tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto CNN July 19, 2021 6:00am-7:00am PDT
very good monday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. poppy has this morning off. we begin with a degree of threat to the u.s. and countries around the world as we see a new uptick of covid-19 infections. days before the start of the tokyo games and coronavirus now inside the olympic village, a limited number. four athletes have tested positive. this, among the 11,000 athletes
expected to compete, but some are getting positive covid tests before they leave home and head to tokyo. among them, u.s. tennis star coco gauf. from abroad, and here at home cases are rising across the u.s. from the spread of the new delta variant. the lag of vaccinations that are slowing down and dangerous disinformation about the vaccines. but just under half of the u.s. population now fully vaccinated. the vaccines are working for those who have them. experts say that nearly all covid-19 deaths, 99.5% are among those who have not been vaccinated. more than 99%. listen to that figure. we begin this morning in tokyo with cnn's selena wang. we've also learned one u.s. gymnast has tested positive for covid-19.
any infection with a large event like this, of course, a concern but tell us the true extent of the infection as the numbers indicate so far. >> well, jim, this is actually the first case of a u.s. lolympc athlete testing positive for covid-19 here in japan. that raises the total number of cases in this country linked to the olympics at 58 contractors and officials testing positive for covid-19 and within the olympic village. a chapel beach volleyball player has tested positive, two members of the south african team and members considered close contact s of those south african athletes are now in isolation. this will only grow as we have 80,000 olympic participants that will be pouring into this country. and the situation on the ground is grim. more than 1,000 daily covid-19 cases here in japan, just 20% of the population here fully vaccinated. despite this litany of covid-19
restrictions, you've got contact tracing, regular testing. even mow, as someone who has been living here in japan as credentialed media, i'm tested regularly as well as having to fill out a daily health app. despite all of that, there are still concerns you can't completely separate that bubble from the population here, jim. >> understood. to be clear, i'm curious how these numbers of new infections and positive covid-19 tests are being shared. are the olympic authorities there, the government authorities sharing this information in real time? >> jim, on the olympic website there is a pdf that is updated regularly with how many known cases there are. the most recent metric, we then have to call local officials, organizers to confirm these cases. these tests are happening regularly, daily, and they are being transmitted to us as fast as we think that these officials
are playing down the extent of this. an adviser to the ioc says these cases are less than they thought. >> we should note among athletes, single digits still among the 11,000 expected to come. of course, those numbers could change. you and we will watch this very closely. selena wang in tokyo, thank you very much. back here in the u.s., loo let's look at the numbers as well. the spread of the delta variant is fueling a rise in new infections and in some places a surge in hospitalizations. that, of course, means serious cases of covid-19. 12 states have yet to fully vaccinate at least 40% of their residents and health experts warn that the virus is particularly dangerous in communities where fewer people are vaccinated. how do we know this? more than 99% of deaths from covid-19 across the country are among people who have not received the vaccine. natasha chen is live in birmingham, alabama. so, alabama one of the states where low infection rates are
now, in effect, costing lives because we're seeing a jump in infections there. tell us how much and what health officials are doing about that. >> reporter: jim, it is a real challenge here. alabama is at the bottom of the list when you look at the 50 states and their vaccination rates. only about a third of people in alabama are vaccinated and that is why we, today, are at a unique vaccine clinic setup that is actually by the city of birmingham. they are having a rocket docket, a mass court event where people are coming in to take care of their traffic tickets, but they're hoping they'll also stop at this clinic that's being run by meds plus. that's why we have colleen long here. dr. colleen, can you tell us what your strategy is here? most of the people who come in will not be vaccinated and also don't know this is available to them. >> correct. our strategy is to basically engage the community.
since thens these vaccine clinics have started we've gone out and tried to engage the community. we're going to go through the line, ask people if they've been vaccinated and ask them what their issues are. >> reporter: yesterday we were with you at another clinic in a church where, jim, only 11 people showed up to that clinic in the afternoon. so, you know, this is a real difficult thing to convince people who have not gotten the shot. what are you hearing from them? what's the hold-up right now? >> at this point we're hearing everything from i don't like shots to i don't trust anything that's free from the government. we're hearing all types of stories as to why they won't get the vaccine. a lot of it is simply misinformation. >> reporter: what do you tell them? what can you say? >> at this point we try to give them valid information about the vaccine, how it's very important. this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated and it's very important for them to get the vaccine. then we answer any of their que questions. >> reporter: thank you so much.
