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the new cases in covid are among unvaccinated folks. >> we're just watching this freight train coming. that delta is going to sweep across the south. >> we could all bring this to a close and everyone who were unvaccinated, if they would just come in and get vaccinated tomorrow. >> we're more than our jobs or our political parties. we are first and foremost team usa. >> tokyo olympics now under way and a new controversy is swirling. >> the fire itself is faster
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than the firefighters can get control over it, no matter how many people we're throwing at it, it outpaced us for several days. i'm pamela brown in washington. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are in "the cnn newsroom" on this saturday. a harsh new reality check is setting in across the united states. and it's a question that pandemic fatigued americans may not want to hear. this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. is it time to return to stricter covid measures? the question is taking on new urgency. with new cases trending up in 49 states, only utah is holding steady. the rise cause d by the highly contagious delta variant and the highly politicized antivaccine crew said. in missouri, st. louis county and city have announced a mask mandate for indoor public settings starting monday. but the state's attorney general is planning an immediate lawsuit
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to block it. republican eric schmitt says he wants to stop the insanity to protect free people. the partisan divide is heavily contributing to the so-called pandemic among the unvaccinated. just under half of all americans are fully vaccinated, making herd immunity for now a pipe dream. meanwhile, the fda and cdc are exploring a possible third dose of covid-19 vaccine. but as of now, only for immunocompromised people. let's begin in louisiana, one of the least vaccinated states in the nation. cnn's suzanne malveaux is in gretna. suzanne, what actions are being taken there amid a spike in infections? >> reporter: pam, i talked to a lot of people in jefferson parish at the mall. they express a lot of fear. fear over the vaccination, fear over the delta variant. and then also a lot of misinformation that people have. so there's lots of questions and
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health officials trying to address them at this vaccination site. but pam, make no mistake, louisiana as a state is in a dire situation here. it has the highest number of new covid cases per capita than any other state in the country currently. we're looking at figures where it's a 208% increase over the last two weeks. 80% of that due to the delta variant. and then look at these statistics. those who are vaccinated, only 40% of louisiana residents have one dose of the two-dose vaccinations, who have at least started this regimen, despite the fact that you have 1,400 different types of vaccination sites that are free of charge. and the more alarming statistics, pam, 92% of new covid cases are among those not fully vaccinated. of those hospitalizations, 90%
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are not fully vaccinated. those who recently died, 91% were not fully vaccinated. i had an opportunity to talk to a bus driver who says that now she's going back to work, she has been watching the news, she has been studying, and she has changed her mind, she got vaccinated today and wants to be really an example for the rest of her family. take a listen. >> but if i go back to work, definitely to protect myself, for my daughter and her family, you know, they're skeptical about the shot too, but once i took it, hopefully i can get them to take it. >> reporter: what will you tell them? >> try to get it. >> reporter: there is a fear that exists. and so part of our initiative was to actually bring vaccines to neighborhoods. >> so whether it's a mobile unit, whether it's a fish fry at an apartment complex with a deejay, we want people to feel comfortable and in a familiar environment.
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>> reporter: and pam, so far there are 72 people who have been vaccinated today at this site. that might sound like a small number but it is actually very significant in this community. it is really targeting those 18 to 40-year-olds who are part of the group who have been most hesitant about getting vaccinated, pam. >> and it is great to see people coming out to get those vaccinations after being hesitant. but it is also important for people to remember too, it takes a while to build up the immunity. i think it's 14 days after the last shot. suzanne malveaux, thank you for bringing us the latest there on the ground in louisiana. and florida leads the nation in new covid-19 cases, mainly among the unvaccinated. more than 73,000 new infections this past week. and that is only part of the story. cases have more than doubled compared to two weeks ago. deaths are up 64% during that same time frame. and hospitalizations have more than tripled. joining me now is dr. jason wilson, the associate medical director for the tampa general
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hospital emergency department. dr. wilson, thank you for joining us. those numbers paint a really bleak picture. tell us how much the unvaccinated are driving this. >> these are very concerning numbers. we've seen a rapid shift over the last two weeks at our hospital for hospitalizations. and these hospitalizations are nine to one unvaccinated people versus vaccinated patients. for the most part, we see a case of a person who gets covid and they're vaccinated, we're able to send that patient home or follow them by surveillance. but right now our hospitals are filling up with unvaccinated patients who are sick and much younger than the patients we saw just a couple of months ago. these are people in their 40s and younger. >> 40s and younger, i mean, how young are we talking? >> these are young adults. these are people who have gone back and begun doing all the things we had mitigated against for so long while we waited for these vaccines. we need to go out and get those vaccines.
