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committee on covid. he was talking about getting them out as quickly as possible, getting them away, continued testing and obviously there's contact tracing. and for me, this has been the story of these olympics over the last three or four months. contact tracing. the idea of who has been close to these athletes, as you just mentioned. who has been near this person. can they be contact traced? and horrible horrors in the terms of sports, brianna, can they be contact traced right out of their event? now, we are far ahead in this conversation of where this news story is right now. but that's where this is going to go over the next few days. and obviously it's something that these are the stories that we expected. and now unfortunately they're happening. >> and the u.s. gymnastics team so iconic in many ways really the symbol of the u.s.'s participation in these olympics. that kind of a contact tracing regime could be devastating to the events and the athletes
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themselves. christine, just clarify something for me, does the u.s. require all athletes to be vaccinated? is it potential that this person who has come down with it was vaccinated? >> reporter: john, the u.s. and the tokyo organizers do not require vaccinations. and i think that's really the root of the problem here. if everyone had been vaccinated, vaccines were required, you would be have a very different story going into the opening ceremonies, but they're not. that means unvaccinated athletes can absolutely be here and they are here. michael andrew, one of the stars of the u.s. swim team told me a week ago or so that he was not vaccinated. i've written about that. so, there are certainly there's one. we know one of the alternates, one of the gymnastics alternates said that she was not vaccinated. again, we do not know if she is any way involved with this breaking news. yes, unvaccinated athletes from the u.s. and unvaccinated athletes from around the world. again, that contributes to this conversation. >> and coco gauff, tennis superstar for america, out,
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christine. tell us about this. >> reporter: yes, brianna. she tested positive, not here. very different story than what we're talking about with gymnastics. coco gauff was going to be one of the fresh faces of the u.s. team and certainly the u.s. tennis team. she announced that on social media that she tested positive. this is before she got on any plane to tokyo. she is not going to be here. she is out of the olympics. and you know, this is something that we will see, i think, more and more, athletes who obviously are tested. the good news here she caught it before she came. that's one of the things the medical people are telling us they would much prefer to find out when athletes are at home or abroad somewhere else before they get to japan. once they get to japan, they have brought the problem here. let's face it, as you mentioned in the open to the segment, brianna, the covid is in the olympic village. that is a fact. it is there. now that it's there as we know from 16 months of watching sports and watching high school
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sports, college pro sports, once it's there, it's hard to get it out. i think that's one of the nightmare scenarios now we're beginning to see at the olympic games. >> yeah. it's proving to us that it is not a bubble. so we're going to be seeing how this transmits, if it does go beyond these athletes, oftentimes it does. christine brennan, wonderful to see you. thank you for joining us from tokyo. coming up on "new day," dr. sanjay gupta will be live from tokyo how the olympics are preparing to host the games. lots of questions as you heard from christine. how they're keeping athletes safe during the pandemic. utah's republican governor saying that anti-vaccine rhetoric is, quote, killing people, following the talking points propaganda. >> we have these talking heads who have gotten the vaccine and telling other people not to get the vaccine. that kind of stuff is just -- it's ridiculous, it's dangerous, it's damaging and it's killing people. i mean, it's literally killing their supporters. that makes no sense to me. >> utah's governor spencer cox
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delivering the strong words during a news conference on thursday. he urged those in his state to get vaccinated. saying it is desperately needed. conservative media outlets and number of republican lawmakers continue to dispute the importance of vaccines, sewing doubts among their followers even as most covid deaths occur in those who are unvaccinated. still, recent polling saw uptick in the percent of americans who say they're unlikely to get a shot at 29%. cox says he sees the covid vaccines as the accomplishment of the trump administration. and he's not the only republican officials fed up with anti-vax messaging. senator mitt romney calling politicization of vaccines moronic. facebook is defending itself after president biden accused the social media giant and other platforms of spreading misinformation about the covid-19 vaccine, saying they're killing people as a result. cnn correspondent donie o'sullivan is joining us now. donie, good to see you as
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always. facebook releasing a statement taking direct aim at the biden administration, saying, quote, at a time when covid-19 cases are rising in america, the biden administration chosen to blame a handful of american social media companies, social media plays important role in society, it is clear we need a whole of society approach to end this pandemic. president's goal -- biden's goal was for 70% of americans to be vaccinated by july 4th. facebook is not the reason this goal was missed. now, this is all from a current senior executive at facebook, publicly pushing against the president. but what do you make of the situation in their statement. >> reporter: facebook really, really pushing back very hard here against the biden administration over the weekend. they're essentially saying, one facebook official telling me, the reporters this weekend, that they believe that the biden administration is trying to turn facebook into a scapegoat for the administration not reaching its own goals on vaccines. i want to show you this other statement from a facebook spokesperson over the weekend who said we'll not be distracted by accusations which aren't supported by the facts.
