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we're so happy to say welcome to your "new day" here and to have your company. it is saturday, august 7th. i'm christi paul. >> i'm boris sanchez. thank you for spending part of your morning with us. christi, always a pleasure to be with you. >> you, too, boris. we want to talk about the health officials who say the u.s. is at a crucial moment. hospitals overrun with unvaccinated patients and the delta variant is spreading. the country has tools to get the virus under control. >> that's the most tragic aspect of all of this. it is preventible. yet for the first time since february the united states is averaging more than 100,000 new infections a day and deaths are also on the rise. the virus spreading quickly through unvaccinated communities and as we look at this map, you can see all the red in the southeast where vaccination rates lag behind the rest of the
country. in states with the highest infection rates, the numbers are rising. >> in mississippi, just 35% of the state's eligible population is vaccinated and icu beds are running low across the state. the message is clear, they say. the only way to get things under control is to get vaccinated. those of you who refuse to get vaccinated at this point are willfully and unnecessarily putting yourself and others at risk of hospitalization and death. you are the ones threatening the freedoms of all the rest of us so, please, just get the damn vaccine. >> it appears that people are starting to get that message. this weekend the united states hitting a key vaccination milestone. >> here's cnn's natasha chen.
>> half of the u.s. population is now fully vaccinated against covid-19. in the past week more than 3.2 million americans were newly vaccinated, a pace not seen since late june and in states with the highest case rates, people are getting vaccinated at a level not seen since april. but travis campbell in virginia was not among them. he did not get vaccinated and got sick. fearing he wouldn't make it home from the hospital, campbell told cnn he asked his son to walk his daughter down the aisle at her upcoming wedding. >> i've never been more humbled in my life. for all the people across the world praying for me and respected my mistake that i made. and i'm just so thankful and i pray that people will just really stop and evaluate what is the value of your decisions on your life? can we make it now? >> reporter: public health officials are urging people to
make the right decision. >> this is entirely attributable to the delta variant which is sweeping over mississippi, you know, like a tsunami. >> reporter: the mississippi health officer says 89% of hospitalized people and 85% of deaths there are among the unvaccinated. hospitals are becoming inundated with patients again. in houston, an 11-month-old who tested positive for covid-19 had to be air lifted 150 miles away because no pediatric hospital in the area could take her. the response to these troubling trends vary greatly. many private companies are now requiring employee vaccinations, including united airlines imposing this requirement on its 80,000 employees by the end of september. california is the first state in the nation to require health care workers to be fully vaccinated. >> our message is simple. we support these vaccination requirements to protect workers, communities and our country. >> reporter: but in florida
president biden is sparring with florida gosh nvernor ron desant >> if you're not going to help, at least get out of the way. >> if you're coming after the rights of parents in florida, i'm standing in your way. i'm not surprised that biden doesn't remember me. i guess the question is is what else has he forgotten? >> reporter: florida has reported an average of about 19,000 new cases per day in the past week, more than any other seven-day period in the entire pandemic. health officials hope they see beyond the politics to the human toll. >> i have taken a few goals from these. the type of guilt and remorse that comes from having transmitted this to a member of your family that may die from it because they're elder, fragile, have pre-existing condition. that has happened. that's a regret we all can avoid by being vaccinated. >> natasha chen, cnn, orlando,
florida. here is dr. rog kelsey. so good to have you with us. i know that last year at this time there was an argument made that the icu beds were full, that because of that it interferes with people who may be going to icus for other emergencies, if somebody had a heart attack, if there was an accident. is this something that you're experiencing right now in the er there in illinois? >> yeah. on several levels, christi. first of all, thank you for having me, boris. i work in eight different hospitals, one of which is a small rural hospital which is a critical access hospital. i have six beds in the er, 20 beds in the hospital. i'm the only doctor in town. when i have covid people that fill up my er or waiting room, i have no tertiary hospitals to send them to because they're full and their icus are full. people are having heart attacks,
