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♪ ♪ good morning. welcome to "new day." i'm boris sanchez. >> good morning, everyone. i'm amara walker in for christi paul. health officials raise the red flag. now president biden is taking on big tech to crackdown on covid misinformation. plus waging wildfires out west. the largest one burning around 24,000 acres a day. we'll take you to the front lines. >> and a cnn exclusive.
supreme court justice breyer says he has not decided if he is ready to retire and now some liberals are frustrated he won't step down. the first case of covid has already been detected inside the olympic village. so grateful you're with us this morning. always a pleasure to see you, amara. welcome. >> thank you, boris for having me. >> of course. in the race against covid variants and the vaccine, there are new signs that the united states is far from the finish line. for the first time since january, cases are rising in all 50 states as declining
vaccination rates threaten the progress the united states has made since the life-saving shots were rolled out. >> the white house says that the covid-19 crisis is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated. with that group making up virtually all of those who are being hospitalized and dying. and the outlook is much worse in parts of the country struggling to get residence life-saving vaccines. the white house says misinformation on social media is costing lives and the administration is trying to push out their own message that vacc vaccines are keeping people alive and out of the hospital. >> wear your masks and get your vaccines. i need to see oli a. rodrigo in concert. i want to go to a concert. >> i agree. i want to go to a concert for sure. for sure. >> olivia rodrigo's appearance, the hope for the white house is to get the young people go out and get vaccinated.
natasha chen is following the latest covid headlines from birmingham, alabama, one of the states lagging in vaccinations and see ing covid cases spike. >> reporter: this is an ext extremely disturbing trend they're seeing, and unfortunately alabama is not alone in this. let's show you some maps to give you a sense of what's happening in the big picture here. if you look at the entire united states, the new cases in the past week compared to the previous week, all the states, all 50 states are seeing increases in alabama specifically. in the past week, new cases actually more than doubled compared to the previous week. and if you're looking at the number -- percentage of people vaccinated across the united states, you can see that in the northeast, a large percentage of those states are vaccinated. and in the southeast, that's where you're seeing some of the
least vaccinated states, including alabama at about a third. 34%. and the coronavirus cases in alabama, if we could look at the seven-day average of daily change, you can see that there are a lot of orange, red spots there. so, not looking good for the health officials in this state and across the country. here is what officials are saying about this deadly combination of the delta variant spreading and many people still choosing to be unvaccinated. >> it's coming for us. it's a beast. that's what we're seeing in the hospital. that's why we're nervous. >> unvaccinated americans are not protected against serious illness, hospitalization and death. and we're seeing it in the data. unvaccinated americans account for virtually all recent covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths. >> here in alabama, some of the
least vaccinated age groups are young people. 18 to 29-year-olds only with under a quarter of them have initiated the first dose of a vaccine. state health officer told me yesterday the virus is not really respectful of you just because of your age. and so there is a targeted effort now to reach younger people. that's why we're at a high school that's having a vaccine clinic pop-up event today where, you know, the first few people get door dash gift cards. the state is having a tiktok contest where people under the age of 30 can post the tiktok content, encouraging people to get vaccines, ensuring their experiences in hopes of reaching that audience. amara and boris? >> incentives for people to get vaccinated. the biggest one, it might save your life or the lives of your loved ones. natasha chen from birmingham, alabama, thank you so much. as cases rise, the white house's apparent frustration at social media companies is
flaring up. blaming social media companies for not doing enough to stop misinformation about covid and about vaccines. >> president biden says platforms like facebook aren't doing enough and it's costing lives. >> they're killing people. i mean, it really -- look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. and they're killing people. >> facebook fired back in a statement saying, quote, we will not be distracted by accusations that aren't supported by the facts. the fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about covid-19 and vaccines on facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. >> i've also seen a lot of nonsense on facebook, too. >> uh-huh. >> joining us to discuss all things covid is dr. leigh beers, president of the academy of pediatrics. a pleasure to have you on and
your perspective. we appreciate you getting up early for us. you saw what the president said, the white house pushing back g against the spread of misinformation online. how do you feel about this approach from the white house? >> you know, this is something that pediatricians have been facing really for many, many years, even before the covid-19 vaccine became available for adolescents and adults. we are really always combating misinformation. particularly about vaccines but about other health issues as well. and really it becomes very dangerous. as a parent, adult, it's important to have good information to make the right health decisions for you. and when you're getting misinformation, that takes away your power to make good decisions for yourself and your families.
