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women's history in california. we'l be here ght,eral developg stories as we come on the air. the first shots in arms of the johnson & johnson vaccine, starting as early as tomorrow. the third vaccine now available here in the u.s. this is a one-shot vaccine. nearly 4 million doses shipping from two facilities in kentucky and tennessee to vaccination sites across the country llion des by the end 100 million doses by june. the qu eryone would like to know, wt does this mean forap the one-shot vaccine, 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. and now amid this uptick in covid cases, concerns about the variants. tonight, the cdc now saying this is not the time to ease restrictions or to let our guard
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down. new york governor andrew cuomo under fire tonight. an investigation now under way into two sexual harassment allegations. tonight, the newest accuser saying the governor refuses to take responsibility for his, quote, predatory behavior. tonight, the governor's latest comments on these allegations and amid growing questions about the data on nursing home deaths in new york, the governor mow hiring a lawyer to represent the governor's office. new images emerging along 0 families still separated by the trump administration's zero the number of unaccompanied minoring growing a. matt fwhaupt from the border tonight. the storms this monday. an ef-1, straightline winds turning deadly today, trees coming down, killing a man in georgia. at least 15 states on alert for flooding and high winds tonight.
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and the northeast now bracing for subzero wind wheels. ginger zee timing it out. don't, lady ga ga's dog walker breakingis silence.ag co and the surgeon facing questis he was seen surgery. > and america strong t. th baby hearing musicor the first time. good evening and it's great to have you with us here as we start another week together and we begin tonight with promising news in the fight against the and a neword of caution tonight cdc, but first, llions of doesnone-dose vaccine already being shipped tonight. the first doses shipping out today. trucks rolling out from this facility in kentucky bound for all 50 states and u.s.
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territories. shipping out from tennessee, as well. nearly 4 million doses shipping out this week. 20 million by the end of this month. 100 million by the end of june. tonight, more than 50 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine. nearly 20% of adults in this country now. but it is a race against those concerning variants. tonight, the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, warning the decline in cases is now stalling, that there's been a slight uptick again, cases and depths actually rising 2% in the last week. dr. walensky saying today now is not the time to lift public health restrictions. so, where is this new one-dose vaccine headed first? abc's eva pilgrim leading us off tonight from kentucky. for a virus-weary nation. workers at this massive kentucky warehouse marking that first box with the message "get healthy" as they shipped out the much anticipated vaccine from johnson & johnson. >> it's always a privilege to be
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apart of doing something that's going to save lives. >> reporter: the new vacci ret e shot a specl or stoge. onto trucks, then onto planes bound for all corners of this country. 2.8 million of those doses are going to state and local armaciesndheest to 0 to unity anferahealth centers. the first shots could go into arms as early as tomorrow. officials insist that all communities will have equal access. >> that doesn't mean that every vaccination site will have every vaccine, but it means that all vaccines will reach all communities. >> reporter: the company promising to deliver another 16 million doses by the end of march, but those doses not expected to come until the last two weeks of the month. the country's third vaccine is 85% effective at preventing severe disease and 100% effective against hospitalizations and death. >> we have three highly efficacious vaccines that are
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safe. that's the bottom line.e the pfizer and moderna vaccines, johnson & johnson's was testd in south africa and brazil against those highly contagious variants. >> we kept all the patients out of the hospital. we kept all the patients from dying. and again, this is with single dose against some of the most difficult strains. >> reporter: it's those variants that worry experts. the cdc director today warning against relaxing safeguards just as the country is seeing a slight uptick in cases and deaths. >> cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. these variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress. >> reporter: but at least six seven states are relaxes restrictions just this week. >> with things kind of waning now and with the vaccine so muchornow, i think it's a good time to go out. >> reporter: south carolina lifting rules on mass gathering
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and bars. >> it's brilliant. it's fantastic. it's about time. >> reporter: in florida, officials already concerned about large crowds beginning to gather for spring break. >> all right, so, let's get to eva with us outside that warehouse in kentucky where this johnson & johnson vaccine has been shipping out. and we remember dr. jha telling us when this third vaccine was approved, he suspected vaccines would become wildly available by may, june to july for everyone who might want to get one. that was his predictions, just given the math of all three of these vaccines. let's hope so. we're going to continue to track that. in the meantime, in your report there, the cdc director was very clear that even with this enkoushlging news tonight, that we must remain vigilant with these variants and the potential, she says, for another surge. >> reporter: yeah, she has said that, david. dr. walensky has said that we may be done with the virus, but the virus is not done with us. warning people not to become too complacent, that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. david? >> eva pilgrim leading us off here on a monday night.
