tv The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino FOX News December 14, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm PST
>> not at all. i think every governor should take responsibility for their actions. >> harris: yeah, you did, but i'm going to have you back. thank you for watching. "the daily briefing" starts now. >> dana: fox news alert and moments away we'll speak to one of the first people in the united states to receive a covid-19 vaccine. all part of a land mark day in american history, as the largest vaccination campaign gets under way. hello, everyone. i'm dana perino and this is "the daily briefing." millions of doses of pfizer vaccine are on their way to hospitals and locations in all 50 states and many more will be right behind them. it's one of the biggest mobilizations since world war ii. as the vaccines bring with them hope that we can all soon return to normal. we have team fox coverage on where the vaccines are going and
when you can soon line up with one. we begin with mike tobin at pfizer's factory up in michigan. >> reporter: we saw that historic first shipment leave here yesterday carrying doses of the vaccine. the follow-up today is more trucks, more boxes nilled with vaccine leaving the pfizer plant in michigan. yesterday, 189 boxes left here. that works out to little more than 920,000 shots in the arm. today, 400 boxes or 1.9 million doses of vaccine ship from here. within hours of the first shipment leaving here, ups landed its first plane with 38,000 doses of vaccine at its world distribution facility in louisville, kentucky, where the doses are sorted. planes and trucks take it from there. >> it is humbling, you know, being part of this vaccine process. it's going to take a lot of lives. >> reporter: three kentucky hospitals got 975 doses of vaccine each as the priority has
been to get the vaccine to health care workers. dr. jason smith got the first vaccination in kentucky. the vaccine is going to 636 distribution points. kits have already been sent out to administer the shots. that moderna vaccine is up for approval thursday, with the potential of delivering an additional 20 million doses by the end of the month. dana, back to you. >> dana: thank you, mike tobin. we have edward lawrence live at tampa general. that's one of the first five hospitals in florida chosen to receive the vaccine. hello, edward. >> reporter: hey, dana. it's the second person in the united states under operation warped speed to get the vaccine happened here at tampa general hospital. she's a nurse who works with covid patients in the emergency room when they come in. she said the hospital has no idea how many doses they would get here at the hospital. they ended up with 19,500, all
of them going to those front line team workers. >> it's the entire team. it's not just nurses and doctors. it's the entire team who are serving our -- who have the most patient touches with people who potentially could be infected with covid. >> reporter: and there will be doses left over. the hospital is saying those doses will be given to other hospitals in the tampa bay area so their front line workers can be vaccinated. the governor of florida saying so far this has gone smoothly. >> today we're sitting here introducing right now about 20,000 doses of the pfizer vaccine. the way i have described it to my team, this is 20,000 doses of hope. this is the beginning of the end. this is monumental.
>> reporter: obviously, the head of the hospital here at tampa general saying this is monumental. 920,000 doses, as mike tobin said, leaving that facility in michigan. yesterday the first vaccination under operation warp speed happened in new york city. governor cuomo, andrew cuomo, was there. he was the same governor who questioned the effectiveness months ago of the vaccine, saying he wanted his own people to look at it. but then again, it was right there. >> is this any different from any other vaccine? >> reporter: you saw him there in the shot. surgeon general today saying we need to get the herd immunity, 70% of the population vaccinated. he believes that will happen by july. if we don't get 75% vaccinated, the surgeon general says the pandemic may not be over in 2021. >> dana: all right, edward lawrence, thank you very much. we have a fox news alert.
new york university of health is giving their first coronavirus vaccine. let's listen in. >> some of the side effects, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and then swelling at the injection site, nausea. now, most chance -- [ inaudible ] that could be difficulty breathing, swelling of the face,
throat. are you feeling sick today? >> no. >> in the last ten days have you had been to your health care provider or health department? >> i had a test that was negativ negative. >> have you been treated with antibody therapy for covid-19 in the past 90 days? >> no. >> have you ever had a serious or life threatening allergic reaction or difficulty breathing after any vaccine or shot? >> no. >> have you had any vaccine in the past 14 days, including the flu shot? >> no. >> are you pregnant or considering becoming pregnant?
