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♪ hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm lynda kincade, good to have you with us. ahead on "cnn newsroom," tons of what's been described as lethal aid arriving in ukraine, agency the u.s. warns russia against invading its neighbors. we're going live to moscow for the latest. plus, signs the united states may finally be the turning the corner when it comes to the omicron variant. what the u.s. says about booster
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shots. and south africa shows why covid wards remain likely open throughout this latest wave. >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with lynda kincade. well, the u.s. and russia have agreed to keep talking for now, amid growing fears moscow may be preparing to invade ukraine. but america's top diplomat again warns that any hostile actions by russia towards the ukraine would trigger an immediate reaction from the west. the u.s. secretary of state remarks followed his 90-minute meeting in geneva with russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov. blinken said the u.s. will respond inviting next week to the security concerns but also says the u.s. will spell out why the rest views with alarm the
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dramatic buildup of forces in ukraine. meanwhile about 200,000 pounds of lethal aid has arrived from the u.s. including ammunition. cnn's kylie atwood has more on the high-stakes meeting. >> reporter: the united states and russia giving diplomacy a new life. >> i believe we are now on a clear path in terms of understanding each other's concerns, each other's positions. >> reporter: secretary of state tony blinken said the u.s. would put pen to paper in order to advance a conversation. >> what we've agreed to today is that we will share in writing next week our ideas, our response to concerns that russia's raised. concerns that we have that we will share again with russia. >> reporter: still, the two countries are incredibly far apart. first and foremost, the u.s. says russia must pull back its troops from ukraine's borders.
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russia is demanding that nato cease any plans for expansion. but the u.s. and nato has said that is a nonstarter. >> there is no trade space there, none. >> reporter: rush foreign minister lavrov made no commitments about where the diplomacy will lead. >> translator: i can't say whether we're on the right path or on the wrong path. we will understand this when we get a written reaction from the americans to all our proposals. >> reporter: the stakes are high. russia planning to deploy s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in belarus. and continuing to bolster its troop presence of more than 100,000 soldiers along all of ukraine's borders. and yooushg's defense minister is now accusing the creme lith of sending tanks and artillery to pro-russian separatists in the country's occupied donbas region, claiming russia is actively recruiting mercenaries and sending them to the temporarily occupied territory. cnn has learned the pentagon is working on a series of military
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options for president biden to beef up the u.s. military presence in eastern europe as a deterrent. the two foreign ministers committed to meet again. neither side counted up the possibility of a meeting between the two presidents. >> translator: we need to under what will happen before we go to the presidential level. >> reporter: and the u.s. says there will be a high cost for russia, if diplomacy doesn't prevail. >> if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border that's a renewed invasion it will be met with swift, severe and united response from the united states and our partners and allies. >> now, a senior state department official saying that the biden administration doesn't want to foreclose any diplomatic solution, so long as russia continues to engage in diplomacy, the biden administration will do the same. but this official said, if russia moves any farther into ukraine, diplomacy is dead. kylie atwood, cnn, the state
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department. >> well, cnn's nic robertson is standing by in moscow with the latest. right now, nic, diplomacy is not dead. in fact, that's all we have after 90 minutes of meeting, no major development, no end to the standoff, but an agreement that diplomacy and dialogue will continue. >> reporter: yeah, and the next step is that written response that united states has agreed to give to russia. this is something that russia has demanded since the beginning of september. united states has resisted until now. they described the talks yesterday not as a negotiation, but as a discussion. when you start putting down answers to questions which is what russia has asked for, and the u.s. says it will also write down some of its concerns as well, then you start getting drawn into, you know, the potential for diplomacy now. senior state department officials are calling this written response a nonpaper. they're not going to announce
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when they and that over. the expectation is, or a realization from the state department, once that's given to the russian side, there's a potential for russian officials to release it and make it you. then you start getting drawn into the subject of minutia of what's being said. but this is a diplomat step. there's no doubt about it. the concern, of course, all around is the military buildup is going on at the same time the diplomatic track is going on which is raising all of these concerns, how seriously committed is russia to the diplomatic track. and sergey lavrov sort of described antony blinken in the meeting as sort of repeatedly saying, you know, you just de-escalate. you just de-escalate. lavrov described this as sort of the a mantra of blinken. and while this is going on,
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there's a military buildup going on. >> yeah, i want to ask you about the military buildup, nic. right now, russia has 100,000 troops on the border to ukraine. doing military drills, and at the same time, u.s. sending, we just saw the images, 100,000 ton of lethal aid, as they call it. britain sending in anti-missiles. it's far from a de-escalation right now. >> yes, and i think this is one of the things that antony blinken tried to coordinate with se sergey lavrov present in the meeting. there was a moment described as an interesting moment in that meeting, where blinken explained to larvrov what he sees is happening. when russia invaded ukraine in
