[NFA] The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 12,028,081 cases of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 184,591 cases from its previous count, as U.S. health experts warned against holiday travel ahead of Thanksgiving.
ANTHONY FAUCI: "Right now, the curve is like that." Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, urged Americans on Sunday to do a serious "risk-benefit assessment" before traveling for Thanksgiving this week, as the number of U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 12 million, rising by more than a million in less than a week for the first time.
FAUCI: "In general, what I would recommend -- and I do this every day, Margaret -- is to tell families to just take a moment to do what I call a risk-benefit determination.
If I have someone in my home who's elderly, someone who has an underlying condition, do I really want to put that person at risk from someone who innocently or inadvertently could infect them?
Because we know clearly that people who don't have symptoms are clearly capable and are transmitting the infection." Fauci's strong recommendation during an interview on CBS's Face The Nation came as COVID-19 deaths topped 255,000, and Fauci warned that deaths could rise to over 2,000 a day in the coming weeks.
FAUCI: "These numbers really speak for themselves, Margaret.
We're in a very, very difficult situation at all levels.
So I think, I would hope, that the people who are pushing back on the recommendations for mitigation measures just look at the numbers, look at the facts.
They're staring us right in the face." Some Americans are ignoring a warning from the CDC, which recommended against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.
ANDREW CUOMO: "This is a dangerous period." Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York -- which was the first major U.S. coronavirus epicenter -- said he expects a spike in cases because of holiday gatherings.
CUOMO: "I believe the COVID rate will increase, just as I believe most New Yorkers will put on weight.
The only question is how much and how fast." Meanwhile, the chief scientific adviser for the government's "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine program said on Sunday that the first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine could get it as soon as Dec.
11 if the FDA grants approval, which would kick off the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history.
The CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci say teachers should be prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine along with other essential workers. But with states setting their own rules, many teachers don’t know when they will get their shot.
Scattered vaccine shortages cropped up on the front lines of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, prompting at least one large healthcare system to cancel a slew of appointments of people hoping to be inoculated. This report produced by Emma Jehle.
A new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday. Freddie Joyner has more.
[NFA] The governors of New York and Florida sought to accelerate the slower-than-expected rollout of coronavirus vaccines by warning hospitals on Monday that they would reduce future allocations to those that fail to dispense shots quickly enough. Freddie Joyner has more.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the federal government, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield, for their failure and "gross negligence" to impose COVID-19 screenings for passengers traveling from Britain.
The U.S. government does not intend to impose COVID-19 screenings for passengers traveling from Britain after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant there, people briefed on the decision said. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
With India vaccinating over 1.65 lakh people on Day 1 of the world's largest immunisation drive, doctors spoke on when the jabs would be available to the general public. Dr Atul Peters of Max hospital said that he wouldn't be surprised if vaccinations for general populace started in 2-3 months. Dr Suranjit Chatterjee of Apollo hospital disagreed, saying that it might take a few months before common people get access to vaccines. He added that other factors like role of the private sector would also play a role. Watch the full video for more.
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Home Minister Amit Shah on January 16 said that India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fought the most successful battle against COVID-19 in the world. "World has been fighting battle against COVID-19 for over a year. Several people died. It has been the toughest battle in humankind's history. But I'm happy to say that India fought the most successful battle against COVID, under PM Modi's leadership," HM Shah said while delivering his speech at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Rapid Action Force centre in Bhadravathi, Karnataka.
On Day 1 of India's Covid-19 vaccination, two doctors who took the shots shared their experience. Dr Atul Peters and Anil Dhar of Max hospital were given Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and SII-made Covishield jabs respectively. Both didn't experience any side-effects and said that doubts regarding the inoculants are unfounded. Dr Suranjit Chatterjee of Apollo hospital, who is set to receive a shot soon, also weighed in on the controversy regarding Covaxin and its third phase trials. Watch the full video for more.
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[NFA] As the events that unfolded in Washington on Wednesday captured the nation's attention, the raging coronavirus pandemic claimed its highest U.S. death toll yet, killing more than 4,000 people in a single day, according to a Reuters tally. Colette Luke has more.