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brink. hospitals particularly in the southeast are filling up again. pushing icus to the very limit what they could handle, again. in houston over flow tents are up outside of a hospital to handle the surge of covid patients. yes. again. >> to be clear we had the tents during the last surge. we took them down because the numbers went down, so this is the time that we're just putting it back up again. >> again. clear and painful signs we are now back essentially to spring of 2020 in the fight against covid. tents have to be put up again. nationwide, more than 75,000 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus. that is back at the same level we were at last summer. despite these facts, the same people who are trying to protect us against covid are now being harassed. listen in and watch to this
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scene in tennessee outside of a school board meeting where parents spoke in support of masks. [ yelling ] >> no more masks. there is a bad place in hell and everybody is taking notes, buddy. >> [ bleep ] you. >> this morning there are, though, new developments on vaccine front to bring to you. the fda is expected to announce as soon as today it will authorize additional doses of the pfizer and moderna vaccine for those immuno compromised. the cdc has guidance now urging pregnant women to get vaccinated saying it is safe for both mother and baby. and tomorrow a cdc advisory team is meeting to discuss what to do about booster shots for the general population.
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we have reporters on every angle this hour. let's begin with ed lavendera live in texas where hospitals are hitting the highest levels of covid patients in six months. hi, ed. >> reporter: hey, kate. well hospitalizations well over 10,000 here in texas. those are numbers as you mentioned we haven't seen since early february and some of the worst days of the pandemic. but the more troubling part is that there are just under 370 intensive care unit beds available according to the texas department of health dashboard. so that is a troubling sign. and if you look closer at those numbers there are some regions down to single-digit number of icu beds available. so hospitals are forced to squamble, moving patients around wherever they can depending on level of care that me need. and all of this happening as a number of school districts and county officials in the biggest cities in texas are pushing mask requirements once again in
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defiance of governor greg abbott's executive orders in recent weeks. the republican attorney general and the governor vowing to take these entities to court, to prohibit them from institutes these mask mandates. but there are really ominous warnings coming from health officials in a way that we really haven't heard hospital officials talk, even throughout the worse days of this pandemic, listen to the ceo of the harris county health district there in houston who said he is frightened by what is coming and said the state is headed for a medical catastrophe. >> if this continues, and i have no reason to believe that it will not, there is no way my hospital is going to be able to handle this. there is no way the region is going to be able to handle this. i also see the silver lining, but i am freightened by what is
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coming. >> reporter: and the doctor is urging, despite all of the political fighting going on, between local officials and state officials here in the state, urging people to mask up and socially distance as much as they can. kate. >> ed, thank you. so let's go from texas to florida where the situation is also only getting worse. more than 15,000 people are hospitalized with coronavirus. breaking the state's record for the 11th consecutive day. new infections are also surging. hitting a record high for the third time just this week. cnn's leyla santiago is live in miami for more for us. what is happening there? >> reporter: yeah, tough to hear that this is continuing to break records. but let's look at the numbers you're talking about, kate, when it comes to new daily cases, record numbers there. more than 24,700 new cases. and then let's go to hospitalizations where florida this week, the numbers show the rate of hospitalizations is triple the national rate, looking right now at almost
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15,500 hospitalizations. and it is not just florida seeing these upticks in the southeast region. let's go to mississippi and this is alarming. take a look at the icu beds and what is left. you zoom in on mississippi and you will see it says zero when it comes to icu. and this has doctors not only concerned over what is happening now, but as you just heard the doctor that ed talked about, many concerned about what is to come. >> the number of new positives that we're seeing, the rate of the testing positives, and the rate of hospitalizations based on what we're seeing, if we continue that trajectory, within the next five to seven to ten days i think we're going to see failure of the hospital system in mississippi. and hospital are full from memphis to gulfport, manchester to meridian.