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the facts is that more than 2 billion people viewed information about covid-19 and vaccines on facebook which is more than any other place on the internet. but therein lies sort of the tension, john, is that the white house is essentially saying that facebook is cherry picking its facts here because facebook has access to all the data. the white house wants to know a lot more information about not people who are seeing correct information about the vaccine but people who are seeing misinformation. >> and that's the real question because to some extent the underlying data is a black box. former facebook exec said on cnn, president biden may not have the right facts to make his claims against facebook. >> there's this saying at facebook which is data wins arguments. and you could understand whether this is a massive problem, or a smaller problem, if everyone was looking at the same data. and that's part of the problem, is that i feel like the president is left without the data that he needs to really understand what role facebook is
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playing in the issue. >> so, cut through the noise here for us, is the issue that president biden may not have incomplete data? and is facebook sharing all the data they actually have? because people are dying as a result of this disinformation. there's no question about it. >> reporter: john, this is a very fine line for the white house here because you know, there's a first amendment in this country, you know, the executive branch certainly shouldn't be seen to be telling platforms what -- how they should be policing their platforms and getting involved in speech in this way. what we have seen the white house ask facebook to say, look, just implement your own rules, your own policies. you have covid-19 vaccine misinformation rules. content should be coming down and white house officials and people in that orbit are seeing these posts everyday and asking facebook, why is this not coming down? we did hear over the past few days from speaking to officials on all sides of this story about facebook and people close to the white house is that essentially
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while the administration really wants here is more information, more information about the people who are seeing covid misinformation, vaccine misinformation and the people who are seeing that regularly so that they can then redouble their efforts on trying to convince these people to get the vaccine. the white house essentially saying facebook is not releasing enough of this data. >> all right. this story will continue to unfold. thank you very much, donie. be well. just in, the u.s. and its foreign allies are planning to accuse china for overseeing widespread attempts to extort money through cyberspace through ransomware attacks. this is noteworthy. the biden administration's efforts to prevent further breaches. let's bring in alex marquardt and jim sciutto reporting on this to tell us more about this. this is a significant move. there's been so much focus on russia. now this is a focus on china. >> we have been talking about russia, both hackers who are
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criminals and from the government space. now what we are hearing from the biden space, they're banding together with key al lice, japan and others to call out china for all kinds of malicious cyber activity. the first thing they're saying is china was responsible for a major hack revealed back in march micro soflt exchange servers impacked tens of thousands computers around the world. with high confidence they're say this was china-backed groups that carried out these hacks. the second perhaps more explosive part of this is that they're saying that china has been carrying out a campaign of essentially what are financial cyber crimes that they hired criminal cyber hackers to work for the civilian intelligence arm known as the mss, ministry of state security. and that they have been going out and doing all kinds of things, extortion, something called crypto jacking. and ransom ware attacks which is something we have talked about
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lot in which they demanded ransom payments of millions of dollars including one attack against a major u.s. company in the biden administration would not actually say which company this was. but in a call with reporters last night, senior administration official called this campaign by the cyber criminals, again, hired by the chinese government really eye opening and surprising for us. there's a direct connection between the chinese government and the criminals that they have hired. >> jim, you know, we know the pla has been involved in hack hag efforts in the past. but this move of having these contract organizations is really we've seen more with russia, now china directly implicated the u.s. and its allies. what is the punishment that can be put in place? >> to your point, china has been doing this for decades with enormous success. they have successfully stolen u.s. national security secrets and private sector secrets and the chinese covid vaccine is
