Transcript for Trump claims politics as interfering with COVID vaccine
We'll get the latest on the coronavirus emergency. 32 states plus the district of Columbia are reporting an increase in cases. The total number in the U.S. Nearing 7 million, and the CDC is forecasting that the death toll will climb to 226,000 by mid October. Whit Johnson is tracking the new developments. Good morning, whit. Reporter: George, good morning to you. The issue of trust is front and center when it comes to a new vaccine with more Americans worried about the possibility of politics interfering with the New York and a handful of other states are taking matters into their own hands, conducting reviews of any vaccine before it goes public. This morning, the nation's top infectious disease expert saying he'll fully support the guidelines supported by the fda. If the fda career scientists -- if they look at it and say, we really feel strongly we should go this way, I would back the scientists. Reporter: This coming a day after president trump raised the possibility the white house could step in and overrule the fda if the agency came up with stricter standards. Most of the scientists and doctors on the president's task force warn a vaccine before election day is extremely unlikely. The fda promising earlier this week all vaccine decisions it makes will be based on safety, and effectiveness standards, not politics. New York and at least five other states and D.C. Say they will conduct their own review of any vaccines that are approved by the federal government, even if that means a delay in distribution. Frankly I'm not going to trust the federal government's opinion, and I wouldn't recommend new yorkers based on the federal government's opinion. Reporter: And now white house task force coordinator Dr. Deborah birx is speaking out saying she is not planning on leaving her job after rumors surfaced saying she was unhappy with her role on the team. Do I look like a person that's diminished? We're in the middle of a pandemic that's affecting Americans and as an American, I think I can do the best service to my country right now by serving in this role. Reporter: Across the country, cases of covid-19 are on the rise in 32 states as a new study from the CDC suggests young adults seem to be driving the recent community spread. Looking at southern states over the summer find that increases in positive cases among 20 to 39-year-olds came days before increases in those older than the city of Boulder now banning both indoor and outdoor gatherings of groups of any size of groups of 18 to 22-year-olds after finding out cases in town were affiliated with students of the university of Colorado, in Iowa, devastated by the death of this woman, an activist devoted to helping the homeless. Diagnosed with covid-19 just last week. It doesn't care who you are. It doesn't care who your family is. It doesn't care if you have children at home. None of that matters because it can affect you at the drop of a dime. Reporter: A painful time for so many. There is also a new study out of Houston. It hasn't been peer reviewed, but it found that the covid-19 virus has mutated several times so far perhaps making it even more contagious now, but so far no evidence that it's more deadly.
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