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elie honig is the author. thanks for watching. i'm wolf blitzer "the situation room." follow me on twitter and instagram. tweet the show @cnnistroom. "erin burnett outfront" starts now. "outfront" next, dr. anthony fauci says listen to the cdc, not pfizer when it comes to vaccines. the principle responds here. the justice department just releasing some of the most graphic video we've seen of the deadly insurrection as the chairman of the january 6th select committee says his group will meet with or without republicans. benny thompson is "outfront". we're learning details what manhattan prosecutors may do to get trump's top money man to flip on him. let go "outfront". good evening. i'm erin burnett.
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out front tonight, covid confusion. the top infectious disease expert says listen to the cdc, not pfizer when it comes to needing a vaccine booster. this after pfizer came out and announced it's applying for emergency fda authorization for a booster that americans could get always early as six months after the second dose. here is dr. fauci moments ago. >> nothing has changed with regard to the cdc's recommendations. so we respect what the pharmaceutical company is doing but the american public should take their advice from the cdc and the fda. the cdc and the fda say if you've been fully vaccinated at this point in time, you do not need a booster shot. >> so, look, this is a weird situation. that's not what we're hearing from pfizer who is doing the research and actually saying
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immunity was waning and specifically sited israel he health ministry data. pfizer said and i quote the press release in part vaccine efficacy in preventing infection and symptomatic disease has declined six months post vaccination. definitive statement. so this confusion is coming as the united states just to be honest and frank with you is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to the number of covid cases. if you look at the map of new cases compared to the prior week, 29 states are seeing an increase, which of course, is more than half the country and according to the cdc, the highly contagious delta variant makes up more than half of the new infections in the quite. the best protection available from getting seriously sick or worse from the delta is a full dose of a covid vaccine. and yet, about half the united states is not fully vaccinated. and that has the minority leader republican mitch mcconnell
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stumped. >> if you're not vaccinated -- >> okay. i'm sorry, let me tell you that was the wrong sound byte. what he was going to say, was, mcconnell, quote, i'm perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated. totally perplexed by it. that's what mcconnell said. the point is, though, why would he be perplexed because mcconnell has for sure heard this like you have what his republican colleagues are saying repeatedly. >> i'm not vaccinated, and until there is some science -- >> just because the vaccine is generally safe, sddoesn't mean it's 100% safe. >> that's what they've said and on twitter of course you got people including congresswoman lauren warning i quote her tweet biden deployed needle nazis, the people of my district are smart enough to make decisions about the experimental vaccine and don't need coercion by federal agents. okay. if you look at the five host
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significant clusters of unvaccinated americans, let's ask what do they have in common? they are made up almost entirely of states that voted for president trump. way. > . i want to break it down.i want . let's take vermont. 66% of vermont's state population is fully vaccinated. let's go to the other side of the country and look at oregon. biden won oregon with 56% of the vote. the percentage of fully vaccinated oregon tonight is 55%. now, let's flip the tables here. states trump won. i want to start with tennessee. 61% of the voters in tennessee voted for trump. the percentage of people not vaccinated in tennessee 62% basically identical. the white house is dealing with a politicalization of vaccines and now confusion over the science and that's a problem.