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built on stolen data. they do it really well. they've been doing it for decades. they are now associating themselves with hacker groups that kind of do this in the criminal space because their official government and military hackers are damn good at their job. we've known about it for ages. the idea they're contracting out the way we know russia does, that means they're expanding. they're not going backwards. what's not new in this is what is the u.s. going to do about it? it's new to come together with the allies, china, we know what you're doing. we're not going to tolerate it, we're banding together. that's the difference of the biden approach. trump's approach was america first, we'll do this alone. we don't need you guys. what they have not delineated here is what is the stick, right? are we going to sanction chinese officials? are we going to block transactions, you know, and financial markets so you can't profit from this or go after your bitcoin, whatever. they haven't said that yet. now, this may be part of an escalation chain. we identify you. if you don't stop it, then comes the next step. but we haven't seen that. the issue with both russia and
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china is the u.s. has not figured out how to disincentivize this. both countries determined it's in their national interest to do this and it works. if it works, why stop. >> it's just so alarming how they are now enlisting these kind of hackers militias, right, as they go into this. i wonder, though, look, you got to control what you can control at home. right? in the case of the microsoft hack, when it came to that exchange email system, they realized they had four vulnerabilities on their email system. so what is the lesson for other companies here when it comes to figuring out what your vulnerabilities are before you're actually getting hacked. >> well, that is the critical part of this. essentially when it comes to ransomware attacks is that a lot of these could be thwarted by very basic cyber security measures. the biden administration has been very forceful saying there's a number of steps, very key steps, that you can take in order to fortify your defenses.
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dual factor authentication is one of them. storing things in the cloud is another one. now the biden administration is working very closely with the private sector to make sure that all these vulnerabilities are essentially being patched and are being secured. especially when it comes to making sure that our critical infrastructure is secured. we have seen recently two major ransomware attacks against russian officials against jbs foods, the colonial pipeline. what you're seeing together is the private sector and the administration coming together to try to make sure these kinds of vulnerabilities often called 0 day vulnerabilities are no longer being able to be exploited. >> the trouble is they do a lousy job, right? u.s. does lousy defense, clearly, because it's happening all the time. one natural vulnerability is so of our critical infrastructure is in private hands. colonial pipeline you can call critical infrastructure, the northeast ran out of gas. but it's in private hands.
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that's a difference. a lot is on private companies. a lot is on you and me. you're only as strong as your weakest link. the lot of the breach it's someone dumb with password 123 and they get in. administrators, countries like estonia hacked by russia, they put more responsibility on individuals. they have cyber hygiene. it's a national effort, individuals and companies to say, you guys got to protect yourselves better. it's on everybody. there's no big wall we can put up at the atlantic ocean to stop this kind of stuff unless you and i and companies -- by the way, government is smarter. we're dumb. we're easy targets. >> there needs to be better defense because the public/private problem needs to be a public/private solution. there's no sign that china will respond to diplomatic statements. >> it works for them. >> they need leverage. >> cyber hygiene. i like that. cyber hygiene. excellent. thank you, guys, so much.
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great to see you. jim and alex with us here. coronavirus cases are rising in every state in the country. they're driven almost entirely by unvaccinated americans. how are some hospitals coping with the surge? just in, cnn speaking with billionaire jeff bezos ahead of his launch from earth. don't want to miss this interview. atients i often see them have teeth sensitivity as well as gum issues. does it worry me? absolutely. sensodyne sensitivity and gum gives us a dual action effect that really takes care of both our teeth sensitivity as well as our gum issues. there's no question it's something that i would recommend.