as she and i discussed yesterday, even though 11 people showed up to that afternoon clinic, another 11 people vaccinated is another 11 people vaccinated. jim? >> just got to move faster. we're seeing the effects now. natasha chen, thank you so much. chief clinical officer at providence health system. doctor, always good to have you back. i wonder if we can, on the olympics, because that's where we're seeing some news this morning, based on the numbers we've seen so far, this is a fairly low positivity rate. single digits among some 11,000 athletes. they've not all arrived in tokyo yet. based on the numbers we've seen so far there, as a doctor, are you concerned about the level of outbreak of covid-19? >> yeah. thanks, jim. actually, i am very encouraged that the olympic village is doing the right thing. they're screening. they're testing. they're isolateing. they're doing what one does with
a novel pathogen when you want to contain it, not mitigate the spread, slow down the spread but stop it in its tracks. so what they're doing is actually preventing the they're doing the right thing there. >> that's good to hear. our understand ing, based on th ioc chair is based on 80 to 85% of athletes will be vaccinated. you wish it would be 100%. that's not unlike what we see, for instance, in major league baseball in the u.s. they're holding a dozen games a day, right, in major league baseball and largely have managed to do what you're talking about there. does that vaccination rate among l olympic athletes give you comfort? >> it does give me comfort. i would love for it to be 100%. there are reasons it can't be, particularly access to vaccines in other countries and being able to get people fully vaccinated before they get to the village. but the higher the number of vaccinated people go, the lower risk of especiapidemic spread a
the village. >> understood. let's move to the u.s. now. dr. scott gottlieb, former fda commissioner, made a point over the weekend. basically, america is going to fall into three categories now as the delta variant spreads. you're either vaccinated and protected, you've either been previously infected as well and, therefore, your body has some immunity to it and that provides some protection, or you're going to get the delta variant. i wonder if you agree with that framing here. basically the delta variant is primarily, perhaps even almost completely a threat to the unvaccinated. >> it is absolutely. the delta variant -- do you remember back at the beginning of this pandemic we talked about how contagious something is? that original virus had an arnaut or spread for every one person who got it around 2 1/2 other people got it. this delta variant goes to six other people. it's much more contagious.
it is very easy to spread with a lower amount of virus to other people. and that's why dr. gottlieb was talking about how if you're not vaccinated, you're not immune because you got the infection, you're at very high risk of getting it because this stuff is floating around in the air anywhere it's invaded the community. >> smoest severe risk from covid-19 today are clear. i'm not exaggerating by saying 99% of deaths are -- that's in the data. in fact, it's more than -- 99.5% of deaths from covid-19 are among the unvaccinated. we are seeing breakthrough infections, people who have been vaccinated are testing positive for this. folks at home, who may be vaccinated themselves, or thinking about a vaccination, explain what that means. because if you're vaccinated and you do still contract this, you are, based on data, still remarkably safe from getting
severely ill. >> you are absolutely remarkably safe because -- particularly, think back to those baseball players that they are getting screened for exposure, right? many of them have been exposed to covid out in the community. they don't even have any symptoms. because they're looking for it, they're finding it. that's considered mild infection. that's different than breakthrough infection in somebody who is not vaccinated -- infection on somebody not vaccinated who ends up on a ventilator in the hospital. vaccine prevents against those severe complications of disease in the vast majority of people. >> as a doctor, i wonder what you would recommend to patients and i'm asking you for myself, too, i've been advantavaccinate number of months and i, like some americans, have changed some behaviorsndably, going to indoor restaurants, flying more frequently, et cetera. what changes, if any, in behavior do you recommend for people who have been vaccinated to avoid being exposed to this? >> i do think that being
vaccinated is number one through ten on that list, of things to do. if you have been vaccinated, you literally are safer, much, much safer to be around other peopl e. might be able to overwhelm our community. >> it's about making judgment calls. amy compton-phillips, thank you once again. in a few minutes president biden will make his case for an infrastructure deal that has a deadline looming. the u.s. will accuse china today of overseeing major
