tv CNN Newsroom With Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell CNN August 9, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT
. there's a new analysis of cdc and it finds that covid vaccines saves lives even with the delta variant. cnn analyzed the cdc numbers and found that more than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated have not had a graek through case result rulting in hospitalization or death. it includes cays up to august 27bds. it's after the delta variant took over the majority of the u.s. infections. we have not seen that level of transmission since february. that's when 3% of the country was vaccinated. as cases go up, so do hospitalizations and deaths. today more than 66,000 people are in hospitals sick with covid. more than 500 people a day on average are dying from covid. the nation's top infectious
disease experts are concerned for dangerous variants could form. pentagon is moving to order the vaccine for active duty military members. florida is the epicenter of the pandemic. one county has measure add 1200% of coronavirus in some of its waste water. it recorded the skyrocketing rise over nine weeks. let's head up the coast to jacksonville and a church there held a vaccine clinic today after sunday service. the congregation is mourning six members. the pastor says they all died from covid over two weeks. cnn natasha chang is in florida. all the church members were unvaccinated. >> reporter: right. four out of six were under the age of 35 according to the pastor. it's really a heartbreaking situation for that congregation.
he said in addition to prayer, he wants to take action which is why the church held a vak si flags event over the weekend and he tried to convince the members of the church that faith and science do go together. here is what he said. >> i just choose to believe our god gives us opportunities like this. we put our trust in jesus. we put our trust in jesus to take care of our hearts too. when your heart starts going bad, you go to the doctor to get it checked out. there's in reason why medical science and faith cannot work together. we absolutely believe they do. >> reporter: as of last week, florida saw a seven-day average of new cases over the past week that was the highest of any seven-day period since the pandemic began. right now we're at a vaccination site on one side of the street. on the other side, that's a line for testing. there's been no wait to get a vaccine today. we can tell you this line has been several hours long since
this started at 9:00 a.m. some of the people in line telling us they have been exposed by co-workers or family members. some are not vaccinated. some are getting tested so they can travel. lots of different reasons why they are in line. you feel a sense of urgency here from the people who are willing to sit here in their cars and wait for up to four hours. >> that is a valid sense of urgency considering the numbers there in florida. the governor is sticking by there ban on plamask mandates, vaccine mandates. we know there are some legal challenges. give us the latest on those. >> reporter: governor desan tis has stuck by his stance that parents should be able to choose whether to send their students to school with or without a mask. because of the state policy, some of the local school districts have had to dance around that. here in orange county, class starts tomorrow in person. they have a mask man date but parents can opt out of that.
at the same time, you have this issue of vaccine passports that the state does not allow but a judge on sunday ruled in favor of norweigan cruise lines saying they can ask for proof of vaccination. the governor office gave a statement today saying they will appeal that decision. >> all right. thank you. dr. carlos del rio is with us. thank you for being with us. i just got that the cdc will be discussing booster shots. i know you have pretty passionate opinion on americans now getting booster shots. let me start first with what should that conversation include. who should be considered first? >> well, victor, i think that we need to realize that there are
some people, immunocompromised individuals who may need an additional dose to boost their immune system. that's not going be every one. that's the point i'm trying to make. b when you think about boosters, when we vaccinate you against measle, they give you a booster and they give it to everybody. i think the great majority of people will not need a booster. i'm 62. i'm in good health. i'm vaccinated in december, early january. i'm not going to need a booster. it will be very difficult if i was immunocompromised. there's also an issue with people who receive the johnson & johnson vaccine. we're beginning to learn that
the protection for the johnson & johnson vaccine while good is not add s good as the other vaccines. the cdc may say if you receive the johnson & johnson vaccine, you should receive a second dose with either pfizer or moderna. let's wait and see what happens there. >> we just heard from natasha chang and we heard from dr. anthony fauci over the weekend. major concerns about this spread. not just the primary spread and the impact of the delta variant but what that could mean down the line. here is dr. fauci? >> if you give the virus a chance to continue to change, you're leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant and then that will impact not only the unvaccinated, they will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine.
>> he says that could happen. how likely is the development of a more vaccine resistant variant? >> victor, every time the virus is multiplying, is transmitting, it's affecting other individuals is developing new mutations. some of those will make the virus less likely to transmit. some may make the virus more fit, more resistant to vaccines. the best way to deal with variant s is to stop transmission. >> listen to something kentucky senator rand paul said as he is now trying to motivate people to resist some of the elements from their state governments. do we have the found. let's listen. >> we don't have to accept the mandates, lockdowns and the petty mandates of the
bureaucrats and tyrants. no one should follow the cdc anti-science mask mandates. we are at a moment of truth and a cross roads. will we allow the people to do fear and further harm to our society, economy and children or will we stand together and say absolutely not. not this time. i choose freedom. >> he's a politician and that's politicalization. i want to ask you from pa publi health perspective, what's the impact? >> i think the impact is terrible. i want freedom too but i also believe in public health. i'm offended by senator rand paul saying we shouldn't listen to cdc.
