NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – August 4th, 2021

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – August 4th, 2021

tonight the fda fast-tracking full approval of pfizer’s covet vaccine as the delta variant surges across the u.s the fda moving up its timeline with full approval potentially in a matter of weeks will it convince the unvaccinated to get the shot it comes as a rising number of children are filling hospitals and breaking news from the white house the plan to require foreign nationals to be vaccinated to enter the u.s also tonight new york governor andrew cuomo defying growing calls to resign the democrat facing new inquiries after a state attorney general report found he sexually harassed 11 women if cuomo will not step down will he become the first new york governor in more than a century to be impeached the fourth day of troubles for spirit airlines over half its flights canceled what’s causing the chaos the migrant surge hitting a more than 20-year high in july with a record number of unaccompanied children we’re at the border this is nbc nightly news with lester holt reporting tonight from tokyo we start with news on covid vaccines tonight as daily infection numbers continue to mount across the u.s the fda may be moving more quickly to give final approval to pfizer’s vaccine it was the first to receive emergency use authorization back in december sign off for final approval could happen in just weeks and make it easier for institutions to mandate vaccinations the urgency to increase vaccination rates underscored by daily new infections on the rise according to an nbc news count now exceeding 146 thousand deaths now at 660 a day our miguel almaguer has more instead of sometime this fall the fda could give pfizer’s vaccine final approval by early next month nbc news learning federal authorities are moving forward as rapidly as possible as the delta variant proliferates across the nation the transition from emergency use authorization could help more public and private institutions mandate the vaccine and offer a shot of confidence for the 90 million americans eligible but not yet vaccinated moving towards full approval will dramatically increase vaccine rates amongst the unvaccinated while the fda just reaffirmed their position on boosters saying americans don’t need one for now tonight the w.h.o is calling for a moratorium on the extra dose arguing vaccine-rich countries should first help the rest of the world amid the push to vaccinate in los angeles the city council could soon hear an ordinance that would require customers to have at least one dose of a vaccine before they enter public spaces like restaurants shopping centers and gyms in september new york city will start enforcing similar guidelines but doctors say requiring just a single dose won’t offer the public much protection it doesn’t make sense that new york city would only mandate one dose proof they should mandate two dose proof and leave it at that so there’s clarity and consistency with dr fauci reaffirming our nation’s daily covet cases could double by fall there is also growing concern a new variant could elude current vaccines in florida where spiking cases pushed one hospital system to turn conference rooms and a cafeteria into patient care centers covid is coming with a cost very difficult to have someone a family member die and you’re not there with them tonight the evolving toll of this pandemic and the price no family should pay miguel almaguer nbc news i’m morgan chesky in new orleans where tonight as the delta variant packs hospitals doctors are seeing a new type of patient we’re concerned because we’re seeing some very sick kids at children’s hospital in new orleans dr mark klein says patients under 17 years old make up one in five new cases and are especially vulnerable since many don’t qualify for the vaccine sixteen-year-old riley bro did qualify there’s my girl but her family held off she’s now spent the last three days on oxygen that is the absolute scary part is how fast it happened we met the family after doctors cleared riley to go home is it still a little tough to breathe right now yes sir mom casey saying what started with a fever soon led to pneumonia it is so disappearing to see your child in a hospital possibly you know you don’t know what’s going to happen next nationwide youth covet cases are on the rise the american academy of pediatrics reporting more than 70 thousand new infections just last week we can see very clearly that children can be severely infected and affected and i hope that that will motivate more parents to obtain vaccine the bro family now booking their vaccine shots soon seeing what she went through i’m taking it that was enough to change that was enough to change my mind a lesson they hope others listen to morgan chesky nbc news new orleans there’s breaking news in the white house tonight on new vaccine rules for travelers the biden administration planning to mandate foreign nationals be vaccinated to enter the u.s once international travel restrictions are lifted there’s no timeline set yet new york’s governor andrew cuomo is digging in ignoring calls to resign and now faces possible impeachment after an independent inquiry found he sexually harassed 11 women cuomo says it didn’t happen gabe gutierrez has more from new york city to albany today the calls for governor andrew cuomo to resign grew even louder he’s got to go in a remarkable joint statement democratic governors of neighboring states are urging cuomo to step down following president biden’s earlier call for him to resign independent investigators say cuomo sexually harassed 11 women including nine state employees and a state trooper assigned to a security detail that he first met at this event in 2017. another accuser charlotte bennett we should impeach the governor bennett was cuomo’s assistant in a clip released by the attorney general’s office cuomo banters with bennett over the phone then briefly sings to her do you love me do you really love me do you love me do you care bennett told nbc’s kate snow cuomo would go further he started asking questions about you know my sex life what did you think his intent was he said he was looking for a girlfriend he was propositioning me for sex in that pre-recorded statement tuesday cuomo forcefully denied all of the allegations including bennett’s i have heard charlotte and her lawyer simply put they heard things that i just didn’t say he argues the investigation was politically biased even though his own office called for it in your view is there any way he avoids impeachment no i don’t believe he does andrea stewart cousins is the top democrat in the state senate there are 11 credible women who have come forward courageously told their stories and those stories were corroborated by others at least three local da’s have now announced they’re looking into the case for possible criminal charges lester all right gabe thank you in just 60 seconds an airline struggling thousands stranded again yet another day of frustration for thousands of spirit airlines passengers hundreds more flights canceled tom costello joins us tom it’s just getting worse lester this is now the fourth day of trouble for spirit airlines we’ve seen passengers stuck in hours long lines at newark at san jose las vegas and fort lauderdale the flight cancellations have grown all week 19 percent of flights on sunday 40 monday 61 tuesday another 60 percent today spirit is blaming this meltdown on the surge in airline