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disturbing. >> new body cam video. >> shots fired! get inside! >> offering a new perspective of law enforcement's failed response to the uvalde school shooting. officers sounding unsure what to do about 20 minutes after the first shots. as they wait for backup. for the first time, we see school district police chief pete arredondo hunkered down with other officers in a hallway. >> let me know if there's kids in there. >> he tries to speak to the gunman who had already fired his first shots more than 30 minutes before. >> this could be peaceful. could you tell me your name? >> seconds later, another body cam reveals a 911 dispatcher revealing a chilling call from a student inside the classroom. >> you have a child on the line saying he is in a room full of victims. full of victims. i remember, chief arredondo did
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not have his raido in the hallway, telling the texas tribune he was unaware of the dispatch report. six minutes later, he's seen trying keys to open an adjacent door. none of which appeared to work. minutes later, more gunfire. but the police posture is again to hunker down, as arredondo attempts to speak to the gunman. >> sir, if you can hear me, please put your firearm down, sir. we don't want anyone else hurt. the videos released by the uvalde mayor just as the texas house committee released its damning interim report sunday on the law enforcement response, calling it chaotic, lackadaisical without any person obviously in charge. in that report, arredondo offers this as part of an explanation to the committee. when there's a threat, you have to visibly be able to see the threat. you have to have a target before you engage your firearm. getting fired at through the wall, coming from a blind wall, i had no idea what was on the other side of that wall.
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i never got to physically see the threat or the shooter. >> they were cowards. >> the report angering uvalde residents and victims' families. jesus who says he's like an uncle to jacqueline, releasing this video of the two while telling cnn he wants accountability at the top. >> they stood there as people bled out. they stood there as they took their final breath. >> uvalde's mayor announcing shortly after the report came out the acting chief of the uvalde police department was put on administrative leave. >> do i still think there's a cover-up? let me put it this way. this has been the worst professionally run investigation, i have never seen anything of this magnitude. >> now, the texas department of public safety has launched an internal investigation into its response to the shooting. according to a spokesperson. they will be looking for violations of law, policy, and
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also doctrine. i'm here outside of the uvalde high school, where we're expecting, jake, a school board meeting to start here pretty soon. in the next few hours. and there will be a public comment period, we're expecting that to be heated like every other meeting we have been to here in uvalde. >> rosa flores, thanks so much. i want to bring in uvalde councilman hector. thank you so much for being here. this new report from the texas state legislature outlines failures all around. it reads in part, law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training and failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety. the void of leadership could have led to loss of life as the attacker continues to sporadically fire his weapon. you are a former law enforcement officer, most recently, you served as a uvalde county deputy
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sheriff. what is your reaction to this report, and what stood out the most to you? >> yes, thank you for having me. obviously, there was no lack of police presence at this school. what there was was lack of leadership. a take charge command presence. there was no, from what we could see in the video, no one in a leadership role took the time to delegate, to strategize, and to take any type of effective execution to engage the shooter. >> there's new body cam footage that captures the chaos, confusion, and delays as the minutes went by. 77 minutes, to be precise. no law enforcement action. do you think the responding officers should face any repercussions for this?
