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contains urgent new warnings about the virus. the post reports quote, this afternoon, president biden took a much more aggressive stance in facing the escalating covid crisis driven by the delta virus, and continue
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resistance to vaccines. >> this is an american tragedy. people are dying. they will die. they do not have to die though. if you are out there unvaccinated, you don't have to die. >> the administration is now confronted with the reality that it has worked to stopread d potentially face a major setback. today, the president acknafct millions. >> it's time to impose requirements on key groups. every federal in government employee will be asked to attest to their vast skin nation -- vaccination status. anyone who doesn't a test, they will be required to mask, no matter where they work. test one or two times a week. if in fact you are unvaccinated, you present a problem to
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yourself, to your family, and to those with whom you work. >> tonight, the pentagon says it will also impose the same rules on all military and civilian personnel. president biden added that the justice department says it is for local communities and businesses to require vaccines. several major companies have already announced the vaccine mandates. meanwhile, more mask mandates are being imposed. in washington d.c., it will be masks on starting saturday. the same rules go into effect tomorrow at all disney theme parks. in chicago, the four-day lollapalooza festival is underway. and they're assuming all risk related to prove -- the virus and proof is required of vaccination. >> i will be doing everything i possibly can to make sure that i am protecting the people around me keeping them safe. i'm vaccinated, i will be wearing my mask the entire time.
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if there is covid in there, you can't stop it -- >> yet, it's just like being anywhere else. going to a concert, going to work, going to school, wherever. >> just go back, you think of the first quarantine we had and then, even in the first strand announced it mutated -- you know, head gets a little nerve-racking. >> we're also learning tonight that israel plans to offer booster shots to people over 60 will have already been given a two dose vaccine. it will be the first country to offer a third dose on a broad scale. meanwhile, there is new concern about the economy. the wall street journal notes, even though the gross domestic product grew at six and a half percent annual rate in the second quarter of the year, the delta variant has many wondering if growth will continue. we are also keeping an eye on the progress of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. the senate expects to hold its next vote for the measure tomorrow morning. today, mitch mcconnell, who voted last night to move toward a debate, actually praised the
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bill. >> it's guaranteed to be the kind of legislation that no member on neither side of the aisle, we'll think is perfect. but it's an important basic a duty of government. i'm glad to see these discussions making progress, and i was happy to vote and begin moving the senate toward one ought to be a robust bipartisan process of legislation of this magnitude. >> the senate is expected to begin its recess on august 6th, next friday. today, majority leader chuck schumer indicated to his caucus that the goal is to past infrastructure and budget bills, before leaving washington. >> the leader schumer has made it clear of staying here this weekend. he said we are staying here throughout next week and beyond. >> with that, let's bring in our league and guests on this thursday night, shannon -- 's former reporter for nbc digital julie pace, washington bureau chief and assistant
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manager for the associated press, and octave uncapped, a vin gupta, doctor van gupta. health metrics and evaluation. great to have all of you here. so doctor vin gupta, the post story at the washington post talks about the document here -- that got my attention, doctor vin gupta. what do you make of this situation and how does it change things? >> good evening. frankly, i don't think it is changed at all. this is an indictment of confusing messaging from the
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very top. i think your team has an image that i shared many months ago that my pulmonary colleagues and i have been trying to share and disseminate. this is on the left, for all of the viewers out, there and on the right through our lungs of covid. acute respiratory distress syndrome. that message was never clearly communicated through images, authentic messengers through the very beginning. people say, what changed? if you look at the cdc data presented before, it's clear that the vaccines pfizer, was protected against hospitalisation in israel, canada, and england. even against symptomatic illness we saw 87 to 88% protection. against hospitalizations, seeing people like me, you are nearly 100% protected. i don't think anything has changed. what we are now dealing with is an indictment of ineffective
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confusing messaging making people think -- >> i want to make sure i understand. my take away from this washington post article was that, even though i am fully vaccinated. i think everyone on the panel is, we can still be carrying the variants and it is so much easier for it to transfer, to transmit. even though you are vaccinated and do get the delta variant, you will have a much more mild case. the idea of transmission and getting it at all, sounds scary. is this information not new? >> that information is new. we have to think about this in context, i think we have to take a step back and say the cdc is light cunning this to chicken pox. even if you are fully vaccinated against chicken pox, you could transmit the virus. no vaccine is perfect against
