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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> laven: tonight, pandemic >> laven: tonight, pandemic push-back. for some americans, reopenings are still not fast enough. >> we need to open up california. it's a pandemic. >> laven: the pressure and weather heat up with beaches a no-go. >> open churches! open the restaurants! free up the beach! >> laven: plus, could the outbreak cause a nationwide meat shortage? also tonight, the president ventures out as a potential covid drug gets fast tracked. >> it's really a very promising situation. >> laven: in the sky, new flyovers honor front-line health workers in several cities. the world's most secrettative dictator appears in public after rumors of his death. a new warning about pandemic-fueled biblical famine.
the secret of pentagon agency hunts antibodies for a covid-19 treatment breakthrough. and later, a special salute. a veteran turned fund-raising hero marks 100 years. >> this is the "cbs weekend news." >> laven: and good evening, everyone. i'm monique ming laven reporting from kiro 7 in seattle. beautiful spring weather across the country drew stir-crazy people outside today. several states have moved to reopen, and there were protests again in some that have not. today in miami, hundreds of people waited for hours to get their boats in the water. most were turned away. the marina parking lot was full by 10 a.m. at the virus' epicenter in new york, the last patient at the largest field hospital in the city was released on friday.
and in the u.s. coronavirus deaths top 66,000. there are more than 1.1 million reported cases. danya bacchus begins our coverage. >> reporter: here in california, the governor says it's just a matter of days, not weeks, before we can see an easing of restrictions before a state with the world's fifth largest economy, some say that's not soon enough. >> freedom! freedom! >> reporter: calls to reopen california are growing louder. >> open churches! open the restaurants! free up the beach! free up the beach! >> l.a. has the most deaths ... >> reporter: and in some places becoming violent. >> what are you doing out here spreading the disease? >> oh! >> reporter: at the state capitol on friday, dozens of protesters were arrested after hundreds gathered, many without face masks or social distancing, to demand the governor end stay-at-home orders. >> we need to open up california. this is ridiculous. >> reporter: and in southern
dewain huntington beach, calling for businesses in and the beaches in orange county to reopen. images of crowded orange county beaches last weekend with thousands defying social distancing led to the governor's order to close them temporarily. >> we have to be really deliberative on how we reopen this economy, and we should thank people for expressing themselves. >> reporter: according to a california healthcare foundation ipsos poll, 75% of residents, the restrictions to continue for as long as needed. >> right now, i think we need to stay hunkered down, social distancing, wash our hands forever. >> reporter: one county in northern california isn't willing to wait for the governor. with no cases of covid-19, modoc county is the first to defy the state shutdown, reopening businesses. and when it comes to easing the restrictions here, the governor says how well californians follow those stay-at-home orders this weekend will determine how the state moves forward. monique.
>> laven: danya in sunnies l.a., thank you very much. well, production at meat processing plants has been hit hard by covid outbreaks, and now new concerns about food shortages. cbs' dean reynolds has the latest. >> reporter: americans may soon be asking "where's the beef?" and this time, the scarcity won't be about panicked shoppers hoarding supplies. the problem is deeper. >> this is different, because this is a decline in production. >> reporter: a decline linked to the virus that has sickened and killed workers at big processing plants. as grocer stew leonard of new york well understands. >> we sell this right here for a customer to buy like that. but it's done out in the midwest at one of the big packing plants. >> reporter: like the smithfield field pork plant in sioux falls, south dakota, where more than 800 workers tested positive. minorities make up 70% of the ats, thoh dakota is 85% white. workers at this plant, and some of the two dozen others the
illness has hit, want assurances they'll be safe to return and that safety guidelines from the c.d.c. will be followed to a "t." rafael bedolla works at a ma town, iowa, j.b.s. plant. >> they have to protect us more. >> reporter: south dakota health secretary kim malsam rysdon indicated that was possible, if not probable. >> i just want to point out that the c.d.c. guidance around some of the workplace protections were really scripted as recommendations and considerations. >> reporter: worker worries about safety and health followed the president's executive order to reopen the plants, even as some were shuttered by their owners for decontamination and retrofitting, along the lines of this tyson foods promotional video. but for now, if you subtract sick or worried meat packers from the picture, what you get is a shortage of beef, chicken, and pork, the production of which has dropped 25%.
