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hello and warm welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm max foster in london. just ahead on "cnn newsroom." >> and possibly even february we are going to see a spike in cases. >> this is just one of the most stressful and discouraging times for us in the hospital. >> all that we're asking for in return is for people to take a damn shot. >> we have the power today to have an impact on tomorrow. >> the omicron surge is fueling
a new covid wave across the u.s. disrupting holiday travel plans for millions of americans. president biden's agenda remains in limbo despite that promised christmas deadline. we'll hear from the vice president about what's next for build back better. and the world remembers archbishop desmond tutu. he helped end apartheid in south africa. >> announcer: live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with max foster. we begin with the growing concern over the rapid spread of the omicron variant in the u.s. as cases surge, so does the demand for tests. this is the scene at testing sites around the country. long lines with people often having to wait hours to get tested. and the nation's top disease expert says access to testing has got to get better.
>> we should be using testing much more extensively than we have, even in a situation where you have people who are vaccinated and boosted, but the situation where you have such a high demand, a conflation of events, omicron starting to get people appropriately concerned and wanting to get tested as well as the run on tests during the holiday season. we've obviously got to do better. i think things will improve greatly as we get into january but that doesn't help us today and tomorrow. >> the surge in omicron infections is driving daily covid infections to highs not seen since last january and that has front line doctors worried about the near future. >> there is a significant amount of travel that's taking on and it's kind of coinciding with the peak from the thanksgiving travel which is why we're seeing so many covid cases in addition to the fact that omicron has been shown to be significantly
more contagious than the previous variants. all of that goes together to make this perfect storm. i am very concerned going into january and possibly even february that we are going to continue to see a spike in cases. >> some areas are already seeing steep spikes in cases. new york state topped its single day case record from christmas eve with nearly 50,000 new cases. it's also affecting the city's subway system with the mta issuing a service alert and some health experts say this rapid spread is going to get worse. >> i think we're going to see, you know, half a million cases, easy after the next week, week to ten days, places like michigan, western michigan, minnesota, rhode island. places where there is no hospital capacity. even if a small number of people are hospitalized, if the denominator is immense, then
hospitals will not be able to deal with it. not just they won't be able to care for the folks with covid, they won't be able to deal with the kinds of things that i take care of like heart attacks, people with strokes who have difficulty finding beds. that's what's at stake now. >> all of this is causing major disruptions during one of the busiest travel times during the year. there were nearly 1500 flights canceled and some cruise ships were forced to return to port. alison kosik is in new york with more on the cruise ships. first let's go to nadia ramiro with details on the flight cancellations. >> reporter: some frustration here for flights delayed or canceled. one was canceled from atlanta to wyoming. she has to go back to work and get back to her normal routine. that can't happen because of that canceled flight. that flight one of more than
1,000 flights on sunday alone bringing the total this weekend to 2,000 flights. that's just domestic. you add thousands more when you talk about international travel. for some people, they said despite all of the cancellations, delays, they've been checking their phone. when their flight was able to be on time. they came to the airport, they weren't going to miss it because they haven't seen family and friends since before the pandemic. listen to that experience. >> this was my in-laws. the first time i've seen them in two years. been a while and saw my mom over thanksgiving first time in two years. i got my booster shot. first and foremost. i was due for that. been wearing my mask. i ended up switching my seat to be next to one person instead of three other just to keep my distance. yeah, my whole family is vaccinated and we felt safe. it was immediate family. ten people. >> reporter: tsa tells us screening through their security
checkpoints is down this holiday season. christmas and christmas eve compared to the same time period back in 2019. so pre-pandemic levels. you contribute some of that to the coronavirus, omicron variant spreading rapidly with cases we're seeing rising across the country and also all of the thousands of cancellations and delays. nadia ramiro, cnn, atlanta. >> reporter: the cruise line industry is facing disruption again because of covid-19. over the past week at least four cruise ships were turned away from ports of call and passengers were denied entry to ports because of cases of covid on their ships. now u.s.-based ships resumed service just this past summer after being shut down because of the pandemic. now there are vaccine requirements in place and measures in place to try to keep the spread of covid from happening on these ships, but even since then covid incidents
have happened on some of these ships. one case in point in august on a carnival cruise ship, 27 people tested positive for covid. they were isolated and passengers were still allowed to disembark after they showed proof of a negative covid test. difference this time? the omicron variant. it's more transmissible and a carnival spokesman told cnn in a statement that the variant may shape how some destination authorities view even a small number of cases. now carnival cruise ship freedom was one of the ships impacted over the past week with what carnival calls a small number of passengers testing positive for covid. that ship docked as planned in miami on sunday and the passengers getting off the ship after their eight-day voyage had very different experiences. listen to what they had to say. >> we've heard varying stories over 5, over 12, over 25. >> they guaranteed them.
