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to grieve. >> we do. friends. the theme song is the best. it's like this reggae good morning, america. as we start this thursday together, team usa making waves in tokyo. split-second success. >> caeleb dressel from the united states is going to win gold up there in lane five. he did it. >> team usa swimmer caeleb dressel grabbing gold in the blink of an eye. his mom barely able to watch. caeleb overcome with emotion. >> really tough year. really hard. >> overnight, simone biles' new message to her critics and supporters as another u.s. athlete tests positive for covid. now out of the games as cases keep climbing in tokyo. amy robach and james longman on the ground in japan. overnight, major league outbreak.
the nationals/phillies game postponed after 12 members of washington test positive and pfizer now calling for booster shots saying new data shows their vaccine's efficacy goes down after six months as new cases surge across the country. should people who got the shot early take extra precautions? dr. jha is live this morning. also this morning, president biden expected to make a big announcement about a vaccine mandate and what that breakthrough on the infrastructure bill means for all those traffic jams in your town and internet access. breaking overnight, tsunami warnings issued after a massive 8.2 earthquake rocked the coast of alaska. abc news exclusive, mystery in mexico. the family of that texas firefighter and father of two found dead on vacation in cancun speaking out.
>> text message to me was, i don't want to alarm you, but elijah is missing. >> the latest on their search for answers this morning. new this morning, what we're learning about "breaking bad" star bob odenkirk after he collapsed on the set of his hit show. shark scare. popular new york beaches shut down after an entire school of black tips were spotted close to shore. why we're seeing more sharks swimming north this year. the mile-high mystery flyer is soaring in the skies, and now the fbi is getting involved. >> use caution. the jet pack guy is back. >> is the real-life so-called iron man back? we certainly do say good morning, america. great to be here with michael and whit is in for george. everybody in the pool. >> absolutely. fun to watch. fun to watch. the whole country, of course, holding its breath as well during that 100-meter freestyle. caeleb dressel won gold by less than a second. you saw earlier we showed you how his mom could barely watch.
well, take a look at the moment his family saw him win, robin. this is what it's all about, the olympics right here. we love seeing these family moments, the parties, especially in a year when loved ones can't be in the stands to cheer them on. >> caeleb wasn't the only member of team usa to win the top prize. let's go back, or let's go to amy robach in tokyo with the latest for us this morning. good morning, amy. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, guys. don't be jealous but i was poolside watching it all go down and it was incredible. you know, heading into these games there were some questions about which u.s. swimmer would emerge to take up the mantel of michael phelps but you know what, we are seeing an entire team of superstars stepping up and bringing home the gold. overnight, team usa making a huge splash at the olympic games. caeleb dressel dominating the men's 100-meter freestyle winning the gold by less than a second. and setting a new olympic record time for the race. dressel overwhelmed by emotion.
>> it's a really tough year. it's really hard. so to have the results show up, i mean, it really came together so i'm happy. >> reporter: his family and friends at a watch party back in the u.s., frozen with nerves. his mom barely able to watch. >> caeleb! >> reporter: in a nail-biting relay the u.s. women grabbing silver. anchored by superstar katie ledecky missing the gold by just 0.4 seconds. the 800-freestyle makes its debut in the olympic competition leading to this incredible moment. bobby finke making a shocking comeback, surging from behind, sprinting at the very end to grab gold. and let's not forget about diving. the u.s. grabbing silver in men's synchronized three-meter springboard but all eyes, of course, on simone biles, on wednesday biles spotted back in the gym just hours after announcing she wouldn't be participating in this morning's all-around individual competition.
biles not working out, but instead cheering on the men's team in their individual all-around while she takes her future at these games day by day. overnight biles tweeting, the outpouring of love and support i've received has made me realize i'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics, which i never truly believed before. now, while the men's gymnasts might not have made it to the podium, the women's individual all-around just wrapped up. even though simone biles didn't compete in this event this morning, team usa still brought home the gold, sunisa lee has just won the individual all-around. she gave an incredible performance on the uneven bars and floor routine. when biles stepped down, jade carey stepped up, she represented the united states in biles' place, she ended up finishing eighth, lee who's a powerhouse on the uneven bars
really stepped up tonight to win gold. her floor routine just cheering her on, sealed the deal. she ultimately defeated russia and brazil to take home the top prize. as we've been reporting though among the celebrations covid taking hold in tokyo. overnight, u.s. pole vaulter sam kendricks, the two-time reigning world champion, tested positive and is now out of the games. james longman is live in tokyo as well. has the latest on that side of the story for us. good morning, james. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, robin. we now have had news that u.s. pole vaulter sam kendricks has tested positive for covid-19 and that's put him out of the competition. he is the seventh u.s. athlete for whom that is now the case. all his close contacts will also now be tested and they will have to self-isolate possibly and i actually spoke to a dutch athlete here who tested positive and was sent into quarantine to see what the conditions might be like for sam if he has to do the same and the long and short of it, it's going to be pretty,
pretty horrible. candy jacobs is a dutch skateboarder. she was put into a tiny hotel room here in tokyo. she's only allowed 15 minutes of fresh air a day. she's had minimum human contact. she said the whole thing has been very, very difficult to go through, and this as the covid count here in japan is going up every single day. 3,800 new cases in the last 24 hours, that is a new record, and we are now seeing 198 cases inside the olympic bubble. robin. >> all right, james, thanks. whit. back here at home, and with the delta variant driving a summer surge, pfizer is again making the case that booster shots may be needed because its vaccine's effectiveness goes down after six months. all of this happening as 45 states are now seeing an increase in new covid hospitalizations. our trevor ault is live at a hospital in tampa with more on that story. trevor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. so these breakthrough infections and new research on the delta variant is certainly causing some alarm. the cdc tightening its mask
recommendations and booster shots are becoming a serious discussion but make no mistake this virus is hitting the unvaccinated much harder. as one doctor told me here in tampa, this is already a bad situation and still an impending storm is coming. overnight, major league baseball postponing the nationals/phillies game because of a covid-19 outbreak. 12 members of the nationals testing positive including four players, the team's manager saying he believed only one of them is unvaccinated. >> i'm very concerned. i really worry about the health and safety of everybody, you know, in our clubhouse. >> reporter: with more breakthrough infections making headlines, pfizer now calling for booster shots. the company revealing new data showing after six months, their vaccine's efficacy against covid dropped from 96% to 84% and that data comes from march, before the delta variant became the dominant strain. ultimately, the fda will decide if booster shots are needed, but
