In our news wrap Thursday, the CDC reported nearly half of all American adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 30 percent are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, India recorded a staggering 200,000 new infections today, forcing lockdowns in New Delhi and Mumbai. And, former police officer Kim Potter had her first court appearance today for shooting motorist Daunte Wright.
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In the day's other news: The CDC reported, nearly half of all American adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 30 percent are fully vaccinated.
At the same time, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the nation is in a race with surging infections.
And published reports quoted the head of Pfizer as saying that people will likely need a booster shot within 12 months of the original vaccination.
India recorded a staggering 200,000 new infections today, forcing lockdowns in the two largest cities, New Delhi and Mumbai. Officials warned the health care system is being overwhelmed. Some hospitals in New Delhi are even putting two patients to a bed.
The defense has rested at the Minneapolis murder trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. The former police officer opted not to testify today, setting the stage for closing arguments on Monday.
We will get the details later in the program.
Former police officer Kim Potter had her first court appearance today in the death of Daunte Wright. She shot and killed Wright in a Minneapolis suburb, and is charged with second-degree manslaughter. She did not enter a plea today.
Overnight, protesters again converged on the police station in Brooklyn Center. They called for more serious charges, and Wright's family did the same today.
Charge her. Charge her to the max sentence. Hold her accountable to whatever it is that the state thinks she should be held accountable for, but let it be the max.
We can't have him back, so why should she get back in her life?
Also today, Chicago officials released body-cam video of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old Latino boy last month. A still frame appears to show Adam Toledo with empty hands raised just before he was shot.
Investigators have said that he had a gun at one point. His family's lawyer says, if he did, he tossed it away.
Adeena Weiss Ortiz:
That child complied. Adam complied with the officer's request, dropped the gun, turned around. The officer saw his hands were up and pulled the trigger.
Chicago's mayor and the boy's family appealed today for people to remain peaceful after seeing the video.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has had a heart pacemaker implanted. His office says that he had surgery yesterday after symptoms associated with a slow heart rate, and it says he is expected to make a full recovery. Mr. Pence is considered a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2024.
In economic news, new claims for unemployment benefits have fallen to their lowest level since the pandemic began. Last week's number was 576,000, down from 900,000 in January.
That and other new data gave Wall Street a boost. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 305 points to top 34000 for the first time. The Nasdaq rose nearly 181 points, and the S&P 500 added 45 for another record close.