whatever steps the president or others take, this disruption in the food chain will not end overnight. a worker at this plant behind me died this week from the virus, and the plant itself has been closed since april 24. county officials are unable to say when it will reopen. monique. >> laven: a lot of uncertainty. thank you, dean reynolds. well, it was all eyes to the sky in the nation's capital today. the air force thunderbirds and navy blue angels thundered over them all, a tribute to the workers. the precision flietsz also took to the skies over baltimore and atlanta. but president trump missed the aerial show. after 34 days at the white house, the president has retreated for a working weekend at nearby camp david. as cbs' nikole killion reports, he missed some frustrated truckers. >> reporter: outside the white house, big rigs parked, honking mad. >> we're just small carriers just trying to make it.
>> reporter: truckers protested against low rate and wages looking for help in the next stimulus package. >> what we're doing is waiting to see what the economic impact of the gradual opening up is. >> reporter: the relief package, which could be $500 billion, is likely to top the agenda when the senate returns to work monday. but safety is, too, after a reported warning from the capitol physician this week about a potential shortage of coronavirus tests for all senators, health secretary alex azar announced on twitter he sending three rapid testing machines anmachines and 1,000 tr use. president trump, who has been tested multiple times, tweeted "there is tremendous testing capacity in washington." >> it is really a very promising situation. >> reporter: friday, the president touted the f.d.a.'s emergency approval of remdesivir, after a preliminary study showed the drug cut recovery time in covid-19 patients by an average of four days. >> the data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect.
>> reporter: the house appropriations committee accused the white house of blocking task force member dr. anthony fauci from testifying next week about the government response. the white house argued it's counter-productive. >> this notion that the white house is blocking dr. fauci just doesn't bear truth. >> reporter: back to the issue of tests for lawmakers, house speaker nancy pelosi and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell just put out a statement respectfully declining the administration's offer, saying congress wants to keep directing resources to front-line facilities. the white house says it's their decision to make. monique. >> laven: okay, thank you, nikole. and be sure to watch "face the nation" tomorrow morning. margaret brennan's guests include daniel o'day, that is the head of gilead sciences responsible for the drug remdesivir. plus, former f.d.a. commissioner dr. scott gottlieb. and, gary kelly, c.e.o. of southwest airlines. president trump tweeted today that he is glad to see north korean leader kim jong-un is
well after weeks of rumors about his health. cbs' asia correspondent ramy inocencio has the latest. >> reporter: to cheering crowds, north korea's leader, kim jong-un, reappeared to his people and the world, very much living and breathing. state-run media showed him cutting a ribbon at an opening ceremony of a fertilizer factory and filmed smoking a cigarette. april 11 was the last time kim was seen in public. but on april 15, he missed the country's biggest holiday, the birthday of his late grandfather, kim il-ung, north korea's founder, leading some media outlets to speculate about his health. kim jong-un's disappearance had thrust talks about possible successors into the spotlight, with his younger sister 31-year-old kim yo-jong floated as a prime candidate. north korea annualest rob carnahan: >> you have to be tough if you're a north korean leader. you have to do tough things.
and i don't know if she could do that. >> reporter: now that kim jong-un is alive this, lends some credibility to the theory that perhaps he was just social distancing from coronavirus, just like much of the rest of the world. the bottom line-- north korea is an opaque country, and any information about it should be taken with a dose of skepticism. ramy inocencio, cbs news, tokyo. >> laven: now the united nations is warning the coronavirus crisis has put the world on the brink of a hunger pandemic. 265 million people could face acute food shortages by the end of the year. that is double last year's projections. cbs' debora patta has more. >> reporter: this is what hunger looks like when it spills over into the streets, a food stampede in kenya's largest slum, leaving scores injured and two dead. white flags waved by defeated families in peru, signaling to authorities they've run out of supplies. a mile-long line for food in india, where workers wait in the hot sun.