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2014 and annexed crimea, that's what got nato to react to russia's aggression in that case, saying, okay, we need to beef up our presence in eastern europe, and poland, baltic states, all of that grew out of that situation. that's what blinken presented to lavrov and according to a senior state department official it was an interesting moment. so from the state department's perspective, nato's perspective, this small limited defensive weapon support that's going to ukraine right now, not enough in any way to counter the army that it's facing on the other side of the border. but, a response to the fact that that army is so close to the border. it's an action by russia that begets a reaction. and this is what blinken is trying to explain the u.s. nato position that we're only doing this because we perceive you as being in an aggressive, hostile
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position. >> exactly. russia is saying we're not planning to invade, we find you a threat. nic robertson international diplomatic editor. great to have you with us. thanks so much. and we're not done with ukraine, in less than half an hour, i'll ask a russian expert if there's appetite inside russia for a war with ukraine. well, across the u.s., more than 160,000 people are in hospital with covid. that is a record high. but there is some hope. according to health and human services data, daily admissions have started to drop. and that's a promising sign that total hospitalizations will follow. even so, some hospitals still grow more crowded by the day. cnn's omar jimenez reports. we're going to take a quick
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break, we're having a little difficulty with that report right now. we're going to be back with much more. stay with us.
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hong kong officials, they're reporting more than 100 new preliminary positive cases of covid. most of these cases were detected in a housing estate which is under lockdown. on friday, hong kong locked down the housing block for five days after 20 covid cases were reported. islanders lifting the majority of its covid restrictions, bars, nightclubs and restaurants are now able to operate during normal trading hours without the need for social distancing or covid passes. and finally, the constitutional council of france has adopted a law by the french general assembly. anyone over the age of 16 will need proof of vaccination to visit restaurants and bars as long as long-distance transport between regions. for more on that, i'm joined by nada bashir in london. goo to have you, nada. france making it tougher for the
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unvaccinated. >> yeah, we heard from emmanuel macron previously saying he wants to piss off the unvaccinated. well, now, they're making it very difficult for the nearly 5 million people in france in that cat category. mandating the covid vaccine card. it's different than what we've seen previously, that requires citizens to prove whether or not they have the vaccine in order to access a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, as you mentioned long-distance travel in the country. now, a negative test won't be enough. they have to prove they have the vaccine. there has been major debate across the country and many now being forced to get the vaccine. the government has made it clear, it doesn't want them to go out and get it, but they see it as the only way out of this pandemic. but in addition to this, they will be easing restrictions from the beginning, from the area,
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many of these restrictions will be dependent on getting the vaccine. we'll be seeing venues, sporting and cultural venues having those restrictions. they'll be allowed admit as many as before, providing they mare masks indoors. lynda. >> nad day, the trend this month in britain, showing that cases are now dropping, and i understand restrictions are going to be lifted? >> yeah, we heard from the health minister he said that the omicron variant is in retreat. and britain is not entering this fight against the covid-19 pandemic, but as we mentioned the cases are still high, 95,000 new cases on friday. more than 17,000 still in hospitals. the government said its approach is the right one. they're driving forth the vaccination campaign as the only way out of this pandemic. and as you mentioned, easing
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those restrictions scrapping the mandates in force a few weeks ago. you won't be required to work from home anymore. and you won't be required to wear a mask in indoor settings although that still may be the case on some public transport venues, and the government is leaving up to the organizations and businesses to decide whether or not they're going to require a covid pass in order to access their venues. the government really pushing forward the vaccination campaign, learning to live with the virus, easing for those restrictions and also calling for people to get their jobs done and more importantly get the booster done. lynda. >> very important, this omicron variant, nada ba shir in london. as we've been telling you, 95,000 people are hospitalized with covid. that's a record high. according to health and human services data. daily admissions have started to
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grow. yet some hospitals still grow more crowded by the day. cnn's omar jimenez reports. >> the reason this january is so dramatically different than last january is because we have the tools we need to protect people. >> reporter: being boosted has never been more important. >> protection against infection and hospitalization with the omicron variant is higher for those who are up to date with their vaccination, than those who are boosted when they are eligible. >> reporter: one cdc study published friday looking at 88 hospitalizations across ten states in december and january when omicron has been dominant. finding being boosted was 90% effective at preventing hospitalization during omicron. only slightly down from the 94% when delta was the dominant variant, so boosting remains the highest possible. for those with two doses, after six months, the vaccines were 76% effective against urgent
