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you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ryan nobles in washington filling in for jim acosta. summer 2021 is looking a lot more like summer 2020. see all that orange and red on the map? well, that's because coronavirus cases are going up in all 50 states. covid hospitalizations have been rising for the better part of a month. this is the aggressive delta variant tears through unvaccinated communities. new guidelines could be on the way, even for those of us who are fully vaccinated.
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>> we're going in the wrong direction. >> do you think masks should be brought back for vaccinated americans? >> you know, jake, this is under active consideration, if you're asking am i part of the discussion. yes, i am. >> we'll break down the latest covid headlines for you this hour. first, major moves in washington. two days before hearings begin before the contentious january 6th select committee. a second republican has joined the committee. and that is gop congressman adam kinzinger. he said this about accepting the appointment from house speaker nancy pelosi. kinzinger saying, quote, i am a republican dedicated to conservative values, but i swore an oath to uphold and defend the constitution. and while this is not the position i expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, i will answer. as that committee takes shape, president biden is working the phones and key lawmakers are
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meeting as we speak to bring his bipartisan infrastructure deal back from the dead. and it could be wrapped up in a matter of hours. not days. >> we're down to the last couple of items. and i think you'll see a bill monday afternoon. >> let's talk all about these big issues by bringing in the number three democrat in the house of representatives, south carolina congressman james clyburn. we now have two republicans on the 1/6 committee. what is your reaction to the addition of congressman adam kinzinger? do you think the speaker made the right move here? >> well, thank you very much for having me. yes, i do. i think that this committee should be bipartisan. i think it had already accomplished that with only one republican but you can't call it a token when you put two republicans. there so i think these two republican members have made it very clear that they put this
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country's interest ahead of their party's membership. and that's as it should be. this democracy is teetering. and all you've got to do is listen to the former president every day. he lies, he lies, he lies. and everybody know he is lying. and this is not the way you run a government. this certainly ought not be the way you try to preserve the greatest democracy the world has ever known. and it will fall to lies and falsehoods. and that's what this former president is doing. we've got to get to the root of all of this. we know what happened. we know where it happened. we know when it happened. what we don't know is why it happened and who made it happen. and these are the two things that's got to be done. >> even though the speaker here
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is making an attempt to get some bipartisan representation on this committee, obviously republicans are still going to go to great lengths to try and call it a partisan exercise. and cheney and kinzinger, of course, not approved by kevin mccarthy. two of his picks rejected by the speaker. so he pulled all of his republicans off the panel and then even went as far as to threaten those who would take these appointments from speaker pelosi. how do you respond to mccarthy's attacks that this is just a partisan exercise whether or not cheney and kinzinger are part of it or not? >> you know, when this country was trying to give birth to itself, the revolutionary war, if you please it was thomas payne was not even an american. he wrote in his little book "the crisis" that these are times that try men's souls. some are soldiers and sunshine
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patriots. and that's what's taking place here. these republicans are sunshine patriots. mccarthy is demonstrating that he is a summer soldier not to be relied upon when the country is at a test. and so that's what i see here. i think that kinzinger, as well as ms. cheney, are patriots who are standing with this country, who see challenges ahead of us and they are willing to rise up and meet those challenges. >> all right. let's change gears now and talk about a number of the issues that you in the house of representatives have passed on to the senate and basically have been dead on arrival. primarily because of the filibuster. i want you to listen to what moderate democratic senator mark warner said about the filibuster, suggesting perhaps that he would be open to
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filibuster reform. take a listen. >> we have to do a small carve out on filibuster for voting rights. that's the only area where i've allowed that kind of reform. the idea that somehow to protect the rights of the minority in the senate were going to cut out rights of minorities and young people all across the country, that's just not right to me. >> so, you know, it's somewhat surprising that someone like warner would take a step like this. it comes after president biden really refused to go as far as warner seems to do in this response. do you think that president biden needs to lean on these democratic members of the senate to do more to undo the filibuster to allow issues like voting rights to get through? >> first of all, i'm not surprised at warner at all. i know him very well. and this does not surprise me. secondly, warner is a senator. the president of the united states, joe biden, cannot take the same positions that warner
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takes in these kinds of situations. so i don't know that it's necessary for president joe biden to get involved in this fray at this moment. this is a senate problem and it's got to be done by senators. and i think that joe biden can use the telephone to say whatever he wants to say to any individual senator. i don't think he needs to be involved in a public way in this issue at all. he is trying to get a bipartisan deal done so the american people's infrastructure can be made right. and that's where he should concentrate. and so i congratulate senator warner, but i'm not surprised at all. i know him well enough to know that he understands this issue and he understands that voting cannot be subjected to a filibuster. >> all right. let's talk now about the impact that covid has had on the united states' economy.