any previous problems with shots. she answered no to all of those. so she will be getting first shot there. then from there, everybody else in line will get it. let's bring in the second person vaccinated in queens this morning and one of the first people in the country to receive the covid-19 vaccine. doctor, thank you very much for being with us. you made history today. tell me what it felt like. >> thank you. this is a very hopeful day. it felt fantastic. i was very honored and happy to be able to have this opportunity to role model the importance of this vaccination and how important it is going to be for us moving forward to get out of this tragic situation that we're in. >> dana: no doubt you've been working around the clock for many months. we see a doctor about to administer the shot at langone. how important is it for doctors
to say to patients, i got it and i was fine, in order to give patients confidence to take the vaccine? >> i think it's critical. it's critical for us. that's why i was so happy to role model this. it's important to stand behind the science and the research that's been done, and to tell our patients absolutely that this is nothing to fear. what we should fear is covid. hopefully, there's hope that's coming out of this and that we can overcome all the struggles and everything we've endured with covid. >> dana: we see here the shot is about to be administered. i know you did this just a few hours ago. a momentous moment, especially at that hospital. hospital workers, you form a close bond. have you talked to any of your colleagues about what this day means going forward? >> yes. everyone is excited. this is kind of an uplifting moment that we all needed.
we're still dealing with a second surge, so to speak, in new york, with covid. we needed this. we needed the front line workers to see there was something at the end of the struggle and the challenges we're facing now. >> dana: the shot was just administered to this front line worker there at langone. looks like everything went smoothly. from what you understand, doctor, how soon might you feel a side, if at all, from the shot that you got this morning? >> i think the next 24 hours will be critical, in terms of the pain. what the research has shown and the folks they've interviewed who got the medication during the research trial -- >> dana: doctor, let me interrupt you there. this patient is taking some questions. let's listen in together. >> that would be you on my left-hand side. are you ready for questions?
>> yes. >> now that you have the vaccine, what are you going to do once life gets back to normal? >> that's a really hard question, i guess. i think it's very exciting and i just hope that everybody gets it and, like everybody said, we all get back to normal. >> next question, please. next person, yes, go ahead. >> hi. how will you recommend the vaccine to patients and families? >> i would have recommended it before i got it. it was nothing. really felt like nothing. >> all right. you are a great nurse and do a great job in the icu. i know you. how do you feel like those who didn't make it because the shot wasn't here sooner? >> i think this is a very challenging time. lots of patients and families went through a lot.
so today it's really exciting that we can move forward and hopefully patients and families can get it. >> okay. great. go ahead. >> how does it feel to be protected against the virus you spent so long fighting? it >> feels good. >> dana: it seems you almost had similar experiences. maybe a last question to you would be, from what you knew about vaccine development and all your education. we know it usually takes a long time. this was part of operation warp speed. new technology was there. the president put this forward. scientists worked so hard to make this happen. now they're being districted. are you surprised at how quickly this was able to get done? >> no, not really. there has been research behind the mrna before. this may be a new way moving forward, in terms of creating vaccinations in which we don't need the yolk, the egg to create
the vaccination. this is exciting from that standpoint that maybe in the future, we can deliver vaccinations more quickly and safely. >> dana: it's an honor to get a chance to talk to you today. >> thank you for the time. >> dana: you take care. >> have a great day. be safe. >> dana: thank you. he's my new best friend. i love him. all right. it's not just hospitals. major retailers and drug store chains are getting ready for tk vaccine. we have a live look at that up in chicago. we're covering everywhere across america today. hey, grady. >> reporter: dana, it could be several months before this vaccination is available to members of the general public. once it is, getting it could be as simple as going to your wal-mart, cvs or walgreen's. they will be among the first to receive the vaccination. they will first administer it to health care workers and the