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confusion over the science of this question of booster shot and what fully vaccinated means. jeff zeleny is "outfront" live outside the white house. jeff, what does administration think of this release from pfizer and i want to emphasize, pfizer is the company with biotech that developed the vaccine and done the studies and has all the data. >> the white house has worked very carefully with pfizer. how many times have we seen president biden with leaders of the pfizer company in the plants in michigan and elsewhere? but yet, the white house was caught off guard by this announce ment last evening and dr. fauci said he received a call of apology from the pfizer ceo not apologize ing for sayin you need a booster but not giving a heads up. you can understand why there is confusion. the white house careful not to show anger towards pfizer, very careful to say look, they're a
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private company and can do what they want. never mind the fact the u.s. government is paying a lot of good money for shots and given a couple billion to pfizer for the shots. so simply the last 24 hours have been problematic enough watching the variant really trying to make the case to get more people vaccinated. so this threw a wrench in that. the white house, i can tell you they took really careful pains to not try and make this a big deal with dr. fauci saying look, it's not a mixed message follow the cdc and fda but it's hard to imagine this can't be confusing especially to the people still trying to decide if they should get this vaccine, erin. >> all right. jeff zeleny, thank you very much. they can say what they want to say but it is confusing and people do care and it matters. so let's try to understand a little more of what is going on here. dr. steven thomas is with me. he's the coordinating principle investigatior for the pfizer
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vaccine. appreciate your time. there is so much to ask you to try to understand this a little bit more. dr. fauci, i understand they're being polite but making it clear the american public should listen to the cdc and fda and saying something different than pfizer. don't listen to pfizer, listen to us. you don't need a booster. can you walk us through the research, the data that you've seen to explain why you've come to the conclusion to seek this emergency augthorization approval? >> first of all, thanks for having me. second of clarification. i'm not an employee of pfizer but academic and collaborator of pfizer in the trial. in terms of the science, so i think what pfizer is looking at is they're looking at the real world experience from israel and looking at the immune responses that they have seen over time remote from that primary immunization series, which is
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two doses, and they're trying to do what vaccine and drug developers do, which is to try to be very forward leaning to try to anticipate what issues may exist and to have the data and the information available if, you know, if that circumstance were to arise, the circumstance being that immunity has gone below the level that is required to protect somebody. you know, i would say that i don't think that there is ness sh -- ness sharery confusion about the science. the data is the data. pfizer is going to have to give the data to the fda. the fda is going to have an external advisor who is going to look at that data and give them their advice and in the end, the fda and regulators make the rules and will determine how and when the vaccine doses are used. >> okay. so i totally understand what you're saying, you know, and i'm not asking you to weigh into politics but dr. fauci saying
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the cdc and fda saying if you've been fully vaccinated at this time, you don't need a booster shot. it's problematic. it sends a signal that the science is confusing and i think that's troubling and may be a messaging issue on the part of government. i mean, do you think that when they see this information they're going to go oh, wait a minute, guess what? pfizer is right? >> you know, for those of us that are making vaccines for a long time, it is not unusual for immune responses after vaccination to wayne over time. what is the crucial point, though and which we don't know the answer to right now is even though that immunity wanes over time, does it remain above a level which we need to protect people and again, i would kind of focus people on the point here the public health burden of covid is severe disease, hospitalization and death. even though these vaccine immune
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responses wayne over time, they are very, very effective at preventing those three outcomes. >> so dr. thomas, i want to ask you something because obviously the mrna technology is new, right? in part because of investments by the gate foundation, it's accelerated. there is no way we would have had this if it weren't for things like that. if you look at this and where we are and the possibility of needing more boosters, is it the vaccine or variant. is it possibly this mnra technology will require this or the variants are learning to evade the vaccine? >> well, it's vaccines in general. so it's not just messenger rna technology that's been around for 30 years and has actually been in other vaccine clinical trials over the last decade or so. it's just that's what vaccines in general do. their immunity wanes over time. this is why we need boosters for tetanus for example.
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it's just the way vaccine -- all vaccine technologies work -- >> this is a really short period of time that six months is a lot shorter than a lot of those other cases. >> oh, that's true but i definitely would not put this on messenger rna technology orred a know virus technology or killed vaccine technology. i do think your point about the variants is true. we have seen with all the different variants that as they pick up these mutations in the spike protein, they seem to be more efficient at evading the immune response that people have either because they are naturally infected or have been vaccinated. this is why it's a race, right? it is a race to get people vaccinated versus the ability of these mutations and the ability of the variants to spread. >> all right. dr. thomas, i appreciate your time and thank you very much for explaining the data as much as you could. thank you. and as we just mentioned in that conversation, you know,
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there is a divide in this country as to who is getting vaccinated and what isn't. just remember the example that i shared with you at the beginning of the program vermont where 66% of residents are fully vaccinated and that happens to be the kexact same percentage o residents that voted for biden and remember tennessee 61% voted for trump, 62% are not vaccinated. "out frfr front "now elizabeth way. she did her research and changed her mind and she's been fully vaccinated. i'm glad to talk to you again and i know you have really spoken out to try to help others to see this science here and get vaccinated. are you at all surprised that the vaccination in this country seems to be stuck right now, that people in trump states aren't getting it and people in biden states are? >> erin, i just want to say thank you for having me on again. and the answer is i'm not
