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>> tonight on aqui y ahora. frustration mounts regarding thedelay in getting covid-19 vaccines.>> they were saying there were no appointments because thereare no vaccines available. it is sad because we all want toget vaccines. >> the plans for a massivevaccine have unleashed criticisms and outs.-- and doubts. violence at a dam sews aconflict between the united states and mexico, conflict thatis generating threats and death. >> this person was a visibleleader in the community and that is why the person wasassassinated. >> circuses closing.>> somebody should have said this was the last performance.i would have enjoyed it more. >> any performers who havedevoted their lives to the circus now feel they are on atight rope. this and more on aqui y ahora.♪ >> a federal governmentprojection indicates there may be over 500,000 covid-19 deathsbetween now and the end of february.hello, im patricia. >> im teresa.goodwill -- good evening and welcome to aqui y the middle of a lack of vaccinations, the white houseannounced a massive distribution, increasingdistribution, and placing new orders for manufacturers, whilemany of the most vulnerable people continue to wait.>> since the county began giving appointments for a vaccine, thiswoman has been trying to get one ever since.>> everything started fine. they asked for all of my data.and then when i got to the very end, it said -- they said theydid not have the appointments. and that i should contact myhealth care provider. >> what did you do?>> i called the hospital. i called my doctor.and they told me they dont have any vaccines there.they gave me a telephone number to call.and i began to call, but people would not answer.>> much yuka is 75 years old and she lives in los angeles.her story is an example of the frustration that millions ofpeople are experiencing. >> there is a demand from peoplewho want a vaccine. the lines are unending.>> i am very afraid of that holness because i have -- thatillness because i have a sister who died from covid-19.>> she is one of thousands of people who came to the center inlos angeles. there is another line here forpeople who are willing to wait for a cancellation.>> i have been here since 12:40, trying to get a coronavirusvaccine. >> martha is one of dozens ofpeople who does not have an appointment.>> i have been here since 3:00 in the morning.ive been waiting for a vaccine because all day, older men wentin, older people went in and got the vaccine.>> when we spoke with her, she had been in line for 12 hours.>> we all need a vaccine. >> she says she takes care of anolder. not get a vaccine, shes willingto come back next week. >> this is our third time tryingto get one. >> it seems like -- the sceneslike this repeat themselves on the others i have the country.>> there is no availability we are going to wait for more.for the time being, i cant get a vaccine.>> why ask people to call and make an appointment if there areno vaccines? >> the systems were developed inthe best way possible. i dont think anybody wasexpecting so much demand for this vaccine.>> this doctor is a health expert in california.>> it is important that anything that can improve distribution inan equitable manner is something we need.there also needs to be transparency.>> with that in mind, this way, president joe biden presented aplan to increase the production of vaccines and improvedistribution. >> from 8.6 million doses to aminimum of 10 million doses, starting next week.that is an increase of 1.4 million doses per week.>> he added that they are acquiring an additional 200,000doses from pfizer and moderna. he also said he would givestates a forecast of available vaccines so that they canprepare appropriately. for new york, it is too late.>> we need more vaccine and we need it now.>> i would be desperately from new york mayor bill de blasio.just a few days ago. some doctors say this is theonly way that they can face this health crisis.>> we are ready. doctors are ready to give thevaccines. >> dr. ramon is the generaldirector for so most, an organization of health providersin new york. they help minority communitiesand lately, they have been focusing on the battle againstcoronavirus. >> to get the vaccines, we openappointments, and they fill up immediately.last time we opened at 11:00 a.m. -- 11:00 p.m. and by 1:00a.m., there were no appointments anyway.vaccines dont do any work -- dont do anything stored in afreezer. >> despite the fact that thisweek showed a decrease in cases in new york and other states,experts indicate we are in the middle of an urgent race betweendistribution and new strains of the virus.among them, the south african strain that has arrived in theu.s. and which diminishes the bodysability to block the virus and it could invade the immunesystem. dr. anthony fauci of thenational institutes of health, says there is a u.k. strain thatcan spread more quickly and could be more lethal.and there is another strain from brazil.that is why pfizer and moderna are considering to supplementtheir vaccines with a third dose.fauci added that the johnson & johnson vaccine, which is justone shot, could be approved on an emergency basis and it wouldbe available in the middle of february.>> we may be able to get that to 1.5 million a day.>> do you think this is a realistic goal?