tv New Day With John Berman and Brianna Keilar CNN September 6, 2021 5:00am-6:00am PDT
look at this. will you receive a covid-19 vaccine? look at where we are right now among adults, the people who have been eligible the longest. 75% say that they have already gotten one. that's what the cdc reports. look how much that's risen since late april. at the same time, what do we see? unlikely to get the vaccine hesitancy has been dropping from 32% in january, down to just 17% now in new abc news "washington post" poll. >> that's a good number. once you start getting down to 10% to 15%, you are getting potentially a very high vaccination rate if people follow through. my favorite statistics, maybe that you've ever shown me, is just how popular the covid vaccine is. >> if you can get 75% of american adults to agree on anything, you're in some pretty good territory. have a christmas tree in your home, about 75% of americans
have a christmas tree in their home around christmas time. that is the same that have received a covid-19 vaccine, at least one dose so far, and it is more -- my twitter avatar is my childhood dog. look at this, about 61% of american adults have at least some type of pet in their house. this is more than that. >> just to be clear about this, covid shots, depending on how you look at it, more popular than pets? >> people like their covid shots more than dogs or cats? >> certainly some dogs or cats. i agree with you 100% on that. >> and if you're as popular as christmas -- >> you're popular, you're doing very well. santa is a very popular guy. if you're as popular as christmas, you're doing very well. >> we've seen an increase in vaccinations in some of the states where there was hesitancy. >> that's exactly right. take a look. states where new vaccinations have climbed by at least five
points last month, and one of the things that's so key, look at this, we know that the red states have been the ones where you've had the vaccine hesitancy. these are the states where you've seen the biggest climb. they're mostly red states and pretty much all in the southeast. some people who were hesitant are starting to get vaccinated. >> look, basically more than half of adults are vaccinated in every state. >> that's exactly right. if you want to talk about things -- yes, there is some political divide on vaccines, but every single state at least 50% or more of adults have a covid-19 dose. >> kids, this is the area where there is the most potential for growth. what do you say? >> look here. among 12 to 17 year olds, will your child receive a covid-19 vaccine, look at this. over 50%, 53% in early august, that's about a ten point jump. since early june, 27%. the definitely not, look how we're seeing that drop in the vaccine hesitancy. >> all the vaccine trends
heading in the right direction, faster than they had been before. there is some troubling trend news in terms of kids and hospitalizations. >> you mentioned overall hospitalizations are slightly down, but among children, those 0-17, it's still rising at the highest point of the pandemic so far. so this is bad news, unfortunately, we have to end on. but hopefully with more kids getting vaccinated, we'll be in better shape. >> we're going to end on good news, the vaccines are more popular than your pets and as popular as christmas, basically. >> i like it. let's end on good news and head to the beach maybe a little later. >> brianna, beat that. >> i would just say, look, covid, you have to clean up after a pet, you don't have to clean up after your vaccine. >> i literally texted that to harry last night. i basically said you don't have to clean up after the vaccine, but your dog you do. >> you have to clean up after a christmas tree, too, though. >> not if you get an artificial one. >> that is true. but i would be curious to see those numbers.
perhaps you could bring them to us tomorrow. >> i have all kinds of numbers. >> don't dare him. >> i love it. thank you so much. president biden approving new jersey's disaster declaration overnight as the death toll from the catastrophic flooding we saw, the rain from ida, has climbed to 50 in the northeast. the president preparing to get a firsthand look at the devastation and mass clean-up effort when he visits new jersey and hard-hit portions of new york tomorrow. we have cnn's polo sandoval, live in one particularly hard-hit neighborhood in queens, new york. what is happening there? >> reporter: brianna, good morning. it certainly wasn't a good holiday weekend for many of the residents in queens that have spent the last several days gutting parts of their basement and many have told me they're looking to the federal government for assistance in replacing or repairing what the storm heavily damaged here just this past wednesday. kathy hochul, the state's governor, did sign a new
disaster declaration that with support from the biden administration, it could potentially ex pedite the individual assistance, but also for new yorkers that were just devastated by the storm last week. it's really what i heard on friday, also, in manville, new jersey, for example. another area that's expected to be visited by president biden as early as tomorrow here, as he assesses the damage. so that is certainly the big concern we've been hearing all weekend long from those that have been hit hard. then there are those who were hit the hardest and lost loved ones. the nypd releasing video from wednesday during the height of the storm as it was hitting this area hard. in this case you can see officers are desperately trying to access a basement apartment that had been flooded, due to locked doors and rising floodwater and there was a potential of live wires, so they had to pull back.