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care and emergency department visits primarily during the delta surge. during omicron, that fell to 38%. and for the unvaccinated, new cdc data shows those 65 and older were nearly 50 times more likely to be hospitalized last month than those who were bostoned. >> these new studies should erase any doubt about the importance of boosters at this point in the pandemic. i think there's been, unfortunately, so much muddled messaging that made it sound like boosters are a knife to have, rather than really something essential. >> reporter: so far less than half of those eligible to get boosters have gotten them. meanwhile, omicron's rapid spread is straining hospitals which are at a record high and some essential services. entertainment also taking hits, like curtains closing for adele's residency in las vegas. >> we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and covid. >> reporter: but with vaccinations on the rise and cases beginning to decline in
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some cases, experts hope the country is finally turning the corner. cdc director tom friedman believes omicron is not to be underestimated but if you're vax nature and boosted it's comparable to the flu. >> what we're seeing the country is essentially building a stronger and stronger wall of immunity. and that call comes from mostly vaccination but prior infection. but the stunning thing about omicron, how remarkably infectious it is. >> reporter: and on that infectiousness, data from johns hopkins shows more than a quarter of case reported since the pandemic began were reported in the last month. separately, dr. rochelle walensky says those eligible to be boosted and haven't been are not considered up to date on their vaccinations. and that the cdc is looking to pivot language around what it means to be fully vaccinated. i'm omar jimenez, cnn, chicago.
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>> dr. robert wachter is the chair of the department of university of medicine in san francisco and joins me now, he's also the author of the book "the digital doctor, hope, help and harm at the covid computer age." thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> when you look at infection rates, they are soaring, but the w.h.o. says in some countries cases hav s s have peaked. and here in the united states, some cities like washington, d.c., new york and cleveland are also seeing infections starting to level off or decline. what's your assessment? how much hope should that give us? >> a tremendous amount of hope. i think when we saw the south africa curve go up like a rocket and then come down equally quickly, the hope was that would be the pattern we would see elsewhere. then we saw it in london.
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and saw it in the whole uk. now, we're seeing it, first, in the north least, where the virus hit first in the united states. but now we're even seeing it where i live in san francisco. so, it seems clear that this is what it does. it comes through a population like a hurricane, goes up, it takes about a month. comes down, takes about a month, too. and the problem i think, as it starts to come down, people may let their guard down but the risk is still very high until it reaches the bottom of the mountain. so after it's at the peak, you still have about a month of fairly high risk until you get to a low-risk situation. >> and i want to talk about vaccinations. a lot of people here in the united states obviously have access to a booster dose. but children under the age of 5 still can't get a covid vaccine. initially, dr. fauci said a pfizer vaccine could be approved next month which gave hope to my friends' little kids and classes
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especially since kids are sent home every time there's a positive case. i do have dr. anthony fauci speaking to a colleague walking back the comments. just listen. >> the data being collected by the companies who will submit it to the fda. and the fda will make a judgment based on the safety and efficacy. when i said it could be within a month, two or three, we really don't know. and i think when people push you or give you an estimate of what you think, i hope it's in the next few months, but i don't know for sure, wolf, because it isn't something that i am privy to the information that will be submitted to the fda. and they'll do the typical good job that they do. they'll evaluate it with scrutiny for safety around whether or not it's effective. and if these two criteria are met, then it's going to be approved by an emergency authorization. >> dr. wachter, why do you think
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it's taking much longer to approve a vaccine for young children? >> they always come last. the vaccines are always tested in adults first. then you march down the age brackets and that's exactly what's happened here. so, they're sort of down to the little kids, and the first time they tried it with the little kids, the response of the vaccine wasn't as good as they hoped it would be, so they had to go back to the drawing board and try it with a different dose reguiment regiment. it's sort of the way it goes. i feel for the parents and little kids. i think what we're going to see is a lot of parts of society going back to normal if the surge ends, and yet parents and kids are going to want to be somewhat more careful until they're vaccinated. >> given how contagious the omicron variant is, we discussed in some cases infections are starting to drop. what could a post-omicron world look like? >> i think it's going to look
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pretty good. i mean, i will probably still wear a mask in very crowded places. i think in like japan and some of the asian countries there is a tradition of some mask-wearing in public transit. i think it will not dominate our lives like the past 2 1/2 years. i don't think it's going to be the newspaper lead story. there's still covid around, and if you're fully vaccinated which i mean boosted, the risk that you'll be very sick or die is next to zero. and i think that will allow people to go about life as if not quite 2019, but almost 2019. all of us, of course, keeping our hopes up there will not be a new variant that screws this up again. i think the likeliest outcome there won't be. and we'll be in a good place in about a month and we will stay there. but we obviously have to keep
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our guard unless there's a new variant that changes it. >> dr. wachter, you give us hope. thanks so much for your time. >> thank you. growing tension, a face-to-face meeting and questions about whether talks with ukraine are doing any good. we'll ask a moscow expert what needs to happen to avoid conflict. plus, it's been a pretty bad week for donald trump as the january 6th committee gains access to all the records the former president tried to block. details from washington, coming up.
