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which you know, we have different opinions on politics, doesn't really matter. what matters is that regardless of your opinion what happened on the capitol that day is not appropriate. he recognizes that. he's sorry about being involved in those activities. and he accepts responsibility. >> we just lost robert scott pa palmer's attorneys feed. thank you for being with us today. we are going to continue with the news and "new day" continues right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. it is wednesday, september 1st. i'm john berman. brianna is off. i'm here with chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins. >> again thank you for having me. >> it's great to have you back. >> and we have breaking news this morning, a seismic shift on
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abortion rights. as of this moment, roe versus wade essentially up ended at the stroke of midnight the most restrictive abortion law in the country went into effect in texas. it essentially bans all abortions after six weeks. six weeks before most women even know they are pregnant. now this law gives private citizens the right to sue doctors or anyone else connected to a woman getting an abortion for as much as $10,000. all they need to do is help. it could be a lyft driver to take a woman to a clinic who could be sued. the timing on this is once a fetal heart beat is detected. >> so this law is in effect for now because the supreme court didn't act on a request to block it. through their inaction, the justices left the tightest abortion restriction since roe versus wade to be enforced.
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and the landmark decision itself could now be in jeopardy. joining us to talk about all this is cnn chief legal analyst jeffrey toobin. why do you think the supreme court hasn't enacted on this yet? >> this is a peculiar situation designed to create legal complications. because of the law berman just mentioned, it is not the state of texas that enforces the law the way it works in most states. the way it works in every state. it's the system of private enforcement, private attorneys general it's called and what this difficulty it's created is that it's unclear who the abortion provider should sue. usually you just sue the state government and the court issues an injunction on state government don't enforce the law. with no single enforcer of the law, there is this procedural problem that abortion providers have that it is unclear who
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they're supposed to sue. that's what's creating this legal tangle separate from the issue about the abortion law but the effect is that this law is now in effect and roe v. wade essentially does not exist in the state of texas and probably more in states to come. >> there is so much about this that's fascinating but this last sentence from you, jeff, people need to understand. as of now roe versus wade overturned isn't the right word but up ended i think is. >> exactly right. january 23rd, 1973, the day of roe v. wade was the last time a state had laws banning abortion. today, september 1st, 2021, is the first day since 1973 where a state has legally banned abortion. there are no more abortion clinics functioning in texas. zero. >> six weeks. it's viability, fetal viability
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which is about six weeks and some estimates that 85% if not higher of abortions in texas take place after that. it's before most women even know they're pregnant. >> and remember, it's not -- that's the law. but think about what an abortion provider has to think about in light of this law. if you are sued, not only -- sued successfully for aiding and abetting an abortion, that's the term that's used in the law f you're sued successfully, you have to pay the $10,000 fine, you have to shut down and you have to pay the attorney's fees of the plaintiff in the case. whoever the plaintiff may be. it could be somebody in montana could be the plaintiff. it could be anyone in the country suing to stop people from having abortions. so, being rational actors, these abortion clinics are saying, look, we're not going to do this. >> yeah. >> that is the clear purpose of the law. >> obviously who it would predominantly affect are lower
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income women. the president of the center for reproductive rights says now patients ed v to travel out of state the middle of a pandemic to receive constitutionally guaranteed healthcare. >> this is exactly the same situation as if roe v. wade had been overturned. because if roe v. wade is overturned that means it will be up to each state. so, you know, virtually all the red states will ban abortion. but, new york, california, many other blue states will not ban abortions. so the question will be, if you want an abortion in a red state, can you somehow make it to a blue state? do you have the economic resources? do you have the time? or, can you get what's called a medical abortion which is now -- which is -- an increasing way women are able to terminate their pregnancies through medication. but believe me the red states are doing their best to ban that