elderly. they've partnered with tens of thousand of long-term nursing homes across the country. they will administer it to them starting a week from today on december 21st. but after that, eventually the plan is that anybody who wants this vaccine will be able to get one at any one of these thousands of pharmacy chains across the country. the timeline how it will work is still uncertain, but we expect it in 2021. cvs and walgreen's are hiring tens of thousands of employees to make this happen. in terms of who gets the vaccine, it won't be up to the pharmacy chains. they are all assuring they will have no say in that. we should also say this is san important part of the rollout because so many people live within close proximity of these retail locations and they all have experience in administering vaccines. cvs, as an example, said it will
administer 20 million vaccines this year for things like the flu. so this is something they're very familiar with, dana. >> dana: all right. thank you very much, grady, up there in chicago. and president trump is congratulating all those involved in today's historic covid vaccine rollout. the shots given seven months after the president announced operation warp speed. john roberts is on the north lawn, where we all find him. >> reporter: good afternoon to you. president trump cheering the first doses of vaccinations going into arms across america. the president tweeting, first vaccination administered, congratulations usa, congratulations world. this really was done in record time, ten months from the sequencing of the viral rna to the first needles going into the arms of front line workers across the united states. we were talking about that in the past hour. let's listen in. >> this is remarkable progress. it's a medical miracle.
as president trump tweeted today, this would have been five years down the road, but we got it down by paring down red tape. this is a great day for america, something we can all celebrate together. >> reporter: the white house making some changes, too, from past history and past administration policy. the white house saying white house officials, including the president, will not be among the first in the anyways to receive the vaccine. the president pushing back on a statement that was given by sean elliott who said officials across all branches of government will receive vaccinations, established in executive policy. the american people should have confidence that they are receiving the same vaccine as senior officials of the united states on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership. telling fox news in the past hour that this was actually a policy that was established under the last administration and one that they are going to
change. listen here. >> that policy directive was passed by president obama. we were putting that into place. what the president decided, look, frontline workers need to come first. our residents in long-term care facilities need to come first. >> reporter: there are continuity of government issues at play, so certain government workers will be high up in the pyramid of vaccine distribution, if not at the very top. that would include critical staffers at the white house, people on capitol hill, as well as members of the supreme court. i am told that political appointees will not be included in that priority list. now, when it comes to the white house, the president, his national security adviser, his chief of staff, the vice president's chief of staff, the press secretary, president's counsel and a number of others have already had coronavirus, so it's likely it can herd some sort of immunity or resistance to the coronavirus among that group of people.
it's highly likely that a lot of the top political appointments here at the white house are not requiring the coronavirus, at least not in the immediate future. again, people critical to the operation of continuity of government will be high up in the food chain, in terms of getting it, but not immediately. dana? >> dana: i think it all makes sense, quite sensible. thank you, john. let's bring in howie kurtz host of media buzz and a fox news media analyst. it's a historic day and indeed you're seeing this across the screen. all the media is covering this part. there is not a lot of credit being given to president trump. how do you see the media's coverage of this moment? >> the media are a little warped when it comes to operation warp speed, not choosing to give president trump much credit at all for this program. pfizer, moderna and the scientists receive credit. if the vaccines didn't work or
took another year to roll them out, the press would have been very quick to blame donald trump. most news organizations, now in polar aoeued atmosphere, don't want to give president trump credit for anything. >> dana: obviously, there's a lot of big knew this week. we're also waiting to see about a corona relief bill for people who need it. there's just so much swirling around. it feels like maybe the vaccine rises to the top because americans have been believers over this past year that this is a real day of hope. >> yeah. it's impossible not to have a reaction that finally some people, especially, the frontline workers are getting it. president trump doesn't want to give the impression that big shots are getting it before frontline workers. msnbc and cnn have been talking