some people like david baron in chicago have already gotten them. david is immunosuppressed and even after receiving both moderna shots doctors still couldn't detect antibodies in his system and so they made a special recommendation for him to get the j&j vaccine too. the virus is inarguably surging across huge portions of the country. the average daily caseload up more than 50% from last week but some hot spots, despite the spread, are pushing back against the experts. seven states banning mask mandates, many more reporting lagging vaccinations. health officials growing increasingly frustrated. >> do the responsible commonsense thing, get a shot. >> reporter: the highest case rates are now in louisiana and florida. tampa general hospital, the average covid patient used to be in their 80s, now they're in their 40s. the hospital has seen their covid patient load increase sevenfold over the past three
weeks, and in oklahoma, shane spent his wedding anniversary on a ventilator in a coma, now in a fight for his life. his wife liz says he didn't get the vaccine. >> what if i would have just made him go get the shot, he probably wouldn't be in the position he is today. >> reporter: and health experts have noted, as cases have been rising vaccinations are inching up as well, nearly 500,000 wednesday, the most we had since july 1st, and the cdc has also changed recommendations for vaccinated people saying they should get tested and self-isolate after any potential covid exposure. michael. >> all right, trevor, thank you so much. joining us is dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, thank you for joining us this morning, and we want to talk about the pfizer vaccine, new data that we just heard about. should people who are more than six months out from being vaccinated be getting boosters
now and is there potential harm in doing so? >> good morning, michael. thanks for having me back. yeah, i read that data a little differently, michael. i looked at that data and six months out, out of the 22,000 people who have been vaccinated, only one of them had severe illness. so i said, you know, my read of the data is the vaccine even six months out has incredibly terrific protection against severe illness and hospitalizations and deaths. now, that was before the delta variant hit. we don't know how well it's going to do six months out, so i think we need a little more data but i certainly don't think everybody should be going out and thinking about booster shots. i think we're far away from that right now. >> since the data was before the delta variant hit, does that mean -- does it seem like it would make booster shots even more urgent? >> i still think boosters may be needed for frail elderly, for the immunocompromised. there's certain high-risk people who may need it. we'll see what the fda says but i don't believe right now, based
on the data, the broad general population will need a booster shot. >> the director of the cdc said if you compare covid deaths to flu death in prior years it's about twofold more. are you seeing the same thing? >> i am. you know, there's been a lot of misinformation about this, somehow covid is no big deal for kids. obviously less serious than it is for older adults, but we are seeing some kids get sick so that's why we want to continue to protect kids as we get them vaccinated. >> and should people who were vaccinated early be concerned about the protection and should they be taking extra precautions? >> yeah, not yet, right? again, i think right now obviously the delta variant is surging across the country so everybody should be a little bit careful. people who are not vaccinated should get vaccinated. folks who got vaccinated early, january or february, coming up on six months, we'll know more about waning immunity, but i think if you're a regular healthy person i wouldn't worry about it excessively. there are high-risk people for
whom we have to pay attention and make sure we know whether they will need a booster or notl tell. thank you so much for your input. robin. >> thank you. >> okay, michael. with the big spike in new cases president biden is expected to make an announcement about federal workers and vaccines. our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega is there outside the white house with more for us. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: hey, robin, good morning to you. we're talking about more than 2 million federal employees here, a lot of people, the federal government is actually the largest employer in the country so this is going to impact a number of people. let me tell you how this works, the government essentially is saying here, get vaccinated or otherwise face a number of pretty inconvenient requirements. you'll have to get tested regularly. you'll have to remain socially distant at work, we're talking about limited to no work travel. what they're not saying here though is if you're not vaccinated you can't come to work or if you're not vaccinated you'll get fired. a big question right now is the military. the secretary of defense, he's made it pretty clear, though, he said he's not comfortable with
mandating this vaccine for the military until it has full fda approval for the vaccine. we're not expecting that for another couple more months. this is still a major shift for this administration. all along they've said, look, we don't want to be the ones to mandate vaccines here. clearly at this point they want the private sector to follow their lead on this one. they say the delta variant, whit, has changed everything. >> sure has. all right, cecilia, thank you. also in washington that big breakthrough on the massive infrastructure deal to pay for roads, bridges and much more, but there's still a long way to go before it becomes law. our congressional correspondent rachel scott is on capitol hill with the very latest. rachel, good morning to you. >> reporter: whit, good morning. this was a rare moment of bipartisanship on capitol hill after weeks of negotiating. 17 republicans voting with every democrat in the senate to advance a bill that would help rebuild the nation's infrastructure. the total price tag on this, $1.1 trillion, and that includes $110 billion for new roads and bridges, $65 billion to expand
broadband internet and $39 billion for public transit. president biden who campaigned on reaching across the aisle says that this proves that democracy can function and deliver, but there is still a long road ahead. it could be weeks before this passes in the senate. then it has to go over to the house where democrats have a very slim majority. already we have heard from progressive democrats who say that this deal is not big enough. they are demanding that democrats pass a much larger package before they even consider this bill. michael. >> all right, rachel, thank you so much. and now to that breaking news overnight, a massive 8.2 earthquake shaking the coast of alaska. ginger zee is tracking the latest. hey, ginger. michael, that 8.2 quake happening just off the coast of the aleutian islands. there's been several other rumbles. tsunami warnings have been
canceled. this home between kodiak and anchorage shows you the lineup of cars. people were saying, i'm out of here. the warnings were blaring through the sirens. we have more from kodiak, where the roads were starting to fill up. the tsunami got up to a quarter of a meter, robin. >> thankfully, you're right about that. thank you, ginger. now to tonight's nba draft happening in person instead of virtually like last year. t.j. holmes is over there doing all this. you're going to -- you act like you're already there. tell us about the rising stars. >> you remember last year, they had to send those trunks to the players at their homes. wait to hear your name and pick out your hat. they'll be back live at barclays center in brooklyn tonight. that's fine. fans will be allowed in. that's fine as well. a big night for these guys. who will be the number one overall pick. that's always the mystery. who is it going to be? you don't have to wait till tonight. i'm going to tell you right now. it's going to be cade cunningham.
