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i just wanted to change things. >> it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of how we reopen schools. >> this twitter hack is unprecedented. >> she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat. good morning and welcome for "sunday today" on this july 19th. i'm willie geist. the coronavirus has taken hold in some of america's most populous states with spikes tinning across the country this morning. florida and california both reporting more than 10,000 cases
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on saturday alone. now measures are being taken to slow the spread, with miami beach enacting a new curfew overnight. we will have the latest in a live report from south florida just ahead. then in our sunday focus, a conversation about the life of john lewis, with historian john meacham who speak with the congressman in recent weeks while finishing a new book on the civil rights icon. plus, in our sundays spotlight, with some promising news this week about a potential coronavirus vaccine, how soon could it be approved, and how long will it take to produce and distribute across the country? and later, a brand new virtual sunday sitdown with captain america himself, chris evans, on his hit series "defending jacob." his new step into politics, and his one-man dance parties during this long lockdown. >> i'm a big proponent of just
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you know, it's sunny outside, i start jammin' and looking like a lunatic really. >> a sunday sitdown with chris evans, plus another life well lived, all a bit later in the show. but let's begin this morning with the latest on the spread of coronavirus. nbc's sam brock is in florida where hospitals are in crisis. sam, good morning. >> reporter: willie, good morning. curfews now have been coming down in cities all over the area. in miami beach where i am, it's the earliest, 8:00, an acknowledgement that if something doesn't change soon south florida could be looking at lockdown as patients and health care workers are feeling the strain. florida's covid numbers paint the picture of a five-alarm five, more than 15% of tests still coming back positive. the human testimonies tell the story of health care front-line fatigue and increasingly sick. >> i could not get a breath in
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at all. >> reporter: this nurse contracted covid and so did her two kids. >> i was terrified. i felt like i just killed my daughter. >> reporter: all three have recovered. as communities continue to struggle under the crush of covid, some promising signs peek through. >> every time i read about a vaccine that's doing well, i feel a little bit better. >> reporter: heather wiley recently participated in phase one of a vaccine trial that has since moved on to its next steps, all in record time. >> it's incredibly fast. it's unlike anything that i've ever seen. >> reporter: dr. jeffrey rosen's clinical research team in miami is conducting not only vaccine trials but tests for covid treatment. inhaled through a nebulizer that could prevent the development of covid-19 or treat its symptoms. >> if it works, it's going to stop the flow of patients into the hospital and overwhelming the health care system. >> reporter: a system that's taxed from california to texas, where the state just learned 85
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children under the age of 2 in one county were infected with covid-19. >> these babies have not even had their first birthday yet. please help us to stop the spread of this disease. >> reporter: urgent cries for help, as parts of the country try to restore some aspects of regular life. teachers frustrated by the stop and start of trying to get back into the classroom. >> we miss our kids and we know that we're most effective when we're in front of them. it's not worth it to risk the lives of our kids. >> reporter: even on the baseball diamond, the mets and yankees were a sight for sports fans' sore eyes, battling it out in exhibition, while the traoroo bluejays learned that cross-border travel is a nonstarter. here in the miami area maybe nowhere is the strange juxtaposition more obvious. the marlins getting ready to play baseball games while a portion of their parking lot is being used for covid-19 testing. in the state of florida, willie, six of the last seven days,
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there have been more than 10,000 new cases of covid-19. willie? >> just astounding numbers. sam brock in miami for us. sam, thanks so much. we'll have much more on a race for a vaccine coming up in our sunday spotlight. meanwhile president trump now admits he may not be able to hold the rallies that have been the life blood of his political campaign. on saturday the president tried to fire up his supporters over the telephone instead. kelly o'donnell is at the white house with more on that. and a new report that the trump administration is obstructing new congressional funding for coronavirus testing. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. expect that negotiations will ramp up in the coming week over the next package of aid for coronavirus, and there are deep divides over what should be in it. important to note, it's likely the last relief package before the november election. just as the president is finding new ways to talk to voters in battleground states. grounded by the pandemic, a
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campaign alternative debuted. >> president donald j. trump. >> hello, arizona. i'm thrilled to be with you and talk to you today. >> reporter: the trump telerally, a conversation posted online, connecting candidate trump with three battleground states, wisconsin, arizona and michigan this weekend. >> this is really replacing our rallies that we all love so much. >> reporter: a stark acknowledgement that his signature arena gatherings are unworkable because of covid dangers. the president laying blame on democrats too. >> until the covid is gone, it's a little bit tough and frankly some of the democrat governors make it impossible to do a rally anyway. >> reporter: top advisers concede trump's campaign must adapt. >> there are voters who will do anything for donald trump who may never come to a rally until they get a vaccine. >> reporter: the president spent hours on the golf course saturday with senator lindsey graham. then teed off on joe biden using the politics of fear.