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>> obviously, there was a lack of action on the officers. i mean, the video speaks for itself. to me, there was a lot of down time where somebody would have taken charge of the situation, would have been able to delegate some type of action to take place. you see a lot of officers coming and going, moving around. but nobody is really taking any action as to, like i said, to engage this shooter, who obviously is still in the room and there are shots being fired while they're just standing there. >> how do you explain that, having served as a deputy sheriff yourself in uvalde county? i have heard a lot of parents describing these law enforcement officers as cowardly. is that the problem? >> i don't know how many
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officers that were present have training in active shooter scenarios, situations. i'm assuming a majority of them have. i myself back eight, nine years ago took this alert training. and ari don't think anything ha changed since then. where still remember our instructors at the time telling us you will go towards the fire. whenever the shooter is at, that's where you need to engage. whether you're by yourself or two, three officers. you don't wait for backup anymore. and i can't speak for the officers. i don't know what kind of training they have or the type of curriculum regarding this type of scenario, active shooter training. but obviously, their training did not kick in. >> whether or not they had the training, sir, i mean, people go into law enforcement for all sorts of reasons, but i imagine
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most go into law enforcement because they want to help the community, they want to save lives. they want to go after bad guys. and you have more people there at the uvalde school than were trying to defend the alamo. and not one of them went in. >> that's correct. i mean, the active shooter training obviously is added training for the officers. you know, this goes back to columbine. we thought lessons were learned back then on what to do in the situation like this. but you're right. as an officer, you live to serve and protect. you put yourself in the line of fire if you have to. and you know, to engage this particular scenario, you know, you don't have to go through the front door or the room. there's windows. it's my understanding there were windows back there, and there
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was no other strategies that were enacted that were taking place to get to the shooter. but you're right. you don't have to go through this training to serve and protect. you take an oath as you become a peace officer, and you're expected to respond and be accountable for your actions. >> that hasn't happened yet. uvalde councilman, thank you so much. appreciate your time. >> coming up next, the big week ahead for the january 6th committee. the deleted text messages that the panel could see as early as tomorrow. and the primetime hearing that may serve as the committee's grand finale. >> plus, the new warning that monkeypox in the u.s. may have spread too much at this point to contain. stay with us.
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. the politics lead, a huge week ahead for the january 6th select committee. by tomorrow, the panel expects to receive a trove of text messages sent before and during the insurrection from and among the u.s. secret service. the committee is zeroing in on so-called deleted texts after learning last week that the agency had deleted messages from its system. this comes as the committee
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gears up for its second primetime hearing on thursday evening, 8:00 p.m., i believe it starts. let's bring in evan perez. evan, do we know if the committee is going to receive all of the deleted text messages? >> it's not clear, jake. the committee has subpoenaed these messages. they have subpoenaed pretty much everything from the secret service. secret service says they have turned over more than 800,000 emails and other documents to the inspector general. now, the inspector general says these things are deleted, they're lost. it is possible that they cannot be recovered. the secret service seems to be saying that everything that the committee would be interested in is still there, that it is going to be turned over. so i guess what we're going to have to do is wait for the committee to receive all of these documents and all of the material that they're asking for for us to know what exactly survived this migration that they described as electronic migration that caused the
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deletion in the first place. >> that's tuesday we'll find out that. two days after that, thursday, is the next big january 6th committee hearing, primetime thursday night. what are we expecting from that? >> we're going to hear a lot about what the former president was doing during those key committee members are describing 187 minutes from the time he leaves the ellipse, his speech ends shortly after 1:00 p.m. and he then sends a message finally on twitter, a video message at 4:00 telling people to leave the capitol. we're going to hear probably from pat cipollone and some of this his recording interview. here's adam kinzinger talking about what he's expecting. >> this is going to open people's eyes in a big way. the reality is, i'll give you this preview, the president didn't do very much, but gleefully watched television during this timeframe. >> the president didn't do anything? >> the president didn't do anything. we're going to fill those blanks in. if the american people watch this, particularly i say this to my fellow republicans.