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♪ welcome back to our viewers
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here in the united states and around the world. i'm lynda kincade, and this is "cnn newsroom." the top russian and american diplomats have agreed to keep working to reduce tension over ukraine. no big breakthroughs came out of their 90-minute meeting on friday, but there's still hope the key players can find a diplomatic off ramp. the u.s. has agreed to provide a written response to the concerns which the kremlin had been pushing for. and now the u.s. secretary of state is asking russia to offer some peace of mind. >> we've heard russian officials say that they have no intention of invading ukraine. in fact, mr. lavrov repeated that to me today, but, again, we're looking at what is visible. to all. and it is deeds and actions, not words, that make the difference. >> well, take a look at this. the yellow areas. now, that is where russia has
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amassed some 100,000 troops along its borders with ukraine and neighboring belarus. well, meanwhile, the u.s. just sent 200,000 pounds, that's 100 tons of lethal aid to ukraine for its, quote, front line defenders. alexander borov is a senior fellow at the carnegie center. he joins us live from the russian capital. good to have you with us. >> hi. >> so, russia says and continues to say it has no plans to invade ukraine. yet, it has enough troops on ukraine's border to launch an offensive. is there an appetite in russia for a war with ukraine? >> well, there is a difference in agendas of russia and of the west right now. as for now, in the west, people mostly think that ukraine is the
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main and only goal of putin's escalation. as for now, for putin himself, it seems more that ukraine is an instrument to achieve other goals. but if these goals are not achieved ukraine may be a victim of prey. >> so, we have seen weeks of diplomatic talks, and simultaneously, a revving up of military action, on top of the 100,000 troops, russian troops on ukraine's border, russia is also holding exercises in neighboring belarus. and what is it going to take? what needs to happen for a de-escalation? >> well, the russian diplomacy is clear, also a bit confusing. clear, because they offer two documents, two drafts with the promising the west have to give to moscow, in order moscow feel
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secure. the promises are very difficult to fulfill, that's clear. they are nonstarters as the american officials stressed several times. in the opposite case, in the case of a setback of these diplomatic offensive, it's a big question what russia can -- can venture. what russia can do. and it brings out, what can be done with ukraine? would it be a full-scale invasion? would it be sort of minor provocations? would it be a new topic introduced by the state's douma, from yesterday, the diplomatic declaration of the people's republic in eastern ukraine by moscow. >> what is your perspective on britain's mind-set, given the illegal annexation of crimea
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almost seven years ago. does he believe he can get away with taking more territory again? is he banking on a lack of meaningful action from the west? >> look, the base of putin's pledge is that russia is going -- and russians, not just the authorities, but the nation is going -- is ready to pay more for its goals in ukraine than the rest. and the goals are from having a neutral and friendly ties with russia. ukraine, to the full merger of russia is less probable. that's the base of the strategy. we think we can and we can pay more, because we need this piece of the board more than you. >> our thanks to alexander bournov.
