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a beautiful day there in washington as we look at the capitol. still lit up as the sun's coming up over the horizon. we hope that you are seeing some sunshine today as well. or will. wherever you're waking. you good morning to you, i'm christi paul. >> and i'm boris sanchez in for victor blackwell. right now, more than 77 million americans have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine. that's nearly 13% of the u.s. population that's fully vaccinated. >> now hhs says the country will have plenty of shots available. but the issue will likely be getting people to take the vaccine. >> yeah. several states are pushing forward with easing restrictions. nearly all amc movie theaters are set to reopen on friday.
and disneyland in california set to open its doors next month. now, the u.s. has seen a significant drop in infections this winter, but the average daily number of new cases still around 53,000. >> yeah, experts fear that we could still see a spike. they say that vaccine hesitancy and the increasing number of variants could stand in the way of herd immunity. new guidelines, though, from the cdc are giving a lot of people hope that there is going to be a return to normal. and that's going to be soon. cnn's evan mcmorris-santoro is following the latest. evan, good to see you. the cdc put out guidance how schools should stagger students in classrooms. we understand there are some teachers still cautious about going back to the classroom. how did the cdc make this decision? >> reporter: well, christi, we've been talking about this since the beginning of the pandemic, the idea of what's safe and not safe, inside a school. and the science has shown us for
a while now that being inside of a school is relatively safe if everyone's wearing a mask, there's ventilation. and up until this week, students were sitting six feet apart. well, the cdc looked at numbers from across the country. looked at three states' specific data and found that actually students could sit three feet apart, again with the masks and with the ventilation which means theoretically, a lot more kids in school. and that could mean a big deal for getting this country back to normal. big news for schools friday. new guidance from the cdc having the distance most students need to be spaced in the classroom. >> layered mitigation strategy including strict use of masks among students and a distance of at least three feet between students were common factors among the schools in these studies that demonstrated decreased transmission from covid-19. >> reporter: the new guidance
heralded at local government leaders who say the updated rules mean more kids in schools. >> it's going to help us to reach more kids. >> reporter: it's not just throwing open the doors, however. are they going to ensure they have good enough ventilation in the places? that's going to continue to be a my majority. obviously, masking continues to be a priority, all of those things. yes, great news. i think it's going to open the door for a lot of schools to be able to reopen, don't forget the basics still, masks, ventilation, all of that. >> reporter: optimism mixed with vigilance as the biden administration announced a may have achievement this week. 100 million vaccine doses administered in 58 days. >> we've nearly doubled the amount of doses we distribute to states, tribes and territories each week. >> reporter: states across the country are making the vaccine more available. and with that, some are lifting restrictions. in kentucky this weekend, bars can search until midnight and close at 1:00 a.m. at 60% capacity.
on monday, massachusetts reopened stadiums at 12% capacity and raises limits. science that americans are feeling more secure everywhere, especially at the airport. tsa has screened passengers in the last eight days. that's a record for the year. it doesn't mean that the pandemic is anywhere over. dr. fauci warning the variant in the uk is spreading in america. and people still need to take the basic measures to protect themselves. >> get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible with the vaccine that we know works against this variant, and finally, to implement the public health measures that we talked about all the time. >> reporter: so, christi and boris, that challenge of trying to reopen things while remaining focused on this pandemic is still really with us this weekend. i'm at the javits center which is a massive vaccine site here
in manhattan. you can see people starting to line up to get the vaccines. i knoll itw it's the middle of day for you but it's the morning here in new york. the focus here, to get it in arms as quickly as possible. chuck schumer trying a 30% increase by the end of this month, trying to get the vaccines in arms, get that herd immunity going as quickly as possible, trying to keep this vaccine in control and finally put it in check. boris and christi. >> thank you, sir. let's talk to dr. chris pernell about this. she's director of medicine. good morning, dr. pernell. i wanted to talk about the vaccines and the availability, this is what we've been waiting for, this availability, we do know that dr. david kesler, the chief executive officer at the white house for the covid response said i believe we're