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watch this with an open mind. is this the kind of strong leader you really think you deserve? >> and jake, you know, again, the filling in the blanks will come probably from pat cipollone, the former white house counsel, ivanka trump probably, people who were urging the former president to say something, to do something to try to end the violence at the capitol, and of course, he, according to some of the contemporary news accounts, we know he was gleefully watching some of what was going down. >> thanks so much. let's talk about this with our panel. margaret hoover, let me start with you. what are you -- why are you looking at be like that? >> i just take you so seriously. >> what are you watching for in thursday's hearing? >> anything new. honestly, i'm looking for new voices. new perspectives. people i haven't heard before yet, and i want -- we know the president didn't do anything. but what's been so interesting, and we have known in large part most of the story that we have
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seen unfold in the context of these hearings, but we have seen it put together in a narrative or in a way that is digestible. we had lots of disparate parts before, but it's been put together in a way that has been irrefutable, and i still have a lot of questions. we know he didn't do much, but i want to know, i mean, i just want the texture and the color and the new voices and the testimony. it isn't what adam kinzinger said, the kind of leader that republicans want, the strong republicans want. and yet, the base of the republican party still wants trump. >> yeah, you and adam kinzinger are different kinds of republicans. >> i'm not really the base of the republican party. i don't typify the base of the republican party anymore. >> but look, you're a loyal lifelong republican, so is adam kinzinger. maybe what is old is new again. how about principle? >> some day over the rainbow. >> what an idea. look, the problem is 187
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minutes. the oval office during that time is still a bit of a black box. the ultimate goal is to get to the president's state of mind. there may be some testimony or video clips of the rejected videos sent out that might speak to that, but there's still a lot that needs to be filled in. we know nero fiddled, donald trump watched tv. these are critical moments in our republic, and they're going to try to show this is clearly a dereliction of duty. this is a callousness about the attack on the capitol. >> that's three hours and seven minutes. >> a lot longer than the 18 minutes missing in nixon's tapes. >> doesn't three hours and seven minutes sound longer than 187 minutes? >> reframe that in real time. >> for most people, they don't expect math to be on that test. >> i was told there would be no math. >> that's long time. >> you know what we were doing in that three hours and seven minutes. we were watching the television in horror saying where is donald trump? he's the only person who can call it off. >> i was anchoring and it was
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shocking. we didn't even know what was going on inside. and we have heard testimony from, remember, from the gentleman who steven ayers i think was his name, a protester, who said that if donald trump -- >> the tweeted, had said anything, i would have gone. >> or what he tweeted out about mike pence. that just threw chum in the water and increased the blood lust of the mob. >> amanda carpenter, another republican of your o-- >> of our ilk. >> a lincoln republican. >> anyway, so amanda carpenter is out with a piece today about the secret service's text messages and the agency's explanation they got erased as part of a device replacement program. this is what she writes. does that explanation not quite sound believable? it shouldn't. because really how could the secret service well versed in the practice of preserving documents and corroborating
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stories accidentally destroy communications from one of the most momentous days in its history especially when they were asked to preserve exactly those types of documents. >> this actually these emails and these communications and these text messages are the equivalent to the 18 minutes that's missing in the nixon tapes, right? we need to know what secret service is doing, and one of the things that amanda pointed to that i think it is the most damning is this notion that mike pence knew his life was threatened and didn't trust the secret service to move him out of the building. he indicated this and his aide indicated this in the hearings. he was worried because the people who would be driving him if he left the building would be reporting to donald trump and he didn't trust them. >> he didn't think they would g going to kill him. >> he was worried they would move him away from doing his constitutional duty. >> maybe worse, i don't know, but at the very least. >> he said you're not the one driving. >> at the bare minimum. >> at the bare minimum.
