1st vaccine nears finish line as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have officially applied for FDA emergency use authorization. The government has already stockpiled more than 40 million doses from Pfizer and Moderna.
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Transcript for 1st vaccine nears finish line as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise
Friday night. I'm Tom llamas in for David. We begin tonight with the grim surge and the rising death toll of the coronavirus across the U.S. The U.S. Reporting 186,000 new cases in just 24 hours. At the same time pfizer takes a major step closer providing a vaccine for millions of Americans. The U.S. With now more than 253,000 lives lost. Nearly 2,000 deaths in just one day. Hospitalizations on the rise in every state. A record high of nearly 80,000 patients. Pfizer formally requesting emergency use authorization for its vaccine. An fda panel set to meet next month. Millions of doses could be available within 24 hour of fda approval. Long lines, millions rushing to get tested before Thanksgiving. People waiting for hours at dodger stadium in L.A. California with a new daily record of000 cases. A curfew going into effect this weekend. Here in New York City, the mayor wa restrictions could be inevitable. Whit Johnson tonight. Reporter: Tonight, from coast to coast, long lines for testing, looming holiday restrictions, and a mounting death toll -- nearly 2,000 in 24 hours as the coronavirus spirals out of control. When you look at the number of infections that are going up, they're really breaking records in hospitalizations, number of infections per day so that's the thing that's the worst of times. Reporter: But today, the first vaccine nearing the finish pfizer and its German partner biontech officially applying for fda emergency use authorization. The government has already stockpiled 40 million doses from pfizer and modern. If approved, the first round could be shipped out by mid-december. We developed a very extensive plan. We're going to get it down to the states. The stat are going to tell us exactly where they want it to be. Reporter: Still, the biggest concern Thanksgiving. Every day, new crackdowns. In California, an overnight curfew goes into effect this weekend for most of the state after its worst day of the pandemic. Over 13,000 new cases. New Jersey's largest city Newark issuing a stay-at-home advisory. We're asking everything to be shut down. You should be O only if you're getting tested, if you needgroceries. Reporter: In New York City, the original epicenter of the virus, the mayor warning it could bars and gyms. Half of the states in the U.S. Reporting massive staffing shortages. Nurses in New York City marching from a hospital the a nearby cemetery, demanding more staffing and ppe. We are here today because we are sounding the alarm. We are about to face the second covid crisis in the bronx and we are not ready! Reporter: In Indiana, respiratory therapist amber hodges has watched about 20 of her patients die from the virus. They crash so fast that you don't have time to really think about what you need to do. It's just easier to keep going and to take a break for yourself than to let your patients suffer. Reporter: Nurse Kari wegg nearly lost her own life to covid. One of my coworkers got it and she died. She died. Reporter: She Kari a second chance, receiving a double lung transplant. I'm hoping my message as a nurse, who didn't expect any of this, can get out there and bring it home to people who don't necessarily want to wear masks or want to isolate themselves or quarantine. This is real. Reporter: Tonight, the fda just announced a public meeting about pfizer's vaccine on December 10th. This is a chance for fda scientists and public health officials, part of an independent advisory committee to ask pfizer questions about their vaccine and review the data. After that they'll make a recommendation about how to move forward. Whit, thank you. We want to get to the

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