COVID Live Updates: Vaccines, therapeutics progress as cases in US hit 12M

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NEW YORK (WABC) — The new vaccines in the United States may soon come to the rescue.

The numbers present a grim story, nearly 900 Americans died in the past week.

The number of COVID cases in the United States is up to 12 million since the pandemic began.

On Friday, Pfizer filed for emergency use authorization from the FDA for its vaccine.

Moderna expects to file by the end of the month.

However, there are concerns within the health industry that many Americans are not willing to be vaccinated.

On Saturday, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for Regeneron.

The antibody cocktail was administered to President Trump when he was diagnosed with coronavirus last month.

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Here are more of today’s headlines:

Cuomo: ‘Staten Island is a serious problem’
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Staten Island is a serious problem and is heading into a red zone in some parts. He says “we’re running into a hospital capacity issue on Staten Island.” In addition, Cuomo said he believes that parts of Upper Manhattan and Long Island are going to go into a yellow zone as soon as this week.

Thanksgiving Travel TSA
Despite the CDC’s new guidance this week advising Americans against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, daily figures show TSA processed 1,019,836 passengers on Friday. That’s the second-highest number since March 17 (1,031,505 passengers were screened on October 18). That’s still down more than 1.5 million passengers from a year ago the same day. The CDC says “the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

Long Island high school to go full remote
Freeport High School will transition to full remote learning on Monda, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24 due to a positive COVID case. The Nassau County Department of Health will conduct contact tracing and notification.

State makes school decisions once positivity rate is over 3%, Cuomo says
As long as the seven-day average is lower than 3%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says schools in New York may reopen. In New York City, public schools have been shut down due to the city reporting a positivity rate above 3% — although according to the state’s metrics, schools would still be open. He also gave local governments the thumbs up to make school decisions as long as the positivity rate is below 3%. However, he said once the citywide positivity surpasses 3% under the state’s calculations, the state restrictions will take over.

FDA allows emergency use of Regeneron’s antibody drug
U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

COVID tests for flights
Three COVID tests before and after getting on international flights — that’s what’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. According to the agency, the first test should come back negative one to three days before traveling. The same procedure is suggested for the return leg of the trip. A third test should happen three to five days after an international traveler gets back home even after a negative result, the agency suggests a one week quarantine.

NYC small business owners to hold rally
With the number of cases continuing to rise, the latest round of restrictions could come as soon as early next week. The businesses that will likely be most affected by it are restaurants and other small businesses – already struggling to stay open. Many are expected to rally Sunday in the fight for help.
Most infections spread by asymptomatic people: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control has determined that most coronavirus infections are spread by people who don’t display symptoms. Those findings were published Friday on the agency’s website. According to the CDC, 24 percent of spread is from asymptomatic people compared to 41 percent that comes from people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The remaining third are from those who are believed to be pre-symptomatic.

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