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countdown to launch. tomorrow, jeff bezos will blast off into the atmosphere from his remote ranch in west texas. so nice? this is happening days after richard branson flew to space on virgin galactic's rocket plane. rachel crane is with us now. i can get an uber at my house, rachel, but he'll get a rocket
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launch. how is he feeling? >> reporter: brianna, that's right. you know, we're approaching that 24-hour mark here before bezos and his crew make this historic flight. they've been on the ground here in west texas, going through their training. the last few days they're wearing their space suits. as you can imagine, brianna, they are pretty excited. take a listen. this journey to space is a dream come true for all of you. so tell me -- jeff, kick it off with you, how are you all feeling right now? >> excited. i'm so excited and curious. you know, everybody who has been to space, every astronaut comes back and they say that it changed them somehow. they see the thin limb of the earth's atmosphere and realize how fragile the earth is. they see it's just one planet. so i don't know how it's going to change me, but i know it's going to. and i'm excited to find out how.
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>> reporter: and wally, did you ever think thau would be traveling to space with someone that can't even buy a beer? >> actually, some day i thought it would happen. i've waited a long time because i went to see eileen three times on her launches. i kept thinking, okay, nasa is going to help me co-op. hasn't happened but we're going to do it now. i'm very excited. i want to feel how it's going to be in space and doing everything in that capsule i can do. >> rachel, when wally was in the mercury 13, they tested her, all the same tests they gave to the men. she outperformed all the men. because we have been training here for tomorrow's flight, i can assure you that she's still outperforming all the men at 82 years old. she can outrun all of us and she is also just a whirlwind of energy, a role model for determination and resilience and
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positivity and, you know, she's amazing. >> reporter: she's putting you all to shame, huh? >> for sure. >> no. honey, you're too nice. >> reporter: now, you guys, humans have never flown in this capsule before. so you guys are essentially guinea pigs here. does that make any of you guys nervous at all? >> no. >> i'm not nervous. i'm incredibly excited. i've had the opportunity to be down here for a number of the launches that have happened with this vehicle. and it's performed, the capsule performed flawlessly 15 times in a row. just, you know, can't wait to get in there and go for a ride in number 16. it will be incredibly exciting. >> reporter: now, jeff, there have been a chorus of critics saying that these flights to space are just joyrides for the wealthy and that you should be spending your time and your
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money and energy trying to solve problems here on earth. so what do you say to those critics? >> well, i say they're largely right. we have to do both. you know, we have lots of problems here and now on earth and we need to work on those. and we always need to look to the future. we've always done that as a species, as a civilization. we have to do both. and what our job at blue origin is to do and what this space tourism mission is about is having a mission where we can practice so much that we get really good at operational space travel, more like a commercial airliner and less like what you think of traditional space travel. if we can do that, then we'll be building a road to space for the next generations to do amazing things there. and those amazing things will solve problems here on earth. and by the way, maybe it will be oliver. he's 18 years old. maybe he'll found a space company that uses the infrastructure that this generation is building right now.
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so, the real answer is, yes, we have to do both. >> jeff, last question, the timing of this flight, about two weeks after you stepped down as ceo of amazon, is that because of the inherent risks of this flight? >> no. i could have done this flight as ceo of amazon and it would have been fine. so first of all, we really believe this flight is safe. we wouldn't -- people say -- i had friends say to me, how about the second flight or the third flight? why do you have to go on the first flight? the point is we know the vehicle is safe. if the vehicle is not safe for me, then it's not safe for anyone. we have never raced. our motto is step by step fero ferociously. our mascot is the tortuous. we have taken this one step at a time. we're ready. >> reporter: well, we are all ready to watch you take this historic journey. good luck to you, guys.