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the eviction moratorium expires in just six days. and that could potentially affect millions of tenants. you've been leading an investigation into wrongful evictions during the pandemic. how do we avoid the crisis on this issue? if this moratorium lifts, it could put a lot of people on the streets. >> yes, it could, and i would hope these corporations. we'll have hearings. the only hearing tuesday is not going to be just the 1/6 committee. we all have hearings on the coronavirus committee. dealing with these evictions. i've written letters to four corporations that seem to have issued, i think about 80,000 eviction notices, even when we've put $46 billion to assist people with their payments so they won't have to be put on the street. i would hope that these corporations will be good corporate citizens.
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and it's not being a good citizen to put people on the street as this country is going through the worst pandemic it's had in over a hundred years. so i want everybody to be good citizens. and that includes these big corporations that's holding people's shelter at bay. >> congressman jim clyburn, we covered a lot of topics. appreciate you being here. we'll see you back on capitol hill next week. >> let's bring in republican strategist alice stewart and former fox news political editor chris starr. let's talk about this january 6th news and reiterate some of what congressman kinzinger said. he said this moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, nonpartisan approach. and maybe it will be nonpartisan, at least on paper, right? but what are rank and file republicans going to say about the make-up of this committee with or without kinzinger and cheney on it. >> i can't help but think back to the week before memorial day
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when senate republicans succeeded in blocking the original idea which was based on the 9/11 commission, a bipartisan, independent commission that would do this work. and republicans said we'll block it because the democrats will use it to hurt us politically and we'll have to drag it into 2022. we don't want that so we'll shut it down here. now what they'll have is a bipartisan, it's definitely a bipartisan commission. you can say that it's not bipartisan in spirit or whatever else, but it's a commission with republicans and democrats on it. a committee with republicans and democrats on it. that's going to do its work and the republicans will have no control over it and maybe even worse, kevin mccarthy may let, what did john boehner used to call him, the chucklehead caucus, may let them do their own counterinvestigation. they could be dealing with this for even longer with even worse outcomes. i think the republicans have made not just an error in not letting this happen but a political error here, too. >> we always forget that that independent commission had a deadline. they had to be done by the end of the year.
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this, there's no deadline. it could go into november of 2020. al alice, let's talk about cheney and kinzinger. one might argue they've already done so much damage within the base of the party something like this doesn't matter. is there still political risk? both are still flirting with the idea of running for re-election. will they be in trouble with trump-based voters? >> they'll be in trouble with their colleagues in the house and certainly in the senate. they are not happy with the fact they've been so vocal in their opposition to what trump has been putting forth. but the reality is they don't care. they are truly speaking from their heart with regard to standing up for the constitution. you can mark my word in the next few days, if not by workday tomorrow. there will be a conferencewide sentiment by the gop to remove kinzinger and liz cheney from their committees. she's already been removed from her leadership position, but many are angry. i spoke with many today. they want to remove them from their committees. that's a consequence they'll
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have to face and i think the problem here is, look, i truly support what nancy pelosi is doing 100% in her commitment to finding answers. but she made a strategical error when she removed jordan and banks and wouldn't let them come on because she felt they were too political. by her doing that, she did make this a political exercise. and it should not be that way. it should be a bipartisan investigation for the truth. >> let's shift and talk about covid and, chris, it seems like a bit of whiplash here when you watch conservative media. not just fox, newsmax others. now we're seeing a lot of prominent republican leaders and conservative media sing a much different tune about the vaccine. take a listen. >> these vaccines are saving lives. they are reducing mortality. >> we should be getting the facts out there and encouraging people to take it. >> get vaccinated. i want to encourage everybody to do that and to ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice.
