseing to hear the president say that the justice department and the fbi had been missing in action. the attorney general took flack for putting that statement out and encouraging these investigations. the problem as always is evidence. you and john roberts were speaking earlier about what are called hearings they have been having. they had one in arizona and one in pennsylvania right before thanksgiving. they are not really hearings. they take place in hotel ballrooms.
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they may be putting a witness up there but there is no cross-examination. nobody is put under oath. it's not a court proceduring -- proceeding. they made extravagant claims publicly but when they go into a proceeding it's more modest claims. if you can't make the case in a civil court there is no way they will make a criminal case. >> dana: the white press secretary kayleigh mcenany said there is activity in nevada and they will appeal in wisconsin. those things can continue, but at some point do they run out of road? >> yes, pretty quickly. december 8th is the federal safe harbor day. i don't think there is anything
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enforceable between december 8th and 14th. if they come up with something after december 8th, they might be able to run with that a bit. december 14th by statute the electors vote and they are reported from the states to congress. january 6 congress comes and count the votes. i would say the drop dead here is december 14th. >> dana: andy mccarthy. i was going to have you on to talk about the federal government legalizing marijuana. we will save that for another day. the department found no widespread fraud to change the election outcome. we were able to get that breaking news here. we will take a quick break and we'll be right back. i've got some terrific news for veteran homeowners from newday usa.
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>> dana: the stimulus showdown with nancy pelosi and treasury secretary mnuchin finally talking today. a group of bipartisan senators are taking matters into their own hands. mike emanuel, to get this done by christmas they don't have much time left? >> no doubt about it. this proposed framework is 908-billion dollars. 180-billion dollars for additional unemployment insurance. and 45 billion dollars for a vaccine development and distribution and testing and tracing. >> it's inexcusable for us to leave town and not have an agreement and work in a bipartisan way.
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>> it has something majority leader mitch mcconnell has been insisting on for months: federal protection from coronavirus related lawsuits. that gives states their own timeline. republicans say this is more targeted than previous proposals. >> i am a deficit hawk. i don't like spending money we don't have, but the time to borrow money, maybe the only time to borrow money is when there is a crisis. this is a crisis. this is not a 1.8-trillion dollars stimulus bill. this is a relief measure. half of that amount. >> i am told mcconnell just told reporters he looking to wait to next year for a fresh covid relief bill. this is something they are trying to get across the finish line.
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>> dana: and ilhan omar defended a minneapolis city council plan to slash million dollars from the police budget. minneapolis said homicide increased last year by 90%. florida congressman elect, the first member i have talked about the freedom force. this is an interesting thing. what do you hope to do in contrast to ilhan omar who under-performed joe biden in the election. got 65% of the vote in her direction and biden got 80% and still talking about defund the police as something that is desirable. >> what we want to do is provide a different message than what the squad does. he want to make sure all america knows we stand for freedom and
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individual liberty and stand for the constitution and support our police. we want safe communities and want small businesses owners to succeed. the last thing we want to have happen is people in washington telling states what to do. there has been too much of that. that's what we are about. >> dana: i wonder about this notion about defund the police. house republicans did better than they were projected to. do you think the idea of defund the police resonated across the country? >> absolutely. i am from brooklyn, new york. i grew up in the inner city. the last thing we need is defunding of the police department. it's the poor citizens that live in our urban areas, they need protection when things go wrong.