it wasn't until some pumping was done that divers made their way into that apartment here in queens and sadly, found two bodies, that of a 2-year-old toddler and his parents. those three individuals added to that death toll in the northeast, of at least 50 people, brianna. >> that is heartbreaking to see that video. polo sandoval, thank you so much for that report. in the wake of hurricane ida, tulane university evacuated students from its campus in new orleans to houston and has canceled classes until september 13th. this after the pandemic has already, of course, disrupted campus life there and significantly, at that, over the last year and a half. joining us is tulane's president. sir, thank you for being with us as you're going through what you're dealing with here. i just wonder, first, can you just tell us, how are students doing, what are they telling you? >> so i am so proud of the tulane community.
obviously we were impacted by the storm, not like the northeast, we did not have the flooding of the northeast, but the power went out in new orleans and we had to make a very fast decision to evacuate the campus. and the students just stepped up to the plate. we ferried 40, 50 buses off to houston. from houston, they were able to fly home, really, on very quick notice. their only complaint i got from them is many of them didn't want to leave louisiana because they wanted to help support the state and making up after the storm. >> that is amazing to hear. we're looking at pictures of them as they're evacuating campus after the storm. as you mentioned, this is really -- it's kind of an infrastructure problem, there's no power in the areas around campus or off-campus housing that we've seen for some of the students. you know, you're coming back virtually, right, in mid-september? but when are students going to
be back in person? >> great question. we literally closed the campus for two weeks, another week, and then we're going to have classes online for at least two weeks, one to two weeks. but we're really looking to bring the students back as soon as possible. as you say, the damage to the campus is real, but relatively minimal. it's the loss of power in the community and in new orleans, which is slowly coming back and hopefully will be back next week. but we really need to make sure that the city is fully functioning before we bring 13,000 students back to tulane, and that's the critical question. >> i think this would be a tough start to a school year for any students, but these ones in particular have been through so much when it comes to the pandemic and having to learn virtually, right? it's one thing on top of the
other. >> you know, great point, great point. this generation has really faced some challenges. now, i must say the tulane student body we brought back last year. we did not teach online. they came back on campus. we did 500,000 covid tests and social distancing and they were great in those circumstances. but, of course, our freshman students for the most part learned virtually last year, they come back on campus and, of course, a weekend of a semester they have to evacuate. so it is tough. but on the other hand, this generation cares about each other. they cared about their classmates going through the storm, they cared about each other in terms of covid precautions, and, again, they really understand that these are the times when you have to step up to the plate. so i'm very proud of them. i really am. >> we thank you so much for
joining us, president fitts, and good luck as the students head back to school eventually and you're cleaning up the campus. >> thank you, brianna. coming up, a top republican congressman claims americans are still trying to leave afghanistan, but the taliban not letting the planes take off. >> plus, the military deploying 20 doctors to fight covid-19 in louisiana. we will speak with oun of the doctors and we'll hear what he's seeing in the icu. >> and california governor newsom fighting for his job. big name democrats joining him on the campaign trail. will it be enough to sway the voters? as someone who resembles someone else... i appreciate that liberty mutual knows everyone's unique. that's why they customize your car insuranance, so you only pay for what you need. [ nautical horn blows ] i mean just because you look like someone e else doesn't mean you eat off the floor, or yell at the vacuum, or need flea medication.
