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so here's the key question, what are the weather conditions for the morning's blue origin space launch. to answer that, our own meteorologist chad myers, what's it look like, chad? >> when you put it far enough away from the weather, van horne, texas, dry this morning, good visibility, 10 miles at this point. temperature 72. we don't have to worry about other sites for landing sites in an emergency, this just really has to be right here in west texas. this weather is brought to you by servpro, helping to make water damage like it never happened. there will be a few high clouds,
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a thin veil of clouds out there, but nothing that i think is going to stop everything. 71 degrees, this doesn't have to take off at a certain time. it's not trying to catch up with the space station, it's going to go up and come down. we could delay it if we have to. haze, fog, smoke and sky in the northeast, heavy rainfall in the southeast, and still, that monsoonal moisture in the desert southwest. "new day" continues right now. >> that's where i do the robot. with that music, i'm not going to do it. i'll spare you, welcome to our viewers in the united states, and around the world, it's tuesday, july 20th. and it's all systems go for jeff bezos as they prepare for their 11 minute journey to the edge of space and back. the new rocket was positioned on the launch pad overnight, and it's now two hours and counting until lift off from west texas.
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>> bezos will be joined by his brother and 18-year-old from the netherlands and 82-year-old female aviation pioneer, wally funk from texas. his rocket will be launched from blue origin's facilities at a remote location near van horne, texas. which is about two hours southeast of el paso. the mission will eventually pave the way for private space tourism. let's go live to launch site one, and bring in cnn's kristen fisher. >> reporter: good morning, john, the crew should be arriving at launch site one any minute now. the rocket is on the launch pad. the weather is looking good. as of now, all systems are go for launch. this is a moment that blue origin has been building towards for 21 years. it's a moment that jeff bezos has been dreaming about since he was a kid, and now he is less than two hours away from riding into space on a rocket that he funded and helped build. on board with him are going to be his brother, mark,
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82-year-old wally funk who trained to be an astronaut way back in the 1960s but never got to fly because she's a woman, and so now she is finally going to get her chance and also on board that 18-year-old, oliver daman, blue origin's first paying customer, but actually his father paid for the trip because he just graduated from high school. those four have been here in west texas training for the last two days, and they are going to be riding on the new shepard sub orbital rocket system, a totally autonomous system. there is no pilot. these astronauts can sit back and relax. the rocket is going to lift off a few minutes into flight, the booster and the capsule will separate. the astronauts will get to experience a few minutes of weightlessness, and then the capsule will descend with the help of three big parachutes before landing in the desert and the rocket is also going to land too. we get to see a rocket launch and a rocket landing.
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a huge development and change in human space flight, and blue origin was really at the forefront of pioneering these sub orbital reusable rockets. they were the first to do this, and the reason this is so important is because it makes space flight more affordable, and accessible. and so yes, don, today is of course about space tourism but it's also about achieving blue o origin's goal of building a cargo route to space. moving heavy industry into space to protect the planet. it's still a very long way away. blue origin believes that today's launch is a step in that direction, john. >> the science behind this is fascinating. kristin fisher, thank you, joining anderson cooper later this hour, anchoring special coverage. nearly 1,400 infections just three days before the olympics begin. the number of cases linked to the summer games has risen to 71 positive cases among american
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athletes, that include cara aker, katie lou samuelson, a member of the 3 by 3 women's basketball team, and neither of the women is going to get to compete. incredibly disappointing, especially since both were fully vaccinated organizers say it is still unclear how many people will be participating in friday's opening ceremony. in the mean tile dr. jill biden is planning to travel to tokyo for the opening event. the last time a u.s. first lady attended the opening ceremony was michelle obama in 2012. we are going live to tokyo with dr. sanjay gupta in a moment. first, erica hill has a look at the current state of the pandemic as cases rise here in the u.s. >> reporter: the delta variant spreading across the united states, fueling a spike in new coronavirus cases,
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hospitalizations, and deaths. and with less than half the country fully vaccinated, dr. anthony fauci warning, if we don't get a significant proportion of these people vaccinated you're going to see a smoldering of the outbreak for a considerable period of time. >> california seeing the highst number of cases since the winter surge. >> this is a pandemic, overwhelmingly, and disproportionately of those who have not been vaccinated. >> half the state's population is under mask requirements or recommendations, including los angeles county where public health officials say they are seeing a significant increase in hospitalizations. in florida, universal of florida health jacksonville hospital reporting more coronavirus cases now than in january. >> my greatest fear is that patients continue to pour in and we're unable to give them the care that they need because we don't have staff or resources.
