November 22 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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1:54 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Former FDA commissioner says he thinks Covid-19 vaccine will be given annually "until we learn more"

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

from CBS
from CBS

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and a board member of Pfizer, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that his guess is that a Covid-19 vaccine will be annual until more is learned.

“We don’t know yet,” Gottlieb told Brennan when she asked whether people would have to go back and get the vaccine every year. 

“I think initially it’s probably going to be given on a general schedule until we learn more about the real-world benefits of the vaccine and how must it cuts down on transmission of the virus, you know, does it just prevent you from getting Covid symptoms or does it actually prevent you from gaining infection and spreading the infection,” Gottlieb said. 

Gottlieb said that there is some data that suggests “the immunity is fairly durable and might last longer than a year, but we just don’t know that yet.” 

He added that this probably wouldn’t be known at the time a vaccine gets authorized either, “so my guess is it’s going to be an annual vaccination for a period of time until we learn more.”

Gottlieb also spoke about the safety profile of the vaccine, saying “the safety profile has been good in the clinical trials.” 

Most vaccine related adverse events happened in the first 40 days or two months of vaccination, he said. 

“But, we’re not going to know the full profile until you have that long term follow up data,” which is why the FDA is taking what he called a prudent approach and probably won’t generally license the vaccine until they have six or eight months of long term follow up data on trial participants who were vaccinated and people who are vaccinated in the next several months. 

1:41 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

The US has had more than 3 million Covid-19 cases in November — and the month isn't even over yet

The United States has reported more than three million new Covid-19 cases this month as of 1 p.m. EST Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data. There's still more than a week left before November is over.

Here's the full breakdown of cases per month in the US:

  • November: 3,002,082 (As of this afternoon)
  • October: 1,910,668 
  • September: 1,200,315 
  • August: 1,462,797 
  • July: 1,921,461 
  • June: 834,309 
  • May: 718,241 
  • April: 884,026 
  • March: 192,152 
1:24 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Nearly 25% of the US's coronavirus cases have been reported this month

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The United States has reported more than 3 million new Covid-19 cases in November as of 1 p.m. EST Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

There have also been at least 25,040 deaths from the virus in November as of Sunday afternoon.

Since November began, an additional 3,002,082 cases have been identified. 

There have now been a total of 12,126,076 coronavirus cases and 256,163 deaths throughout the US. 

November's new cases account for 24.75% of all cases in the US since the pandemic began and the month's death count accounts for 9.7% of all Covid-19 deaths in the US. 

1:57 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

The number of daily Covid-19 cases in California has nearly tripled since the beginning of November

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

In this image taken from a drone, cars line up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for Covid-19 testing on November 14.
In this image taken from a drone, cars line up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for Covid-19 testing on November 14. David McNew/Getty Images

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported the second highest daily coronavirus case count on Saturday, recording 14,319 cases. On Friday CDPH reported 15,442 new Covid-19 cases.

The number of new daily coronavirus cases has nearly tripled since numbers reported in the beginning of the month of November. 

There are currently 1,102,033 confirmed coronavirus cases in California to date, according to a numbers released by CDPH on Saturday. 

A limited “Stay At Home" order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom was met with varying reaction across California’s 58 counties. It’s the first time since March that a statewide “Stay At Home Order” was put in place in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus across the state. 

People in Orange County gathered at Huntington Beach on Saturday night in defiance of Newsom’s new order, protesting the month-long overnight curfew.

1:15 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

New York state reports more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York State is reporting 5,391 new cases of Covid-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted today.

The overall statewide test positivity rate is 2.74%, and within the cluster zones, the positivity rate is 4.39%. 

On Sunday, the state reported at least 2,562 people were hospitalized because of Covid-19 and 30 people died from the virus on Saturday, the governor tweeted.

Read the tweet:

One thing to note: These numbers were released by the state’s health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and our Covid tracker.

12:53 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Here's how you can host a socially distanced, outdoors Thanksgiving this year

From CNN's Katia Hetter

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen is urging Americans to skip visiting family and friends to have holiday dinners around indoor dining tables.