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the world will be watching. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, rachel. >> thank you. >> thanks, rachel. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: brianna, one of the reasons that bezos feels so confident in the safety of the system is because what the vehicle has what's called a full envelope escape. meaning from the moment they close that hatch to separation, they have the ability to escape and abort if necessary. now, this morning, bezos and his crew they're busy doing the media rounds, speaking about this exciting mission. they have a full day of training ahead of them. we have the opportunity to get on base yesterday at launch site 1 to get an inside look at what that training is like, get out to the launch pad and hear about the 20-year journey to this moment. take a listen. preparing for a rocket-powered 2,300 miles per hour excursion to the edge of space. amazon founder jeff bezos will take his journey on the new shepherd, a reusable rocket
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developed by his company blue origin. >> i want to go on this flight because it's a thing i've wanted to do all my life. it's an adventure. it's a big deal for me. >> reporter: but more than just an adventure, new shepherd was designed to shuttle up to six paying customers, more than 62 miles above the earth's surface, for a few moments of weightlessness and panoramic views, earning the fliers their astronaut wings. while the rocket, which is fully autonomous, has flown 15 test flights, none of them have had humans on board until now. bezos's brother mark bezos will accompany him, an 82-year-old wally funk. >> wally, good to see you. >> i brought you one. >> reporter: funk a pilot who trained for nasa's mercury program but was denied the opportunity to go to space because of her gender. >> right for you right here, 28 million looking for 29 million. >> reporter: an additional seat was auctioned off, winning bid at $28 million.
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the winner had scheduling conflicts so 18-year-old oliver damond is now filling that seat, kicking off the company's commercial operations. so, if all goes to plan, both the oldest and youngest person ever to travel to space will be on this flight. the astronauts have been going through their training at launch site 1, which includes a flight simulator that we got to experience. the company says they have two additional crewed flights scheduled for 2021. >> oh, wow. that's a thud. 7,500 people participated in the auction. what does that tell you guys about the market for these flights? >> people have global interest in coming to fly to space. i think it's part of the human experience of wanting to explore, wanting to see new perspectives. so we think that our flight on tuesday is really the next step. >> reporter: bezos' flight comes nine days after virgin galactic founder rich and branson took his flight to space. and with the future at the
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forefront, bezos's ideas go much deeper than space tourism. >> this is the blue planet and this is the planet we have to save. this is the good planet. we will move all heavy industry off earth, all polluting industry will be moved off earth and earth will end up zoned residential. >> reporter: but for now, bezos will experience his ultimate adventure while helping propel us into the future of space travel. and brianna, yesterday during the mission briefing, blue origin saying that all systems are a go. weather is looking good, so this mission is on track to take flight tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. back to you. >> are you in front of a giant picture of jeff bezos? is that what i see behind you? >> reporter: that is right, brianna. i'm standing in front of a giant mural of bezos and his brother mark bezos here in west texas. van horn is a tiny, tiny little town. so this is very predominantly
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displayed here in van horn, texas. >> certainly had to ask. it was just staring right at me. rachel, thank you so much. that was such a wonderful interview. and such a wonderful report. we really appreciate it. >> you know who deserves a mural, wally funk. greatest name of all time. >> for sure. here with more on jeff bezos's trip to the edge of space. an astro physicist and professor at george mason university. so much to discuss because this is pretty fascinating. but a trip to the edge of space, so tell us about where he is flying exactly, the trajectory. >> right. so what we're looking at here is what's called a sub orbital flight, we divided space activities into two, if not three. orbital and suborbital and leaving earth. you need a bigger, faster rocket to go further. so what they're doing is sub orbital. now here is the rub.