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>> please take covid seriously. i can't say it enough. enough people have died. >> i believe in science. i believe in the science of vaccination. >> so what do you attribute this to? did they get polling back? is it just the rising numbers? >> mcconnell has been right on this all along. that's not a shift for mcconnell, but a lot of republicans wanted to have their cake and eat it, too. experience the benefits of growing numbers of vaccinations. folks like desantis, other red state governors benefiting from the fact the vaccination regime was working and working for them in their states and they were going to not say anything about the conspiracy theorists and mongers out there because they didn't want to face the blowback from their base. now the other set of problems and we see a lot of red states. missouri, arkansas, other places where you're 35%, 40% vaccination rates. we're talking about new mask mandates coming back in. red state governors don't want to do that. republicans don't want to have to deal with that. so they can't enjoy the benefit
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of ignoring this any longer and not ignoring their base. they'll have to ignore their base and say you have to get vaccinated. >> sean hannity faced some backlash after he made those comments and almost started to walk it back a little bit. were you surprised at his back and forth on this? >> one guy at 8:00 on fox who says one thing. another guy at 9:00 on fox who says another thing. the network is trying to come to some reasonable place on this. it ain't easy. >> alice, let's talk about some of these republican governors. desantis being perhaps the best example. a lot of them have been very anti-fauci, anti-science. now they are dealing with these massive surges. i just want to specifically talk about ron desantis. listen to how he has handled this over the past week. >> we have a summer season here, just like last year. it started a little later this year. you'll have higher prevalence for the rest of july. probably into august. and then it goes back -- >> these vaccines make it so that your chance of survival is pretty doggone close to 100%.
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>> seems to be all over the place there. if you were advising him, is this the message you'd want him out there making. >> no. mixed messages are misleading. and that's unfortunately how we got to this skwituation here in the first place. i've been a strong advocate for vaccines from the beginning. i think they're very important. in terms of communications, i'm glad many in the gop are coming around. i'm glad other news outlets are getting on the right page. here's where i think we missed a huge opportunity to really communicate. former president trump, the king of optics, what better optic than for him to show america and the world him getting the vaccine himself. unfortunately, he missed that. but i'm glad now that he has at least halfheartedly in arizona last night he did encourage it. the most important thing we can do is stop looking back at the mistakes we've made and continue to educate people. it's not just a conservative/gop red state thing. there are a lot of rural people that have hesitancy and it's really all about education. >> the former president could
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take credit for it to a certain extent which is baffling he doesn't. our numbers expert harry enten showed fox news viewers are less likely to get vaccinated than cnn or msnbc viewers by a 20-point margin. pretty shocking. >> i admire the great harry enten who was my guest this week at my new employers at the dispatch. everyone should subscribe right away. harry is right. the groups that are the least likely to get vaccinated are those with low income and low levels of education. that has a big red state overlay because as alice was talking about, a lot of poorer folks, a lot of rural voters. more factors at work. >> a little more nuanced. chris stirewalt and alice. wolf blitzer will have special live coverage of tuesday's hearing beginning at 9:00 a.m. on cnn. every covid number is trending in the wrong direction. cases are going up while the
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right now from coast to coast, frustration among health officials is spiking as many americans continue to opt out of the free and widely available covid vaccines. right now less than 50% of the country is fully vaccinated as the u.s. is again seeing rising cases and hospitalizations. this is the highly transmissible delta variant tightens its grip. nearly every state is reporting more new covid infections than the week prior. cnn's paul vercammen is in los angeles. one of the cities that has already reinstated an indoor mask mandate. and cnn's suzanne malveaux is in st. louis where an indoor mask
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mandate will take effect tomorrow. paul, let's start with you. hospitalizations have more than doubled in the last few weeks where you are. this is de spite that new mandate. >> that's exactly right. and the new numbers have just come out here in los angeles county. and sometimes on the weekend the numbers will lag but the hospitalization number is most concerning. right now that there have been 2,089 new cases. that's a big drop. don't forget that lag, however. the new deaths dropped to 4. there were 10 yesterday. but the hospitalizations have now exceeded 700. 716 hospitalizations. and that means that places like this, usc county medical center, they are having an influx of patients. in june, they were down to one covid-19 case a day. two covid-19 cases a day. now they are ranging between 10 and 15 and the common denominator, the people coming into this hospital decided not to get a covid-19 shot.