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and she's wearing my robe. mom: ahem ahem ahem we're out. secretary of state ant knee blinken on his way to qatar this morning. the trip comes as the top republican of the house foreign affairs committee says he has received classified briefings that the taliban is preventing u.s. citizens and afghan allies from leaving the airport in northern afghanistan. cnn's lauren fox is live on capitol hill with the latest here. lauren, what have you learned? >> reporter: the top republican, mccall, made this claim yesterday on fox news and he argued that these americans were onboard aircraft and were unable
to leave this airport in northern afghanistan. here's what he said yesterday on their air. >> six airplanes with american citizens on them, as i speak, also with these interpreters, and the taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now. the state has cleared these flights and the taliban will not let them leave the airport. >> reporter: and obviously serious allegations are alleged there, but i think one thing to keep in mind is cnn has not been able to independently verify his claim. we also know the national security council has not responded to our request for comment. the state department, however, did issue this statement to cnn saying, quote, we understand the concern that many people are feeling as they try to facilitate further charter and other passage out of afghanistan. however, we do not have personnel on the ground. we do not have air assets in the country. we do not control the airspace,
whether over afghanistan or elsewhere in the region. obviously, this just shows the u.s. is gone from afghanistan and, therefore, there's no way to know what is happening on the ground. now, a group that is working to try to evacuate people from afghanistan, including remaining americans, says that they are not aware of any americans that are currently on a plane trying to leave this airport. instead, what they said is there is a group of people, including americans, that are close to the airport that are trying to leave and have been unable to. but, again, we are still getting more information on an evolving situation on the ground in afghanistan. >> this will be very interesting to see for a whole bunch of reasons. lauren fox, thank you so much for that. the taliban raising their flag over the last remaining pocket of resistance in afghanistan, the final province here. cnn international diplomatic editor, nic robertson, has an exclusive look at how life is
already changing under taliban rule. >> reporter: inside the new afghanistan. in this rural province far from kabul, the y've called a meetin. no women to be seen. a young boy takes a selfie. much has changed since the taliban were last in charge. smartphones and social media, but poverty still the country's biggest problem. >> translator: we have many expectations and we are praying the taliban will deliver. >> reporter: the week after kabul fell, a local journalist took a road trip for us to see what was happening outside the capital. taliban guides showed him the way. the border changes already under
way. giving traders what they want, longer opening hours at the border, and part crackdown, keeping men and women apart. >> translator: let me tell you, before we had one single line for both men and women. now we have two. they are kept apart. >> nic robertson is joining us now for more on his reporting. we also have cnn senior global affairs analyst, bianna golodryga with us. you pointed out in your story, where are the women? >> reporter: they're being divided in society. it's the taliban way. it's the strict interpretation of sharia law. we heard them talking about strict controls at the border. we know they're changing up the legal system in afghanistan, doing away with the old one, introducing, again, their interpretation of sharia law. you know, when you look at what
they're doing to the education of women, it clearly minimizes their presence in the classroom, their interaction with men. it minimizes their role in society. there's one tiny caveat here, it is worth saying, and i have to catch myself on this. because back in the day the taliban didn't allow girls to go to school. now they're letting them go to school. that's one of the things the taliban said they would do. but, of course, i don't think people really realized that they were going to separate out the women. and we've heard women today on the streets saying they want their rights for representation, they want their rights for education, full education. we don't know how the curriculum is going to change. and we also understand the taliban are not going to put a woman in a senior position in government. so, you know, it's an erosion of women's rights and access to normal life in afghanistan. that's what we're witnessing. >> bianna, what are you watching so closely?
there's so much we don't know. as you're looking at the situation unfold in afghanistan, what's the one or two questions you want the answers to the most? >> reporter: what worries me the most, going back to what lauren fox reported, is we don't have eyes or ears on the ground, so we have no way of knowing without reporting who can get a temperature on the ground. otherwise, you can't check in with women's institutions, you can only rely now on the taliban. the taliban has said that they are holding women at home for now for their own security and safety measures, whatever that means. they've said that in the past as well. i think what has changed and what we continue to hear time and time again as americans had been withdrawing is that this is a different country now. that women play an integral role in the economy. what's the first thing we saw the taliban do? go into places of business and into schools and tell women to go home. so i'm interested in seeing how that impacts the overall economy
and kudos to these brave women that are going out and protesting knowing their lives are at risk. >> yeah, they're being met, bianna, of course, with violence. and it's so worth pointing out, as nic does, that there aren't women represented at the table. so they're not women advocating for women. it's the taliban advocating for women and certainly they have a very different view of that. >> yeah, and you think what the u.s. and other western countries have been saying is that we hold leverage over the taliban in the sense that they are relying on us for financial aid. and that is true. that having been said, a lot of these women that are out there protesting are not only protesting because it's their right to have a job or it's their right to send their daughters to school. over these years, they've been the breadwinners for many of these families, they've been holding down jobs and supporting their families and that is their argument to the taliban. that this is going to impact our economy overall if we can't have jobs. it's going to be interesting to see how the taliban responds to
