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hello. thanks for joining me. i'm paula reid in washington in for fredicka whitfield. an alarming new variant of individual and scientists are rushing to find out what makes omicron tick? we still don't know much about what makes it unique, but we do know this map is bound to get a lot more red in the coming days
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and weeks. still, experts say there are encouraging signs, too, and it's not time to panic quite yet. >> not right now. the first critical questions, is this more virulent, making people more ill? there's no information to indicate that it is. there are some indications in south africa that this could be causing milder illness. >> i think there are good reasons to think it will probably be okay. we need to know real answers to that, and that will take two or three weeks. >> cnn is covering every angle about this. with me david mckenzie in johannesburg, nick mckenzie in atlanta and arlette saenz. the world is scrambling to respond to this variant. what is the view from johannesburg today?
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>> reporter: i think the view is a hardening, a frustration of measures put in place all around the world. just a short time ago morocco decided to stop all travelers coming in period. you've had the cases crop up of this new variant in europe. a cascade of countries tightening their level of restrictions or stopping travelers from this region coming in altogether. the view from the world health organization's africa director is that borders should remain open, saying these are punitive measures that might have a very slide impact, they say, in terms of slowing this variant, but really the horse has bolted. every scientist and doctor i've spoken to says even with the very quick identification of this variant and transparency of scientists, it's all over the
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place and travel bans might have a very minimal impact and a very severe economic impact on this part of the world. paula. >> nick, you're at the airport in atlanta, a major international hub, especially for delta. they're still flying from south africa. what are you seeing today? >> reporter: this is a crowded export, as we expected. these rounds are similar to prepandemic numbers that we saw in 2019. this comes as we're hearing news of this variant that's emerged, omicron. we don't know a lot of epidemiological data about this variant. we've been asking passengers if they're aware and joined by one of those passengers, 13-year-old landry. thank you for taking the time with us on cnn. what do you think of the crowds? is this what you expected? >> i expected it to be a lot more busier because it's a major travel day for people coming from thanksgiving. >> where were you just visiting? >> we were in north carolina. we're going back to new orleans
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and louisiana now. >> a lot of what we're talking about, this news of the variant omicron. you said you hadn't heard about it yet. what you do know about it in the brief conversation we had, is this going to change your plans going forward as a family? >> no, not at all. >> why not? >> covid when it first started, it never really affected our family. some of our friends got it. we kept doing our normal life. it really never affected us. >> it's good you didn't get sick, but you knew people did here. health officials are talking to other health officials worried it could come to the united states. anything i haven't asked you that you think is important to? impressions of atlanta? >> atlanta, same old same ol'. >> we expected you to say that because you're from new orleans and there's a rivalry there.
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other passengers are aware of the variant, young landry was not. others are. they said we've got to get back home today. we know the airport was going to be crowded. we'll take the precautions we've been taking through the entire pandemic and hope for the best. this is not quite the numbers we saw in 2019, about 400,000 less passengers this time around according to tsa. it's still two times more than we saw on the same weekend last year. things are slowly getting back to normal in terms of air travel. >> slowly getting back to normal. paula, you're at the newark international airport, regional hub for united. what are you seeing there? >> we spent some time there this morning. we did see the travel restrictions are expected to kick into place limiting for some, certainly catching some off guard. that includes u.s. citizens headed into the united states from south africa and surrounding regions.
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remember these restrictions expected to kick in at midnight. we heard from passengers in some of the final flights before that restriction kicks in. we did find it is leading to some complications including from kyle bogart, he's from hoboken, new jersey. he made it back to the united states today. but his family has to stay in south africa for now. he explains. >> luckily i had a direct flight to newark from johannesburg. the rest of my family had connections to dubai and weren't able to book it back. they couldn't book any flights until tuesday, wednesday and thursday. >> they're all u.s. citizens so they can make it back into the united states. it's more about having to scramble to find space on some of the flights. united and delta not announcing
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any changes to their travel, at least their routes from south africa. as we heard from united airlines, they'll continue to offer the services especially to get vital supplies and personnel in and out of the region. paula. >> arlette, the president is on vacation but getting regular briefings. how is the white house looking at these developments? they want to prepare the country but not overreact. how are they threading the needle? >> reporter: president biden wrapped his vacation in nantucket and is on his way back to washington where a briefing about the omicron variant will be top of mind. the president is expected to meet with dr. anthony fauci and other members of his covid-19 response team when he returns to the white house in just a few hours to receive the latest updates on this variant. he had been receiving briefings in nantucket both on saturday and friday.