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everything is full. >> and we just got off the phone with the mississippi state department of health. they have confirmed that they have reached out to the federal government to get more information on the the possibility of having the usns comfort hospital ship come to help. >> again, we are now talking about these hospital ships coming to the rescue in light of what is going on. thank you so much, layla. i appreciate it. so in light of all of that, we're seeing more businesses and cities and government agencies moving to require vaccines. just this morning the health and human services department announced that it is more than 25,000 health care employees and volunteers must be vaccinated by the end of next month. los angeles is also taking steps to require covid vaccinations at indoor venues including restaurants, gyms and many more places. cnn's stephanie elum is live in los angeles. what is the latest with this? >> reporter: well, kate, what
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happened yesterday is that the l.a. city council voting unanimously to draw up an ordinance that would require in indoor public spaces people have so show proof of one dose of the vaccine. and we're talking about stores, first of all. restaurants and bars, gyms, maybe movie theaters as well as concert venues. they're looking to do this to encourage other people to get vaccinated. take a listen to what one city council member had to say about this? >> let's give our workers in retail all of the protection we possibly can. because not all of them are going to have the choice to protect themselves from someone who comes in to buy groceries or get a prescription who chooses not to be vaccinated. >> reporter: now overall the vaccination numbers in california are stronger than what we're seeing in other states like mississippi, which you just heard there. right now california is saying that more than 77% of people have gotten -- that are eligible
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have gotten one shot of the vaccine here. and you look at what california is doing as far as making sure that all of the people who work in schools now have to be vaccinated. that is something new that governor newsom announced yesterday. and he said they want compliance by october 15th and if not they have to submit to regular testing. and mentioned there are many companies doing this. so it is not weird. pointing to companies like google. you have warm and disney and saying that their employees must be vaccinated and it said this falls just in line, there is a list of some of them that we know saying that employees need to be vaccinated. all of this, you heard from many of the officials saying that they hope that this gets people to go out and get the vaccination and just to keep many mind, of the people in these who work in school, teachers and bus drivers, that is about 800,000 people in california so it is a wide-ranging group there. >> thank you so much for that. joining me now is dr. paul offit, a member of the fda vaccine advisory committee and
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director of the vaccine education center at children's hospital of philadelphia. it is great to see you, doctor. let me just start by asking you as we heard from ed in texas, layla in texas and then stephanie in los angeles, just the state of things right now, states out of icu beds, hospitals putting up tents again to handle over flow patients. people in tennessee being threatened by board meetings because of their support for masking. you're entire career has been focused on protecting children and children's health and i just -- how do you feel when you see all of this at this point? >> it is really frustrating. i mean, when you see children now who are now more that are being hospitalized, who are in the icu and there have been childhood deaths. i mean, it is always tragic. it is certainly was tragic last summer when this was happening. what makes it more tragic now is there is a way to prevent this. we've let our children down. we have an undervaccinated
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population and some say it is severely undervaccinated. we have a virus that is clearly more contagious and our behavior is much looser. many schools didn't open last year and of those that didn't open they were good about masking and social distancing and now this civil liberty where it is my civil liberty to catch and transmit a potentially fatal infection for children less than 12, the only weapon they have in the fiets against this virus is to wear a mask and you have governors, arguing against it, parents standing up against it. it doesn't make any sense. >> it really does not make any sense. but to some of the news that we're hearing in efforts to protect more people, the fda expected to authorize an additional dose of the covid vaccine for some immunocompromised people in the next 24 hours. your take on that and is it clear to you who among the group should be getting the additional