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again. >> this is a road map for how they can do it which is why i say as of this moment 7:05 eastern time today roe versus wade has been up ended in texas, jeffrey. i'm curious because the supreme court did not step in overnight. and they could have. and as i said to laura jarrett before, doing nothing was doing something here. this is a statement. how am i supposed to read this from the supreme court overnight? >> i think you are supposed to read it as doom is coming for roe v. wade. now, entirely separate from this texas case, there is a mississippi case in the traditional manner of supreme court cases. you know, one of the frankly many outrageous things about what's gone on in texas here is that the supreme court has acted in what's called the shadow docket. there was no formal briefing of this case. there was no oral argument of this case. roe v. wade is sort of thrown out of the back of the caboose without any sort of ceremony
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here. now, there will be a case about a mississippi law that is almost as restrictive as roe v. wade -- as this texas law that will be argued after october when the supreme court -- now, that will be the opportunity for the six conservative justices you just saw on the screen to formally end roe v. wade in the united states. but, this decision has the effect of ending roe v. wade without actually performing the ceremonial burial. >> i want to get your opinion on what house minority leader said overnight threatening these telecommunication companies that have gotten request from the committee investigating january 6th saying essentially if they comply, they have hell to pay potentially for republicans to take the majority. >> one of the thing you learn as an assistant u.s. attorney, these telecommunication companies have entire offices devoted to responding to
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subpoenas. it is completely routine for verizon and company to answer subpoenas. the idea that they somehow have the obligation, much less the legal right, to simply say to a valid subpoena, we're not complying is incredible to me. now, it is true. it is somewhat more unusual for a congressional committee to subpoena records than it is for an assistant u.s. attorney for the department of justice, but it still has happened before. so i really have no idea what legal basis kevin mccarthy has to make this threat other than just bluster because phone companies reply to subpoenas. that's what they do. >> jeffrey, go back to the supreme court for one second here because this is something you have talked about and written about for a long time here. supreme court and abortion has been very animating perhaps more animating for conservatives even though a majority of americans support abortion rights certainly within the first
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trimester. what impact, if this sticks in texas and this seismic shift happens which as of right now it has happened. what impact do you think it might have politically? could that animate democratic voters? >> this has been the great unanswered questions. donald trump ran for president saying i will appoint justices to the supreme court who will vote to overturn roe v. wade. he has three appointees on the court. there are three other appointees on the court samuel alee doe, clarence thomas and thomas have spoken out about roe v. wade before. there are five justices, three trump appointees plus there they are on the screen who seem like solid votes to overturn roe v. wade. we have been accused those of us saying that roe is about to be overturned as being chicken
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little the sky is falling, the sky is falling. we'll see. it certainly looks like the sky is fall noing now. republicans have been very up front what they want to do on the supreme court. they may do it as of now. we'll see what if any political blow back there is. you know, it has certainly been more animating and successful issue for republicans than for democrats, but as states start to outright ban abortion, maybe that will change. but i don't hazard a prediction about that. >> jeffrey toobin, thanks so much. >> all right. the new overnight signs of progress in the power emergency after hurricane ida. more than a million still in the dark including all of louisiana but louisiana regional power company is aiming to restore some by this evening. i hope they're right. as of now, they haven't had any progress. incredible new video shows the devastation in grand isle,
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louisiana, a barrier island 50 miles south of louisiana. the fire director says half of the homes have been wiped away. >> never seen it look like this. it's decimating. the people are very sad. a lot of people lost their homes talking about they don't know whether they'll go back or not because they don't have the money to go back, can't afford to go back. >> some people went to extraordinary measures to survive hurricane ida and help those in their community. one man pulled a boat filled with gas, water and priceless possessions through waist deep water after surveying the damage to his home in laplace, louisiana. christopher shot that video. what can you tell us about what it's been like in the aftermath of hurricane ida? >> it's just total devastation. we've been through this with isaac before and it seems to not get any better here in louisiana. you know, it's just hard. it's just hard on a lot of residents here.
