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responders sifting through the rubble in surfside, florida. and summer scorcher. you know it t nearly 30 million people under heat alerts today as parts of the country brace for another potential day of record-breaking temperatures . it is sunday, july 11. we're so glad you are waking up with us. >> good morning. clock is ticking, isn't it? >> yeah, it is. in a big way because i think the whole world is watching the small town of truth or consequences, new mexico, because we are hours from british billionaire richard branson taking this trip to the edge of space. the launch of virgin galactic's unity rocket plane is going to mark the company's first test mission to carry a full compliment of space travelers.
>> this voyage has been two decades in the making. the rocket powered space plane will fly from new mexico to the edge of space at 2,400 miles an hour. branson is hoping this will usher in a new era of space tourism. >> my mission statement is to turn the dream of space travel into a reality for my grandchildren, for your grandchildren, for everyone. >> the fact is there is plenty that can go wrong with today's launch. but as cnn's rachel crane explains, branson believes the risk is worth the reward. >> reporter: the countdown is on. in just hours entrepreneur richard branson hopes to become the first person to ride a self-funded rocket into suborbital space. >> astronaut 001 richard branson. >> reporter: a launch nearly two
decades in the making. tell me, how do you feel? >> well, i managed to avoid getting excited for 17 years since we started building spaceships and mother ships and space ports and all these things. i finally got the call from our chief engineer saying every single box had been checked on the safety aspect and that would i like to go to space. and i hit the roof. i was so excited. >> reporter: the virgin galactic rocket powered space plane is set to take off sunday from new mexico. the mother ship will release the spaceship around 40,000 feet. the rocket will ignite and take branson, two pilots and three others on a 2,400-mile-per-hour ride to touch the inner edge of space as defined by the u.s. military and nasa. the crew will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before gliding back to earth. >> when you are up there the spaceship will turn over and
these enormous windows, we will be able to lock at earth. >> reporter: if successful it will edge out fellow billionaire jason goff who is set to ride his own company's rocket into space in the coming days. they have jockeyed for the astronomical bragging rights that come with being first. branson insisted there is no space race and the missions are different. >> the kind of experience can the two companies are almost as different as chalk and cheese. so we don't see ourselves as a direct competitor. >> two, one. >> reporter: while bezos' flight will be after branson''ses, new shepard will go past the karman line, the altitude internationally recognized to be the demarcation at space. designed to fly above the karman
line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. >> you won't notice the difference between 12 miles. they touch space and then come right back down. >> reporter: both space companies have had successful suborbital test flights. but with space travel comes inherent risk. in 2014 a co-pilot for virgin galactic was killed during a test flight of a previous model of their spacecraft. >> i like to say you can do risky things safely if you know the controls you have in place and verify they are active and we do that. i don't think the risk of this flight is high. it's not zero. >> liftoff. >> thank you to rachel for that. now, today branson and his crew are getting the chance to see the earth as so few have before. you know, from that edge of space. >> yeah, there are few thrills quite like it as former astronauts describe it like a life-changing experience.