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with back to school weeks away, the american academy of pediatrics recommending all students 2 and older and staff wear masks in the classroom regardless of vaccination. >> the only way to make sure those kids are protected for mow is unfortunately to insist on universal masking. >> reporter: since no coronavirus vaccine is authorized for kids under 12, the surgeon general sending this message to adults who still haven't gotten the shot. >> even if you don't want to do it for yourself, consider getting vaccinated to protect the children in your community. they are depending on us. >> reporter: meantime, a federal judge ruling indiana university can require students to get the covid-19 vaccine to return to campus. >> the sooner that everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner we can go back to normal. >> reporter: the delta variant sending younger people to hospitals. doctors in several states, experiencing a surge say there is one thing most patients have in common. >> we are seeing this surge because of its almost a pandemic of the unvaccinated is what're
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seeing. >> reporter: at the white house president joe biden urging all americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible. >> the data couldn't be clearer, if you're fully vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. if you're unvaccinated, you are not protected. so please, please get vaccinated. >> erica hill, cnn, new york. >> and joining us now is cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta who is live for us from tokyo. sanjay, first, before we get to the questions of health, which are so at the forefront of these games, what is the latest feeling there on the ground. >> well, i think there's excitement and there's anxiety. it's sort of both, you know, it's very interesting, you know, just flying here typically you fly to an event like this. you can't barely get seats on
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the plane. it's crowded. there's nobody on the flight. it's like flying into a war zone or a natural disaster. so there's that sense. there's no spectators allowed in the stands. that sort of feeling, you don't have that, all that earnestness around the games like you have had in the past. there's a lot of testing that's going on. we got tested, for example, 96 hours before we left again. 72 hours before we left. that's happening for the athletes and everyone that's involved in the village as well. so there's that whole sort of feeling. what they have tried to do here is really separate out the olympic village from the rest of tokyo. it's challenging to do, and we have spoken to public health experts, listen to how she put it. >> visitors ask, of course, they are supposed to be within the bubble, but, you know, it's not
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working well, and, you know, it's obvious that the bubble is kind of broken, so there seems to be some sort of interaction between guests and visitors, and also local people. >> so that's what they're trying to avoid is to have these interactions, trying to create this bubble like here. but again, excitement and anxiety at the same time. >> sanjay, he admitted the bubble is kind of broken, that is a statement of fact, we have seen these cases, but what makes it doubly confusing is frankly, in some cases folks coming down with covid have been vaccinated. help us understand these breakout cases, which is what they're known as and what might account for them. someone who's unvaccinated throwing off more virus,
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infecting people who have been vaks vaccinated, what's the latest science. >> the second part of your question, where exactly does someone contract the virus, where does that exposure happen. that can be hard to know sometimes. clearly what we know with the delta variant is that the viral load that someone carries in their bodies is maybe a thousand fold higher than it was with the original strain. so the way someone described it to me is if you are infected and putting out virus, it's kind of like imagine someone smoking and blowing out smoke as they're smoking, it's kind of all around them, and continues to travel around them as well. exposures can happen all sorts of different ways. breakthrough infections, this is something we learn a lot, i think, because of these olympic games. in the united states, we know testing has really dropped off dramatically since the end of last year. cdc says if you've been vaccinated, you don't need to be tested unless you develop symptoms. so how many of those vaccinated