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shot? >> right. so immune compromise is a broad term. you could be immune compromises because you're getting chemotherapy for cancer or therapy for a solid or a bone marrow transplant or get drugs because you have rheumatoid arm right is. so hopefully the cdc will make it clear which groups are most likely to benefit from that third dose. if you haven't responded to the first two doses, it is unlikely that you'll respond to the third dose. but how we sort of handle the different chemotherapies and in terms of spacing them, hopefully the cdc will make that clear. >> and when will you know that it is time to start giving booster shots than then to the general population. what do you want to see before we move there? >> the way i see this is right now we know these vaccines are highly effective at preventing moderate, severe critical disease. meaning the kind of disease that
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caused you to seek medical attention or go to the hospital or go to the icu or to the morgue. so that is good. you know that roughly 97% of people who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. i think if the percentage of people who despite being fully vaccinated, nonetheless start to become hospitalized or go to the icu and that percentage increases which is to say the immunity is fading in protection against severe disease, that is when we'll need a booster dose but we're not there yet. >> and another step is authorization for kids under the age of 12. some people are becoming impatient. that is definitely clear. and asking now why that authorization isn't coming faster in their view. i want to play for you what president of the american academy of pediatrics said just yesterday. >> i think it is really important to make sure that we are approaching authorization of the covid vaccine for younger children with the same urgency that we did in adults because it
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really is a very urgent situation. >> it seems what she's implying is that the fda isn't moving with the same urgency for kids as they did for adults. do you think that is the case, dr. offit? >> they understand the imperative of trying to get a vaccine for children, especially as we move into late fall and early winter where this virus is going to be more contagious and you're bringing a susceptible vaccination in children less than 12 years old to one place. but you want to make sure that you have the data that is convincing that the vaccines are safe and effective before you authorize it through an emergency use authorization. but i don't think the fda is just standing back and taking their time. they realize what is -- how important this is and i think we'll hopefully have a vaccine by no later than late fall. >> i have fingers so crossed on that. because the surgeon general told
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wolf yesterday, if everything goes well and to fall in place, he thinks it possible we could have a vaccine barefore the endf the calendar year for kids under 12. what needs to go well and fall into place for this to happen? >> right. so when you look for example the 12 to 17-year-old data, you had a lot of data on 16 to 17 years old so you use the same dosing int val. once you go down to six years of age, you have to make sure that you have the right dose. that you're not giving either too much or too little. so the so-called phase one trials, those trials have to be completed and there are more extensive than for the older adolescent. then you move forward with studies that appear to be in the 4,000 to 7,000 child range. and hopefully we'll get those data sooner rather than later. we need -- remember we did the trials for adults, those trials started in july. we had data in hand by december
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and i think i would expect it would be the same sort of many months time interval for children, young children as it was for adults. we'll see. >> and so if the data comes in in the fall, you think -- do you think it is realistic to think in the -- by the end of the calendar year to have approval authorization? >> well, right. so the way it works, the company submitted for approval and the fda turns to the vaccine advisory committee to give us 100-page document, the fda does and then we look at 120 page document from the company and we look through the data and make sure that we feel that the vaccines are safe and effective and any question that we try to answer is the question we answer for any vaccine is who we give this to our own children or grandchildren or and nieces and nephews and if the answer is yes, we recommend it be approved. once we look at those data, as least with the other vaccines, the fda then basically took that recommendation within a day or two and also the advisory
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committee for immunization practice, the cdc recommended it within days and the vaccines were rolling off the shelves within five days the initial advisory committee approval. >> it is good to see you, doctor, thank you. >> thank you. coming up for us, president biden will lay out his plan to take on prescription drug prices. can he convince congress to act. we'll bring you his speech live. and the taliban continues to swarm as it moves ford the nation's capitol. new reporting on how soon the u.s. believes kabul could fall. that is next. at t-mobile for business, unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. whether it's ensuring food arrives as fresh as when it departs. being first on the scene, when every second counts. or teaching biology without a lab. we are the leader in 5g. #1 in customer satisfaction. and a partner who includes 5g in every plan, so you get it all. without trade-offs. unconventional thinking. it's better for business.