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>> that's a good point. >> i think what amanda says is especially after they have gotten the request to hold on to the information, and she askd in her column with a key question. who are they here to protect? >> the president or themselves. >> the president or the constitution or themselves? >> steve bannon's trial began today in washington, d.c. eight months ago, i just want -- there's such just a chasm between the world of maga and reality. and it doesn't matter how many times the world of maga is proven to not be real. the base just continues to support it. but here's steve bannon's prediction about this case eight months ago. >> this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for merrick garland, nancy pelosi, and joe biden. we're going to go on the offense. we're tired of playing offense. we're going to go on the offense on this and stand by. we're going on the offense. stand by. >> all right, and i'm standing by. how is that working out for him, john? >> there are limits to what a hype man can accomplish when faced with an actual justice
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system. he said he's going to go medieval on his opponents, and the judge was like, meh. if your lawyer says what's the point of going to trial if you don't have a defense? the judge says i agree. but that doesn't mean you get off scot free. it's not just the contempt. it's what information has he been intentionally concealing because he knows it would be damning not only to him but to donald trump. when he was hyping up the night before, after talking to donald trump on the phone, which we didn't know initially, what's going to happen tomorrow is going to be quite extraordinarily different than what you expect. >> all hell is going to break loose. >> that's after he spoke to the president. >> margaret, i'm sure you heard the audio that reporter from mother jones reported about a week ago, when steve bannon telling people privately, not on his podcast, privately, wait until you see what trump does. there's still going to be counting the votes and he's going to declare he won. it doesn't matter he didn't win. it was all right there. >> it was all right there. there's another piece of this, the doj decided to prosecute. obviously it's important they
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decided to prosecute, but there's been a lot of concern merrick garland hasn't leaned into any prosecutions. we'll have to see how the justice system does in this case, if they have a win perhaps that will embolden the entire department to move forward to hold these bad actors accountable. >> what that tape shows is what trump had been saying in public for months when asked if he would respect the peaceful transfer of power. the plan was always to lie about the election results and claim victory. and that some dupes who are hard core trump supporters would believe it, and that would be enough to cause confusion. dissension in the ranks. as it turned out, two-thirds of house republicans to sign on to a bogus contest of the election too. that's real time evidence of what trump's plan was all along. >> lastly, if republicans in the house and senate had stood up for the constitution and the rule of law and all that, while trump was doing this, and while trump was attempting this and since then, do you think we would be in the situation we're in today? >> some of them did.
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mike pence did. he's the one who ultimately certified the election. there were people like mike gallagher who were barriered irthane office saying call it off. in real time, people were standing up for the constitution. hell, kevin mccarthy was calling the president saying call it off. i beg you, call it off. they were all doing the best they could. they had no power in the face of the mob. if they had held trump accountable and actually convicted him, no, we wouldn't be here. is that what you're saying? yeah, we wouldn't be here. and they -- >> they erased their brief profile in courage and the reality is if more republicans had stood up, we wouldn't be here. if they had done it when they knew it was happening. >> you're giving him credit for 30 seconds of courage. kevin mccarthy says that, and then he goes to vote to disenfranchise states. >> next people we have cocktails. thank you both. >> the beaches of france, once a hot bed for vacations now vacant after fires and a scorching heat
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british isles just sweated through their hottest day ever. on the continent itself, as melissa bell shows us, the heat wave has been blamed for hundreds of deaths and a devastating outbreak of wildfires. >> southern europe in flames. vast swaths of the mediterranean ungulfs by wildfires driven by the sweltering temperatures of europe's second heat wave this summer. from portugal through spain, italy and france, where one of two massive fires near the city of bordeaux continue to rage and spread. down here on the ground, you get a real sense of what the firefighters are facing. these parched conditions, the earth already dry for so many months of high temperatures, and those high temperatures still continuing. what the firemen in this case, french air force firemen, are having to do is find those parts of the fire inside the contained zone and put them out as quickly as they can.