>> it is a process for every is important to have every option open to do this in anefficient way. >> this week, the interimadministrator of medicare and medicaid was direct when he saidthere were no vaccine reserves. the government plans to activate10,000 members of the military and stadiums are being used asvaccination centers. >> a little is coming here slowly but surely.>> emphasizes that we need to restore faith in the system,particularly among minority groups who suffer in a disparityregarding health care. >> they need to convince peoplewho are still thinking that they are going to get sick, or thatit will be worse than getting the virus.when that is not true. >> to speed up the back -- upthe vaccination california said instead of giving that tocounties to do, the state will organize it.>> want to have a normal life. we have been cooped up for toolong and the truth is, we needed.>> are you going to give up? >> im going to keep in -- keepinsisting because one way or the other, ive got to get anappointment. >> thats right.we need to keep insisting. the department of health andhuman services is training more professionals to give thevaccine, and will authorize retired doctors and nurses togive the vaccine regardless of the state where the license mayhave been granted. we will be back with more aqui yahora. dont go anywhere.>> later, the new reality of circuses.from the big prop to the streets.but before, tensions increase in the water war♪ >> it is a conflict that isalready taking place and will only worsen as there is lesswater. thousands of farmers in mexicoseem willing to die for this precious liquid.angie sandoval takes us to chihuahua, a state that over 100years ago, was the cradle of the mexican revolution and now hasbecome the epicenter of the water war.>> the dam is considered one of this -- the best achievements ofmexican engineering. nonetheless, in the last fewyears, its name has been synonymous with violentprotests. such as this who are accusing the government of stealing theirwater. >> we are always sufferingbecause of water. we are always fighting.because there is not any water. >> this woman and her husbandjose worked the land they inherited from her grandparents.several had alfalfa and some heads of cattle.they delegated the responsibility of representingthem in the marches to their daughter.because of their age. >> speeded.>> is a responsibility that according to her parents,jessica understood -- undertook with the same passion that shetook on her house, her bakery. >> she was very charismatic.she was very hyperactive. >> she wasnt afraid ofanything. >> she was always looking forjustice. .thats what she was like. >> the dam in the southeast ofthe state its water from the conchos river.part of it is distributed to 11 municipalities whereapproximately, 80,000 farmers and ranchers work.>> this is irrigated with water from our dams.>> many people like jorge rivas complained that their farms aredrying up because they dont get enough water.>> if there isnt any water to irrigate, then we cant work.we dont even have enough to eat, right, because that is whatwe live off of. >> according to professor davidsherk of the university of san diego, who has studied thebilateral agreements between mexico and the united states,years of drought and an agreement be between mexico andthe u.s. are some of the factors.>> the conditions that we experience here on the borderhave changed very much. >> as these photos comparing2017 to 2020. the dam has lost 60% of itscapacity. >> those with less access towater and less quality water are mexicans.they are the last ones in the supply chain.>> according to the international water treaty from1944, every four years, mexico needs to give the united statesover 2 billion cubic meters of water.the equivalent of 14 stadiums, and the united states needs tosend more water to mexico from the colorado river.although the agreement benefits mexico more than the u.s. -->> mexico has not gotten is quoted to the united states forthe last few years. >> i think it is aninappropriate interpretation. >> engineer aron must check fromthe national water commission of mexico says that his governmentis up-to-date with its responsibilities to the unitedstates and it has been giving enough water to farmers inchihuahua. >> but they say there is adrought, they dont have enough water to complain about that.>> in united states, we have had an abnormally dry year.but the amount of water that irrigators use in the boquilladam was given to them. >> the level of the lake droppedand things dried up. >> this is not what we heardfrom farmers like jesus. according to him, because oflack of irrigation, he lost his wallet production.-- walnut production. >> until there is water in thedam again, we cant do anything. >> up until those white rocks,that is where the water gets to. >> this has also affected thefishing industry in the state. small towns near the dam havebecome ghost towns. fishermen like ramon say theyare being left behind. many people have to go to theunited states. not now with the pandemic, butpeople are leaving because there are no jobs.>> crossing into texas doesnt help because on the side of theborder, there is also a danger of drought.and many governors of border states want to make sure thatmexico pays its quota, regardless of where they have toget the water from. >> at the end of last year,craig abbott, governor of texas, sent a letter to secretary ofstate mike pompeo to put pressure on mexico to fulfillits quotas. according to him, job creationis critical to the economic improvement of texas aftercovid-19. and water is vital.