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how do you define the beginning of space? so, in america's military and aerospace industries, it's 50 miles. now, here is the thing, i think it's based on having a round number. right? there is no actual beginning of space. the atmosphere kind of peters out gradually. so if you think in kilometers, they define the carbon line at 100 kilometers. here in america, we use 50 miles. and so, the carbon line is 62 miles. bezos is going to 66. but it's basically just you go up and do that, right? and you come back down. so that's a big area of research. sub or bial research. we have been flying rockets every year we fly a bunch of rockets that do this as researchers. and what's different about this one is that humans are going to be on board. >> and to that point, look, it's -- you say we do it a lot. >> yeah. >> but humans aren't on board. this is incredibly exciting, right? it's so exciting to talk about
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wally funk, to look at the folks who are going up, but we also can't forget it's not without risks. even if they have an escape pod. >> absolutely. and risk equals ratings. right? so we have people like combat sports, people like nascar, but here we actually use scientific and engineering rigger to figure out how risky things are. so if you take, for example, the shuttle launches. the risk there was estimated by system's engineers to be 1 in 120 launches. for blue origin and these suborbital flights 1 in 1,000 launches. they've done 15. of course we don't know if it's 1 out of 1,000, it can happen on number 16 or number 900. you don't know. the estimates tend to be really good. >> look, part of the excitement is really just the exploration game that america is back in space. after really a long hiatus. and the fact that it's happening
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with sort of public/private partnerships is extraordinary. is this -- how do you see the various companies in this place? there's blue origin, there's spacex, who do you think is sort of poll position to really make the biggest difference when it comes to mainstreaming this? >> you know what it will shake itself out, but what we have to look at is that this is not the origin of launch services. right? we have companies like lockheed and boeing. there's a lot of companies around the world that offer orbital launch services as well as suborbital launch services. looking at the different models, america back in space, you're right. people were paying 20 million to go up. but they were taking russian rockets. one is a rocket and one is a space plane. which one is going to win? one or none? or both? >> the market will tell us. >> the market will tell us. >> very expensive still to fly. hakeem, great to have you.
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♪ federal officials are sounding the alarm as the covid-19 delta variant surges throughout the country. in missouri, the atlantic's ed reports that hospitals are once again overwhelmed and almost all of those patients are unvaccinated. he writes, for america as a whole the pandemic might be fading. for some communities, this year will be worse than last. staff writer for the atlantic is
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joining us now. he recently won a pulitzer prize for his writing on the pandemic. ed, thank you for being with us on this. i think the take away from your piece is that it isn't over and for many communities it's almost like this really is going to be the pandemic for them ahead. >> i agree. as one hospital chief in southwest missouri told me, new york recently threw a ticker tape parade for heroes but ours are drowning in covid. this is the reality for many people in large pockets of the country that remain extremely vulnerable to delta because so many are unvaccinated. healthcare workers are overwhelmed, they're exhausted. it's harder this time because vaccines are readily available, because they can't believe that they have to be doing all of this again. and i don't think we can underestimate the toll it is taking on their mental health and their ability to care for
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the people who they have to care for. >> and what are you hearing from those healthcare workers? because their frustration is understandable, but you've been speaking with them. what's the message they're sending? >> you know, as i said, they're exhausted, almost beyond the telling of it. last winter they got through the worst surge we had seen so far and they thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. they spent the intervening months doing catchup work on all the surgeries and procedures that were deferred. so they are really bone tired. and then this surge hits out of nowhere. and i think it's really crushing their moral. they see much of america moving past the pandemic and pretending that it's over and they know that it is not. they see people who have not decided to get these incredibly effective vaccines that could have prevented many of the deaths that they are facing. and that is very, very difficult to take. a lot of people who have very
