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things. >> absolutely. doctor, thank you very much. thanks for the work you're doing over there in zambia. and erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. have a good night. "outfront" next, covid cases surging among the unvaccinated, as the white house weighs whether to reverse course on masks. plus, it's full steam ahead for the january 6 select committee after kevin mccarthy pulled his picks. and nancy pelosi may tap another republican to join the team. and the head of the cia that's causing the illness that's affected dozens of americans is real and severe. let's go "outfront." "outfront" tonight, covid becoming more aggressive that. is the warning from the nation's top doctors today. the director of the cdc calling the delta variant one of the
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most infectious respiratory viruses she's seen in her 20-year career. >> if you are not vaccinated, please take the delta variant seriously. this virus has no incentive to let up, and it remains in search of the vulnerable person to infect. >> so tonight, there is a surge of people who are now getting infected. new cases are up 58% from last week. and hospitalizations are up, too. up 54%, compared to last week. and much of that coming from states with low vaccination rates. to show you the map of the country this is a map by county. this is a month ago. the red represents counties with high covid transmission. very tiny, 3%. things have changed since then. fast forward to today, the south and parts of the midwest, as you can see, exploding. so now 30% of the country lives in a county that is red. this explosion of cases is why cnn is learning top
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administration health officials are recommending everybody mask up again. just moments ago, joe biden was asked if masks could soon be a reality again for americans. >> we follow the science. it's happening now, all the major scientific operations in this country and a 25-person group we put together, are looking at all the possibilities of what's happening now. >> follow the science. as of tonight, the cdc insists the guidelines will remain as is. but if you're vaccinated, no masks, for now. >> is the cdc considering right now changing its mask guidance for people who are fully vaccinated? >> we are always looking at the data as the data comes in. if you're unvaccinated, you should absolutely be wearing a mask. if you're vaccinated, you have exceptional levels of protection from that vaccine, and you may
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choose to have an extra roll of protection but putting on a mask. >> making it about individual choice. some are not satisfied with that answer. philadelphia's health officials saying today that all residents, even if you're fully vaccinated, should go back to wearing masks inside public places. in atlanta, georgia, the public school district announced it will require all students and staff, even those who are vaccinated, to wear masks when school starts, and it start there is in just a few weeks. the top elected official in harris county, texas, urging everyone to once again wear masks. in clark county, nevada, home of las vegas, county workers must mask up in public places indoors. it was a week ago that los angeles brought back the mask mandate. everyone was so surprised. it is confusing. but one state at the center of the current surge will not be returning to mask mandates. the governor of florida saying his policy will not change, even
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though florida leads the country in new covid cases and seeing an increase in hospitalizations. >> i get a little bit frustrated when i see some of these jurisdictions saying, even if you're healthy and vaccinated, you must wear a mask because we see increased cases. understand what that message is sending to people unvaccinated, it's saying the vaccines don't work. that's the worst message you can send to people at this time. >> it's the wild west when it comes to masks, with cities and states taking matters into their own hands, prompting the former surgeon general to speak out, calling for more clarity from the cdc. adams, of course, last year questioned the effectiveness of masks. and he came out and he owned that, tweeting last year, tony fauci and i wrongly advised against masks. i felt it was the best call at the time but regret it. i'm worried the cdc also made a similarly premature, misinterpreted but harmful call of unmasking in the face of the
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rising delta variant. kaitlan collins is in front of the white house. tonight, the white house is concerned. >> reporter: definitely, because they're concern mainly is we're entering a new troubling phase of this pandemic, and the primary issue is for unvaccinated people and the wide circulation of this new delta variant, which you just said with the cdc director this is one of the most transmissible variants she has seen in her 20 years in the public health field. i talked to one official earlier, who said we've been warning for this about a month. we've been seeing the consequences, and they said it's serious and spreading faster than we anticipated. talking about that delta va variant. so their message is calling out to 50% of the country that is still unvaccinated. it's so serious that the president is regularly updated on what's going on with the pandemic. today, he held a briefing -- a meeting with his covid health team talking about what's going on with the delta variant, you heard him say earlier, they've
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got a 25-person team looking at the possibilities of what this could end up to. and it made the president late to an event he had here at the white house. a bill signing, because he was dealing with this briefing. it just speaks to the level of concern happening inside the swh white house, what is happening to the side of the country that is not vaccinated. there are even new questions tonight about what's happening with vaccinated people and whether or not they need to be wearing a mask indoors again, as you have seen some localities say that yes, you do need to wear one indoors like los angeles. so they're raising questions about whether or not the cdc needs to issue new guidance, what is it going to look like when children go back to school. so these are all concerns happening inside the white house, and they are very concerned about what the delta va variant is going to look like, and trying to get this message out to people not vaccinated. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it, kaitlan. just looking at these numbers
