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California sets new daily record for Covid-19 infections

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

California reported 13,005 new coronavirus cases on Friday, shattering the state’s record for the most new cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

Johnson & Johnson expects to have an efficacy readout on its coronavirus vaccine by January or February of 2021, Dr. Paul Stoffels, the company's chief scientific officer, said Thursday.

“The efficacy endpoint should be there in the first few weeks or months, January or February, in the new year,” Stoffels said at a conference sponsored by Reuters called the Reuters Total Health Conference.

Stoffels said the company is recruiting upwards of 1,000 people a day for its vaccine clinical trial and expects to reach its goal of 60,000 participants by the end of the year.

Pfizer and BioNTech said a statement Friday that their vaccine candidate, known as BNT162b2, will potentially be available for use in high-risk populations in the United States by the middle to end of December.

“We have medically fragile kids in the household, but this really can happen to anybody's family,” she said in an interview on CNN.

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said Friday that if the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved by the UK's equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration, it could roll out by next month.

CVS Health executive vice president and chief medical officer Dr. Troy Brennan said the company is preparing for the massive effort to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

Brennan said CVS expects to have vaccinations in hand by “mid-December. ” They are focusing right now on getting them to nursing homes and assisted living facilities first, in coordination with the White House’s Operation Warp Speed.

When asked by CNN’s Kate Bolduan when the average person can go in and make an appointment for the first and second vaccine dose, Brennan said “a lot turns on what the FDA does and how quickly they act with the information. ”

He expects CVS stores throughout the country to begin offering Covid-19 vaccines by the end of February or beginning of March, and they are prepared to “move rapidly,” he said.

It delays the testing results as well,” Jaques said Friday.

As Thanksgiving approaches, Jaques said there is also a concern that people won’t follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take basic precautions like wearing masks and social distancing that help keep the number of new Covid-19 cases down.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated the city could move into the state's orange zone as soon as the week after Thanksgiving, the mayor said on the WNYC radio show Friday morning.

The mayor said in part, New York City would move in to the orange zoon based on state data, “soon after Thanksgiving probably the first week of December. ”

With most of the United States in the “red zone,” the country faces an increasingly dire coronavirus spread situation than before, White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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