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surprised. unfortunately, the way that i sort of see it from my perspective is that the vaccines have essentially become an extension of the mask debate. so where we started to see initially the divide in the country whether or not you mask if you're going to follow the recommendations or rules when we had lockdowns, we saw political divide there, as well and i feel like vaccines are the next step in protection and unfortunately, the political divide has followed right on through. >> have you had any second thoughts, elizabeth, about your decision to get vaccinated? >> i haven't. you know, i have the information about the miocarditis came out
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after. i did get the pfizer shot. again, i wasn't too alarmed because if you do the research, i have mentioned many times the doctor at the children's hospital of philadelphia has a really great video where he shares this fact that all vaccines have had these rare but real side effects so some of that is to be anticipated but in all cases throughout history, those long term effects appear within six weeks and so i may not have my numbers exactly right but we're more than 26 weeks past that and i believe we have more than 156 million people vaccinated so that seems to speak volumes to me. >> it certainly does. data and science. i know you had conversations with other vaccine skeptics and
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try to speak to people about this. you know, in the context of what we're talking about with a moment ago the person leading the research collaborating with pfizer. do you think the mixed message, the seemingly contradictory information from the cdc and fda versus pfizer will have an impact on vaccine skeptics or not? >> yeah, i do. it's a problem and i'm actually a march gketing and communicati consultant. that's what i do for a living. from the beginning, the mixed messaging has been a problem and i don't think it anyone's fault, it's unfortunately we're watching science in realtime both with vaccines and with the virus and so being able to communicate messages, there has to be an understanding from the public that things are going to change and the public just doesn't, you know, perception is reality, and so unfortunately, at the end of the day when you
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have conflicting, you have two different sides saying two different things at this point, the perception is nobody knows what they're talking about. i mean, candidly, that's what it is. nobody knows. that doesn't hurt for the skeptics thinking, you know, they don't know how many doses i need and they don't know when i'm going to need the next one. so how do they know -- what do they 06obviously, i don't feel that way but that is a problem and, you know, no vaccine is 100%. i noticed earlier in the show you played a clip by someone that said vaccines being 100%. nov vaccine is 100%. there is always going to be some sidef effects, there is always going to be a chance 1and risk and we're finding out what that is now and now it's a race. >> i appreciate your time.
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thank you for coming back on. i'm glad to speak to you. >> thank you, erin. >> all right. next, we have graphic new video just released by the justice department tonight that shows on officer on january 6th being dragged and attacked while trying to save the life of a r rioter. how prosecutors can get allen weisselberg to flip on trump. a federal warning that trump's talk of getting reinstated as president could fuel more violence as trump loyalists gather in dallas at this hour to talk about election fraud. ♪ lisa here, has had many jobs. she's worked in retail during the holidays. as a barista during rush hour. and a nanny to a couple of rambunctious kids. now, all that experience has led her to a job that feels like home.
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disturbing. >> seconds later a mob ignores the officer's pleas for help and drags him into the crowd. >> help! >> traitor! >> that officer was hospitalized after the attack needing staples in his head to stop the bleeding. benny thompson is the chair of the house select committee and chair thompson is very disturbing to hear that to read those words. but this is exactly why you want to know what happened and what you want to look at for this committee. i know you've announced you'd like to hold the first hearing soon, july 21st or july 22nd with or without the republicans that minority leader mccarthy
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can still pick to join your committee. do you think you'll have to proceed without those republicans? >> we are prepared to move forward, we hope to have a fully populated committee but under the rules we have a form of the committee and we'll go forward. our first hearing will be from the rank and file capitol police somewhat you saw opening video there, nobody had a chance to talk to those individuals and we think it makes a good statement for the committee to start off making sure that those individuals put thoir lives on the line to protect all of us that day and they're appreciatuated and we need to hear from them. >> that's crucial and we do want to hear from them, all of them and each video showing horrible
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things in the context of knowing this is a horrible event we know about and yet, this committee obviously even though mccarthy was, you know, went to pa elosi with everything he wanted about a select committee, everything we asked to what was on board. here is your latest criticism about the select committee. >> this is the least bipartisan committee you can find. think about the structure. it's not an equal number of republicans or democrats. she appointed adam schiff and raskin. this is an impeachment committee. only democrats have subpoena power. the speaker has control over anyone appointed. >> again, i want to emphasize for anyone watching that mccarthy did oppose a bipartisan commission with equal representation. completely opposed that, right? so this is what pelosi did in lou of what mccarthy said he
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wanted. you're in a stop spot. you move awithout republicans a all does it fuel the narrative that the panelists is political? >> it fuels the fact mccarthy didn't do his job. i negotiated the other agreement that mccarthy wanted done. we accepted everything he put on the table and at the last minute, he opposed it so speaker pelosi and the leadership on the democratic side left with no choice. we can't walk away from what happened on january 6th. we have to make sure it never happens again so whether mccarthy comes tforward or not, we had two meetings and decided to have hearings and other things necessary. we have to protect the capitol.
