News Wrap: CDC says half of all eligible U.S. adults have not received COVID booster shots

In our news wrap Tuesday, the CDC reports that half of all eligible adults in the U.S. have not yet received booster shots, a federal judge convicted a New Mexico county commissioner in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, rescue workers in China searched the area where a domestic airliner crash

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: This was day two of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

    She spent hours, among other things, defending her representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees as a federal public defender, and denying Republican charges that she had been too lenient in child pornography cases.

    The questioning continued into the evening hours. We will take a detailed look after the news summary.

    A federal judge in Washington has convicted a New Mexico county commissioner in the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Former rodeo rider Couy Griffin helped to found a group called Cowboys for Trump. He was found guilty today of misdemeanor, illegally entering restricted grounds, but he was acquitted of disorderly conduct.

    The nation's top infectious disease expert is playing down the likelihood of another major COVID wave. At a virtual forum today, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged an Omicron subvariant is spreading nationwide, but he said he doubts it will be overwhelming.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden: Well, I would not be surprised at all if we do see somewhat of an uptick. The extent of it and the degree to which it impacts seriousness of disease, like hospitalizations and death, remains to be seen.

    I don't really see, unless something changes dramatically, that there would be a major surge.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Separately, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that she has tested positive. It is her second bout of COVID.

    An urgent polio vaccination campaign has begun for nine million children in Africa. The focus is on Malawi, where an outbreak is now confirmed, as well as Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. The ultimate goal is to vaccinate more than 20 million children in the coming months.

    In Southern China, crews spent a second day searching the debris field where a domestic airliner smashed into a mountainside. There has been no sign of survivors at the site near Wuzhou, and the focus now is on finding the cockpit and data recorders.

    Rescue workers worked through the night and into the day in steep, rugged terrain. They are using motorcycles and spending long hours.

  • Jianzhao Huang, Lingnan Town Deputy Party Secretary (through translator):

    Our roads are narrow, so cars can't get in. Motorcycles are more convenient for the work. Cars get stuck in these narrow roads. When the volunteers first started to get stuck in traffic, they had to carry the materials in by themselves for some distance.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    There is still no word on what caused the disaster.

    Back in this country, a severe weather front moved over the Deep South today, putting several states at risk of tornadoes. On Monday, the system spawned twisters in Texas and Oklahoma, ripping homes and businesses apart. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen hurt. The front spread into Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana today.

    The Republican governor of Utah today vetoed a ban on transgender students playing girls' sports. He said he wanted to err on the side of compassion. Indiana's Republican governor vetoed a similar bill on Monday. Eleven states have enacted such laws now, and a dozen more are considering the move.

    And on Wall Street, tech stocks led a stock market rebound today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 254 points, to close at 34807. The Nasdaq rose 270 points. That's 2 percent. The S&P 500 added 50 points, or 1 percent.

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