going to be seeing a shift from a supply issue to a demand issue pretty soon. based on your experience, where you are, how plausible is that scenario to you? >> look, i think there should be cause for concern. but cause for concern should not preempt -- preemptive planning should not preempt logistical actions being taken on the ground. we need to be ready so that when supply isn't an issue, we thought through how to get to the home bound seniors and we fought through howing to get through the communities and we fought through the pockets of slow tfs. they've been talked about. we have pockets of slow ts and even resistance in certain affiliated groups in white men and evangelicals. so, we have to do a better job of public health messaging and doing it in culturally sensitive
relative tones. >> dr. fauci said this week we're not likely to get to herd immunity unless we start vaccinating children. we know that older children should start getting vaccinated in the fall. younger children beyond that. do you see a scenario at all there's a chance we may not even hit herd immunity? >> anything is possible, but we're not going to let up, right? i call it community immunity. you'll hear a lot of people talk about that, another way to emphasize the social connectedness. the more we can do to get vaccines in arms. again, vaccines don't save lives. vaccinations do. ultimately, that means we're going to have to vaccinate adolescentses right now, we have studies ongoing in children 12 and above. the science is doing its part. now, we need the public to be ready to uptake and receive that. and we need the government at every level to have fought through the logistics so that we don't only have a robust
vaccination strategy for adults, but a robust vaccination strategy for children. >> we see relaxing of restrictions in a number of states. texas has done it. alabama is determining whether they be going to no masking. new york, easing restrictions for dining and whatnot. what do you say to people who point out we've hit 100 million vaccinations in 58 days which is far better than what had been predicted or what was the goal. what do you say to people who say don't the vaccines make us safer? >> vaccines make us safer, but again, to emphasize, vaccinations are what saves lives, right? so doses in arms. but above all, we cannot relax. we cannot let up. we have evidence and data pointing back to the summer when restrictions started to be eased. when people started to dine indoors and even outdoor, we saw spikes in infections within six weeks. we even saw spikes in deaths.
we can't look at part of the science, we can't claim a preemptive or partial victory. we have to think through what is going to keep the most amount of folks safe and continue with the public health measures. you know, i know everyone wants to routine as much as possible. we want the economy to be robust, but those things don't have to be at odds with public health. if we do those things in lockstep with the science, in lockstep with the data, we won't see those surges. i can tell you right here in the northeast in new york and new jersey, we're actually seeing an uptick in cases. and we're concerned if those variants are outpacing our ability to vaccinate. to work closely watching that, while people want to go to disneyland. while people want to dine outside. it's not the time to be that fast indefinitely. universal masking is our key to keeping people alive. >> yeah, those variants are a wildcard, what we're seeing in europe is also a little concerting. dr. chris pernell, so good to
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added that racism, xenophobia and sexism in america, they're all real and they to be called out. >> cnn's amara walker is in atlanta with the latest on the investigation. and the call forward to classify the attacks as a hate crime. >> reporter: good morning, christi and boris. president joe biden and vice president kamala harris were in atlanta on friday meeting with leaders of the asian american pacific islander community. they outlined the xenophobia and racism in the country but stopped short of killing the killing spree at the three spas lass the atlanta area a hate crime. while press are investigating whether or not this was a racially motivated crime, cnn is getting new video from surveillance video that appears to show the suspect's vehicle pulling in front of the parking lot in front of young asian
massage. it was before the shooting that killed four people and injured one. the 21-year-old suspect, robert aaron long remains behind bars without bond. he faces eight counts of murder. and one attempted murder charge. christi, boris. >> amara, thank you so much. listen, anderson cooper, amara walker, victor blackwell and ana cabrera are going to be with you "afraid: fear in america's communities of color" begins monday night on cnn. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have made the trip to the u.s./mexico border. president biden says he has no plans to visit. is that a mistake? we'll discuss, next.