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the massive hack that had global implications. national security correspondent alex marquardt is here. chiepa has been doing this for decades, stealing private sector and government secrets. what's different is that they've been using, like russia, professional hackers to do this. >> people they hire. a huge coalition of allies, european union, na tto. this is the first time nato has ever condemned china for cyber activities. the sharing coalition, australia, new zealand and others, as you know. what they're doing here is essentially highlighting a new tactic that the chinese are undertaking. yes, china continues to carry out all these malicious attacks against universityies, governments, companies, for espionage. but now th e
seen leveled against the russians in april. what the administration is hoping is essentially by the world, all these countries calling out china is that that will be enough of an incentive to china to knock it off or create a baseline for which sangs could be applied. justice department indicting, unsealing an indictment of four chinese nationals, residents working for the s, for the hosp hospitals. we know who you are, what you're up to. >> alex marquardt, thank you so much. now an investigation that highlights how military grade spyware was used to target people around the world, including notably activists, dissidents, journalists, political leaders as well. washington post with the help of
a consortium of media uncovered dozens of phones infected with this spyware. cnn has not been able to independently verify "the washington post" story, we should note. joining me now, one of the journalists behind what's known as the project pegasus, craig timber. good to have you on this morning. this is notable, one, because the scope of it, but two, the kinds of people involved. this is a deliberate attempt to follow, to track, to surveil dissidents, political leaders. how far did it go? >> we'll probably never know how far it went. >> would these people have known? and can they have confidence
now, right, once identified that they can get rid of this kind of software. >> no and no. >> wow! >> it gets delivered in many ways but in some instances you don't know you've gotten a malicious link. they can just take over your device and certainly you can get a new device. in one case we interviewed a woman in france whose iphone 11 was infected. we found that infection, and then she borrowed another iphone, 6s, and that was infected literally the same week we interviewed her, her second device was infected. if these governments really want to track you, this spyware makes it easy, i think. >> your profile uploaded to the cloud. you get a new phone, it's downloaded. does that stuff still live in there? tell us about the company that is based in israel. the group says it's only intend
ed for surveilling terrorists and folks accused of sex crimes. that's not who is using this now entirely. is that company responsible? >> it's a good question. one useful metaphor is is smith & wesson responsible for the way guns are used once it sells them? the company says we don't know exactly in real time what happens once it's in the hands of a government client. they do investigations, they do go back and get phone numbers sometimes but they tell us that they have no real-time visibility. is it their fault when abuses happen? it's really up to our readers and your viewers to decide. >> wait a second here. if i sell a gun to a hunter, that's one thing. if i sell it to the head of a drug gang, that's another thing. the trouble is that the countries involved here are known authoritarian regimes. did the israeli companies sell it to the governments knowing
their past behavior in terms of handling dissidents, journalists, opposition leaders? >> your metaphor is a good one to appoint. what if the hunter also runs a drug ring? >> jesus. i mean, that's a nice excuse but, i'm sorry. if you're selling this kind of spyware to an authoritarian re regime, you have to bear some responsibility for how it's used. >> i'm not disagreeing with you on that. what i'm saying is that they claim to vet their client governments thoroughly. they tell us they cut off clients, in some cases have given us lots of revenue and they say there's lots of countries they'll never sell to, regulated. yes, i share your concern. once it's in the hands of governments that have human rights records we know about, i think it's reasonable to ask should mso have been doing business with these countries and should they still be doing business with these countries? >> no question. it's great reporting here. great team that uncovered an alarming scope of this kind of
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big test this week. yet one more, frankly, for president biden's infrastructure agenda on wednesday. senate majority leader chuck schumer will hold a key test vote on the bipartisan deal, timeline intended to put pressure on finalizing the text that is not in place yet. cnn correspondent arhette saenz joins us from the north lawn. infrastructure week going back to the 19th century.