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we're learning u.s. health officials are set to speak with south african health officials this afternoon as everyone around the world is trying to get their arms around what exactly this variant will mean. there are questions about whether it will be a severe illness, whether it will cause that. officials are saying this may take a few weeks to have a full understanding of the data related to the variant. in the meantime, top u.s. health officials are urging americans to take mitigation measures and ensure they're getting their vaccinations and booster shots. take a listen to dr. francis collins, the director of nih, speaking to our dana bash earlier today. >> well, it's certainly not good news. we don't know how much of an impact this will have. it out to redouble our efforts, to use the tools that we have, which are vaccinations and boosters and be sure we're getting those to the rest of the world, too.
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>> reporter: as officials are waiting to learn more about the impact of this variant, those new travel restrictions are set to take effect at midnight tonight. that's banning travel from south africa and seven other countries in the region. the question going forward is whether the u.s. might enact other mitigation measures like what we heard from british prime minister boris johnson announced yesterday, new steps when it comes to testing of travelers and wearing masks indoors. this is a very crucial test for the biden administration as they are confronting this new variant and trying to learn how big of an impact it will have here in the u.s. and around the world. >> david, nick, polo and arnett, thank you so much. >> dr. burton from moderna is joining us. you said the omicron variant may elude vaccines.
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what makes you say that as many folks say they're still gathering evidence and information? >> good afternoon, paula. thank you for voog me. i think, first of all, a shout-out to the whole covid community around the world that's been able to sequential this variant and provide amazing information to the world so quickly. it's an amazing feat. what they show is this is a virus now with at least 50 mutations, many of them spanning previous areas of concern. at least 30 mutations in the protein alone we know lead to immune evasion and escape and also increase replication. this, paula, is what makes it so concerning to us. >> what we hear again and again from health experts over the past 48 hours is we don't know too much about this variant but people should get a vaccine or a booster if they've already had their first two shots. here you're saying it's
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possible, even likely that this could elude the vaccine. how do you wreck side those two statements? >> look, i think, paula, we have to go through a couple of weeks of uncertainty. there are three questions we need answers to. how transmissible is this variant, how severe is it and are the taibs produced with the current vaccine. if you haven't been vaccinated, get vaccinated. how everybody aefr 18 in this country is eligible for boosting. get boost ed as well. by doing that, you'll have a first line of protection. there are simple things you can do. hand washing, social distancing, mask wearing is appropriate.
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these two together until we know what's going on are going to be critical in our line of defense. >> if it turns out this particular variant doesn't work with the current vaccine, how much will it take to come up with a booster to protect against a variant like this? >> at moderna, we've been testing various and significant boosters since over the summer, one to the beta variant, one to the delta. our platform we can move very fast, we think weeks to within two to three months, we would be able to have an omicron-specific vaccine booster available for testing and then for administration. this is going to go at the fastest possible speed. we have to do careful science now. we don't want to misstep. the academic community around the world needs to generate data
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that we all can be absolutely certain on the we're going to pivot and make changes. >> it could be frustrating to people, i have my two shots, then my booster, now am i going to have to get another shot? is this something that people will have to deal with over the coming years as we deal with covid-19 and its variants? >> i would say for a long time now we've imagined that covid is going to be an endemic disease like the flu where we need a yearly shot. this is a new wrench thrown into the fight against covid. we have to see what data comes out in the next couple weeks. is this variant neutralized by antibodies that we have with available vaccines today? i would say certainly this is an endemic disease that will need regular boosting.
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>> this variant is spreading in a part of the world with a low vaccination rate. should moderna and other vaccination companies have done more to provide vaccines to other parts of the world? >> we have been producing our vaccine at the highest rate we can. the contracts we have required it to go to the u.s., europe, uk, other parts of the world. we are now as well producing 110 million doses that will go through covax to african nations. we're doing everything we possibly can. i think it's important to keep in mind as well that when you look at the number of deaths from covid, a million people, about 1500 per million in south africa. maybe 1,000 per million in botswana. take the uk, 2,200 per million, here in the u.s., 2,400 per million. these are areas with high death rates.