about the death tolls, approaching 300,000 deaths. it's a legitimate criticism. but then cover the white house vaccine summit, they didn't take any of it. there's a media narrative here that president should have, could have moved more quickly at the beginning. i shared in some of that criticism. at least now we have some hope. he deserves some credit for the vaccine. yet, i think the vaccine success kind of contradicts the media narrative. they are sticking to it. >> dana: yeah. i have to say if this had happened under the previous administration and within seven months after operation warp speed, we had a vaccine, i think we could both understand what the media coverage would look like. that's not to be in the case today, but anyway. he did order operation warp speed and we are under way and things are going forward. >> i also understand governors want to get in on the coverage
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>> dana: the long awaited rollout of pfizer covid-19 vaccine. the shots arriving at hospitals in cities and every state including new york city, which was once the epicenter of the pandemic. we showed you new york university's medical center gave its first vaccine and our own doctor mark segal was there in the room. i heard your voice there and i thought, hey, that's our dr. segal. you knew the woman who got the vaccine there? >> dana, she's a great nurse. she's been running our medical icu. i bet like everyone else, how long before i get sick? she managed to make it all the way until now through careful use of ppe and luck, really. but still, a great nurse. you noticed when i asked her about those who didn't make to it the vaccine, you know, she's forward thinking. she said, we have it now. it's useful. let's use it. mayor deblasio was at the
conference before the vaccine was given and he said something that i agree this. this is not a vaccine. it is a shot of hope against covid-19. you also saw the nurse that was given it, frank bayez, frank was asking very careful questions. i hope the viewers realize these are the questions we want everyone to ask. do you have allergies? how severe are your allergies? are you pregnant? are you feeling well? we don't want to give vaccines to people feeling well, although the vaccine does not have a virus in it. what are your medications? what are your underlying medical problems? all essential. frank gave a perfect rendition of what it should be like. she's very excited about receiving it. >> dana: and so we know you have to get two shots with this pfizer vaccine. so between now and that second shot, she continues to go about her work as she has been in the last seven months? >> right. i'm going to interview here
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>> dana: more on today's historic rollout coming up. first some other big stories we're following today. president trump saying his fight to overturn the results of the election are not over. >> it' not over. we're going to continue to go forward. we have numerous local cases. some of states got rigged and robbed from us.
>> dana: the president's comments as members of the electoral college meet across the nation to formally vote for our next president. new york is one of the states that have already cast ballots. >> reporter: dana, georgia, minnesota, kentucky, south dakota all wrapping up their electoral college votes in the last hour or so, nevada had their six electors vote. people can watch their electors meet, many on live streaming. you're looking live. michigan's 16 electors meet in the state senate chambers to cast their votes for president-elect joe biden and vice president-elect kamala harris. michigan house and senate buildings were shut down because of reported credible violence threats to the electors. each will cast two paper ballots one for president, one for vice president. the electors in each state will sign and verify six certifications of the vote.
now, president trump is contesting the election results. technically electors can vote for who ever they want, but 33 states have passed laws requiring their electors to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state. electors who vote differently from the popular vote are called faceless electors. >> faceless electors have never come close to impacting the outcome of a presidential election. most of the time when we see faceless electors, it's a single elector. very very rare that you see more than a handful. >> reporter: and so far there has been zero faceless electors thus far. january 6th, the joint session of congress will convene to certify those electoral college votes. that is when republicans can challenge state results, but it's going to take a majority vote in the democratic house and republican senate. both these to vote in order to overturn those results. very unlikely.
dana? >> dana: thank you very much. stay dry. early voting is now under way in georgia's two crucial runoffs. those are the races that will decide which party controls the senate. jonathan serrie is in atlanta covering it all for us. >> reporter: hi there, dana. we are at state farm arena. election officials picked this venue so voters could remain socially distant and vote as safely as possible during this pandemic. at another atlanta polling location, the former united nations ambassador andrew young accompanied rafael warnalk. >> this is election season. >> reporter: supporters hope a surge in new absentee ballot requests will help them defeat the incumbent senator.