that, knowing that they need that money and source of income as well. >> nic, bianna artfully answered a question i asked her a second ago about what questions she wants answered, and she said the issue is we don't know the answers because we don't have eyes on the ground. aside from your terrific reporting, as we hear these tales about planes not being able to leave and the kabul airport not really even up and operating yet, i guess when will we know? and how will we know that these flights and people will be allowed to get out of the country? >> reporter: there are still some very brave local reporters on the ground in afghanistan and they've been giving us some information that they can get carefully from shareef, the people who were trying to get out. they've been able to tell us sitting in cafes, sitting in restaurants, that future movements are a complete
uncertainty. so there are a few brave individuals who are out there trying to get that information out. but it's not easy because the taliban shut down this kind of access. and i would say the other way that we're going to learn more over time, and this has become apparent really in the past couple of hours, that last holdout against the taliban in the valley, we heard from their leader, speaking in a very long and eloquent message to afghans, saying, okay, now is the time to join a national resistance. and we know that he's speaking to a lot of the former commanders and warlords who fled the country and he's a son of what would be called a former warlord, the former defense minister in the country. there are other sons of those leaders who are sitting out in the region and will listen to that message and say maybe it is time that we step back into afghanistan and form a resistance. and part of the message of that
resistance is they are friendly towards the west and western interests, they want these jobs for women, they want women to have full and equal rights. they also don't want terrorists in afghanistan and they believe they can be partners with us on that. and that is a set of eyes and ears and voices that will be potentially very disruptive for the taliban. that's why the taliban are going after them now. in the future, that may also be another way we learn what's happening in the country. it also tells us the future in afghanistan is far from stable. >> yeah, and unlike the last time the taliban was in power, social media and technology has advanced so much. we'll see how that plays a role in connecting some of these folks. thank you for your reporting. coming up, 20 military doctors helping a louisiana hospital expand its icu to deal with covid cases. we're going to speak with two doctors who are grappling with the situation. >> plus, is the key to more jobs more jabs? the author of an op-ed who says
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been roeeling under the latest covid surge and they are receiving much-needed help from professionals highly trained in battle against enemy forces. this is a group of 20 military doctors arriving at our lady of the lake hospital in baton rouge, louisiana, last week. currently there are eight teams deployed by the department of defense across hard-hit areas of louisiana, mississippi and alabama. joining me, u.s. air force captain lowe, and a pulmonary critical care physician at our lady of the lake hospital. dr. lowe, i want to start with you. you're ten days into this 30-day deployment, if you will. just tell me about what you've seen. >> well, first, i would just like to say that, honestly, my team, not just doctors, but nurses and respiratory techs as
well, are humble to be able to provide support to the heroes of the baton rouge area, the doctors, nurses, technicians and janitorial staff. they've been busting their butts with the latest surge and we're just happy to be able to help them. what we've seen is a lot of very sick people with covid, as opposed to the first couple of waves, these are younger, healthier people. it's not just the old and infirm. >> younger, healthier people. i know a lot of unvaccinated people, too, 90% plus of the people you're seeing in the icus and emergency rooms are unvaccinated. doctor, i don't want to get over-excited now, but there are some signs that hospitalizations are starting to go down in louisiana. what are you seeing in terms of that? >> yeah, we certainly don't want to overstate the fact about hospitalizations going down, but it does look like over the last few days, at least in our icus,
that there's a downward trend in terms of the number of people needing icu care. we want to be cautious projecting the improvement, just because schools are supposed to reopen and that can come with its own set of challenges. but we're cautiously optimistic. >> look, you don't want anyone to let their guard down. you want people to go out and get those vaccine doses. doctor, how stretched were you at its worst before you got this extra help from the military? >> yeah, you know, we simply just didn't have the manpower to see -- or womanpower to see the number of patients we had in the icus. so we were fortunate that we were able to get some help from the fema disaster relief team just before the dod stepped in as well and we're incredibly grateful for the help we have from the dod. i want to recognize dr. eagle,
jones, all of whom i've worked with personally. they've been very humble, very helpful, and we are very grateful for that. >> in a military position here, talk to me about covid as an enemy. what kind of an enemy is covid? >> covid is an enemy that is ever-changing, and i think that's one of the things that the dod is able to bring to the table. we're used to leveraging our previous lessons learned for an ever-changing enemy and that's what this has been. we've got the delta variant out now. there's a new variant coming out in south africa and i know that we're watching that very closely. >> in terms of being able to help so much on u.s. ground right here, what's that been
like for you, dr. lowe? >> it's been thrilling. it's very humbling. you know, i joined the military because i love america, and to be able to help my fellow americans here at home has been the chance of a lifetime. >> well, dr. lowe, dr. moosa, as far as i'm concerned, you're both heroes. thank you so much for the work you're doing. i wish you the best of luck, and i hope that some of these trends we're starting to see in louisiana continue. >> thank you. up next, just one week away from the final day of voting in the california recall election. governor gavin newsom fighting to keep his job, but will support from democratic heavy-hitters save him? (man) eye contact. elbow pump. very nice, andrew. very nice. good job. next, apparently carvana doesn'n't he any "bogus" fees.