open heart surgery, massive trauma surgeries and then they sit in the recovery room because they're waiting for an icu bed because some of those beds are occupied by covid patients. now that the yup particular is happening, i feel like we're with everyone. >> i was going to ask you about the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated. we've seen some people who have been unvaccinated, who have gotten covid and who have come out and said, please do not make the same mistake i did. >> right. >> what are you hearing from people that are sick that are unvaccinated? >> this is a great question. the first thing i have to do as a doctor when i assess somebody in the e.r. with covid who has not gotten vaccinated is ask the question simply, have you gotten vaccinated? a lot of people receive this with judgment. i think the whole political layout in this country. i'm being a doctor asking a fundamental question. if you are vaccinated i can
counsel you one way. if you are not vaccinated, i have to be much more cautious, admit you to the hospital, give you certain medications, antibodies, steroids, put you on your belly if you're breathing poorly, put you on a ventilator. this is important. people are receiving this with judgment. people are conflicted. they're conflict the by all of the messages on tv and politicians. the thought that they think this is infringing on their freedoms in the world. fundamentally i think there are so many more risky things people can do in america like drive your car, cross an intersection than get a vaccine that might save you and your family's life. >> so how are you and the team holding up? because like you said, you feel like you're back to square one, which has to be a really hard place to be because you remember what it was like to be there a year ago. but with the inundation that you're seeing, help us understand -- >> yeah. >> -- what you and your teams are going through. >> so one of the hidden undercurrents of emergency
medicine health care is how humans treat us in health care. initially, christi, when the pandemic started people were dripping with compassion and kindness. we were heroes on the front lines. you remember all the commercials that demonstrated health care workers with the masks embedded in their face. that's gone now. we are in the way. we are critics of patients, according to them. many are still kind and compassionate. many are looking at us like we are the problem. we are mandating things that are infringing on their freedoms. they made the decision to come to us in the emergency department and the hospital. we will always be there for you regardless of your choices in life, good choices, bad tires. we're so tired. we're strung thin. supplies have run out. we never get a break, right? after i put somebody on the ventilator or take care of a younger person, older person, i have to go to the next room. we just don't get a break. the break we're looking for is
we need your compassion. we need your understanding, we need your empathy so you can hem us help you. >> dr. rog, you have that. you have that from us and you have that from an awful lot of people. he know some days it doesn't feel like it, but we appreciate so much everything you do and we can't imagine being in your shoes. dr. rag kelsey, to you and your team. thank you so, so much. we're with you here. appreciate it. >> always, thank you. so you heard him there saying, look, the big message is please get vaccinated. and that goes for pregnant women as well. we have new details on why doctors are strongly encouraging them to get a covid vaccine. plus, donald trump's big lie. mounting evidence that there was an attempted coup and that the justice department and a trump-appointed official pushing his lies as well. we'll tell you how the former president used the department to promote claims of fraud.
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the employment rate also dropped to 5.4%. that is the lowest level of the covid era. cnn's jasmine wright is live for us from wilmington, delaware. jasmine, always good to have you. this obviously a big win for president biden. what's he saying about it? >> reporter: that's right. this is a big win and he's saying part of that more to do is going to be this infrastructure bill. remember, it will be president biden's first major bipartisan piece of legislation, something that he campaigned on. so in those remarks after
touting those economic numbers, he turned to the infrastructure bill and he encouraged senators to move ahead because it would provide the country with jobs and more resources. and this is one of the reasons why president biden is paying so close attention to it while he is here in wilmington. remember as senators come back to the senate today really to start and try to move along. they're expected to move the bill along doing a procedural vote to get it kind of closer to that finish line which is a crucial step for the president. white house press secretary jen psaki said even though he is in delaware, that does not mean he's not following along. the president postponed his vacation plans to really monitor the step-by-step process an official told cnn. so white house press secretary said that he is following along but also just kind of listen to her answer, boris and christi.
