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yet. >> that means not ready to accept facts, not ready to accept math, not ready to respect democracy. means a lot. manu raju, appreciate that and your time today. hope to see you back here this time tomorrow. don't go anywhere. busy day. brooke baldwin picks up coverage now. have a good day. here we go. you're watching cnn this tuesday. brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we begin with contrasting moments in the fight against the pandemic, all unfolding this afternoon. first up this hour, you have president-elect joe biden, introducing members of his health team. these are the scientists and doctors he says that will help him defeat covid-19 all starting january 20th. on the other, you have president trump today. he will be holding a summit where he is expected to sign this executive order to make it a priority for americans to get the vaccine before anyone else. sources tell cnn he will take credit for the forthcoming
vaccines. today, the white house is denying the report that they passed on a big chance to have more pfizer vaccine doses available. when you look at the "new york times" reporting, they say the trump administration turned down the offer from pfizer for more doses this past summer. this is how a former fda commissioner, also a pfizer board member, described it today. >> pfizer did offer an additional allotment coming out of the plant, basically the second quarter allotment to the united states government multiple times. i think they're betting more than one vaccine is going to get authorized and there will be more vaccines on the market and that could be why they didn't take up the additional 100 million option agreement. >> and a bigger picture, 102,000 americans are in the hospital with coronavirus. that is a new record. we are getting a glimpse of the joy that will echo across a covid weary america as several
elderly people in the uk became the first to be vaccinated in the world today. little dance there says it all. back in the u.s., the fda releasing encouraging information about the safety of pfizer and bion tech vaccines. they will advice whether it should be given emergency use authorization. we start with chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta to breakdown the fda's data. sanjay, good to see you. what did they find? >> well, seems to match up with what we heard so far, brooke. couple weeks ago, we heard only from the company itself at that point, it appeared the vaccine to be 95% or so effective at preventing covid-19, preventing people developing the disease. the data has more in it. it gives a better idea of just who is most likely to benefit, breakdown by age group, people
with pre-existing conditions, things like that. so this is all data the fda is going to use to basically make recommendations in terms of who, what, when. the vaccines, we know health care workers and people that are particularly vulnerable are going to be first in line but they found other things like this, brooke. one dose does appear to offer some protection against covid-19. 52% they say roughly. that's a hard study to do. why? you only have a three week window to evaluate that before you get a second dose. i don't think it will change the recommendation by any means of two doses. what i think is a topic of discussion is to say this, brooke. if you have 40 million doses, do you give 40 million a first dose and wait for the second dose, given the first dose offers some protection or do you take 20 million people and leave 20 million in the refrigerator. that's a topic of discussion. also, are there people, brooke,
that shouldn't get the vaccine as this rolls out. i spoke to steven hahn, fda commissioner. asked him specifically about vulnerable groups. here's what he said. >> we're going to look at underrepresented minorities and look at the elderly and look at young folks, pregnant women, folks with underlying immuno deficiencies, immune problems because these questions are very important, providers and patients want to know them. so it takes a lot of time to analyze data, come to conclusions. yes, that's part of the entire package that we'll present to the vaccine committee. >> run that by you quick, brooke, in terms of three groups specifically likely to come up on december 10th. specifically people ask about kids all the time, we know they're less likely to develop this, but children under 16 are not part of the vaccine trials. they may be part of future trials. pregnant women, lactating women.