>> the frustration is valid. these farmers depend on thatwater, and they need that water. >> meanwhile, in chihuahua, thewater crisis continues to escalate.and it uncovers dark political tensions.>> if what is owed are 600 million cubic meters, why dothey want one billion cubic meters?from the dam, to give it to other states?>> the governor of the largest state in mexico challenges themexican president, who seems to minimize the conflict.>> what im being told is that yes, we do have enough water.>> a perfect storm builds over la boquilla a rain of zones, men and women like jessica silva hope tosave their ancestors land. >> when we return, hundreds offarmers see no other option but to take control of the dam byforce. >> you feel the sense of angerand impotence.h@♪ >> around the la boquilla dam,pressure was mounting. the mexican government hadannounced that it would use the water from the dam to pay itsdebt to the united states. we are told what happens whenthe dam became a cause for that. >> it was a cold afternoon,september 8, 2020, in the la boquilla dam.>> because we were farmers, we went to defend our water.>> the fury and determination of farmers made her forget thecold. >> we were not committing acrime. it was not a crime to defendwhat is ours. >> with her was her son, juancarlos rivera marcus. he was taking medication but hedidnt want to miss the protest. the farmer sufferedhydrocephalus, a disease that causes accumulation of water inthe brain. >> there were maybe 7000 of us.and that is when i lost track of him.>> the government was going to -- they wanted the government toclose the spigot and stop giving water to the united states.>> jose luis silva heard that his daughter, jessica, had goneto the protests with her husband.>> they took a truck and went over there, right?you know, to help. to be part of the group.>> a little after 5:00 p.m., the la boquilla dam became abattlefield. farmworkers with sticks andphones forced their way into the dam and the national guard triedstopping them with tear gas. but nothing would hold back thefarmers. once they had taken control ofthe dam, the protesters celebrated, expelling thesoldiers. >> there they go.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 national guard vehicles are leaving at thismoment. >> we feel happy to winsomething, right? >> >> silva -- according tojessica silvas mother who was following the events on socialmedia, she felt a sense of pride that her daughter and son-in-lawwere among the protesters. >> i was actually singing themexican national anthem. i was happy we had won.>> but not everyone was celebrating.joaquin said he experienced what happened to farmers who becomeactivists in this conflict. >> this was a visible leader inthe community. and that is why he was killed.thats why he was assassinated. >>s brother -- his brother andhis wife had been defending water for farmers use for years.>> those of us who dare to protest, that is the risk weface. >> the couple was executed inthe center of the town in 2012. >> he was killed with a ninemillimeter weapon. and those shots entered, and hitmy sister-in-laws body. >> at least six activists havebeen shot to death in the last few years in chihuahua.those crimes have gone unpunished.>> you feel a sense of anger and impotence because thegovernment, to some degree, is an accomplice to the situation.>> meanwhile at the la boquilla dam, the situation was tense.the dam was in the hands of the farmers who saw a defeatedgeneral. >> we are trying to complete themission. it saddens me.>> it was the order given from president andres manuel lopezobrador. in a prudent manner, thenational guard left, to avoid a confrontation.i think this was adequate and appropriate.>> that night, farmers were faced with several surprises.>> they said they were leaving because the national guard hadleft. >> juan carlos rivera marcustold his mother he was going back to town with other farmers.>> i thought he was home because he gets up early to work.>> the mother of resend ole or no who was with, -- with onecarlos was worried because her son was not arriving.>> i was nervous because i knew there were a lot of people whowere fighting for the liquid. >> both families receivedworrying news. >> they called his brother andsaid that he was detained. >> my son that it -- my son saidthey hadnt done anything. they were taken from their car,they were thrown into a truck. >> the national guard accusedthem of being terrorists. according to a report, theyfound teargas canisters. according to her, her son whoare still detained has been a victim of national guards,because they were embarrassed at having been expelled from thedam. >> how can they be terrorists?my son has never been in that jail or any jail or anythinglike that. >> they both say that their sonswere beaten after they were arrested.>> when i saw him, that he had been beaten, i said to him, bestrong. you will leave soon enough.>> the worst consequences were experienced by the family ofjessica silva. >> my daughter will not have herlife again. but i want to ask him why he didthis? they are supposed to be there todefend us, not to kill us. >> at his dachshund death waswaiting for her in the form of a military uniform at the end of adark road. >> after a break, -->> there was a national guard truck that shot us.