White House coronavirus task force touts effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

The general in charge of distribution promised the vaccine would be distributed within 24 hours of FDA approval. This comes as hospitalizations climb in all 50 states.
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Transcript for White House coronavirus task force touts effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
Good evening. Great to have you with us on a Thursday night. We begin with the new warning from the CDC. They're urging Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving. With the nation having lost more than 250,000 American lives to this and given what T seen in the last 24 hours, innerly 200,000 new cases, the numbers are accelerating too fast. We took note of this map from the "New York Times" showing the nation's hot spots. This virus is all across the passing the 250,000 amerhe CDC projects we could see 298,000 lives lost by mid December. Governors across the country saying this is dire. Pleading for the public's . Louisiana's governor saying his state is in the third surge. Ohio's governor reporting hospitalizations are at a critical state. New Hampshire imposing a statewide mask mandate. California with a new overnight There's also news coming in on a third vaccine showing Dr. Fauci in the white house briefing room. ABC's whit Johnson leading us off in New York. Reporter: Tonight, the CDC is recommending against travel this anksgiving as it now forecasts another 46,000 Americans could die by December 12th. A staggering potential toll of 300,000 people. A vaccine can't come soon enough. The white house coronavirus task force, briefing for the first time since July. Dr. Anthony Fauci touting the effectiveness of the pfizer and modern vaccines and reassuring Americans they will be safe. We need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in an inappropriate way. This is really solid. Reporter: The general in charge of distribution for operation warp speed promising the vaccines, if approved, will be on the move immediately. I can look you in the face and say to you, the eua comes, 24 hours later, vaccines will be distributed out to the American people and be ready for administration. Reporter: Hospitalizations are now climbing in all 50 states. Nearly 80,000 patients, a new record. Icus hit hard in South Dakota, where new cases have surged by 400% in the last two months. Still no statewide mask mandate. A lot of us are tired of seeing the negative comments from the community, the lack of understanding how serious this virus is. Reporter: Tonight, about 100 of the country's biggest hospital groups out with a new ad begging the public to do their part and wear a mask. Healthcare workers grinding through exhaustion 8 months into the pandemic. Every day we come into work it's going to be one of the worst day we've had. Reporter: Ohio reaching critical hospitalization levels and California ordering a curfew in hard hit counties between 10:00 P.M. And 5:00 A.M. Outside Oklahoma City 13-year-old Devon Embry went from the football field to the icu. Now, fighting for his life on oxygen. Devon was one of the ones who did nt to go back to school because he was so scared of it. He wanted to play football, but he couldn't do it if he stayed at home. Reporter: In Utah retired music teacher grover Wilhelmsen playing his beloved violin while on a breathing machine. Lifting the spirits of hospital staff before becoming too ill and requiring sedation. Whit joins us now. Pfizer expected to apply for emergency use operation modern saying theirs is ready word on a third vaccine tonight? Reporter: Oxford and astrazeneca waiting for data from the trials. The task force is urging Americans to double down on masks and other public house measures. Whit, thank you. You heard that urgent plea from the CDC to stay home, not to

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