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we have to protect the members of congress and everyone that utilizes that facility so it's important for us to go forward. so we would hope to have mccarthy's nominations but he's proven not to be trustworthy in the negotiations. so i think the speaker is correct to have the final approval on what goes on the committee. we'll produce a product. our challenge is to look at the circumstances and facts surrounding january 6th. it won't be a side show. it will be a dell iberative iss to help us figure out for the sake of this country what went wrong and then recommend the fixes necessary so that it will never happen again.
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>> chair thompson, appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> all right. sir. next, cooperate or everything you know, everyone you love is on the line. we're getting breaking details what prosecutors are doing to try to flip trump's cfo allen weisselberg. will it be enough? the billionaire space race about to get real. richard branson taking off in less than 48 hours. is beating jeff bezos to space worth the risk? . (other money manager) how do your clients know that? (naj) because as a fiduciary, it's our responsibility to always put clients first. (other money manager) so you do it because you have to? (naj) no, we do it because it's the right thing to do. we help clients enjoy a comfortable retirement. (other money manager) sounds like a big responsibility. (naj) one that we don't take lightly. it's why our fees are structured so we do better when our clients do better.
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organization to turn on donald j. trump himself. cara is "outfront" and has been breaking this all the way through. what more can you tell me about the manhattan district attorney, what they are doing to get weisselberg who has so far not been indicating he'll cooperate to cooperate, to flip in their investigation? >> erin, one source tells cnn before weisselberg was indicted, prosecutors dangled the idea his son barry who is an employee of the trump association may have legal exposure. they lived at trump owned properties referenced in the indictment for either no rent or a discounted rate and in the indictment, prosecutors allege the value of the lodging should have constituted income to that family member. now, allen weisselberg did not cooperate and he was indicted and his son barry was not charged but this is a tactic prosecutors use to leverage the relationships, either his son
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barry or allen weisselberg's wife who would have signed joint tax returns. to bring charges, prosecutors have to establish they understood this financial arrangement and knew taxes should have been paid so it's not an easy lift. attorneys my colleague and i spoke with said this is a common tactic and this indictment was writ written in a way to say the charges are serious and they have evidence and he should consider cooperating and said it should not be lost that family members could get dragged into this as potential witnesses. now weisselberg has not been cooperating and pleaded not guilty and his lawyer says that he will fight these charges in court and so far the trump organization and weisselberg are very much aligned after the charges were announced last week. the trump organization said that weisselberg was a pawn and donald trump himself told "the new york times" of weisselberg i'm with him all the way. erin? >> thank you very much. so on the back of ka cara's
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reporting i want to go to john dean, he flipped on yx son and testified against him. obviously, weisselberg is steadfast in his unwillingness to flip and trump is saying how great he is to obviously encourage that. you made the decision to testify against your boss back in the day. do you think this kind of pressure that cara is reporting on will work or is it not enough? >> well, my situation was certainly different. i tried to end the coverup internally and broke rank and had a different situation. with this situation, though, i think the prosecutors in that speaking indictment laid it out very clearly. they have all the evidence. they understand the internal workings of the trump organization and mr. weisselberg. his lawyers got to tell him he's got serious jeopardy here and as the indictment itself talks about other family members who
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could well be charged, his wife, his children, so he's got to be doing some serious thinking. whether he'll flip or not is much to do with his personality at this point. >> so is it basically a game of chicken that, you know, at the last minute if he believes they're going to charge his wife or something like that, you're talking serious prison time associated with the charges that it's basically a game of chicken? >> well, he's 73 years of age. i don't know what his wife's age is but this isn't how they planned their retirement, surely. so i think they have to do some real soul searching as to whether this is the way they want to end this career they've had. so i think that you've got to understand, erin, these prosecutors are professionals at squeezing deals out. somewhere between 94, 95% of all state criminal actions are
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negotiated pleas. that's what is going on here, and i wouldn't be surprised to see them push just a little further to test him. >> all right. john dean, thank you. next, a new warning tonight trump's claim he's returning to the white house could fuel more violence and billionaire richard branson is 48 hours from his historic lift off into space. he's going to use the same spaceship involve in a deadly accident not long ago.
