tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN October 11, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
good morning, everyone. it is monday, october 11th. it's 5 a.m. here in new york. thanks so much for joining us for a special holiday edition of "early start." i'm laura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we begin with coronavirus and some encouraging news over the holiday weekend. the latest cdc report shows 1.1 million vaccine doses delivered. that brings the 7 daze day average to 1 million shots in
arms a day. this is the nationwide average but there are exceptions, of course. you can see in five states case rates are climbing by at least 10%. more that you from cnn's paulo sandoval. >> reporter: christine, laura, good morning to you. big picture, covid rates are on the decline across most of the country. 45 states according to johns hopkins university which tracks these numbers saw cases decline or remain relatively steady over the weekend. nationally the u.s. seeing 95,000 new cases throughout the day. it's more than 2 months since it's dipped below that number. that number of infections is still too high and the number of vaccinated americans is still not high enough. he's warning against declaring a premature victory. take a listen. >> we still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not
yet gotten vaccinated and even those who have been vaccinated, you want to look forward to holiday season, spending time with your family and doing those sorts of things. don't just throw your hands up and say it's all over. >> reporter: pfizer is working on emergency use authorization for children 5 years old and older. >> thank you so much for that. let's dig deeper and bring in dr. chris purnel. so nice to see you. >> good morning. >> nice to see you this morning. nice to have you on for good news for a change. hospitalizations, deaths, new cases all down. we've been here before. we've felt optimistic before.
what's your level of comfort in getting together? >> good morning. so this is what i tell family. this is what i tell friends. think about who's going to be gathering. where you're going to be gathering and just how long you're going to be together. let me help everyone understand what that means. if you are all from the same household, all vaccinated or you have a low risk of getting coronavirus, enjoy one another. if it's a couple of households, make sure adults and those who can be are vaccinated. open windows. if you are thinking about mixing multiple households, very large gatherings, i think we still need to put the pause on those types of activities. >> very good advice. scott gottleib says every
household should have tests at home. that's part of the multi-layered mitigation. let's listen to him and talk about it on the other side. >> i think every household should have a supply of at home tests on hand. the government can be doing a lot more to subsidize it. distributing them in the medicaid program. i think when you're gathering around the holidays you have to assess the circumstances. you have younger kids unvaccinated with older relatives vaccinated but could be vulnerable for break-through testing. >> doctor, your thoughts on that? >> i agree. look, we can't completely vaccinate ourselves out of this pandemic. vaccinations are important but we have to have that multi-layered strategy. i've been saying since president biden made this recent announcement around the mandates for employers that we should go a step further and deliver rapid tests to every home.
dr. gottleib is talking about rapid tests at least in the medicaid population. i say let's be as aggressive in this public health measure as possible. make the tests accessible and cheap and affordable. this way families can say do i have someone who's symptomatic? those tests are great in those instances. >> doctor, many out there hoping pfizer prefers for 5 to 11. i'm waiting for 2-year-olds. unlike other vaccines you think about kids getting from birth, i have a 10-year-old who's sort of with it, they know all the misinformation. they see all the fights on tv over masks. if you're a parent, how do you talk to your child about why they should get their shot? >> just be honest. my youngest, she wrote a letter to the world. can you help me get my letter out expressing how she wishes she could be vaccinated. yes, she has an aunt who
believes in vaccinated but she wishes she could be vaccinated. the more we have regular, plain spoken vaccinations. this is a way to show service, empathy, science in action. yes, there will be a moment of discomfort, but the long-term payout is worth that momentary discomfort. >> i get the sense kids are better about this. >> polling numbers of kids who are going to get that shot is not as high. dr. chris pernell, thank you. alan west who is running for gov more is in the hospital with covid-19. he and his wife received
monoclonal antibody infusion therapy. he was vaccinated and was transferred to a hospital in plano. his wife who was vaccinated is home. he's taking hydroxychloroquine and invermectin. both of those should not be taken. the last one is an animal dewormer. freedom day in sydney. all of australia has been closed off from the rest of the world during the pandemic. now the strategy in sydney is to live with covid. angus watson is in sydney this morning. what's the partial lifting of the lockdown going to look like in practice? >> reporter: there was joy, relief, yes, some apprehension today as the city exited a 106
day lockdown. people told that they're now allowed to visit family and friends at their homes in small numbers. they're allowed to go out to a restaurant for a meal or to a gym or hairdresser. really for the first time since june since the outbreak of the delta variant started with one case imported internationally. some days later that's over 60,000 cases and 3,000 deaths. that's how virulent it is. as the cases have built, so have the vaccination rates. now there are over 70% of adults fully vaccinated here in the city giving authorities the confidence to open back up again. as you mentioned this, australia has been closed off to the rest of the world. australian states have been closed off to one another. there are places where covid is in the capitol and in melbourne
there are also cities and states around the country where there are no covid. the next step on the road outside of covid, bring the sidney whole again. >> thank you so much for that. covid broke the american jobs market and fixing it won't be quick or simple. the latest evidence, hiring slowed in september. a setback as the delta variant raged through the american economy. 194,000 jobs were added back last month. well below the strong hiring last summer. the economy is still down 5 million jobs since the pandemic began. at this pace it would take more than 2 years to recover all of the jobs lost. the issue isn't companies aren't hiring. many report they would hire but they can't find workers. many thought people would rush back into the jobs market but that has not happened.
