Transcript for Total US coronavirus cases trends downward amid pressure for a vaccine
All right, George, but now to the latest on the coronavirus emergency. There have now been more than 194,000 American lives lost to the virus. With cases rising in 18 states but overall in the country, the number of cases is trending downward. Over the weekend some positive signs for a vaccine but troubling new reports of political pressure on the CDC. Steve osunsami in Atlanta tracking it all for us this good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin this. Is an agency that provides vital this was to Americans in the middle of this pandemic and these reports raise questions about credibility. The official message we keep hearing from the CDC is that their work is guided by science and not politics but politico this morning is reporting that communication aides appointed by the president demanded and received the right to edit the CDC's weekly reports on the emails show that Michael Caputo and his team changed scientific reports so that the reports didn't undermine the president's messaging. It a statement to ABC news Caputo explains saying our intention is to make sure that evidence science-based data drives policy through this pandemic, not ulterior deep state motives in the bowels of CDC. A vaccine can't come soon enough. And the CEO of pfizer says it's truly possible one might be ready next month. We don't know if the product works or not. It doesn't mean it works. It means it will know if it works. Reporter: Concern is putting football games on pause, the b.u./army game scheduled for next Saturday postponed. The risk of playing those games are underlined by the death of 20-year-old jamain Stephens at the California university of Pennsylvania. I was talking to my son. He was in good spirits. We were talking. We were laughing, we were planning for him to get out of the hospital because his 21st birthday is on the 21st of this month. Reporter: His mother says he died last week of a pulmonary embolism ten days after testing positive for covid-19. We were sitting in the hospital talking about covid responsible kinds of celebration that we could do for his birthday so to go from that to get to the hospital the next day and he's gone. Reporter: There's some encouraging news this morning from astrazeneca, a drug maker working on a potential vaccine. They are now continuing with human trials after one of their volunteers suffered a possible adverse reaction. George. That is encouraging. Thanks very much.
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