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well, the biden administration facing a growing surge at the u.s./mexico border right now. the border patrol sector chief in texas rio grande valley tells cnn the morning 2,000 migrants were apprehended just on thursday. >> democratic senator chris murphy of connecticut was among a bipartisan group of senators who traveled to the southern border with homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas yesterday. take a look at what he tweeted, quote, just left the border process facility. hundreds of kids packed in big open room. in the corner i fought back tears as a 13-year-old girl sobbed uncontrollably explaining through a translator how they're fied she was having been separated from her grandmother and without her parents.
and biden administration is try their best to uphold the rule of law with humanity. >> here's their story. >> reporter: these are the south texas trails used by thousands of migrant like these unaccompanied teenagers from guatemala, to make their way into the u.s. and sometimes, they encounter deputy constable dan broyles, as he patrols the border with mexico. 16-year-old kevin gets emotional as he shares that he's been traveling for a month. sometimes, without food or water. his father waits for him in pennsylvania. 17-year-old allen's voice breaks as he explains his grandma, who takes care of him, stayed behind in his gang-ridden neighborhood. border authorities in the rio grande valley are encountering about 1,000 migrants a day according to a federal source,
many of them unaccompanied minors. evidence that mothers and children on the trial, diapers, children's clothing and masks. documents left behind by some of the migrants tell part of the story. in this case it looks like a 34-year-old mom from honduras and 2-year-old son, they both tested for covid before leaving their country and tested negative. so what are you looking for? >> i'm looking for splashes of color in the brush. >> reporter: he also looks for signs of life. and he shows us the arrows posted by border authorities. >> i can see it's homeland security. >> reporter: and this one that reads -- asylum. walk to the bridge, just two kilometers. what bridge? the bridge near the rio grande where immigration processing begins. this is as close as our cameras can get.
border patrol is not granting media access. but with permission from deputy constables who patrol alongside federal authorities. >> it's in charge of approximately 22 miles of international border. >> reporter: we got our eyes and ears on the ground. did you come alone? this teen said he paid a smuggler after a recent hurricane flooded his single mom's home. how much did you pay? or about $2500. how did you get the money? was it a loan? >> reporter: broyles job ends here when he sends the teens off to border patrol. for the teens it's just another step in an already uncertain journey. among the banks of the rio grande, the land mass that you see behind me is mexico. the man in charge of this portion of the border is
precinct constable. downriver, the smuggling of people, upriver, the smuggling of drugs. and there's no end in sight. rosa flores, cnn, along the border. >> rosa, thank you for the. >> reporter: the. joining us to discuss laura barron-lopez, white house reporter. and mark margaret talev. you said the immigration issue is a bigger threat than the pandemic. with the majority returning in 2022 what is the incentive to work with democrats to fix the problem? >> yeah, boris, i think we're beginning to see some of the contourisms, right? we know the house -- democrats who control the house have begun breaking up immigration legislation into more digestible pieces dealing with the
dreamers, children who were brought here without documentation. or dealing with farm workers. these were supposed to be the test cases, the smaller pieces, that can be broken off and perhaps passed by 51-50 senate. already, we're hearing republicans in the senate saying, well, you know, until we get the border situation under control it's harder to pass the legislation. so the bigger biden administration dream of a comprehensive plan to create a path to citizenship for 11 million people, okay, put that aside for a couple of months if it's going anywhere. these are the smaller pieces and they're already beginning to hit road blocks, precisely around the discussion about the current crisis with the surges. >> biden has been watching his cabinet, lawmakers from both parties, traveling to the border. no plans himself for bide ton
visit. he did share this with abc news, a message to potential immigrants. listen. >> first of all, the idea that joe biden said come because i heard the other day they're coming because they know i'm a nice guy and i want -- >> they're saying this. >> yeah. well, here's the deal, they're not -- >> do you have to say quite clearly, don't come? >> yes, i can say quite clearly, don't come. we're in the process of getting set up. don't leave your town or city or community. >> so, now that covid relief is passed and vaccine numbers are rising does biden need to be more engaged on this issue? does he potentially need to send that message to immigrants in person at the border? >> well, certainly, boris, there are a lot of factors that go into migrants making that journey beyond what our u.s. officials say. but as the pressure increases and as the situation escalates potentially at the border, biden
may very well have to go down there. right now, the administration is turning to dhs secretary, alejandro mayorkas, to handle the situation at the border, to make those trips himself. to be the one showing he's in charge and controlling the situation while biden himself is able to continue to go around the country and agress more what the administration considers their top priority and the more immediate domestic crisis. so, even though the relief plan has been passed, they are still looking to what they want to tackle next in terms of helping the economy rebuild and addressing jobs and infrastructure. and they're also doing tricks to try to make sure that the public understands what's exactly in that relief plan. so far, there's no indication that the white house is going to try to change their plans to try to continue to focus on the pandemic. >> laura, margaret, we want you to stand by for just a moment.