it was safe. we had a good time. we'll do it again. >> i couldn't even go in the pool the whole time. we didn't touch that pool because everybody is in there all over each other. nobody is wearing masks. it was disgusting. nobody cared. >> reporter: although there is an uptick in the number of cruises that have had to alter their itineraries, the impact of cruises represent only a small fraction of the dozens of cruise ships that are throughout -- that have sailed throughout the month and the disruptions are certainly a far cry from what happened in march 2020 when the entire u.s. cruise industry had to shut down because of the pandemic and there were weeks where there were efforts to get passengers and crew on board those ships to get them home as ports were closed or vessels that were hit by outbreaks of covid. alison kosik, cnn, new york. rising number of cases across the u.s. have impacted at least five bowl games in college
football so far. the sun bowl is searching for a replacement team after the university of miami dropped out due to covid protocols. washington university is still hoping to play a new opponent on friday. meanwhile, the military bowl is being canceled and the fenway bowl is being called off. the omicron variant is causing problems around the world. it comes as the country battles a wave of infections. whilst daily cases drops below 5,000, the number of critically ill covid patients is still high with nearly 1100 currently in the icu. in china authorities in the city of xian are starting the process of disinfecting the entire city a among a growing outbreak of cases. it's aimed at stopping the
outbreak before it spreads to other parts of the country. here in the u.k. vaccine uptakes soaring before christmas. the number of people getting their first dose was up 46 percent percent compared to the week before. they're ramping up the vaccination campaign. let's go to barbie nadeau in rome. give us the broad picture, barbie. in the u.k. we haven't had statistics in a while. we're expecting to hear reports on that today. broadly over the christmas period how does it look? >> reporter: it looks pretty grim, actually. you know, when you look at places like france, which logged over 100,000 cases in a single day alone, countries like italy where i am which had an 11% contagion rate over the weekend, governments are looking at restricting people's movement ahead of new year's eve. here in rome they've canceled
the concert in paris, they've canceled fireworks. it's going to be a pretty grim new year's eve because the governments don't want to blow the progress they've made essentially in kind of keeping the cases where there are cases that are lower than france certainly. they don't want to take any risks like that, so we're seeing all sorts of closures, curfews and restrictions for new year's eve. after that people want to go back to school, they want their kids to go back to school. several countries have said they will try to keep kids in the classrooms. this week is going to be a grim one across continental europe, max. >> steven, there are lockdowns in europe but nothing like they are in china. how's that working against omicron, sfleks have you got that sort of information? >> reporter: omicron is not a big problem in china. the few cases are imported. domestically the delta variant is still the prevailing variant
here. city in the city of xian, some 13 million residents have been placed under a strict lockdown since last week. that's something we haven't seen since last time, not since the peak of the pandemic china. authorities decided to do this because they're very nervous about the latest cases especially ahead of the beijing olympics where they are sticking to their zero policy. they are taking no chances. in xian, they are only allowing one representative every other day to get groceries. otherwise they're confined to their homes. that privilege has been suspended after they're getting a city wide testing. they're going to mask testing and quarantine and so far they still have some unanswered
questions about this latest cluster of cases in xian when it comes to the cluster of transition that's why we're seeing these draconian measures in china. it will be interesting, won't it, to see how the pill works in south korea as i was mentioning. that's being rolled out. people are keen to see if it's effective in that country. >> reporter: that's right. that's something we are paying close attention to. in south korea, the latest wave of covid cases, some members of the very popular k pop group has been diagnosed with the infections. this is increasingly a region wide problem in asia. in singapore, for example, they have to -- a pair of strangers tested positive for covid in the same room as they tried to, quote, unquote, optimize capacity. they're dealing with the latest clusters of cases in their respective countries.