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tonight, the gop firmly in trump's grasp is a fair take away from day one of the conservative political action conference cpac happening right now in dallas. >> what was donald trump right about? everything. >> our movement will stay true to america first policies created by president trump. >> in 2024 trump-ism will rise
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again. >> sara murray is "outfront" live. he spoke moments ago. it clear the big lie still alive, still thriving and growing within the republican party. what did you hear? >> reporter: oh, absolutely. we saw donald trump junior come out trying to offer the normal kind of red meat to the base that we would expect talking up the second amendment and criticizing the media but the line he got the biggest applause for wasn't even one of his own lines in his talk here. it was someone from the crowd who yelled out trump won. and this set off a standing ovation probably a full minute of applause. you know, cheers about donald trump. this gives you an idea of sort of where this audience is and of course, the former president is slated to speak here on sunday. between now and then we'll hear more about this notion of wide spread election fraud that doesn't happen, a lot more raring up the crowd that is very eager to hear from donald trump. here we have that moment i think when the woman yelled out from
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the crowd that trump won. take a listen. >> trump won! [ ch [ cheers ] >> reporter: that is the kind of enthusiasm, erin, we're seeing from the notion the former president is still rightfully the president and i think he'll be happy to see this crowd awaiting him on sunday. >> so it comes as a new filing by the justice department is warning tonight that trump's claims that he'll be reinstated to the white house could fuel more violence from his supporters. trump is going to be speaking where you are on sunday. is there any doubt this comes up? >> reporter: well, it's always hard to know, right, with donald trump what exactly he's going to cover in his list of grievances.
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certainly wouldn't be a surprise if this made the list, and it's going to be interesting to see, you know, with e know there are number of advisors that want to see him move on other than relitigating the last election. that's clearly not the head space the former president is in. if this makes a list of complaints on sunday, i wouldn't be surprised, erin. >> all right. sarah, thank you. and next, richard branson countdown mode 48 hours from going where no civilian or billionaire has gone before, space on a rocket his own company has built. what are the real risks here? former astronaut been on spacewalks a bunch of times is next and the hit sitcom "one day at a time" still resonates today. we're counting down to "the history of sitcom." nce with lib, so you only pay for what you need. hot dog or... chicken? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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branson to space as he attempts to beat jeff bezos in the space race this say launch he announced this week but scheduled to be this sunday ahead of bezos later this month. if he succeeds, branson will be the first billionaire to travel to space aboard a vehicle he helped fund and develop. "outfront" now, mike, this is in the context of this incredible moment we're having for space exploration and technology in part because of private company's involvement. we'll be watching richard branson take off sunday morning but the big question is how much risk do you think he's taking on? >> thanks for having me on. there is always risk involved when you talk about flying to space even if it's just a flight like he'll be going on but a pretty well tested vehicle. you know, they've had issues before and it's been a long time them developing this spacecraft and getting it right. successful test flights.
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so i think they will be as safe as can be. i'm not worried about them at all. >> which is good to hear. you mentioned suboribital. they had issues with this particular space plane branson is using in 2014 and a deadly crash with it. that crash was determined to be related to pilot error. and branson tells us he's not worried. he's very excited. in fact, he said i'm incredibly excited and spent 17 years trying not to get excited. basically until i got the call saying i ticked every box and ready to go. i know you feel confident but a lot is riding on this. you know, anything going wrong would have serious repercussions. >> you're right. again, always some risk, erin. so we can't be 100% sure that everything will go fine but they're pretty close to that as you mentioned they did have that accident back in 2014. they thought they were going to start flying in this way like
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sunday in 2015 about a year later. they had that accident. they lost one of their test pilots and it's taken them another seven years now to get to the point they thought they would be a year after that accident. so it's about a six year delay and i think they've worked out just about everything that they needed to and they are ready to go. of course, you can't say without doubt everything will work perfectly but i'm really confident and obviously, they are too or they wouldn't be doing this. >> so, you know, you've been up there multiple times in the space shuttle and done spacewalks and bezos going soon to space and branson suborbital being key. he loves the risk. amphibious car he drove across the english channel with a tux. he loves the theater. driving a tank through times square. launching virgin cola. you know, what is his experience going to be like for him? >> well, i think if he's a
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thrill seeker, he's in for a good ride. i'm no a thrill seeker. i'm not repelling down a building unless the elevator is broken. i'll take the stairs. he's more of a thrill seeker than i am or most people. for him, it will be an enjoyable ride i would imagine and experience he hasn't had before and very few people had and pure enjoyment for him. i think he'll love it. the ultimate adventure for someone >> that's for sure. we are all watching and rooting for him and bezos as well. these things are the frontier. thank you. next, valerie bertinelli tells me why so many are connected to her character. vete of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage.