>> i want to put up a graphic that shows the different reasons that people have given for not getting vaccinated and often it has to do with trust and authority. i don't need the vaccine. i don't trust the government. i want to wait and see if it's safe. the biggest reason half people asked are concerned about possible side effects. when you see that, doctor, what do you think? how does that make you feel? i imagine it must be frustrating, given how often you're out there, putting out the message that this vaccine is safe. >> it's frustrating on one level, but on another level, i understand. people want good information. they really want to understand the health decisions that they're making. and i think, you know, what i would say is for anyone who is concerned about potential side effects or has questions about the vaccines to really sit down and talk to your pediatrician if
this is about your child or your own doctor if it's about yourself. we spend a lifetime really preparing to take care of children and families and our patients. and we want to sit. we want to answer your questions and we're really happy to hear what your concerns are and talk through that with you. i think it's really important to remember that, you know, the very rare side effects that we may see with any vaccination are far outweighed by the danger of potentially getting infected with a series infectious dis disease. >> and one of the really aggravating things about this is that a lot of misinformation is sort of supported tacitly by officials. after distributing a memo saying some teens could be eligible for
the vaccine without their parents' consent. also halted all vaccines to minors. what does that mean for children's health care in the y united states? >> you know, i think this is something we should all be concerned about when politics or polit politicians. it puts our children and communities at risk. we know there's a recent report out for the american pediatrics that tells us that 11 million doses of routine childhood vaccinations have been missed over the pandemic. and we know that vaccinations are a really important tool so we need to be doing -- right now we need to be doing everything possible to help families get good information, get back to our doctors and get children caught up on their regular
vaccines and also covid vaccine if they're eligible for t we need to make that easier, breaking down barriers, not adding barriers or taking away information. >> i have a question that is totally unrelate d to covid but want to mine your expertise here. it's summertime. a lot of people are outside. johnson & johnson just recalled five neutrogena sunscreens in the united states, finding low levels of carcinogens in products. what do you tell your patients about this? >> full disclosure, we use these in our household. the company is operating out of an abundance of caution. the levels of benzene are not high enough to where we could expect there to be truly a l long-term problem. if you have these sunscreens at home, get rid of them but don't lose sleep over it. sun protection continues to be
really important, particularly right now in d.c. it's in the high 90s. make sure you're wearing your sunscreen and protecting yourself and your children against sun damage. >> and stay hydrated, too. always a good idea to have a cold drink nearby on a warm day. dr. lee beers, thank you for the time. >> great. thank you so much for having me. i really appreciate it. >> of course. so still to come this hour, apocalyptic scenes. how bun county in california is coping with unrelenting danger. with just six days to go to the opening ceremony of the tokyo games, olympic village seeing its first coronavirus case. we're live in japan with the latest.
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right now, active fires are burning in 12 states with oregon seeing the worst of it. >> the bootleg fire, the largest burning in the country right now is just 7% contained. extreme wildfire behavior is forcing evacuations and putting fire crews to the test. and as the historic hot and dry conditions worsen, so does the situation for both the people who live out west and the men and women tasked with saving them from the flames. cnn's senior national correspondent sarah sidner reports now from the front lines. >> the entire town was evacuated. >> reporter: this was the second time in eight months kathy katrin's hometown has lost more than a dozen homes to wildfire. >> it sounded like a freight train come ing down the mountai. the flames are coming at you, the smoke is rolling over you. all you see is this big, huge, orange ball of flames everywhere you look. >> reporter: volunteer fire
chief of this town of about 600 residents. she is often the first one to call residents to tell them their home is gone. >> i'm still kind of numb. after losing everything that i worked for and everything, all these years, it's gone. and everybody says, oh, it's so replaceable. well, no, a lot of it isn't. >> reporter: kelly groso lost one of the 16 homes burned in doyle. everyone thought the danger was over. but on monday, the fire came roaring back, devouring more homes. chief katrin and several residents were angry that air drops fromming as didn't come earlier. >> we were like the lone ranger. a lot of the engines weren't where they should have been and weren't down there maybe. at that point i was ready to sigh i can't do this anymore. >> reporter: burned an area
nearly five times the size of new york city. >> the frequency of fires has sky rocketed. >> reporter: captain dennis smith has spent 25 years battling some of the biggest blazes in the state of california. >> we used to get what you would call career fires maybe once every few years and we're seeing career fires, 100,000-plus acres, is a common occurrence every year now. >> reporter: it's the new normal. >> the resources are spread through the state, as we're burning from the oregon border down to mexico. >> reporter: california is on track to have an even more devastating fire season than 2020, which was the worst on record with 4.1 million acres charred. >> being from california, i'm sure you hear that this fire season is going to be the worst fire season, right? every year, we hear that. >> which means their grueling work must go on for longer, in days, 100-plus temperatures. and days of intricate work begin on hidden hot spots. there is one goal in mind. save lives, and then property.