republicans skeptical of president trump's loss in november are promising strong oversight to ensure the integrity of the runoff elections. >> we are trying in the court to make sure we segregate all of the people who registered after the november election and have gotten an absentee ballot. >> reporter: as the electoral college meets today, today georgia's democratic electors formally cast the state's 16 electoral votes for joe biden and kamala harris. >> dana: jonathan serrie, thank you very much. we have another fox news alert. alex azar and surgeon general jerome adams on a call. let's listen in. >> thousand of participants who proudly volunteers to prove the vaccine's safety and efficacy. thank you to all of you.
we couldn't have done it without you. but, an important but, having a vaccine the only one step. we must move from vaccine to vaccination. it would be a tragedy if this worsened because the people who could most benefit from this vaccine won't take it. i have often said vaccines are one of our greatest social injustices in this country. so ensuring that all americans have an equitable opportunity to receive the vaccine and promoting vaccine confidence and equitable uptick will be critical if we want to save live, ensure the protection of all americans from covid and end this pandemic. we know lack of trust is a major cause of reluctance especially in community of color. that is not without good reason, as the tuskeegee trials happened
during our life time. we must first acknowledge this real history of mistreatment by the medical community and the government. then we need to explain and demonstrate all that has been done to address these wrongs, protections and safe guards in place like the hhs, an independent institution review board and data and safety monitoring board, to make sure tragedies like the tuskeegee syphilis study never happen again. and finally, we have to work hard to engage trusted voices, medical serving organizations like the national medical association and national hispanic medical association, national black nurses association, faith leaders and community gate keepers in minority communities to help build trust in the safety and the efficacy of the clinical study and vaccination process. i have worked with vaccine companies since augusto ensure
we have the first represent eight in the trials. i have been working with historically black college and university presidents including d.c.'s own howard university, athletes and influencers, pastors, rabbis and more to educate our most vulnerable about the safety and efficacy of these svaccines. hhs has a vaccine panel that serves as connection points, with megaphones to communities of color. while we begin today administering the first doses of this remarkable vaccine to the people and places where it will be immediately impactful, we must follow the three w's until we see an uptick of vaccination. remember to wash your hands. going to demonstrate it right here for you. remember to watch your distances. remember to continue wearing
your mask. be concerned about rising cases and deaths and, therefore, cautious in your day to day actions, but also be confident. the finish line to this marathon is in sight. remember that we can't finish the race without each and every one of you. help reduce the burden on folks like the clinicians here with us today getting their vaccination and by following the three w's and getting your flu shot now. and by getting vaccinated again covid-19 as soon as you're able. i just want to finish by thanking you, secretary azar, for your incredible leadership throughout the development of the covid-19 vaccine and for always pushing hhs to address despaisparities and diversity a tackle this pandemic. as you've often said, we should be proud on this day. we should be doggedly persistent
in pursuit of equity and an end to this pandemic. with that, i'd like to turn the podium over to you, secretary azar for your remarks. >> well, thank you, admiral adams, for being here today, and thank you for your constant leadership in promoting the value of vaccination at this time and over the last several year. i want to thank the team here for welcoming us here today and to the mayor for joining us and for her partnership throughout this crisis. we're here today because of the extraordinary medical achievement that our country has delivered this week. through president trump's operation warp speed, substantial quantities of a safe and effective vaccine within a year after the virus was first known to the world. today healthcare providers across america are going to work to administer vaccines to the most vulnerable and to fellow health care workers. here at gw, we are marking a
ceremonial kickoff to this national vaccination program. what we'll see here today is representative of what's happening across america right now. what you see here today is also a reminder that as exceptional as operation warp speed is administering vaccines is something our healthcare system knows how to do very well indeed. our hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare delivery sites administer 100 million flu vaccines every year. here at gw, the covid-19 vaccine is being administered to employees essentially just like the flu vaccine is. i also want to praise the work gw has done to try to determine how to allocate vaccines among its team, analyzing data about which healthcare workers are at greatest risk for contracting the virus and for serious outcome of the disease. states and communities across the country like d.c. can use that to make the right decisions
for how to allocate vaccines using the recommendations of experts, their own best judgment and their views on their own local situation. we're also here and i'll be at many vaccination sites to under score that receiving the covid-19 vaccine, as exciting as it is, is just like getting any other safety vaccine that americans receive to protect us from illness. i was pleased to see a new abc poll released this morning finding that more than eight in ten americans plan to get the vaccine. but we still have more work to do in educating america on safety and efficacy of these vaccines. this fda authorized vaccine and each covid-19 vaccine that the fda potentially authorizes will have been through the typical numerous stages of safety review and more. this vaccine has gone through clinical trials much larger than many vaccine trials.