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>> he wants to do something that affects wisconsin. he wants to abolish the suburbs. >> reporter: making provocative accusations that sound a dog whistle. >> bringing who knows into your suburbs. so your communities will be unsafe and your housing values will be go down. >> reporter: a new battle looms on capitol hill over the next coronavirus aid package. "the washington post" reports the trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars to states for testing and tracing. the white house says the administration's focus is on money for schools, incentives for businesses to reopen and a payroll tax cut. and as so many in the world are acknowledging the passing of john lewis, the congressman and civil rights icon, former presidents, lots of officials, a more muted response from president trump. he did tweet that he and melania are saddened by the passing of the civil rights icon and hero. the white house also put out a
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statement to announce the lowering of flags here at the white house and at all federal installations around the country and around the world to honor john lewis. there was a lot of tension between them. lewis had not attended the inaugural. willie. >> all right, kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you very much as always. chuck todd is nbc's political director and moderator of "meet the press." chuck, good morning, good to see you. let's start right there with john lewis. i went back and yesterday was watching your interview with john lewis around the time of donald trump's election. you were asking him was he going to be able to work with donald trump. john lewis has been called the conscience of congress. you obviously covered him for a lot of years, kelly covered him a lot of years. what are we losing in congress? what role did he play in that body? >> well, he was really -- i would say he was definitely congress' spiritual leader because he had an ability to -- he had an ability to touch
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people on both sides of the aisle. it was interesting to me how, you know -- look, i think it was -- the cynical side of me, some of these republicans who would reach out to john lewis were looking to brandish their own credentials or try to improve their own image, hoping that sitting next to john lewis or walking across the bridge with john lewis would do that. and if john lewis -- he never cared what the motive was if somebody was going to march with him, if somebody wanted to be educated with him and needed the photo op to go with it. i guess that's what made him, i think, so beloved on both sides of the aisle. as cynical as we all are in washington, he never questioned the motives of others. even if the motive was obvious right in your face, because at the end of the day i think he thought, you know what, it's one more chance to educate one more person. >> boy, as you say, is that rare in washington right now. we're going to talk much more
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about john lewis with john meacham. chuck, let's talk about what's going on in the campaign. a new poll out overnight shows a 15-point spread between joe biden and donald trump. an nbc/"wall street journal" poll had it in double digits. we had the demotion of brad parscale and yesterday we saw telerallies where the president is on speakerphone talking to supporters, a far cry from those big sold-out stadiums in 2016. what is the state of the trump campaign right now? >> i think it's in dire straits right now. i think it's in a rough situation, and the question is, is there -- does the president have the credibility to turn things around? there's time to do this, willie. it's not an issue of time. but what is dragging him down are two issues that he just doesn't seem comfortable handling. one obviously is the virus. he continues to want to deflect leadershipthis, punt it to the states.