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we're trying to do everything we can to balance where the burden of disease is, the highest death rate to get this vaccine out to as many people who need it. >> some health experts have told us this is more lily transmissible, you can infect up to 50 people. it seems more virus would likely lead to more mutation. how specifically going forward will moderna be addressing this very highly transmissible variant and the likelihood that, as it continues to spread, there will be more variants? >> i think, again, paula, the first line of defense is take careful precautionary measures, get vaccinated, get boosted. that's our primary message that will protect people now. we can quickly pivot. we can make variant-specific boosters. we have one in development for the omicron variant if it's needed. we can do this fast. we're on it. but we have to take these next few weeks to get the best
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possible evidence we can. how transmissible is this? we don't know that? how severe is it? we don't have an answer to that question either. we have to allow the scientists to take the time and get us solid answers to those questions. >> to people who have been hesitant to get the vaccine, what is your pitch to them to finally get it when it's not clear it will be effective against this particular variant? >> i think we have to assume that some vaccination even against a very dangerous variant is extremely good to have. keep in mind as well there are other variants out there right now. delta is a predominant variant of covid. we know the moderna vaccine is highly effective against those varntsz. so get vaccinated. with our vaccine we've had about
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170 million people around the world vaccinated. it's highly effective, it's very safe. the best thing we can all do right now is get vaccinated and get boosted as well when needed. >> dr. paul burton, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. dr. jane morgan, executive director of piedmont health care's covid task force joins me now. dr. morgan, you just heard dr. burton's interview. what's your reaction? hi, paula. i think he's dead on. we see the world health organization elevated this variant from an variant of interest which means it shows specific genetic markers that may be of cop certain in transmissibility, severity of disease, ability to evade vaccines. it then advanced that to a variant of concern which means there's evidence there is increased transmissibility,
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increased viability of disease and an increased ability to perhaps evade some of our medical therapeutics. this is very interesting. we're all awaiting what is the data that the world health organization knows and what are we going to find out in the coming weeks that justified this advance to a variant of concern. the next elevation would be a variant of high consideration -- i'm sorry -- of high consequence. a variant of high consequence evades all our medical therapeutics. we're at a variant of concern which means there is evidence that this variant has met these metrics. it will be interesting to see what the data shows. >> we're hearing this virus has 50 mutations, as dr. burton just said, that can be concerning. why are so many mutations so concerning even if what we hear so far is the symptoms appear to
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be on the mild side? >> the more mutations we have, sometimes could clustering of mutations, as they cluster to form the new variant, the variant can take on multiple properties as we see. this variant has some properties of alpha, of beta, of delta. it has created unique mutations to add to that. we have some of the old and have added some of the new into it. ten of the mutationtion are susceptible to the binder domain. the delta variant only had two mutations in this particular area of the virus. so it's certainly a variant we are watching. we want to just keep an eye on it. we are all interconnected,
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interdependent. when south africa sneezes, the whole world can be affected. we have to think about this as a global pandemic. we can't continue with community immunity meaning some areas have vaccines, some areas don't have vaccines, even within the united states as we see people opting out of vaccines and some people opting in because the unvaccinated populationtion, wherever they are in the world and for whatever reasons they exist, perform -- create this nitus of more variants developing that can subsequently have potential to be variants of concern or, at worst, variants of high consequence. we must continue to push vaccination globally, not only here in the united states, but globally. >> of course, it's not just about convincing people to take the vaccine in some parts of the world. it's also about access to the vaccine. what do you say to people who
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are, quote, unquote, anti vaccine and say, look, i didn't get the shot because clearly i'm going to have to keep getting shots? what do you say to the people using this variant to further their arguments about why they didn't get a vaccine in the first place? >> this variant is a wake-up call. no matter how it turns out, it's a wake-up call that we're running on luck. when you look at luck, it's really never part of any scientific algorithm, any clinical consideration, no medical guideline for patient management or scientific integrity includes the integration into the formula of luck. what we also know is eventually it runs out. no matter what omicron turns out to be, other variants will continue to develop if we cannot move forward and reach herd immunity globally. >> dr. jaen morgan, thank you for being us and sharing that