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>> as of right now, this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. it's just extraordinarily important. the people who are vaccinated now seem to have higher level of protection. the people we're seeing, the numbers that are increasing are all among people who have not gotten the vaccine. and moreover, it's change. we kants say anymore it's the old people who are going to die. it's young people who are coming in very sick. >> and so who exactly are they? what reasons do they give for not getting the shot? the epidemiologist told us. >> everyone has a lot of reasons why they didn't get vaccinated. either they have vaccine hesitancy. they say they want to wait until the fda gives full approval. many of them just say it wasn't important to them right now. they didn't have time. they are younger. they didn't think they were at risk.
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>> and dr. holtom telling people who had only one of two shots, get that second one because you're more vulnerable to the delta variant if you've only had one of the two shots required. back to you, ryan. >> paul, you stand by. let's go to suzanne further east in st. louis. and residents there will be under a new indoor mask mandate starting tomorrow morning. what can you tell us about that? >> well, ryan, this really is a microcosm of the rest of the country as health officials are struggling and trying to put into place here methods and strategies that will work to protect the community. and facing pushback on vaccinations and mask wearing. you had the mayor of st. louis, the county executive of st. louis county saying enough is enough. this is a dire situation. tomorrow it will go in effect. mandatory mask wearing in all public spaces, as well as public transportation. this is for 5 year olds and older. this is for the vaccinated as well as unvaccinated.
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there are few exceptions. those if you're eating or drinking at a bar or restaurant you wouldn't have to wear a mask then. or if you had a disability where you could not put on or take off a mask. but essentially, other than that, it will be required. there is going to be, as well, a very strong recommendation that people wear their mask outdoors and also try to social distance. ryan, the pushback has been immediate and swift. you had the mayor and county executive saying this is a public safety issue, a health issue. there's a crisis that is happening. but you have a number of mayors from various cities who say they'll not put in the resources to enforce the mask mandate. you have others who are going to try to challenge this mask mandate in some way. and you have the missouri attorney general who says that he is going to file a lawsuit tomorrow against this. and so this is a very bitter battle that is already raging before it even begins. and at the same time, who is caught in the middle of all of this? the restaurant owners.
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the bar owners. the attendants. the people who work there. this is how they describe what is going to happen -- what it's going to be like. >> whenever we had the mask mandate, we had to fight a lot of people who didn't want to wear masks. >> we had a customer pull a gun. we've had customers threaten to fight and just go crazy. >> so there are a lot of people who are not looking forward to this. nobody really wants to wear a mask. there are those who say, look, i'm willing to do it but at the same time a sense of, hey, i got the vaccine. there's going to be a lot of pushback here. how are we going to manage this? there will be a press conference tomorrow. city officials will try to explain how all of this is going to be handled. but i just want to tell you, this is the situation here. 40% of surge of covid cases within the last week. you have the regional positivity rate now at 10. african-americans making up 80% of the new cases reported new cases since may.
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and low vaccination rates. this is the crisis situation that people in st. louis are dealing with, and this is what officials are trying to fight back on. >> it is hard to believe that we are at this stage thinking that we had gotten past most of this as it relates to covid. suzanne malveaux, paul vercammen, thank you both. let's talk about a state that's severely losing the fight against that pandemic and that is florida. the positivity rate there nearly doubled in two weeks' time with more than 73,000 new cases reported in the last week alone. jason is an associate professor at the university of south florida college of public health. jason, thank you so much. and you have alerted us to an alarming statistic. out of those hospitalized with covid in florida right now, the majority are actually under the age of 70 years old. and taking it a step further, 1 in 3 are under the age of 50.