could be for the first round of vaccines they may not be on the list. people that are immune compromised because of immuno deficiency disease or chemotherapy or something like that, it could be that their immune systems don't react well enough. these are sort of the open questions that remain, brooke. >> so this is all, open questions, talking about pfizer specifically here. we are hoping we have a potpourri of successful vaccines to choose from eventually. astra-zeneca is another drug maker, we're getting new details on the efficacy of their vaccine. what is that? >> it is important to point out that there may be other vaccines. you mentioned that the government bought 100 million doses of the pfizer vaccine, and they had to make bets essentially, brooke, in the summer, saying where do we think this is likely to land. take a look at the list. 300 million of astra-zeneca, at
that point of the summer, indicates they had more faith in that vaccine. 100 million of pfizer, 100 million moderna. johnson & johnson, astra-zeneca, and my conversation with the fda commissioner, we may have data at the end of january on that. within the next couple of months there may be two more vaccines that come online. astra-zeneca, you mentioned, we're getting some early data. they say about 70% or so effective with the astra-zeneca. it varies, depending how many doses you give. if you do a low dose, prime dose, it got more efficacy. that's early data. we'll see what the data shows. if that data hoemlds up, that would meet requirements for emergency authorization. they just wanted 50% efficacy. it is promising, brooke. no question. >> we'll take promising news. we have been looking for
promising news. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. under that same heading here to the landmark moment today of 2020, the uk now is the first nation in the world to begin administering a fully vetted vaccine to its people. cnn's max foster is live in lovely wales. i can't get enough of the image of elderly english men and women rolling up their sleeves, taking the vaccine. tell me some stories that have come out today and how successful has it been. >> reporter: well, i think everyone is struck in the uk today, saw margaret keenan, a 90-year-old, first person to receive the pfizer vaccine outside trials in the world. another big moment, people quite taken back. i headed up to the vaccination center in wales, spoke to one of the nurses, said how would you describe what you're doing here today.
she said i am injecting hope. i think she spoke for a lot of the medical profession when she said that, combined with pictures of margaret keenan. shortly after that, first man to be vaccinated called william shakespeare, grabbed the headlines, so a lot for people to talk about. my colleague in london spoke to an elderly gentleman that received the vaccine. this is how he described it. >> no, didn't hurt at all. i didn't know the needle had gone in and come out. painless. >> it was a quick in and out for the needle like any vaccination. >> exactly. vaccinations aren't very common are they, in knock ladies a-- inoculation. >> i would like to vaccinate. seen it on the news, they said yes. i said -- then they asked
questions. they said come in and have a stroll. >> how do you feel that you're one of the first in the country to receive the vaccine? one of the first people in the world. how do you feel about it? >> i don't think i feel about it at all, i hope i am not going to have the bloody bug now. i don't intend to have it, i have granddaughters, i want to live a long time to enjoy their lives. >> reporter: people being quite matter of fact about it. in wales, locations for the vaccine centers are secret, they worry about people lining up outside to try to get it. going effectively. massive logistical exercise. people are excited and seeing hope as the nurse described early on. a big moment for everyone. >> truly a big moment injecting hope. we need some of that over here. i think our colleague's best
interview, the toughest part was finding a parking spot, not getting the vaccine. max foster, thank you. the white house today responding to reports it turned down the additional allotment of the pfizer vaccine this summer not once but possibly multiple times. white house correspondent kaitlan collins is with me now. what is the administration saying? >> reporter: it depends who you ask really, brooke. some people are denying they passed up buying more of the vaccines, the doses when offered by fisa fpfizer a few months ag kayleigh mcenany. you talk to dr. slaoui, running operation warp speed, he defended how they didn't buy more doses from pfizer, they committed to 100 million doses which we know now would be enough to vaccinate 50 million people, it is a two shot vaccine. his argument was they didn't know the efficacy of this back when pfizer approached them. the concern is that pfizer is telling people like "the washington post" that they have made commitments to other
countries, may not be able to give substantial more doses to the united states of their vaccine which is proven pretty effective if you look at the data and reporting from that until later in the summer, june or july, they were saying. the question is is that going to effect this timeline we have been told by white house officials, by operation warp speed officials that every american wants a vaccine by july can get one. we are waiting for more information. we haven't gotten a lot of details from the white house on how that went down. then you have heard from other officials and what sanjay gupta was saying the fda told him, they're looking to other vaccine candidates and what that will look like come january. there will be multiple vaccines on the market. this is raising questions about what's happening at the white house. the president is holding that vaccine summit. he is expected to sign an executive order where it is still unclear the details of the executive order. what they've said is it prioritizes giving the vaccine
to americans first, then figuring out other countries, how they're going to distribute that way. it is raising questions about is this about a company like pfizer, it is known to be trying to stop doses being given to other countries even though they committed to that. that's something we're not clear on. even the head of operation warp speed said he does not understand what the executive order is intended to do. he said he is staying out of it, notable given he is the person helping run and facilitate the vaccine effort. >> and he doesn't totally know what's happening with this executive order. we'll stand by, watch to see, look for that clarity in the next hour. meantime, let me ask about jenna ellis, trump campaign lawyer that tested positive for covid. how is she? >> reporter: we don't know. she hasn't confirmed this. we heard she told other people she has coronavirus and brooke, she was the one traveling all over with rudy giuliani. you see her there in the
background with guiliani, crisscrossing the country, pushing the president's baseless claims. the reason this is coming under scrutiny is not just that she's out and about across the country not wearing a mask as rudy giuliani was, she was at the white house friday for a christmas party for senior staffers. for example, jared kushner and ivanka trump were there according to photos that the president's daughter posted on social media. we were told that jenna ellis was not wearing a mask at the party. we have seen a lot of people are not wearing a mask. more people than probably most people have been around this year at some of these gatherings. it is raising questions about that. so far we have not gotten comment from jenna ellis, the campaign, or the white house on her attendance at the party. >> all right. kaitlan, thank you very much at the white house. in a couple minutes as we mentioned, president-elect joe biden will be formally introducing key members of the health team in charge of the pandemic response when he takes office next month.