you look around this entire house and it's charred 360 around this house. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but the house, perfect. >> the house is still standing. >> reporter: 250 miles away in doyle, the local fire volunteers are devastated and residents are worried they're at the beginning of what used to be the start of fire season. sara sidner, cnn, doyle, california. >> just a snippet of the incredible work the fire volunteers and firefighters are doing. let's talk with joseph tom tomlinson, a member of an elite service wildland firefighting crew in california. he's also the author of "triangle of fire." joseph, good morning to you. thank you so much for waking up with us here on "new day." you heard it there from our sara sidner. this year's fire season has just begun. it's already really bad. extremely hot, extremely dry.
there's a drought. what are the biggest challenges facing fire crews right now in the western u.s.? >> good morning, amara. the biggest issue with the crews is they're spread super thin. the fires go on and on, and there's just no end in sight. the fuels are extremely dry. the wilderness is not getting any rain. you know, one of the things i think people back east that are in downpours and drenched don't understand how dry the western u.s. is, where the trees are dying in the trees -- excuse me, in the forest. and it's just a tinder box. >> speaking to that point, and drawing from your experience as a former hot shot firefighter,
which means -- i mean, some people may not know what a hot shot firefighter does. you fought fires in the most dangerous, rugged, remote places. you basically go where the fire equipment can't go. you're hiking ten and 20, 30 miles with 50 pounds of equipment on your back. how has the job of a hot shot firefighter changed as a result of these worsening fire seasons? >> you're using chainsaws, pul pulaskis, shovels. firefighters are dropped off in remote areas via helicopter or hike in. it's actually one of the throwback positions where technology hasn't really caught up because when you're 30 miles
out from the nearest civilization, you're just reliant on your hand tools and your teammates. so it's actually kind of a wild thing when you think about living in 2021 that people are fighting these huge mammoth fires really with machinery that is 50 years old. >> yeah, with their hands, no less. hot shots take on life-risking jobs, working, what, 24-hour days? and people would assume that those kinds of jobs -- this is a federal job -- make a lot of money. but that's not the case at all. i was looking at the numbers. united states forest service pays hot shots $38,000 if i'm correct and state pay is 70,000. that's what i heard, in a senate hearing. i want to play sound for you from president biden at a
meeting from western governors a few weeks ago, regarding that. take a listen. >> last week, i learned that some of our federal firefighters are being paid less than $13 an hour. come on, man. that's unacceptable to me. and i immediately directed my team to take decisive action to fix it. we're announcing what i still think is not enough. retention incentives that will ensure federal wildland fires, firefighters are making at least $15 an hour, provide for additional 10% bonuses for those working on the front lines. >> at least $15 an hour and 10% bonus, does that sound like enough to you? >> not by a long shot. you know, the forest service has always prided itself on utilizing resources for log gin and grazing and lifestock.
and the firefighters within the forest service are not even designated as firefighters. their job title is forestry technician. if you think about it, local restaurants are paying people $15 an hour, which is a fair wage. unfortunately, the hot shots are out there working, they're solely reliant on working thousands of hours of overtime every year just to make ends meet. >> sorry to cut you off here. how do you get people to stay in these jobs? there's a shortage of hot shot firefighters. the fires are getting worse, what are your former kcolleague telling you about how they feel and why some of them are quitting?
>> it's such a physically demanding job that, you know, there's always turnover in the crews. even with long-term employees, it's very difficult to retain the experienced leadership. it's somewhat of an issue. psychologically, mentally, the demands of the position are getting worse and worse with these extended nonstop fires. the mental breakdown is really tough. >> it's not just physical, which is monumental, it's backbreaking work but you're also talking about mental challenges as well for these firefighters on the front lines. joseph tomlinson, appreciate you joining us. thank you for this conversation. >> thank you. we're following some news just in to cnn from the northeast. boston fire department rescue teams are searching for a
missing person right now following an early morning boating accident in the harbor there. seven people were rescued around 3:00 this morning. five of those were taken to the hospital, both the coast guard and massachusetts port authority are assisting in this search. of course, we'll stay on top of this and bring you any new information as we get it. up next, a cnn exclusive. justice steven breyer setting the record straight. what he says about the question of his possible retirement next. pool floaties are like whooping cough. amusement parks are like whooping cough. even ice cream is like whooping cough, it's not just for kids. whooping cough is highly contagious for people of any age. and it can cause violent uncontrollable coughing fits. sometimes followed by vomiting and exhaustion. ask your doctor or pharmacist about whooping cough vaccination because whooping cough isn't just for kids.