it really shows how fluid his plans are as they are so wrapped around this infrastructure process. >> every president is always working no matter where they are, right? that's always how it works. but i was referring to the fact that we know the senate is going to be here early next week. that wasn't always the intention. we expect him here early days next week even as he goes to delaware, camp david. he will be working but we will provide finalized details to you as soon as they're made available. >> so, boris and christi, even as the senate comes back and they start the vote, they're expected to move along, there still are some outlying issues. we don't know when a final vote will take place. even if they do pass this infrastructure bill, we have word from the house. house speaker pelosi abwill not put it up for a vote until they
pass the $3.5 trillion spending package that has a lot of president biden's other major priorities. boris, christi. >> jasmine wright, we appreciate it so much. >> thanks, jasmine. do have good news for those of you who may be struggling with student loan debts. the biden administration is extending the pause on federal student loan payments one last time until january 31st. the pandemic relief benefit was set to expire next month after an unprecedented 19-month suspension with no payments required and no interest accrued. education secretary miguel cardona said this final extension will give people the time they need to plan and ensure a smooth pathway back to repayment. nine months after election day we are learning new details about just how far former president trump and his allies went to overturn president joe
biden's victory. a justice department official received a high level briefing dispelling the notion that there was widespread election fraud but it did little to deter him from acting on baseless election lies, including his belief that the chinese used special thermometers to change votes. the department of homeland security, meantime, is warning state and local authorities about an increase in calls for violence tied to election-related conspiracy theories. joining us now to discuss, cnn political analyst margaret taled. she's with axios. we have elliott williams. good morning to you both. we appreciate you joining us. i want to read you a portion of a letter that was drafted by that trump loyalist, jeffrey clark, at doj. he had been planning to send this to officials in georgia. so here's a portion of the letter, quote, the department of justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for president of the
united states. the department will update you as we are able on investigatory progress, but at this time we've identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple states, including the state of georgia. there's a lot in that that is factually wrong and also goes against precedent, but essentially what clark was trying to do here was push officials in georgia to have a special legislative session and potentially say that the results of their election were invalid. it makes clear, this letter and the other efforts that we've seen, the documentation of other efforts that we've seen, elliott, that the course of history could have gone a very different direction. >> absolutely, boris. and a few things. one, you used the term trump loyalist to jeffrey clark. he's writing the letter to other trump loyalists but they pushed back because of how absurd the letter is.
one of the things richard donahue writes in his email in response to this is we as the justice department don't advise states as to how to handle their election certification processes. this is simply a misunderstanding and an abuse of the power of the justice department and clark clearly didn't understand that and did not have the justice department's interests at heart. so, you know, i think we should also -- yes, there are reasons to criticize both jeffrey rosen and richard donoughe, the two people to whom this was sent because they were complicit in any number of let's say untoward actions of the justice department, but they knew enough to know that this was nonsense and it was not rooted in law and should never have happened. and they put the brakes on it. >> and there's reporting out there that indicates kwlarks eager to get them out of the way to do trump's bidding, too. margaret, the house oversight committee reportedly had this and other doj documents that were then turned over to the january 6th committee so they
can continue to work. what's your sense of how this evidence might be used in a hearing. do you think, for example, that jeffrey clark may get called to testify? >> boris, i certainly think there's an interest in that happening. it's not yet clear whether the former president's lawyers or mr. clark's lawyers will allow that or seek to put constraints on that. i think like we know that this first batch of testimony may be different than subsequent requests and, look, this all kind of exists in this political cauldron. there's a lot of pressure on merrick garland to do more. the fact is biden's attorney general and his team have allowed sort of assisted this to all work through the committee process and what you have now is a public accounting, a laying down for the public and for history of what happened in those final weeks before the end
of the administration. i think the feeling is that no matter what happens after that, there is just value in the public accounting of that. >> yeah. and preserving documents and a narrative for history to remember objectively, right? so the senate judiciary committee has these same documents. chairman dick durbin told cnn he wants to hear from jeffrey clark. the panel is already going to speak with the former acting attorney general, jeffrey rosen. they already heard testimony from rosen's former deputy as well. how do you think the findings of that investigation are going to stack up compared to the findings of the january 6th select committee? i ask because there are three republican senators who objected to the election results on that panel, margaret. >> well, that's right. but look, fundamentally what's happening with this investigation and what's happening with january 6th are different because january 6th there are clear-cut predicates
for criminal prosecution and i think that's less clear in this case. this is at this point political and i don't mean that it's political that it's not worthy, it's worthy. facts are coming to light, but it's not clear what charges, if any, can be attached to memos encouraging the justice department to do something that ultimately it said no way, we're not doing this. whereas, i think in the january 6th case the investigations into the president or former president and his supporters role existed in this parallel pl plain to what ended up. >> his rallies. forget about it. it's a 2024 field looks like.
