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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> hi, there. you're watching getting answers live on abc seven where we ask experts or questions everyday at 3:00 to get answers for you in real time. today, we dive into what it will mean for you as a driver after california lawmakers moved to ban sales of new gas powered cars in 13 years. is our state ready for that? and what will it mean for prices and options? the california air resource board will join us to talk details. you might know that the auto moon festival is coming up. despite mythical goddesses on the moon and moon cakes, what is it about?
the directors will join us. but first, moderna is suing pfizer over who had the vaccine technology first and who borrowed from whom. and the story of a woman who could not get a mammogram and ended up getting cancer. that story is going viral and as a cautionary tale. to talk about health and medical headlines including monkeypox, covid, and more, dr. patel. happy friday. dr. patel: that is my happy friday extended wave. kristen: it will be extra happy when we launch into the weekend. they have been the vaccine leaders, moderna and pfizer. they have racked up tons in sales. moderna is suing pfizer saying that pfizer took their technology. tell me about these claims. dr. patel: what we are seeing is that this is not a good look to
see these massive manufacturers in a lawsuit dispute. what moderna is accusing from the little bit i have been able to read is that they are accusing pfizer of violating patents that were filed between 2010 and 2016. a modification to mrna vaccine delivery. even when you are to inject mrna into someone's bloodstream, it will get degraded by your immune system. we have to have a delivery form. that is a lipid nano particle and moderna claims that they invented it and put to human trials first in 2015. what's important to understand is moderna is not enforcing their patent in developing countries. in 92 countries, this will not be enforceable. but it is enforceable in germany and the united states. no one really knows for sure what maternal wants but they
made it clear they don't want to take any vaccines off the market because they realize the importance of vaccines being available. but they want a cut of the profits. kristen: it's a better look to not fight in other countries outside the u.s. and germany. that would've been a black eye. pfizer is saying that we did it with our own technology and its proprietary. what is the likelihood that can happen? i'm thinking of a software engineer, and they could write the same lines of code if it is a simple project. they are not going to be the same at every turn. how does this fit in? dr. patel: it comes down to how much infringement took place for the lawsuit to go through. the legal talk is beyond my expertise. i have listens to lawyers that do not feel this case is warranted.
there is something important for everyone to understand, that there is so much that goes into scientific development. the method to deliver the mrna vaccine to a person in the framework of coronavirus used to develop this vaccine which is also part of this lawsuit. and anyone who thought the vaccines were rushed, they are not. this patent was filed in 2010, 10 years after research started. kristen: good point. i want to talk about monkeypox. do you have good news? dr. patel: i have realistic news. we want to get an update on vaccine delivery, treatment delivery, and where cases are going. they are still rising in many states, maybe not as quickly because of behavior
modification. people record. and a change in sexual behavior might be slowing cases. when looking at vaccine numbers, 10% have been given out to black americans even though this group comprises 30% of monkeypox cases. right there is some disparity and i hope we have a solution does -- reached. kristen: do you have any idea if it's working or being effective to change the dose is to give out smaller doses to stretch out the vaccine to get more people protection? dr. patel: it is too soon to know if that method is working efficiently as a subcutaneous shot because it's only been a couple weeks. some clinics say they need
special training. it's kind of tricky. you're going right below the surface of the skin. time will tell. we do know from previous clinical trials it does give a good immune response. we just need to see if it's adequate. reporter: a woman going viral because she put out a tiktok about her breast cancer experience. she found a lump but was denied when she requested a mammogram. is it because she was too young? dr. patel: that is what the reporting says. she was denied because she was too young and did not have a family history. i was reading this article and i go from frustration to then slow clapping.
i encourage anyone out there watching to read the story because there is advocating for yourself. i have questions about it. advocate and fight for your own health. have a team that does that for you as well. and have a question about access. her physician was concerned enough to ask for a mammogram at that was denied twice. i hope that this story leads to some type of explanation. that, to me, is concerning. kristen: she got treatment and hopefully she will be fine. why is that they are not given to people under 30? is it a cost thing? or does it have to do with
physiology like breast tissue density? dr. patel: in any type of screening test whether it is a mammogram or anything, what scientists and public health officials look at is you want to make sure that you are catching enough of the positive cases and not getting false positives. the american cancer society has the general consensus that women should start getting mammograms about every year after age 45. excuse me. from 45 to 54, a mammogram every year. then after that, every other year. below that age, if women have a specific concern or family history, they should talk to their health care official. kristen: advocate for yourself.
that is the takeaway. i want to ask you about the flu shot because i got a message. my producer did, too, that it is available. dr. patel: when flu is the only respiratory virus making headlines, the flu vaccine should be given as soon as you are eligible to get it. you are optimally getting that september or october before flu season really hit. if you are late for whatever reason, you can still get it and it will still be effective. even though the flu vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing you from catching the flu, it will reduce your chances of getting severely ill or winding up in the icu. larry: -- kristen: a pleasure talking and learning from you. have a great weekend. dr. patel: i promise to truth
kristen: an historic vote in california. it regulators approved the stringent rules to fight climate change. the state will ban the sale of gas powered cars by the year 2045 and there are some mile markers in between to beat as well. but a lot has to happen in the next 13 years to ensure a smooth transition for drivers.
