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cbs evening news is up next. we will be back here at 7 pm. and have all the latest for you then. ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, on his first full day in office, president biden declares war on the coronavirus pandemic. the 46th president unleashes the federal government to fight the worst health crisis in a century: a 200-page plan to open schools, improve testing, and speed up vaccine delivery. >> the rollout has been a dismal failure thus far. >> o'donnell: and, dr. anthony fauci returns to the briefing room for the first time in over two months. >> one of the new things in this administration is, if you don't know the answer, don't guess. >> o'donnell: the death toll could reach half a million by valentine's day. more than a dozen states starting to run out of the vaccine. the wait at dodger stadium up to ve appointment.
plus, could that coronavirus variant in south africa mean we need to get a covid vaccine annually? convicting trump? republicans ask to delay the impeachment trial until february. manhunt intensifies. the f.b.i. ups the reward, $75,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person who planted pipe bombs near the capitol. and, new arrests, including a man accused of beating an officer with a hockey stick. the new white house. after a $500,000 deep clean, the makeover, including the new artwork, and the return of dogs to the white house. the mega millions jackpot nearing $1 billion. when you need to buy a ticket to win. and, in a star-filled inaugural celebration, it was a 13-year- oldwho stole our hearts. this is the "cbs evening news"
with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news, what president biden calls a full- scale war-time effort to roll back the devastating tide of the l mr. biden signed a flurry of executive orders and directives, actions the white house says are the first step in a national strategy to dramatically increase vaccinations, enforce mask wearing and reopen schools. well tonight, cities and states across the country say that new plan can't come soon enough, saying they are running low on doses of the vaccine, along with the supplies needed to administer the shots. but with americans now dying at a rate of more than 4,000 a day from the virus, the president says the country should expect things to get worse before they get better, predicting another 100,000 people in the u.s. will have been killed by the virus by this time next month.
and tonight, the president's chief medical advisor, dr. anthony fauci, is also warning that new and more contagious variants of the virus could soon lead it to spread even faster here in the u.s., leading to even more hospitalizations and deaths. so as you can see, it's been a busy day here in washington. our team is standing by to cover all the major headlines. cbs's nancy cordes is going to lead us off tonight from the white house. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the new president signed ten executive orders today and two presidential memos, all of them designed to give the nation's pandemic response a much-needed shot in the arm. >> this next one is setting up the pandemic testing board. >> reporter: president biden put a pen to his promises today, even as he slammed his predecessor. >> for the past year, we couldn't rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed, and we have seen the tragic cost of that failure. 3,000 to 4,000 deaths per day. >> reporter: one of the new
executive orders mandates the use of masks in airports and on planes, trains and inter-city buses. another invokes the defense production act to speed production and delivery of covid tests, masks and other p.p.e. the president also released a plan to establish national standards for vaccine distribution and school reopenings. >> it is so detailed, it is over-- it's 198 pages. >> reporter: without clear federal guidelines, states and cities have had to craft their own covid plans-- a rocky process marked by accine delays and canceled appointments. >> needless to say, i wanted to cry, just because i never thought i would be so excited to get a vaccination than i was for this one. >> reporter: biden aides concede they are unlikely to meet their goal of 100 million vaccines in the next 100 days unless congress provides another booster shot. the new administration is
pushing a $1.9 trillion package with funding to build community vaccination centers and to hire 100,000 public health workers. >> we'll also task the department of h.h.s. to prepare and expand the pool of medical professionals who can administer the vaccine. >> reporter: mr. biden was joined today by a familiar face, his chief medical adviser dr. anthony fauci, who frequently disagreed with president trump. >> now, he's been wrong a lot. >> reporter: today, fauci said his new boss has a very different management style. >> one of the things that was very clear as recently as about 15 minutes ago, when i was with the president, is that one of the things that we're going to do is to be completely transparent, open and honest. if things go wrong, not point fingers, but to correct them. and to make everything we do be based on science and evidence. >> reporter: and while the 45th president often made rosy
predictions about the virus-- >> it's going to disappear, it is disappearing. >> reporter: --today, the 46th vowed not to sugarcoat the facts. >> the brutal truth is, it's going to take months before we can get the majority of americans vaccinated. >> o'donnell: and nancy cordes joins us now. now, nancy, this is the first time there has been a national plan. i understand you have some new reporting on just how quickly this plan is being rolled out to the states. >> reporter: that's right, norah. we're already hearing from some state officials who tell us they are getting more outreach from key federal agencies just within the past 24 hours of this new administration, including, crucially, offers of help from fema to set up and staff masked vaccination sites. >> o'donnell: that help is needed. nancy cordes, thank you. well tonight, while nearly 20 million doses of covid vaccine sit in freezers across the country, health officials in many states say they don't have enough vaccine. so far, about 17.5 million americans have had at least one covid shot.