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but basically things have returned to normal, especially amongst young adults. but that young adult population has not had high uptake in vaccines. we've had good uptake in people over 70. but people from 12 all the way through the middle ages, their middle ages, we're not seeing an uptake. we're kind of stuck at that 50% number right now. >> and have you talked to any unvaccinated patients that regret not getting the vaccine? what are you seeing, what are you hearing from them? >> you know, we take every opportunity to engage with a patient around what's best for them that we can. sometimes when you have covid, and we're trying to treat the illness, talking about the vaccine with that specific patient may not be the best strategy. but family members, other people around that patient, certainly we look for those opportunities. and we look for opportunities to engage with patients that we know for a long period of time. people who are immune compromised, with sickle cell disease, chemotherapy, transplant patients, every time i see those patients i talk to
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them about vaccines and remind them, i see lots of patients coming into the emergency department and i've not seen patients come in with side effects of the vaccine. that's really important for viewers to understand. i see lots of people who are unvaccinated who get covid. but i don't see problems with the vaccine six months into this vaccine campaign. >> that's really important because studies show normally if there were severe side effects, those would show up in the first, what, four to six weeks of a vaccine being taken, now we're many months into that, yet so many people are still not getting the vaccine and ending up in the hospital. if you would, bring us into the hospital to the extent you can. what exactly are you seeing among these young patients? how young are we talking? are they on intubators? paint a picture for us of what's going on behind the scenes. >> sure. if you go back two or three weeks ago, things seemed to be much more stable, we had reached a place of consistency and stability. we might have had 10 to 15 people in the hospital at a given time with covid.
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now we've seen a tripling to quadrupling of those numbers, over 70 patients in the hospital right now with covid. now, at the same time, this is much different than last summer, because we're able to figure out where to put each patient. some are getting monoclonal antibodies, some are coming to the hospital much more sick. again, it's unvaccinated patients who are much more sick, some requiring ventilators and some requiring intensive therapy in the icu like oxygen. really it's the requirement for oxygen that brings you to the hospital setting. >> do you think things in florida, when it comes to covid, are going to get worse? >> here's what's really important to understand. whether we're talking about the delta variant or some unknown variant that's going to arise in the future, we're going to keep on having this same conversation over and over again until we move those vaccination numbers up from 50% to over 70%. there's not a magic bullet but
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there is a scientifically created vaccine. we know they're safe, they're effective, they work against the variants and they keep people from getting sick. we have to go out there and get those vaccines. >> a simple and important message. dr. jason wilson, thanks so much. next hour, cnn medical analyst dr. leana wen will be here to answer your questions. send them to me on twitter or instagram @pamela brown cnn. the nfl is slapping hefty fines on players who flout medical protocols. we'll have a tv exclusive later in the hour. also tonight i'll ask former fox correspondent carl cameron if he thinks his ex-employer is killing people with covid misinformation. and then a top scientist tells me why climate change's impact on extreme weather is even worse than we thought. before all of that, the
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tokyo olympics starts with a bang. but it's a bust for team usa after they failed to win a medal on day one of the games for the first time in nearly 50 years. our will ripley is live in tokyo for us tonight when we come back. ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪ barriers don't stand a chance. ♪ that's why we'll stop at nothing to deliver our technology as-a-service. ♪
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the second official day of olympic competition is about to get under way in tokyo. china leads the medal count so far. the u.s. failing to get any medals on day one of the summer olympics for the first time in nearly half a century. cnn's will ripley joins me now from tokyo. needless to say, not an impressive start for the u.s. this year. what happened, will? >> reporter: i don't know, for the first time since 1972, no gold for team usa on day one. it's not lack of enthusiasm. i was at the men's and women's swimming heat last night and team usa, socially distanced, was the loudest cheering section