and we want to get your thoughts on another topic, and for that, we turn to capitol hill where senate democrats are preparing for a major battle. that measure would prevent many restrictions on voting being considered in multiple states. the senate republicans have promised to block it. cnn's daniella diaz joining us now. daniella, some democrats feel they're going to need a break or change the filibuster in order to take action on what would be a major piece of legislation? >> reporter: that's right, boris, when it comes to the senate filibuster, a growing number of senate democrats are ready to rumble. they're arguing that if mitch mcconnell and senate republicans are going to block legislation, particularly this voting rights bill that you just mentioned that is set to counter state-led efforts to limit voter access, they are open to nuking this rule that requires a 60-vote legislation to pass in the senate. but not all democrats are open to ending this rule. senator from west virginia joe
manchin has said that he is opposed to ending this rule. and he's reminding his democratic colleagues that this could be used against them when they're in the minority. and he's not the only senator that is opposed to this. he includes senator from arizona kyrsten sinema, jon tester from montana and dianne feinstein. while president biden and joe manchin are for changing the filibuster, it's unclear where this is going. >> daniella diaz reporting from capitol hill. thank you so much. back with me laura bearron lope and margaret talev. there have been folks lobbying joe biden on this issue and apparently giving him time to come around to see that his
agenda could potentially hinge on a change to the filibuster rule. what is your sense of when joe biden is going to fully come around to blowing up the filibuster? >> yeah, biden has been taking -- the president has taken baby steps. right. he's talking about is bring be back the actual filibuster where you read "green eggs and ham" on the senate floor at 3:00 in the morning. right now, you say let's make it a closer look. it's a procedural way with automatic filibuster. but it's very complicated. filibuster has been in the u.s. since the 1800s. it's been around for centuries since there's been some form of democracy but because of its history in the u.s., it really has experienced an uptick around issues of race, during the war when there were efforts to slow down abolitionism, we saw filibusters, in the 1960s, again, a return to the active use of filibuster. because now there are so many
efforts in red states to make it more difficult to vote because it was easier to vote. and that helped more people vote. and then joe biden became president, the backlash to that has created all of these efforts in individual states to make it harder to vote. congress and the democrats are seen as a counterbalance to that. and if senate republicans put a -- you know, brakes on that, that is why this issue is coming to the forefront now. but to be sure, there are other issues, other legislative issues besides voting rights that would clearly be impacted if the senate voted like the house did with simple majorities all the time. >> yeah. and, laura, margaret alluded to the length between the filibuster and issues of race. in your piece, you sort of put out the idea that some democrats were willing to argue that getting the filibuster out of the way to pass something like a voting rights bill is about
protecting ing minority voters. do you get the sense there are enough democrats out there that will lean into that argument and move forward with something that would align senate rules as we know that? >> there's an increasing number of democrats arguing that. you hear jim clyburn comparing it with brown versus board. and saying why aren't they paying attention to the two democratic senators from georgia, they also are a part of that democratic majority in the senate. and we saw senator warnock in georgia argue that exact point. which is that senators are more concerned about protecting the minority party in the senate, than they are protecting minority voters. so increasingly you're hearing, house democrats, civil rights leaders even a number of senate democrats like amy klobuchar from minnesota saying that the reason she thinks the filibuster
needs to be done away with is because it's becoming impossible to pass what they consider very critical legislation like the voting rights expansion. as well as police reform. and that it's going to be impossible to do that if they don't break the filibuster. so this is all adding to the pressure on biden with senatesc. and that's a big question, which is were do they end up and how far account democrats push them as they make like margaret said baby steps to more intentionally reforming the filibuster. >> the other question will democrats ultimately regret this. mitch mcconnell has promised they will. we have to leave the conversation, though. laura barone-lopez and margaret talev, thank you so much. the judge in the trial is making a key ruling in a case. details how that may affect things going forward.