protests in lebanon as food prices surge uncontrollably. even in the richest countries, the virus has left people hungry, but for the world's poor, it means starvation. like south africa, where a national lockdown has led to a sudden loss of work and hunger for millions. food distribution is weighed down by cumbersome bureaucracy. if you're not on the day's list, there is no food. these people are desperate. they are hungry, and they are angry. their biggest fear-- if the virus doesn't get them, hunger will. mduduzi khumalo has been waiting in line every day for two weeks now. his name is never called. >> if you're hungry, it's easy to get sick. because of stress everything >> reporter: he was working as a deliveryman before the national lockdown dried up his income. his four young children used to receive two meals a day at their local school, which has now
closed. >> they know that if i don't get anything for them, it's over. >> reporter: it's a cry echoed across the globe, prompting a dire warning from the united nations: the world is facing a famine of biblical proportions. debora patta, cbs news, johannesburg, south africa. >> laven: that is a heartbreaking reality. now, in other news, this was supposed to be kentucky derby day. our louisville affiliate wlky flew over an empty churchill downs yesterday for us. it was a lonely scene out there. the race, the 146th, has been rescheduled for september 5. now, as we mentioned, we are broadcasting to you from seattle tonight, one of the first coronavirus hot spots in the u.s. the space needle has been closed since the early days of the pandemic. but "we got this" our rallying
cry flies and you can see it around the city. but more importantly, you can feel it on the ground because of neighbors like these. workers at benchmark motoring in bellevue, washington. now, before covid-19, the company made safety equipment for high-end cars. now they're working on safety for everyone. they pivoted to produce thousands of face shields for hospitals and other front-line workers. and they are not the only ones. straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," how some big businesses are also reinventing themselves to help americans in this viral crisis. why a secretive pentagon agency is racing for a breakthrough coronavirus test. and captain tom at 100. the special salute for a heart-stealing centenarian. cenna stling through the hurt. asking for science not sorrys. our time for more time - has come. living longer is possible and proven in women taking kisqali plus fulvestrant or a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor.
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>> reporter: rolling off the line in indiana, g.m. workers are building at least 30,000 of these life-saving ventilators. >> many of them working more than 20 hours a day to be able to get ventilators off the line as quickly as possible. >> reporter: nascar can't speed around the track, but they're racing to 3d print hundreds of face shields in charlotte, and ford is making them one every 10 seconds for detroit-area hospitals and first responders, like robert epperson, who showed us the gear he wears to a possible covid call. >> we're putting these supplies on, and we're using them all day. >> reporter: as food banks struggle to meet surging need, american airlines is delivering more than 200,000 pounds of extra food, like here in fort worth. l.l. bean has two shifts making thousands of face mask masks and gowns for maine hospitals. its distribution center is packaging meals while its logistics team helps the state maintain millions of masks from asia. >> a little bit of humanity, a little bit of kindness. a little bit of neighbor helping neighbor.
i think that's incredibly important. >> reporter: in wisconsin, family owned g maker benshotss' business is down 90% but is still paying its 25 employees whether they can work or not. after hearing a local children's hospital was low on masks, they're now handmaking hundreds a week. >> if we can't help the children of the country, we're in a really bad place. >> reporter: helping however they can in these uncertain times. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. >> laven: we're all adjusting. thank you, kris. well, still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," the pentagon's disease detectives racing against time to fight the pandemic. humira experience even better... with humira citrate-free. it has the same effectiveness you know and trust, but we removed the citrate buffers, there's less liquid, and a thinner needle... with less pain immediately following injection. ask your doctor about humira citrate-free. and you can use your co-pay card to pay as little as $5 a month.
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>> laven: agency known for breakthrough research is on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. it's called darpa, the defense advanced research projects agency. cbs' senior investigative correspondent catherine herridge takes us inside. >> reporter: darpa, one of the pentagon's most mysterious agencies, is usually hidden. you won't find any signs outside its headquarters in suburban washington, d.c., but pandemic-prevention platform manager amy jenkins told me, darpa inventions are all around us, everything from siri to stealth tecnology, to phone's g.p.s.yo now, with hope of a coronavirus vaccine still uncertain, darpa is zeroing in on something faster. it's like a temporary fix for covid-19.