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out of los angeles. obviously, you are seeing a real shift in terms of infections. "outfront" now, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox. i appreciate your time. let's start with this issue of mask guidance. the cdc got rid of it, because they felt that if you can't give people a payoff for getting vaccinated, they won't do it. now obviously you're see thing delta variant spread. it's a pandemic among the unvaccinated. but of course, vaccinated people are also getting infected, as well. should the cdc issue new mask guidance? >> thanks for inviting me. you mentioned smallpox. this delta variant is now becoming more infectious than smallpox was. each new variant becomes more infectious than its predecessor. we have reached a point that we're seeing one of the most infectious diseases we have seen. so we go back to the question,
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do vaccines work? yes, of course they do. we're asking them to do three things. protect us from getting it, protect us from giving it, and protect us from getting sick. that middle part, they're doing terrifically well. that first part, they're doing we think they're not doing as well, that they're able to infect people. from both ends of that, yes. i think you should be wearing masks indoors. >> so joe biden made the point last night at the cnn town hall that the pandemic is a pandemic of the up vaccnvaccinated, whic true. but there's data coming out that show a shift, much like they saw in israel. in houston, they say they're seeing more what's called breakthrough infections among vaccinated people with delta. they had a report posted online. they said 90% of people who were positive had not been vaccinated. but that dropped down to 78%
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when the delta variant was involved in los angeles. coming out now, saying to% of the infections they're seeing are among the vaccinated. is this cause for concern? >> yes. it is, indeed an epidemic of the unvaccinated, but that includes our children, your mother-in-law, my cousin. it's not enough to say that the 125 million people in the united states who are not vaccinated, that it's an epidemic only of them. no, we have to do everything we can to get as many people vaccinated as we can. and eebven if you're vaccinated if you are going into an event, which there are people who you don't know, you don't know their vaccine status, you don't know the air conditioning status, it's just prudent that you wear the mask. when you go home, it's prudent that you protect your family, as well. >> let's talk about that issue. obviously, there had been reference to whether say parents could infect their own children, vaccinated parents who did not
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know they had it, could they spread it along to their children. one mother of two daughters, a 5-year-old and 9-month-old, says she regrets not wearing her mask around her family. that her whole family now tested pos positive. she wishes she would have done things differently. here she is. >> my kids have been really, really sick. 103 fevers, diarrhea and vomiting. and it's been especially scary with a baby. >> what's your reaction to that, dr. brilliant? >> sadness is my reaction to that. a paper came out last week from china's cdc, and they have studied 167 people with the virus, and they found that the delta variant creates 1,000 times as many viral particles in your nose. if that's the case, then of
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course if you're going places, if you're sneezing, singing, breathing, whatever you're doing, you could be spread thing virus, even though you are vaccinated. and you yourself are asymptomatic. so it's time to really get serious about this. this is a new kind of variant. we haven't seen this before. >> so let me ask you, the variants are moving quickly and becoming more infectious. i understand that in the evolution of viruses, one expects possible infectiousness to increase. but what then happens to lethality? does it decrease or we're exponentially getting closer to a virus that's going to kill fewer people or what's happening here? you eradicated smallpox. is this virus going to be eradicated? >> i was the junior member on the smallpox eradication team. but, yes, i saw the last case of smallpox in nature. and it is not in the best interest of the virus that it
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kills all of its customers. so we normally expect the virus, as it gets more transmissible, to become less lethal. but the problem is, as more and more people get it, because it's more transmissible, hospitals are being overrun. as hospitals are being overrun, pregnant women in the emergency can't get in, heart attack patients can't get in. so it is causing more deaths. maybe not from the virus itself, but from the epidemic. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. thank you for having me. and next, we're going to take you to a hospital in missouri that is inundated with covid patient, many fighting for their lives after opting not to get vaccinated. >> it's very real. i was so sick. he said, you should not be alive. plus, nancy pelosi insisting she won't let republican antics get in the way of the january 6
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are vaccinated. more republicans are speaking out, encouraging supporters to get the vaccine. but they're still defending their gop colleagues who choose to remain silent. >> we believe in health privacy. the bottom line is, it doesn't stop at the covid door. it's every citizen's right to choose to get a vaccine, and then to choose not to reveal whether they have gotten the vaccine. >> amazingly, vaccine skepticism is a problem in some hospitals, which have now decided to announce mandates for all health care workers to be vaccinated. miguel marquez is "outfront." >> reporter: health care workers, suiting up. sickness from covid-19 among the unvaccinated will not stop. >> the doctor told me twice yesterday that i should not be alive. >> reporter: neither christy henry or her family got vaccinated.