listen. >> it's a dangerous, c complicated, very technical experience, but at the core it's a human experience. to be able to get up above the dawn sky out in the desert and to get up into the blackness of the rest of the universe and to be able to then see the world from a whole new perspective, be able to look at the curve of the world, that's the essence of it. >> the first time i flew into space i looked back at the earth and was awestruck. the colors are more bright and vivid than i imagined. i saw the sunlight passing through the atmosphere causing it to glow, beautiful shades of blue that don't get captured well on photographs. he is in for quite an sp experience. even though it's only a few minutes long, he will remember it forever. >> joining us to discuss all things space is janet ivy, the president of explore mars incorporated. janet, we are grateful to have
you this morning. thanks for joining us. you are a proponent of making science and specifically space more accessible to future generations. what are you going to be looking for in today's launch and what can we learn? >> you know, today i'm just excited that this moment is finally happening. we're celebrating 60 years of suborbital flight. i know a lot of people are going, why is that important? you know, 60 years ago the first human, yuri greg aryan went up bs alan shepard went up. it's like i hear the proponents say, there are so many problems here on earth. but we can solve a lot of problems, do a lot of science experiments, and i want to point everybody's attention to some of the things that we have learned and we've got better gps technology. there is better breast cancer test imaging. there has been an artificial heart pump based on the design of some of nasa's space shuttle
main engines. so some great science can happen up there on the international space station and companies are going to be vying to get on these flights. so today mainly i'm wishing them all the best and a big successful flight. lots of fun to see as astronauts call it. we heard commander chris hatfield say that sort of overview effect. astronaut nicole stott talks about she realized there were no boundaries, she wasn't looking for texas or florida, she saw it as one unified globe. so, yeah, i am looking to see the smiles. >> the elation and stories that are going to come as they land back here on spaceship earth. >> there is no question, janet, it's a big day for virgin galactic and for branson prans. potentially also for the future of humans in space. i'm cumulus how you might connect the dots between's today's launch, the upcoming launch of bloounl and space
travel to mars potentially. >> sure. i think with every incremental step we make we get closer to going back to the moon and on to mars. it becomes something that's, you know, sort of ubiquitous. oh, somebody is going to space today, right, my kids are headed to mars. i think it's a moment where it's more in our everyday vernacular. i will point you to a quote by jewels vern. remind you, he wrote this in 1965. he said in spite of the opinions of certain people who would shut the human race upon, stay on this globe, we shall one day travel. so these are great steps. as we heard this morning, decades in the making. but the more that we can experience this travel there, see what that's like, i think that there is a benefit for all humanity. if there are things that we can solve and we can create new
technologies and new medicines and things, you are going to see a bunch of companies lining up to have that moment, those four minutes of weightlessness to try out and see if apparatus or some new technology can work there. for me it's like for those future space explorers out there, i don't know if you are up yet, but it's like their jobs -- there are jobs that don't even have titles, that haven't even been created yet. so it's -- i think it's an exciting day and it's bringing closer so that all kinds of people can go to space, not just for those very elite few. and i think that's kind of exciting that regular citizens can go. >> yeah. i am in the cutting myself short. i am hoping to san diego travel to space myself. i want to be an astronaut when i grow up. janet, you might have an opportunity to go to space soon. tell us about that. >> well, currently, cross my fingers, i am a second-round
citizen candidate for space for humanity. i just got an email. i have to fill out a bit more paperwork and, hopefully, progressing, cross my fingers, to the next round. and that would afford me the opportunity to fly on vijonatha vigliotti's flights for jane pointers space perspective a large balloon that takes two hours to ascend to the edge of space and you have two hours to look around and two hours to descend. fingers crossed. people always just, like, i have been dreaming of being and going to space since i was a kid and playing "star trek" on the playground. >> well, hopefully, get a chance to play it out in real life. janet ivy, thank you for the time and we wish you safe trafrls. >> oh, thank you. best of luck to virgin galactic today. >> thanks. be sure to stay with cnn for live coverage of richard branson's space launch. it is going to be historic. you will not want to miss it.
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in his his we are only a third of the population is fully vaccinated health expertser seeing an impressive surge of new cases by the delta variant. >> they are warning seniors 65 and older to avoid mass gathering for the next two weeks that's regardless of vaccination status in fact now. cnn's paolo sandoval is in little rock, arkansas, this morning. that's a place where covid cases are really surging. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. there are many pockets of this country where people are enjoying what we know as pre-pandemic life, but also the stats ain states like arkansas tell a very different story. a hospital official here at the university of arkansas for medical science is telling me that this pandemic is far from over for some parts of the country, especially here. in fact, he tells me that the number of covid patients in their hospitals has more than doubled last friday to this friday. get this, too.