the 6'8" freshman smooth like butta out of oklahoma state. not a flashy guy. he is in total control of the game. he was a joy to watch this year but at 6'8" -- he is the consensus number one pick going to go to detroit. he spent time with the pistons already but he made it here to new york. arrived with his 2-year-old daughter riley. really cute to see this scene. you can certainly speak to this, stra, this is a special night. a life-changing night for these players to be drafted and families who have been with them on their journeys to get them to this point. he is probably going to go number one. >> any other ones? >> well, again, consensus probably top four guys, one of them evan mobley out of usc. they'll put some meat on him. he will be unstoppable. jalen suggs out of gonzaga, they were on tv a lot. the other, jalen green, didn't play in college. he skipped and went to that development league for a year and made 500 grand and got himself ready for the league and he's going to be ready to go tonight.
>> all right, you heard it here first from the man, t.j. if you don't trust him check out the draft for yourself. >> what was that? >> it's live from brooklyn tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc, just in case. just in case. >> he's got good sources. thank you, t.j. we're following a lot of other headlines including that abc news exclusive with the family of the texas firefighter found dead while on vacation in mexico, speaking out this morning. and the latest on "better call saul" star bob odenkirk's scary onset collapse. but first, let's go back to ginger. ging. more than 100,000 customers without power in the great lakes thanks to damaging winds. virginia had them too and coming to the northeast today with the storms. let's get those stormy cities now sponsored by amazon alexa.
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>> big time. >> i do like rick-rolling. >> it's going to be the earworm and a good one at that. here are the top headlines we're following right now. team usa making a huge splash at the olympic games, caeleb dressel dominating the men's 100-meter freestyle winning the gold by less than a second and bobby finke also grabbed gold in the olympics first 800 freestyle. and here at home the delta variant fueling a summer surge. pfizer now calling for booster shots saying new data shows that the vaccine's effectiveness goes down after six months. also this morning, we are remembering two icons, southern rock 'n' roll star dusty hill. the famous bearded bassist for zz top for more than five decades. he passed away at the age of 72. the band saying per dusty's request, the show must go on. and how many times have you heard set it and forget it?
oh, that saying made famous by the infomercial king himself, ron popeil. he sold the showtime rotisserie, which i bought, i had and used, i think i might still have it in the basement. he's also widely credited with the phrase, but, wait, there's more. popeil passed away wednesday at the age of 86, wow. >> definitely thinking about that. >> we do want to take a look at this. a rare patrick mahomes rookie card selling for a stunning $4.3 million. the one of a kind autographed 2017 national treasures card broke the previous record of 3.1 million set by who, tom brady. >> oh, i thought it was michael strahan. >> his was up there. >> patrick mahomes is like three or four years in the nfl. >> i know. it sold -- exactly, tom brady is like -- a few more rings to catch up on me but mahomes who's led the kansas city chiefs to
back-to-back super bowl appearances writing on line simply, my goodness. so there you have it. >> patrick mahomes, i got a card for you to sign. >> our research department is looking at strahan's card right now. >> please don't. we do have a lot more ahead and what we're learning about the condition of "better call saul" star bob odenkirk after he collapsed on set and the whole school here of black-tipped sharks spotted close to shore off a popular new york beach. all that and more coming up, robin. that's right, but right now, it's our abc news exclusive with the family of the texas firefighter and father of two found dead on vacation in cancun. there's new details in their search for answers this morning. eva pilgrim is here now with much more on this. good morning, eva. > good morning, robin. elijah snow and his wife jamie were supposed to be celebrating their anniversary at a cancun resort, but the first night of their vacation ending with his death. desperate for answers making a
plea for help. this morning, the family of veteran firefighter elijah snow speaking out after his mysterious death on vacation in cancun, mexico. >> the text message to me was, i don't want to alarm you, but elijah is missing. >> reporter: the 35-year-old father of two celebrating his ten-year anniversary with his wife jamie at a nearly $400 a night all-inclusive hotel. his body was reportedly found at another hotel, snow's stepfather speaking exclusively to abc news saying on night his stepson died, they had a few drinks at the hotel bar. his wife went to bed. he stayed out, but she woke up in the middle of the night alone, concerned that he had not come back to their room. soon after his wife filed a police report with local authorities. >> jamie noticed when she was getting into the police department she saw a photocopy of his driver's license in one of the police officer's hands.