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henry rarely went out, wore a mask and didn't see a lot of people. >> i've taken care of people for 20 plus years, but never been on the receiving end. >> reporter: henry, 56 years old, was a nurse, and now teaches nursing. she has a husband and six kids. she had to go on a ventilator. so did her husband. it got so bad, she wasn't sure she would see her family again. >> so it's very real. i was so sick. he said, you should not be arrive. >> reporter: and she's lucky. the more contagious delta variant continuing to grip missouri, where only 40% of residents are fully vaccinated. cases rising nearly 18% over the last two weeks. hospitalizations and icu admissions both up sharply since may. >> i think this variant is just more severe than what we were experiencing previously. >> reporter: unvaccinated patients account for more than 97% of hospitalizations
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nationwide says the cdc director. you do not plan to get the vaccine, correct? >> correct. >> reporter: susan dean, now required, worked in health care for 25 years. should vaccines be mandatory for at least health care workers? >> i don't think we know enough about the vaccine to say this is what it does. >> reporter: it's a growing issue. the mercy hospital network, including here in springfield, has mandated vaccine for all employees. some health care workers here now organizing to reverse mercy's decision. dean says it should be a personal choice. >> anybody who is forced to take something or lose their job is -- i think that just makes me so sick. we have already suffered so much. >> reporter: mercy hospital says the public health implications and dangers of the virus far outweigh any concerns about the
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vaccine. >> we've got a m narrow window sustain or get ahead of where we are right now. as of this morning, we have 172 people hospitalized, which is our all-time peak. >> reporter: kate jockey is an icu nurse in columbia, missouri. after a difficult year, just when she thought there was light at the end of the tunnel -- >> we are mentally and emotionally and physically worn out. >> reporter: for christy henry, the message now clear. >> everybody i know and i love, you know, you need to get vaccinated. >> reporter: the governor of missouri has just ordered more resources into springfield green county, where we are right now. everything from ambulance strike teams to help the hospitals go out and get people who may have an issue. and to an alternative care center, which hospitals here want, because they are seeing so many patients here, and not just in this area, but other parts of
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the state. so if people get that sick, they cannot easily get them to other parts of the state or even into other states, if need be. it's becoming just a massive backlog of patients again. erin? >> thank you so much, miguel. i appreciate it. "outfront" now, william and rebecca hughes. william was hospitalized with covid for 14 days in arkansas. just able to return home on tuesday. i appreciate you both coming on. william, i know you're obviously still recovering. so glad you're back home with your wife and family. you know, the relief and joy you just feel, even though i know you're still fighting it. so i guess let's get to the heart of the matter. i know you decided not to get vaccinated because you figured you were young and healthy and had no underlying conditions, you weren't likely to get sick. how has this entire experience changed your view on things?
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>> basically, it's just made me wish i had gotten the vaccine. i mean, the vaccine may not have kept me from getting covid, but it may have decreased greatly the pain and suffering i had to go through. to get to the point where i am now. >> yeah. >> rebecca, i know you also tested positive. you obviously didn't get as sick as william. but you had a lot of worry. some chest pains and things that persisted. i mean, how difficult was it for you? >> it was very difficult. i had a lot of different emotions going on, worried about him obviously, worried about myself. worried that i might get pneumonia and have to be admitted, and then our daughter not having either one of us, you know, here at home. so that was very scary.