this is a big week. you've got a vote on wednesday. is the administration confident that they still have a bipartisan deal? >> reporter: well, jim, this certainly could be a make or break moment for president biden's domestic agenda, as the senate is barreling toward the deadlines set by majority leader chuck schumer. in a few hours, president biden will be speaking here at the white house, making his case for why both of these proposals, relating to infrastructure, need to be passed. and white house officials have been cautiously optimistic that they will be able to push through this -- these agenda items. they also recognize that this is a very delicate balancing act. demo democrats are trying to get around that $3.5 trillion proposal at the white house and the senate majority leader need to make sure they keep all democrats on board with that. you already heard moderates like senator joe manchin saying they're not ready and still want to see some more details relating to that. perhaps the one that people are
most closely watching are the bipartisan infrastructure agreement which was on rocky footing at nearly the same moments it was announced. right now these negotiators have been working through the weekend, working heading into this week, but there are not any final details just yet on how to pay for the plan. that's a very important element that republicans and democrats both want answers on. so, the white house has been engaging with lawmakers up on capitol hill. you've had the president's top senior advisers really pushing and engaging with lawmakers on this as they are trying to make sure that these agenda items don't get stalled out and they will be able to move forward in a swifter manner. >> we'll be talking to a senator involved in those negotiations next hour. we'll see what he thinks. arlette saenz, thanks so much. don lemon joins joe biden for an exclusive town hall this
wednesday at 8:00 p.m. a man who breached the u.s. senate chamber will be the first rioter to be sentenced for a felony. that may set a benchmark for similar offenses, and there are a lot of them. the first felony conviction to be sentence d, and how many others might be in the same category? >> about 230 people are in a similar category. charged with obstructing official proceeding. maximum sentence for this could have been up to 20 years. sounds like he will get a lot less than that. he is 38 years old, from florida, pled guilt to one felony count of obstructing an official proceeding. he admitted to taking selfies as he walked around the desks. he wore protective gloves, goggles. the justice department dropped all of those charges except the
most severe charge. again, this obstruction charge could have sent him to prison for 20 years, although he is more likely to serve somewhere between 15 and 21 months. the judge has a lot of discretion here. he will get a lot of leniency, too, because there are things everyone is weighing. he has accepted responsibility for his crime. he has pled guilt quickly, which is something that prosecutors look fondly on, as do judges, because you're not taking up time in the court system. balance between efficiency, but also impact. we'll see what the judge comes up with. however, this is a significant charge because he is in this camp of people who did something atroshs but it's a nonviolent charge. this could be a marker for other charges, jim, that are very significant, going into the senate chamber and restricted areas but not crimes of violence and conspiracy cases we've been talking about. this is a case to watch for. >> understood. there are often mitigating factors but there is another category of folks charged here, those who physically attacked
members of law enforcement. where do prosecutions stand on those? >> we're still watching that. right now, the number of total prosecutions is 542 cases total. so, you know, i think we're still watching to see how those cases shake out. some people who have been involved in the far right extreme groups have already pled guilty. we're looking for, i think, the next big, big cases to watch, the large conspiracy cases, the violent crimes against officers. we're still working our way through here. but we're now getting into -- this is like the beginning of the end. >> yes. >> when we get into the plea phase. >> sentence ing, no question. we'll be watching closely. whitney wild, thank you very much. had deadly shootings in our nation's capitol and across the u.s. this weekend once again putting renewed focus on gun violence in this country. scenes at a major league baseball game this weekend truly shocking. we'll have a live update next.
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inside scrambling. some of them running into the dugout for cover. omar jimenez has the latest. take us through it. >> reporter: in washington, d.c., frustration and calls for justice after 6-year-old naya courtney was killed in a drive-by shooting friday night in another weekend ravage d by gun violence in the united states. >> it keeps happening. it keeps happening. >> take our streets back from these cowards that are killing our children. >> reporter: courtney's grandmother, remembering the incoming first grader as an amazing little girl. >> i pray that another child don't suffer in the way my granddaughter had to suffer with senseless acts of violence. i want justice for my granddaughter. >> reporter: metropolitan police department releasing this video, showing a person vehicle of interest.
a reward is being offered in the incident that also left five adults injured. >> i'm asking 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 nayia's life. >> reporter: this happened 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 gun shots sending players and fans scrambling for cover, some even taking shelter inside of the dugouts. >> we thought it was fireworks at first. couple of people started running. as you saw more and more people running, 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 that shouldn't be there. it's bad. it's really bad. >> reporter: here in chicago, six people were injured, including a 12-year-old and four teenagers in a shooting late saturday night when 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 the circumstances, as chaotic and terrifying as that scene was. >> reporter: in tucson, arizona, at least 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 highly tragic,
really horrific incident with many unknowns at this time that's going to involve a lengthy and complex investigation. >> reporter: and this started last year. fbi data showed that country-wide murders jumped 25% from 2019 into 2020 and sadly that trend, for many places, has continued into this year. one analysis showed across 70 major united states cities, murder jumped at least in some way compared to last year, mainly driven by gun violence. >> no question. we're seeing police forces struggle with their response. omar jimenez, thank you very much. bezos' blast-off. the amazon founder will speak with cnn. hear what he has to say ahead of his launch to the edge of space tomorrow.