and she knew that they had not made any copies of his driver's license so she knew something bad had happened. that is where they told her that he had been found and what they told her was it was homicidal without suspects. >> reporter: mexican authorities have not disclosed the location of where snow's body was discovered but saying in a statement that he was found stuck in a bathroom window noting that he died of mechanical asphyxia due to the position he was trapped in adding that it is important to point out that no signs of violence were found at the scene. snow's family demanding the release of any surveillance footage of the evening leading up to snow's death and asking anyone with information to come forward. >> it's just so out of character for him to try and get into a room he shouldn't be in. he just wouldn't do that. the only way he would do that is if he was in fear for his life and he knew that was his last resort to try to get through there. >> adding even more questions
for the family they say there were mysterious bruises that were found on his body and they tell us they just want to know what happened so they can have closure, michael. >> a lot of questions to be answered there, eva. thank you so much. now to new details about "better call saul" and "breaking bad" star bob odenkirk's collapse on set. the outpouring of support from his co-stars overnight. abc's kaylee hartung has more. >> reporter: this morning, actor bob odenkirk in stable condition after collapsing on the set of his hit television drama "better call saul". >> oh, mr. goodman. >> you didn't recognize him either. >> reporter: representatives for the star confirming he experienced a heart-related incident. the 58-year-old was on the show's new mexico set during the emergency. crew members calling 911 and rushing him to the hospital. odenkirk receiving an outpouring of support from friends, fans and former co-stars. bryan cranston saying please take a moment to think about him and send positive thoughts.
aaron paul simply saying, i love you, my friend. >> so you want me to buy this place so i can pay taxes? i'm a criminal, yo. >> yeah, and if you want to stay a criminal and not become, say, a convict, then maybe you should grow up and listen to your lawyer. >> reporter: odenkirk is best known for playing saul goodman alongsign cranston and paul in "breaking bad," before spinning off his own show that garnered him nine emmy nominations. >> jimmy, what? >> it's all good, man. >> reporter: to the relief of so many, odenkirk's son nate tweeting he's going to be okay. that statement from his representatives going on to say bob and his family, they want to express their gratitude for the doctors and nursing caring for him and cast and crew that stayed by his side and send thanks to everybody for their outpouring of well wishes and we send ours too. >> encouraging to hear from his family, thank you.
we move on now to the real life iron man soaring in the skies again 5,000 feet up and now the fbi is investigating. abc transportation correspondent gio benitez is on the case with much more on that. gio, good morning. >> reporter: hey, whit, good morning. yeah, this time it was a 747 pilot who spotted this person in a jet pack near l.a.x. and air traffic control immediately alerted other pilots in the area. >> use caution, there was a report of a man in a jet pack around 5,000 in the vicinity of los angeles. >> reporter: this morning, the fbi's investigating after pilots over l.a.x. spotted a man wearing a jet pack hovering at around 5,000 feet in the air. >> use caution, the jet pack guy is back. >> reporter: it's the fourth appearance of the mystery aviator who has earned a nickname straight out of the marvel universe. >> yeah, i can fly. >> we're looking for the iron man. >> reporter: back in december, a
pilot on a training flight captured this video of what appears to be someone wearing a jet pack flying just a few miles from the airport. >> we just passed a guy on a jet pack. >> you don't hear that every day. >> reporter: just a few months earlier multiple pilots witnessed the high-flying hazard in the sky. >> we just saw the guy pass us. >> person on a jet pack reported at about 3,000 feet. >> reporter: jet pack technology has been evolving at supersonic speed, making appearances at the statue of liberty and the british royal navy has been developing and testing a jet suit with gravity industries for boarding enemy ships. and navigating battlefield obstacles but experts say zooming through the skies near commercial flights could be a recipe for disaster. >> the size, weight of a person in a jet pack impacting an airplane at the exact wrong spot could potentially bring that airliner down. people need to fly them in a responsible way.
>> reporter: and, again, nobody was injured here so that is some good news. but no doubt about it this, is a very serious situation and that's why the fbi is working with the faa to figure out who this person is. guys. >> wow, all right, gio, thanks so much. fun to watch but near the airport, no good. real concern there. coming up here, shark sightings shutting down a popular new york beach. ♪ ♪ dry eye symptoms keep driving you crazy? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. [inflammation] let's kick ken's ache and burn into gear! over the counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes and may provide temporary relief. those drops will probably pass right by me. xiidra works differently, targeting inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. [inflammation] what's that? [inflammation] xiidra? no! it can provide lasting relief. xiidra is the only fda-approved non-steroid treatment specifically for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.
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we're back now with the latest shark scare. beaches in new york forced to close after a school of black tipped sharks were spotted just 20 yards from shore. our will reeve is out there on long beach, new york, and, will, we've been looking at this drone camera. you're actually seeing sharks out there right now. >> reporter: good morning, whit. yes, we are. right behind me out in the water there are sharks, our drone is flying high above them as the sharks make their way through schools of fish. that's why they're here, to eat as the water is warmer in the warmer weather. sharks right outside live on your television. officials will surely be here to check that out because yesterday they had to shut down the beaches before it was safe to swim. it's a perfect summer beach day until someone yells shark. beaches in long island, new york, were closed temporarily wednesday after numerous black tipped sharks were spotted close to shore. the sharks identified by lifeguards were spotted along
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. split-second success. team usa swimmer caeleb dressel grabbing gold in the blink of an eye. his mom barely able to caeleb overcome with emotion and another athlete tests positive for covid and cases keep climbing. amy on the ground in japan. overnight, the new message from simone biles to her critics and supporters as the biggest names in sports and entertainment weigh in. this morning, how to protect your own mental health and whether to pull back and set bounda boundaries. the nationals/phillies game postponed after 12 members of the nationals team test
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>> aren't they just the cutest? i love our "gma" summer interns and they're here live with us in the studio. wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. >> they really are. this is a summer internship like no other. these fine interns, they've been working hard remotely and also in person to help us get the show on the air all summer long. we cannot wait to introduce you to them and that's coming up. >> absolutely. we're definitely looking forward to that. first though want to get right to the latest from tokyo. team usa winning big in the pool overnight including that showstopping win from caeleb dressel grabbing gold by less than a second. let's go back to amy in toeng with the latest. amy, good morning, once again. >> reporter: yeah, that was so incredible. good morning to you, whit. yes, you know, heading into these games there were questions about which new stars would emerge to take home the gold for team usa but guess what, now we have some answers. overnight team usa making a huge splash at the olympic games.