arlette saenz is live in wilmington, delaware. arlette, give us a preview of what we're about to see. >> reporter: well, president-elect joe biden will be officially rolling out members of his health team that will be tasked with tackling the pandemic. if you look at biden's previous rollouts of nominees, there's a chance some may be in attendance. dr. anthony fauci will not be among them but the transition was looking into ways for him to potentially participate virtually. biden has landed on a variety of people with variety of backgrounds and expertise areas, leading health and human services is xavier becerra, attorney general of california, who does not -- is not a medical expert but has been leading that legal fight to defend the affordable care act. we know that dr. murthy will return as surgeon general, and
biden selected rochelle walensky, infectious disease expert to lead the cdc. this team will be facing a daunting task as biden takes office. they'll need to make plans for distributing a vaccine, promote ways to mitigate spread of the virus. we have already heard the president-elect say that he will ask americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency to try to get the pandemic under control. i want to point to how biden started his day. he attended mass in delaware. a holy day of obligation for catholics. another example of how biden's faith is front and center to him. he will be only the second catholic to serve as president and we should expect to see him continuing this church going tradition once he is in the white house. brooke? >> there he is heading into the church. arlette, thank you for that. we look for the president-elect and some members of his health team later this hour. thank you. meanwhile, more states
reporting record cases and hospital shortages, considering new lockdowns. and president trump calling state lawmakers again as he is still trying to overturn the will of the american people and his legal challenges continue to fail. why did republican senators invite a discredited vaccine critic to a hearing on fighting this pandemic? let's talk about it all. you're watching cnn. i am brooke baldwin. terrifying. i felt like i was just fighting an uphill battle in my career. as a little kid i knew that i wanted to work with computers. ♪ so when i heard about the applied digital skills courses, that definitely appealed to me. you're learning how to create spreadsheets, documents, forms and surveys. i'm thinking i can become more marketable. i got to about the third course and i'm like, you know, i probably could do this for a living.
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every single metric has been up, after november broke record after record. for the first time, we are averaging 200,000 new infections each day, there are more people than ever in the hospital fighting coronavirus. numbering above 102,000. all of this as the united states nears 15 million cases which could happen today. cnn correspondent dan simon live in san francisco. dan, california experienced another 160,000 new cases in the last week, most of any state. what's the situation where you are today, how are people handling the stay at home orders? >> reporter: brooke, hospitalizations up 72% in the past two weeks in california. in terms of how people are taking it all, i would say they're taking it in stride. it is highly disruptive, though. san francisco isn't quite seeing the surge in terms of what we are seeing in los angeles.
it took measures preemptively, the city along with the bay area. we are in the marina district in san francisco, chestnut street, high volume street. especially this time of year. retail stores have to reduce in store capacity to 20%. this is, of course, very disruptive to restaurants. restaurants in san francisco have done a remarkable job adapting to the times. you can see this is an outdoor space created here, right here in the middle of the street. you see this everywhere in san francisco. but guess what, now all of the restaurants are effectively closed. you can just to delivery or takeout only. that's going to be at least through january 5th. meantime, governor newsom announced the roll out of a new app, opt in only app. you alert the app if you have coronavirus and in turn it will alert others that may have been in proximity for you.