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the other has been race relations. the two of them in combo clearly are pushing a group of voters away from him. we've noticed it. it's sort of right-leaning suburbanites, college educated voters. you're starting to see a split between republicans where those who count themselves as trump supporters and those who say they're supporters of the party over the president. there's a 40-point gap between that group of republicans and trump republicans on the handling of the virus. that is what's dragging him down. there's time to do this, but the president has to change course. is he willing to do that? >> it would be hard to do at this point given the fact that he promised it would magically disappear, the coronavirus. people see in their open lives, republicans and democrats, that's not happening. chuck, thank you very much. we will look for much more on a special edition of "meet the press" when chuck takes an in-depth look at how the u.s. has handled the covid crisis. and it is going to be very
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hot for millions of you we're getting a bit of ocean air conditioning, even low clouds into parts of the tri-valley and around san jose for the valley. you can see throughout the day on the coast the low clouds will go away. santa cruz may get sun at times, the sea breeze and return of low clouds bringing our temperatures down to the 70s and 60s coast and bay side. the cooling trend that starts today should follow us through the middle part of the week trending warmer approaching next weekend. straight ahead, the highs and lows of the week, including the amazing story behind the hero big brother drawing praise around the world after he bravely stepped between a charging dog and his little sister. and the award for mtse of l goes to a group of seniors recreating some of music's most famous album covers.
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tell your doctor if you have pain or swelling in your arms or legs, shortness of breath, chest pain and rapid breathing or heart rate, or if you are pregnant or nursing. every day matters. and i want more of them. ask your doctor about everyday verzenio. john lewis was only 23 years old when in late august of 1963, he spoke on the steps of the lincoln memorial at the march on washington he was 25 when he was beaten on the edmund pettus bridge in selma, alabama congressman lewis lived to see another movement in the streets of america more than a half century later. jon meacham is a pulitzer prize-winning historian and the
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author of an upcoming book about lewis called "his truth is marching on, john lewis and the power of hope. jon, good morning. good to see you, my friend >> thank you, willie. >> i've been listening to you over the last couple of days, been reading what you're writing, and there is this amazing through line in john lewis' life. his great grandfather was a slave. he obviously from a very young age participated in the civil rights movement and did, as i mentioned, live to see the black lives matter movement right now. his life really, in many ways, john, is the story of america. >> it's the story of america at its best and a story of an america that always has to contend with its worst forces.n about john and, to me, the remarkable thing about john robert lewis is how clearly he embodied, how forcefully he embodied the christian gospel he was on that bridge, he was on those buses, he was in the
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streets, he was in the congress because he believed in the dictates and the implications of the sermon on the mount. he believed that we had to love one another as we love ourselves. and he took that theological idea and brought it straight to the american political and cultural battles that continue to unfold today. >> as we talk about john lewis, jon, as this healer, we were talking to chuck a minute ago about his being the conscience of congress. it's easy to forget that back in 1963, for example, he was considered a radical even by many members of the civil rights movement in fact, his speech at the march on washington had to be toned down a bit could you talk about the role he played in those early days of the civil rights movement? >> he was the radical.ffcript.
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he was making and so at the march on washington when he was making the case for how important it was for segregation to end, for america to live up to the words that it said it believed in, the kennedy administration had stationed two people inside the memorial ready to cut the mic, ready to cut the mic if john lewis went too far and one of them had a record, an album of mahalia jackson singing "he's got the whole world in his hands" and they were going to blast that through the speakers to shut him down can already feel it happening. so i think to some people, you can already feel it happening. john lewis can seem like this distant figure, somehow part of, say, the past experience, part of an iconography of reform and power. reform and
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he, to his dying day, as you just mentions, he believed he had to do everything he could to bring the force of love and justice to a world that was fallen and sinful. >> yeah, i know you talked to john lewis a couple of weeks ago for the last time as you're writing this book that's coming out in a couple of months, jon what were his final hopes? what were his final dreams what was his final message for this country >> he said that he felt restless think about that for a second. you're john lewis, you have helped change the arc of a powerful nation, the most powerful empire since rome you have achieved all of this and he said he felt restless because he wanted to do more he wanted to do more and the last words he said to me were keep the faith, keep the faith. >> we will take that on a sunday morning. jon meacham, thank you so much
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jon's upcoming book on john lewis is called "his truth is marching on. jon, great to see you, thank you. still ahead on "sunday today," a life well lived where we will honor a contemporary of john lewis and another titan of the american civil rights movement. but up next, a new virtual sunday sitdown at home with actor chris evans on his turn from playing captain america in the highest-grossing film in hollywood history to a dramatic role in the new hit series "defending jacob." and as we head to break, our photo of the week, queen elizabeth knighting the british hero we've come to know and love as captain tom, the 100-year-old veteran of world war ii raised more than $40 million you'll remember for british health care workers by walking 100 laps in his garden this was, of course, the first-ever knighthood ceremony held at a safe social distance captain tom now officially is captain sir tom moore. he joked that he remained
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good sunday morning. it is july 19th. let's take a live look outside. beautiful skies. the sun is rising. a little cloud cover as we begin our sunday morning. i'm kira klapper. meteorologist rob mayeda has your microclimate pointed out seeing low clouds and we're seeing a lot of low clouds closer to san francisco with misty skies and drizzle to start off your sunday morning. you see a mix of sunshine and low clouds inland. the low clouds the big story of the day.