caeleb dressel dominating the men's 100-meter freestyle winning the gold by less than a second and setting a new olympic record time for the race. in a nail-biting relay, the u.s. women grabbing silver anchored by superstar katie ledecky missing the gold by just 0.4 seconds and let's not forget about diving. the u.s. grabbing silver in men's synchronized three-meter springboard. while simone biles takes her future at the games day by day, overnight biles tweeting, the outpouring of love and support i've received has made me realize i'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics, which i never truly believed before. now, these games are still taking place in the middle of a pandemic. that's important to note and unfortunately overnight u.s. pole vaulter sam kendricks tested positive for covid-19. he is now officially out of the olympics, the 28-year-old was seen as team usa's best hope for a gold medal in track and field.
kendricks' father says he's feeling fine but mentally he has to be devastated. >> absolutely devastated, amy. thank you. here at home, the delta variant is driving the summer surge of covid cases. pfizer is now saying booster shots may be needed with 45 states seeing an increase in new covid hospital admissions. trevor ault is live at a hospital in tampa with more. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, again, michael. yeah, we've seen firsthand at tampa general hospital how this virus is devastating the unvaccinated. but there is growing concern about breakthrough infections, especially as we learn more about just how quickly and easily the delta variant can spread. overnight major league baseball postponing the nationals/phillies game because of a covid-19 outbreak. 12 members of the nationals testin positive including four players. the team's manager saying he believed only one of them is unvaccinated. >> i'm very concerned. i really worry about the health
and safety of everybody, you know, in our clubhouse. >> reporter: with more breakthrough infections making headlines, pfizer now calling for booster shots, the company revealing new data showing after six months their vaccine's efficacy against covid dropped from 96% to 84%. and that data comes from march, before the delta variant became the dominant strain. michael spoke to dr. ashish jha about booster shots earlier this morning. >> the vaccine even six months out has incredibly terrific protection against severe illness and hospitalizations and deaths. now, that that was before the delta variant hit. we don't know how well it's going to do six months out so i think we need a little more data but i certainly don't think everybody should be going out and thinking about booster shots. i think we're far away from that right now. >> reporter: and if nothing else, the threat of these rising infections and caseloads does seem to be inspiring more people to get vaccinated. the white house says yesterday nearly 500,000 americans got their first shot. that's the highest number we've
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from beautiful lake tahoe, good morning, america. >> right back at you, we love country stars old dominion and later this morning, they're taking us to one of their favorite places in the world, lake tahoe. >> beautiful. >> remember tomorrow, tomorrow they're sending us into the weekend for our "gma" summer concert series and don't forget that we have sofia carson coming up. >> absolutely. looking forward to all of that. we do turn to the latest on simone biles. thanking everyone for the outpouring of love and support overnight after she withdrew from two olympic events to focus on her mental health. let's go back to amy right there in tokyo with the latest. amy, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, whit. yes, ever since simone biles withdrew from her first event earlier this week, a national conversation around mental well-being has started to take place, celebrities, athletes and others are now weighing in on the pressures they face and all of this coming as the world still wonders whether simone biles will be back. this morning, simone biles clapping back at critics who did not support her decision to
remove herself from tuesday's gymnastics event after this shaky vault at the olympic finals. biles sharing this post that a fan wrote to her instagram stories reading in part, it makes me so frustrated to see comments about simone not being mentally tough enough or quitting on her team. the fact that she took herself out of the competition means that whatever she is dealing with internally has to be insurmountable and should be taken seriously. overnight, some of the biggest names in sports and entaintment applauding her decision. from green bay packers quarterback aaron rodgers. >> i think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with simone biles i think there needs to be more conversation around that. >> reporter: to pop star justin bieber, who has been public with his struggles with mental health, writing on instagram, nobody will ever understand the pressures you face. sometimes our nos are more powerful than our yeses. biles considered the greatest of all time. she has four moves named after her. her signature double-double beam
dismount has previously been labeled a risk by gymnastics officials and two months ago biles became the first woman to ever perform a skill called the yurchenko double pike on vault. a move so dangerous her coach said biles would have to beg her to do it in the olympics. record-setting olympian shannon miller knows firsthand how dangerous some gymnastics moves can be. >> as you get older you understand your body better when you have a mental block on a skill, you understand now the consequences of how a landing in the wrong way could be devastating. >> reporter: overnight, biles also took to social media to give her thanks to fans around the world writing, the outpouring of love and support i have received has made me realize that i'm more than my accomplishments in gymnastics which i never truly believed before. what a telling and powerful statement, guys. >> yes, especially that last line. you're right about that, ay. thank you for that.
joining us is psychiatrist dr. janet taylor, a good friend of ours whose new book "the courageous classroom" is now out. always appreciate your insight and perspective. you just heard amy's piece, and while simone is very appreciative of the love and support, she realizes that she's also receiving criticism, people saying what she did was quitting and not being a -- showed weakness. how do you respond? >> well, i completely disagree. she's arguably the best gymnast of our lifetime and she didn't get there by being a quitter. nor being weak. even if you look at her background being in foster care pushing through that, she's right. her achievements are so much more than on the mat and what this time really should tell us going through 18 months of covid-19 and racial reckoning is we need to have more empathy for others and be able to stand in their shoes with grace and realizing that we don't have to be that person to take a backstep and try to understand what they have lived through so she is not a quitter nor is she
weak. she has courage and we should applaud that. >> so, dr. janet, i watched this all play out with my two daughters at home. they're both huge simone biles fans and were looking forward to watching her compete. for parents trying to explain what happened to their kids, what advice do you have and also, how should we explain to our kids how to address big challenges in the future? >> well, you're right. this is a teachable moment. what we should be telling them is that there will be challenges but how to highlight their strengths along with their vulnerabilities saying, it's important to feel good about what you're doing as justin bieber said, it's also okay to say no when you feel like you may be faced with something that's tough but you can practice, you can work and as parents we want to hear from them so we can share our stories and help them as they overcome obstacles which life has obstacles. >> dr. janet, what can we learn
about safeguarding our mental health during times of adversity? >> well, our mental health is paramount as the world health organization says, there's no physical health without mental health so what you want to do is to be able to tell people, i'm not okay. we know it's okay to say i'm not okay and be authentic and open when you may be feeling something, sad, anxious, we have to lose the stigma and really open this conversation about the importance of mental health so speak up if you're not feeling well but also seek help. >> how do you get them to understand and respect your mental health decisions? >> well, you respect -- get people to respect your mental health decisions by, a, you prioritizing them, it's really a time to be self-aware and understand what you need. use our emotional intelligence so that we can continue to push through and as many people, millions of people are doing especially post-covid and worrying about the workplace and worrying about school.