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people actually do have a breakthrough infection, we don't know. again, the overall testing has come down some 80%. but here, you know, you are seeing a lot of people who have been vaccinated who then test positive. they're not necessarily getting sick. they're probably surprised. they don't have any symptoms. but we're going to get a better idea idea of just how common the breakthrough infections are. the vaccine doing what they're supposed to do, prevent people from getting sick, prevent them from being hospitalized and dying. we have said so far, breakthrough infections are rare. they may not be as rare as we once thought. >> we just spoke with an olympic gymnast father who was going through the thing you described. incredibly disappointing to go to tokyo and not compete. sanjay, thank you so much for joining us from tokyo. the first person to have pleaded guilty to storming the capitol sentencing to just eight months in prison. how that compares to other
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ yesterday a 38-year-old florida man became the first capitol hill rioter to be charged with sentence. obstruction of an official seating carries a sentence of 20 years. the biden justice department asked for one and a half years to deter political violence. he wasn't charged with attacking
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police or destroying property. the judge thought his apology was sincere, and he says he recognizes joe biden as the legitimate president but people shouldn't get points simply for admitting reality. the fact is that he took part in an insurrection by entering the senate chamber to try to stop the certification of an election, and eight months is a slap on the wrist for that unparalleled crime. compare his sentence with others our criminal justice system has dolled out for nonviolent crimes. tommy chong got sentenced to nine months for selling bongs. a 46-year-old mother from dallas named crystal mason was sentenced to five years for casting a provisional ballot, unaware she was ineligible after serving time for tax fraud. her ball lot was not counted. eight months is ludicrously lenient compared to the people serving long sentences, like
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38-year-old allen russell, who was sentenced to life in prison for possessing 1.5 ounces of marijuana in mississippi back in 2019 because of two prior felony convictions and a weapon charge or timothy jackson, who is serving life without parole for stealing a jacket at age 36 from a new orleans department store. the aclu said the court increased the sentence baesed o a juvenile offense decades earlier and two car burglaries as an adult. and robert reilly, who was on parole for selling lsd to drug heads. his sentence was commuted by barack obama in 2017. i could go on. the point should be crystal clear. as a country we have sentenced people to far longer prison terms for far lesser crimes than trying to overthrow our democracy. and being duped into believing the big lie is not an excuse, especially when the justice department decided not to charge with sedition, despite their
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actions meeting the dictionary definition. some people only understand the truth of their actions when they face real consequences. >> and crystal mason, the woman sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election while she was on probation, john just mentioned her. she is with us now, along with her attorney kim cole, and just to be clear, crystal you say you were not aware that you were not permitted to vote. you ended up casting a provisional ballot because you were not on the rolls, and you didn't understand why you cast a provisional ballot. ultimate the ballot was not counted. i thought of you as we looked at this sentence. you are facing five years in prison, and i just wonder how you feel about the disparity in sentences as you are looking at what some of the capitol rioters
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are getting? >> honestly, it makes me sad. sad that our justice system is so unfair. i'm right now facing five years for an innocent mistake. i thought i was exercising my civic duties by voting. i thought i had that right. and yet i am facing five years for an innocent nonviolent offense. >> why do you think there is a disparity, crystal? >> i think that -- i think it's a disparity in regards to race. >> you think this is an issue of, in this case, someone who is white getting a more lenient sentence because they are white? >> correct, yes.
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>> i know that you have felt targeted in this particular case with how the prosecuting attorney took it up. one of the questions i have for you on this day as we're looking at this sentence for capitol rioter is that the insurrection was based on the big lie. the lie that donald trump won the election. that was the basis for why people went into the capitol, and attacked the capitol, and it's actually prompted even stricter voting regulations in your state of texas. even stricter than as you faced in your case. what do you think about that? >> again, i think that this justice system is very unfair, and again, you can see exactly what they did to the capitol. and that was a violent offense.