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if you slash police budget, you are slashing response times for when citizens need help. it's the absolute wrong move. we are seeing that in minneapolis. ilhan omar is wrong. i stand against that and tell the american people we need to support police and make sure they have the necessary funding they have for their communities. >> dana: president obama came out with a book last week. he said if his book that the only way to guarantee that we didn't have an oil spill in the future would be to stop drilling but americans cared more about cheap gas and big cars. you are from southwest florida and drilling is a big deal there. it's controversial because people care about the environment. >> we do care about the environment in all of florida. do we want drilling off the
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coast? no, that's something our community desirous. to stop oil drilling all together is to stop oil drilling all together is wrong. we care about the environment. it's that mentality people are rejecting every year when we have these elections. republicans are increasing your numbers in congress. >> dana: are you settling into washington, d.c.? how does it feel? >> it's dead and boarded up. in my area we are thriving. open more business and managing your way through covid-19. what is happening with mayor bowser is ridiculous. thankfully we have vaccines on
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the way and he will get back open and get back to business. >> dana: thank you. up next the push back over lockdowns and another example of hypocrisy from democrats. the official who went out to eat after voting to close down restaurants. on "the five" the cabinet pick causing controversy on the left and the right and the fastest-7 tonight. don't miss it. gas in town and which supermarket gives you the most bang for your buck. something else that's good to know? if you have medicare and medicaid, you may be able to get more healthcare benefits through a humana medicare advantage plan. call the number on your screen now and speak to a licensed humana sales agent to see if you qualify. learn about plans that could give you more healthcare benefits than you have today. depending on the plan you choose, you could have your doctor, hospital and
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>> breaking news from the attorney general. stand by for that. big talk about covid relief from d.c. as the cdc holds a critical hearing on who gets the vaccine first. in which part of the country? senator rick scott on how things look in georgia today.
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top of the hour right here on bill hemmer reports. >> dana: cdc panel is meeting right now to decide who should get the coronavirus vaccine first. it's building up to a vote. the vaccine progress coming as restrictions are ramping up and so are the examples of hypocrisy. in los angeles a supervisor was eating at a restaurant hours after she voted to ban outdoor dining. california's governor is considering a drastic new lockdowns order if cases climb. live in los angeles, people in california don't want to hear this? >> yes, governor newsom said he is considering a new stay at home order. this woman voted to ban the
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practice of eating outdoor and hours later going out to eat. here she is lecturing everyone at the county board problem. >> the servers are not protected from us and the other 6 tables they are serving and all of the hours they are working. it's a most dangerous situation. >> then hours later ate on the patio. local restaurants owners were stunned by not surprised by her hypocrisy. >> that blows me away. >> we are getting directions from people who don't believe in the decisions they make. >> they defended her actions saying the new rule on tuesday didn't take effect until wednesday so no apology. guess who she blames for the california pandemic strike,
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massive trump flag waving rallies. if you are not part of the solution, she proclaimed, you are part of the problem. dr. fauci said mixed messages like this is not helping. >> dana: our panel. a doctor who is a professor of surgery at john hopkins's surgery and both are fox news contributors. doctor, talk about the challenges that public health officials communicating to the public in what they want them to do when the public is running out of patience. >> the public is getting tired and we don't want people to get the infection in the last 3 months of this pandemic. we have taken sacrifices and changed our routines.
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we are seeing a lot of infection right now. that's concerning. does the panel want to prioritize those more likely to transmit it or those most likely to die? >> dana: do you have an opinion? >> yes, i think they should do both. 1 in 5 americans works in healthcare in some capacity. some are vulnerable and have risk factors. it's the icu workers and long-term care facilities. start with those who are high risk. >> dana: that would include you two. you see a lot of patients every day. do you have any recommendations for how people should be trying to process what is the government is asking them to do? >> i can understand it's a challenge. but he said, from we are at the
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home stretch. we are entering the cold, winter season. this is when we see infections develop. we don't want to see covid and influenza and pneumonia. in january we will have another 60 million doses. everyone will have access to this vaccine, until then it's critical to adhere and comply. wear your mask, practice social distancing. get tested if you were exposed. >> dana: when you get a flu shot they stay this protects against this strain of the flu shot. but it changes.
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what about coronavirus? isn't that same type of characteristics? >> as of now the coronavirus hasn't mutated around any of the vaccines. it's a stable virus. mutations are collected in samples and sent to a central laboratory and made public on there is discussion in our community that 3 to 5 years you come in for a coronavirus booster. that's very doable. >> dana: the last word to you. the cdc panel is meeting as we speak. >> i hope for immediate approval once they complete their meeting next week. then they will be able to distribute these vaccines right away without hesitation and
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delay to those at highest risk of exposure like critical nurses and doctors and those at a high risk of severe complications of covid. that's the beauty of these vaccines. moderna 100% effective against severe complications which means less lives lost and a step to normalcy in our lives. >> dana: fox news as the best doctors and you two are part of that. a 26-year-old with a social media follow found dead on the side of the road. her family is convinced it's not an accident. one of the biggest medical mobilization efforts in u.s. history. that's next. rates have dropped .