people face obstacles every single day they push through. we have that capacity but now is the time to really say when i need help and really recognize the strength that we were all born with and can use. >> so, dr. janet, how do we know when it's time to pull back? >> well, you know when it's time to pull back by, a, reflecting on how you're doing, so if you're having trouble at work, you know, at school with relationships to do that, be aware of your past trauma, look at your personal stressors and focus on your mental health and certainly if you find that you're having trouble sleeping or using alcohol or drugs to cope and worse case feel like you want to hurt yourself, that's a huge red flag that you need to talk to someone, help is out there. talk to your primary care doctor. if you don't have insurance there are resources, but get the help for yourself.pyou don't ha see an injury to have a psychic injury or mental injury and it's up to you to know how you feel and when you don't feel well and to really speak up and speak loudly about it. >> as always, thank you so much,
dr. janet. remind us what's the title of your new book? >> oh, it's called "the courageous classroom," but it will benefit administers, parents, and i have a great co-writer who is a teacher in south carolina and full of tips so thank you so much. >> you got it. thank you so much. now let's check in again with ginger. >> you know i think simone is even more of a champion now, for sure. i want to share with you, we get new images now out of wisconsin. we knew there would be severe sorms and now we see the damage from nearly 80-mile-per-hour wind gusts in concord. in wisconsin. some of that to the homes, we're still getting information about hoping everybody is okay there because it did happen in the night hours, but then today we've got a chance at damaging winds. i want you in maryland and delaware, southern new jersey to really watch out as these lines head towards you especially in the afternoon and evening.
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year because of the pandemic now learning what it takes to get a story on the air. >> one of my jobs is to prep all of these still images that you see during the show including these smaller images that you see at the bottom. >> every day is unique. you're always working on different stories. >> so here i am at my desk, i'm working on final touches for "rise & shine." >> i had a chance to write my first article for "good morning america." check it out. >> i had the incredible opportunity this afternoon to interview simone biles' grandmother. >> how are you feeling going into this? >> they even wrangled a dog or two, and they work hands on with network professionals to learn the ins and outs of the tv news biz. >> i am just about to jump on a very exciting zoom call with the entertainment booking teams for "gma" and "gma3." >> as covid restrictions start to ease, our second hour had a big surprise for them. >> so we would like to offer all
of you, whether you're in new york or not in new york, to come to new york so you're here to help produce the show on thursday, july 29th. we just wanted to officially invite you because we'd like to meet you all in person. >> this is so exciting. my goodness, thank you. >> yay. >> i'm so excited we get to meet in person. >> they packed their bags. >> i'm in the car and ready to go. >> super excited. ticket in hand. first time to new york. >> and made their way to the big apple where they finally got to see our "gma" studio and, of course, meet the team. intern phoebe got a tour once before when she was just 8 years old, and here she is now. and check this out. that's intern malana in our audience in 2018. she got to meet robin then and said it changed her life. >> it sparked something in me and i remember telling my mom, later on that day, i'm going to work for "good morning america" one day. >> so at long last, it's their [ crowd chanting "good morning, america" ] ♪ >> how amazing is that?
show up in the audience, you are here. you meet robin. change your life. it changed mine too. all our interns are here. here they are, phoebe and malana. in our booking department. matthew is with our first-hour team. katie with the second-hour team. luigi and katie are working with our field and series unit and jesse with our digital team. thank you all. >> she just graduated from howard, my parents' alma mater. >> i did. >> career plans? >> yes, i am extremely excited to be working for "good morning america." we all are, of course, it's been a wonderful summer, but i'm extremely looking forward to the future and a career so i'm excited to get into production and documenting filmmaking. >> wonderful. [ applause ] derful. [ applause ]
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we are back. we have some disturbing news with the drought monitor. 89% extreme across the state, 46% exceptional and that includes the entire central valley. now, all of alameda and parts of santa clara county are in that highest level of draft. it is pretty quiet out there. we do have a few foggy spots as jobina mention. a breezy bay all the way to the golden gate into the delta. heat relief is on the way saturday. we will have another abc7
news update in about 30 minutes but you can always find the latest on our app and on www.abcnews7.com. the news continues now with ♪ loves me, loves me, loves me ♪ we are back now with our "gma" summer concert series. this morning we have a talented singer\songwriter with nearly a billion music streams also the star of disney any "the descendants" sophia carson here to perform "he loves me" but, do you mind if i catch up with sofia first before she things for us. all right, good morning, beautiful. oh, good to see you. >> good morning, beautiful. so good to see you. >> can i just tell you what a joy it was having you as part of my new show "turning the tables" which began streaming on disney plus and you said something really powerful. a lot of things you said but what you said about honoring those who came before you creating a space for women who
come after, sofia, tell us more about that. >> robin, it was an extraordinary honor to be a part of your show and like i said, to be among women who have grown up admiring women who truly broke the mold and were trail blazers and paved the way for women like me by redefining what it means to be a woman in the industry and shattering glass ceilings, it was such an honor and i was pinching myself every step of the way and i'm just so grateful to you. >> you were listening and contributing as well. i mean, we were leaning in to all that you had to say. you are know what. >> thank you. >> absolutely. we love you in "the descendants" which has become an upcoming animated version called "descendants: the royal wedding." is it true you have a group chat? >> we do and the group chat has to be as ole as the first film, it's got to be a couple years now and when you live something