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by far when the usa swimmers were there. look, there are swimming medals up for grabs today, a total of 18 up for grabs today. there will be a debut of olympic skateboarding and surfing, we're about to head to the beach to check out olympic surfing. hopefully team usa will have a better day two than day one. i said 18 medals up for grabs. there were 17 new covid infections tied to the olympics in the last 24 hours. let's hopefully keep the medal count higher than the covid numbers. there's 127 or 128 infections that are now tied to the olympics. we have more than 20 athletes who have had their olympic dreams kind of extinguished by this virus. it's not a major, big outbreak situation. the cases are being detected, relatively small numbers, all the athletes get tested every single day. there's a lot of hope. there are some big names that will be competing today. we'll see simone biles make her debut at the games. we'll see her compete in the
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coming hours. we'll see the tennis star and cauldron lighter naomi osaka what is going to be competing as well. but some of these tennis players have been really complaining, pamela, about the heat here. it is really hot. in fact some of them are saying their matches should be moved into the evening hours when it gets a lot more comfortable. there will be some relief from the heat in the form of a major typhoon that's going to be approaching tokyo in the coming days. in fact when we go check out the surfing, we're going to a beach not normally known for its great waves but because of the approaching typhoon, the waves could be pretty graeat. it could also mean some delays on monday or tuesday. i'll keep you posted. >> talk about a perfect storm. you've got covid, all this going on, now these big weather changes, a typhoon, wow. will ripley, i know you'll bring
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us the latest from tokyo, thanks very much. a few weeks from the start of the nfl season, players are already reporting to training camp and the nfl is doubling down on efforts to get more players vaccinated. this week we learned if a team experiences an outbreak among unvaccinated players, they may have to forfeit a game. and tonight, according to bleacher report, unvaccinated players may even be fined for breaking covid protocols. joining me now is the chief medical officer for the nfl, dr. alan sills. dr. sills, thank you for joining us. >> hey, thanks for having me. >> so the question is off the bat here, why go through this system of fines and forfeits, why not just mandate the vaccine for players like you do for coaches? >> all of our covid protocols are collectively bargained between the nfl and the nfl players association. so this is the agreement that those two groups have come to. we've elected not to mandate vaccines at this point. we're doing all that we can to educate and hopefully persuade
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all our players to take the vaccine. >> and how is this covid policy being received so far by coaches, staff, players, and fans? >> well, i think that everyone references back to last year. and they know there's a lot of aspects to this. but that's what allowed us to keep safely on track last year. so i think there is a trust that we earned last year with what we're able to do. clearly we know we have a big challenge in front of us. one of the things that made us successful last year was everybody pulling in the same direction. coaches, players, staff, all dedicated to the task of staying safe and moving forward, that's what we're doing again this year. >> clearly when it comes to the vaccine, not all players are moving in that direction, a number are speaking out against these rules. why don't they want to get vaccinated? what's your message to them? >> the same as it is to my own patients. i'm still a practicing physician. so we have these conversations. that is, let's understand the risks but also the great
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benefits of the vaccine. and i think personally these are some of the safest and most effective vaccines we've ever developed in medicine. i think they clearly do a fantastic job of protecting us against serious illness or death which are the things that we most worry about. we just want to share that information to make sure people have accurate information. we also now have over 3 billion vaccines around the world. so we've got a lot of experience to reference about what the side effect profile may really be. and i'm very confident that as we continue to share that information, we continue to gather data, people are going to understand just how important these vaccines really are to allow us to move forward. >> and as a doctor, you're focused on the science, what the data shows. what do you say to players who have been tweeting out to their millions of followers about this, saying that they're being forced to get vaccinated? what is your message to them? >> again, as we said a minute ago, we're not mandating this. we're trying to share information. we truly believe collectively as a league and the players association together, that being vaccinated is what will keep us
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in the safest possible position for all of us in the league and all of us as a country. we want to share that information. we want to address misinformation that's out there and just make sure that people have the medical facts and understand how it affects them and their families. >> and understandable that you are not mandating it, it's worth repeating that, but some of these players have tweeted that they feel as though they're being pressured into it. have you talked directly with any of these vaccine skeptic players? what are you hearing from them? >> well, i've spent a lot of time talking with our clubs, with individual players, with family members, obviously with our team medical staffs and others. again, our policies and protocols are not about punishing people. they're about trying to be as save as we possibly can. we believe, as do medical experts, that being vaccinated does put us in the position to be as safe as possible. so that's really our focus, how do we maintain the safety of our club environments, allow us to move forward through our season like we did last year. everything we can do to