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>> i can only imagine. i know that's obviously at the heart of it all, would have been that fear. you know, william, i spoke to one of your doctors last night, dr. bowling. and he says you were one of the patients who inspired him to just go out and say i have to make a video, i have to talk to people about getting vaccinated. it's now been viewed more than 200,000 times. and when i talked to him, i asked him how he felt after treating you, people young and healthy like you who have gotten so sick. and here's what he said. >> in a word, heartbreaking. you know, my voice is cracking down, just even seeing that and talking about it. that morning, i had seen three males in a row, 32 years old, 28, 27, all healthy before this. and i just called our marketing team and i said i don't know what i'm going to say, but i need a camera and i need to say something. >> you could hear his voice
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cracking there. your doctor. he said it was one of the moments when he called your family to update them on you and he heard your 4-year-old daughter in the background. and it just broke him up. i mean, william, was there a time you thought you weren't going to be there with her again? >> absolutely. i actually had that conversation with the doctor. i'm sorry. i asked him -- i asked him if i was going to make it. and he didn't know. he told me that i was young, i didn't have any underlying issues, and they were going to do the best they could do. but he couldn't make me any promises. but i'm fortunate enough to still be here. >> rebecca, i know you're now -- the reason that you guys are here tonight is to try to tell
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others, right? so that this doesn't happen to anyone else, to get anyone you know vaccinated. what do you tell them? obviously, people at this point have some really strong opinions on this. have you been able to change anyone's mind? >> umm, yes. mostly family. one friend, my boss at work. they all have said that our, you know, covid experience has changed their mind about the vaccine. and so i just want people to try to put themselves in other people's shoes, because i feel like the majority of people, it's hard for them to empathize with others because they're not going through it. and i just would hate for them to have to get to that point where, you know, this happens to somebody that they love and care
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about. i mean, it's awful. i don't recommend, you know, i just would recommend the vaccine for sure because i strongly feel that, you know, the symptoms from the vaccine, if any, would be way less than potentially being hospitalized over this. >> and william, you know, you're home. you're home with your wife and your child. what is your message to someone who is watching who -- who is moved by what you say but still on the fence about getting vaccinated? >> please, just go get the vaccine. umm, if you don't do it for yourself, do it for your family. because i almost left my wife and my daughter here to fend for themselves because i didn't go get one. >> all right. well, i appreciate both of you very much. i know it's not easy to do an
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tonight, a troubling sign for the state of florida. as the delta variant of covid spreads rapidly there and across the country. florida leading the united states in the number of new daily covid cases, averaging right now roughly 6500 cases a day and hospitalizations are also increasing. could this be a problem for the governor? he repeatedly touts his response to the pandemic. leila santiago is "outfront." >> re >> if anyone is calling for lockdowns, you're not getting that done in florida.
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>> reporter: the governor refusing to back down from his conviction that he is successfully handling covid in his state. >> you have people like fauci saying my 3-year-old son should be muzzled. it's unacceptable. >> reporter: the state is averaging 6,492 cases a day, a figure that's nearly doubled in one week, quadrupled in a month. in just one week from july 15th to july 21st, florida has 45,449 new cases, and is once again leading the nation in the number of new covid-19 cases. desantis says it's just a seaseason al thing. >> we have a summer season here. just like last year. you're going to have higher prevalence for the rest of july and august. and then it goes back. >> reporter: doctors disagree. >> we have a much more contagious variant that we didn't see in december or in april. >> reporter: but then there's also this messaging from desantis. >> these vaccines make it so
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that your chance of survival is pretty dog gone close to 100%. >> reporter: which is a far cry from his tone last may. >> because you've got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks how florida was going to be just like new york. wait two weeks, florida is next. hell, we're eight weeks away from that and it hasn't happened. so we succeeded, and i think people just don't want to recognize it. >> reporter: a little less than ten weeks after that press conference, florida became a global covid epicenter. only california, with it's larger population, recorded more cases at the time. so ron desantis is encouraging vaccines, but he's continuing to push back on masks and dr. fauci. his political operation is selling merchandise that reads "don't fauci my florida" and how the hell am i going to drink a beer with a mask on? right now, 48% of florida
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residents are vaccinated. and the state is now recording the most new deaths in the country this month. yet he stands firm. >> we've never had any mandates in the state of florida, and we will not have any mandates in the state of florida. >> reporter: and erin, when he said that about mask mandates, he was met with applause by the supporters surrounding him. listen, he's up for re-election next year, 2022. but there are plenty out there wondering if that is for 2024 for a presidential bid. >> "outfront" now, scott jennings, former special assistant to george w. bush, and advisor to mitch mcconnell. mark, governor desantis is talking about the covid pandemic more, supports the vaccine, but insistent that we won't go back to restrictions, referring to masks as muzzling children. what do you think his game plan