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on the coast around the inner bay filling in this morning. coastal low clouds this afternoon and a stronger sea breeze today. notice the temperatures from the morning mid-50s to low 60s. around lunch time some 70s and only topping out today in the mid to upper 80s. inland part of a cooling trend that will take us through the new week. a closer look at cooler changes coming up at 7:00 in the full forecast. kira? >> i love the sound of that. thanks. the rise of coronavirus cases has county and state health leaders scaling back reopening plans. nearly the entire state is on the watch list because of the surge in cases. san mateo county is the only not on the list. it's a big draw for people looking for services they can't get in their county. some people even driving for miles just for a haircut. sanat county may not stay off the watch list. the county is seeing more new covid-19 cases which is why leaders will put san mateo
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county on the watch list in a matter of days. >> there appears to us that the county early next week may be on that watch list. and so that's a direct result of our issues around new cases. >> a statement was issued saying while we are not on the list our case rate of 101.2 per 100,000 in the population will likely put us on the list soon. supervisor canepa says san mateo county was able to get the easing of restrictions because of a public outreach campaign launched early. now to some help for the surge at california hospitals. military medics have been called in. a 21-person team from travis air force base is helping doctors in palm springs. they're assigned to covid isolation units. the icu is full.
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there's 80% capacity at the rest of the hospital. it isn't the only hospital in riverside county in need of help. some 17 hospitals in that county are relying on traveling nurses to cover the surge in covid cases. 6:29 right now. coming up on "today in the bay," they are part of the trader joe's brand, but now a new petition is calling for the grocery chain to ditch certain labels. you may be familiar with them. the reason some people say they're feeding into a harmful stereotype. we will have that plus all your top stories and rob's forecast coming up at 7:00. we hope to see you then. right now back to "sunday today" with willie geist.
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have you arrested him? have you arrested my son? >> not yet, no. >> but you're going to? >> we have no choice given the circumstances. >> do you have a warrant? >> we are getting it now. >> i give you my word he'll turn himself in. you don't have to arrest him. he doesn't belong in jail, not even for one night. he's not a flight risk, he's my son. >> a scene from "defending jacob" the hit new apple tv plus series starring chris evans as a prosecutor whose own teenage son is accused of murder. "defending jacob" which was shot near evans' hometown just outside of boston allowed him to
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deploy the massachusetts accent, was one of the actor's first stops after leading the big budget marvel cinematic universe where he played captain america for nearly a decade. chris' next stop, washington. this week he launched an ambitious new website aimed at making sense of the issues at stake in this november's election. chris and i got together over zoom back in may for a virtual sunday sitdown. >> hi, i'm captain america. >> on the big screen, chris evans has helped save the world. >> avengers! assemble. >> but when the real world needs saving, the boston-born actor gladly stays home, laying low with his trustee sidekick, a mixed breed boxer named dodger. >> what does quarantine look like for you? >> it's just me and dodger. it's good because i'm -- it's such a stupid thing. i consider myself an introvert,
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i am. when people are like i'm just a geek, it takes a while before i need social interaction. i just stay home. i never shower. that's not true, i shower all the time. i don't know why i said that. >> it's too late, we're going to cut off your answer with you saying you never shower. we got exactly what we needed out of this. fantastic. we're going to talk about "defending jacob" and a starting point. but as a patriots fan, where are you in the grieving process right now with the loss of tom brady? >> i mean i hate to say it, i kind of saw it coming. i was anticipating, waiting for it and i could never, ever, ever harbor any ill will. he gave 20 years of some of the best football memories i'll ever have so i wish him well. >> are you going to get the brady jersey, the bucs? are you going that far? >> i'm not going to go that far. but if the pats don't make it, the bucs are the next team i'm rooting for. >> there was one normal to go back. to there was just before and