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the virus. there is a potential for transmission of the delta variant to others. we think it's different from the ultra variant. looks like the delta variant is 50% more transmittable, even if you are fully vaccinated. chris, ultimately it adds greater urgency to the notion of getting vaccinated. the delta variant is not harmful to those vaccinated, but immediate fda approval of the mandate, those are things we need to talk about. >> president biden, shannon, has been talking about, this but i thought today was marked by an more urgent tone. his concern in the white house rising day by day over the new variant, and how to folks feel about their messaging on the virus? >> their urgency has certainly picked up. i will say last week, maybe a little bit into the week prior, i talk to people within the administration, people who were close to the administration, biden administration, they
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raised a lot of these issues. requiring masks for certain, groups vaccine mandates for some federal employees, but -- i would say about a week ago, ten days ago now, nobody was thinking it was going to happen as quickly and widespread as it has. there was talk about vaccine mandates, for da employment, my members of the military, tsa screeners, not for the entire federal workforce to have to be vaccinated or submit to really regular testing. there was talk about requiring masks maybe for certain groups, increasing the urge to nudge people to wear masks more. not this mask recommendations and saying people who live in large swath of this country, even if they are vaccinated, to be putting their masks back on. i noticed internally there is a real shift in messaging over
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the past few weeks which speaks to the growing urgency. as far as the effectiveness of the messaging, so much is being driven by the cdc, and not necessarily by the white house. that's where we have seen a bit of fumbling of the hand off of the baton in the messaging. we have the cdc hold a -- to announce a big change in masks. the white house within itself was trying to adapt this policy in within their own walls as to whether people needed to wear masks and a vp event with the president was gonna wear one in his event. certainly they're still trying to get their foot around the messaging. when i talk to people the white house, just how quickly this virus is and how rapidly the scenario on the ground has been lately. the push clearly, julie, is hard to get vaccinated.
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beside the thing i took away was they decided they need to pull out all the tools in their arsenal that they possibly can. >> i think that's right, they have been trying for weeks to find messages to find gimmicks in some cases, to find celebrities that can convince this group of people that are stubbornly unvaccinated to start to move. really none of those numbers have budged in a significant way so now the white house is taking a step that in some ways they had hoped to avoid. the biden white house is very conscious of not wanting to be seen as pushing, a definitive mandate, they're not even trying to use that word. they're calling these programs other things, they're trying to avoid the idea of a mandate, though that is what it is. it's a mandate for a vaccine and if you're not vaccinated you have to take other steps. they are trying to take every lever because ultimately as
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biden says, but it's really public officials, there is only one way out of this pandemic and that is to increase the vaccination rate. until this happens, we're gonna be bouncing back and forth between you masks guidance, new guidance on how close we can interact with each other, so biden is just trying to make sure that people know that vaccinations are the only way out. >> and he does make this clear separation doctor gupta which is that we have to vaccinated in the unvaccinated, and among the unvaccinated, and you know this, a lot of health care workers, but it was eye-opening, maybe something shocking to hear what they had to say. let's take a listen. ng>> we don't know with the long term side effects are. >> it hasn't been proven to be effective. >> the cdc and many public experts say that it is more than 90% effective. >> they do say that. that hasn't proven to be true. >> i'm not gonna jump on a
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bandwagon with something that hasn't been tested. >> when you say that it hasn't been tested, it has been tested though. >> when you look at the normal year span of how long something is tested it's usually 12 to 14 years before it comes to humans. >> the question i guess doctor gupta is how many of, joe biden said 90 million unvaccinated americans are entrenched, how many minds can be changed, if thousands of health care workers are still saying no, our mandates the only answers? the frustration level that i hear is growing with people who are unvaccinated. >> well, i'm frustrated to hear health care workers take of oxygen on national tv and say that. they should be mandated to get the vaccine or they should lose their job, it's as simple as that. there's a hippocratic oath that they took. it's that simple. i do think, chris, i really do believe that people are reachable. a segment of that 90 million is