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strong beliefs and disbeliefs about the vaccines end up changing their minds only at the last minute when they're already very sick and when it's too late. >> yeah. i want to read part of that, what you say. this really stood out to me in your piece when you were speaking with one healthcare worker, a patient, an elderly man came in, had just been admitted, was very sick. he said i'm embarrassed that i'm here. he wanted to talk about the vaccine. and in the back of my mind i'm thinking, you have a very high likelihood of not leaving the hospital. it's almost like that's a patient who knew that they were thrown a lifesaver, and they didn't take it to avoid this situation they're in. it's heart breaking. >> it's really heart breaking. and even now i still feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for people like this. i think we're all drowning in such a sea of misinformation and disinformation and it's hard to breakthrough when your entire community believes a certain thing about the pandemic or the
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vaccines. it's only when communities like this are hit so hard, when you start seeing your loved ones and your family members dying around you that people start realizing what's actually happening and how serious this disease is. and sometimes it's too late. you know, people i spoke to in southwest missouri have been working really hard to build trust among communities who have a lot of distrust with the medical establishment, with government and trying to get them to take the vaccine for the sake of themselves, their families, but trust is very, very slow to build. and delta acts incredibly fast. >> it does. and that's -- it is too late for many folks. we have a new cbs poll that just came out showing that 74% of the unvaccinated say that they wouldn't even take the vaccine if they were recommended by their direct doctor, which gets to questions of trust. that kind of relationship doesn't seem to be permeating. so what are the messages that you are seeing working in
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missouri? because that's the key question. what can work to convince these folks? >> yeah, absolutely. some folks at the department of public health in southwest missouri who i have spoken to have a lot of success with community-focussed outreach. they have looked to trusted sources to convince the people around them. and that might be anyone from firefighters to pastors to your neighbors, people going around door to door. it's becoming a one on one war of attrition against the misinformation that's out there, getting people to convince their own loved ones, their own community members. there are signs that this is working. you know, there was a vaccine clinic set up at a local church that vaccinated record numbers of people, much more than local public health folks were expecting. but as i said, it's slow work. there's lots of forces acting against that buildup of trust. and there's so much at stake and things are moving very quickly
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out there. >> one on one war of attrition against misinformation, ed yong, thank you for joining us and thank you for all your work. >> thank you. the nation's other crisis a gun violence on american streets. children are losing their lives after dozens of shootings in u.s. cities. we're following breaking news out of tokyo. an american gymnast testing positive for covid just days before the olympics. ♪ i've spent centuries evolving with the world. that's the nature of being the economy. observing investors choose assets to balance risk and reward. with one element securing portfolios, time after time. gold. agile and liquid.
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over and over again, omar. >> reporter: it really does, brianna. and this started in 2020, not just here in chicago but across the country. fbi data showed that murders were up 25% from 2019 going into 2020. and sadly that trend has continued into this year. across 70 major u.s. cities, one analysis shows that homicides have gone up in about two thirds of them driven by gun violence. in washington, d.c., frustration and calls for justice. >> say her name. >> reporter: after 6-year-old naya courtney killed in another drive-by shooting friday night another weekend ravaged by gun violation in the united states. >> with it keeps happening. >> take these streets back from our cowards that's killing our children. >> reporter: courtney's grandmother remembering the incoming first grader as an amazing little girl. >> i pray that another child
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don't suffer in the way my granddaughter had to suffer with careless acts of violence. i want justice for my granddaughter. >> reporter: the metropolitan police department releasing this video showing a vehicle of interest in a $60,000 reward is being offered for any information about the incident that also left five adults injured. >> so i am asking that we all stand together and say no more. i am sick and tired of being sick and tired. the cowards who committed this crime came into this community without any regard for human life, without regard for nyah's life. >> reporter: this happened less than three miles away from nationals park, where three people were injured in a separate shooting outside the baseball stadium saturday night. >> we believe this was an isolated incident, again, had nothing to do with the game itself. >> reporter: the gunshots