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after. >> so let's talk about "defending jacob." without giving away too much, you are an assistant district attorney whose life is turned upside down because suddenly the case you have to take on is your own son. >> that's right. there's a murder in a town, a 14-year-old boy is killed by the high school and my son becomes the prime suspect. >> i swear i didn't do it. >> we believe you. >> it's a man who's not only protecting his son, but protecting his perception of himself. the family he's worked toward is his identity. and to me that's really easy to tap into because i hold my family dear is an understatement. it's everything to me. my identity is completely tangled up in that. >> as you read through the material, you knew it was sort of a boston-based thing. that had to help a little bit. >> yeah, yeah, i didn't even have to push that on them. i thought about throwing out the accent, but it just felt -- it felt a little unnecessary. it felt like a weird
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>> you might have blown it on the car commercial. >> you're not putting your car in there. >> stop beating a smarty pants. >> that got no driver. >> that's already. >> only in the comedic lens now. >> i can do this all day. >> i know, i know. >> you literally came off the biggest movie in the history of hollywood, literally, "avengers end game". >> yeah. >> and spin into a show like "defending jacob." do you enjoy mixing it up that way? >> i think most of the variation between process is happening in between action and cut, which sounds really [ bleep ] pretentious. >> you're going to hear about that from your friends in boston. chris evans, between action and cut. >> outside of action and cut, the politically outspoken evans has been working on something new, an online platform called "a starting point," dedicated to explaining the most pressing issues in american politics this
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election year through one-on-one interviews spread equally across the political spectrum. >> it's a way to have a connected, focused discussion around an issue. >> i was watching the news and i didn't understand something. i went to google it and it was overwhelming how hard it was to pin down basic, concise information. i think a lot of people are curious about politics and maybe a little intimidated to try and find a way in so they avoid it. and the initial plan was that this could serve as a friendly and intuitive access point for information. >> and so you actually went to washington yourself and literally knocked on doors. >> yes. >> and tried to get people to sit down and talk to you. how did that go? >> sometimes literally knocking on doors. they assumed it was a joke at first, that it wasn't real. we made a video where i said hello, it's me, please. and again, there was apprehension. but then once you get a couple of people involved, we started snowballing. it's so different from what i normally do. it felt very satisfying to be of
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service. >> a satisfying step outside of the actor's comfort zone, at a time when chris evans has peopl what you did in private they would lock you up. would you like to explain what you meant by that? >> i'm a big pro opponent of just blasting music in the morning. if it's the right tune and it's sunny outside, i start jammin' and looking like a lunatic. >> you indicated it might be '80s themed? is there a particular song? >> the other day it was '80s. i was really into mister mister ♪ the wind blows hard across the oh, wow. >> kind of an underrated '80s tune. so i'll play it 30 times in a row until i don't want to hear it again. i'm still in the sweet spot. as soon as this is over, i'm going to go blast it.
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♪ >> you know what, this has been a great interview from action to cut and i want to thank you for that. >> oh, my god! >> that's on you, man. that's on you. >> come on, this is me. i literally just dig deeper. ♪ >> you didn't know you were going to get some bonus mister mister on a sunday morning. "defending jacob" is streaming now on apple tv plus and the new website to help you sort through the issues of the day is stick around for a great cameo from chris in the highs and lows of the week in just a few minutes. don't forget to subscribe to the podcast to hear the full-length interview with chris evans. you can finding it on apple podcasts or wherever you get yours. and next week, a favorite sunday sitdown with one of the coolest human beings currently walking the planet, music icon
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lenny kravitz. my conversation with lenny next not so steamy in san francisco right now. the clouds and low fog, mist and drizzle to start off the morning. the low clouds that moved inland this morning, this is all part of a cooldown kicking in today where valleys will drop mainly into the 70s and 80s inland. on the coast 60s and 70s. the cooling trend now is going to take us into the beginning of the week. as we see the coolest temperatures monday through wednesday and then trending warmer as you approach next weekend. ahead on "sunday today" our highs and lows of the week, including the mesmerizing internet distraction the world needs right now. it turns out everything is cake. we'll explain. but up next, the race to a coronavirus vaccine. how close are scientists, and will it really mean a return to normal?