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senate. breyer, speculation surrounding his police on the court. >> good morning. yes, there's been so much speculation around what justice breyer would do. is he about to leave the bench and give president joe biden his first opportunity to name a lifetime appointee to the supreme court? i went up to new hampshire and asked him directly, as we sat over coffee. are you going to retire? have you made a decision? and he said no, he had not made a decision yet. he didn't give me a timetable, whether it would be next year or in the future at some point, but i did ask him, and he answered, what the factors would be in that decision. he said first, his health. he turns 83 next month, but he's a pretty vigorous 82-year-old. he hasn't had the kind of health problems that justice ruth bader g ginsburg had with cancer. he jogs, meditates.
he's still in his 80s now. his second consideration, the court. justice breyer is very concerned about the integrity of the supreme court and its image in the american eye. and i think he wants to remove his decision from politics. now, as you know, it's very hard to remove this decision from politics because so many liberals are clamoring for him to leave the bench and allow president biden to make an appointment while there's a democratic senate. the senate will still be in democratic hands next year before the mid term elelections. it's a slim majority and that's why some liberals think he's rolling the dice. one thing i want to mention is the new role that justice breyer has at the court. he's the senior liberal. in that position, he's able to assign more opinions. he speaks earlier in the conferences. he has more ability to influence the debate and try to bring
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prosecutors investigating former president trump and his company are keeping up the pressure on top trump organization executives, trying to get them to cooperate, but are they getting any takers? >> yeah, matthew calimari is among a small group who may help in the ongoing investigation. although his lawyers say he has nothing to offer.
paula reed has the details. >> reporter: good morning, boris and amara. matthew calamari is the chief operating officer at the trump organization. he would obviously be a very valuable witness to investinvestigator s, investigating fraud in that company. since prosecutors filed charges against the company and cfo they've been focused on mr. calamari in trying to secure his cooperation. one of the problems is that they are two years into this investigation and they still don't have a cooperating witness inside the trump organization. and they really need a cooperating witness inside the company if they want to pursue charges against the formeer president or anyone in his family really. the man doesn't email, doesn't leave a paper trail. in order to bring charges successfully, they would need to
have someone in the room, saw him making decisions and credibly testify to that. would calamari flip? it seems highly unlikely, especially if he's not charged. this is someone who worked for the president for decades, working security to becoming one of the top executives. he has repeatedly declared how much he loves former president trump and enjoys working for him. could he potential ly be charge with crimes? from our reporting we know he has been under scrutiny for possibly not paying taxes. both he and his son worked for the company and there are questions from investigators about whether they properly paid taxes on benefits that they received in addition to that their compensation. at this point, though, based on our reporting, tea not clear that prosecutors really want to pursue charges against either one of these men. i asked calamari's attorney would he ever cooperate against the former president? and he said cooperate about what? the crux of their defense from mr. calamari is that he wasn't
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six days to go until the start of the tokyo olympics. the world is wondering if these games are actually going to happen as planned because officials have already reported the first case of coronavirus inside the athletes village. >> where thousands will be staying. the person is an overseas visitor and is now in quarantine. that's all we know right now. with the total of linked to the d tokyo games, organizers are concerned it could become a super spreader event. hi there, blake. what more do we know? >> reporter: boris, amara, so
far 45 people, as you mentioned, involved with the games have tested positive for covid-19 after arriving in japan with the first case being reported today from inside the olympic village. as you mentioned. at this point, all we know is that the person who tested positive isn't believed to be an athlete and that they slb taken into quarantine outside of the village. positive cases have come from athletes, coaches, contractors and delegation members from various countries, including uganda, serbia, israel, and nigeria. a member from the nigerian team has been hospitalized. this is the first case requiring hospita hospitalization, one of the biggest concerns for organizers and the general public is the potential strain it could pose on the health care system here. even though an estimated 80 to 85% of people living in the olympic village are vaccinated and likely wouldn't end up in the hospital if infected, still only 20% of japan's population has been fully vaccinated.