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for nearly a week now, temperatures across europe have soared. in spain and portugal, more than 1,000 people have died amid record heat, with temperatures set to rise further and as far north as the united kingdom. >> with a clear message to the public is to take the sensible steps in terms of water, shade, and cover. we're asking people to keep an eye out for their neighbors and those who may be vulnerable. >> their own region has declared a state of emergency, after several weeks of drought, some italian towns now banning the use of water for washing cars and watering gardens, with fines up to $500. >> translator: it's ridiculous because the population tries to save money by having a vegetable garden and then you prevent them from watering it. i understand not washing the car and watering your garden, but the vegetable garden, it's absurd. >> these are the beaches of southwestern france. the atlantic coast where so much
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of france is accustomed to coming to spend its summer holidays. and yet the beach is completely evacuated. the camping grounds as well. many of those thousands of people who have been asked to go elsewhere were people who had come here on holiday. to places like the scene of a battle being waged day and night in the face of record temperatures and changing winds. >> translator: there's no let-up in our efforts. it tests our equipment and our men, but we have to hold the line for as long as it takes. >> a desperate battle against time and temperatures that are set to rise further still. and they did rise. we saw today, jake, in that forest i was in yesterday, a new record set today in terms of temperature. and a spreading of that fire. you really get a sense there that around me, the temperature was about 100 degrees
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fahrenheit. inside those forests it's extremely hot, but it is for now across many parts of europe a losing battle that's being fought simply because of those temperatures, jake. >> and melissa bell, where you are in paris, says it could be 106 tomorrow possibly. so anyway. >> and that will be a record. and beyond those wildfires, these are cities that are simply not used to that. no air conditioning. we're not equipped for these kind of temperatures, jake. >> melissa bell, thanks so much. let's bring in tom. europe, as melissa just said, europe is not prepared for this kind of heat. most places aren't air conditioned. people in spain are dying from the heat. how hot is it expected to get, and how hot did it get today? >> well, we saw a few records. it really started in portugal and spain, and it's moving up through france into the uk and it will slide toward germany tomorrow. in 2013, there was a widespread
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heat wave in europe estimated to kill 60,000 people. this is not how the map of the world is supposed to look right now, and it's current. yes, we have our triple digits border to border. it's winter in south america, and in brazil, they're in the 90s. yes, it's hot in africa, but never this hot. now it's sliding northward. it doesn't look bad in china. that's because it's 5:30 in the morning. half of china has been in a heat wave for over 30 days and the triple digits as well. that's a billion people. yes, it's a big ridge of high pressure just like we're seeing in the u.s. look at the drought. notice areas of the red. drought everywhere. and with that, the fire threat, over 75 in portugal and spain. italy right now, the worst drought in 50 years. they had fires last year in greece and turkey. we're going to set records not just england, wales, scotland, these are all-time records. since january 1, we have set over 150 all-time high temperature records. you know how many all-time lows we broke across the globe? one yesterday in australia. the numbers that they're seeing, not just now, jake, but into
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tomorrow, computer climate models predicted this to happen 20, 25 years from now. so it's devastating. they talk about 1976. look at all the blue in the map compared to our global temperatures today. it's not just there. it's in the u.s. it's just amazing what we're seeing each and every summer, each and every season. >> amazing and they can't get 60 senators to sign on to do something about climate change. unbelievable. >> coming up next, worrisome covid numbers and promising tools that could one day help bring numberstablet to a nasal . stay with us. under budget too! and i get t seven days to love t or my momoney back... i love it! [laughs] we'll drive you happy at carvana.