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you know, to go through this all the time. just waiting on government assistance and people. we have been through this with katrina. we know the effects when it's a category 4 or 5 hurricane coming through louisiana. >> yeah. and often some of the worst effects can come after the storm has passed and people are without power, without those supplies that we just saw you there. how have officials on the ground been? have they been helpful? are you getting what you need so far? or what is this looking like? >> it's so-so. we're getting -- one of the parishes st. charles parish has been good on updating their parish. i stay in st. john laplace. jackie has been so-so on getting the information out. i'm staying with my father-in-law in kenin, louisiana. jefferson parish president, it's up and down. the information is here. if it's not -- if it wasn't for
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social media and just people kind of just taking the time and telling where supplies are what you have to do, how long the lines are where you can get things, good thing for that because i like to see the people come together and that's what we're doing right now. >> we see you there with this boat. how far did you drag this boat full of supplies? >> probably about a good quarter mile. and the time that i got -- when i got back to laplace, i was pretty much back there at the crack of dawn to go assess the damage and i saw a lot of people on facebook and instagram, you know, hollering about they're stuck in their house. i know my subdivision pretty good. when i got back, i checked everybody. ended up rescuing a few kids. a couple, i brought a couple. just kind of went back and just helped everybody that i could to get out of my subdivision.
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once wildlife fishery and the cajun navy came, it felt good that everybody who needed help were out of the subdivision, so no casualties. everybody was good. the people that stayed stayed to clean up. but, the subdivision was good. >> you've obviously -- >> i was proud of that. >> yeah. that is something to be proud of. and you've obviously lived through some of these storms and hurricanes before. how long do you think it's going to take in the aftermath of what you've seen from the damage on the ground and the days after, how long do you think this recovery process is going to be and what should people expect? >> it's going to be a while. just in laplace alone, just transformers are down. poles are down. it will be take a good while. being an electrician by trade, energy coming in to try to fix some things, it's going to take at least three, four months, you know, for it to get really back
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to where we can get back to some normalcy just to try to get back to life. it's hard. people's houses are flooded. roof damage. it's another fight with the insurance company. it's hard for people to go through this again. >> yeah. it really wears on you. chris, i can see you're in your car there. please be safe and keep us updated on what you're seeing and thank you for joining us this morning to give us insight on what's happening on the ground. >> thank you all so much for having me. >> we want to talk more about the power situation there because it's life and death. this isn't just a matter of being able to turn the lights on. it's so much more than that. we're joined by cnn's tom foreman to really dive in here. how widespread is the problem at this point, tom? >> still, pretty widespread to put it simply. almost 990,000 people are without power still. new orleans right down here in
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orleans parish, terrabonne, all these places are really hard hit up here to the north, canter and laplace, over to the west leading up towards baton rouge, about 1.3 million people in this general area so roughly a quarter of the state's population right now without power. and still a little more than that. >> and it's an incredibly dangerous situation, right? >> oh, yeah. absolutely. it's one of the problems here. if you look at what's happening with the weather alone, louisiana per capita uses more energy than almost any state in the country because everyone has electricity -- not electricity, almost everyone has air-conditioning and so much of the country side down there relies on it. the gas and oil production relies on a lot of electricity, the seafood industry a lot of electricity and look what will happen down here, really high temperatures. the heat index off the charts here in new orleans. grand isle down there
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tremendously bad. batten huge they're doing a little better on getting their power back. still terrible time of year to be facing all this. >> i get texts from friends in new orleans because they think i have information about when the lights might be coming on. answers are hard to come by. when can people expect power. >> christopher pointed out pretty well what the power is. there's a lot of loose information partially because companies says look, this is a giant problem. we're still in the early stages of it. right now, they're really still in the assessment phase. trying to move forward to restoring the big power plants, the transmission lines all eight major transmission lines coming into this area are down. then they move to the subst substations, distribution lines. there's a real focus on saying we want to get power to the
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hospitals, to the nursing homes, to the first responders to all of those to begin with and slowly trickle down to the homes. this will not be an even process. they're considering a couple options here. one is to bring on some of the big, local stations and just get as much running as they can rather than tieing into the great big power grid but they will try to develop a lot of this at the same time. so they're trying to prepare things out here even though they're not ready to turn that on while they get closer over here. but it's just a really huge job. >> tom foreman, thank you for explaining it. when you sit up here in new england, you think, maybe, just throw money or thousands of people at it. doesn't work like that. it's hard. >> they're doing that. 20,000 people trying to do this but they have to deal with floods and power lines down and cell phones not working and covid protocols. you can't pack these trucks full of people. yeah, this is a huge problem. they are throwing a lot of people and a lot of money at it. it's a big problem. >> tom foreman, thanks so much
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for that. those images were stunning out of grand isle. coming up, defiant president biden is defending the withdrawal from afghanistan and laying out a new vision for u.s. foreign policy. our next guest says president biden actually deserves credit not blame. and why two senior fda officials are resigning as the agency faces a big decision on coronavirus booster shots. dr. sanjay gupta joins us live. you need an ecolab scientific clean here. and you need it here. and here. and here. which is why the scientific expertise that helps operating rooms stay clean is now helping the places you go every day too. seek a commitment to clean. look for the ecolab science certified seal.