to explain why, here's cbs's mola lenghi. >> reporter: the race to vaccinate hits a major setback. >> we are running out of vaccine, and we need more now. >> reporter: it's happening across the country-- promised doses not delivered. new york city today closed 15 vaccine centers and canceled 23,000 appointments. >> it's deeply disheartening and honestly it does create a little bit of sense of panic. >> reporter: this stadium and other large venues continue to be transformed into vaccine mega-sites. >> it's very disappointing and once we get more supply we can vaccinate more people, but it's out of our hands. >> reporter: in detroit... >> we have a parking structure where we can handle 25,000 vaccinations a week, and right now, we're scheduling 6,000. >> reporter: at dodger stadium, wait times for scheduled vaccines are reaching five hours, and california health officials are saying the state may not vaccinate all of its high-risk, high-priority seniors over 65 until june.
also tonight, growing concern over new strains of the virus, especially one first detected in south africa, which could be somewhat resistant to the currents vaccines. one researcher in south africa tells cbs news the strain is "almost like a new pandemic, and may require recalibrating the vaccines," much like is done with the annual flu shots. hospitalizations in the u.s. continue to be at peak levels, and on wednesday, the second highest daily deaths recorded, nearly 4,400 in just one day, almost matching japan's death toll during the entire pandemic. the vaccine rollout, slow as it may be, is having an impact. this morning, 93-year-old irving levine received his first dose. levine survived the holocaust, but lost most of his family. his goal now in this pandemic? to be able to see his kids again; one of them a doctor at new jersey's holy name medical center. >> his will to survive has been
incredible. in some ways, i almost believe he's more concerned about me and my sister, because we are working on the front lines, than he is about himself. >> reporter: well, this is one of the 15 vaccine distribution sites across new york city that are closed, and will continue to be until the city gets more doses. now, according to the new york health department, the vaccine appointments that were canceled will be rescheduled one week later. norah. >> o'donnell: mola lenghi, thank you. we're going to turn now to some breaking news from the senate on when former president trump might be put on trial for charges of inciting the riot at the u.s. capitol. cbs's kris van cleave has that new reporting tonight. >> what a difference a day makes. >> reporter: as democrats took their victory lap celebrating control of both the house and the senate for the first time in a dec a decade, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell plans to propose waiting until next month to begin the second impeachment trial of former president donald trump. the looming trial threatens to drown out any talk of congress working together.