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and they went with intent to do exactly what they did, and here i am, an innocent mistake facing five years. >> kim, just to get an update from you, we understand that crystal's case is now being looked at by the texas court of criminal appeals. where does that stand? >> so, actually, we just filed our reply to the state's response. and it is left up to the court of criminal appeals at this point to decide whether or not this egregious five-year sentence stands. so they could make a decision today, tomorrow, months from now, it just depends on when they do their review and what their decision is. >> is that why crystal isn't in prison right now? >> crystal is not in prison
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right now. she is out on an appellate bond. however, pending this decision by the texas court of criminal appeals, she very well may end up having to serve five years in prison. >> this is really, crystal, a last resort for you but it is unusual that this court would have taken up your case. does that give you hope? . >> right now all i can do is trust god. i'm hoping that they will look at my case, and look at it and see and make the right decision. that's it. just follow the law. >> crystal, we certainly appreciate you being with us this morning. crystal mason and her turn kim cole, thank you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> is it the government's job to
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planned for tomorrow to advance the bipartisan infrastructure proposal as republican senators vote against advancing the deal. joining us to discuss this is democratic senator gary peters of michigan. sir, thank you for being with us this morning. i do want to let our viewers know you were not actually in this meeting last night about infrastructure but many of your colleagues were, and i'm wondering what you're hearing this morning about where things
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stand. >> well, i think there's still some disagreement on some of the terms. that group is still working through that, but i think the important thing for us right now is that we need to proceed. and that's why leader schumer wants to put this on the floor tomorrow, a motion to proceed to go forward so that we can come together as a senate, and deal with infrastructure, physical infrastructure. this is something that we need to do. this should be bipartisan, it's about investing in roads and bridges, expanding the high speed internet to folks all across the country in rural areas, urban areas. this is something that needs to be done. hopefully it can be done in a bipartisan way. it's certainly not unusual to have this type of vote now, even though we don't have final bill text. we did it just recently with the innovation and competitive act. we've got over 40 republicans joined democrats in advancing that legislation even though we didn't have full text at the time. but we did have different pieces, i was part of one of the
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pieces as chairman of homeland security committee. we did a number of cyber bills, and buy american bills that were in the bill. the same thing exists right now. we have energy legislation. we have legislation come out of the commerce committee in a bipartisan way. this is an attempt to move this ball forward. it's time to stop talking. it's time to take action. our infrastructure needs it. and we should be able to do it in a bipartisan way. >> so you agree with, it sounds like schumer's decision to have this vote, which is controversial, senate gop leadership threatening to block the vote tomorrow unless negotiators strike a deal on it. is this possibly going to die? is this imperilled? s >> i hope not because it's too important. it's too important to make these kinds of investments. in fact, if you look at folks who look at the infrastructure of countries around the world we rank number 13 in terms of the quality of our physical infrastructure. 13th. in the united states of america, we shouldn't be 13th in any
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category, particularly something as important as infrastructure. we should come together in a bipartisan way just like we did in the competitive act where we came together. we said let's move this forward. let's have a motion to proceed. again, when nearly 40 republicans joined us, even though we didn't have bill text, there were amendments that were put forward. there were 22 roll call votes, and it passed a wide bipartisan way. we just did this just recently. we can do it again, but i think this will be a test. are the republicans really serious about coming together and dealing with infrastructure in this country? if they're serious, they will vote to proceed, and let the senate come together and work together as a body to move this critical legislation forward. if they're not serious and walk away, that would certainly be too bad, and i think it would be terrible for the country, and if they walk away as democrats, we still have to make sure we're making investments in in infrastructure in this country, to make sure we can continue to grow our economy, and create
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good paying jobs. that's what this is all about. this is about good paying jobs. we need to come together. >> you chaired the first committee to investigate the capitol insurrection, it was on a limited scope. we have had you on the show to talk about this before. i wonder as you watch what's going on in the house, house minority leader kevin mccarthy appointing five people to the house committee investigating the insurrection, and chose three people who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election. what do you think of that? >> well, it's certainly not an indication that he's look at this in a good faith way, and i think that's so disappointing for the country. we had an insurrection on the capitol. we have to have an understanding of what actually happened, what motivated this action. we have to understand what the facts are. the american people deserve nothing less than having a full accounting and all of the facts associated with that horrific event. and i would hope that they would have come together in a good
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faith way to examine those facts. it certainly doesn't look like that based on these choices that he has made, and it's disappointing for the country. >> later today, senator peters, you will be announcing an investigation into cryptocurrency, and to cyber crimes as well. tell us about this, what should we expect? >> well, we are launching an investigation into cyber currency, dealing with our overall move to deal with cyber attacks in this country. it, in fact, will be putting out legislation shortly, dealing with the ransomware attacks that we have seen recently. in fact, there were 150% increase in ransomware attacks just in this year, and certainly big ones like pipelines, meat packing plants over the fourth of july, several small hundred businesses, so we're hit with ransomware attacks, and what we find is cryptocurrencies are the medium of choice by these folks to use cryptocurrencies. in fact, well over $400 million have been paid in ransoms in the last year from cryptocurrencies.