it's gone through the drug company's trials. it's gone through independent data and safety monitoring board. it's gone through the fda's independent advisory committee. it has been subjected to fda guidelines publicly published, stating what the fda would require for approval. finally, it has been authorized by fda's career scientific experts, as i promised. at 95% efficacy, this vaccine is extraordinarily effective at protecting you from the virus. getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your country healthy and safe. so with that, i will hand things over to dr. petino, so he can explain more about how the administration process is working here at g.w. thank you very much.
>> good afternoon, everyone. thank you very much, secretary azar and surgeon general adams. it is an honor to be part of today's event. my name is dr. bruno petino and i am chief medical officer at the george washington hospital. i am thrilled to be here today on such a historic moment in public health. as our head of emergency management and an emergency physician myself, i have seen first hand the negative effects of covid-19. there's no doubt that covid-19 has put a strain on all of us especially those honorable individuals battling on the front lines. it's remark pbl that we have a vaccine that has been shown to be both effective and safe. i want to thank operation warp speed. i am pleased to begin offering
the vaccine. i want to thank our partners of the school of medicine here at the george washington university and the g.w. medical faculty associates. also especially our partner who's been working diligently with us on the algorithm. i look forward -- >> dana: all right. let's bring in the former fda commissioner. such a pleasure to have you with us on this historic day. doctor, can i ask you about the second shot, when they get the second shot. how soon will they be able to feel confident that they can go about sort of maybe a resumption of normal, or do you need to help wearing a mask and social distancing for awhile? >> well, that's an important question, dana. first of all, thank you for allowing me to share this amazedly blessed day with the
world. i wanted to make the point that -- >> dana: i'm having a little bit of hard time hearing you, doctor, but i think the audience can hear you. what do you think about this situation of how quickly we were able to get this vaccine from an idea -- and i know there was a new technology with mrna, and getting the shot today, how quickly that all happened. >> yeah. i'm sorry we are having trouble communicating. two answers to your questions. one, you should be starting to get immune responses about two weeks after your second shot. so protection kicks in. one of the things that's important to ensure americans about this vaccine and why it is so important to take it, although we've made great progress in the last seven to nine months, that progress is built on two years and a tremendous commitment to science and technology that's led us to this point. it's based on a very strong set
foundation of science and technology. this has been rapid, but it has not been reckless. we know the data is showing the vaccine is highly effective, over 95% of the patients that it's been used with. but we still have more to learn. that's why it's important that we continue this process of scrutiny and data gathering and we' we' we'll constantly be trying to eliminate this pandemic. >> dana: we know some children now are under clinical trials and also maybe next after that is pregnant women. from there, would we be able to feel like, is it realistic to feel that next june or so, feel really good and back to normal? >> i'm very optimistic. plus we've had such a tremendous strategic approach to this problem since it first occurred almost a year ago.