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eva, thank you. we're going to move onto other major news this monday evening. new york governor andrew cuomo under fire and under investigation tonight, facing accusations of sexual harassment. his newest accuser saying cuomo, quote, refuses to take responsibility. the governor, praised for his leadership when covid hit, is also now facing grows questions about the data on nursing home deaths, now hiring a lawyer to represent the governor's office. here's abc's step nhanie ramos tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a former aide accusing new york governor andrew cuomo of sexual harassment says his explanation and attempt to apologize just doesn't cut it, declaring cuomo "has refused to acknowledge or take responsibility for his predatory behavior." 25-year-old charlotte bennett telling her story to "the new york times," alleging that last spring, cuomo made it clear to her he wanted to sleep with her. >> she alleges that the governor asked her direct questions about her sex life, whether or not she was monogamous in her relationships, whether or not
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she had ever slept with an older man. >> reporter: at the same time, cuomo's national profile was he will do it because we are new york tough. >> reporter: bennett says she told her parents and friends about cuomo's behavior at the time. she also told the governor's chief of staff and was quickly transferred to another department, eventually leaving the administration altogether in november. cuomo has denied he made any advances, initially saying he was just trying to be a mentor. then releasing a statement saying, "i now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal. i acknowledge some of the things i have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. to the extent anyone felt that way, i am truly sorry about that." >> that's not an apology. he seemed to be saying, "oh, i was just kidding around." you know, sexual harassment is not funny. >> reporter: in recent years, cuomo has positioned himself as
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a champion for women. >> there has been an ongoing persistent culture of abuse of women in terms of sexual harass pt. >> reporter: but bennett indomo. another former staffer lindsey boylan said cuomo gave her an unwanted kiss in his manhattan office in 2018 and asked to play strip poker. he's denied that. >> but it's -- it's just not true. >> reporter: the new york state attorney general is now launching an investigation. cuomo had hoped to appoint an investigator with close ties to his top advisers, but he backed down amid an outcry from democrats. charlotte bennett saying, "these are not the actions of someone who simply feels misunderstood. they are the actions of an individual who wields his power to avoid justice." >> and stephanie ramos with us tonight. stephanie, in addition, governor cuomo is battling an investigation into how his
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administration handled covid deaths in nursing home dates here in new york. and they're now hiring their own criminal defense attorney for that? >> reporter: exactly, david. and the governor himself has been largely out of sight. governor cuomo had been holding press conferences three times per week, but we haven't seen him since last wednesday, when his first accuser elaborated on her claims. we've noticed here on the ground, david, that democrats aren't really rallying around the governor. state lawmakers not coming to his defense, saying they are waiting on the attorney general's investigation. david? >> stephanie ramos in albany tonight. meantime, on capitol hill this evening, president biden's massive covid relief bill racing against a two-week deadline now when unemployment benefits are set to expire. you'll remember as we were on the air friday night, the bill was set to clear the house, it did after midnight, around 2:00 a.m. saturday morning. only the democrats behind it. now it's in the senate, so, let's get right to rachel scott on the hill tonight. and rachel, the president is aware there are only democrats that voted for this.
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he cannot afford to lose any democrats in the senate. >> reporter: david, this is all about making sure that his party is on the same page. the senate is split 50/50, which means he cannot afford to lose a single democratic vote and that includes mott rads like senator joe manchin. he was at this virtual meeting with president biden today. his biggest sticking point was that $15 an hour minimum wage hike. democrats were forced to abandon that idea. it will be stripped from the senate's version of that bill, but also tonight at that meeting, questions about whether or not relief could be more targeted and lawmakers here are racing against a deadline. in two weeks, unemployment benefits for millions of americans are set to expire, david. >> that deadline approain raelu. the isfrom the rd. the biden administration now saying the more than 500 families still separated by the trump administration's zero tolerance policy could be allowed to reunite in the u.s. if they choose and potentially stay here in the u.s. meantime, the number of
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unaccompanied minors growing, and tonight, questions about new tents going up. here's our chief national correspondent matt gutman from the border tonight. >> reporter: for tens of thousands of asylum seekers like hermenia, cradling the hope that two years of misery in these transit camps might end, tonight, a promise from the biden administration. >> we are operating under a policy. chief alejandro mayorkas saying the families that remain separated by a policy critics labeled a human rights violation would be allowed to reunite in the united states or their ori. thbi housing migrant children in the very tent cities democrats criticized the trump administration for building. >> it takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the
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administration before us established. >> reporter: but quietly, change has been happening. the administration peeling back a program that forced migrants seeking asylum to wait in limbo on the mexican side of the border. today, crossing the border, we visited one of those camps in matamoros, mexico.concertina wit 700 people live in this squalid camp, there are some 25,000 like them across the border waiting here two years for their chance to have their cases heard in the u.s. families like blanca and jonathan's. they and the three children they share, the youngest, only a month old, endured nearly two years of camp life. but they crossed into the u.s. erke