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tonight, we all lived it. most of us did. we remember when ross and rachel broke up. >> we are so over.
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>> fine by me! >> maybe this was more your moment, when mary tyler moore tosses her hat in the air. when lucie and ethel stuffed chocolate into their mouth. one of those resonates with you. we go behind the scenes of some of our favorite shows from across the decades. >> television has changed with the times. but it was a lot more comedy than just jeanie and her master. there was a lot more going on. >> we demand freely available childcare facilities that will give all women an alternative to confinement in the home. >> you have this interesting moment. in the real world, the women's liberation movement is pushing female equality further than it had been. >> it would not be a conversation about iconic sitcoms without valerie
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bertinelli. she joins me now. you may know her from "one day at a time" or "valerie's home cooking." she joins me if her set. th it has to be interesting when you look at it in the context of an interview like this. "one day at a time," nine seasons. such a crucial part of your life and so unique at the time. there was a divorced single mother raising kids on her own at the core. here you are. >> play ggirl? really? >> i never saw it before. >> it isn't mine. >> okay. kill me.
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it's better than running through the boys' shower room like julie and her friends did. >> i don't know if you remember that moment. what a precious girl you were. why do you think people connected to much with the show and with you, with your character? >> i'm so blessed. i don't remember that. it was a very long time ago. i started it when i was 15 and it ended when i was 24. i think people just connected because the stories were so familiar. by the time they got to know all of our characters, they wanted to see what our characters were going through, how they could relate to it. i think that is what really holds people to a show. >> so many of the issues on "one day at a time" are still there today. just in slightly different ways. but that core issue you are referring to is there. women now disproportionally affected by the pandemic. single mothers hit hard. as you said, you were 15 when the show premiered.
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i guess at that age, gosh, you think at that age all you do is think about yourself or most are. >> sure. >> did you have any concept how groundbreaking some of the ideas were, some of the themes were that were in the show? >> i don't think i realized it in the moment. although, i did see the heft that bonnie would give it and the work to make sure it was done correctly. the same with the producers and writers with the show. they wanted to make sure that they got something across. they weren't flippant with it, but they were still trying to find the humor in it so it was more peasy to watch. i was riding on the coattails. i was more than happy do it. >> now you are doing this incredible thing with your show and cooking and other parts of yourself that you are expanding and exploring. as you look back, what are some
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of your favorite sitcoms? is there a reason that anything especially resonates with you? >> well, i mean, "mary tyler moore," "i lucy," "friends." i was able to be with my son and enjoy something. he can probably recite every episode, every single line. we watched the reunion special together. i think -- that's the thing about sitcoms. they bring families together. you sit and you enjoy and you laugh and you talk about the lines that made you laugh. you talk about the moments that made you think. that's the great thing about sitcoms, that they just -- they give you everything that you may need in your life at that moment. >> valerie, thank you very much. i know people are going to be eager to see more in this amazing series. thank you so much. >> you're going to love it. >> tune in.
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the all new cnn original series "the history of the sitcom" premieres sunday at 9:00 eastern and pacific only on cnn. thanks for joining us. "ac 360" starts now. good evening. last thing a country in the middle of another rise in coronavirus cases and battling vaccine disinformation is conflicting messages from the government about the efficacy of the vaccine past the six-month period. that's what occurred in the past 24 hours. ending with an apology, sort of, from the company that started it. dr. fauci tried to put a pin in it by say, listen to us, the federal health agencies, not a vaccinemaker. it remains to be seen if the daniel ha damage has been done. this began with a statement from pfizer that got people's attention. i'm quoting, vaccine efficacy in preventing both infection and s symptomatic disease has declined