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we think it may be a much larger number because we still have to get a better handle on how widespread these attacks are. and we want to make sure we're dealing with cryptocurrency and understand why is it the choice by these folks, and how can we disrupt that choice. how can we make cryptocurrencies not the medium of choice, but actually disrupt the use of cryptocurrencies. this will be an investigation into why it's being used, how we can disrupt it. we certainly know the fbi was actually able to transact this transaction related to the pipeline. that is a disincentive. what sort of resources are necessary for us to do that in a more aggressive way to let these cyber criminals know they're not going to get away with their ransom. we will track them down. we will get that ransom back. we will also hold them accountable. and they will be punished in addition to putting stronger locks on our doors.
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we have to also make sure we're dealing with other aspects as well. >> senator peters, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. well, some hosts at fox's propaganda headquarters are pushing antivaccine rhetoric. others are livid that the government wants to battle vaccine push by propaganda headquarters by educating americans on the benefit asks safety of the coronavirus vaccine, including one member of the sunrise trio. if you didn't get a vaccination, that's your choice, but if you did, like i did, and they did, and maybe you did, then you should not wear a mask. and if you didn't, if you want to go cliff diving this weekend, you don't have to check with me. it seems a little dangerous but i'm not going to judge you, and if you go ahead and put yourself in danger, if you feel this is not something for you, don't do it, but don't affect my life. >> 99% of the people dying from
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covid are unvaccinate sd. >> that's their choice. >> they don't want to die. >> the administration and government are saying we need the mask mandate to protect the public! that's not their job. it's not their job to protect anybody. >> it's literally the job of government to protect people. check out the preamble of the constitution. we the people in the united states in order to form a more perfect union establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and the secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. catch that? provide for the defense of the people. and promote the general welfare of the people. tags forward to modern society, and nearly every section of the government and every law the government makes is designed however imperfectly to serve and protect its people. >> many examples, the government protects your food, you've heard of the fda of course, the government protects your medicine. they make sure it's safe to
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consume. they protect -- >> protects your travel with the faa regulating the skies and planes in which you ride. it protects the highways, setting speed limits and putting stop signs at intersections, uses crash test dummies to improve the safety of your car, firefighters to protect you from flames, police protect you from crimes. emts could save your life or get you quickly to someone who can. >> the government protects your personal safety, like the time this fox host wanted a democratic governor to show more appreciation for the government when it protected her against a kidnapping plot. >> the justice department found him him, arrested him, and they were stopped in the tracks. governor whitmer not grateful but focused on the president. >> the previous arguments against his current argument don't stop there, like the time he pushed for teachers employed by the government to protect students. >> i love what florida is doing,
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allowing teachers to get trained for shootings in schools, to shoot back at the shooters before they get to the schools. >> or the time that kilmeade wanted the government to protect against russian cyber attacks to protect americans. >> the only things russians understand is strength and if we have the same cyber technology as they do, i believe it's better, a lot better, we have to blink their lights. that's the only thing they understand. we pretend we're living in a civilized world. next thing it's going to be the hoover dam. you think the pipeline is where it staops, this is where it starts, we have to send a strong message back, and throwing out a few diplomats is not going to work. >> or the time he supported government funded manpower to protect the border. >> you know what i want, and i think we all want, there is a five alarm fire on our southern border right now, and the men and women every day need some help. >> or the time that he said correctly that it's the
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president's job, the head of the federal government to protect the country. he even called it leadership. >> the other thing is what the president is saying i will do whatever it takes to secure the country even if it hurts us economically because my first job is security. that's called leadership, and if republicans don't go with it, i get that too but the president's got a different responsibility. >> or the time kilmeade criticized the withdrawal of american troops who are of course funded by the government. >> what he's going to do early is a classic america pull the foot off the throats early and it's going to make everyone's security more perilous. >> but in fairness, let's consider the alternative, that he was simply arguing for personal responsibility. it's a classic libertarian argument that americans can do pretty much whatever they want. the problem is that his cliff diving metaphor doesn't really
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apply here because being reckless with your health in a pandemic can directly affect the health of others. it's that old idea that my right to swing my fist ends at requesyour nose. >> people who get vaccinated and choose not to can impact someone who doesn't have the choice of getting vaccinated, like someone under 12 who is immuno suppressed and goes to school in one of the states or school districts where officials are banned from requiring mask use or someone who can get vaccinated but chooses not to because they believe the bs that his colleague's dish out nightly or someone who is vaccinated but still immuno suppressed who must rely on their fellow citizens to do the right thing, to be personally responsible for other people, not just themselves. >> what a concept. president biden is pushing for every american to get vaccinated as the country backslides with covid cases rising and many people still refusing to get their shots.