friday's report shows jobless benefits didn't contribute. there are child care issues, health concerns and a re-evaluation of life goals of workers and priorities all playing major roles in keeping people at home. in a census survey 5 million people said they were not working because they were taking care of kids. 3 million are concerned about getting the virus or spreading the virus. covid has completely changed how they think about their family, safety and job. i also think covid has broken the statistics we use to measure the labor market and we need to be patient. >> it shows you the reasons people are making the decisions are not just about wages. >> it's not just about another dollar or two an hour, it's about a much bigger global picture at home.
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>> reporter: it absolutely is. it was the most militaristic day taiwan has had. you had missiles rolling in front of the presidential palace and a lot of the military hardware on display was made in the u.s.a. they had f-16, they had missiles manufactured, patriot missiles from the u.s. taiwan spent $5 billion last year alone on american weapons. those weapons sales started increasing during the trump years. president biden is green lighting new weapons deals as well as part of the push that unites democrats and republicans right now in washington to defend taiwan, support taiwan. there are very few issues that have bipartisan support but taiwan is one. the real test for president biden is is he giving taiwan so much, opening doors that they have to sort of walk through because of their relationship with the u.s. that it could put this island in a very dangerous
position with the mainland. you see a direct correlation between what's happening in the states and the skies and seas in taiwan. 150 war planes from china entering the air defense unification zone. some are fearful if the united states goes too far, taiwan will be motivated to declare independence. that could push china over the edge to fulfill the statement that they're not ruling out taking back taiwan by force if necessary. >> why now for 77 years this has been a democratically self-governed island. why is china making these moves now? >> you have a progressive president, president sine wen not acknowledging things like the 1992 consensus. you have a view from the beijing side that the leaders here in taiwan, they have the support of
young people. they have certainly after what happened in hong kong, that's what helped president sai win re-election. this would not become another hong kong. they're overwhelmingly against being absorbed by the mainland. china senses this. they have viewed taiwan as an eventuality. president xi is emboldened. he has a powerful military. this might be the crowning jewel on his terms. >> nice to see you this morning, will. thanks. this to be a real decision point. >> this is a foreign policy challenge for this white house. no question. coming up, thousands of southwest flights canceled leaving passengers helpless and crews stranded. >> there were no other flights available at all. i just began to cry.
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there's no explanation for this problem so i suspect that southwest isn't being totally honest with us. >> literally couldn't sleep last night really because we didn't know what was going to happen. >> looking through there's nothing, nothing, nothing for like the next few days. >> southwest passengers stranded across the country for the fourth straight day after the airline canceled more than 1,000 flights on sunday. southwest is blaming air traffic control problems, limited
staffing in florida and bad weather but the faa sayings there have been no air traffic related cancellations since friday. cnn's pete muntean is at ragan national airport for us this morning. pete, southwest announced a vaccination demand. there is a pilot walkout. is there any truth to that? >> reporter: what's so interesting here is southwest pilots union said there were no official or unofficial job actions over the weekend, which really debunks all of these rumors flying around online that pilots may have walked off the job. all of these problems started to snowball this weekend. 800 cancellations on saturday. 1100 on sunday. so far we've seen 320 cancellations for today.