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important context. >> thank you, paula. ahead this hour, a week after the parade tragedy in wisconsin, a moment of violence today in waukesha. how the city is honoring the victims. plus, it's become somewhat of a punch line, where is jimmy hoffa? why a fresh search at a new jersey landfill may finally bring answers. later, howe dwayne "the rock" johnson gave a navy veteran the surprise of a lifetime. don't miss this. the relief you need. the cash you want. walmart's deals for days isn't over yet. this cyber monday is your last chance to score big online starting sunday night. don't miss out on walmart's deals for days. ♪ ♪ [upbeat music]
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to exploit the tragedy for political purposes. for more, let's bring in natasha chen. we learned the city will honor those victims on the one-week anniversary. what are you also learning about this new warning and attempt to exploit people around this tragedy? >> so the mayor, sean riley asked for a moment of silence as well as people lighting blue lights at 4:39 p.m. central time. that's exactly one week since the suv rammed lou the christmas parade. the warning is a statement from democrat tammy baldwin and republican ron johnson. i'll read part of it. it has come to our attention that outside individuals or groups may attempt to exploit the tragedy that occurred last sunday in waukesha for their own political purposes. as the u.s. senators representing wisconsin, one from each political party, we are asking anyone to consider such
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action to cease and desist. we don't know a lot of details about why they're putting out this statement and what's driving this except they say they have full confidence in the local official and the local official should be afforded the respect they deserve and the support they deserve to undertake the responsibilities of this case. our colleagues are reaching out to their offices to get a little more information about what might have prompted this. a bit of an update on the injuries from the people hit by that suv, children's hospital in wisconsin says they still have eight kids there that they're treating, four remain in serious condition, two in fair condition and two in good condition. one of those children in the icu is jesslyn torres. her mother has been posting on social media about her daughter's situation, just incredibly heartbreaking details about how she is trying to heal from a broken pelvis, a skull
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fracture as well as lacerations on her lungs. in an update she posted about 12 hours ago on facebook, she said my poor child was literally hit by a truck dead on. she has the marks from the vehicle's grill across her chest and was thrown about 20, 30 feet or so. my baby may be strong, but there are times in our lives when we just need to sit back and heal. definitely a very difficult road ahead for that 11-year-old as well as the other people who were injured. dozens and dozens of people injured in addition to the six people, as you mentioned, who were killed in this parade, paula, just an incredibly shocking event that sent ripples through the kmuchblt i was there just a few hours after it happened, seeing the frantic look on people's faces. now a week later they're still trying to digest all this. >> natasha chen, thank you for that report. a reminder so many people still recovering from that tragedy
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henderson, senior editor at the points guy. how do you recommend travelers stay safe and more importantly sane around other passengers this weekend? >> well, first of all, we really dodged a bullet this thanksgiving holiday. there was no major weather events. so the airlines didn't really get tested to the extremes that might have been possible had there been a weather problem. now the real test is christmas. if you're traveling today, heading to the airport, park your patience. that's what we always say at the points guy. airlines, airport workers, everyone is short staffed. so you might have to wait a little longer than normal. try to avoid those crowds. we don't really know what this new variant is going to mean for travel right now. always be extra cautious if you k. try to avoid cluchling by boarding gates, try to avoid long periods of times in crowded
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gate areas. find an empty gate area if you can, get something like pre check where you can zoom through security without clustering with a lot of people. some things you can do. wear an n95 mask. have a backup plan, build a little pad into your travel else and hope we have the same weather luck over christmas that we did. >> way to look on the upside with that weather point. i appreciate you pointing out the positive in this situation. we've seen how much of a hasable air travel can be. people are irritable. now we have this new variant. is it better for some people over the next couple weeks to just stay home? >> i mean, the problem is people have been staying home for two years. people are sick of staying home. it's probably the best advice during a pandemic. let's face it, people aren't
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going to be listening to that advice. >> just hours after the south african health authorities announced the discovery of this new variant, travel restrictions were put into place. some passengers were stranded without any warning. and this does in some ways, it feels similar to the early days of coronavirus. so what should passengers do if they suddenly find themselves stranded in a place that was not their intended destination? >> well, the good news is as of right now americans are not being restricted. if you're an american in south africa, there are no restrictions on you as an american to come back home. if you're in one of the impacted counted, especially in southern africa, i would get home sooner rather than later just in case. as of now, you don't have to worry. you can come back to the u.s. if you are stranded in a country, you want to have a backup plan. you want to find some kind of lodging or backup option for you