>> thank you both very much indeed. israeli prime minister bennett is self-isolating. he tested negative after his 14-year-old daughter was tested negative. meanwhile, they're administering a fourth covid-19 shot to 150 staff members as a trial to determine whether a second booster is necessary nationwide. a health ministry panel is recommending a fourth dose to israelis 60 and over. now the world mourns the passing of a human rights icon. south african archbishop desmond tutu. we'll take a look at his life and legacy. the california district court wants a sentence court wants a sentence r got powerful relief from your worst cold and flu symptoms. so when you need to show your cold who's boss,
diplomatic missions around the world for archbishop desmond tutu. he died on sunday in cape town. in the hours since there's been an outpouring of love for tutu and respect for his legacy from leaders and other notable figures around the world. so much to mourn and so much to celebrate. >> those are the two send imts we -- sentiments we've been hearing. he came to fame because he believed that apartheid was evil and unchristian and demoral. he spoke about the evil of apartheid in south africa. that's why he won the nobel peace prize in 1984. after that he found other causes
to rally against. he was critical of nelson mandela when they came into power and they did things he didn't think that they should have been doing. this is how the south african president remembered him last night. >> archbishop desmond tutu was one of our nation's finest patriots. he was a man of unwavering courage, of principled conviction and whose life was spent in the the service of others. he in many ways embodied the essence of our humanity. >> archbishop desmond tutu has been remembered across south africa, all around africa and around the world. tributes from the queen of
england, dalai lama, president biden, prince harry and meagan, former president obama and people who were inspired by his work. two of his foundations have started to release details about the week of remembrance leading up to his funeral service. there will be a memorial service on wednesday hosted by the guests of pretoria and the south african churches. an intimate evening of the friends of his wife and he is expected to lie in state at st. george's cathedral in cape town on friday leading up to the funeral service on new year's day. they expect to announce more. in the meantime, south africa in the state of mourning about one of south africa's greatest sons. >> absolutely. very specific to his story. in recent years he was known
globally teaching forgiveness and how forgiveness was the only way forward. otherwise, you end up reprisal followed by reprisal. that's how many people around the world will remember his messaging. bring that into all of our lives, can't we? >> absolutely. because after the end of apartheid he was appointed by nelson mandela to provide a full accounting of the evils of apartheid and many of those who came before his commission got amnesty in exchange for a full telling of what they did. some people were critical of that, max. he called that restorative justice instead of retributive justice. the truth and reconciliation commission models that south african model. he was one of the founding members of the elders and group of leaders around the world who tackled some of the world's global challenges. he continues to preach this message of a fight against
injustice whenever he saw it. that truly is why you see what president ramaphosa calls a global bereavement. >> in terms of the south african story, he's one of the last, arguably the last icon of that big movement. is there concern about keeping that legacy alive? what's the idea that the likes of mandela and himself, how do you keep that alive and keep people reminded of what they went through? >> the arch, as many called him, was one of the last of the mandela generation who fought against apartheid and lived to see democracy. even when he became critical of some of the people he was in power with. so for many in south africa who are seen as one of that last generation, they hope that there's the lessons and the teachings will live on in the hearts and minds of south