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from now the richest person in the world, jeff bezos will rocket into space on his space tourism rocket. the trip just nine days after richard branson blasted to the edge of space in the unity. kristin fisher following all of this from van horn, texas. kristen, good to have you on. that is where bezos and three other passengers will launch from. kristen, just starting with how this will go down tomorrow, he's not going into orbit, and that is key. he's going really high and
higher than branson went but not into orbit. >> reporter: not into orbit. this is a suborbital space flight. this desert in west texas, this is about as remote as it gets which is what you want when you are testing and flying rocket news space. and almost all of this land, about 300,000 acres of it, is owned by jeff bezos and his company blue origin. they have conducted 15 test flights consecutive successful test flights of the suborbital rocket system called new shepherd. it is the first time tomorrow that people are actually on board. and none other than jeff bezos himself is going to be on the the flight tomorrow along with his brother mark and if all goes according to plan, 18-year-old oliver damon is the youngest person to ever fly in space. he's also blue origin's first paying customer. though technically it was his father. and then you also have wally
fu funk who was a group of mercury women who trained in the 1950s but never flew and she's an 80-year-old flight and she will become the oldest person to ever fly in space. and listen to how jeff bezos described what it was like to train with her. >> i'll just tell you, wally, back in the early '60s, when she was in the mercury 13, she went through the tests and outperformed all of the men and we could confirm she's still outperforming all of the men. >> reporter: and so all four have been training together here at launch site one. and they've been training yesterday, and today. only two days of training and thome morning that he will make their way down the road behind me into the launch pad. >> well wally funk looks good. >> doesn't she. >> and we'll covering this live tomorrow. joining me now to discuss,
retired astronaut jose hernandez. mr. hernandez, so good to have you on this morning. listen, you've done your time. >> good morning, jim. >> you've done your time in space. and from your point of view, does space tourism, very pricey space tourism, does that encourage more serious space exploration in your view? >> i believe it does, jim. because any time you could get private entities to spend a dollar on space exploration, that is a dollar less the taxpayer has to pay via nasa and other entities to explore space. so i think getting more people involved in space exploration is great and tourism is one way of achieving that. >> and you do have different approaches here among bezos, branson and elon musk. musk, to his credit, spacex, that carries real pay load to space, satellites and astronauts up to the space station. branson really more of a space tourism model.
bezos similar, although his ambitions are to colonize space eventually. among them, does one of these programs do more than the other in terms of, you know, learning things from space? >> well, i think there is two different approaches, jim, for a reason. if you look at jeff bezos and elon musk, they're the more traditional rocket and they have contracted with nasa, lunar landing and that type of thing and then you look at virgin gal acic that takes it up 45,000 feet and separates and goes off suborbital. that is a transcontinental form of flying. going from new york to singapore in an hour as opposed to 14 hours. so they probably have different objectives at the end. but they're utilizing tourism as a common starting point.
>> so, you make a point there. this is suborbital. both the branson and bezos models do not get in orbit, not high enough and fast enough to escape gravity to orbit the earth. you've orbited the earth so i'm going to ask you, is it space flight? >> i believe anything above 50 miles is considered near space and folks that do travel that high take certain risk and do deserve the wings of an astronaut. now having said that, it is almost like keeping up with the jones' but keeping up with the jetsons because one said you didn't cross the car man line and the other one said we have bigger windows. those ktype of things that are tat for tat and i find it
amusing. >> i would hop on that in a moment. just quickly, how soon or does it happen, right, where this becomes not just, you know, the play thing of the super wealthy, does it reach a point where it is more affordable? >> i believe space flight ultimately will be affordable to the upper middle class. i think like sen this situation similar to what aviation start. the only way passenger airplanes were viable because they contracted to take air mail. the same way nasa is contracted with the companies to take passengers and pay loads up and sk experiments and eventually their self sustainable and affordable. >> it is a good comparison. but let's hope it goes in the same direction. jose hernandez, thank you very much. >> thank you. well with just days until
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