this is really not over just yet. we know southwest pinned all of this on issues on friday, air traffic control and weather issues. the faa issued a statement saying those were not problems on saturday or sunday. this caused a ripple effect according to southwest in that they told employees that this put planes and people out of position. in fact, some other flight crews were left without hotel rooms. the bottom line is thousands, if not tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in long lines across the country. you know what else is so interesting here, this ripple effect was compounded by the pandemic. the airline has been trying to pack as many people as possible on fewer planes and that makes it harder for the airline to recover when it's in situations like this. people are left out and that makes it hard to return things to normal.
>> unplug it and plug it back in is always my first approach. pete muntean, thank you so much. powerful storms swept through texas overnight. a possible tornado in tulsa left damage. we'll get a better idea of the scope in the region when the sun comes up. for now we have meteorologist tyler malden to tell us what happened overnight. hi there. >> hi, christine. nearly a dozen tornadoes with the storm system. in terms of the wind, we have hurricane warnings here. if you live from illinois into michigan, have a heads up. you are under a level 2 out of 5 risk for severe weather today. then we hit repeat on tuesday with the severe weather in the central plains. already a level 3 out of 5 threat here specifically for
kansas and oklahoma. plenty of room in the storm prediction center in the next 24 to 36 hours. large hail, damaging wind, tornadoes in that part of the country. reason being, there's a developing storm maker out west. this is actually the first big snow maker out west where we could see up to 12 inches of snowfall in the mountain west. 2 feet of snowfall clashing with warmer air. >> tyler, thank you so much for that. he's back. maybe he never left. donald trump on stage in iowa saying the quiet part out loud. >> mitch mcconnell didn't have the courage to challenge the election. >> the former president's grievance with the senate
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only grown more bold with more lies. with the wind of the republican party at his back, he took aim at mitch mcconnell. we'll get more now from cnn's joe johns. >> reporter: former president donald trump holding a rally in iowa. barely teasing the possibility of another run at the white house. there was plenty of red meat at the white house. attacking senate republican leader mitch mcconnell for joining democrats on extending the debt limit as well as for not exchallenging the last election. >> to think we had 11 republicans go along with an extension.
headed up by mitch mcconnell. can you believe that, mitch mcconnell. 11 republicans. do you know what that does, gives the democrats, two months, more time to figure it out. they can now have two more months to figure out how to screw us, okay? he's only a leader because he raises a lot of money and he gives it to senators. that's the only thing he's got. that's his only form of leadership. he should have challenged the ele election. >> reporter: as he always does, trump spent a lot of time repeating baseless claims about the last election. he did not talk about the biden's administration to share his papers with the select house committee investigating january 6th. christine and laura, back to you. >> joe johns, thank you for that. time for three questions in three minutes. let's bring in cnn white house correspondent john harwood. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. >> that was a big day at the iowa state fairgrounds. the hawkeyes won and donald trump won.
he's the standard bearer for the party. what does this mean for the future of the gop? >> reporter: first of all, christine, donald trump doesn't have relationships with any other individual. he's got a relationship with himself and he judges his interactions with every other person by whether they're helping donald trump or not. the republican party is in a very bad place because of that reason. donald trump is a dishonest demagogue. he is trying to feed his fantasies about having won the election. he's going to attack any republican who doesn't try to vindicate those claims. because he's got an emotional hold on the base of the republican party, he is going to do everything he can to pressure people like mitch mcconnell and pressure the american political system if he, in fact, decides to run in 2024 to try to make sure that his efforts to
overturn the election, to defy the will of the american people, a majority of the american people are not stopped. and it's a very difficult situation. >> there was a lot of energy at that rally, i've got to tell zblu he's going after mcconnell on the debt ceiling even though the national debt rose by, what, 7.8 trillion under trump's watch. >> it was raised under a trump administration too. >> mcconnell votes to raise the debt ceiling for trump three times. trump knows that's the talking point, he hits on it even though it doesn't match the facts. >> the truth means absolutely nothing to him. >> we have seen that. let's talk about what's going on in virginia. this race is fascinating. polls show terry mcauliffe's lead against glenn youngkin is tightening. if republicans lose is it a bad omen for the 2022 mid terms? >> reporter: laura, we already know democrats are in trouble heading into the 2022 mid terms.