She said people can still visit family by socializing outdoors and described how Americans can host outdoor gatherings.

Here's what she said:

If you're the host, set up chairs and tables in advance. I like to have a big table in the middle, where I put all the drinks and plates. I also have chairs set up so that every household is spaced at least 6 feet apart. I'll pour drinks and then have people come up, individually, to pick them up. Food should be plated separately; no buffets or people reaching into a common bowl. We won't share food or drinks.

Make sure to keep an eye on the kids. To be safe, put masks on the kids if they're playing together, though be sure to enforce physical distancing. If they are sharing toys, apply hand sanitizer frequently. We try to do it every 30 minutes.

Designate a bathroom for guests. Guests should go indoors, one at a time. No gathering indoors. Everyone should wear masks while using the restroom. Open windows and doors leading to the restroom if possible.

12:32 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Fauci says mitigation measures "can blunt curves" as we get "into the colder season"

From CNN Health’s Leanna Faulk

from CBS
from CBS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face The Nation on Sunday, that implementing mitigation efforts can help flatten the curve leading up to the holiday season.

Fauci says implementing mitigation measures — such as universal mask wearing, physical distancing, closing bars and avoiding crowds — “can blunt curves and as we're getting into the colder season.”

“Those are relatively easy things to do,” he said. “The fact is we know when you do that and when you do things like limit capacity and restaurants and stay away from bars and even closed bars – it does have an impact,” he added. 

“I would hope that the people who are pushing back on the recommendations for mitigation measures just look at the numbers – look at the facts,” he said. 

12:27 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Fauci says he would have "no hesitation" to take a Covid-19 vaccine

 From CNN's Naomi Thomas

from CBS
from CBS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the ultimate determination for recommendations on who gets a Covid-19 vaccine first, and that he would have no hesitation in taking it if he was in that group. 

“The CDC has the ultimate determination for the recommendations,” he told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on Sunday. “They do that closely with an Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which is also being complemented by recommendations from the Nation Academy of Medicine, but at the end of the day it’s the CDC.” 

Fauci explained that the CDC will make recommendations after an emergency use authorization is implemented as they will know what was discussed with the FDA. 

“They’ll be able to say okay, on the basis of our determination and our advisory committee, this is the prioritization of people who will get it,” he said, adding that that if things go well, “and I think that they will,” and the vaccines get the EUA which is expected, “we will have maybe 20 million people will be able to get vaccinated by the middle to the end of December and then as we get into January, February, even more.” 

“Would you take it next month?” Brennan asked him. 

“Yeah, if I’m within the group that’s recommended, definitely I would. I would look at the data, I mean right now, the FDA will make that determination,” he responded. “But I would have no hesitation to take it, nor would I have any hesitation to recommend it to my family.” 
12:24 p.m. ET, November 22, 2020

Fauci: "We need to get as many people as possible vaccinated"

 From CNN's Naomi Thomas

from CBS
from CBS

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that there are two things that make a vaccination program effective: the efficacy of the vaccine and how many people take it. 

Fauci was speaking to CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face The Nation on Sunday. Brennan quoted Operation Warp Speeds chief scientific advisor, Moncef Slaoui, saying “we could have true herd immunity take place somewhere in the month of May as the vaccine is distributed.”

Brennan then asked Fauci if America goes back to normal life in May.

“You know, I don’t think so, unless we do, and I believe you’re referring to Moncef Slaoui who said that,” Fauci said, adding “and I totally agree with him,” after Brennan confirmed. 

“If you have a highly efficacious vaccine, and only a relatively small 40, 50% of the people get vaccinated, you’re not going to get the herd immunity you need,” Fauci said. “What we do need is we need to get as many people as possible vaccinated.”  

This is why, he explained, “we want to be very transparent” and for people to understand the independent, transparent process which led to the point of the US Food and Drug Administration, along with independent advisory committees, saying that the vaccines are safe and effective with an EUA and ultimately a license. 

“When the American public hears that, you should be assured that that is the case and if you get an overwhelming majority of the people vaccinated with a highly efficacious vaccine, we can reasonably quickly get into herd immunity that would be a blanket of protection for the country,” Fauci said.