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♪ we're left with a simple decision, either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration and leave afghanistan, or say we weren't leaving and commit another tens of thousands more troops going back to war. that was the choice, the real
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choice, between leaving or escalating. i was not going to extend this forever war. and i was not extending a forever exit. >> president biden with a vigorous defense of his decision to withdraw u.s. troops from afghanistan. i want to bring in a former senior official in the clinton administration and host of the deep state radio podcast. his op-ed in the atlantic has been getting a lot of attention which he says biden deserves credit and not blame for afghanistan. that's where i want to start, david. this has been getting a lot of attention what you wrote there. basically what you're going to say here which is narrative, you're saying that the narrative is out there other the last few weeks that what has happened in afghanistan the last few weeks is somehow a disaster. and the criticism that has been levied on the president. you are basically arguing it's all wrong.
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you need to look at this differently. >> well, i'm not saying it's all wrong. but what i'm saying is let's get our priorities straight. we've been in a war for 20 years. the war hasn't achieved any of its goals. it cost $2 trillion. 800 thousand americans served. 170,000 people died. the more terrorists in the world today than there were when we started. the taliban has been gaining strength for years and years. people have been arguing to get out far long time because our goals of nation building were futile goals and the president is making that happen. that's the important story here. now, have the past few weeks been ugly? in some cases horrific and some cases heart breaking? yes, they have. could it have been done better? well, we can argue almost anything could have done better. but what i object to is that we've taken the near-term story and put it ahead of context or
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perspective. >> do you think part of that is because the white house hasn't distinguished and the criticism over the execution of the withdrawal and the larger per sective here, the larger move here which is the withdrawal itself something we should note none of his predecessors did and former president trump is one of the most recent ones. the criticism the president has gotten is over how it was handled and how quickly. he does not think if they started the mass evacuation sooner it would have been helpful, even some democrats have said. >> he made a compelling case about that yesterday. it doesn't take a great deal of imagination to say, what would happen if planes started three months ago, four months ago ferrying people out of afghanistan? would the government have survive would the military laid its arms then? he reached out to the afghan government. he said we wanted to start this earlier and they said don't do it because it will bring us down
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sooner. so, you know, they were working on this. remember, they reached out to americans in afghanistan 19 times over the course of the past several months saying now is the time to leave. it's just we weren't covering the story in the same way we started covering it once kabul fell on august 11th or there about. >> what about the explicit promise to american citizens to keep troops there until they were all out, which is what he made to george stephanopoulos and the overall promise made to the afghan allies over the united states the last two decades that the united states would get them out in time. there are we know thousands of them still there. >> well, first of all, we got out 120,000 people in just a couple of weeks. as far as the americans, according to the estimate from the state department of 5500 or 6,000 there only 100 or 200 left. secretary blinken, president
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biden both said they will be gotten out if they need -- if they want to come out, and they're working with the taliban on that. i think the president was very clear yesterday, we're going to continue to work these issues with the taliban, with our allies, with ngos, however we can work them until everybody who wants to be out is out. >> he also laid out a broader view that i thought was interesting about how he thinks foreign policy should look for the u.s. going forward, saying that nation building doesn't work in his view and the mistakes that were made there were just repeated multiple times over the last two decades and you tweeted that we need to do is a, quote, deep accounting not just with the government but on the national level the flaws in our system and the politics and society that led us to make a mistake on the scale of the afghanistan war, the iraq war and the war on terror. >> we are coming out of a period of 20 years that may some day be seen as one of the worst in u.s.