a majority of them, about 95% of them, are unvaccinated. in a state where vaccination numbers are falling way behind, the race is on to fight both an emerging covid variant and hesitancy about the vaccinations that protect against it. >> we went from science problems to life support in ten days. it was all so fast. >> reporter: the state of arkansas trying public service announcements to get an urgent message from former vaccine skeptics themselves. >> my thoughts have definitely changed. i believe getting vaccinated is the safest thing to do for your family. >> reporter: the vaccination rate stalled. only 35% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. that's one of the lowest in the country. making matters worst, new covid cases recently climbed back to over 1,000 a day across the state. some hospitals once again full with covid patients says dr. cam patterson. an overwhelming number of new
infections associated with the hawaii delta variant. >> arkansas is on the upward surge ever the third wave of covid-19 here in our state and it is tilting towards younger people. we are also seeing breakthrough infections in individuals who are immunocompromised. >> to see a potential third wave is disheartening and disappointing because, quite frankly, it's preventible. >> reporter: the mayor admits he had initial concerns about the vaccines but also lost family to covid earlier in the pandemic and is urging residents to roll up their sleeve like he is. >> i wouldn't ask them to do anything that i wasn't willing to do. i was able to take this test to be an example to see how serious it is and be open and vulnerable and my frustration of having to take it as well. >> just relax, okay? >> reporter: across town oscar martinez is finally getting his
shot. they teamed up with the university of arkansas for medical sciences to assist in efforts to vaccinate hispanics. she is deeply concerned by her estimates only 15 to 20% of the roughly 210,000 hispanics in the state are vaccinated. >> you have to remember arkansas is very rural. so a large portion of our hispanic population are very much in rural areas, too. and so again we're trying to get outside of the urban areas but getting into those communities. >> reporter: ri'shard davis' colleague trchlt robert hopkins chairs a commute crucial in submitting recommendations to the cdc about the vaccines. he anticipates once the current vaccine options from j&j, pfizer and moderna get full versus emergency fda approval it may give the hesitant one less reason it avoid their shot. >> i am hopeful we can get that full approval fairly soon.
i know that there has been regular communication between the pfizer, the moderna, and the johnson & johnson folks and the fda. i think that that would help at least with a part of our population that has been hesitant to know that this vaccine has full approval. >> reporter: back in arkansas, mask-wearing is once again a big topic of conversation, too. i heard from multiple health officials yesterday and local officials who are urging residents to wear masks yet again whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. twhaes not going to help that message is the fact that legislators just a few months ago voted for the state to not be able to implement a mask mandate again. >> paolo sandoval, thank you so much. dr. peter hotez now, professor and dean of topical medicine at baylor college medicine. thank you so much for being with us. something they were talking about there and something i know you want to talk about, these vaccine hold-outs and how
request we conquer this if we can't people to understand the importance of the vaccines. you wrote back in april, you addressed and really predicted what we're seeing now would happen and you write, we know that the impact of advocacy and reaching out can be profound. they were just talking in that piece about how it's important to get to rural areas as well. but let's listen together too representative, republican representative from texas michael burgess. this is what he said last night about how to entice people to get the vaccine. >> i do know that i have heard from doctors offices who would like more of availability in their offices. i heard from pharmacists who would like an ability ever the vaccine in their pharmacies. places where people just to go and get care. they trust the information that they are given there. i think that's a more sensible approach than going door-to-door
saying i am here for the government and i have got your shot. it might not work out so well. >> so what do you say to that argument that these door-to-door efforts may not be the best answer? >> well, what i'd say it's not either/or. i think it's all hands on deck to get as many people vaccinated as possible. in some places door-to-door may be effective. others, the congressman is right, that's where most adults get their vaccinations is the doctor's office or pharmacy. let's ton to use those mechanisms. i don't think one excludes the others. the problem is this. wherever we see that one-two punch of low vaccination coverage now with high levels of delta virus. in missouri right now about 70% of the virus, that delta variant, and now that's happening in arkansas, but this is just the beginning. >> this is not moving into
louisiana -- it's now moving into louisiana and mississippi and florida. i am worried we will see a big surge because the levels of vaccination are really low. you know, under this part of the country in the south we are seeing less than 20% of adolescents are vaccinated. less than 40% of young and middle aged adults. we have a huge vulnerability and this is going to be a huge issue. we are also seeing this now in wyoming and parts of the mountain west. so these are going to be more than hot spot areas. these are massive regions where we are going to see a surge in covid. hopefully, the power of those former vaccine skeptics may bring some people in. but there is a lot of confusion, especially since pfizer announced friday they believe a booster shot would be needed. the medical community pushed back and said that is not something that is necessary at this moment.