for political reasons. >> we have some of these folks. >> there is an effort to undo the will of voters, why do you think the department of justice hasn't acted yet on this? >> you know, there's a couple of ways to think about it. what haven't they acted on. this is the point margaret was making. not all conduct that is objectionable, immoral, disgraceful or violation of public trust is going to be criminal conduct. it's just not. there's very little at least based on what you're seeing that you can charge people with criminally. there are a few different things that can happen. there are a number of committees in congress, including the january 6th committee. but the house judiciary committee can and should investigate the operation of the
justice department. they can refer charges if they're there. also at the same time the independent inspector general can investigate current employees who might have aided in this conduct and past employees and their role in it and they can take action against any of these people, bring them in for testimony and -- but sort of as margaret had said earlier in the interview, the biggest value here is its public exposure of this conduct. because, for instance, these are all elite attorneys sort of at the top of the profession. if you are a law firm, a major law firm seeking to hire one of these folks for the rest of your partnership with this person, do you really want to have to answer questions to future clients about, hey, aren't you the firm that has the insurrection guy on staff? it's just bad business and just not good for the careers of these people or their law licenses. that is, frankly, quite significant for attorneys but it's just hard to see how -- i
know many people want to see criminal accountability or civil, but it's just -- i don't see there are any crimes you can charge for these folks. for these folks. again, we're not talking about the january 6th rioters. big difference. >> yeah. certainly. and also one of the hopes that you would have is putting together all of these facts would change the public perception amongst some of the former president's supporters and perhaps get them to see an authoritarian streak. margaret and elliott, we have to thank you so much. stay with cnn. we'll be right back. ...and other key essential nutrients... ...it's a tasty way to conquer your day. try centrum multi gummies. now with a new look. you've been taking mental health meds,
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anyone who's pregnant should be vaccinated against covid-19. in fact, in the united kingdom obstetrics surveillance system says 98% of women hospitalized were unvaccinated since may. as nearly all major position groups are saying get the shot, pregnant women are feeling uncertain and hesitant about what they need to do. let's talk to the professor of obstetrics and gynecology at duke university. dr. guida swami. dr. swami, we appreciate you being here because there are so many questions people have about this. first and foremost as we get into this, talk to us about the risk of getting vaccinated versus the risk of getting covid particularly for women who are pregnant. >> sure. thanks so much and thanks for having me this morning. so as you just quoted, pregnant women are -- we're seeing many of them being admitted to the hospital for covid infections.
what we know about covid illness in pregnancy, it's a higher incidence of being admitted to the hospital, getting admitted to the intensive care unit, requiring other measures. the problem with the data about vaccination is there's been a lot of confusing messages. what we know based on hundreds of thousands of pregnant women that have gotten vaccinated so far is it is safe for mothers and safe for their unborn fetuses and babies. >> how detrimental is it for the babies of women who get covid and who did not get vaccinated? >> so we do know mothers don't transmit the infection during the course of pregnancy, but when a woman gets the illness or gets the infection, often that ends up having issues of preterm labor, preterm birth so the baby being born early. we often because of the mother's health may have to do urgent deliveries or emergency c-sections. when babies are born early, as you know, they often are in the
neonatal care unit. even though our pediatric colleagues do an amazing job, we worry about the long term impact on their health and how their health will be overall. >> you mentioned it's safe. i want to clarify a rumor that the vaccine causes infertility. can you give us clarity on that please? >> yeah. absolutely. so this is 100% a myth that has come up out in social media in the antivaxxer movement. there is nothing about the vaccine itself that causes any medical condition or impairment of fertility, both for women or for menace well. there's been a lot of laboratory analysis looking at this already and demonstrates. there is no impact whatsoever on this vaccine or any vaccine, quite frankly, that would impair particularly. >> i know you've made the point that social media is not the place for us to get our information about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to this situation so please give us some options, some resources
as to where we should be going to look for accurate information. >> sure. absolutely. you mentioned the american college and society of feet tall medicine. there's the american society of reproductive medicine who helps manage fertility issues with patients. the american society related to breast feeding and lactating women and also any of our colleagues, as you mentioned, in the u.k., the royal college of obstetrics and gynecology as well has lots of information out there. i think looking to trust in media sources such as we're talking today and also talking to your doctor. talk to your provider. talk to your paediatrician that you may be looking to when you have your baby and ask them your opinion. those are people you've entrusted with your health already. at that uk to them and get their input as well. >> doctor, we so appreciate you helping us kind of walk through what is correct and what is inaccurate here. thank you for taking time for us this morning.