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reachable. we have been trying to reach folks from factory workers, to members of the military. they have questions that are deeply rooted but we can answer them and they're willing to get the vaccine. would i will say, if i may, just real quick, president biden with all due respect in his press conference today said that he went on mask in philadelphia and in delaware because he wasn't areas of high vaccine uptake rates and counties that had high vaccine rates. but that's actually not with cdc guidance put out a few days prior day said areas of substantial high transmission of the virus -- so when the president is not aligned on the definition of what is high-risk or not, it's no surprise that most in the country got confused, when the cdc put out that messaging. it's really important, and i thought the president did a great job at having a clear definition of success. low hospitalizations and deaths, we're not gonna avoid transmission that is not gonna be a thing, we need to get used
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to covid being endemic, in places like seattle, or l.a. county, low levels of hospitalizations due to covid overall in the county even though cases are rising, that's gonna be the reality that i think we're gonna have to get comfortable with as we proceed towards some kind of normalcy. we need a message on hope, not an anxiety, a message on hope. >> and shannon, there is this ongoing debate about whether one of the ways to get folks vaccinated are these incentives. we've heard the president today calling on states to offer 100 bucks to folks to get vaccinated, use those federal dollars. i've heard a lot of governors say our incentives are working, i've gone to places where our incentives, and no one shows up to get vaccinated. do folks at the white house think that this is just one little part that they're going to try to get or they really think that incentives can be a major way that they can get people to get vaccinated? >>, well what they're saying as it's going to be a combination
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of many things. the incentives though have been such a big focus of late, we finally saw this week, shifting from the carrot to the stick approach with this vaccine mandate for federal workers. i don't call the mandates, but they're putting the pressure on federal workers to get vaccinated, or face consequences of some form. the federal government is hoping that that's gonna set an example for others to follow, and you put that list of companies there, a lot of those companies require some level of vaccination have come just in the past few weeks, it was really only a handful couple of weeks ago. the federal government is trying to set an example of shifting to the stick model and away from the carrot approach, i think carrots aren't going to go away, they're gonna still be out there, but they do believe, and i'm talking to someone who's close to this process, that there is maybe ten 15% of
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people who were choir vaccination will go out and get vaccinated, and if they can just hit those people that's a huge step, there's gonna be another slice that if you offer $100 they are going to say ok, i will get vaccinated, and there's another group that says if you have to be vaccinated to go to a concert they will come up. there are looking at accommodation approaches and not relying on any one tactic at this point, but i do think, and i know you said a moment ago, they are trying to pull every lever they can because of this urgency around the dental variant and the numbers that they're seeing. >> so julie, there are obviously pushback,'s let me play would one member of a government union said today about joe biden and vaccines for federal workers. >> here it is it's there will be a lot of pushback it's going to be an avalanche federal law enforcement officers association president labor cost me said that many of the group members at the justice department homeland security
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would be opposed. is there a sense yet of how much pushback we're going to see, does it point to possible similar reactions in private industries? >> i do think that the white house is expecting some level of pushback. they put that into the calculation here and basically said look, there's almost nothing that joe biden could say about anything at this point, but certainly, the pandemic which has become so politicized that wouldn't get some amount of pushback. they think that it's important for them to try to bust through that. they think that there are some people who will argue that this is not fair, that this is an american. who will ultimately be vaccinated anyways, and that is their goal, more than anything else. it is to have people in this country be vaccinated. if that means that some segment of federal workforce walks away from their job, i think they are comfortable with that. i think they are at this point where they feel like they have to actually get more heavy-handed in their enforcement, and actually push people towards getting these
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vaccines who otherwise have not been willing to do so. >> shannon pettypiece, julie pace and doctor vin gupta, thank you, we appreciate you. coming up what a democratic senator told me today about the future of america. why he thinks a three step approach can accomplish big things for the country and its bridges and roads. we will test out his theory. and later. what happens when you don't pass the republican loyalty test in the house? two prominent members may just find out. the 11th hour, just getting underway on a thursday night. thursday night
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budget resolution and the third part is the reconciliation bill, which is just ahead of us. >> a portion of my discussion earlier today with pennsylvania senator bob casey, and in the few moments it's up for another procedural vote one that is expected to pass. bankers have yet to press an infrastructure, bill as the senator points, out the proposal did clear the first of many hurdles in that rare show of bipartisanship. meantime, senate democrats voting rights with a more sleep sweeping proposal -- when raphael warnock said voting protections remain a democratic priority. >> i think we can walk and chew gum at the same time. we have to work on the physical infrastructure of our country, we have to work on the infrastructure of our democracy. it is the responsibility of congress to provide baseline