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developing this morning, taliban fighters have just broken through the front lines of the major afghan city of kandahar. they haven't captured it yet but the terror group has captured ten major cities in afghanistan in less than a week. the country's top army chief has been replaced, the pace at which the security situation in the country is crumbling is stunning. u.s. intelligence officials tell cnn that the country's capitol of kabul could collapse soon as well. barbara starr is joining us live from the pentagon with the very latest. barbara, it feels every day is getting worse there and it is only heading in one direction. what are you hearing from the pentagon? >> reporter: well, kate, many may not be familiar with the city of kandahar in afghanistan, but it is a mark on wall for u.s. military leadership for the
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national security leadership in the biden administration. kandahar, a major taliban strong hold and if the taliban are in fact taking city of kandahar, it could change the complexion of what is happening. because so far they have taken several cities but mainly in the outlying area. kandahar, a major city and a major connector to the capital of kabul. wha wha wha what the taliban appear to be doing is take control of roads and highways. the lines of communication as they call it that would transport goods into the capital. if they could continue to control border crossings and highways and strategic roads they could begin to isolate kabul and one intelligence assessment said that could begin to happen in the next 30 to 60 days, acknowledging that this are different intelligence assessments, some give it as long as 90 day. but if the taliban could
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continue in this effort, they essentially could challenge security and confidence in the capital and that becomes a huge problem. the bottom line for the biden administration is going to be sooner than later, can it keep the u.s. embassy open. kate. >> and yeah, and barbara, to that note we just saw an alert from the u.s. embassy in kabul again urging americans to leave afghanistan immediately. what are you hearing about this? >> reporter: well, and there is good reason for this. what the u.s. wants to do is get the number of americans in the country down as low as possible. for security reasons. and if there had to be an evacuation, and that has not happened yet, what the u.s. is going to want is to have the minimum number of americans that they would have to worry about. for people who have been to kabul, the geography is you either have to fly in a helicopter, this is well-known, from the embassy compound to the
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airport, or you have to drive on the roads. those are the only two ways to get there. and if the security situation is dicey at that time, the u.s. wants to make sure that there is few americans as possible that they have to worry about getting to the airport. you can't drive out of afghanistan to a border very easily. you're going to have to fly out. so it is a constrained environment. they want to have as few americans there as possible. >> barbara, thank you for your reporting on this. coming up for us, new york next governor says she is ready to lead and also ready to clean house. next, what she said about a possible impeachment still of andrew cuomo.
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>> i know state government well enough to know there is a division of labor and i don't want to get in the way of the process but i also have full faith in the conclusions and the process that are underway right now. >> joining me now for more on this cnn correspondent mj lee. what is -- how is this looking right now? where is this going to head when it comes to andrew cuomo and this question of impeachment? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well first of all there are still 12 days until kathy becomes governor and as far as she's concerned, the cuomo administration is already behind her. in a number of different ways she's been communicating over the last 36 hours or so, that her administration is going to be very, very different. she said that she was not aware of the various allegations that were in the a.g. report that came out last week, this report that ultimately led to governor
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cuomo's downfall. and she also talked about building out her own administration, essentially that she wanted to clean house. that she is going to be bringing in her own people and that she has no interest in keeping anybody in her administration if there have been questions raised about their ethics and in terms of the various allegations that have been put forth. so again, making very clear that she's her own person despite the fact that she has been cuomo's lieutenant governor since 2015. she also told cnn yesterday that she fully intends to run for a full term next year. now as far as the sitting governor is concerned, there are a number of ongoing investigations including an impeachment investigation in albany here in new york. there is also the criminal investigation that is being conducted by the sheriff's office in albany. so even though this announcement has happened, that he is going to be resigning in a matter of days, these are some of the troubles that are not going away for the outgoing governor andrew
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the most deck ated u.s. track and field olympian ever. allyson felix secured that title at the tokyo summer games, part of the american team to win gold in the women's 4 by 400 and the day before she won bronze. that mean she now has 11 medals and if you could believe it this olympics was about more than just medals. watch this moment when felix arrives home to be reunited with her 2-year-old daughter. >> i missed you. >> i missed you. >> [ inaudible ]. >> her heart, her voice just makes me melt. the legend herself allyson felix is with me now. i said in the break, it is a
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real pleasure to meet you. what was that home coming like. what did your sweet daughter say about this whole thing. >> so nice to be with you. it is such an amazing moment. that is the longest i've been apart from her and it is good to be reunited and she missed me and loved me and that is all i needed. >> and then the moment decorated track olympian in history. i hope do you not mind but i love saying that. has it sunken in yet for you? >> i don't know if it is completely hit. i mean, it is just such an honor. i love the sport and been competing in it so long so i feel the love and feel really appreciated. >> this olympics was like no other, right. how do you describe what this olympic experience was like? >> yeah, you said it perfectly. it was so different. i've been fortunate to keep in a lot of games and of course with the pandemic there were so many restrictions.