that means a lot of people living here are vulnerable if the olympics turn into a super spreader event. with cases surging nationwide there's a lot of anxiety. this past weekdayly case count in the capital hit its highest mark and experts fear the current wave of infection forming could be japan's worst yet. because of health and safety concerns, these olympic games have been and continue to be deeply unpopular with the majority of the japanese people who feel organizers are holding the games against the will of the people. and when it's all said and done, the people of japan will be left with the consequences. the buzz associated with the l olympics simply does not exist here. and thomas buck, who was incredibly unpopular here in japan, says canceling the olympics is not an option and the risk of covid-19 spreading because of the lolympics is zer. boris, amara. >> the risk is zero? that's interesting.
and instead of excitement, as you said, there's obviously a >> blake essig, thank you. the new york yankees are back playing last night, one day after a covid outbreak forced them to postpone their game against boston. >> yeah. this was the first mlb game postponed because of the virus since april. andy scholes joins now. andy, the team's saying that most of the positives are actually breakthrough cases. >> yeah, good morning, guys, this is the second time the yankees have dealt with an outbreak on the team. last week, three members of the support staff tested positive. aaron judge, one of six yankees players that tested positive placed on the covid-19 list. manager aaron boone says a few of the players are showing mild symptoms but some are totally asymptomatic. the yankees one of the teams
that reached the 85% threshold that allowed that them to relax covid protocols. new york were shut out 4-0 by the red sox last night. yankees nine games out of first. pitcher derrick old says he feels like the team has been hit by a digital microscopic truck right now. coming off the all-star break, the rockies playing the dodgers without four players and manager bud black, due to covid health and safety protocols. the rockies lost to dodgers 10-4. u.s. men's basketball team having to make last-minute changes to the roster before heading to tokyo. ambulancesen behl out. and kevin love announced he's not going to the olympics b because he's not feeling 100% healthy. the women's team meanwhile getting another major wake-up
call, losing to australia 70-67. breanna stewart missing a game-time buzzer shot. first time since 2011 the women have lost two straight games. all right. it's moving day at the british open. and everyone is chasings louis oosthuizen. if oosthuizen wins he also breaks the record for the longest gap between wins. 11 years. meantime, the rivalry between brooks kept and bryson cham bo gets better. listen to brooks koepka said. >> with my game, the driver, everything is going really well. >> i love he how he mixed in there, boris, love my driver. this rival between brooks and
bryson has the greatest golf has right now. just praying for the day they get linked together for a final round. >> that would be great. >> i was expecting one of them to walk in the back of the other's interview and do eye rolling. andy scholes, thank you so much. ahead next hour, as covid cases rise and vaccination rates decline, the white house is launching an offensive against coronavirus disinformation. "new day" continues in just a moment. but first, a quick programming note, the conflict in jerusalem, centuries in the making, a new cnn original series takes you back 3,000 years through six epic battles for the most coveted city in the world. "jerusalem, city of faith and fury" premieres tomorrow. here's a preview. >> if you don't know the history of jerusalem, it's hard to understand what's going on there today. >> a story centuries in the breaking.
>> a conflict that we're experiencing today. you've seen it thousands of years. >> six epic battles. >> it was a bloody massacre. >> this is desert combat at its worse. >> israel had to fight for its existence. >> three major faiths. >> people believe they must possess it, absolutely. >> the spiritual raises the stakes. >> the most coveted city in the world. >> it's equivalent of a magical place. >> people who have said to have conquered the world have swept through the city. >> it's the only city that exists on heaven and skearth, exists twice. >> this story hasn't ended. >> 3,000 years. one city. jerusalem, city of faith and fury, tomorrow at 10:00, only on cnn.
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nor time at home often means more home cooked meals. and in today's "food as fuel" cnn's health reporter justin howard shares healthy dishes that only take two ingredients to make. >> if you want to limit your trips to the grocery store, just shortened the ingredient list. these dishes just require two ingredients. let's start with breakfast. you can make pancakes with just bananas and eggs. use one egg with three or four tablespoons of mashed banana. blend together and pour on a
skillet. for afternoon snack, blend apple chips grab two large apples, sprinkle scinnamon on top. for dinner, make grilled chicken breasts with only your favorite italian dressing. pour on the dressing, let it marinate over night then hit the grill. then dessert, two mashed bananas and oatmeal, bake for 15 minutesnd enjoy. good morning, welcome to your "new day." i'm boris sanchez. >> morning, given, i'm amara walker for christi paul. we're with hospitalizations up and health officials are sounding the alarm. plus, ru