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if you've been financially impacted by covid-19, janssen may be able to help. this week the national institutes of health and the biotech firm moderna announced their coronavirus vaccine was successful in a first rounds of testing. dr. anthony fauci, while dodging jabs from the white house, said of the development, any way you slice it, this is good news. so how quickly should we reasonably expect a vaccine to be produced and distributed in massive quantities and is it really the holy grail for return to normal life? dr. john torres has our sunday spotlight. >> as the world works at a record pace to develop a coronavirus vaccine, some good news this week. moderna's phase one clinical trial data shows all 45 participants developed antibodies that could fight the
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coronavirus. the vaccine will move into large-scale human trials later this month enrolling 30,000 participants. sounds promising, but when can we realistically have a vaccine available? >> by the end of this calendar year and the beginning of 2021, i feel optimistic that we will have a vaccine, one or more, that we can start distributing to people. >> reporter: but as we edge closer, more questions loom. who gets the vaccine first? according to the world health organization, health care workers should get priority, then adults over 65 and people with underlying conditions. moderna's chief medical officer says it's looking at those groups closely in the next trial. >> the phase three trial is geared towards testing this vaccine amost. >> but will there even be enough of it? >> it's one thing to have a successful vaccine. it's another thing to make 350 million doses just for the
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united states. >> to meet demand, companies have already started producing the vaccines, even though none have received approval. the university of oxford is expected to release its first clinical trial data tomorrow, yet its already working to produce 2 billion doses of its vaccine. moderna says it can deliver 500 million doses a year starting next year, but how effective will a vaccine be? experts say it's likely the first ones on the market will require multiple doses or booster shots. >> i think these first vaccines may do the former, may help reduce severity of illness, which is important, but it may be the later vaccines that actually reduce transmission. >> with over 150 vaccines in development worldwide, we will likely see several approved in the next few years. >> and i think there's a lot of reason for optimism and encouragement for the first time in a while during this pandemic. >> a step forward as the race for a vaccine continues. >> and dr. torres joins me now live. dr. torres, good morning.
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so there is a great distance between arriving at the vaccine, getting it approved, which we got some good news on that this week as you reported, and fully distributing it, getting it into the hands of the people who need it. so when will we be at the point in your estimation where we feel like we can begin to return to normal life with that widely distributed vaccine? >> good morning, willie. the point will be when we get enough of that herd immunity. experts are saying anywhere from 50% to 70% of people need to be immunized against the virus itself. that means either they got the virus and have antibodies or they have gotten the vaccine. the distribution will be handled by operation warp speed or at least we think they will. they're the ones making plans for it. that's that partnership between the dod, hhs, cdc among other entities. they're looking at that right now. they're going to produce the vaccine before it gets approved so once it gets approved it's ready to go. as i said in the package here, dosing will be limited
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initiallinitially but remember too when it comes to distribution, it's not just a u.s. distribution, it's a world distribution. so we'll be in the bucket with everybody else, willie. >> yeah, and it is moving at warp speed, as you say right now. great job by those scientists. dr. torres, thank you very much, we appreciate it. this week we highlight another life well lived. we've been talking this morning about the great american life of the great congressman and civil rights hero, john lewis. on may 24th, 1961, lewis and another young civil rights activist named c.t. vivian both were arrested in jackson, mississippi, while participating in the famed freedom rides to desegregate busing across the south. this week the two friends died on the same day. in february of 1965, reverend vivian stood on the steps of the dallas county courthouse in selma, alabama, attempting to register african-american voters
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in a moment that helped to galvanize the movement nationally, the notorious segregationist sheriff john clark punched him in front of the tv cameras. >> you can't do that without hurting the rights of all other citizens. >> vivian stood up with blood in his mouth and continued his peaceful protest. then he was arrested and given 11 stitches. he later told the "atlanta journal constitution" i had to show that i wasn't afraid. by that day in selma, c.t. vivian already had proved that many times over. in 1947 nearly a decade before the montgomery bus boycott, vivian joined a sit-in that successfully desegregated a restaurant in peoria, illinois, where he was working. a decade later in nashville, he first heard in person dr. martin
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luther king jr. speak about nonviolent protests. a fellow preacher, vivian soon became one of king's closest advisers and a national director of the southern christian leadership conference where he organized protests, including the march on washington. vivian was on the front lines, beaten brutally by prison guards after a 1961 freedom ride in mississippi. and by a white mob while protesting in st. augustine, florida. nearly a half century after passage of the 1964 civil rights act he fought vivian was awarded the presidential medal of freedom, the united states highest civilian honor, by the country's first african-american president. the reverend c.t. vivian, an early pioneer of the american civil rights movement, died on friday at home in atlanta. friday at home in atlanta. he was 95 years old.