africans. there will be a new generation that will take that democratic spirit. he coined the term the rainbow nation. it is post apartheid south africa. mix of ethnicities and races together. those are some of the things people are remembering about him and what he lived behind and i guess throughout this week you'll be hearing a lot from people who appreciated what his message was. >> all right. in nairo by, thank you. tributes to the late archbishop are pouring in. u.s. president joe biden sent condolences and on twitter writing in part, we are heart broken to learn of the passing of a true servant of god and of the people. mr. biden's old boss, former u.s. president barack obama wrote that tutu was a mentor, a friend and a moral compass for me and so many others. a universal spirit. archbishop tutu was grounded in the spirit for liberation and justice in his own country but also concerned with injustice everywhere. former president bill clinton wrote archbishop desmond tutu's
life was a gift blessed with brilliance and eloquence, steady determination and good humor and unshakeable faith in the inherent decency of all people. the lawyer who successfully argued roe versus wade for the u.s. supreme court has died. sarah weddington was just 26 years old and argued it twice before the high court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. she died at her texas home on sunday. weddington was 76 years old. jurors are expected back in new york to resume deliberations in the sex trafficking trial of ghislaine maxwell. they asked several questions about witness testimony and fbi notes before they were dismissed for the christmas holiday. the long-time associate and former girlfriend of jeffrey epstein has pleaded not guilty to six different counts including sex trafficking of a
minor. the three-week old trial was highlighted by testimony from four women who said maxwell recruited and 2k3wgroomed them e sexually abused by epstein. in four hours court will resume in colorado. millions of people around the world say the punishment in the case of a truck driver is an outrage. >> reporter: the district attorney is now asking the court to reconsider that lengthy 110 year prison sentence for the truck driver potentially reducing it to 20 or 30 years. just to remind viewers, he was 23 years old at the time of the incident. he was driving at 85 miles an hour, his brakes failed. he was convicted of vehicular homicide among other charges. the da is not looking to overturn the conviction. the da said he made multiple choices that resulted in the death of four people as a result
of serious injuries to others and adding that the shorter sentence, quote, reflects an appropriate outcome for that conduct. at issue are colorado mandatory minimum sentencing laws that require sentences to be served out consecutively rather than concurrently which is how he ended up with more than a century behind bars. even the judge who sentenced him said at the time, quote, if i had the discretion it would not be my sentence. several colorado lawmakers now calling for legal reforms. take a listen. >> our system here at this building has created a situation where a judge at their own discretion who doesn't want to issue a sentence has had to issue that sentence. what we hope to achieve is reforms. that's really what this is all about. we have to reform the system that is creating a situation where we are creating more victims of our justice system. we have to do that now. >> mederos himself was emotional during this sentencing saying
that he never intended to hurt anyone. the case is sparking international and national concern. nearly 5 million people signing a petition asking the colorado governor to reduce or overturn this sentence. his office telling cnn that he is currently reviewing the clemency request. lucy cavanaugh, cnn, los angeles. still to come on cnn, the white house says it isn't giving up on its ambitious build back better legislation. we'll have the latest from washington for you. plus a massive car pileup in nevada all due to heavy snow across the west. details ahead. ...demands a lotion this pure. new gold bond pure moisture lotion. 24-hour hydration. no parabens, dyes, or fragrances. gold bond. champion your skin.
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm max foster. if you are just joining us let me bring you up to date with some of the other stories we're fooling. officials in south korea have given pfizer's covid pill. thousands of flights are canceled over the weekend by major u.s. air lines as the omicron surge impacts airline staff and crews. nearly 1500 flights were canceled on sunday alone. delta and united airlines say the omicron variant has had a direct impact on their operations. u.s. president joe biden won't be ringing in the new year after west virginia senator joe manchin slammed the door on it. now democrats are considering a new approach. cnn's jeremy diamond has more from washington. >> reporter: well, christmas came and went and president biden still doesn't have that key piece of his domestic policy agenda secured.