historical patterns bear that out. joe biden, the president, has taken on water in the last couple of months. his approval rating is now below 50%. we've always known because of normal off year election dynamics it's going to be a difficult election for mccall l -- mcauliffe to win. 10 out of the last 11 elections have been won by the party who lost last time. the only exception was 2011 after barack obama won mcauliffe won again. terry mcauliffe has a fight. it will demoralize democrats if they lose that race but we've always known that that's going to be a tough race. >> john, you have a piece here talking about inflation, what a problem it is for the white
house. gas prices up ds 1. another network that is not friendly to this white house calls it biden inflation. biden's fault that there's inflation. what can they do about it? how big of a problem is it? white houses can't change gas prices but what can they do about it? >> reporter: the federal reserve, christine, is the dominant overseer of monetary policy and therefore inflation. so most of the response to inflation has to come from the fed. what the biden administration can do is resolve some of the kinks that have caused goods to be scarce and prices, therefore, to go up. you have container ships backed up at ports. you have semiconductor manufacturers scrambling to get
supply all across the supply chain in the united states. it has become -- around the world, to be honest, it's become more difficult to get high demand goods. what they're trying to do is get the agricultural department to expand poultry processing. get the transportation department to help get some of those goods off of containerships off of trains, on to trucks trying to expand the supply of truckers. we have a trucker shortage. the fewer goods you move, the more expensive they will be. the commerce department has an intensive effort to do what they can, both through legislation. there's a piece of legislation spending $52 million on domestic production. in the meantime, doing what they can do to expand supplies and get those back in the united states. >> it's so interesting. it's not just a single switch. all of these are unrelated supply chain problems around the
world. "the wall street journal" has an interesting story about how retailers are chartering their own ships trying to figure out how to get goods in time for christmas. it's an unprecedented situation. >> thanks, john. speaking of this, if you are looking for sour patch kids or favorite spices for dinner in the coming months, they might be hard to find. some of the favorite food makers are saying they're going to have limited amounts of products because of supply chain disputes and cancel promotions over the holiday seasons. these limits in stores mean they won't have niche items and flavors they're looking for. last month kelloggs said rice krispie treats will be in short supply. there are constraints in packaging material and labor pressure. that was before 1400 workers went on strike last week.
companies will have items. if you are a fan of ben & jerry's phish food, no problem. talk about halloween decorations, christmas trees. right down the line you have global supply glitches. >> i talked to a small business owner this weekend who said you might not see higher prices but you'll see fewer discounts or coupon code. >> i call it shrinkflation. the box is smaller instead of higher prices. we'll be right back.
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early polls are showing lackluster turnout. cnn's sam kiley is following all of the latest developments for us. sam, why the low turnout? >> reporter: low turnout is something of an irony if you like. on first look the 2019 near revolutionary levels of protests spread right across the country, precipitated a change of government and then a promise by the new prime minister academy to introduce the early elections precisely from the pressure coming from the ground to end the close influence of iran on baghdad and demands for economic rule and corruption. 3200 candidates designed to bring more independent potential members of parliament into the 329 seat legislature isn't going to do that.