but, you know, i'm wondering what your take is on that. what do you say to people who argue there has been so much different information, they don't know what they are talking about, why should i go get this? what do you say to them? >> yeah, and this is why company press releases are not helpful. they add to the confuse. this is not new. the companies have been doing this since the beginning of 2020 and then it's left to either the federal government or physician scientists like myself to do the damage control. look, here's what i think. i think ultimately a third hospitalization with the mrna vaccines will be needed because there are so many variants evolving out there because most of the world is unvaccinated. so what we will need probably later in the fall or next year is a third immunization that will really help to substantially raise virus neutralizing antibodies, solidify cellular immune
responses. that i have been saying for a number of months. what the pfizer press release did was said we need it now because of the delta variant and they did not really present any evidence for that or strong evidence for that. so my understanding now is that the company is going to meet with leaders of hhs and the fda, cdc, dr. fauci and others, and present that case. and maybe they are sitting on data that none of us have seen. but from the data presented so far, i don't see any urgency to boost right now, although we will need it down the line. >> okay. dr. peter hotez, your expertise is always appreciated here. thank you so much. >> thanks. we have an update for you from surfside, florida, where recovery efforts continue as the death toll takes higher with more bodies being recovered. 86 people are confirmed dead. 43 remain unaccounted for. the grim job of searching
through debris and rubble is moving at a faster pace, but while crews are working around clock they say it is taking a physical and emotional toll that's weighing on them. cnn's natasha chen has their story. >> reporter: on sunday the remaining members of the israeli rescue people will leave the building collapse site. local leaders thanked them and other first responders at a ceremony at a church a few blocks away from here and then they walked to the seaview hotel to meet with family members of victims. it's been emotional with search teams finding not only people, but belongings, signs of the lives lived there. children's toys, passports, photo albums among the rubble. families are still eagerly awaiting news about their loved ones. 86 people are now confirmed dead. 43 people potentially still unaccounted for. pablo rodriguez whose mother and grandmother were missing after the collapse tweeted saturday that they had been identified. he said, quote, last night was
the first night since this nightmare started i was able to get a little bit of sleep. the thought they suffered was weighing on me heavily and confirmation that they did not was a relief. it was the best bad news i could receive in this situation, only hope i had. among the victims the sister of the first lady of paraguay, her husband and one of their children. on saturday their 23-year-old nanny was also identified among the victims. the paraguay ministry of external relations tweeted that the paraguayan president arrived in the u.s. on friday and will stay in florida until tuesday. natasha chen, cnn, surfside, florida. >> thank you for that report. stay with cnn. we'll be right back. listerine® cleans virtually 100%. helping to prevent gum disease and bad breath. never settle for 25%. always go for 100. bring out the bold™ keeping your oyster business growing has you swamped.