travel this summer volatile weather staffing shortages and computer problems the airline says it is rebooting its systems to start fresh the timing could not be worse right at the peak of the summer vacation season lester all right tom costello thanks new record numbers at the southern border revealing the historic scope of the migrant surge top border patrol officials tell our julia ainsley it’s like nothing they’ve seen before despite scorching summer heat tonight the record migrant surge is growing 210 000 apprehensions by border patrol in july a more than 20-year high and 19 000 unaccompanied children were picked up the largest number ever recorded here in the del rio sector officials say hundreds of migrants have been packed under this bridge and are worried about the spread of covet ice is now stepping in to provide tests and even offer vaccines and in the rio grande valley we saw a massive group of migrants kept under a bridge by those trees is this a breakdown of the system this is not seasonal i do think that what we’re dealing with is much different than what we’ve dealt with in the past deputy border patrol chief raul ortiz telling us the biden administration is now deporting more families who don’t qualify for asylum friday we had our first flight of central america’s northern triangle countries back to central america and these are family units we met one-year-old anja who slept under that bridge with his parents they brought him here from nicaragua in hopes of a better life we didn’t have anywhere to sleep we had to sleep on the dirt itself we put down a sweater and laid him down so he could sleep now they’re heading to miami allowed to stay while applying for asylum but tonight the biden administration is facing growing backlash over its border policies including the recent unprecedented step of releasing 50 000 migrants into the u.s without court dates eddie guerra is the hidalgo county sheriff it just doesn’t seem that our officials in washington are listening to us and and we all feel abandoned we have a crisis down here mcallen mayor javier villalobos filing a disaster declaration last night we had up to 1800 immigrants come in and catholic charities can’t handle it anymore meanwhile immigration advocates are taking the administration to court for keeping coven 19 restrictions that send some migrants back sending families with small children back to danger is not authorized by the law and the numbers continue to rise border patrol now stopping more than 5 thousand immigrants crossing the southern border each day julia ainsley nbc news del rio texas we’re taking a deeper look at the cdc’s new eviction moratorium welcome relief for millions of renters stephanie rule explains nikaya hodges appeared in court this morning to fight eviction over an alleged lease violation my house situation is not good like me and my son has been washing up with cold water for over a month now she says her landlord shut off her utilities and wants her out the single mother lost her job during the pandemic and is among the estimated 6.9 million households behind on rent she hopes the cdc’s new moratorium on evictions which extends until october 3rd helps keep her in her home if i do get locked out i really wouldn’t have nowhere to go she applied for rental assistance but so far has not received any and she’s far from alone according to an nbc news investigation of the billions of dollars provided by congress for emergency rental assistance as of mid-july 26 states had distributed less than 10 percent of the money allocated to them landlords like stacy johnson cosby in kansas city need the money too are you not getting that money well it’s coming slowly so there are some people if you can find where to apply how to apply because the process is really cumbersome and then once it is applied it’s a four to six week turnaround time to even find out if a case worker has sign the cdc’s moratorium is designed in part to allow for more time for that distribution and the biden administration is pushing for states to simplify their application process this latest move by the cdc is likely going to face legal challenges right away in june the supreme court indicated without an act of congress it was unlikely to uphold an eviction moratorium lester stephanie rule thank you president biden is pledging 100 million dollars in humanitarian aid to lebanon as the country marks one year since more than 200 people died in a catastrophic explosion our molly hunter is in beirut tonight one year after the devastating beirut port explosion the lebanese are fighting back justice has to be served this regime has to go down there has been no investigation no accountability and for the victims no justice the lebanese security forces just fired tear gas you see the protesters going back out they’re going towards the parliament they are banging they’re throwing stones they are trying to get in because that is who they blame for the beirut blast protests today turning violent at least six injured the explosion last year struck saint george’s hospital nurse pamela zaynun grabbed three preemie babies out of their incubators this picture going viral she ran three miles to the next hospital a year later all three are thriving i feel the pain every day but i have to be strong for these babies because i work with them i’ve become a tougher woman i’ve become more strong i do not feel anything anymore because i’ve been through the worst but for most of the country living under the poverty line unable to afford food with the currency in free fall it’s not getting better and tonight thousands are united demanding change molly hunter nbc news beirut this week the tokyo olympics coincides with the 76th anniversary of the hiroshima bombing kier simmons on the lasting impact being felt there bomb blast and everything’s completely destroyed tomoko watanabe vividly describes the horror of hiroshima ash falling from the sky gray only no color but her story is of hope i was born in hiroshima 1953 and my parents are able survivors in 1945 desperate victims sought refuge in the shukian gardens about a mile from where the u.s dropped the first atomic bomb many many people came to this garden and drink water and die even the trees here were incinerated but she says miraculously some survived like a symbol of the hope and the peace and the living together in harmony the inferno in 1945 seemed to extinguish life itself you’d never know it now to be here is to truly know all scars can heal now she sends young trees from hiroshima around the world to the truman library and to fukushima after its nuclear disaster this summer the olympic torch passed through fukushima and hiroshima what were you trying to say to the people in fukushima fukushima people you have a hope hope and the capacity for all of us everywhere like the trees of hiroshima to recover these trees teach us listen to the voice of the trees tree is a right and here joining me now this was your first time at hiroshima that’s right lester hiroshima inevitably brings to mind all those black and white images but what you find is a vibrant sisty that represents resilience and rising from the ashes that’s the message with tanabe says she’ll keep sharing all right cure thanks very much that’s nightly news for this wednesday from tokyo thank you for watching everyone i’m lester holt please take care of yourself and each other good night thanks for watching our youtube channel follow today’s top stories 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