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and that's sobering when you consider that some people cite their age and health as a reason they're not getting vaccinated. just break down those numbers for us. >> yeah, absolutely. so it's exactly what you alluded to. the benefit of the vaccination, especially since we see that older people are more likely to get vaccinated, is it's shifting the age distribution of hospitalized patients to younger ages. in january, nearly 1 in every 2 hospitalized patients were 70 years of age or older in florida. now only 1 in every 4 hospitalized parents are 70 or older. in january, fewer than 1 in every 5 were less than 50 years of age. but now 1 in 3 hospitalized patients in florida are younger than 50. so the good news is, younger people are less likely to die so we should be seeing fewer deaths for the same number of hospitalizations, but the really bad news is, even though we're seeing this age distribution
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shift, hospitalization rates are increasing dramatically for every age group. and i want to put some numbers to that because this is really important. florida, just based on data from the federal government yesterday, had more than 7,400 confirmed covid-19 hospitalizations in the past seven days. that's over 1,000 hospitalizations per day. it's a 141% increase from two weeks ago, and it's a quadrupling from just one month ago. it's the most we've had since january 19th where we didn't have much of a benefit of the vaccinations, and florida has the highest seven-day confirmed covid-19 admission rate in the entire country after adjusting for population size and we're second highest in pediatric hospitalizations. so i've heard a lot of the context that florida makes up only 7% or less than 7% of the entire population. yet we make up more than 20% of all new cases. well, we make up 22% of all new covid-19 hospitalizations in the
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nation. so some stark numbers that we need to do something about. >> that brings us to our governor. he's encouraging people to get vaccinated. but he's made it clear that he will not impose another lockdown. take a listen. >> we have a summer season here, just like last year. it started a little later this year. so you'll have higher prevalence for the rest of july. probably into august. and then it goes back. >> after you outlined all those numbers to us, what is your response to the governor just saying this is a fluctuation, no different than last year. it's just a seasonal thing. is he analyzing the data correctly? >> well, i think this is very different from last summer and the delta variant is one of the main differences. we talked about the r-0. the degree to which one person who gets infected can affect other people. last summer may have been one or two. now it's 6 to 8. one infected person can affect another 6 to 8 people. it's a very different thing we
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had. i've seen a lot of painting states or communities with a broad brush regarding the actions we'll take. it's often based on who our governor or local leader is. it's important to realize that florida has never had a statewide mask mandate and still many people throughout the pandemic were wearing masks, socially distancing and making their own decisions to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community. so regardless of whether it's mandated or not, when i go into public settings, i choose to wear a mask. that's not to protect me. as a fully vaccinated person, i have peace of mind knowing if i get infected i'm unlikely to get severely ill but i know the danger to other people around me, many of whom may be unvaccinated. so i know we need an all-hands on deck approach to tackling the issue in florida. we've done it in the past. people will hunker down. i love that people are preaching vaccinations, but it can't just be vaccinations. even if of the over 8 million people in florida of vaccine eligible age who have not been
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fully vaccinated. let's say 4 million go out and get vaccinated tomorrow. there's still not going to be fully protected for five to six weeks. so it can't just be vaccinations. we've got to hunker down and especially when in indoor settings we have to wear a facial covering. socially distance and try and do as many things outdoors as possible even though the florida heat makes that a big challenge. >> okay. jason salemi, thank you. we appreciate you being here. next -- >> thank you for having me. >> next, a stunning upset at the olympics. we'll take you live to tokyo. it's not the dream team anymore. you're live in the cnn newsroom.
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a stunning upset at the tokyo olympic games. the u.s. men's basketball team lost their opener against france snapping a 25-game win streak going back to 2004. and that's despite having star power from players like kevin durant, draymond green and devon booker. this doesn't mean their hopes for gold is dashed but the road to the podium got a whole lot tougher. cnn's will ripley joins me live from tokyo. i turned this game on late in the fourth quarter. i thought i was reading the score incorrectly. i cannot believe that the u.s. lost this game. what are their chances now of being able to turn things around and win any medal of any kind, much less a gold medal? >> yeah, well, that was an eight-point lead they had that evaporated because of that 16-2 run by the french which, kudos to them. but i think the chances are
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getting slimmer that team usa is going to win olympic gold, which is in itself a headline because since olympic basketball became a thing back in 1936, team usa, i think, has won all but four gold medals. they haven't lost since 2004 to argentina. this is not the kind of momentum they want. they lost three of their past four games. two of them were exhibition games and this latest loss on sunday. they play iran on wednesday. but it's a tougher path to climb. and i think we need to talk about the fact that the energy in these venues is incredibly different this time around because of the lack of fans. and there are certain sports like basketball, like tennis, where the players often really feed on the energy of that crowd. sometimes gymnastics as well. simone biles has been struggling as well. when you don't have that energy coming from the stands, for some athletes, particularly american athletes. team usa, small, socially
