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Latest on Covid-19 case numbers and vaccination outlook

Reporter Britt Conway shares the latest on a possible Covid-19 vaccine and authorization of an antibody cocktail for coronavirus treatment.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 5:27 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 11:43 AM

UNITED STATES - There are new efforts on the race for a vaccine for Covid-19.

In the North State there are five new cases reported Sunday in Modoc County. There are four new cases in Plumas County. Also, Tehama County reported 27 new cases on Saturday.

CLICK HERE to see all the North State Covid-19 case numbers.

Here is what we know about the timeline and distribution of a promising Covid-19 vaccine.

The head of the White House vaccine effort says vaccinations could start in just a few weeks -- and that 20 million people could get vaccinated before the year ends.

Despite this encouraging news -- health experts warn coronavirus cases and deaths could rise following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The White House vaccine chief has revealed that the first Americans could be vaccinated in just a few weeks -- as early as December 11, 2020.

Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific advisor for Operation Warp Speed, says, "My expectation is that this vaccine will be as safe as all the other vaccines that are being used in the population."

Dr. Slaoui said the FDA's Vaccine Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Dec. 10.

If the committee issues an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it could be rolled out as soon as the next day.

Dr. Slaoui said of Operation Warp Speed, "Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval, on the 11th or the 12th of December."

20 million people in the U.S. could be vaccinated by the end of 2020.

Experts say health care workers, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions, will receive the vaccine first.

On Saturday U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 12 million -- an increase of more than one million cases in less than a week, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Health experts fear an even bigger surge following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician for Lifespan/Brown University, said, "If even one percent of the 50 million people who are traveling for Thanksgiving transmit or get this virus, we're looking at an extra 500,000 cases across the country." She added the recommendation that "this is the year to stay home."

When it comes to children, the doctor says they could get the vaccine by some time in the middle of next year.

Another hopeful milestone is one concerning Regeneron's antibody cocktail that was used to treat President Donald Trump when he came down with Covid-19. The FDA issues an emergency use authorization for the antibody cocktail.

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