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incentivize vaccination is what we want to do. our protocols are built around that idea, let's be as safe as we can, not about punishments or disincentives. >> i saw you talked to reporters yesterday and said we shouldn't be paying attention to facebook and instagram. it raises the question how much is social media to blame for vaccine skepticism for some of these people, players, getting their information from social media on the vaccines rather than trusted scientific sources. >> i think that's our focus, you hit the keyword there, which is trusted scientific sources. we all know we look to influential people who we trust. again, that's what we do as patients, that's what we do as family members. we just want to make sure people have access to reliable and accurate scientific information. that's what we and the players association together are trying to provide to our players, coaches, and staff. >> how will you get them to put more weight on these trusted scientific sources rather than what they're week online?
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do you see any movement on that front, do you see your efforts are actually working and that you are getting more vaccine-hesitant players to get vaccinated? >> we're seeing a daily uptick in the number of vaccinated players. as of yesterday, 80% of our players have started the vaccination process. so we're seeing those numbers go up literally day by day. so i think the message is resonating. we still have more work to do. but we're off to a good start. we'll continue to have those conversations. i've often said i don't believe you shout anyone into changing their opinion here. i think you just have to thoughtfully address concerns, share accurate information, and help people as they make these important decisions for themselves. >> you are certainly making progress, i read that two weeks ago there were two teams that had less than 50% of the players vaccinated. now every team in the nfl is over the 50%, but of course you want to get to that 85 and above threshold. we've seen outbreaks among vaccinated players within major league baseball. what are the consequences if there are outbreaks among vaccinated players in the nfl?
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we're seeing breakthrough cases among vaccinated people. we want to point out to our viewers, they're rare, if you have a breakthrough case and you're vaccinated, you likely won't end up in the hospital or die. what about vaccinated players getting breakthrough cases? >> we all know that you can still get covid infection if you have a vaccination. but clearly being vaccinated protects you against more severe illness and certainly severe outcomes of hospitalization or death. again, same principles apply as last year. we have an infection, let's quickly isolate that person, try to keep that team environment safe. i think the message is clear, you're much less likely to get a covid infection if you're vaccinated. if you are infected, it's likely to be a less severe form of illness, and we think it's less likely to transmit around to your colleagues as well. so again, vaccination is the best weapon we have to keep everyone in the team environment safe. >> and another tool of course is testing. and i know if you're
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unvaccinated, you're tested on a regular basis, every day, i believe. if you're unvaccinated, it's more surveillance testing. why not, given what you just laid out with the breakthrough cases and so forth, test everyone every day, no matter their vaccination status? >> i think, again, this is something we have active conversations with our medical experts, with the cdc, with the players association, their medical experts. this is evolving and we'll see what the data shows us. at present, cdc and others are not recommending routine testing of vaccinated individuals. by doing some surveillance testing, we're already doing more than what's recommended currently. certainly more than what we do in a health care environment. again, we'll follow the data, we'll follow the science. if it seems we need to test more frequently, we'll adapt our protocols around that idea. >> you've said five clubs are under the 70% vaccination rate. do you expect them to hit the threshold by the time the season begins and can you tell us which teams they are? >> i won't get into specifics but i do think they will reach
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that threshold. i think, as i said, we'll continue to see our numbers go up and i'm excited about the start we've made and i think we'll continue to see progress there because we are seeing day by day movement on that. again, all credit to our players, to our coaches, to our medical staffs, our players association, everyone is pulling together to try to help us increase these numbers. and i'm very optimistic they'll continue to increase. >> all right. dr. allen sills, thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate it. >> hey, thanks for having me. up next, swiping right to jail. a bumble user turns a match into the fbi after he revealed he was at the capitol on january 6th. that story is just ahead. new dove men, plant based body wash is different. with plant based cleansers.