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while the biden administration focuses on national ties abroad, donald trump is dealing with a few disappointments at home. the investigation into the capitol hill insurrection is heating up, now that the committee has access to all of the white house records that trump tried to block the panel from receiving. but that's not the only development that has made it a truly bad week for the former president. cnn's jessica schneider reports. >> reporter: the january 6th committee is finally getting access to all 700-plus documents from the trump white house. the hanover including call logs, visitor logs, handwritten memos from chief of staff mark meadows and draft speeches. it's the latest in the development of the a disastrous week for donald trump not only did they you'll against the efforts to keep the white house records secretary but new york's district attorney ramps up her
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investigation. and in georgia. a criminal investigation. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes which is one more than we have. >> reporter: that phone call from trump from georgia's secretary of state brad raffensperger in early 2021 is just part of the evidence d.a. fanny willis is sifting through to determine if there was criminal interference in the election process. willis is speaking to issue subpoenas and compel the issuance of documents saying many witness refuse to cooperate. meanwhile, new york attorney general letitia james outlining for the first time in a court filing saying the company misstated the assets engaging in fraudulent and misleading practices. now, the attorney general wants to compel the testimony of trump and two of his children, donald trump jr. and ivanka trump. saying the allegations are
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baseless, this agency the first family member is the january 6th select committee is asking to talk to, they sent a detailed letter to ivanka, saying she's one of the few who can reflect on trump's state of mind. and explain why it took so long for truck to video instructing rioters. and she want her to fill in details about how fox host and other officials were urging trump to stop the stolen election talk after january 6th. >> ivanka trump is a critical figure because she was there in the morning. we believe she was there when trump was still trying to twist mike pence's arm. >> reporter: the committee chair bennie thompson also telling cnn the panel is looking into trump's possible involvement in the creation or submission of fake electors. our team reported that trump campaign officials led fwi rudy
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giuliani oversaw efforts in december 2020 to put illegal slates of electors together from seven states that trump lost to try to overturn the real election results. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. the fbi said brian laundrie confessed to killing his fiancee gabby petito last fall. the agency says it claimed responsibility in a notebook found on his body in a park in florida. a revolver was also found nearby. and his death ruled a suicide. gabby disappeared during a cross-country trip the couple documented on social media. her strangled body was found in another park in wyoming. laundrie returned to florida without her, generating searches and police and media scrutiny. the fbi says all the logical investigative steps are concluded. and only laundrie was involved in her death. well, the omicron variant is
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to comcast business internet customers. so boost your bottom line by switching today. comcast business: powering possibilities. welcome back. south africa still has a problem with the coronavirus. but scientists say the omicron variant appears milder than the delta. and its impact may have diminished by aggressive vaccinations. and while other variant may emerge, cnn's david mckenzie reports that hopeful south africans are, for now, returning to normal life. >> even in the heat of omicron, no one was in this ward for c co covid? >> that's quite correct. >> reporter: when the omicron variant was discovered in south
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africa, dr. friedman prepared his hospital for a rush of covid-19 patients. a rush that never game. >> we never stopped elective surgery. we never closed our coffee shops. we never stopped visitors from coming into the hospital. >> reporter: this after three brutal waves of covid, each more severe than the last pummeled this country. charities built field wards just to cope. >> this is a hospital with 440 beds and 80% of our beds were dedicated to covid patients. >> reporter: but when the highly transmission only omicron variant hit, friedman said it spikes with infections. >> i think in the fourth wave, we've seen a totally different picture. we've seen a mottled version of covid, the way with omicron, what comes next. globally, we've really got to
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try to find the sweet spot. by that, i mean trying to find a way that societies can begin functioning again normally. ♪ >> reporter: sweto's street, they're thriving. >> i'm still alive. >> reporter: scientists believe high levels of prior infection and substantial infection rates, around 40% of adults are fully vaccinated, significantly softened omicron's impact. how do you feel about this year? >> i think now it's going to be better now. because of the pandemic. >> are people being overly optimistic about where we are right now? >> certainly, that's a scenario that we can potentially contemplate. but equally on the other side of the spectrum is a scenario that says this variant is replaced by
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something far more virulent. >> reporter: the year after the first visit to the biosafety lab, alexi and his team are still working to answer those critical questions. >> it just goes like wildfire. but it's not -- it doesn't cause as severe of a disease. >> reporter: the latest research shows that in a lab setting, omicron infections can protect against the more virulent delta variant. sigal says vaccines are still critical to avoid severe illness and death. in a year's time from now, what kind of discussion do you think we'll have about covid? >> there's a good chance we'll be standing here discussing the next variant. and maybe the virus is going to surprise us again. but in my opinion, we know more now than a year ago, and in a year's time we'll be in even better shape.