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national implications that this recall election could have if a trump-supporting republican like larry elder, who is currently leading, should win. >> this is the day where the citizens of california stand up and say no, we want democracy, and that is why you will vote no on the recall. >> larry elder dreams of being california's own donald trump. and i don't know about you, but i will fight with everything i've got to keep from putting one more donald trump republican in office. >> joining us now to talk about this race, los angeles times political reporter. you know, phil, you can't help but notice, you see who these big names are, senator klobuchar, senator warren, you have the vice president coming on wednesday. they're clearly targeting women. tell us about this strategy.
>> oh, yeah. first of all, women are major supporters of gavin newsom and it's been apparent in all the recent polls. that's one of his biggest bases of support. then you have larry elder, his gop opponent, who has been subject to all these allegations of, i guess, misogyny and accusations of mistreating his former fiance. he wrote a column back i guess 20 years ago saying women weren't as smart in politics and economics. so they're doing everything they can to turn out the women vote. and to be honest, in california the biggest threat to gavin newsom right now is indifference among his bases of support. >> so they're really trying to bring out people who support him, but are they going to go through the effort to really move forward with their support in a very real way in this election? when you see these national democrats wading into this race, what are they seeing in
california that has them getting involved? >> they're afraid of what would happen if the largest state in the union loses its democratic governor. if a republican can win in california, where else can a plan win? i mean, this is one of the bluest states in the nation and they kind of see the writing on the wall. they're afraid of contested congressional seats, they're afraid of the impact if larry elder or another republican is elected of appointments, especially of someone like senator feinstein. basically that would flip the senate back to republican control. there's all of these concerns lingering out there and they're all focusing on him. so we had elizabeth warren here, senator klobuchar here, we have kamala harris coming on wednesday. and the closer is going to be president biden and we don't know when he's going to be out, but we expect right before the last day to vote, which is a week from tuesday. >> so you're expecting that he's going to be coming out. and, you know, when you
mentioned larry elder, who right now is leading as far as the potential replacements go, california, as you point out, this is a very blue state. it has had a republican governor before, but larry elder, you know, that would be a very different dynamic, right? >> yeah, i mean, in the past california's republican governors have been what i would term in my years just kind of a california republican, in many ways conservative on economic issues, on defense, kind of more moderate or liberal on a lot of social issues. we have someone that fits that bill in the race now, which is kevin faulkner, the former mayor of san diego. he's pro choice, pro immigrant, he worked with the democratic city council. he's more in the mold of the historic republicans that have done well in california. larry elder is more in terms of kind of the trump wing of the republican party and, i mean, even though democrats dominate
among voters in elected office in california, we still have 5 million republicans in the state that account for about 25% of the electorate. trump, i think, got 6 million votes in california in the 2020 presidential election. so there is a solid base of support for trump. but it has a ceiling and the question is whether newsom support will fall below that ceiling. >> and the support of republicans, if it's more energetic than the support for newsom, which is why he's got all these big guns coming out. you've been all over the state, you've been at rallies, at events. what's your read on where the energy is for newsom, or maybe where it is not for newsom? >> i'm seeing a lot of basic historic democrats, a lot of union support. they're kind of the ground troops of the democratic party. they're the ones knocking on doors, putting out door hangers, sending texts. we have a lot of women's groups,
women's rights glroups, lgbtq groups that are supporting him. we have the latino and black leadership in the state rallying. i guess one of the main concerns is whether latinos will come out and vote. historically they've done that in presidential elections, but their voting has fallen below in off-year elections like this one, and so there's a lot of spanish language ads out there. they're doing everything they can to get all aspects of the party. it's kind of a multi-facetted base of support for newsom. so they're trying to hit on all cylinders. >> well, look, dramatic times in california. we'll be watching and, phil, we thank you for sharing your reporting on this. >> thank you. expanded jobless benefits set to expire today. what this means for millions of americans who desperately need help. liberty mutual customizes car insurance
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disappointing job numbers on friday, and today millions of americans are set to lose their expanded jobless benefits. joining us now is cnn economics commentator and columnist for the "washington post." you've got a new op-ed which looks at these disappointing job numbers on friday. everyone was disappointed with them. and you say there's really at this .1 thing and one thing only that might make this better. >> yes, it's getting people vaccinated. delta's fingerprints were all over this report, if you look at where jobs were lost or there was stagnation in hiring, it was places like restaurants and bars. they lost jobs, after having gained about 2,000 jobs each month over the previous six months. it was in retail. even health care is doing badly, presumably because people are putting off elective procedures.