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propaganda continues to sow doubt over the importance of vaccines, and on monday, the dow jones plunged more than 700 points, its biggest drop of the year as alarm over the delta infections dealt a blow to stops. jeff zeleny is live in cincinnati with more. vaccine hesitancy is stalling u.s. progress and killing many americans. what efforts are being taken now to bridge the gap between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated? >> reporter: john, good morning, there are extensive efforts underway. they really have been for weeks and months to urge people to get vaks vaccinations, there's a vaccamillion lottery, contests, celebrity endorsements. but the health experts we talked to say it's unclear if they have a real effect or not. as president biden marks his 6th month in office today, the
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question is anyone listening to his urgent pleas. >> if you're unvaccinated, you are not protected. so please, please get vaccinated. get vaccinated now. >> reporter: an urgent plea from president biden, imploring americans to shed their doubts about vaccinations with covid-19 cases sharply on the rise. >> the only way we put it behind us is if more americans get vaccinated. >> reporter: dina cariranley, a barbara lynch agree with the president but have a blunt reality check for them. they have spent months trying to chip away at vaccine hesitancy through their group first ladies for health, which does outreach to communities of color and faith. >> we have come up against a brick wall, and we're trying to figure out what we can do now to induce people to get the vaccine. i have a grandson who is not taking the vaccine. and we've preached to him and preached to him about it, and he's not taking the vaccine. >> your own grandson. >> yes, he believes the stuff he's seeing on the internet.
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>> reporter: the delta variant is rattling nerves from the white house to wall street with the dow tumbling monday more than 700 points. the worst one-day decline of the yore. >> we know that our economic recovery hinges on getting the pandemic under control. >> reporter: two americas, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated are coming into sharper focus here in ohio and across the country. ohio is fully vaccinated 45.9% of its population, just below the u.s. rate of 48.6%. hamilton county, home to cincinnati, is slightly higher at 49%. >> now we're in this stage where the supply is very high and the demand is very low. >> reporter: the long lines at vaccination centers in the winter and spring have slowed to a summer time trickle. julie ann nesbit is health commissioner of -- despite lot ris, celebrity endorsements and more. >> i think most people who have
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strong beliefs one way or the other, i don't know that an incentive is going to push them one way or the other to do it. >> the delta variant has highlighted a new divide in america, rooted in far more than politics. bill sterns a lawyer in the conservative suburb of batavia got his shot early but knows plenty of people who haven't. >> the primary reason i'm hearing is it's untested and they don't want to have anything like that in their bodies that they don't control. >> reporter: in cincinnati, 23-year-old marquis hughes told us he will not get the vaccination, despite pleas from his grandparents and others. >> i just don't feel like it's safe. can't no one convince you. >> reporter: who told you it wasn't safe? >> myself, just my research. >> reporter: so it is a sense of disinformation that is out there that really is driving some of this hesitancy, but certainly not all of it. but younger ohioans and of course younger americans across the country are a big part of the unvaccinated. officials believe some of that will change when some colleges resume in the fall.
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of course not all of them are going to require vaccinations, including most of the big universities here in ohio. there is no question the organizers we talked to say they are going to still go person to person, trying to keep encouraging the vaccinations to keep going, but the vaccine hesitancy, john and brianna, is very real here across party lines. >> got to follow the facts, not your fears. jeff zeleny, live in cincinnati. thank you. >> reporter: indeed. and a reminder president joe biden joining don lemon for an exclusive cnn town hall tomorrow night in cincinnati at 8 eastern. and right now jeff bezos and his crew are prepping for the first mission to the edge of space. this trip has been six decades in the making for one crew member. we're going to tell you all about her. we're going to talk about wally funk.