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exist in real life when he saved his little sister during a very scary incident. bridger and his 4-year-old sister were playing at a friend's house in wyoming when a dog charged at them. bridger stepped in front of his sister to protect her, an act of bravery that likely saved her life but landed bridger in the hospital with some 90 stitches in his face. we are happy to report he is okay and recovering at home. sitting at his son's bedside at the hospital, bridger's hospital asked the boy why he did it. bridger replied, if someone had to die, i thought it should be me. he is 6 years old. as bridger's story of heroism spread around the world, he began to hear directly from some of the movie superheroes he loves. among them, who we spoke to a few minutes ago, chris evans, aka captain america. >> captain america here. how are you doing, buddy? so i read your story and saw
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what you did. i'm sure you've heard a lot of this over the last couple of days, but let me be the next one to tell you, pal, you're a hero. what you did was so brave, so selfless. i'm going to send you an authentic captain america shield because, pal, you deserve it. keep being the man you are. we need people like you. >> way to go, chris. bridger also received calls from ironman star robert downey jr. and spider-man tom holland who invited bridger to the set of the next movie. those guys were lucky to talk to the real-life life-altering epi everything around you is made of cake. i could explain. buzzfeed tasty posted this compilation of everyday objects which when sliced with a knife are revealed to be cakes. toilet paper, bananas, even a
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bottle of lotion, all just dessert in disguise. the eerily realistic creations are the work of a talented baker in turkey whose cakes have inspired a trend that has mesmerized the internet. the online cake craze forced this comedian to confront the haunting truth that everything, including his own body, is cake. we really do have a lot of free time on our hands right now, don't we? our next high goes to the sidmar care home. the seniors held a photo shoot to recreate famous album covers and the results are just glorious. they channelled rock gods like david bowie, madonna, and, yes, the boss, bruce springsteen. sheila solomons didn't have a guitar so she raised her cane in
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homage to the clash. some seniors went with younger artists like adele and taylor swift, all of them absolutely nailing it from makeup to wardrobe down to the poses. the caregivers got in on the action too posing for queen's album queen 2 homes. the home's activities coordinator came up with the idea. >> i like to make their lives meaningful, for them to do exciting projects, things that are a bit different so that they have a sense of meaning and purpose. >> you really are rock stars. our final low this week goes to a new feline twist on the zoom call interruption. a british politician had a visitor during a virtual parliament meeting this week. >> and they are also now embracing this. i apologize for my cat's tail. why -- why are you not doing this by default?
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good morning, it is sunday, july 19th. a look outside, looks nice as we look at the municipal rose garden in san jose. cloudy skies you can see above. thanks so much for starting your sunday with us. i'm kira klapper. meteorologist rob mayeda is in for vianey with a look at your microclimate forecast. hey, rob, good morning. i saw you on late last night and thanks for being back with us this morning. >> if i fall asleep at any time, wake me up. you brought up a really good point with the low clouds this morning. we're seeing themre


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