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miants like hermenia, hoping to cross into the u.s. patience. >> we are not saying "don't come." we are saying, "don't come now." because we will be able to deliver with us live from brownsville, texas, on the border. matt, we know president biden spoke with the mexican president today about the u.s. relationship with mexico. we've seen the moves by the biden administration, making to overhaul the immigration policy. but you have learned tonight that officials are seeing an increase in illegal border crossings? >> reporter: across the board, david. they are seeing what they are calling a significant spike and the most concerning to them is what you just mentioned, unasxeeed minors crossing. they say that 9,000 children and teens crossed into the u.s. just in the month of february. they add that right now, in u.s. custody, there are 12,000 unaccompanied minors. david? >> all right, matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. now, to the deadly storm this monday. the straight line winds that
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turned deadly. this evening, at least 15 states are now on alert for flooding and high winds going into the night. an ef-1 tornado and deadly straight line winds, a tree coming down on a man in georgia today. he did not survive. these images from kentucky tonight. and this evening, the northeast now bracing for sub-zero wind chills. let's get right to ginger zee tracking it all for us. hey, ginger. reporter: davi march is roaring inee the wind kicking here, my hair evident. wanted to show you the wind warnings and advisories though, all the way from altoona, pennsylvania, up to jackman, maine. and flood warnings still exist in parts of kentucky where they saw up to seven inches of rain. that cold front trails all the way to the gulf coast. so, overnight tonight, you're going to see gusts in places like boston, up to 50 miles per hour. albany, you could kick up to around 52. and what that means is by tomorrow morning, it will still be windy, but it will take the temperatures and migits or even
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sub-zero. things do get better after tomorrow, though. >> they will at some point and after tomorrow, we'll take it. thank you, ginger. we're going to turn next tonight to california. a surgeon now facing questions after he was seen making a court appearance while performing surge surgery. the judge clearly uncomfortable with it all, and here's abc's kayna whitworth tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a california plastic surgeon is facing backlash after he was seen on video attending traffic court while performing surgery. >> i am sir, i'm in an operating room. yes, i'm available for trial. >> reporter: the presiding judge in disbelief. >> so, unless i'm mistaken, i'm seeing a defendant that's in the middle of an operating room, appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient. is that correct, mr. green? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: dr. scott green, the sacramento based surgeon, is sworn in. he has blood on his gloves. he continues the surgery, but the judge is clearly not comfortable with the multitasking.
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>> i do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient, if you're in the process of operating. that i would put on a trial -- >> i have another surgeon right here who's doing the surgery with me, so i can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also. >> reporter: despite dr. green's insisting, the judge requests a date change. >> we want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. that's -- that's important. >> reporter: the california medical board telling abc news they are aware of the incident and will be looking into it. david, dr. green has now responded for comment and his court date has been rescheduled for later this week. david? >> all right, kayna whitworth tonight. kayna, thank you. overseas tonight, former french president nicholas saolay gets a jail sentence, two-year suspended sentence and one year in prison, though he may be able to serve that at home. when we come back here tonight, lady gaga's dog walker breaking his silence tonight. the images coming in from his
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bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. we're not waiting to get out of this purple tier in order to get our kids safely back into in-person instruction. >> the governor says millions of californian kids are going back to school and it's going to happen soon. good afternoon. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm larry beil. if the governor gets his way most california schools could reopen for in-person learning by april 1st. mr. newsome using the carrot and stick approach by promising $2 billion in incentives to those districts who get on board. there would be another $4.6 billion to fund summer school and programs to dealing with learning loss in the meantime. abc 7 news reporter lyanne menld errs on what this would mean for districts that are still negotiating with their labor unions. this is an issue. >>lay. ea cnshe tas thainntive they can anllot soo by
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apri1s g closer each day they can't change the timeline they have with their labor unions. and by the way, the california teachers association is encouraged by the governor's plan. we have yet to hear from the united educators of san francisco. >> we want schools to safely reopen. period, full stop. i've been saying this for er y's prsfence cou vaccinating teachers and staff is not a requirement to returning to or gavin newsom made it clear, just follow the science. >> that's not my opinion. that's the opinion of the cdc, dprauch yirks the opinion of experts around the globe including the opinion of president joe biden. >> reporter: still the governor has promised additional vaccines to be given exclusively to teachers and staff at two fema sites in northern and southern california this thursday and friday. the plan states that school districts that reopen by april
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