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federal standards for voting. >> we will come back juanita tolliver and michael steele, former lieutenant governor of maryland and host of the michael steele podcast. good to see you both. juanita, nbc news has confirmed that chuck schumer and -- are headed to -- to talk about voting rights. can we talk a bit more progressive push on this and see that it and congress can indeed walk and chew gum at the same time? >> the fact that the senators already taking up revised voting legislation is a sign that those conversations have been happening behind closed doors, chris. i do expect a full effort from the white house to support the new revised legislation because, when every democrat needs to do right now is demonstrated every voter of 2020 that they are
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avoiding for their rights and democracy of this country at large -- fighting for their rights and democracy. it is congress's responsibility to act on this, i hope the white house steps up to the plate and backs it all away. the number one thing in my mind here is they are all of a sudden -- with the filibuster, what is the way to get this through to biden's desk? i'm not looking too far ahead. i just want to know and make sure. advocates are going to be asking this, asking the white house,, senators members of the congress. they have to have an answer to that whenever they roll out the advised language. >> let me read from eugene's post in the washington post.
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what do you think about that, michael steele? >> oh my, mangini, robinson and i love that term and phrase. so sweet. [noise] absolutely. he is right. where do we go with this? tell me where the lines and points connect because, having the idea that you have got something that you are crafting is one thing. getting it out in front of the public and then selling it, and getting people behind it on infrastructure, it's something very different. on voting rights, it is absolutely critical that this means the baseline fundamental test, not just for advocates and pushing the administration and states around the country to get it right but the american people have got to
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trust it and buy into it and has to affirm this most precious right in our constitution and it's safeguarded. i don't know how you get there in this environment. republicans are hell-bent, as you know, in keeping their hands off of this. they don't want to avoid touching this, it's holding close to them to filibuster. the threat and joe manchin and kristen cinema are on their side on this. you have got to show me something. i just don't know what that is. >> one of the things that is showing bipartisanship, we saw with the vote, one, eta is the infrastructure bill. we still are ahead of the specifics, we don't have the. languish the progressive wing in the house is pushing back though. they argue that the proposal needs to be much broader. let me play it. >> we are willing to negotiate the amount of investment that goes into these priorities that
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we're not negotiating these being included in the legislation that passes. >> how much do you think, juanita, that progressives can and will push on this? how secure or tenuous is this bill? >> look, i think the fate of the bipartisan bill rests alongside the reconciliation package of the budget resolution. speaker pelosi made it clear, she is not going to have a vote on the bipartisan bill without the budget resolution. this is exclusively why -- because she recognizes the power of the congress of caucus and the democrats in the house are going to fight for this every step of the way. they could potentially sink a bipartisan bill on that. that is something i don't think anyone wants to see. i would not ignore these statements from progressive caucus, if anything, it should be motivation to get the budget through the senate along this bipartisan package so that it is selective in the house and
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there aren't anything they will have to deal with in terms of the reconciliation process between the two bills. >> we have a lot more to talk about so juanita and michael have agreed to stay longer. coming up as rare bipartisanship does break out in the senate over infrastructure, there's growing division among the gop on capitol hill, we have more on that when the 11th hour continues. hou continues. did you know prilosec otc can stop frequent heartburn before it begins? heartburn happens when stomach acid refluxes into the esophagus. prilosec otc uses a unique delayed-release formula that helps it pass through the tough stomach acid. it then works to turn down acid production, blocking heartburn at the source. with just one pill a day, you get 24-hour heartburn protection.
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among house republicans. a group of conservative lawmakers is demanding the minority leader kick liz cheney and adam kinzinger out of the gop caucus. the ap reports, the effort by the hard right house freedom caucus faces uncertain prospects. house republican leaders have exhibited little interest in acting quickly in -- that could fuel a fight that could distract from the preferred focus on issues such as inflation, crime and immigration. still with us juanita tolliver and michael steele. michael, i know you've been waiting for this a sampling from the freedom caucus press conference. let's listen to this. >> right now as long as there are members of the republican conference, they are entitled to come to every meeting we have, here every strategy, and you know what, they chose to leave. >> even our incompetent attending position could test these members positive for trump derangement syndrome.