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america's most prominent conservatives are meet rg for cpac in dallas. many trump supporters still don't believe he lost the 2020 election, though he did, and some still believe the conspiracy theory that he'll be reinstated as president. >> yeah, in just a few hours former president trump is expected to speak and parts of his base are going to be listening to see if he mentions that conspiracy about being put back into office by august. cnn's doney o'sullivan has the details. >> pretty much everybody we have spoken to here this weekend at the conservative cpac convention in dallas, texas, they don't believe that trump actually lost the election. everybody apart from this one man, have listen. you are one of the few people i am likely to meet this weekend who will tell me that biden won the election fairly. >> that's unfortunate. i got to have the evidence. i got to see it. if you tell me you are going to release the kraken, show me the freaking kraken for crying
outloud. don't tell me to go to mr. pillow man's website to get the information. >> reporter: do you guys think the election was fair? >> no. >> no. >> no. >> they tried to tell us the tarrant county election, we went blue for the first time since 1962? it's not called an insurrection to me. what was an insurrection? >> they stormed the capitol. >> who is they? >> reporter: the trump supporters. >> [ bleep ]. >> i'm sorry [ bleep ]. you don't know who those people were. >> some trump supporters were invited in and there is video and there is audio that they said, come on. >> reporter: many people are in denial about the election, denial about what happened at the january 6th insurrection. there is now also some concern about this conspiracy theory that trump could in some way be reinstated as president in the next few weeks or next few months and how that could lead to further violence. trump is due to speak here later this weekend and a lot of his base, a lot of his supporters
are going to be listening to see if he mentions or hints at this false conspiracy theory that he might be able to be put back into office before 2024. at cpac in dallas, doney o'sullivan, cnn. trump's false 2020 claims have helped incite the january 6th capitol attack and as donie mentioned, there are growing concerns from the department of justice this may be the beginning. as long as these conspiracies spread, particularly places like cpac, federal prosecutors say more political violence from trump supporters could flare up. brian stelter with us now this morning. i want to start with the cpac today. the justice department says these claims that he is going to be reinstated to the white house could fuel this political violence from his supporters. what are you hearing about all of this? >> i think we are in an
environment where these echo chambers exist and if you are not actually tuning into them, you might think that the politics has returned mostly to normal. there is a relative calmness to the waters, to the ocean around president biden. and then washington in general as there is bipartisan talk about infrastructure. but in these echo chambers that exist on far right television and radio the ideas that doney was talking about, the ideas hearing from cpac attendees, they are actively spreading and being shared. it's not just one big lie anymore. we heard that prahrase a lot si months ago. there are dozens of these smelly little lies that spread around about voter fraud in different states, about trump's future. a lot of smelly little lies and they add up to something big and dangerous as the d.o.j. has indicated. >> no question about that. a lot of smelly little lies on that pillow man owes website as that man he was talking to -- >> right. >> something more uplifting,
literally. lifting off. there is a lot of hype about billionaire richard branson taking a trip to the edge of space a few hours from now. it's really a space race between branson and bezos even though they play nice. there is a lot of ego attached to this. what do you make of the hype? >> yes, and we now know the launch is slated for 10:30 a.m. eastern time. delayed a little bit due to weather. whenever it happens we will be showing it live. it's a milestone in the space race, even though? partly a giant commercial for richard branson, him wanting to get up there before jeff bezos does on july 20th. yes, you know, this is promotional for his company. but it's also i think promotional for something bigger about the notion that these u.s.-based companies are achieving incredible accomplishments, making it further and further along with private exploration of space. so it's a big moment for branson and then in a couple of weeks a big moment for bezos as well and
i think all of us in some ways are the beneficiaries because we get to witness lit bits of history in this space race. >> we will be watching. delayed slightly to 10:30. you will not want to miss that. brian stelter, thank you so much. of course, watch more from brian later this morning on reliable sources. that starts at 11:00 eastern on cnn. coming up, there is record heat scorching the west. some areas expect today hit all-time records as high as 130 degrees. we will get you a closer look at the forecast after a quick break.