what we are seeing and what many people on the streets in iraq are seeing, which is why the turnout was only 41%, is that there is more of the same. more of the same block voting along the sectarian lines with very heavy shia dominance. the one kind of wild card in there is mutada elsadir. he met against the american invasion and american-led occupation. now he is steering away very heavily from iran and trying to forge very much more of a nationalist agenda. other shia blocks are very close to eye han. you have the suni and kurds voting along sectarian lines. many of them paid for the demands with their lives. some 600 of them demanding an end to the sectarian, the
backward looking form of politics that has so been problematic in iraq over the decades. no sign that's going to change. many people have turned out with the polls. >> sam kiley, thank you for that. appreciate it. sports for you now. the red sox pushed the rays to the brink of elimination. coy wire has this morning's bleacher report. hey, coy. >> it is marathon monday in boston. the red sox and rays battled it out. top of the 13th tied at 4 with two outs. runner at 1st for the rays. blast to right center. looks like a home run but upon closer review you'll see the ball hit the wall, bounce back in and off of hunter renfroe. by rule it's a ground-rule double. sox out of the nick and to the
bottom of the 13th, christian vasquez is gone. you know it's a good night when you can barely find home plate because your best mates are there waiting for you to celebrate. red sox win 6-4 in the 13th inning over the rays. boston can wrap up the series tonight. one of four playoff games tonight. on our sister channel tbs. not even an hour long weather delay could keep the buffalo bills from getting revenge. josh allen out of this world throwing three touchdown passes, 12 yards per attempt. how about nearly 60 yards and the score running the ball. 6'5" leaping and levitating over the defender. that's the kind of quarterback that will get the team behind.
bills win 41-20 while the chiefs fall to last place in their division. the giants lost a pair of defenders. saquon barkley left with an ankle injury. daniel jones lowering his head going helmet to helmet with a defender near the goal line. he was wobbling while getting off the field. jones will need to clear the concussion protocol to play next week. it was a rough day for kickers in the nfl. xfin exhibit a. six possessions, five ended with missed field goals, including three from the packers mason crosby who missed an extra point and two from the bengals he have slab mcfear son. green bay would win it when
crosby who would hit 23 straight connects from 49 yards out. what a wild one. finally lebron james checking out his rounds in la. browns up 42-41 when they seemed to push him to the offense and that strategy didn't work. forced us into a hail mary on the fourth down. some people wanted pass interference but they didn't get it. chargers win 47-42. colts and ravens for a big monday night football match-up. congrats to your beers who got a win. >> i love how you follow my chicago sports teams for me. >> you've got it. >> appreciate it. cnn business this morning looking at markets around the world on this mon did i. mixed performance in asia.
mixed to start the world in europe. stock index futures barely moving. a showdown over the debt ceiling. attention turns to corporate profits. third quarter results this week. forecasted to jump more than 27% from a year ago. that's the third best since 2010. the big question is what companies say about the future. are they passing higher costs from interior. reports on consumer and producer numbers are due later. now expected gdp of 4.5% this year. it downgraded its growth at 5.6% and 4% in 2022. 5% this year is solid growth. they have been downgrading their
challenges. it noted the consumer spending on services was going to need to recover quickly to offset the spending on goods. charting has been fraught. overlapping supply glitches, you drop that banner you'll see what this means. product shortages lasting longer than expected. the economist calling the shortage economy summing up an economy like this. empty shelves. offering thank you meals until friday, october 15th. they need it. what a challenging year and a half it's been for educators. teachers are asking tech companies crackdown on devious challenges. it had kids describing to put
down challenges. >> christine romans is all over it. a mother in texas breathing a huge sigh of relief reunited with her missing toddler after he disappeared for three days. 3-year-old christopher ramirez had wandered off chasing a dog into a wood while his mother and grandmother were unloading groceries from the car. more than 150 volunteers were roaming the woods. he was found after a good samaritan alerted authorities about weird noise. the boy was hungry but in good spoorts. kim kardashian west receiving praise. she didn't miss a beat after poking fun at her public persona and famous family. >> i was like, you want me to host? why. i haven't had a movie premiere in a long time.
actually, i only had that one movie come out and no one told me it was even premiering. it must have slipped my mom's mind. i'm excited to be here tonight to show you i am so much more than just a pretty face. i'm just so much more than that reference photo my sister showed her plastic surgeons. now i know we're divided on the country but i'd love america to come together which is why i'm here to announce i'm running for -- i'm just kidding. i'm not running for president. we can't have three failed politicians in one family. >> deprecating humor. thanks so much for joining us, everyone. have a great day. i'm laura jarrett. you can catch christine romans on "new day." "new day" is next. ( sighs wearily ) here, i'll take that! ( excited yell ) woo-hoo! ensure max protein. with thirty grams of protein, one-gram of sugar, and nutrients to support immune health! ( abbot sonic )