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cnn's omar jimenez has the latest from minneapolis. >> reporter: at the end of week two in the jury selection trial for derek chauvin, we've got 13 jurors. and judge peter cahill announced he wants at least two more before he feels comfortable going into opening statements. we added one juror over the course of friday but peter cahill made a series of rulings that had a major impact on the trajectory of this trial. most notably, it's not going to be delayed or subject to a change as defense attorneys for derek chauvin had wanted. they argued that pretrial publicity damaged jurors' abilities to be impartial in this. the judge basically said, no matter when this trial happens, pretrial publicity is going to be a factor. no matter where it happens in the state of minnesota you're not going to be able to find a set of jurors who have not heard of this story or either been
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so, following developments out of japan right now, a major 7.0 earthquake struck this morning. it hit off of japan's east coast. people could feel it as far away as tokyo which is 200 miles away. a tsunami advisory was issued immediately after the tremor but since been lifted. we're monitoring developments there to check out any reports of damage or injuries. we'll keep you posts, of course. yeah, staying in that part of the world today, the tokyo 2020 organizers committee announced that international spectators will not be allowed to enter japan during the olympic summer games because of the ongoing pandemic.
>> for the latest on how the virus is impacting travelers around the world. we're turning to our international team of correspondent, we begin with jim bittermann in france. >> reporter: for the next month, an estimates 20 million french will be facing new restrictions as the government attempts to bring down the alarming rise in covid cases. in a large stretch of the country from paris to the english channel around the city of nice to the south an limited 110,000 nonessential businesses will be shut down. and people will have to have justifications for being out and about. as well as travel under restrictions and other areas will be forbidden. meanwhile, the lagging vaccination program here seems to be back on track with the prime minister himself getting a vaccine shot on television and encouraging the french to do the same. jim bittermann, france. >> reporter: i'm paula hancocks in seoul. korean air says its customers will be the first in the world
to gain access to the travel pass. this is a pass that allows travelers to cord their covid-19 testing results and also any possible vaccination. the international transportation association is calling on governments to start issuing digital vaccine credentials to try and smooth the restart of international travel. now, it's planning to roll into this travel pass as early as the end of this month. of this mont >> thank you both. >> after multiple delays because of the pandemic, the doors of super nintendo world are finally open in japan. >> cnn's selena wang takes us on a tour of the first theme-based park based on the popular video games. >> reporter: here we go. entering super nintendo world through the war pipe. follow me.
♪ >> reporter: here we are. look at everything that the park offers. after all nearly a near long delay of covid-19, this theme park in universal japan is finally open to the public. we are getting a sneak peek before the big crowds come. this is how things look during covid. your temperature is taken at the entrance. hand sanitizer is everywhere and masks are required everywhere except in mask-free zones so i ent interact with the characters but you cannot touch. only area to take your mask off is this area with mario and ouija. i am being socially distanced from mario and ouija. park officials say this cost 500,000 to construct and more than six years to develop.
gaming industry and nintendo especially got a big boost during the pandemic as more people were stuck at home inside playing nintendo games, games that become real life in this park. the park is interactive and you with compete against each other other like in the mario games. i have this power band on my wrist. i punch up on these blocks and i get points on the mario app on my phone. this is what many fans are most excited about, this challenge. a real-life mario cart raise through bowser's castle. all right. i'm about to get on a real-life mario cart ride. got to put on the augmented reality headset here. clip it in. all right. let's go. the augmented reality headset got a little bit of getting used to but i was racing through the mushroom kingdom. i think i might have fared slightly better than the
real-life version. for nintendo, this is an important step beyond its core business of video games and consoles. it's cashing in on the treasure atrophy of iconic characters and properties here in the store and in the restaurant. we are in the mushroom kingdom and mushroom-themed food is ever everywhere. it looks like cartoon food but it's edible. she told me when i saw this i got emotional. i've been playing mario video games since i was little and the games raised me and beyond my expectations. i feel like i'm in the mario world. i get worried about covid when i take off my mask to eat, she said, but the park is taking safety protocols so i feel safe. japan's borders are still closed so international travelers aren't allowed in this park yet, but there are plans to open super nintendo world in florida, california, and singapore. mario says he wants the world to
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