we've attacked it on multiple fronts. that coordinated effort has done a number of thing. one, we have multiple options. this vaccine is just the first. there are others that will be coming along and we'll want to know among them which, in fact, is the best, easier to administer and one that can actually reach most of the patients as easily as possible. the second thing, of course, is there are populations that still need to be studied in more detail. as you pointed out, pediatric patients, pregnant women. those studies will continue. fda scrutiny, fda's oversight, fda's assurance to the american people that this process will continue with rigorous decision and discipline, all that will continue to go on over this next year. by the end of 2021, we hopefully will make this pandemic a very sad memory. >> dana: let me just tell you,
the audio problem wasn't on your end. it was on ours. thank you, sir. i love the optimism. we'd love to have you back on how we can continue to move forward with hope. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> dana: we have more of "the daily briefing" right after this. i'd like to take a moment to address my fellow veterans, because i know so many of you have served our country honorably. one of the benefits that we as a country give you as a veteran is your eligibility for a va loan which lets you buy a home with no down payment. now there's no reason to rent when you can own. helping veterans buy homes. that's newday usa.
>> dana: welcome back. we've been showing you the first vaccinations in the u.s. today. but getting those doses to all 50 states, not an easy task. laura ingle is live at new york's j.f.k. airport. she has more on that. hi, laura. >> hey, dana. getting the vaccine on the move is being called a monumental task, which is calling it lightly, which includes transports and ultra cold storage units. everything has to work together perfectly which makes this goes smoothly. so far it has. shipments packaged in dry ice coolers which have to be kept at
subarctic temperatures were loaded into boxes and on to planes and semis to be disbursed across america. this started yesterday. ups and fed ex working to rush cargo to the first 145 of 636 vaccine staging areas all across the states. a second and third wave of vaccine shipments due to go out tomorrow and another round wednesday. new york considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year expected to receive 170,000 doses of the pfizer vaccine this week. now, some of the first shipments to the region, mentioned newark airport, shipments in dallas and more to come as we move through the week, dana. >> dana: thank you, laura. we appreciate it. let's bring in trey gowdy, host of the trey gowdy podcast and a fox news contributor. it's one of those days that you feel like this lift, this excitement and a sense of hope
after a tough year. >> yeah, you put your finger on the right word, that is hope. there's a verse in the bible, these three things remain, faith, hope and love. they're all importance. right now our country needs hope and there's this beautiful light that is at the end of the tunnel. i have every confidence, dana, this country, which has done amazing things in the past can make sure the right people get the right vaccinations in the record order. when i hear government officials are at the top of the line, they're not in the right way. i have confidence decision makers will make the right call. >> dana: i think so, too. you're familiar with government and how washington works. frustration with red tape in the past. your reflections on operation warp speed and president trump's leadership on that issue. >> it's really amazing. when you think about it -- my
father is a medical doctor. i grew up wishing i were smart enough to be a doctor. the time that it takes, part of it is a liability concern and an efficacy and the safety. but the notion that in less than 12 months, we can go from the advent of this pandemic to actually having these vaccines being shipped out is nothing short of remarkable. i know because i know politics, the president is not going to get credit for it. i'm not sure he wants redid it for it. he wants what is best for the country. he and his administration did something that very few people was possible, which is a vaccine in this time period. >> dana: we only have 25 seconds left. do you think that congress will get a coronavirus relief bill done before they go home before christmas? >> god, i hope so. yeah, i don't think they can go home for christmas if they don't. they'll -- i think they'll have some people on their front
yards. god, i hope so. >> dana: they should. trey gowdy, thank you. see you soon. >> thank you. >> dana: thanks for joining us. i'm dana perino. i'll see you on "the five." bill hemmer, over to you on this historic day. >> bill: nice to see you, dana. historic indeed. we've been waiting for this since last march. see you at 5:00, dana. so here we go. big hour now. i'm bill hemmer. it's v day as in vaccine. we're watching live with secretary azar, the surgeon general on a good new days. a nurse in new york expected to kickoff the biggest vaccination effort in history. general purna say it's an extraordinary moment. cautioning everybody with work to do. here he is over the weekend. >> we went into action and implemented our hourly and 94 our d-day sequence. we implemented a sliding scale that allows us to ensure that