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foreign policy history. iraq was a fiasco. afghanistan did not achieve its goals. the war on terror was mistaken notion from the beginning. you can wage a war on a tactic and what we did was we actually inspired more terrorists out in the field. and so, we have to ask ourselves, how could we make mistakes like that? how could we make mistakes that cost $3 trillion? how could we make mistakes that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, not just american lives but iraqi lives, afghan lives, how could we make mistakes that kept us from promising on the real issues of the 21st century whether the rise of china, whether our need to invest in ourselves, whether it's our need to focus on competitiveness and other issues. i think what president biden is really trying to do is to pivot away from the mistakes of the past 20 years to preparing to lead in the century ahead. and so, the afghan withdrawal is
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directly connected to building back better, to investing in the country, to focussing on china. and i think it needs to be seen in its entirety. >> so, is it enough of a success story in your mind that this is something that biden should run on for re-election? should democrats lean into this? >> i think the president's handling of foreign policy is something they can run on. this is the most experienced president that we've ever had in terms of foreign policy. he's been at the forefront of u.s. foreign policy for 50 years. we've reestablished relations with our allies. we re-established our support for nato and gotten back into the w.h.o. and gotten back into the paris accords. there's a lot more to come in that regard. is he going to run on the past two weeks? no, he's not going to run on the past two weeks and he shouldn't. he's focussed on the big picture. that's what we should be focussed on.
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i think ultimately that's what voters will focus on. >> some people have said that this incident raises questions about the firmness of the united states' support when it comes to those alliances. some were not happy with the way this exit happened and we saw a lot of criticism from some of the world leaders. the president is meeting with president zelensky today. the first time at the white house. everyone now knows his name because of the impeachment investigation of the former president. do you think this would raise questions for ukraine when it comes for asking for america's support and getting that support or do you think they'll be fine regardless of ha what this afghanistan shows? >> if he gets what hi wants, gets the support he wants he will be happy. certainly going to get a lot more support than he got from the last president. i think our allies in europe see this president as far more committed to nato, to article 5 of nato, which is the article
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that says we will protect our allies and stand with them. and i think that is what matters. what matters does the u.s. deliver on these alliances, invest in these alliances, prioritize in these alliances. and this white house is a far cry from the last one in that regard. >> is the united states, is the world standing of the united states in a better position than it is on september 1st today than it was on may 1st? >> i think it absolutely is. i think there's criticism of the exit. and i think there will be debate about it and i think there should be debate about it, investigation into it to see how we can do things better. but while we're doing that investigation, let's look at the last 20 years. let's look at the damage that did. let's look at violation of sovereignty, guantanamo, the drone strikes that took out civilians in the past, our failure to achieve our goals, our failure to invest in the
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future and our inability to focus on critical issues like the rise of chi that and other emerging powers. >> david rothkopf, it's a great discussion. you have sparked a lot of thought and debate, heated debate. you had a lot of incoming on twitter to be fair. >> that's true. >> i appreciate you coming on to talk ability. >> story of my life. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. americans heading back to school and the workplace after summer vacations. we'll catch you up on where the country stands on covid and the delta variant. plus a terrifying bank heist during which the criminals tied the hostages to the roof of the get away cars. ♪ ♪ someone once told me, that i should get used to people staring.