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california dixie fire is hitting a troublesome number right now. it is the third largest fire in state history. take a look at these pictures here. over 400,000 acres have burned. that's 3.5 times the size of lake tahoe and it's currently the largest fire anywhere in the u.s. on top of that, it is still growing rapidly. >> yeah. and some towns have essentially been wiped off the map. let's get to meteorologist allison chinchar for the latest. she joins us live from the cnn weather center. allison, what are you seeing out west? >> a lot of smoke. a lot of it. it's not in and around the exact vicinity. this is the area around the dixie fire. all of this white that you see on the satellite imagery looks like it should be clouds, it's smoke. it's so thick, it's very hard to see the clouds on the same satellite. the vast majority of that coming from the dixie fire. yes, over 430,000 acres has
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♪ business for the seafood industry is great right now. but many company owners are frustrated because they can't find enough workers to meet an increase in customer demand. cnn's vanessa yurkevich has more. >> reporter: >> reporter: it's impossible to be in two places in once. cutting the day's catch at a fish market. >> i've got two guys here by myself. >> reporter: it's the same three in all three locations.
how many peoples' jobs do you think you're actually doing right now? >> i don't know if i can even put a number on it, but just for the sake of saying, like, five. >> reporter: the seafood industry like so many others is experiencing a labor shortage. and it's currently high season in greenport, long island, where seafood business is in demand. how would you say business is going? >> it's insane. >> reporter: u.s. seafood prices are up 2.5% since last year, the fastest pace in years. this should be good news for phillips, but he says customers often leave frustrated without making a purchase. with little staff, people are forced to wait. >> are you missing out on potential business because of it? >> absolutely, i feel every day we are. every day. >> reporter: the u.s. imports up to 85% of the seafood we eat. but with slowdowns in international trade, there's even more pressure on u.s. operations to make up the loss.
in louisiana, it's the tail end of the brown shrimp season. but a lousy harvest and fewer workers means less business for places like louisiana newpack shrimp company. >> we have to use temporary agencies to get people to come in. and it's hard to get them even today. >> reporter: carl turner runs the plant and says many workers are either collecting unemployment or left the industry for good. >> people want to work in different industries, cleaner industries, and it's a challenge to attract people to work in a shrimp processing plant. >> reporter: in the gulf coast bayous, the family shrimp company own this stock and five boats but the family sold two because they couldn't find anyone to run them. >> if i would have known what i know now, five shrimp boats, a
big shrimp dock, i would have had five sons. >> reporter: it's a business that takes skill. >> we start people off really good pace. really good hourly pace, in a week or two they quick and we realize what's going on. it's very hard to replace them. >> reporter: this is where phillips says he needs to be, but the lack of workers needs to choose from working on land or at sea. how often are you able to get out on the boat these days? >> myself, not that much anymore. this is the most important part to all of it, without this, we wouldn't have anything else. >> terrific report from vanessa yurkevich, thank you so much for that. so, it's been a week of chaos for spirit airlines, as i'm sure you've seen the lines and frustrated passengers. >> yeah. it's been a nightmare. but things could be looking up after bad weather and computer glitches cancelled hundreds of
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such as weather and flight crew problems. cnn aviation correspondent pete muntean has the details for us. >> reporter: spirit airlines hopes this is the beginning of the end of serious issues that dogged its operation for days. spirit cancelled a third of its tight flight schedule for the day. more than half the today schedule on that day, spirit says there have been overlapping operational issues that attribute to the problems to weather issues, crew issues and the crew scheduling. and it's getting back in and the cancellations should ub side for the coming days, even though there are a lot of angry passengers stranded at airports across the country. >> very angry. it's the worst airline that i ever saw in my life. >> i just want to get to my destination. and never have to deal with spirit airlines again.
>> reporter: have you ever had an airline experience this bad before? >> no, this is actually the first time in all my years i've encountered this. >> reporter: analysts say this could hurt it in the short term. but in the long term, people mr. forget all of this if the ticket price is right. pete muntean, cnn, pia airport. good morning, welcome to "new day." i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm christi paul. we have learned that the u.s. just hit the daily highest case count in six months and there's good news on the numbers of people getting vaccinated. plus, not backing down, new york andrew cuomo slamming the report that she sexually harassed seven. and the governor is addressing that report. and with 1