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they are a cancer to our party and our caucus, and they must be expelled from our conference. >> a cancer to our party, michael, do you see the leadership giving cheney and king zinger the boot, what's gonna happen? >> the cancer to our party was standing behind the microphones, i'm sorry. i don't know with the hell these people are talking about. just, go away, stop it. >> the reality of it is, the only member of this particular conference that has stood up, the two members that have stood up and made it very clear that this is about our country and this is about our democracy, not about some silly antics standing in front of a microphone are the two members that are currently serving, liz cheney and adam kings anger, 147 members of my party, in the house, voted to overturn a
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national election for the presidency of the united states. >> yeah, they showed signs of going away. >> of course they're not. that's the thing. >> we saw today, the house republicans having this public temperatures tantrum because there's a house mask requirement so they go marching in without their masks, right? when eta, i know you've been in politics a while on the other side of it, but i don't know, maybe this is a strategy for them. >> this is pathetic. all of this is is going to juice the donation to their coffers. this isn't about the health of the people they serve. this isn't about the health of the people they work within the african capital. and they don't give a damn. it's how do i maximize the pr spectacle, and how do i maximize the cash, when i send out an email saying, gee, look what i did today. so, you know, folks back home
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will buy this filth and they will pay for it, and a lot of these folks are getting reelected but at the end of the day, this is the harm, this is the cancer, this is the virus in our body politics that we have to eradicate. we have to fight against. >> and it's part of the reason why the house democrats investigating, are investigating january six, right? and now we hear, juan eta, that they're optimistic about securing the testimonies from former trump associates. it members scored a key wind thanks to a legal opinion thanks to joe biden's justice department that allow them to freely seek witness statements from former trump officials. that means the likelihood of any resistance from the committee's work from former trump employees or current employees is not an impediment. that is from representative bernie thompson. so the select committee is still in its early stages, but
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who makes sense to you, juanita, as witnesses, what do committee members have to be cautious of? >> i think that the people who make the most sense are the people that are the closest to trump on the day of the insurrection, the chief of staff, and when that was in regular contact with him, at the rally, those are the people that should be front and center. but i do think that the committee should be cautious about how much of a disruption if these people do decide to show up and testify that they will create. but also the reality that even though they don't have the protection of the doj like they did when trump was in office, they will still, find any in every way, to wiggle out from providing testimony to appear before this committee. don't pin your hopes on getting those individual in front of the committee, but be prepared for when they don't show up. also, i think this is another situation where you're gonna have potential republicans who are currently serving in congress brought in, whether that's mccarthy, whether that's
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jim jordan. anybody who we know has been on the record saying they spoke to trump that day, they should also be inspected to testify. i appreciate bennie thompson saying we're not going for any with this statement or compelling them to appear, we're actually going straight to subpoenas here, because we know the doj has our back on this. >> actually, leader mccarthy and i think we have the sound for you, michael, was asked about potentially being subpoenaed, here is what he said. >> is that your position, the conference position, to fight any subpoena that may be issued against republican members including yourself? >> i think that if they had -- the five members, that we the republicans wanted to put up their wanted to go, if it's gonna be a sham, it's not something serious. >> so that's a no, michael? >> kevin, kevin, kevin, kevin. if you had taken this seriously, and actually added five
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reputable republicans and there are those who serve in that body at least two of them are currently on the committee, if you had taken this seriously, you're probably would have a different posture, but you didn't. kevin as just doing what kevin does here. i think juanita is exactly right. democrats don't need to put a lot of hope on these guys showing up. but here's the rub, i would enforce any subpoena that is enforced by this committee because they have the authority and force of law behind them. and so, if you think -- i'm a member of congress, no, you have the governor of texas telling democrats right now, saying when you guys come back from washington, i'm gonna have you arrested and hauled into the house of senate chambers to vote. guess what? turn about is fair play. guess what, you're gonna have the democratic chairman of that committee in forcing those subpoenas and those members,
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those republican members, they're gonna haul your behind in front of them and you're gonna sit down in that chair, you can invoke the fifth but you will be sitting in that chair. that is the new play here, we will see how it plays out. >> and i'm gonna mark this down that at 11:40 pm here on the east coast, michael steele, when you got tolliver came to play. thank you both, we appreciate it. this isn't so great the number of daily covid cases and florida is soaring at a near record rate, yet the governor there continues mocking steps that save lives. we will talk to one of the doctors experiencing all this firsthand when the 11th hour continues. continues. no-no-no-no-no please please no. ♪ i never needed anyone. ♪ front desk. yes, hello... i'm so... please hold. ♪ those days are done. ♪ i got you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and find millions of flexible options.