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but i also felt like there was just a different sense with the athletes. i think we felt like we needed to come together and we were inspired by each other's performances and just really wanting to, you know, do the best to represent our country knowing that so many people were watching. >> and we really needed it. we always need to but we really needed it this time. at least that is how i felt. you have said, though, that this is your last olympics. that tokyo was. so what is next for you? where do you turn your focus now? >> yeah, you know, this was the last games for me, which i feel so grateful to have competed in. i have a lot of stuff on the horizon that i'm really excited about. i competed in my own shoes in these olympic games. my brand sase and we have a lifestyle sneaker that we have on the market and then really proud to be a team bridgestone athlete.
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donating $125,000 toward adaptive athletes and that is in the parent of the paralympic games. helping the athletes have access, local programs, equipment, and training and so i'm so excited to watch these inspirational athletes in the coming weeks and really cheer them on. >> that is really nice. and that is a lot of money. and that is awesome. your career, you mentioned your footwear line. your career has been so much more than just about track, though. you, when you spoke up and took on, and you took on one of the biggest names in sports back in 2019, your own sponsor nike over how they were paying female athletes differently after child birth. you brought about real change when you stood up and you spoke out. i re-read through your op-ed this morning and i was just sitting there being struck with, yes, you created change, you had real impact afterward.
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but you didn't necessarily know going in that that would end up this way. were you scared to do that? >> i was terrified. for so long i had really just focused on performance and focused on what i was supposed to do. and when it wasn't aligning with what i felt was right and what i had seen marketed, i felt like i had to speak up and to share my story. but it was absolutely so scary and also i didn't know what was going to come from it. and i knew that there were going to be real consequences, you know, for speaking out. >> and you are a champion and an awesome move. we're showing some pictures with you and your daughter. just throughout time and, dang, she is adorable. not that she wouldn't be because her mom is a rock star. but she's adorable. >> thank you. >> what do you hope your daughter takes from this wild ride that you have had in your
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career, as she gets older? >> yeah, there is so much i want to explain to her and tell her about the past couple of years of over coming all of this adversity. but the big thing is standing up when something is not right. know your worth and value and do things with character and integrity and i hope she could see that through my life and give her those tools to navigate the world but that is the biggest lesson i want her to learn. >> well thank you for being a wonderful example of just american greatness. not only does your performance speak for itself, but also so humble and appreciative and thank you. >> oh, thank you so much. that means a lot. >> thank you so much. it is really great to meet you. >> any minute now president biden is going to be unveiling his plan to tackle the cost of prescription drugs. we're going to bring that to you live from the white house. stay with us. at pnc bank, we believe in the power of the watch out. that's why we created low cash mode,
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imagine this. your 14-year-old daughter vibrant and living life one day, and struggling and gasping for breath the next. that is what happened to one family in missouri. gary tuchman has the story and the message that her mother wants to share.
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>> reporter: a children's hospital in missouri. and sitting on couch is angel baker, a mother who has gone through a horrifying week. her 14-year-old daughter marianna tested positive. she has received excellent treat at the cardinal glenn children's hospital in st. louis. >> it might make you cough but that is what we want. that is a good one. i warned you. good job. >> reporter: she and her mother live about 150 miles away in southern missouri. she started filing ill at home. it quickly got worse. >> i was scared. i was panicking. monday august 2nd i decided to take her to urgent care because she couldn't breathe. >> reporter: the decision was made to be transported by ambulance to this children's hospital. it was like a nightmare. >> when you saw her struggling to breathe with the oxygen, what was going through your mind.
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>> just praying, asking god to bring her back. keep her safe. >> reporter: wera frad she wasn't going to make it. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: the 40-year-old mother received the covid vaccine. but said her daughter did not. >> why didn't she get vaccinated? >> i don't know. she -- i left it up to her. and she decided she didn't want to get vaccinated. >> i don't mean to make you feel badly but you've gone through so much. my guess is and i'm making a educated guess that you should have insisted. >> yes. >> there are children as young as 2-year-old in the intensive care unit and the regular patient rooms at this hospital. of course children under 12 cannot yet get the vaccine. last year at this time, doctors say the typical numbers of children with covid coming into the emergency room on a daily basis were zero. one or two. now they say that daily number is usually 11, 12 or 13.