that's the build back better act which the president had hoped to pass in time for christmas, but instead that has been pushed back to early 2022 after senator joe manchin last week said that he could not support that bill in its current form. he said the conversations, though, have resumed between the white house and senator manchin's office. president biden saying just days ago that he believes that he can still get large chunks of that bill pushed through congress. how exactly though appears unclear. senator ben cardin, one of those members of the democratic caucus of the senate weighing in on how it might get done. listen. >> democrats, are they hoping to scale it back more or passing pieces as stand-alones may be attracting senator manchin and the gop on these issues? >> that's a strategy decision being negotiated. we are open to reach the finish line. we want to make it as
comprehensive as possible because the needs are there. >> reporter: getting that done in smaller bills will be challenging given that they need to use the reconciliation if they want to pass it without any republican support. ultimately one thing is clear and that is that different factions of the democratic party want to move forward and try to find a way to get large chunks of the bill passed. pramila jayapal wrote in the washington post on sunday that she wants to continue working towards getting this bill done and getting something as close to that framework that democrats have previously agreed to as possible. meanwhile, senator chuck schumer, senate majority leader have said democrats in the senate will indeed vote on the build back better act in early 2022. he has not officially set a date for that. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. u.s. vice president kamala harris is promising to fight for mr. biden's build back better
act. she had this to say about the key holdout, democratic senator joe manchin. >> i think the stakes are too high for this to be in any way about any specific individual. we have to -- you know, one of the things -- >> it's a 50-50 senate. >> it is. i'm the tiebreaker. in fact, the president and i joke. when i leave one of our meetings to go break a tie, he says, well, that's going to be a winning vote. whenever i vote we win. it's a joke we have. but the stakes are so high and we can't afford in this moment in time when we have an opportunity to do something so substantial in terms of public policy to literally help families. i refuse to get caught up in the what might be personal politics when the people who are waking up at 3:00 in the morning worried about how they could get by could care less about the
politics of d.c. they want us to fix things. >> the child care tax credit has already expired. how do you come up with that. >> we have to extend it. >> how do you do that without senator manchin? >> you don't give up. that's how we do it. >> reporter: sources say the administration isn't going to give up on the other key issues either including voting rights. oil prices are down after airlines canceled thousands of flights over the u.s. over the holidays because of staffing issues. oil prices remain cautious. opec is expected to leave in the 4th of january. global markets looking pretty mixed as you can see. here's a look at the u.s. futures along with the markets in europe and asia. dow futures down but only fractionally. u.s. shoppers did not hold back this holiday season. it seems the new master card spending policy report shows retail sales jumped 8.5% this season from november 1st to
december 24th over last year. store sales just up over 8%, online sales jumped 11% this season. master card official said shoppers wanted to get their gifts early because of concerns over supply chain and labor issues. now whiteout conditions led to a 20 car pileup in nevada with three people taken to hospital. take a look at the scene. unbelievable. the wintry weather mix on sunday morning made it a nightmare for drivers. officials say conditions were extreme with 50-mile-per-hour winds. experts say more snow is expected in the area as well, which is the complete opposite of the record hot temperatures the other side of the country. pedram javaheri has more on that. >> good morning, max. yes, big weather story around the u.s. the incredible disparity what is happening in the western u.s. big time cold air while the eastern u.s. bass beings in well
above average temperatures. i'm here to tell you this still continues for another week across portions of the u.s. mainly around the southern tier where nearly 200 more records could be set. that is max high temperatures and also warm low temperatures as we expected over this region over the next five or so days. as you look at the numbers, talking about running some 20 degrees or so above average. the 50s in the north, the 70s in the forecast and where the 80s are being seen. in most places the 60s should be expected in late december. that's houston, new orleans temps comfortably getting into the 80s. there is a disturbance on approach and that will push through later on today. a secondary going on behind it and brings with us wintry weather. not a significant weather maker around this region. yes, some weather advisories are in place but generally speaking for lighter amounts of snow and ice accumulating and certainly some snow maybe about an inch or snow. you'll notice some of the ice
secretion could get up to 1/4 inch to half an inch. disruptions could be expected and folks are returning back to work across the northeastern united states. around the western u.s. it is an entirely different story. one to two inches is a far cry because significant amounts of snow have come down across the pacific northwest and significant amounts of rain have come down into southern california. los angeles, that's a little bit of the weather times of the year. 2.5 inches falls. almost 5 inches comes down. that is 200% of the december averages in southern california. area that had not seen rainfall for months getting soaked yet again into early this week. notice all of this here in the pink, the purples, those are indicative of significant mountain snow accumulations as well. winter weather alerts for parts of 15 states to show for it as well, max. certainly a stark contrast to what's happening in the eastern u.s. send it back to you. >> pedram, at least 18 people
are dead and thousands left homeless as heavy floods hit parts of brazil. we have the crisis there from neighboring colombia. >> reporter: torrential rains and floods led to more than a dozen deaths and hundreds injured in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. that is one of the poorer states in the entire northeastern region. it had been suffering from a drought so far. the state's governor said to reporters that tens of cities have been impacted by the catastrophic damage caused by the floods. >> translator: this is a massive tragedy. i can't remember seeing anything like this in bahia's recent history given the amount of cities and houses involved. it's truly terrifying. there are so many houses and streets completely underwater. >> reporter: the state's civil protection agency said 16,000 people have been left homeless and thousands more displaced
from the floods. the local meteorological service is forecasting even more rain through monday and tuesday, potentially inflicting even more damage on the population already impacted by the disaster. for cnn. still ahead, a christmas morning security scare after the british royal family. we're learning about the armed intruder arrested at windsor castle. and one candidate sounds like it was lifted from the u.s. script in 2016. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. >> they're thieves, assassins, rapists. that's all they are.