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♪ as we head into the fall, many schools and businesses are now reopening despite the coronavirus being just as dangerous or potentially more dangerous than it was at the start of the pandemic. hospitals are being pushed to their limits and five states are nearly out of icu beds with less than 10% availability. the number of children in the hospital is near an all-time high, with more kids being admitted to hospitals with coronavirus this month than any other time in the last year. cnn's martin savidge is live in atlanta with more on what the current state of covid-19 is. >> reporter: good morning, kaitlan. yeah, if we all think back to where our minds were back in april, that was when the vaccines were really rolling out, there was a sense that come the end of summer we would be in a really good place when it came to covid-19. that all now seems like total fantasy. just this week, georgia reporting the highest infection rate it has ever seen in the
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pandemic. and georgia is not alone. >> reporter: running out of room. >> we're looking to add space in hallways and conference rooms and waiting areas. our emergency rooms and our urgent care centers are seeing higher volume than they've seen throughout this pandemic. >> reporter: with covid-19 numbers still soaring states with low vaccination rates are struggling the most. georgia, alabama, texas, florida and arkansas have less than 10% of their icu capacity left, according to hhs data. idaho's governor after touring a health facility in boise announcing there are only four available icu beds for the entire state. in kentucky, overwhelm hospitals are short on staff. and beds. >> we're living in a reality where some covid patients that are sick are being treated in their cars when there isn't room for them inside the e.r. or in the hospital. >> reporter: in hawaii and four other states, there were fears of oxygen shortages. in louisiana, where health
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resources were already at the breaking point, health officials with hurricane ida could be a super spreader event as people sheltered in large numbers. oregon called up 500 national guard troops to bolster its struggling health systems with 1,000 more on stand by. >> good morning, scholars. >> reporter: then there's back to school. in the past week, more than 200,000 kids have tested positive for covid. five times the number from a month before. according to the american academy of pediatrics. in florida's 15 largest school districts cnn analysis found close to 22,000 students and 5,000 employees have tested positive for covid-19 since the start of the school year. in pennsylvania where school is just starting, the secretary of health says coronavirus cases in children over the past six weeks are up 300%. prompting the governor to announce a mask mandate for schools. but opposition to mask and vaccine mandates are only growing in republican-led states as the fight against them turns physical. >> okay.
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right here. look right here. >> reporter: in lee county florida deputies had to break up fistfights outside the school district headquarters when a mask mandate was announced for teachers and students. but there is some good news. vaccination numbers have been on the rise. a new vaccination poll found number of americans who said they are not very likely or at all likely to get a covid-19 vaccine has dropped from 34% in march to 20% currently. some states also report their covid numbers are beginning to plateau, still high but not rising. for health officials september may not offer a light at the end of the tunnel. but right now, they would settle for just a little less dark. >> they certainly would. and we should point out that the director of the cdc is asking with the holiday approaching that 80 million americans not vaccinated said they shouldn't travel and then there's this. the state that has the highest vaccination rate vermont, the
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amid some frustration with the cdc and the administration's announcement on booster shots. joining us now with more is our cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. what you hearing about this recent white house announcement on booster shots and how it's resonating within the fda? >> well, you know, we're not sure what the departure of the upcoming departure of these two officials really means, but i think what we've heard from people is that it's a signal of some concern within the fda that the white house coronavirus task force, the white house sort of has preordained these boosters where the fda needs to weigh in on this. and it's sort of an important point. the fda, that is what they do. they regulate these. they evaluate data. and right now, you know, it seems to many people like this is a done deal. and the fda and the cdc they got to officially weigh in on this. and i think there's a lot of back and forth on this. jeff ziens was asked specifically about this and here
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is what he said. >> we have also been very clear throughout that this is pending fda, conducting an independent evaluation and cdc's panel of outside experts issuing a booster dose recommendation. >> so kaitlan, they always said that, they always said we have to listen and hear from the fda and hear from the cdc but they put a date on the booster, september 20th. so i think it's confusing and i think that's led to some of the back and forth within these organizations. >> yeah. when you put a date on it like that, even though you're saying, well, if the fda and cdc say it's okay, september 20th you're going to get the booster shots, that puts a lot of pressure on the scientists who have to make that decision. >> yeah. raises a lot of questions, too. now people think i'm getting a booster starting september 20th and the fda and cdc looks like they are but no one said the t's are cross and i's are dotted. >> and let me add as well, the vaccines they work really well