>> a temporary fix. it's meant to put a firebreak around the pandemic. >> reporter: by sifting through the blood of covid-19 survivors, darpa hopes to identify and clone the genetic blueprint of the most powerful one to three antibodies that best fight the virus. >> we've got to find that needle in the haystack. >> reporter: darpa fund four teams of antibody detectives. >> they push us to levels that, you know, we maybe wouldn't even consider. >> reporter: blood from the first known covid-19 survivor in the u.s. was flown here to rob carnahan's lab at vanderbilt university, along with other samples from survivors infected at the outbreak's epicenter in wuhan, china. after reviewing over 3,000 antibodies, they're now down to just a hand full they hope will best combat the virus. >> each antibody has its own sort of personality. >> reporter: the most potent antibodies will be grown in giant steel tanks that look like beer fermenters, called
bioreactors. >> we have said rather than doing this in those big bioreactors, let's turn our body into the bioreactor. >> reporter: in upcoming clinical trials, they hope to inject people with the genetic code. >> it's the blueprint for the antibodies and the cells take up the blueprint and they're able to produce the antibodies themselves. >> reporter: with about one million americans infected and more than 50,000 dead, darpa hopes their project could provide temporary protection in time for an anticipated second wave for high-risk groups. >> our healthcare workers, our front-line first responders, and then even, potentially, maybe the close personal contacts of those who are infected. >> reporter: catherine herridge, cbs news, arlington, virginia. >> laven: godspeed to them. thank you, catherine. well, next on the "cbs weekend news," why spitfires and hurricanes took to the skies over england as that old veteran marked a new milestone. to everyone navigating these uncertain times...
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>> reporter: they don't scramble spitfire and hurricane fly-bys, send birthday cards from the actual queen, and televise tributes from the prime minister... >> your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation. >> look at this cake! >> reporter: ...for just any old guy. but then, captain tom moore is not just any old guy. >> that's lovely, isn't it? >> yes. >> reporter: the world war ii veteran unknowingly stepped into the global spotlight a few weeks ago. the idea was to raise maybe $1,200 as a thank you to healthcare workers for his new hip. and, to show some gratitude for those at the sharp end of the very worst of covid-19. >> they're all working so hard, and they continue to work hard and putting themselves into mortal danger day after day so i think that's one of the reasons everyone is saying, "well done." ( applause ) >> reporter: like, everyone. with each step, donations soared from all over the world.
million became 10 million. by his 100th birthday the total had reached more than $40 million. it wasn't just the donations. take a look at this: 125,000 cards for captain tom. truckloads arriving by the day, not just saying "happy birthday," but "thank you." you got 125,000 birthday cards this year. how many did you get last year? do you remember? >> maybe 5 or six or seven. >> reporter: as for the newfound fame and that staggering fortune he raised, just like everything else, captain tom is taking it all in his stride. charlie d'agata, cbs news, bedford, england. >> laven: and happy birthday. that is the "cbs weekend news"
for this saturday. i'm monique ming laven reporting from kiro 7 in seattle. and from all of us at cb >>ve fra studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> and now at 6:00 with forced closures pushing businesses all over the bay area to a brirng, one city's chamber of commerce just went under. the weekend arrives in santa cruz bringing nice weather and beach restrictions. and a big bay area city rolls out a new rule to protect everyone living and working in its nursing homes. good evening, i'm brian hackney. >> and i'm juliette goodrich. bay area businesses will need more help and support than ever before to navigate the aftermath of this pandemic. but kpix 5 has found out they
will have to do it in oakley after the chamber of commerce shut down. >> reporter: board members say the oakley chamber of commerce struggled financially, even before the pandemic. the virus knocked out any chance of survival. >> just makes you want to cry. it just -- it's as sad as it gets. >> reporter: the latest casualty of covid-19. >> final nail in the coffin. covid-19 just buried us. >> reporter: board member mark whit lock says the chamber relied on its annual wine and whisky fundraiser event to cover operating costs. the june event was cancel. and with membership dropping in recent years, down to about 60 business members, the nonprofit ran out of money and shut its door losing that touch with the community. someone having a voice for the business community there that is now gone. >> reporter: the vice mayor said it's a big loss for the city of