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in case you do end up having to quarantine in a foreign destination. if you are forced into quarantine, a lot of times foreign governments will pay for that lodging. it's always good to carry extra travel insurance just so you know you're covered. keep in mind these covid insurance policies are restrictive and they can be expensive. so do your research. >> clint, we know it's been a long road of recovery for the travel industry. travel stocks took a hit at the news of the new variant. what do you see over the next few months for the travel industry? >> this is exactly what the travel industry did not need. domestically we're at about 90% of prepandemic travel. hopefully this variant will not be as scary as it's looking right now and travel can continue to recover. i will tell you the tourism industry, this is the last thing they need. i will say that after the
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initial covid scare, remember that all the stocks sold off of the travel business, all those companies ended up recovering. so don't panic sell just because of this new variant. we still are at the very early stages. no need to panic just yet. get vaccinated, get your boosters, all the advise you eve been hearing on cnn the past couple hours. do what's necessary to protect yourself, but don't panic because panic doesn't help anyone. >> don't panic and pack your patience. clint, thank you so much. >> bye-bye. it will be a holiday season to remember for one navy veteran who got the surprise of a lifetime from dwayne "the rock" johnson. >> ladies and gentlemen -- [ cheers and applause ]. >> how are you guys doing? there's a dude here. i heard his story. i want to highlight him.
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kron when he was shot and killed as someone tried to steal the camera equipment from the news team. brian stelter, host of "reliable sources" has been following the story. tell me more about what happened and what's been the reaction from the station. >> this is a devastating loss for oakland and san francisco, for this market. kevin had worked as a security guard for multiple local tv stations. he was a retired police officer who then worked for a private security company and a lot of the tv stations in and around oakland send private security out with their news crews because there's been this history of armed robbery attempts. that's what happened on wednesday. midday, a news crew was accosted this off fer, this security guard was shot and wounded on wednesday when this news crew was out trying to gather the news. kevin nishita is an example of someone killed in the line of
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duty, trying to help the news crew gather the news, and he died on saturday. here is what the station is saying in a statement. this senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the bay area. we hope offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice. more than $32,000 is on the table. and police have issued photos and information about potential suspects. so far, no word of any arrests in the killing of the security guard who was trying to protect journalists in harm's way. we talk about this in other countries sometimes. we're used to covering dangerous environments for journalists around the world, but to hear about it in the u.s. is really disturbing. >> incredibly disturbing, and also a reminder there's so many people who work behind the scenes that help us get on the air, editorially and to help keep us safe. brian, thank you so much. >> thanks. where is jimmy hoffa?
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the question has been asked since the powerful teamsters boss disappeared in 1975. the fbi may have broken new ground in the search for hoffa that led them to a former landfill in, where else, new jersey. cnn's miguel marquez has more. >> this is another propaganda -- >> jimmy hoffa, the infamous union boss. >>. >> reporter: are we today closer to knowing what happened to him? >> this is one of the great mysteries of the modern criminal world, one of the great mysteries in mafia history, where is jimmy hoffa buried? >> reporter: the latest possibility points to a landfill under a new jersey bridge, his disappearance becoming the stuff of legend, depicted in recent films like "the irishman," the
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murder portrayed by a setup who wanted the tough-as-nails union boss out of the way. >> and older films like 1992's "hoffa" that assumes his murder was in the parking lot of the restaurant where hoffa was last seen alive on july 30th, 1975. >> mr. hoffa? >> yeah, that's right. >> reporter: both scenarios contested and just where is his body? for ndecades, a near national obsession. >> the body, officials believe, was exposed of in an industrial waste incinerate zbler could this be jimmy hoffa's grave? >> reporter: that wasn't, neither were several other locations, a back yard, a horse sfarm, a suburban home. underneath the old new york giants stadium was discounted by investigators. the search found another dead-end in the florida everglades. where is jimmy hoffa, now part
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of american lore. >> the fbi searched the site of the former landfill in new jersey looking for jimmy hoffa. so far, no hoffa. three outside this red fox restaurant. >> there were confirmations that he was seen outside of this restaurant. >> hoffa helped build the teamsters union into a powerhouse. >> i want nobody to cast apergsz on my for my loyalty to this community. >> his sentence was commuted are by president richard nixon. >> our next guest is jimmy hoffa, former head of the teamsters union. >> when he got out he still had celebrity status and was still trying to control the union.