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. in our health lead, a warning that it may be too late to control and contain the monkeypox virus outbreak here in the united states. the centers for disease control and prevention's official count shows the total number of u.s. cases nearing 2,000, but dr. scott gottlieb who was trump's fda commissioner, says monkeypox has spread more broadly in the community and he would not be surprised if there are thousands of cases right now. let's bring in cnn's senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen. dr. gottlieb's assertions are getting pushback from the cdc? >> earlier today, dr. gottlieb got a pushback from dr. anthony fauci. he said look, the window is not closed. and today, to cnn, dr. walensky, the director of the cdc, saying the same thing. let's take a look at what she told cnn. she says the interview meaning dr. gottlieb's interview, was misinformed and off base. those are pretty strong words. it is true that we have work to
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do here and internationally and are likely to see more monkeypox cases in the near term, but it's possible to significantly decrease the numbers and contain the current monkeypox outbreak. let's look at things she pointed to that the cdc and the u.s. health officials are doing. she said if you take a look in mid-may, the u.s. had capacity to do only about 6,000 tests per week. by the end of june, that ramped up to 10,000. now, it's about 80,000. and the reason we started with mid-may is that's when the first monkeypox case appeared in the u.s. if you look at vaccinations, 156,000 doses have been distributed and 130,000 more will be distributed soon. to be clear, dr. walensky makes it clear things are going to get worse before they get better. but she says as vaccinations ramp up, as testing ramps up, she does think that it will get better. jake. >> so dr. fauci says, as you know, that most cases of monkeypox are spread by close person to person skin to skin
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contact. is there a greater danger of it spreading from shared bedding or shared clothing? >> right, so if you're taking care of someone with monkeypox, you live with someone with monkeypox, you should be very, very careful with their linens, with their clothing. because it is possible you could get it that way. however, the main really the prime way that monkeypox is being spread is by what dr. fauci said, by close skin-to-skin contact. we're not seeing it spread in really significant ways through objects such as towels or linens. it's happening, but it's not happening in huge numbers. >> elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. also in our health lead, warning signs the coronavirus could be staging a comeback, especially cases caused by the ba.5 covid variant. levels are back to levels we haven't seen since march, and the country is averaging 400 deaths a day. let's bring in dr. megan ranney. are we seeing the starts of another curve, another wave,
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rather? >> it's tough to know so far, jake. it certainly shows all the signs of being an early part of a wave, but i have been telling folks it feels a little bit like we're in a no man's land of covid. there are some really bad signs. this new variant, the ba pait 4 and ba.5 are significantly more transmissible, are evading our prior emune function, and like you said, are starting to drive up hospitalizations again. but there is some good news. despite the fact that we're doubtless undercounting cases by an order of magnitude, the hospitalizations have not risen to the same degree as cases. and deaths, although they have risen a little, are still around 400 a day. far too many, but nothing like what we were seeing this winter. much less last fall or earlier in 2021. and let's be clear, that's because of the vaccines. so we are in a better situation. but we are clearly in a surge of cases. >> what do we know about the 400
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or almost 400 a day who are dying of covid? are they unvaccinated, unboosted? people with comorbidities? what can you tell us? >> so those folks who are dying are largely older. and many of them are unvaccinated or unboosted. jake, only about 25% of folks who are age 65 plus, those people who should have gotten the fourth shot, have actually shown up and gotten a fourth shot. we know from study after study that with all of these variants, the fourth shot does protect from severe disease, hospitalization, and death for older people. and we're seeing that play out again with ba.5. it is not otherwise young and healthy people who are ending up in the hospital at this point. >> you know, an older relative of mine got her fourth shot, her second boost, and then like a month later, tested positive for covid and had very mild symptoms. and we think it's because she had just been boosted a month
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before. >> i think that's exactly right. so that fourth shot doesn't necessarily prevent any infection. it increases your protection against any infection for a few weeks. but what it does do well is it protects against hospitalization and death from those bad things that we see happen from covid. it's why our hospitals have not filled up nationwide, and honestly, i think part of the reason we're seeing a surge in hospitalizations right now is because we're seeing covid spread in those states with lower vaccination and booster rates, in the souths and southwest. >> more than half, 54% of the u.s. population, lives in a county with a high covid community spread right now. what are you telling your patients about mask wearing? are you telling your patients to wear masks indoors now? >> well, i tell my parents as well as my patients the same thing, which is if you are -- it's totally if you're higher risk, you should be masking up. i myself am masking in crowded
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indoor locations at this point. certainly on airplanes, on subways, on buses i'm wearing a mask. if you're immuno suppressed or older, you should be wearing a mask when you're out in public even if it's not crowded. i'm also reminding folks who are immuno suppressed or otherwise in danger they can ask their doctor about evashield which is an amazing medication that can be added on on top of vaccines, and unfortunately, right now, because of the widespread surge in covid cases, everyone needs to have a plan for if they do test positive. because even with masking, if only one person is wearing a good mask, and the others aren't, you still have a chance of getting sick, so you need to know if you're eligible for paxlovid. you need to have ibuprofen and know what your options are. >> a company called vaxar today showed data suggesting that they're having some success with a vaccine tablet to block transmission of the virus from person to person. i am guessing that's different
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from the pill you just talked about. but in general, how soon will it be until we're able to get more tools, pills, nasal sprays, whatever to fight the virus even more so than we are? >> i hate to say it but how soon it will be until we get new tools depended partly on the federal government being able to spend money on bringing those tools to clinical trials and then to market. part of the reason we got the mrna vaccines as quickly as we did is because we invested billions and billions of dollars in getting those into those large trials that got them into our arms. and then out into the public sphere. right now, things like that pill, like nasal sprays, most of those are in pre-human trials or in very small phase one human trials. they need to go through those large phase two trials and then the phase three before they can get fda approval. so we have a ways to go still. in a best case scenario, months, but if we don't see more money coming, it could be much longer than that.