the areas where there is higher covid risk are the places where the businesses are being held back, people are not willing to take those jobs or there aren't jobs on offer. and the only thing you can do is control the virus, right? the virus is still in charge of the economy. if you want the economy to be humming again, you want people to get jobs again, you need people to get shots because it needs to be safer for people to return to work, to return to shopping and dining out and socializing with their friends. it needs to be possible for kids to go to school without having to land in quarantine for long periods of time, messing up both their academic progress and their parents' work schedules. you need to get the virus under control and the main way to do that is to get people vaccinated. >> from a practical standpoint, it may be the only way at this point because it's not like -- i don't want to use the word lockdown, but it's not like further restrictions are palatable almost anywhere. >> and it does appear that this slowdown in hiring is not a
result of further restrictions. we don't know exactly the geographic patterns yet. we'll have to wait a couple of months before we see what happens state by state in august. but it does appear that these slowdowns are happening despite the fact that the economy has officially reopened, that there are fewer restrictions on what consumers and workers and schools are reopening if theory. so what's happening is the virus is obstructing people's ability to engage in the economy, to go to school, to lead their normal lives. it's not because the bad government is telling people that they can't do these things, despite the rhetoric that you hear in many cases from, for example, the republican governors of texas and florida. >> to that point, these expanded unemployment benefits which expire today, 7 million people are going to lose all of it, but 3 million people lose part of it, there were some states, largely red by republicans that felt that these benefits were keeping people from going back to work. the evidence shows? >> so the evidence right now is
inconclusive, i guess, if you look at what's happened in the states that ended benefits and the states that didn't end benefits early, there's not appreciably different job hiring numbers. maybe it's too soon. maybe there are too many differences between these states that we can't account for, but it doesn't seem like we've had so far that major boom in hiring as a result of people losing their more swgenerous benefits. in fact, i think there is also a risk that at least in some parts of the country ending these benefits now can drag on the economy. if people aren't returning to work for reasons other than the size of their unemployment benefits, they don't have reliable child care, reliable transit, it's unsafe for them to go back to work, the benefits were keeping up their spending power. they were able to buy groceries and patronize their local businesses. they can't do that anymore. then those local businesses may
suffer and have difficulty hiring. >> there just aren't a lot of tools left for the government or the fed here at this point. i mean, the fed's not going to jump in. >> the fed is in a really tricky situation because normally when you think that the economy is sputtering, you would say, okay, fed should step on the gas. they should ease monetary policy or at the very least that they would push back when they start pumping the brakes to extend the metaphor, but right now prices are high, right? and if they start easing on monetary policy, then that puts their -- the other half of their dual mandate, which is keeping inflation low at risk. the fed is in a really tricky situation. monetary policy has kind of limited options here. what you really need is people to get, you know, to get vaccinated so that it's safer. again, i'm repeating myself. but that's the solution here. there are limited other tools. i mean, there are other kinds of mitigation strategies like you could allow kids to wear masks in schools or allow schools to mandate mask wearing so that
schools are less likely to shut down when there's an outbreak. that would help, again, parents reliably go back to work, but the main thing is the shots. >> it all gets back to the vaccinations at this point, which is why i think you will see -- not that the white house has backed off this, but it's what they have at this point, i'm sure they're going to push hard. thank you so much for being with us today. four olympic gold, four world cup championships but now they may be facing their biggest challenge ever. that is the fight for equal pay. the u.s. women's national soccer team is undisputed. they're undisputed global superstars of the sport, but in a lawsuit filed against the u.s. soccer federation in 2019, the players allege they're not receiving pay that is equal to what the men's team makes. a federal court disagreed last year. they threw out the players equal pay claim. the judge found the women's team dwoerkted a different structure than the men's team and the women's team were paid more than
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walker, but her bones and tendons didn't grow together, so then she needed surgery to reposition her muscles and tendons and kneecap and to reshape her femurs. >> my legs continue to get worse, and i thought that at some point i wasn't going to be able to walk. my goal throughout that whole time when i was learning how to walk was to be a cheerleader. >> well, goal accomplished, sarah got the news last week that she had earned a spot on the cheerleading team, and her coach says her spirit is so special that it was an easy decision. >> look, if the goal is to inspire, she has done that. >> sure has. cnn's coverage continues right now with poppy harlow. good monday morning, everyone. so glad you're with us. this is a special holiday edition of "cnn newsroom" jim has day off. the back and forth ove