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yet another alleged capitol insurrectionist has been caught, all because he couldn't help but brag about it to his bumble match. he was charged this week with assaulting officers on january 6th. he even sent selfies to his match that showed him at the capitol during the insurrection. cnn's marshall cohen is following the details for us. this is not the first time, marshall, that authorities can thank a dating app for tracking down these alleged rioters. >> reporter: believe it, not, this is the second time this exact scenario happened. the details are even scarier than the first example. this guy, andrew tach from texas, he runs a power washing company. authorities say he came to the capitol armed with pepper spray and a metal whip. the justice department says he
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used those weapons against police officers who were trying to hold the line and stop pro-trump rioters from getting into the building. that's not the only thing he did while in washington. he was hitting the dating apps, swiping on bumble, found a match. the conversation turned to, oh, my god, were you there? and he said, yeah, i was there, i was pepper sprayed, i was on the front lines. he claimed to his match that he was peaceful. the fbi says that the video tells a different story. and that match of his quickly went to authorities three days later and now he's been arrested, pam. >> you would think, he went to washington with a pepper spray and a metal whip, wow. authorities arrested a former dea agent who participated in the riot that day. >> this is an interesting case, mark ibrahim was working for the dea on january 6. a few months after the riot he went on fox news and told a story about how he was asked to go there by a buddy of his who worked for the fbi supposedly to
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document what was going on and keep an eye on things. of course he is a federal agent, works for the dea. he was charged this week and the justice department said that was a totally made-up story. they interviewed his buddy, his buddy told them he was just making things up so he could protect himself if legal jeopardy. he's now been charged with bringing his service weapon onto capitol grounds and also with lying to investigators because when he was interviewed by the fbi, pam, they asked him, did you flash your dea badge, did you flash your gun? he said no. the pictures prove that he did. so he's now got to face the music. >> a federal agent should know better, should know how investigations work, they're going to find the evidence to show that you're lying. marshall cohen, thank you so much. join wolf blitzer for our special coverage of the january 6 select committee's first hearing that begins at 9:00 a.m. tuesday right here on cnn. former president donald trump is on the road again, not to promote the vaccine to his
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since he lost the state in november. arizona has become ground zero for people who believe trump's completely false claims that the election was rigged and victory was stolen from him. the ongoing so-called audit of ballots there is attracting wannabes from other states. isn't that so lovely? if the ex-president is so sure fraud happened in arizona, why isn't his political action committee taking any action, putting money towards it? it certainly has the means. "the washington post" reports the save america leadership pac has raked in $75 million this year but hasn't spent any of it on ballot reviews in arizona or anywhere else. arizona's democratic secretary of state katie hobbs joins me now. she's also running for governor in 2022. thanks for joining us. what's your reaction to trump not putting his money where his mouth is? >> well, i think we've seen this
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played out many times with this former president. the bottom line is that this whole exercise is just something designed to feed his ego, to placate his hurt feelings because he lost the election, and he's grifting a whole lot of people to pay for it instead of paying for it himself. >> he's raised millions off the big lie. and even if this is to feed his own ego, so many people believe this. trump is speaking tonight in phoenix. our reporters say the "lock her up" chant is back, this time not about hillary clinton but in reference to you. what is your response to that? >> well, i mean, good luck. i don't know what they're intending to lock me up for. the truth about the 2020 election is that we did our jobs, it was fair, secure, and the results that were certified on november 30, eight months ago, were accurate, an accurate reflection of the will of the