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as we've talked about for quite some time now. so the idea of what exactly are the boosters going to do, you know, are they for everybody? should some people be at the front of the line, the vulnerable people, for example, perhaps. so we should get more clarity on this, but the idea that perhaps this sends a signal that the shots didn't work as well as we thought has been a large concern as well from a communication standpoint. >> so sanjay, there is work. one of the things we have known for a long time is these new variants pop up and right now in the united states obviously we're dealing with a delta variant. but is there one past delta we need to be concerned about? >> as you can tell, we're going through the greek alphabet here. there another one now all the way to mu. and this is a variant of interest. think of this almost like jigsaw puzzle or lego pieces. they're looking for mutations that could be concern or of
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interest. this particular one has been around since january of this year. it had a higher global prevalence at one point but decreased but is still relatively high in colombia and ecuador, 39% of new cases are mu in colombia, 13% in ecuador. here in the united states, just so, it's of interest right now. it becomes of concern if those mutations start translating into faster and faster growth, even exponential growth. remember, for example, in may of this year, delta was around one, less than 2% of overall cases, and now it's obviously the most dominant variant in the country. if it starts to take off it can happen quickly and that's why they keep an eye on it. there are five variants of interest they're watching. like the hurricanes they watch, many of them amount to nothing you
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but this one they're keeping an eye on. >> sanjay, what it does is a five fold increase in children just in the last month. obviously parents are worried about this because they can't get their kids vaccinated yet if they're under 12. so how worried should parents be about their unvaccinated children going back to school since that is, of course, what's happening here? we're seeing just how much it's dividing communities whether or not their kids should even wear a mask in the classroom. >> i know, it's staggering these debates and fights that are happening at school board meetings. it's tough to watch. four, five fold increase over the last month. schools are starting in the country over the next couple of weeks so these numbers are likely to go up. we know that covid is a lot less deadly in children, but 450 to 500 children have died. that's two to three times as many as the worst flu season. we know kids can transmit it. so worst case scenario, unvaccinated child goes home to unvaccinated parents, and this pandemic just continues to go on and on as a result.
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and then also the long haul symptoms, which i don't think we talk about enough. but this is not a virus you want. we just don't know what the long-term symptoms are. that's of concern whether you're an adult or a child. the flip side of that, guys, is that the modelling shows 75% of kids will likely be exposed to the virus over the next few months. that's 57 million kids, 75% exposed. on the other hand, if you put in masks and you put in testing, you can dramatically reduce those numbers. we saw that happen last school year, even before vaccines were authorized. you could have school communities that were safer than the surrounding communities by relatively simple mitigation measures. adven add ventilation to the mix. things are addressable as we already know. >> people can make this a lot better, a lot less lethal. sanjay, as always, thank you
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strapped to their cars. the chaos left three people dead. >> reporter: it sounds look some -- like something out of a movie. the video cnn obtained from brazilian authorities is shocking. it shows innocent civilians strapped to cars. they were tied up by robbers who carried out a series of bank heists using those civilians as human shields. it happened in sao paulo state brazil. police say very early monday morning, the robbers first positioned bombs all over the city to distract officers so that they could rob the banks. the bombs were detonated and tragically, one of them caused serious injury to a man who lost both of his feet in the blast, according to authorities. police say that while this was happening, the krcriminals hit three different banks at the same time taking multiple people hostage. then they tied the hostages to the roofs and hoods of ten cars
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to be used as human shields. all together, officials say three people died, including two hostages, and one suspected robber. there were five other people injured and two suspects were detained by police. more than 380 police officers were subsequently deployed as part of an operation to catch more than a dozen suspects who remain at large. and classes were suspended at schools around the city for the day. rafael romo, cnn, mexico city. >> i mean, that is terrifying. >> it's horrifying. >> it looks like a movie. >> right, right. >> but people actually live there. >> what you hope is that people won't look at this and go, oh, my, this is something that could be done in this type of event. tp it's really, really terrifying to see something like that. it indicates a level of lawlessness frankly. >> and they're so well choreographed. i was reading about how intricately planned these kinds of heists are. they're becoming more
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commonplace in brazil so it's a huge concern. "new day" continues right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. and good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is wednesday, september 1st. i'm john berman. brianna is off. cnn chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins with me for hour three this morning. >> well, hour three still going strong. >> this morning the nation's most restrictive abortion law is in effect in texas for now, at least. it is a near total ban on abortions and appears to put roe v. wade in serious jeopardy around the country if other states follow suit. this is a seismic shift on abortion lights. beyond out lawing abortion into six weeks in a pregnancy, before most women even know they are pregnant, this law allows private citizens to su'a abortion providers or anyone else who helps facilitate a procedure after six weeks.


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