>> in his first interview♪ >> after taking la boquilla laboquilla the dam and closing the water arrived, some farmersreturned home, satisfied with what they had accomplished.but as angie sandoval tells us, some did not make it home.some farmworkers were detained under terrorism charges andothers were startled to be shot the darkness of night. >> at this moment, something ishappening. it is not an accident.>> in a lonely road, a farmer who had been at the protest sawsomething strange on the road, and told his companions viaradio. >> day altercation between thenational guard and some people. >> he was not able to identifyanyone in the dark, but what he saw as he drove by took hisbreath away. >> someone has been shot.there was gunfire. please be careful around there.>> the farmer did not know this, but they were two known farmersin chihuahua. >> things happen very quickly.very quickly. >> and his first televisioninterview, the only survivor of that incident, jaime torres,tells of the night that changed his life.the bullet that traversed his ear and throat has affected hisspeech. >> it was very painful.i cant talk about her very much.i get a little unwell. even now.>> torres and his wife, 36-year-old jessica silva, withtheir children, raised walnuts near delisi s.>> was a great woman. very hard excellent mother. for me, she was everything.>> like thousands of farmers in the area, the couple saw thatthe soil was drying. >> without water, we cannotraise anything. >> somebody -- september 8,2020, they went to la boquilla to>> we were exercising and defending our right to water ourright to water which they are stealing from us.>> prior to that, jessica visited her mother.>> when she was leaving, she hugged me hard and said, loveeach other very much. i love you very much, mom.that was it. i never heard anything more fromher. >> christina did not know whereshe was going. but as she recalls, her goodbyeleft her contemplating what had happened.>> she had never said goodbye to me like that before.maybe she felt something might happen.>> the couple was returning home after the protest.>> we were talking, right? >> they were at the head of acaravan with other farmers who had participated in the protest.>> were you afraid because of what had happened at theprotest? or were you feeling calm?>> i was feeling calm because this is our territory.this is the place that we drive all the time.>> he was so confident, he said, that he accelerated getting awayfrom the rest of the group. minutes later -->> a national guard truck locked our way -- blocked our way andshot us. when i got shot, i was hit in myear. >> what did jessica do at thatmoment? >> nothing, because she wasinstantly -- as soon as she was shot, i didnt hear her sayanything. i thought she might have faintedor something like that. but she had been shot.>> after receiving four shots through her chest, she crashedat the side of the road. >> we have been shot by thenational guard here. >>>> that caravan of farmersarrived on the scene and called an ambulance.>> we need help, we need help now.we need help now. >> torres was unconscious.his wife at his side was no dead.>> at 12:00, a woman came and told us jessica had been killed.i said, what jessica? and she said, your daughter.and i asked, why? >> that is how the young farmers-- that is how the parents of the young farmer found out shehad been killed by the national guard.>> it was cowardly. it was very cowardly.her shots came in through her back.>> they are here to help, not to kill us.>> immediately, 17 agents were detained.and the prosecutors office began its investigation.days later, the national guard offered its version of what hadhappened. >> there came a moment when thenational guard -- national guardsmen heard shots.they didnt know if the shots came from below.>> according to commander luis rodriguez, the soldiers weredefending themselves from a group of civilians that weretrying to block the transport of two detained protesters whosupposedly had explosives. but he did admit an agentaccidentally shot at jessica silva.>> this was an unfortunate accident.>> how was it an accident? that was not an accident.that was an assassination, as far as im concerned.>> further investigations revealed the couple was notcarrying any weapons. and all of the bullet casingscame from the national guard. >> they killed a human being.they killed my daughter. >> to this day, it is unknownwhy the show -- the soldiers shot at the couple.according to the farmers, it was a vengeance.>> the soldiers were angry because they were humiliatedwhen we took over the position. >> that is why they say theymaintained themselves vigilant as they control the dam.>> we are here at la boquilla, we are starting at the pointswhere the military might come and take over the dam again.>> for them, la boquilla has become much more than a fightfor water. it is a symbol for theirstruggles so that juan carlos rivera marcus and resend ole orno be released from jail. further, it is a battle todefend the ideals of a woman that according to them, gave herlife so that her land would not die of thirst.>> it is unfortunate. hopefully there will be justicefor jessica. the dam continues in the handsof farmers, while the two young farmers continue in jail.there has been no date announced for the trial.jaime torres continues undergoing therapy.we will be back.