as life changing as "the descendants" you are bonded for life so, yes, we do have a family group chat. >> doesn't surprise us at all and we are excited to hear you perform your new song which is getting a lot of buzz. can we expect more new music to come this year? >> absolutely. i have dedicated the last year to writing music and writing my stories. ♪ >> i'm sorry, i'm mesmerized we're watching your video right here. but i'm glad that you're going to be working on new music as well and working as a unicef ambassador to aid in a global vaccine campaign. what motivated you to join that cause, sophia? >> yes, robin, as i'm sure i mentioned in our conversation of being unicef ambassador is the greatest honor and the most important role that i'll ever play and i had the honor recently of joining my fellow ambassadors, pink, selena,
priyanka, orlando and calling upon world leaders to commit to eck -- equitable and equal distribution for vaccines globally, and that's the most important thing that we can do right now not only for ourselves, but each other, and our families and for the sake of families and children all around the world. >> thank you and bless you for that. and i cannot wait for everybody back at ya, here it is, sophia carson performing "he loves me but." thank you, sofia. ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me but ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me but ♪ ♪ tell me did you know right from the start that we would end up right here where we are ♪ ♪ oh, you're such a good guy,
play the part showing up with only half a heart, heart ♪ ♪ he says it's best for me but i don't really remember him asking me ♪ ♪ he says it's best for me but i don't really remember him asking ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me, but, he says he can't ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me, but he's not ready yet ♪ ♪ oh, i remember all your drunken half-forevers ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me but ♪ ♪ kindly i resign, babe, you hold the record for good-byes ♪ ♪ you wanna be the good guy, dry your eyes, frankly, darling, you don't get to cry, cry ♪
♪ he says it's best for me, best for me ♪ ♪ but i don't really remember him asking me, asking me ♪ ♪ he says it's best for me, best for me ♪ ♪ but i don't really remember him asking ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me, but he says he can't ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me, but he's not ready yet ♪ ♪ oh, i remember all your drunken half-forevers ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me but ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me ♪ >> i love you so much. good morning, america. ♪ he says it's best for me ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me, but i don't remember him asking me ♪ ♪ he loves me, loves me, loves me but he says it's best for me ♪ ♪ i still love you, love you, love you but ♪
i don't think i ever could have imagined a tea party like this but i'm loving it. ♪ every day ♪ >> you've broken so many different barriers. >> i would often get in trouble because i would speak my mind. >> no one can put you in a box. vulnerability is a strength, it's not a weakness. >> vulnerability is courage. >> i'm going to stop you. i would like to hear you answer that question. >> ooh, i can't believe i'm going to share this. ♪ back now with the very funny actor and comedian jack whitehall starring in a new movie "jungle cruise" alongside dwayne johnson and emily blunt. jack, good morning to you, my man. how are you doing? >> very good. thank you. good morning.
>> it is great to see you. we know the movie had its world premiere at disneyland a few days ago. congratulations to you with that, but this was not your first visit to the park. you posted great throwback photos of the last time you were there on a family trip. did you ride the jungle cruise when you were there? >> i instantly regretted putting them out into the world and banned from wearing those shorts again on the red carpet. i do remember riding it when i was there and remember the jokes resonating with me and i obviously ended up becoming a stand-up comedian so i like to think it may have had influence on the career path i chose. >> it's crazy. you ride the ride, you grow up. you're in the movie. we heard that while you were there you and your co-stars emily and dwayne johnson had unsuspecting fun with riders on it. >> that was great fun. we did a little segment called
the secret skipper where dwayne and emily were on it and i gave directions what to say. at one moment i got dwayne "the rock" johnson in front of the back side of water to sing all of the lyrics to tlc's "waterfalls" which was a pretty special moment. not just for me but the tourists on board. they will never forget it. >> mentally i'll never forget it. i didn't even hear it and it's in my head. >> he has a beautiful voice. >> he can sing. very good. we'll take a look at a clip of "jungle cruise." let's check it out. >> oh. ♪ >> taking in a spot of sightseeing. how nice of you to join us.
>> that is your character mcgregor. you're the brother of emily's character who is an english gentleman with an impeccable sense of style but heard you modeled him partly on your father. >> yeah, my father is very much like this character and that's where i kind of took inspiration for the character of mcgregor, this sort of well heeled english gentleman that is thrust into the madness of the amazon, somewhat of a reluctant passenger aboard this jungle cruise. >> tell you what, dad is rocking that outfit. he is dapper. do you think your dad will recognize himself in the character when he sees the movie? >> yeah, definitely. you are mentioned the clothes and costumes. my father even now dresses like he lives in 1916, so i think testament to not only how much of an old crone he is but how easy it was to borrow his wardrobe choices for a character in a period film. >> i tell you right now it's working for him. he is rocking it and you too are
in "jungle cruise," my friend, jack, thanks for joining us on "gma." >> great to speak to you. >> you too. "jungle cruise" is in theaters and on disney plus with premiere access tomorrow. now we'll go back to ginger. thanks, michael. i got to show you what looks like a landspout or well-defined dust devil. national weather service put both words out for us. i wanted to share because we are seeing an increase in heat not just from utah but back up in the pacific northwest and also dry lightning and really dry vegetation going to make fire danger high clicking up toward 100 and excessive heat warnings from the gulf coast from mobile over to apalachicola all the way up into iowa. good morning. i am mike nicco. a mix of clouds today but the big story is the inland heat as
and now to a surprising and now to a surprising statistic. only 2% of charitable giving goes to women and girls. that's inspiring melinda gates and other female philanthropists to join the equality can't wait challenge making a $40 million donation to women-led organizations and my friend here, eva pilgrim, back with a broadcast exclusive announcement of the winners of this challenge. eva, good morning. >> very exciting announcement. gender inequality is a big issue in this country but this powerhouse group of women is hoping to change that. >> oh, my god. i'm so excited. this is amazing. >> reporter: cheers of elation and hope. >> going to mean a lot to a lot of girls. >> reporter: from the winners of the equality can't wait challenge, a program launched by pivotal ventures and funded by powerhouse philanthropists, melinda gates among others. $40 million split among four proposals.