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dr. lyle hath is a disease specialist at the hospital. >> we're seeing more severe cases, we're seeing more cases in the icu. and we're seeing more cases that require longer duration of treatment in the hospital. >> reporter: dr. tabbo is a director here. >> it is agonizing, when you see some of the sick kids spiraling down before they head to the icu. >> how many children are who ill with covid in this hospital have gotten the vaccine also? >> none. >> reporter: marianna has turned the corner. and is looking forward to recuperating at home and then being with enough to start her life as a high school freshman. she left us with this message. >> get a vaccine so you won't have to be in the hospital bed. >> reporter: and her mother has one too. >> please, parents, get
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vaccinated and get your kids vaccinated. it is real. >> reporter: wonderful people who work in the hospital but it is a sad and solemn place to be and that is why the news i'm about to tell you is very nice. marianna has been released from the hospital and back home recuperated with her mother by her side. she was supposed to start high school a week from monday and she won't be able to go to school but she could attend perhaps before the end of september. she has a 12-year-old sister who also hadn't gotten her vaccine. her mother was here and drove this past friday more than two hours to the home town in southern missouri and took her younger daughter to get her vaccination. this is gary tuchman, cnn in st. louis, moes. >> thank you for that report. that sweet girl. wish her the best. and a speedy recovery. we'll be right back.
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welcome back. very soon president biden will be speaking and he will be make a speech because he wants to tackle prescription drug prices in america which has become unaffordable for so many american families. let me get over to the white house right now. cnn's john harwood is standing
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by. drug prices a major problem across the country. but is it clear what the president plans to do about it? >> reporter: well, he's got a plan. and it is embodied in this big reconciliation bill, $3.5 trillion that he's now turning to having gotten that physical infrastructure bill in place passed through the senate. and what he's got is a three-part approach. one is to allow medicare to negotiate with drug companies over the cost of prescription drugs which many people as you indicated think are too high. it is been a top priority of the american people. secondly, provide a mechanism to limit the out of pocket costs for prescription drugs. >> that would deal with a major cost concern. and also for others, people who are not on medicare, facilitate the importation of less expensive drugs from other countries in particular canada. that has been done to a limited degree so far. but it hasn't been done on a wide scale.
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these are all major priorities of the democratic party. they are bitterly opposed by pharmaceutical companies who see a big threat to their bottom line. but if the democrats could get this through, this would save the government billions of dollars and save individual consumers on medicare and off medicare billions of dollars as well. >> and john, if the president gets these prescription drug savings that he's going for, and that is a big if, right, how does this fit and help in the larger context of the infrastructure package and his agenda that is moving its way through congress right now? >> well there are multiple ways, kate, that the administration is looking to pay for all of these big social benefits it wants to enact. some are raising taxes on corporations, some are raising taxes on wealthy people. this particular financing method would pay for expansion of
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medicare. beneficiaries do not have very good coverage for vision for hearing and for delntal care. and if the president could make it happen, those would pay for benefits which are popular. the toughest part of guesting democrats to vote for the reconciliation package is getting them to vote for the tax increases. but getting them to vote for steps that would take on the drug companies and reduce the cost of prescription drugs, that is something that is pretty popular and it would pay for other benefits that are also popular. so there is no surprise they want to emphasize this element of the plan. >> first step. let's hear what the president lays out. any minute now the president about to speak in the east room to deliver his plan, release his plan and announce what steps he wants to take. john, great to see you. i'm kate bolduan, and "inside politics" with john king begins right now.
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hello, everybody and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thank you for sharing your day with us today. the staff and volts who work at department of health and human services will be required to get a covid shot. dr. fauci today said more vaccinations now would slow the delta surge and that the long-term plan includes booster shots for everyone. plus the president sells his giant agenda as a price cut for american families but there are signs of a democratic standoff over the price tag and the midterm election consequences. and the mypillow guy is having a very good no good week. his conspiracy convention disappoints even election skeptics and a legal case seeking billions in damages over his 2020 election lies is moving forward. we begin the hour though with some important changes in covid medical guidance. the cdc now strongly recommends pregnant women get vaccinated. and as early as today the fda is

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