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voters of arizona. what's going on really is dangerous. and the former president is continuing to incite his followers to action that could end up with another insurrection and needs to be held to account for that. >> for you personally, i mean, is that scary for you personally? you're an election official, you're running for governor, you've already received threats and you've had security, now they're saying "lock her up." what does that feel like? >> i mean, it's certainly not comfortable. but these last eight or nine months have not been comfortable in terms of the level of people who think that, you know, i did something wrong, which is absolutely baseless. and the fact that they potentially don't see justice getting done, what kind of action are they going to take on their own. >> the contractors hired by arizona senate republicans to oversee the election review
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claim they don't have enough information to finish and they want legislatures to subpoena more records and survey thousands of voters at home. what is your reaction to that? >> well, we knew from the beginning that these folks had no idea what they are doing. they are not experts in elections or even auditing. and they've been making this up as they go along. we've seen problem after problem that really indicate that there's no way that this is a valid review. and, you know, quite honestly, we talked about the grifting going on, and the longer they drag this out, the more they can raise funds from it. and so i honestly don't think there's an intent to complete it anytime soon. >> how can you convince arizona voters that the 2020 election and every election is, was, and will be free, likely free, we should say, because we never know, of fraud and legitimate? >> the fact is what you just said is the truth. most arizona voters, the majority of arizona voters believe that.
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they don't support this ongoing fake audit. they see it for the sham that it is. and they are tired of these political games. they want leaders who are going to put the partisan games aside and get to work on real issues we're facing, funding our schools, investing in infrastructure, rebuilding the economy. that's why i'm running for governor and folks can join me at katiehobbs.org. >> president biden is reportedly more at odds with leaders of the voting rights movement. they don't think his words are squaring with his willingness to push congress to pass legislation. do you think they're doing enough? >> the bottom line is that we need to have action taken at the federal level to protect access to the ballot for all americans here in arizona and across the country. we're seeing unprecedented attacks on americans' right to vote. and we can fix that with federal legislation. and i think this is an all hands on deck moment to do that. >> all right, katie hobbs, thank
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so remember these pictures from december when then-president-elect biden and vice president-elect harris got their vaccines, they wanted the world to see this. a photo-op followed by a promise on day one of the administration.
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>> his objective and his commitment is to bring transparency and truth back to government, to share the truth even when it is hard to hear. >> on july 4th, president biden touted independence from covid-19. >> today all across this nation we can say with confidence, america is coming back together. today we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. >> but here is the thing. the 49% of fully vaccinated people in this country don't have independence because of the unvaccinated who still make up the majority, and some don't have a choice like young kids. a lot has changed because of that hesitation among many americans, millions, and the misleading claims that helped fuel it. but, for the record, it sure doesn't appear the white house is being fully transparent now when it comes to covid, at least when it comes to what is happening behind the scenes when
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the cameras aren't around. now, that doesn't mean the numbers we show you all day every day aren't accurate. we have every reason to believe the cdc is putting out the most reliable information possible on the spread of coronavirus, the variants and the vaccine's positive impact in this country. which is why we are baffled at some of the administration's responses this week, like when press secretary jen psaki, whom you just saw talking about transparency, discussed the white house not requiring all staffers to get vaccinated. >> reporter: do you have a count or can you offer any confirmation to us on the percentage of employees who are vaccinated? >> i'm not going to provide that. i will see if there's more information to provide. >> she wasn't asked for names, just the percentage. strike one. strike two? breakthrough cases of covid at the white house, meaning the extremely rare cases among those who are vaccinated. >> reporter: why won't you just release the number of breakthrough cases that you have had of vaccinated staffers? >> well, i think, first, we are