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we are going to be seeing more potential record temperatures across the southwestern united states. i don't know if you know this, but a very high heat risk warning has been issued in multiple states. it is the highest that a heat level can go, boris so we've topped out there. it is intense. how residents and visitors are managing blistering temperatures. >> reporter: it feels like you're walk in an oven. even the national weather service telling people not to gamble with these dangerous conditions. many of the tourists here do not know how to handle these temperatures. so whether they were here for the fight or a concert or a
celebration, authorities wanted thi them to be extremely careful with the conditions. i spoke with some of the tourists. >> going back to jersey and using our cold weather. we were expecting 90, 95. when we look at the weather, it's all 104, 115. so now we went out early so that we can roam around. so it's 9:00 and it's all burning. it's, like, hell here. >> we are pretty much outside to take these pictures and then go in between casinos. we are going so stay hydrated with margaritas. >> reporter: it's always fun here in las vegas, but it is dangerous. these temperatures are only making this severe drought in the western part of the united states even worse. water levels are at record lows in many of the reservoirs. the fire danger is extremely high, and in terms of power, the electricity providers both here and in california asking people
to conserve power because imagine being in the heat without any power. that, boris and christi, is what they are trying to avoid. >> thank you so much. for more on the rising temperatures and what we are looking at today, allison chinchar is live from the cnn weather center. 130 degrees yesterday. what are we looking at today? >> it's a long stretch. so death valley hit 130 on friday. they were so close yesterday, 129.4. doesn't get much closer than that. they could hit 130 today, potentially hit it yet again tomorrow. that's the thing. it's more that it's a prolonged heating event. look at all of these areas you see in the pink and orange colors indicating where we have those excessive heat alerts. look at the places that broke or tied their all-time records yesterday. not just the hottest for this day, but these were the all-time records. las vegas hitting 117. even winslow, arizona, topping
out at 110 yesterday. in addition to that, needles, california, 122, palm springs 120, even sacramento, california, 113. a daily record there. again it's more the continuation of this intense heat. death valley spotentially hittig 130 yet again today, close tomorrow around 129. the official forecast from the weather service. las vegas 116 today. phoenix around 113. u all of these areas well above where they normally would be. it's not just the afternoon highs. it's the overnight lows because the concern here is that you really ideally want the overnight low to get below 85 to give your body the ability to cool off. and in so many places that's not going to be the case. 92 for the morning low on monday in las vegas. 100 in death valley. phoenix 91. palm springs around 83. but that's about it. the one thing good positive thing, i should say, christi and por bois, we are going to start
to see a little bit of relief, but not until the end of the upcoming week. >> wow! another week of this. allison chinchar. i know, everybody stay safe out there. drink your water. jump in a pool if you can. my goodness. so you know that we are less than two weeks away from the start of the olympic games in tokyo. well, team usa's gold medal hoop dreams were just a bit of a nightmare against nigeria. we have the highlights for you. l customizes car insurance so you only pay for what you need. how much money can liberty mutual save you? one! two! three! four! five! 72,807! 72,808... dollars. yep... everything hurts. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ among my patients i often see them
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the americans are 39-0 in their last three olympic seasons. now, the silver lining is this is an exhibition match. team usa will be back in action tomorrow night working on the chemistry against australia. meantime, former president donald trump made a rare public appearance last night at a ufc event in las vegas. he aadvised to a mix of cheers and boos from the full capsty crowd. the highly anticipated event between conor mcgregor and dustin por ray ending in a tko. mcgregor hurt his leg and the bout was waved off. ufc president dana white confirming mcgregor suffered a broken leg. ash barty the third trail wrunian beating carolina accomplishkova to win her first william barr singles title and second major yesterday. barty won the french open in
2019. >> this was the first time since 1977 both women were making their debut appearance in a william barr final. a great mosh for ash barty. novak djokovic is no stranger to center court. he faces mateo bare teen any this morning with a chance to win a record tying 20th grand slam. roger federer and rafal nadal to share that narc. and naomi osaka at the espys last night. this is the first time wenner we have seen her publicly since she withdrew from the french open in william barr over mental health concerns. taking the stage after being named best female athlete. >> i want to not say a long speech because i am a bit nervous. i know this year has been has been a really -- it hasn't finished, but really tough for a lot of us. for me i just want to say i really love you guys.
>> we look forward to seeing naomi osaka at the upcoming olympics as well. she is the overwhelming favorite like team usa on home soil for japan. so that should be a good show. good to see her. >> we will be watching. great to see you, carolyn manno with the beecher report. a programming note to share with you. watch the brand-new cnn original series the history of the sitcom. here is a preview. >> that great thursday night lineup, cosbyby, family tyson fury. [ cheers and applause ] "night court." >> this idea of must-see tv. you are talking about 20 and 30 and 40 million people tuning in. >> people say you were one of america's most successful fathers. no bill cosby. cosby by was number one. >> with respect to what happened of late, it's like hugely disappointing to all of us. but he set the standard for what a family sitcom was.
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