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>> among the states seeing the biggest covid surges is florida. today the state recorded 17, 000, 589 new cases for wednesday. it is the fourth biggest single day jump since the pandemic started. the state's governor is refusing to impose any new restrictions but as political reports, local officials across florida are bucking governor ron desantis and his anti mandate corona strategy. they are imposing guidances for some workers and declaring states of emergency. we welcome to the cast a doctor who became the chief medical at a hospital last year. just a few weeks before this pandemic began. thank you so much for being with us doctor. these numbers, in a single month, your state went from about 1300 cases a day to now more than 17, 000, the miami herald did the math, that's a 1200 and 41% increase.
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what is it like on the ground there? >> first of all, thank you for having me. the situation in florida is very dire we've seen a second affixed uptake in our number of patients that were admitted to the hospital because of covid. just to give you a sense of it, six weeks ago, we had about 70 patients hospitalized, now we're seeing about 600 patients that are in the hospital and suffering from covid-19. within my own hospital that number went from 5 to 70 over a six-week period, so i know some folks are skeptical when they hear statistics in the newspaper and on tv, but this is happening, this is happening on the ground. people are getting this infection way faster than they did before. unfortunately, the amount of people that are ending up in our er's is significantly higher, and the hospital wards
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or higher. and our icus are significantly higher. so it is concerning, very concerning. >> it is being felt all over your state, just a quick look at different newspapers. 12 florida hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages to the federal government. there's a lot of hospital system in jacksonville that said the hospitals are at maximum capacity, a couple of hospitals began setting up treatment tents and emergency rooms. how worried are you about how this is going, and hospitals in florida's ability to handle it? >> well, thus far, we've been able to manage the surge, keeping in perspective the biggest search that we had was last summer around the same time in july, where compared to the 600 that we have now, we had a little over 860 patients in our hospital. that said the rate of rise an increase to the number of patients, and getting admitted is the most concerning part. within a couple of weeks these
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numbers could match last summer and exceed them. so there is no doubt, we need some mitigation strategies, we need to limit the spread of this infection. and by far the best way we have to do that is vaccination, we need to encourage more and more folks to get vaccinated, not to be reluctant to go get it. you don't, the issues with vaccines it's no longer an access issue, it's an issue of just persuasion. persuading the people that have yet to get vaccinated to go get it. there are free rides to vaccine sites, free vaccinations of the country. that's what we really need to push throughout our community is getting more people vaccinated. honestly, the vast majority are the patients that are in my hospital today with covid-19 are unvaccinated. most of these admissions in the hospital could've been prevented if we had just gotten this vaccine earlier, and it is quite disheartening to talk to folks after they get the infection and then they tell you i want the vaccine and you have to tell them it's too late
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or you asked them why they didn't get the vaccine and they tell you while i didn't want to try anything experimental. but the minute they get admitted to the hospital they're willing to try some of the emergency use authorized drugs. some of the other drugs that are using that are under the same eua that the vaccine is. i wish that folks would take a better look at this, the ones that are resisting the vaccine and really study it and know that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk. we need everyone to get vaccinated. >> one of the things, your man of science and you find yourself caught in the middle of what has been a political argument in one of the things that we have heard from your governor is that floridians should be free to choose, there should be their choice how they take care of themselves, and their families and he said that he does not want them consigned to live in a frosty and dystopia where we are governed by the whims of bureaucratic authorities. when you hear things like that but you're seeing what you're
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seeing in the hospital, what even goes through your mind? >> what i know is that the mitigation memphis years that we took last year with social distancing and mask wearing, they worked. while we're seeing now is that the vaccines work so politics aside, i just want to urge everyone to leave that out and take a look at your health and protect yourself. masking is not perfect but it is a very effective way to limit the spread of the infection. so regardless of mandates or otherwise, wear a mask when your indoor spaces whether you're vaccinated or not because we're dealing with something very different with this delta variant that we're dealing last year. this is not the same thing. we need to mask up, we need to avoid crowds again. we need to go back to limiting exposure to large venues of people. at the same time, get vaccinated. yes, you can still catch and