>> we want to start the new congress, the very first thing, with a vindictive and punitive impeachment trial-- i don't think that reflects the priorities of the american people. >> leader mcconnell and i are trying to come up with a bipartisan agreement on how to conduct the trial. but make no mistake about it, there will be a trial. >> the senate is ready to receive managers appointed by the house. >> reporter: and on the house floor, a procedural step forward, the senate now formally acknowledges it's waiting on speaker nancy pelosi to send over the articles of impeachment. >> i'm not going to be telling you when it is going. >> reporter: house democrats could vote early next month on portions of president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief package, while a bipartisan group of 16 senators hope to meet with the biden white house this weekend, hoping to craft a compromise. >> on this vote, the yeas are 84, the nays are 10, the nomination is confirmed. >> reporter: avril haines, the new director of national intelligence, was the first
member of biden's cabinet confirmed last night. today, pete buttigieg had his confirmation hearing for secretary of transportation, and retired general lloyd austin's nomination as defense secretary is proceeding towards confirmation. and we are just hearing from the office of the new senate majority leader chuck schumer. they are reviewing this impeachment proposal. we've also heard from senator lindsey graham, who appears to be speaking for the former president, he says mr. trump supports the timeline and has begun assembling his defense team. norah. >> o'donnell: kris van cleave, thank you. well, tonight, a reminder of the international challenges that president biden now faces: twin suicide bombings rocked baghdad. the first drew a crowd. and then came the second blast. more than 30 people were killed in the deadliest attacks in years. isis has just claimed responsibility, and this comes as the u.s. draws down its troops in iraq. well, tonight, as authorities continue to round up suspects who took part in the deadly assault on capitol hill, house
speaker nancy pelosi is warning that some lawmakers could be prosecuted if they helped the rioters. cbs's jeff pegues has new details tonight in the investigation. >> reporter: security is still tight in washington. it is the new norm. more than 10,000 members of the national guard are expected to remain in the nation's capitol for now. u.s. officials believe the threat from domestic extremists remains high. this f.b.i. poster has the faces of people involved in the assaults on police. still at large, the person or people involved in the death of officer brian sicknick. many of the suspects are heavily armed, so authorities are not taking any chances. this video from the "new york post" shows the armed takedown of suspect samuel fisher in new york city. after he's cuffed on the ground, police say they found a small arseofns tt he allegedly took with him in washington to storm the capitol. also arrested, michael foy. authorities say this video shows
him wielding a hockey stick on january 6 as a police officer is being attacked and dragged into the crowd of rioters. so far, more than 125 people are facing federal charges so far, including connecticut resident patrick mccaughey, charged with assaulting d.c. officer daniel hodges. >> definitely considered that that might be it, i might not be able to make it out of there. >> reporter: even more arrests are coming. >> i think anybody who participated in this insurrection-- well, if i were in their shoes, i wouldn't be sleeping a wink, because you know the f.b.i. is going to show up at your door sooner or later. >> reporter: the scars on the capitol building are still visible, like this broken window still in need of repairs. today, the house speaker suggested fellow members of congress could face criminal charges. >> if people did aid and abet, there will be more than just comments from their colleagues here, there will be prosecution. >> reporter: and tonight, the reward has been increased to
$75,000 for information leading to the person who dropped pipe bombs outside both major party headquarters on january 6. also, of all the people federally charged in connection with those riots, according to george washington university, more than 10% of them have links to the u.s. military. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues tonight, thank you. well tonight, we are getting our first good look at changes the bidens have brought to the white house, most of them orchestrated in five frantic hours during the inauguration. cbs's ed o'keefe reports, it is quite a transformation. >> reporter: president biden began his first full day in office as many new presidents do, in prayer. but virtually, and socially distanced. >> reporter: ...but it's nfelt . quite the same, with plexiglass barriers mounted on desks in the west wing and aides wearing masks at all times. the white house underwent a $500,000 deep covid cleanse
between administrations, and immediately fired the previous white house usher in charge of managing the building. in the oval office, the gold drapes and desk are the same, but there's new decor around the edges, including a moon rock on loan from nasa, and busts of rosa parks and latino civil rights leader cesar chavez. on the walls, former rivals thomas jefferson and alexander hamilton now hang together, in the room where it happens. gone is the little red button installed by president trump at the resolute desk. >> what does that get you? >> well, that gets you a coke, or gets you a pepsi. >> reporter: another change around here, in attitude, with the new boss demanding return to civility as he did last night while swearing in new staff. >> if you're ever working with me and i hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, i promise you i repter: and while thepot.♪ ♪ first family is settling in, the second family can't do so quite yet. the 128-year-old vice presidential mansion is undergoing long-needed renovations.
so they'll be living temporarily across the straight at blair house. and the new first dogs. aides say the white house needs to be dog-proofed. meaning the president's new dogs, champ, and major can't move in just then. one other change was noted today by dr. anthony fauci, who said it was liberating to be able to speak his mind in the press briefing room and not fear repercussions from the president. but it was only day one. we'll see if that holds. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, ed o'keefe, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead right here on tonight's "cbs evening news." what brought down a blackhawk chopper in new york, killing three soldiers? and, americans flock to buy lotto tickets, as the mega millions jackpot approaches $1 billion.
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