joining us as the chair of the california air resource board. leanne randolph. thank you for joining us. leanne: we are really excited and -- about this groundbreaking moment. it is the first fully enforceable target to 100% by 2035 in the united states. kristen: let's talk about why the need was there to do this. how much of our emissions are due to gas powered cars? >> in california, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. it's also not just a climate issue, it is a critical public health issue. california has been regulating mobile sources for decades and we have really leaned the air -- cleaned the air and significant parts of california. kristen: what percentage of new
vehicles run on gas? leanne: right now the percentage of new-car sales that are zero emission is about 16.5%. larry: -- kristen: it's a small percentage but it is climbing quickly, isn't it? leanne: there is a lot of demand for these vehicles. kristen: consumer preferences are changing along with this ruling california. and being such a big segment of the u.s. market, what is the implication on the rest of the car market? leanne: it will have a huge impact. i think it is important to put this in a global context. there are countries in europe, in asia that are moving aggressively towards air emission vehicles. the automakers see that happening and they see that happening at ac california taking action. and they are all moving towards
a ride -- wide variety of zero emission vehicles. kristen: do you think other states will quickly follow? leanne: absolutely. right now we have 17 states that all follow california's current pollution control measures. we expect most if not all of those dates will adopt this rule as well. -- states will adopt this rule as well. kristen: what does this mean for automakers? seeing this, what do you think they need to do? can they transition that quickly? leanne: i think they are ready and ramping up. automakers are excited about the opportunity to provide their customers with these vehicles. their engineers are enjoying coming up with great new
products, and they are really excited. you can look on their website and you can see the energy they have behind that transition. kristen: they do cost a few thousand more. they are not exactly an expensive cars. how can we make electric more affordable? leanne: we think this rule will really help, right? it will create a market and eventually drive down the price. our economic modeling shows that we will reach cost parity with internal combustion engines very shortly. the other thing to keep in mind is the total cost of ownership for electric vehicles is lower. fuel costs and maintenance costs are lower. kristen: not having to pay gas would have been a great thing this summer.
is our power structure infrastructure ready to handle that? we still have a power supply issue. leanne: you are hitting on the key challenges. ensuring that we have charging infrastructure and in the state budget last year and this year, the state is making significant investments up to $10 million to infrastructure for the zero emission transition including charging infrastructure alone. there are other ways to support this transition and we need to be mindful that the communities that are most hit by air pollution are the ones where residents are less likely to be able to move forward with these
vehicles. the incentives we adopted included incentives to replace zero mission a vehicle -- zero emission vehicles and low income communities. kristen: if we stop selling new gas cars by 2035, how many years after that will the old vehicles will be phased out? cars can last quite a while? we will have gas for quite some time? leanne: in california in our mild climate, cars can last for 20 years or more. there will be gas vehicles on the road for a while but we need to start the transition as soon as possible. kristen: so how do we get to zero emissions by 2050? leanne: our goal is to get to net zero which is recognizing that we will have some ongoing emissions but trying to figure out ways that we can capture carbon or sequester carbon using either engineering methods or
recognizing that we will have cars and trucks on the road with some industries that will have emissions. we need to recognize that we need to have a broad suite of solutions to decarbonizing as much as possible. kristen: we should do a whole segment on carbon capture. i know that is somewhat controversial and quite complicated. any advice for car buyers? leanne: yeah. there are so many options out there. just doing the research can reap huge benefits in sort of understanding models that maybe you didn't know were available. and with the inflation reduction act, that the federal government just past, there will be incentives available at the state and federal level. kristen: the chair of the
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kristen: the autumn moon festival is returning to san francisco this weekend which means chinatown will come to live. joining us alive to share why you should go is jenny chan, assistant director of the festival. jenny: thank you for having me. kristen: the festival has been a great fixture here for 30 years put on by the san francisco chinatown merchants association. is this the first time since the pandemic? kristen: this is the second time. we were surprised last year that there were so many people
risking to go to the festival after the pandemic. kristen: building on that. what is the significance for people that want to know a little bit about the history and culture? kristen: the autumn -- jenny: the autumn moon festival is the second biggest festival in the chinese culture and celebrated for thousands of years. the moon cake is shaped like a moon because the moon signifies reunion in chinese culture and is celebrated. we wanted to get the moon cake. we can actually celebrated home
with the family. kristen: since you mentioned the moon, the cliff notes version of the folklore surrounding the moon goddess. jenny: yes, so someone had stolen the medicine for eternity. they rise to the moon to join her. kristen: i am so impressed. we have been showing video from previous festivals and i want you to talk in detail about this year. i know you have some special entertainment and also great food. walk us through what people will experience? jenny: we will have the opening
ceremony. then we will have a bruce lee look-alike contest. dress in your bruce lee inspired costume. miss california will be joining us at the opening ceremony. she is -- we are so excited to have her. on sunday, martin will be doing a cooking demonstration. kristen: what about a fire dragon? we understand it's a special one? jenny: at 7:00 p.m. on the first day of the festival, we will have a fire dragon.
in communities as well as in chinatown. come by and check out the fire dragon at 7:00 p.m. kristen: there has been bad giu giu for the last few years. is this good for families? jenny: it will be great for families. the kids will have tons of fun. kristen: and where can people park when they get there? jenny: the number 30 gets to chinatown or it can park in portsmouth. kristen: where can people get more information on the festival, the calendar, and everything? jenny: just go to moonfestival.org.
no need to rsvp but you can enter to join the raffle. kristen: no need to rsvp. there is no entrance fee. it is two days and sounds fantastic tomorrow and sunday. we continue to chat on facebook live but we do need to take a short break on the air and you can get our live newscast, breaking news, weather and more with our abc 7 bay area streaming app available on apple tv, android tv, fire tv, and roku.
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