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is here? >> i couldn't really say what his game plan is. he doesn't have a big circle of advisers who leak things to the press. what i can say is he has a very good internal compass, a good internal order that helps him navigate and spot trends especially in the conservative movement and get ahead of it. that's one of the reasons you see polling, where if they're polling for the 2024 election, he's second only to president trump. so it's served him well, at least on the national stage. on a state level, desantis is in good shape heading into re-election in 2022. so what is he going to be doing now? it's what he did in -- which he is rather defiant with health officials. he is clear that he doesn't want mandates, and he will frequently
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talk up florida's success. >> so scott, desantis placed first in two straw polls for 2024 if trump is not a candidate. he's dodged questions about 2024, but here are some things outside covid that he's been very willing to talk about. >> critical race theory is basically teaching people to hate our country, hate each other. it's divisive, and it's basically an identity politics version of marxism. while some over the last year have been talking about defunding law enforcement, we're proud to say we're funding law enforcement and then some. in florida, we chose freedom over fauciism. and we're much better off for doing that. >> okay. all red meat issues for many on the right, scott. it's clear desantis is running,
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isn't it? >> oh, i think so. i mean, as long as donald trump isn't running. and you didn't play a clip from his recent immigration viz it to the border, which is another hot topic. ron desantis has a very, very smart internal barometer for what republicans are talking about it. he did it the race for governor in florida and he's doing it right now. right now, ron desantis is showing she has strong instincts for getting re-elected, but also for being a front-runner for '24. >> mark, donald trump repeatedly floats desantis as a possible vp pick if he runs again in 2024. he always tries to remind desantis any time that he can that desantis is only governor because, of course, of trump. here he is.
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>> i endorsed ron, and after that, he took off like a rocketship. certainly ron would be considered. he's a great guy. i was at the beginning of ron. i was the first one to endorse him. when he came out as a congressman that a lot of people didn't know, and my endorsement helped him tremendously. >> mark, he's keeping air from going into the desantis balloon, such that he can. how does desantis see this? >> i think desantis, to my earlier comments and what scott said, desantis know what's going on here. donald trump lies a lot, and he said a lot of untrue things. but if there's anything he said is 100% true, it's that. he did make ron desantis what he is. even though the polling shows that maybe president trump's favorability rating has slipped a little among republicans, he's the supreme leader of the party. all the republicans know it. they wouldn't dare run against
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him. desantis, despite what you hear from media outlets, and certainly from democrats and some progressives, desantis is not in a feud with donald trump. he's not going to get in a fight with donald trump. i would be shocked if he does. >> he also doesn't want to be his vp, i would imagine. that's not where it's going to go. i want to ask -- scott, one thing here. we have obtained this exclusive audio from an interview with trump for the book "i alone can fix it." this is about trump's speech on january 6. let me play part of this for this conversation. >> it was a loving crowd too, by the way. there was a lot of love. i heard that from many, many people. that was a loving crowd. they were youushered in by the police. the capitol police were ushering
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people in. they showed up just to show support, because i happened to believe the election was rigged at a level like nothing has ever been rigged before. >> so scott, if president trump doesn't run in 2024 and desantis does, can he really rise and run the party and win without calling that out, calling out the rigging, all of that? >> i mean, my view is, whether it's ron desantis or anything else, the republican party nominee is going to have to look into camera and say, joe biden was the legitimately elected president. january 6 was a travesty. but let me tell you why you shouldn't re-elect him. that is what they will have to say. if we don't do that, our platform de facto becomes relitigating 2020.
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the truth is, you know, this election was legit, january 6 was bad, we won't do it again, what happened was wrong. if you can't say that as the general election nominee, i think you're going to face a rough ride. my suspicion is, when someone gets the nomination, you will see them pivot back to a more rational place on this matter. >> thank you both very much. next, nancy pelosi talking to a former republican congressman about joining the committee's investigation. plus, tokyo. they're about to try to pull off the olympics in the midst of a pandemic in a state of emergency, and you're going to see exactly how.
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new tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi looking to boltster the image of the january 6 select committee. she's considering naming republican congressman adam kinsinger to the committee, after she vetoed two of kevin mccarthy's picks. manu raju is "outfront."