>> when we return, in circuses, the actor becomes anguish.>> without a public, without aqui y ahora♪ >> the joy of a circus has beendarkened by the pandemic. a world of fantasy, populated byacrobats, clowns, and others has been heavily affected for thelast few months. jessica visited a community inmexico, and tells us why many people feel they are in peril.>> there is no older spectacle in the world than the circus.for centuries, the public has seen these performers do theimpossible. fly, do acrobatics and provokelaughter. but in recent history, thisentertainment has been in danger.the pandemic has been affecting things.>> if i had been told it would be my last performance, well, iprobably would have cried. >> and i would have enjoyed it alot more. >> she is 26 years old and fromthe moment she was born, she has lived at the montana circus.a family circus that has been closed for the last nine months.she has changed her life doing tricks on tight ropes.>> when we see people, there are people who give the most money.>> they take very seriously their performances that lastjust a few seconds at intersections.>> when people say this will pass, god bless you.that motivates us. >> performing at intersectionsand selling food is how these people are able to sustainthemselves. >> hey brother of mine -- abrother of mine drove the trucks for the circus, and he was goingto try to find a job as a truck driver.its hard. >> a family of 24, jose garciais the uncle. >> we have been struggling.we sow, we do what we can here and there.but it is not enough. we have expenses, like a lot ofpeople, and we had to get rid of two work vehicles.>> this is a big deal because they are nomads.they live in their trailers where they prepare for everyperformance. before covid-19, they would onlyspend a few weeks in any given place before going to the next.but now that is almost impossible.almost all mexican circuses like the montana are trapped withouta place to go. only a handful performances. all you have to do is attend aperformance to see the tragedy among those who continue towork. we were at the one of the lastperformances of the circus in mexico city.before the performance, the performance portrayed in frontof an audience. >> there are 80 of us is a small neighborhood. >> he is a juggler and anacrobat. one of the stars under the bigtop, his performance is singular in mexico.his 14-year-old daughter is a trapeze artist at the circus.they were lucky because when we saw them, they were getting paidhalf their salary. >> without a public, there is noperformance. you cant get paid.thats logical. >> the few mexican circuses thatcontinue operating like the bar do circus do it at 30% capacity.. but people dont come.sometimes they will perform for 20 people.tonight we were there, only 19 people were in the public, eventhough they could have sold up to 600 tickets.there were more performers than there were spectators.the fear of the pandemic has not disappeared.and the circus had been at the same place for two months.that is why there was not much audience.>> if there were only 20 circuses in the entire country,but is too many. >> he was unable to hide hisdesperation. there was still five moreperformances scheduled and they had no permits to go anywhereelse. >> we are not asking for help,we just want permission to work. >> it is a problem that theatersand movie theaters still have. this person lives inuncertainty. >> if they going to close again,that makes us very nervous. theres nothing we can is not in our hands. >> despite the sad panorama,among these performers, there is still much hope.regardless of what might happen. the youngest continue to preparethemselves to continue this ancient tradition at the circus.children and young people continue taking classes, removedfrom the outside world, and certainly want to be stars liketheir parents. >> i am a trapeze artist.i do trampoline and i do the globe of death.>> i am learning contortion is him.-- contortionism. >> the teacher can still get atrailer to teach at the montana circus.young people continue practicing.with their parents and on san soon as they put on their costumes, sadness leaves them.because for israel garcia, this is the best anecdote to the longdays of working at the intersection with his son.right now, his only public is his family.>> i came to the circus at a very young age.. it has been my whole life.for me, this is my life. this is what i know how to is what i think i can do best.>> and like israel, there were two generations of clowns in hislife. >> how are you going to survivethe pandemic? >> i ask myself that every pray to god. you pray that the family canstay united. that is what gives us strength.>> everyone who has shown his heights underneath the big top,know that the circus lineage is stronger than they are.>> the sensation of being in the air, of being able to flywithout wings, it is incredible. >> the circus is my passion andit is my life. and it is what i was born to father taught me this, what i go on in life, in good times and in bad.>> is why they will wait for these dark times to pass.they will wait a little longer. >> the truth is that they aretrue fighters. our respect to these performerswho sacrificed so much to give us a little bit of happiness.>> thats right. hopefully, there will soon belong is a special edition of aqu y ahora next week.>>

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