we shouldn't trust cdc. as somebody who lives in atlanta and knows the outstanding people who work at cdc, we have the best public lelt agency in the world and lucky to have cdc that is working 24/7 to try to get us over this outbreak. many time they may not have the information but they are trying to do the best with what they have. listen to public health and listen to what cdc is saying. >> thank you. >> happy to be with you. with the delta variant surging in parts of the country with the low vak si flccination a lot of health care workers are reaching what they describe as a breaking point. >> the vaccine is absolutely something that you can all do to help. we're tired. we're at wits end. the staff is overwhelmed. taking care of your community, taking care of your family. possibly watching them die.
this is something we have never seen before. it's trying times. i've been doing this for 26 years and never have we seen anything like this. s >> the rise in covid cases are widening up political divide in the country over whose to blame. let's bring in now sarah. she's the author of the book heartland, daughter of the working class reconciles and american divide. she wrote an opinion piece in the new york times sunday edition titled what to do with our covid rage. let's break a few parts of it. the states with the highest
vaccination rates voted for joe biden. nine of the ten with the lowest vakccination rates voted for president trump. the tenth is the state of georgia. in what context should we look at this divide. it's not an irrelevant observation. >> thank youi for having me. it's not an irrelevant observation. my argument is that the very simplistic frame of the red and blue map when we zoom out and look at state lines falls woefully short of grappling with an understanding the current debate and very difficult fray that is vaccination status in america. who is and who isn't. we are falling back on some very easy political stereotypes directing among vaccinated americans. a sense of range or outrage
understandable, i would add. directing it toward long time scapegoats in our current political era. as someone who grew up in rural america, i'm sensitive to the fact that one of those scapegoats tend to be rural americans, specifically white working class americans to be sure there are kcorrelations between whiteness and conservativism and the vaccine based on conspiracy theories that outrage those of us who care about science. meanwhile, that group, the anti-vaxers, the ones that show up with signs on the nightly news, at the meeting and spitting on public health officials are getting too much air in the conversation because they are not, according to many studies, the overwhelming
majority of folks who are hesitant about getting vaccinated. >> focusing on or vilifying people and this trumpian rub. you write such misdirection of attention keeps us from what we should be doing. trying to reach the vast group of people who whiegt choose vaccination if barriers to access and knowledge were removed. let me ask you in that context, georgia congresswoman taylo taylor-greene did and said this. >> i hear alabama might be one of the most unvaccinated states. joe biden wanted to come talk to you guys. he's going be sending one of his police state friends to your front door. what they don't know is in the south, we all love our second amendment right.
>> invoking, using guns there. you say a lot of this comes down to fear. how does that work in a community that is afraid? how effective is something like that? >> i would say the clip you just shared, one of the arguments i make in my piece is that we are directing our rage and anger and frustration in the wrong -- toward the wrong bad actor. there's many of them among us. the most powerful of them which would include an elected official such as the representative or even senator rand paul from your previous interview, they are the ones toward whom we should be directing our anger and outrage. demanding public mandates, refusing disinformation and misinformation that is being spread knowingly and wittingly to deadly affect by extremely
powerful people. that's a very different thing. that's a very different paradigm than looking, conceiving of this backwoods person who is not getting a shot and that clip is an example of something that understandably illicits fear and then fears byproduct which is anger. what i'm interested in is not necessarily whether we deserve to feel that or not. yes, we do but what are we going to do with it? the longer we stay mired in our own self-righteous misery over this unjust and unfair situation, the longer we are not moving toward constructive right action such as keeping lines of communication open with the persuadable folk who is are the majority of the unvaccinated. >> if you want to help, you can donate to one of these organizations that's in alabama
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>> thanks so much for having me. climate change is the crisis we're facing now. we are already seeing the impacts. more severe weather. more frequent storms. the disturbing part is it's not going to get any better. we need to think about what are the future risks we'll be facing as a result of the changing climate and where fema's role comes in is to help reduce the impact. president biden offered $5 billion to help state and local communities develop projects to fight this climate change and develop those projects to reduce their impacts. >> it's not just the individual house. these are going to states and municipaliti
municipalities. you want them to think big and on a community level. what are you hoping they do with there money? >> exactly. we have to start shifting the way we think from an incremental approach to hazard mitigation into a system based community wide approach. we'll still need individual projects, don't get me wrong. it's important we keep that piece in place but we have to start having a focus on investing our money that will e exponential impacts on the future. as the report indicated, it will continue to get worse. what will that look like for communities in 2040 and how do we put measures in place to reduce the impacts we'll see then. >> let's talk about the other crisis our country is facing. covid. i read an update about the fema medical team in springfield,
missouri as their hospitals started to fill. a doctor on in texas is hoping his governor will request one because they have erected tents outside of the hospital for potential patients there. what else will this administration, will fema be doing to help these communities, these hospitals that are facing the surges? >> fema has been helping with this crisis since it started. we have been providing a will the of resources and staffing to support state and local jurisdictions as they have been experiencing the various surges. where we're at now, the biggest thing we're doing is supporting our vaccine mission. so important we get everybody vaccinated. we're doing that with mobile vaccine units as well as setting up vaccination clinics when we open up a recovery center. we're doing that in michigan now. we did that in louisiana earlier this year.