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sending players and fans scrambling for cover, some even taking shelter inside of the dugouts. >> we thought it was fireworks at first. people -- couple people started running and then as you saw more and more people running and then we heard more shots. that's when we realized it was real. >> reporter: in philadelphia, a 1-year-old boy was one of more than 30 shooting victims over the weekend. this after the city passed 300 homicides at the earliest point in more than three decades. >> it's a war zone in the neighborhood and it shouldn't be there. it's bad. it's really bad. >> reporter: here in chicago, it's bad. it's really bad. >> reporter: investigators say someone in an suv opened fire on a group of people standing outside a party. in downtown portland, an 18-year-old woman was killed and six people wounded by gunfire early saturday morning. >> investigators think there might be more victims and witnesses who left the scene, which is understandable, under
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the circumstance, as chaotic and terrifying as that scene was. >> reporter: in tucson, arizona, two people are dead and several others injured after a shooting sunday afternoon. among the victims, an emt worker who was shot in the head. >> this is a really horrific incident with many unknowns at this time that's going to involve a lengthy and complex investigation. >> reporter: now, in con tech, the murder rate in 2020 nationwide was high but still 40% below what it was in the 80s and '90s when murders peaked am the united states. that's little comfort to cityie seeing record surges in gun violence. here in chicago, we're slightly under where we were last year when it comes to homicides. but when you look at prepandemic levels, we are still up more than 45% in murders and up
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around 60% in shootings, again, compared to those prepandemic levels, brianna. >> whatever the level is, it's headed in the wrong direction and cities are trying to get their arms around this problem. omar, thank you so much. live to you from chicago. there is an american gymnast who has tested positive for covid just days before the summer games. we do not know the identity of this gymnast. dr. sanjay gupta is live for us at the tokyo lumpics. britney spears battling her family on social media as she battles for her freedom in court. [relaxed summer themed music playing] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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never showed up for you, post things in regard to your situation, whatever it may be, and speak righteously for support. there's nothing worse than that. how dare the people you love the most say anything at all, did they even put a hand out to lift me up at the time? how dare you make it public that now you care. if you put your hand out when i was drowning. with me now is tess barker, co-host of "toxic: the britney spears' story." it's a podcast that takes a look at the britney spears conservatorship and how it has been allowed to continue for 13 years. how are you viewing these posts from britney spears? >> i don't find them totally surprising. i think i would say her testimony was completely jaw dropping. what she was describing was abuse and nothing short of human rights violation.
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i'm not surprise that she's upset about being in this situation for so long. >> we're hearing a lot that we haven't heard before, from her. a lot of the focus has been on her father in recent weeks. she's basically threatening to not work as long as her father is in charge of the conservatorship. she has been on a work hiatus for some time, canceling a residency in las vegas in 2019. how do you view that threat? >> i think it was a smart decision on britney's part. i think it makes a lot of sense. she has had so much of her agency taken away from her legally and the way her father was controlling her that this was one action she could take to cut off what she and many of us saw as what was driving his control and his abuse, which is the money. >> there's no doubt there's a conflict of interest here, right? people in control of her benefiting from the money that
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she makes. as there has been focus on her dad, there was also a post that took aim at her sister. she said, i don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed my songs to remixes. my so-called support system hurt me deeply. she was referencing, we'll play it, a performance at the 2017 radio disney music awards. ♪ whoa oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ see that sunlight we ain't stopping keep on dancing ♪ >> we see britney spears look ing on. in hindsight the look on her face says something different. what do you think about the fact that it's kind of all coming out now? >> yeah, definitely. britney did a brave thing and decided to speak out in court a week ago and it sooms that the
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cat is out of the bag. trying to speak out about the conservatorship. the truth is out there and i don't think there's much that the people around her can do to bottle it up at this point. >> it is very, i think, interesting to hear what britney has to say. it's also very sad as we watch the issues of this family. it seems very heartbreaking to watch. tess barker, thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. "new day" continues right now. hi there, i'm brianna keilar alongside john avlon. good to have you here. >> good morning. >> dr. sanjay gupta is joining us live from tokyo in a moment. plus the white house singling out florida as unvaccinated people drive new covid case numbers. infectious disease docto


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