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>> dr. megan ranney, thank you so much. >> the next story is wild. people say a woman spent two years in a coma. she woke up and blamed her brother for putting her in the coma by attacking her with an ax. police have now taken her brother into custody. let's just say that didn't go so well. when you have technology thatat's easier to control... that can scale across all your clouds... we got that right? yeah, we got that. it's easier to be an innovator. so you can do more incredible things. [whistling] (vo) get verizon business unlimited from the network businesses rely on.
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couch in june 2020 with severe injuries caused by either a hatchet or an axe. authorities did not have enough evidence then to charge her brother. now they do. cnn's jean casares joins me now. jean, this is a crazy story. has her brother admitted any guilt? >> no. i spoke with the magistrate's office probably an hour ago, he does not have an attorney because he is refusing to sign any paperwork so they had his initial appearance which they had to have under the constitution, but he is refusing an attorney, but the case has to proceed because krcriminal chars have been filed. this is an amazing case, but it is true. according to this complaint, her name is wanda palmer and two years ago she is sitting in her living room on her sofa, someone comes in and they begin to attack her. it's believed with a hatchet or an axe. they haven't found the weapon,
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but when law enforcement arrived, she was hunched over and those on the scene began to hear what they believed was the death rattle and they also heard shallow breathing and they summoned emergency medical and they took her to the hospital and she was alive and she survived. she was in a coma, though, so they could not ask her as the living victim of about what happened and there were no eyewitnesses and there was someone that said they had seen her brother on the porch. they questioned him and he said he didn't do it, but it took two years for them finally to get a phone call from the care facility saying that wanda has woken up, and her brother has now been charged because she was asked questions open-ended questions. i think we have some video. this was just taken.
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that is her brother after his initial court appearance and he didn't want to get in the squad car to go back to the jail, but here's what we are told. she is giving some very, very primitive talking to law enforcement at this point. why would you brother do this? because he's mean. so her brain activity is not where it should be, but they asked her, and she told them according to the complaint and our discussions with law enforcement that it was her brother. >> an unbelievable story. jean casares, thanks so much. appreciate it. >> in our pop culture lead, singer ricky martin is denying allegations of abuse made by his nephew. martin was served a protection order earlier this month that he and his 21-year-old nephew had been in a romantic relationship. martin's attorney, unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental challenges and ricky martin has never been and
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never would be in a sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew. the idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting. the idea puts a new meaning to the term weddiding crashes. stay with us.
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in our national lead they say rain on your wedding day is good luck. what about a monster wave on your wedding day? guests in hawaii got a wet surprise when a giant wave crashed right through the venue. talk about dampening the move. the national weather service has warned of an extra large south swell across most of the state. we should note the wedding hero of the hour appeared to be the wedding cake, still standing! to borrow a blondie lyric, the tide was on, and let's hope the happy couple planned a higher and dryer altitude. >> follow me on twitter and instagram and tweet the show with the lead and if you ever missed an episode of the show, you can listen to "the lead"
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