we're going to continue to work with hhs. we're also sending community engagement teams. the biggest thing we're doing state and local jurisdictions have done great work to put contracts in place to help augment their staff and resources over the last 18 months. we're continuing to support that by reimbursing at 100%. we have got a lot of capability today. a little more than we had earlier. we will continue to listen to what the needs are at the state and local level and partner with them to get what they need. tlr there was shortage of the ppe, the gloves, the gowns, the face
guard. a report is coming from the inspector general of department of homeland security saying it was not the fault of the white house task force but a problem created by fema's data management. what do you know about the report and the problem? >> i have not read the report yet, victor. i understand this is still a draft report. i can comment on that. the men and women at fema worked hard all last year to make sure we were meeting the needs of state and local vurs dictions. some of the best public servants the government has to offer. >> hope we can discuss it with you. thank you. >> thank you, victor. just in, secretary of state tony blinken says the u.s. is quote, falling behind. here what he says americans need to do at home to boost diplomatic strength with rivals like china, next. the new cnn series, being,
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emergency alert via text urging people to stay home as much as possible and wear mask. texas area schools are returning to in person learning in a few days but mask mandates are not allowed to be enforced by superintendented or principals. that's thanks to an executive order signed by governor greg abbott back in may. evan got back from austin. how are the school officials there planning with these bans on plan dates to keep kids safe? >> reporter: the main thing they are trying to do is work around the spirit of those executive orders as much as they can. when i was in austin, spoke with administrators and parents. there's a lot of fear about the coming days and what will happen when school opens up. the superintendent can do some things. has put in some plexi glass in the classrooms. distancing, air filtration system. she's gone ahead and said that masks are mandated on school buses because she says her lawyers say that they can't --
the state order doesn't affect school buses. she's mandated them there. the one thing she can't do that the cdc suggests is universal masking in school buildings. you can see she's emotional and stressed out by the situation as the days get closer to school. >> i have in my mind what if a child dies on my watch. how do i go say to you, i'm really sorry, we did everything we could. the governor's executive order kept me from -- what does that do to a parent? just thinking about that, like i'm like, i want to have that conversation. >> reporter: the fight over masks in texas and schools is not over. we're seeing today that dallas independent school district saying they will mandate masks despite the governor's orders. we're hearing from this other districts might do the same thing. austin is having a special meeting today. for now, which days to go till school, the best people can hope for is the mitigation factors
that have been put in place will be fluff. victor. >> we're seeing the same problem that some officials are having at about half dozen states across the country. thank you so much. israel wants parents to test parents before they head back to school. the health and education ministries will give parents rapid testing kits to be performed at home two days before school starts on september 1st. students will get tested to see if they have antibodies so they don't have to quarantine. here is a look at other coronavirus headlines around the world. >> reporter: this is the first day canada has reopened borders. americans and u.s. residents, those fully vaccinated and those that can prover they are covid negative can enter the country for the very first time and think about it, this border
wasswas closed for two days for 9/11 and now it's been almost two years. what was most important is there's a lot of reunions between friends and family and people waiting so long to have that reunion. >> reporter: i'm jim bittermann in paris at a restaurant where they are carding people as they go in. they have to show this in paper form or on their smart phone. it's a health pass that proves they have been vaccinated or tested recently negative for covid. they have here a machine that does this. this machine basically scans the qr code on the card or your smart phone and either accepts or rejects the person that wants to get in. it's working pretty well because the machine is what tells people they will not get in. you don't have to have the personnel rejecting a client and the place is pretty well packed today. all eyes turning to china's
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secretary of state tony blinken is urging morist investment in infrastructure. he calls it a critical part of the strategy to protect national security. blinken warned of the dangers of the u.s. falling behind other countries now. we know that the senate is on the verge of passing a new infrastructure bill. let's bring in kylie atwood. why make the comments now? >> he took this opportunity to say investment in infrastructure and innovation are key to u.s. strength globally. therefore, key to u.s. foreign policy. making the argument that the passage of this infrastructure bill there for is central not only to domestic strength but
the u.s. standing globally. as he tried the make this case, he pointed to the fact the u.s. has fallen behind in these two key areas in recent years. listen to what he said. >> i'm here to tell you that we could be doing better. we're falling behind where we once were in the world. in some areas they are already ahead of us and this matters. it matters because if these trends continue, we'll be less competitive in a more competitive world. most of all, investing in our domestic renewal now will make our future more secure, more prosperous, more free. >> the secretary of state didn't beat around the bush when talking about competition with china. he noted that china spends three