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spread the virus when you're vaccinated but i will tell you nobody in my icu today, in my hospital, is vaccinated. everybody that is in my icus unvaccinated. all that aside, get the vaccine, wear your masks, socially distance and we really are in desperate need of folks to work with us in the community to help us and follow these basic mitigation measures. >> listen up folks, doctor samer fahmy, thank you so much, good luck to you as you continue this fight. and coming up. the inspiring story of how one olympic couple has power through adversity when the 11th hour continues. hour continues u remember rick, her neighbor? sure, he's the 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anymore. wow. so sudden. um, we're not about to have the "we need life insurance" conversation again, are we? no, we're having the "we're getting coverage so we don't have to worry about it" conversation. so you're calling about the $9.95 a month plan
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tokyo is an inspiring one to say the least. it is her third trip to the olympic games but this time she is racing for more than herself. our report tonight from nbc correspondent kate snow. m nb correspond>> bmx racing is a vey
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individual sport. but at least will be isn't just riding for herself in tokyo. now when i'm out there it just feels like the ultimate teamwork. the minnesota native met salmon australian on the circuit when they were teenagers. >> i ended up winning the world championship in china in 2008, and that got her attention. >> right. >> at the london games sound one's silver. they got engaged at the elects olympic -- he is in her metals. >> but for weeks after rio he was training when he flew off his bike and landed on his head. >> i remember when i came to on the ground and then the next thought realizing that i couldn't feel my legs. >> when she got to the hospital, he begged her not to marry her. >> i was laying in a hospital bed and all i could see was this beautiful girl that i loved and that i had just come off a high for her career -- >> you wanted her to pursue her
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dreams. >> yeah. >> but she wasn't carrying it, she stopped training to care for sam. this is hard stuff you guys went through. >> yeah. every day, it's a motivation for me knowing what we've done and accomplished together, and without anyone watching, that's the stuff that makes you tough. >> drive. >> it was only natural for sam to become elise's coach, and with that new role he found new purpose. >> do you enjoy it? >> i do, i love it. in ways, even more than racing. >> he has the determination of an olympian. in 2017, he found the strength to walk down the aisle at their wedding. >> i wanted to just show her that i would show up for her. >> it has made a least a stronger competitor. >> i think it makes for invincible now. >> i know he's riding every one of those jumps with me and he's feeling exactly what i'm feeling out there.
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>> it's like you're racing for both of you? >> yes, 100 percent like that. >> together, an incredible team. kate snow, nbc news, california. now,>> the definition of champi. coming up as a joyous family celebration for one team usa, the newest and history making gold medalist. gold medalist.
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hon? first off, we love each other... >> the last thing before we go tonight let's take a moment to celebrate u.s. olympian sunni lee who after a tough few years is now the women's gymnastics all around champion. the first hmong american to compete in the olympics and her family and friends in minnesota were up early this morning celebrating the gold medal performance. her dad has supported her gymnastics from the very beginning when he couldn't afford a balance beam for sunni he built her a homemade version in the backyard. that wouldn't be missile there
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today. and that is our broadcast for this thursday night, with our thanks for being with us on behalf of all my colleagues at the network of nbc news, goodnight. ews, goodnight. >> tonight on all in. >> this is an american tragedy. people are dying and will die who don't have to die. >> a new plan from the white house as the vaccination fight comes to ahead on the football field. tonight how the nfl vaccine push is actually making progress. >> i would've gone the vaccine without the protocols that they were in forcing on this. >> then my interview with the missouri public health official who's being attacked for supporting a mask mandate. >> i ask you, i plead with you, listen to public health and please stand by this order.

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