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windsor castle in the u.k. we're joined by cnn's selma abdel azeez. this was a targeted attack as far as we understand. >> reporter: yes. some shocking news, max. what we know is that within moments this suspect entered the grounds of windsor castle security area. he was captured and security officers were aware. they were called at about 8:30 in the morning christmas time. they arrived at the scene, detained that individual, that suspect. now we understand while he made it on the grounds of windsor castle, he was unable to trespass on to any of the actual buildings there on the grounds. what do we know of the man? we know he's a 19-year-old from south hampton. he was apparently carrying a weapon with him. it was a crossbow, not a firearm. it was a crossbow. we do understand that mental health issues did have a role to play, that's why the authorities say that the 19-year-old man underwent a health assessment
and is now in the custody of the authorities as they find out next stages both in his criminal process and mental health support that he may or may not need. and it comes at a time of course when the queen was celebrating christmas at home with her family at windsor castle. she canceled her traditional plans to travel to norfolk and staying behind at windsor castle out of an abundance of caution because of omicron variant. she gave her traditional christmas message and was very poignant this year because this was her first year without her late husband prince philip. take a listen to what she said. >> christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. this year especially i understand why, but for me in the months since the death of my beloved phillip, i have drawn great comfort from the warmth
and affection of the many tributes to his life and work. from around the country, the "common" wealth and the world. >> >> reporter: now there's a lot of symbolism there. she's wearing the broach she wore in 1947. that photograph you see framed, that's from their wedding anniversary in 2007, her diamond wedding anniversary. the larger message after such a tough year, the queen is herself having to make sacrifices when everyone is hoping to hear the message of hope but also that message of sympathy and understanding for those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic, zblaks selma, thank you. the presidential election is four months away. one television personality is drawing the battle lines. that playbook sounds familiar.
it's no accident. cnn's cyril vanier reports. >> reporter: the political force shaking up france's presidential campaign. antiimmigration delivering his first official speech as a candidate. >> translator: obviously i'm not a racist. you're not a racist. all you want is to defend your country, our homeland, the heritage of our ancestors. >> reporter: he promised zero immigration and this is the reaction we've been getting. moments later his campaign marred by violence. this is how zemmour's supporters responded to an anti-racism protest. convicted twice, found guilty of inciting racial and religious hatred and fined.
he has drawn comparisons to another fire breathing populist. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. >> translator: they're thieves, a sis sins, rapists, that's all they are. >> they can try to steal the election from us. >> translator: don't let them steal the election from you. >> reporter: zemmuor and trump, the parallels, hard to miss. they capitalized on their tv fame to launch an unlikely presidential bid. their promise -- >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: bring the country back to an imagined former glory. >> the france of napoleon and charles degall. >> reporter: he draws inspiration from trump. whenever asked, he would say
build the wall. that's how zemmour. the french trump? almost. the former tv personality, still a long-shot candidate, one part trump, one part tucker carlson. >> how precisely is diversity or strength? he's not from this country in that sense. >> reporter: zemmour is a facsimile of the fox news star. same debating styles, same cable news platform, same enviable ratings and the same obsession with culture wars. >> translator: we must dhooz names from the calendar. the names of christian saints. >> my name is -- >> your mother was wrong. >> reporter: like carlson, zemmour never had interest in running for office until he did. cyril vanier, cnn, paris. still on cnn -- still ahead
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good morning, everyone. it's monday, december 27th. 5 a.m. here in new york. thanks so much for getting an "early start" with us. i'm laura jarrett and i'm joined by paula reid. so nice to have you for a couple of days. >> i'm so excited to be here with you filling in for christine romans. >> a lot to get to as america prepares to bring in a new year. a growing number of public health experts say it's time for another change. for more than two year