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the context is there could have been a bipartisan commission, mccarthy had specific terms. pelosi agreed to all of them, and he went against it any way. what else do you know about nancy pelosi's talks and riggleman now? >> she was looking to bolster the bipartisan credibility of this committee and making clear she's ready to move ahead. she already, in her view, has a bipartisan quorum to move ahead because of liz cheney serving on the committee. adam kinsinger is being considered for this spot. republicans and democrats who i have spoken to would support this. republican liz cheney said he would be a great addition. the democrats, including bennie thompson, the chairman of the select committee, said he has been discussed with the speaker and said that this would be a positive addition. the former congressman riggleman is being looked out as an
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outside adviser, a republican to help the investigation going forward. this is someone who liz cheney has recommended here. so this is occurring as this committee is staffing up. they have announced key staff hires and planning to move quickly on this investigation once they get through the first hearing next week and map out the investigation for the weeks ahead. >> and it's important to emphasize, this hearing is happening next week. so when liz cheney agreed to be part of the committee, it appeared she would be punished by her party. but what are you hearing now how that will play out in the gop? >> reporter: in talking to a wide range of republicans today, we heard that there's just not much appetite among republican lawmakers to punish liz cheney at this moment. believing that it would amount to a distraction of sorts, as the party tries to retake control of congress next year. of course, she was pushed out of her leadership position already
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after her battle with president trump, and that led her to ultimately accept this post on the select committee. but kevin mccarthy today, steve scalise the number two republican would not say if cheney should punished. so you're seeing what the republicans are saying. we'll see if they change their tune, but it sounds like they're not going to punish her any further. >> thank you very much, manu. next, a small but growing number of olympic athletes testing positive for covid, as we take you above the bubble. it's almost literally that. meant to keep them safe. >> reporter: some 18,000 athletes and officials will be staying in those buildings down there. cia director says he's throwing the best the united states has to find out who is behind the mysterious havanah syndrome attacks on americans. a, t-mobile is the best thing on the menu.
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cities in the world. every single structure, there's skyline, it's never ending. one building really stands out. tokyo's $1.5 billion olympic stadium. >> right now, we're flying over the centerpiece of tokyo 2020, almost 70,000 seats in that stadium. nearly all of them empty. the olympics' first ever spectator ban. a dramatically scaled down opening ceremony. organizers say only about 950 vips attending, including u.s. first lady jill biden. we get a closer look on the ground. this is as close as most japanese are able to get to their olympic stadium. police have shut down surrounding roads and even fenced off the perimeter. for everyday folks, this is their only shot at seeing the olympics up close. public opinion polls show japanese overwhelmingly don't want the games to go forward, but you wouldn't know it looking at these long lines of people
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waiting to take selfies in front of the olympic rings. >> translator: i'm worried about the olympic bubble. it's not perfect. but i want to cheer on the athletes. >> reporter: that bubble, to protect athletes from covid-19. a small but growing number of athletes are testing positive. even inside the olympic village. >> so excited to go to tokyo, but i'm also terrified of the fact you fly all the way there and then test positive. >> reporter: athletes are tested for kocovid daily. asked to arrive five days before competing and leave two days after. from above, you can see how packed it is. some 18,000 athletes and officials will be staying in those buildings down there. you can see a lot of their national flags on the sides. most of the olympic venues are here in tokyo. japan invested billions. only to have fake crowd noise echoing through all those empty stands. this is going to be an olympics like none other, and the world is watching. they want to see if japan can
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pull this off in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of a state of emergency, without the olympics turning into a superspreader event. erin, i used to be based in japan. that was my first time flying over tokyo in a helicopter like that. the city looks magnificent, and it's just such a shame that down here on the ground, it's such a mess right now. yesterday, they reported almost 2,000 cases. their highest daily number in six months. everybody rooting for the olympics. jill biden is here, but even the mastermind, the guy who sold the olympics to the people, he's not even going to the opening ceremony. >> it does look beautiful this morning, and flying over it, i guess it's a beacon of hope. that was gorgeous. i can only imagine what it was like to see that mega city from the sky. thank you. and next, the officer who helped track down osama bin laden is now reportedly in charge of tackling the mysterious illness affecting american diplomats in washington, d.c. and around the world.
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>> the nation academy of sciences a year ago in a very extensive report they did suggested that the most plausible theory for what caused this was some form of directed energy, and that sort of narrows then, you know, the number of potential suspects who could have used this, have used it historically, and have the reach to do this in more than one part of the world. >> barnes says havana syndrome cases number in the hundreds here and overseas. thanks for joining us. it's time for anderson. good evening. the biden administration tonight striking an urgent new tone on covid. now repeatedly calling it a pandemic of the unvaccinated. and that is certainly true. now, most of the hospitalizations and deaths of people from covid are people who have chosen not to be vaccinated. and that choice not to get vaccinated does put millions of other americans at risk. those who can't get the vaccine because th