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>> dana: fox news alert. major breaking news out of washington. attorney general bill barr said the justice department hasn't uncovered widespread voting fraud that could change the 2020 outcome. police in missouri have a murder mystery on their hands after the pregnant mom who disappeareded on thanksgiving was found dead. her body was discovered in a wooded area. the family reported the 22-year-old missing on thursday night. no word on the cause of death but her mother told a local tv station temperatures brutal. -- it was brutal. a 26-year-old with followers on instagram found yet. her body was found on side of the road in houston and her mother says there is no doubt this was foul play. mike tobein has this story.
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>> he was on social media influencer. her death was tragic and police do not think it was natural. alexus was her birth name. born in pennsylvania and moved to houston this year with her husband. followers knew her as alexus sharky. she confided she feared for her life. afraid. someone close to her. on friday family and friends lost contact with her. saturday morning a garbage crew spotted feet near the highway. police found her naked body. what killed her was not obvious. >> it's so painful. someone so bright and having so much to offer to be snuffed out and i don't know why. >> her mother said she wakes up
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every morning hoping it was a nightmare and her daughter didn't die. the police are reviewing the video cameras from that area. they are hoping they can review that and that will tell the tale of how she got into that area. she was 26 years old. >> dana: thank you. the race for a covid vaccine brings to mind a similar storyline from the early 1900's. the disease was polio mainly attacking children. douglas kennedy has more. >> for years americans lived with a disease that seemed to have no end. the fear of polio started with kids getting sick. it ended with kids getting experimental shots. you remember how big that hypodermic needle was?
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>> yes, to a little kid it was enormous. >> lucy was 7 years old in 1954 when she was a test subject for the polio vaccine developed by the university of pittsburgh. you were called polio pioneers. this was a huge national experiment? >> yes, i learned about it later, of course, when i was a little kid, all i knew was that i was going to get a shot with a whole lot of my friends. >> in the late '40s polio ravaged american society killing or paralyzing 35,000 people a year, mostly school children. salk used a vaccine that used dead polio virus. he first tested it on himself,
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wife and family and his 9-year-old son peter. he must have been confident in his work? >> totally. he and his colleagues carely defined the procedures to inactivate the virus. >> the experiments on peter and lucy and a million other school children proved the vaccine effective. still at the time there was no infrastructure for distribution. in late 1954 the federal government stepped in and authorizized 5 labs to rush the vaccine countrywide. unfortunately one lab rushed it too much and ended up including live virus that got people sick. >> that is correct. the laboratory was cutter labs at berkeley, california. kids were paralyzed by the vaccine. >> he is the author of polio.
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he said oversight quickly restored public trust in the vaccine. >> the fda hired thousands of people to work on fda safety. >> he calls it the greatest medical mobilization in american history. as for lucy and peter they are proud of their role in diminishing a deadly disease. >> we learned from the scourge of polio that a vaccine, a simple shot could help make it go away. >> looking back on that, it gives hope. it gives vision about possibilities for the future. >> a future he says without polio and a legacy he hopes that will help eradicate current and future disease. >> dana: you think how quickly we got this vaccine able to
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people. in the next few weeks we will see people vaccinated. thank you very much. thanks for joining us. see you on "the five." bill hemmer, ready? >> bill: nice to see you. see you at 5:00. thank you, dana. here yes go. big hour. i'm bill hemmer monitoring self headlines from covid to the election. the a.g. bill barr said the justice department found no evidence of fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. as the president's team pushes back and the results of the challenges. several hearings taking place this hour. awaiting for a advisory panel to vote on who should be the first to get the vaccine once it's available. big news in a moment. i'll talk with


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