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stand by. it's one small step for man. one giant leap for mankind. it was 52 years to the day that the apollo 11 moon land being, a different kind of history will be made in space an hour from now, a very different kind of history. the richest man in the world, jeff bezos, is about to reach the edge of space. you're looking at new shepherd, a suborbital capsule built by his company blue origin.
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good morning, i'm anderson cooper. we are live near van horn, texas, at blue origin site, one. five decades after neil armstrong's giant step for man. it's a big step for space tourism and blue origin begun by bezos more than two decades ago. the amazon founder will be joined by his brother mark, two other passengers the oldest and youngest people to ever travel to space. last night jeff bezos delivered dinner to the press in the media center. if you were worried about this morning's flight, he certainly didn't show it in front of the cameras. >> is that your last meal? are you having steak and eggs? >> did somebody say last meal? put it this way -- let's talk about it differently. >> more live pictures now of blue origin's new shepherd. bezos and his fellow passengers expected to leave the training center for the launch pad in eight minutes at 8:15 a.m.
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eastern time. they'll ascend the tower and get into that capsule. the capsule can seat up to six. there will only be four people in it today. once they get the order, the hatch will be closed and lift ge off is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. eastern time. cnn's tom foreman has the details of what's in store for bezos and his fellow passengers. >> reporter: at blue origins arrid testing ground, it is slated to take off at 8:00 a.m. central time. just as it has already in more than a dozen test flights like the one seen here, a million horse power blast from the liquid fuelled engine will start the journey. the astronauts will be strapped into a ring of futuristic space seats. about a third of the capsule is made of windows, and the rocket will steadily rotate changing
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the view. riding will be their only job. >> it's an autonomous vehicle. it's been designed so that the customers, the astronauts themselves, can experience the flight. >> reporter: over the first two minutes their speed will literally rocket to more than 2,000 miles an hour. g forces will intensify until each person feels as if they weigh three times as much as normal. but that won't last. at 2:45, the booster engine will fall away. 15 seconds later as the capsule arcs toward the highest point in the flight, the passengers will start to feel much lighter. and at 4 minutes 62 miles up, they will be unbuckled. >> you'll get to experience about 3 to 4 minutes of weightlessness. again, to gaze out of those big beautiful windows, maybe do a couple summer salts. >> 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. >> reporter: he'll have to find out fast. roughly six minutes into the flight they will return to their seats and start falling back to
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earth. eventually going so fast they'll break the sound barrier just as they did going up. they won't likely see the booster engine land a couple of miles from the launch pad. and once they are close enough to earth about 9 minutes after taking off, parachutes will deploy to slow their descent to 15 miles an hour. then a retro thrust system will fire just before touchdown. >> really, by the time the capsule lands, it's just at about 1 or 2 miles an hour. >> reporter: it won't be anything like orbital flight or what truly trained astronauts do, but did should be quite an experience. considering the going rate is about 2 1/2 million dollars per minute, it ought to be. tom foreman, cnn, washington. and we are going to be showing you live pictures. there you see the rocket booster, the capsule sits on top of that. as jeff bezos is set to make an 11 minute ride to the edge of
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from prom dresses to workouts and new adventures you hope the more you give the less they'll miss. but even if your teen was vaccinated against meningitis in the past they may be missing vaccination for meningitis b. although uncommon, up to 1 in 5 survivors of meningitis will have long term consequences. now as you're thinking about all the vaccines your teen might need make sure you ask your doctor if your teen is missing meningitis b vaccination.
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and welcome back. you are looking live at a launch site where launch site 1 is where we're at here in texas. history about to unfold just minutes from now. the richest known human being in the universe about to leave earth for just a few svetlana kuznetsova tac earth for just a few spectacular minutes. the space ship named after alan shepherd, the first to make it into the space. good morning. i'm anderson. it is tuesday, july 20th. i'm in van horn, texas, 2 hours southeast of el paso, texas.

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