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>> the media made me look as though i was probably one of the biggest goons that ever took place in this country and then i was some kind of an illiterate bum that had muscled his way to the top of his union. >> the fbi used ground-penetrating radar and conducted a site survey underneath the pulaski skyway for two days in october. results are being analyzed to see if yet another dig, another search in a 46-year mystery is called for. >> knowing the fbi, if they believe they have a reasonable chance to find jimmy hoffa, they will dig. the fbi cares about solving this mystery? a decades old mystery his family and the country would like solved. miguel marquez, cnn, new york. still ahead, how a great grandmother desired retirement wasn't for her but cooking was in order to help those in need. her incredible story next. es ba. an alternative to pills, voltaren is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel
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for many communities, a local restaurant provides a place to celebrate time with family and friends, but the pandemic is putting the future of some of those businesses at risk, but in ohio there's a great grandmother who grabbed an apron and pitched in when her favorite neighborhood restaurant needed a hand. cnn's wolf blitzer has the story. >> i'm bone. i'm 81 until the end of this month and then i'll be 82. i've lived in this area all my life, and it's home to me, and i'm comfortable here. >> all right. >> one important ritual that makes it home for bonnie august is eating her favorite meal in
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her favorite restaurant. >> the people here are so friendly, and i've known the owners' grandparents, parents and them and they are a wonderful, wonderful people. >> bonnie has been coming to the cull verse in findlay, ohio with her friends and family since it opened ten years ago. >> these are some of my sunday lunch bunch after church, and we go out to eat. >> which is why she was devastated to hear cull verse had to go drive-through only because there weren't enough workers. >> i don't like eating in my car. they just got to get open. >> reporter: >> there were 10.4 million open jobs across the country in september and only 6.5 million workers hired. trying to fill in the gaps are retirees like bonnie, the hidden helpers of the pandemic economy. >> my job listing says runner. i don't run anymore. i just hurry as fast as i can.
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>> helping just comes naturally to bonnie. this is how owner danielle doxey remembers her. >> she was walking up to me and my other partner, met her at the door and we're kind of like, sorry, our dining room is close and she's like no, i'm here to help of i want to get the dining room open. >> and bonnie isn't just showing up. she's a crucial member of the team. >> i work five days a week a lot. that's just walking and getting the orders and taking a bag and walking to the car and giving it to the people. >> you ordered some cheese kurd, sir? >> making little small talk just to see if i can make them smile. >> bonnie used to work nights at this former factory and retired 11 years ago. so her new job was a shock to her friends and family. >> first she asked me if i was crazy. >> you're not going to go back to work and i said, well, i am for a little while, and i know that if there's a way i can help, that's what i'm supposed to do. >> and while bonnie certainly isn't looking for any extra
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attention. >> she does it because she genuinely wants us to do good, and she wants to see us thrive. >> she is genuinely wanting to help, and that's all she cares about. >> she says she hopes she can appear other hidden helpers to give back to the things they love in these tough times. >> give back. if you have a chance to give back. give back. we've been given so much. jump in the water. it can be fun. >> wolf blitzer, cnn, washington. >> during the 1920s, the osage people of oklahoma were some of the richest people in the world, but as lisa ling reports that wealth made them a target. discover the plot to steal osage money and life on "this is life" with lisa ling tonight only own cnn. hello. thanks for joining people i'm
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paula reed in washington in this weekend for fredericka whitfield. the countries reporting the new omicron variant of the covid-19 variant are growing and so are the concerns for what it could mean for the ongoing pandemic. some experts calling for cautious optimism that it might not break through in the way some fears. others worry that the dozens of mutations on this virus could spell big trouble ahead. with me now joe johns at the white house and nada nashir in london. this are variant is already in europe and one thing they can agree on it's going to take weeks to know what we're dealing with so what happens between now and when we have a better sense of exactly what this variant means? >> reporter: that's absolutely right. there is time needed to really find out the details about the new omicron variant but there are questions over its