>> our country will be in a better place when women have equal power and influence to direct dollars and decisions, policies and perspectives. but progress isn't happening fast enough on its own. if we want to crack the patterns of history, it's time to start doing things differently. >> reporter: with over 550 proposals submitted, winners were chosen for their potential long-term impact. >> we are celebrating projects that will focus on caregiving in our country and will support young women as they navigate their way through high school, college and early in their careers. >> reporter: one of the winners, alicia ortega of native women lead says this is a huge step forward for indigenous women. >> this investment has really just given us so much hope and inspiration and validation from the work that we're doing that it's going to really catapult in so many ways so many women in our community and really show them what is possible.
>> reporter: and mackenzie releasing a statement saying the awardees are strong teams working on the front lines and from within communities to help women build power. those women are already doing amazing things. this money is really going to help them. >> 40 million bucks makes a big difference. thank you. coming up here old dominion are taking us to their favorite places in the world, that's still ahead. stay with us. still ahead. stay with us. ♪ for the r
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five guys of old dominion, the reigning cma group of the year, that spot is heaven. this segment is sponsored by caesars rewards, and i talked to the band about why lake tahoe is so special to them and got to explore a bit of the mountain playground. ♪ >> reporter: one of the hottest bands out of nashville finds serenity in the beauty of lake tahoe. lake tahoe is brilliant. what a beautiful place. >> from the first time we came here it hit us as a special spot. it's one of a kind for sure. >> for someone who hasn't been here how would you all describe it? >> this little oasis of mountain and beach vibe and skiing and just this tropical blue water. there's no other place like it. >> what is about a boat? >> there is a freedom, escapism to it. it just changes your mood. >> you're inherently setting out to always have a good time. ♪ i was on a boat that day ♪
>> reporter: and their latest hit single, inspired by, you guessed it, a boat. ♪ i was getting ♪ ♪ she was telling me so long i was on a boat that day ♪ >> old dominion together with our sponsor caesars rewards is giving "gma" an insider's look at this top travel destination. ♪ >> reporter: after the great lakes, lake tahoe is the largest by volume in our nation, and there's really no better place to see it than right here on the heavenly observation deck 9,000 feet up. harrah's, a premiere resort in the center of this outdoor lovers' paradise, with unparalleled lake views from golfing to parasailing to skiing to mountain biking, there's really something for everybody. and once you've taken in all the views you got to get your steps in, get your hike on. ♪ no going back now.
>> we did it. yeah, right. had a great time. let's do it again. ♪ you want another way to explore lake tahoe? by horse. look at this. glorious, thank you, cactus, for the ride. >> what's up, tahoe? >> reporter: for the grammy nominated country band it's this stop on their tour that is extra special. ♪ let's go ♪ ♪ living that teenage dream ♪ >> what does it mean to you to be part of this lake tahoe summer concert series? >> oh, man, it means a little extra special this year just because, you know, live music is back but now that you add that element of, you know, having been gone for awhile, it seems like there's an energy here that everyone is really excited. ♪ you were a little girl ♪ ♪ you could be anything ♪ ♪ why don't you be with me ♪ >> what we've learned is just continue to write songs that excite us and move us and not
worry about if it's going to make it to the radio. we just have to keep going forward and that's been really big part of the recipe of our success as a band and as songwriters. >> a lot of fans are so excited. >> like we'll have our headphones and i'll listen to the crowd and taking that moment to go, this is special every night. >> what would you say to them? >> i think we would just say thank you. we wouldn't be here without them. >> the storytelling they do on stage, i'm telling you, i fell in love with the band and asked them, hey, can i join because obviously we're all best friends now. they let me make a fake album cover. that's what it looked like. old dominion will be with us tomorrow live for our summer concert series and we will be right back. ♪ seven days a week ♪ "gma's" great outdoors is sponsored by caesars rewards. every way you play.
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their seats right now? >> yeah. >> yes. >> i was just going to say, i'm only filling in today and already lost my job. that was quick. >> but we got to say we thank you all for contributing to the show. you're part of the reason that the show goes on air in the morning and it can be what it is so thank you so much. your contributions are very valuable and i know, malana, you said something to us, say it to the audience. >> thank you for joining us on this thursday morning. >> there you go. [ cheers and applause ]
building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. good morning. i'm kumasi aaron from abc7 mornings. here is jobina with a look at traffic. >> we are going to start with a sig alert that we are continuing to follow in livermore right now. multiple cars are involved in this crash on westbound 580 before isabel avenue. injuries are involved. multiple lanes are blocked. here is a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. it has really cleared up. let's take a look at these numbers. our summer spread will be wide from the mid to upper 60s in a san francisco to mid-80s around the bay. some 90s in the south bay, 90s to 100s in the south bay. it will be even more widespread in the inland east bay. tomorrow we have a heat
advisory up in lake county and mendocino county. the heat finally breaks saturday. time now for live with kelly and ryan. we will be back >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, from "the pursuit of love," emily mortimer. and working out your legs with cassey ho as we continue "live's fitfluencer week." plus, performing their new single, "glowing," a great big world. also, maria menounos returns as ryan's cohost. all next on "live!" ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are ryan seacrest and maria menounos! >> maria: hi! >> ryan: thank you. thank you. yes. >> maria: yes. >> ryan: back for more. >> maria: i'm back for more. >> ryan: and there it goes. that's it. thursday, july 29th.