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>> reporter: scientists just don't know if omicron is covid-19's end game. but many do hope, like all of us, that the worst is behind us, not in front. david mckenzie, cnn, durbin, south africa. the saudi-led coalition fighting against iranian-backed houthi rebels is 16ing it entered a detention center on friday. a group says scores of people were skilled during that strike including many migrants. saudis the allegations that they invaded the camp are quote, baseless and unfounded. we have video of another air strike. you may find disturbing, the attack on the port city led to absolute chaos as you can see. three children were killed in the strike, u.n.
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secretary-general antonio guterres is calling on all sides to stop. >> what we need you stop these two circles whiches escalates one after another, what we need what we have been proposing from long ago, a creease fire with opening of harbor and airports then the beginning of a serious dialogue among the parties. this escalation needs to stop. >> well, on friday, thousands of people took to the streets of yemen's capital to protest the latest round of violence. the u.s.-backed kurdish forces have reportedly thwarted an taxi on a prison housing isis militants. the head said isis trying to orchestrate a jailbreak. a car bomb exploded outside the prison, followed by the group
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attacking the building from the outside. at the same time, dozens of militants staged a riot inside the police ton create a scene of chaos. the fdas says at least 58 were killed during the clashes. police in ecuador have mobilized their special units to investigate a shooting that left at least four people dead. it happened at a resort area outside the nation's largest city leaving 11 others injured. and attackers emerged from boats on friday and fired at people on the land. the resort is popular with locals, but it's no destination for many international travelers. >> tonga's best known olympian gets news about his dad who was absent after the recent volcanic eruption. next, the athlete says his father is now back home with a big story to tell. r favorite fo? avocado. you can fill a bathtub. i love it. with guacamole. all over. helps the skin, helps the body. join today for
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♪ ♪ to all the kisses... ...that led... ...to this one. celebrate every kiss, with kay. welcome back. several east coast u.s. states are under states of emergency this weekend. as a mix of freezing rain and snow hit parts of virginia and the carolinas. officials say the greatest icing threat will be along the carolina coast.
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including myrtle beach and wilmington. the ice could have a significant impact on travel and bring down trees and power lines. north carolina's governor warns that some areas could see widespread power outages and treacherous roads. he has activated the state's national guard. i want to bring in meteorologist derek van dam. derek, what can we expect in that part of the world? >> of course, it's not only treacherous travel condition on the roads, but also airports. take a look at what happened raleigh durham airport friday evening because of ice and sleet that accumulated on a runway. a delta flight carrying 13 passengers actually slit off the runway. no one was injured. they all depart -- excuse me, got off the plane safely. however, can you imagine the terrifying moments when your plane skids off the runway. i would say time to close the airport.
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let's get to the graphics. the weather is moving on rather quickly as we have ice and sleet to contend across the coastal areas. a very rare snowfall in the beach, myrtle beach, charleston. but look at the totals, 0.3 inch across south carolina. that accumulates on branches and some limbs and can take down power poles. as i mentioned the precipitation coming to an end quickly. zooming into north carolina, you can see wilmington, 15 to 30 minutes of precipitation before it exits off the atlantic coat line. and i think we'll be in the clear in emergency room its of r in terms of rainfall. any precipitation that fell, including the snowfall, refreezing and creating black ice and slick spots. here's safety tips. avoid unnecessary travel across coastal areas of the carolinas.
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if you do lose power, don't run that generator indoors. very dangerous, lynda. >> i missed the snow here last weekend in atlanta. i'm hoping we'll get snow sometime soon in the coming weeks. >> next friday. >> derek van dam, thanks so much. well, some life saving water is making its way to residents to tonga's main island. that's after a new zealand navy ship delivered water desalination on friday. with the tsunami that ravaged the nation a week ago and polluted water sources. relief for one tongan, olympian an pita taufatofua made his way home friday. the olympian said his father spent several days volunteering with first responders on a
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tongan navy boat. good on him. for more information on how you can help the people of tonga, please go to our website at cnn.com/impact. well, comedian and actor louis anderson has died from complications related to cancer. >> i made assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in. >> anderson there appearing in the movie "coming to america" alongside eddie murphy. he made his television debut on "the tonight show with johnny carson" back in 1984. and that launched a decades-long career. anderson hosted "family feud" in 1999. his most memorable role was playing a role based on his own father on the hit show "baskets" which earned him an emmy award. anderson is survived by his two sisters lisa and shana. he was 62 years old.
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