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in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago as it relates to the virus. >> reporter: why not just provide the number? are you trying to hide something? >> no, but what is the -- why do you need to have that information? >> well, one obvious answer to that beyond just living up to the pledge of transparency is that the most powerful man on earth and the oldest president in u.s. history works in that building, and the american people have the right to know if all precautions are being taken to ensure his good health and safety. now, we should note in the past week the white house did say the recent breakthrough cases had no close contacts with the president or any other principles. but now sources tell us top administration health officials are talking about whether it is time to change mask recommendations for the vaccinated. some worry the current policy only encourages the unvaccinated to go without masks, but when pressed the head of the cdc isn't relaying any of what i just told you. >> so overall the cdc recommendation haven't changed. >> reporter: is the cdc considering right now changing its mask guidance for people who
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are fully vaccinated? >> we are always looking at the data as the data come in. >> i mean obviously they're looking at the data and we understand the administration doesn't want to send the wrong message to deter vaccine use, but what is clear is that the pandemic has changed course dramatically since the cdc said you don't need to wear masks indoors if you are vaccinated. in the last few weeks several localities have recommended or required masks indoors for everyone, even the former biden white house adviser on covid tweeted this week, acknowledging his week from weeks ago when he said vaccinated people can go out mask free, saying now that there's no doubt the unwillingness of so many to get vaccinated and delta combined should make us all more cautious and getting back to life can be done while wearing the occasional mask and balanced with plenty of empathy and concern for others. so why isn't the cdc also acknowledging the changing circumstances and clarifying whether, say, vaccinated parents with unvaccinated parents at
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home should mask up indoors at least? why not just be open and transparent about these discussions? we trust the scientists to keep politics out of their decisions. we've seen them fight to maintain that neutrality since the start of the pandemic. for the record, the administration as a whole needs to keep politics out of its responses as well, and it can't let fears of backlash keep it from being straight with the american people about every step in this battle. or as someone once said, share the truth even when it is hard to hear. and stay with us. in just ten minutes cnn medical analyst dr. leana wen will join me on the white house not mandating vaccines. i will ask her about the current mask guidelines with the delta variant, and she will take your questions. so tweet me @pamelabrowncnn. we will be right back. a choice that requires no explanation. it's where safe and daring seamlessly intersect.
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in budapest tens of thousands of people took part in the annual pride celebrations, but this year the march is also a protest against hungary's increasingly hostile policies toward their communities. they recently passed a law banning schools from discussing lgbtq issues. hungary will hold a referendum
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on the law. learn how the city's people pay the ultimate price when three empires collide. the all now episode of "jerusalem: city of faith and fury" airs tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern and pacific only on cnn. ♪ ♪ mask mandates are back on the table as the delta variant drives new covid outbreaks, and vaccinations stall. also tonight, i will ask former fox correspondent carl cameron if he thinks his ex-employer is killing people with covid misinformation. and then a dire teacher shortage that's now so bad schools are being forced to find applicants overseas. i'm pamela brown in washington. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. great to have you along with us on this saturday. you are in the c"cnn newsroom".
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new cases are up and vaccination rates are down, absolutely the wrong equation, not what we want to hear as the coronavirus delta variant sweeps the country, particularly among the unvaccinated. important to emphasize that. as of today just 49% of the u.s. population is fully vaccinated. 30 states have yet to vaccinate even half their residents. alabama and mississippi are the lowest of the low. they haven't even cracked 35% fully vaccinated. when cnn's gary tuchman asked people in alabama why they're not getting the shot, this is the kind of response he found. >> i just don't think that i need it so i'm not going to get it. >> reporter: you know though that almost everyone now who is dying or being hospitalized is somebody who hasn't been vaccinated. the people who have been vaccinated, almost all of them are not going to the hospital and not dying. does that concern you? >> not really. i'm a healthy person. i don't have any underlying health conditions so i'm not really concerned about it. >> according to data from johns hopkins, every state in the nation

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