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let's talk 2020 tokyo olympics now. some world records, some olympic records, history made there. team usa made a lot of history, winning 39 gold medals, 113 medals overall. more than any other country. american women dominated the games, 66 medals, and delivering many of the most memorable moments. and then there's the u.s. track and field athlete allyson felix. she set a new record for the most u.s. track medals ever won with 11. i'm joined now by one of the most decorated olympians in the world, legendary track and field star carl lewis. sir, it is an honor to have you on. thanks for being with me. >> thank you. i hope you're enjoying your
afternoon. >> i appreciate that. better hours, i appreciate you staying with me. let's start here with allyson felix, 11 medals, surpassed your record which held for 25 years. you got your tenth in '96. how do you feel about that? >> oh, i've known allyson since she was in high school. after she finished high school and got her career started she came and stayed with my mother for a few days because i knew her coaches. i am so proud of her. she has been such a lady throughout. records are actually borrowed. medals are owned. i don't mind sharing any record and now she passed me so it's hers and i'm looking forward to the next person. the way it's going it's probably going to be another woman someday. >> yeah, let's talk about that because you said the women. i mean, if they had been their own country, u.s. women would've been fourth in overall medals. they did so well this time around. u.s. men, especially track and field not as well. you were quite passionate about
the 4 x 100 relay. you told this to christine brennan of "usa today." it's people's lives, we're just playing games with people's lives, it's totally avoidable. and america is sitting there rooting for the united states and then they have this clown show. i can't take it anymore, it's just unacceptable. it's not hard to do the relay. tell us why you're mad, carl lewis. [ laughter ] what went wrong? > yeah. well, basically what's happened, there's been a failure of leadership. and i think that the thing about it, i was very passionate and i did my tweets in my discussion. so now it's around the world and i don't think we can make these same mistakes because it is true. we've got to take this seriously. you're representing someone else. i think we need a change of leadership of how we put these young people in position. and i think we need to hold the coaches and those people accountable. we immediately went to the
athletes and went, well, let's go ask the coaches why it didn't happen. but on the women's side, title ix was one of the most important things to happen for sports, period. we are now seeing the benefits of title ix. the women continue to fight for equality, and they fight for opportunity. and that's why there's so much more grit when you see women run than even sometimes the men now. >> one of the legacies of the tokyo games will be the conversation about mental health, as we saw simone biles pull out of several events. how should we change this conversation about the mental health of the top-level athletes? >> well, i think it's so important that we're having this discussion, because we do go through a lot of challenges. even myself. i went through all kinds of things behind the scenes. but i think what we have to do is open it up and broaden it up. because a lot of times it doesn't just come from just the pressure of competition. it may be pressure from a country that pushes you or a facility or a person, or maybe
you put too many things on your plate you don't realize until afterwards. so i think what we need to do is look seriously at the mental health of these young people, but broaden it in a way that it's not just the mental health side, but it's also the overextension side. it's just the pressure side. so we can look at everyone around these young people and help them get through this situation or their careers in a way that they can be their best. >> we're about six months out from the opening ceremonies of the beijing games for the winter olympics. david culver just told us they've got some covid outbreaks there that they are dealing with, some of the largest they've seen since the start of the pandemic in more than a year. what's your degree of confidence that the winter team usa will be safe as we head into the next games? >> the one thing about what we're seeing with covid is it's unfortunate that we don't have everyone on the same page. i was so happy to work with the university of houston and those athletes. they got vaccinated, they were in line and they're doing their best. but i think we have to be
realistic. we're going to be dealing with covid for years now. so we're going to be, whether it's 2021 -- or '22 rather. even through 2024 i think we'll still have these issues because we're not having everyone on the same page, especially here in america. number two, you have so many countries that are going to take a long time to get vaccinated. so i think what we need to do is just understand that and say, okay, what do we need to do to make it as safe as possible, assuming that we're going to have to deal with this in the future? >> carl lewis, thank you for being on with me. i've enjoyed this conversation. it's good to see you, sir. >> great. thank you very much. it's good seeing you. a lot of colleges and universities are requiring students to get the vaccine. but some are trying to work around it with fake vaccination cards. i have more on that ahead on "the lead" with jake tapper. that's next. (vo) unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. that's how we've become the leader in 5g.
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