Moderna files for emergency use authorization for COVID vaccine

The vaccine considered to be 94.1% effective would require two doses; COVID-19 hospitalizations reached nearly 100,000 as health officials predict the worst is yet to come.
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The busiest travel day since the pandemic began. Dr. Fauci forecasting a surge upon a surge. Just moments ago modern announced it will ask the fda for emergency approval of its pfizer already made application for its vaccine. More than 93,000 people currently hospitalized in the U.S. For coronavirus and the U.S. Reports more than 130,000 new cases. Matt Gutman starts us off in Los Angeles where a new round of restrictions are set to take effect today. Good morning,matt. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That new stay-at-home order here will basically make this strip of restaurants that have turned themselves inside out something of a ghost town for the next three weeks. That as moderna's news means a viable vaccine becomes more of a reality. The company says its vaccine is considered 94% effective and it hopes to have fda azation by the end of December. Moderna announcing it will ask for emergency use authorization for its vaccine. It will require two doses. Moderna's vaccine uses messenger rna thatriggers an immune response. Unlike pfizer's vaccine moderna's can be stored in standard freezers for six months and a refrigerator for 30 days. Experts say it will make it easy tore get to rural areas. As for pfizer's vaccine doctors aren't allowed todminister it yet. United airline has started shipping it in anticipation of pfizer getting emergency approval. Over 93,000 Americans are now hospitalized with covid-19, causing states to implement harsher restrictions. Young people continue to party. This video emerging from a maskless dance party near Houston that the mayor called disturbing. In New York City 400 people attending an illegal club that had to be shut down. The city's mayor tightening restrictions in general, but relenting on schooling. There's less concern when it comes to younger kids. I feel for parents experiences so many challenges right now. Reporter: Mayor bill de Blasio announcing that elementary schools, pre K and kindergarten will re-open on December 7th with testing done weekly. This new stay-at-home order in L.A., one of the strictest in the country banning public and private gather outside of the household. Heal officials citing the tripling of hospitalizations and cases. They're calling it alarming. Robin? About thevaccine, Matt, when are we going to learn -- are we going to learn soon who is eligible to receive it first? Reporter: The CDC panel is meeting tomorrow. It's likely first responders and the most vulnerable first. Typically they do this in the hopes of getting folks the shot in the arm 24 hours after fda authorization. They're fast tracking it. Understandably so. Amy? Now to the millions of

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