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distanced cheering squads are loud but it's not the same level of support and energy that american athletes in particular are used to feeding off of at big events like the olympics. >> obviously, covid hanging over everything in tokyo. we now have ten new games-related covid cases reported just yesterday. several dozen athletes from around the world forced to drop out. just give us an overall view of how covid is impacting these games on a day-to-day basis. >> the number one in the world in golf, jon rahm that tested positive before departing for japan. and so he's now out. you are starting to see the potential for the outcome of these medals to change because you're losing some of the top players in the world before they even have a chance to compete or even in the middle of competition which was the case for a dutch rower. but what athletes have to do is they're tested for covid two or three times before they get into the country and then tested every day while here. and so the ioc and the japan
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olympic committee say they're catching these cases early to prevent that sort of major outbreak. you have 137 cases tied to the games. those are still manageable numbers. not a crisis level. not a superspreader level. even though outside, in tokyo, there were 1700 cases reported on sunday which is almost double what the cases were reported just one week ago, ryan. >> the window of opportunity for these olympic athletes is just so small. and to lose out on it because of a positive covid test has got to be heartbreaking. >> heartbreaking, yeah. >> will ripley, thanks for your coverage in tokyo. we appreciate it. next, she opted out of getting vaccinated and then covid almost took her life. one mom's message next. >> it is just a shot. just get the stupid shot. ♪ ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪
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less than half of americans are fully vaccinated against covid-19. and one woman in florida is one of those who said no to getting the shot. but as cnn's randi kaye reports, a near-death experience with the virus changed her mind. >> it was horrifying. i have never in my life felt like i was going to die until that day. >> reporter: this mother of eight from lake butler, florida, is opening up about how close she came to dying from covid-19. jeannine starling had chosen not to get the vaccine.
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her husband wasn't vaccinated either or their children. what was it about the vaccine that concerned you that made you not want to get it? >> just that it had not been around long. and honestly, i think i listened -- i think i let people influence me like saying, oh, you know, this is the government just trying to fill our bodies with stuff and, you know, and, you know, they are trying to push this shot on us. >> reporter: but earlier this month, jeannine's husband got covid. then it spread to jeannine and their four kids living at home. including their youngest who is just 6. soon jeannine was struggling to breathe. so they rushed her to the hospital. >> i remember being very desperate, grabbing the mask and then feeling, you know, the oxygen come in. >> reporter: jeannine spent nine days in the hospital. six of them in the icu. >> in those moments when you can't breathe like that, even with all the oxygen they were giving me, it feels like you
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have a ziploc bag over your head and somebody is holding it. i mean, i had oxygen on. i was still feeling that way. >> reporter: at 43, did you ever think you'd get that sick from covid? >> uh-uh. 100%, i had conversations with my husband and said we've probably already had it. just didn't even know it. and honestly, he agreed that we'd probably already had it. there had been times i was sick and i was like, oh, it's probably covid. no big deal. >> reporter: no big deal? not exactly. jeannine's oxygen dropped to dangerly low levels. six 68%. she says she was told she had about a 20% chance of survival. >> my youngest baby is 6 years old. and so when you're told that and you have a 6-year-old, you know, like he's probably -- if i die,
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he's not going to remember me. >> reporter: jeannine is speaking out now because she wants people to know how much she regrets not getting the vaccine. a decision that nearly cost her her life. >> i was one of those people that was like, i can't believe people are going to just inject their body with this medication. we don't know enough about it. now i'm just like, it is just a shot. just get the stupid shot. that vaccine could have stopped all of this. just one little shot. and i feel foolish that i didn't get it. i wish to god i would have got it. it's not just about what it could have prevented me from experiencing physically in my life right now, but it could have saved my family so much heartache. nigh children from seeing me go through that. my husband. and, you know, my siblings from seeing it. >> you are full of regret? >> so much regret. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, jacksonville, florida.
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>> randi, thanks. with the american vaccination rate under 50%, the country is nowhere near herd immunity. but could the number of covid cases alone help us get there? coming up, i'll be joined by the former white house senior adviser for president biden's covid response team. and i plan to ask him just that. it overthrew greek rule in jerusalem and israel. >> that revolt in 167 bc is commemorated by the modern jewish holiday of hanukkah. over time they expanded the size of their kingdom by conquering other peoples around them who were not jewish. >> they ruled a big kingdom for about 150 years. but now the hasmoneans are faced
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this week's cnn hero salutes rodney smith jr. who created the 50 yard challenge. >> 50 yard challenge is a
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