this was developed by google and apple and governor newsom talked about it yesterday. take a look. >> this is only as good as people's adaptation and utilization. opting in, not an opt out, you make the decision, it is not a contact tracing app, it is a notification app, if you choose to use it. we can leverage more and more utilization which will make us more effective and more meaningful. >> reporter: and governor newsom calling this just one more tool in the tool kit. the biggest tool, the vaccine, and 2 million doses are on their way to california, will be here by december 15th, the first batch going to health care workers. brooke? >> dan, thank you so much. that's so tough for business owners to shut those, even the outdoor dining options down. dan, thank you. cnn medical analyst seema yasmin, great to see you.
>> thank you. >> my first question is big picture. you have this dichotomy today, jubilation over the vaccine getting injected the first time in people's arms in the uk, we'll get to that in a second, and devastation. listen to dan, devastation over the surge in the u.s. with thanksgiving numbers not even reporting yet. what's your message to americans today? >> that when we are nearing the end of the finish line of the race but it is not quite there yet. so if you think of that race analogy as you approach the finish line, that's not when you slow down, not when you take a rest. that's when you keep your eyes on the target and keep on going. now more than ever we have to make sure we are diligent about wearing a mask, doing physical distancing, cancelling christmas as we know it, i'm sorry, that's just the reality this year. we have more than 101,000 americans in hospital with covid-19 now. that's more americans in hospital with this illness than any other time during the
pandemic. now is not the time to let our guard down. >> we won't do that. no one really should globally. but overseas, talk about our favorite new 90-year-old, margaret keenan over in the uk. she was the first person in the world, here she is, to be injected with the covid vaccine as nhs launched the biggest vaccine campaign today. you, dr. yasmin, were born near there, work for nhs after getting your degree at cambridge. what did you think when you saw the pictures rolling in this morning and what can the u.s. learn from this? >> i was born a few miles from where maggie as she's known to her friends, the 90-year-old grandmother that turns 91 next week got her shot this morning, making history, brooke, first person in the western world to receive a vaccine for covid-19 outside of a trial. i loved her message. she was saying if she can do it, everyone else can get vaccinated too, that british keep calm and
carry on but get your vaccine and wear your mask as well. the message for the u.s. is that there are other countries that have done due diligence in terms of planning and preparation and thinking about how much vaccine they're going to need, also rolling out supply chains. in the u.s., we were promised 300 million doses of vaccine by end of the year. we are looking at one-tenth of the target, we are so far off the mark. cnn did an analysis of 27 states. none of them said they expect to receive enough vaccine to even vaccinate the highest priority groups, so we have an issue of supply chains here. also, let's be real, looking at a vaccine, only one we have so far that has to be kept as cold as winter in antarctica. not every clinic or hospital can do that. so it is a logistical challenge for sure. >> speaking of the pfizer vaccine, one of the big headlines today here is that even before the pfizer vaccine was deemed successful, the trump
administration had passed when pfizer offered them supplies beyond the 100 million doses, and the former fda commissioner scott gottlieb confirmed this, but the trump white house is denying the report. you have hhs secretariy alex azr saying we do still have option for another 500 million doses. here's my question to be fair in all this. the white house placed contracts with six different vaccine manufacturers, each guaranteed 100 million doses, astra-zeneca 300. what else were they supposed to do? was hedging their bets there the smart move? >> yes, they had to do that, right, there's a finite amount of funding and hope that we end up with a basket of vaccines so we have more than one available. however, i think they did drop the ball here because there were early signs about which of the vaccines looked likely to be ready, most likely to be
efficacious in trials. now we're trying to play catch up to clean up the mess with an executive order being discussed that i don't think will do anything. pfizer is saying look, we gave you that option in the summer, you passed it up. now we sold 200 million doses of vaccine to the european union. so i think waving an executive order is a kid having a trantru. we have to bank on other vaccines coming available, which i hope they do, especially vaccines don't have to be kept minus 94 degrees fahrenheit. university of oxford one can be kept in the frig.. we are hopeful they're easier to store in the future. >> let's hope so. thank you for all of that. >> thank you. the president is reaching out to state lawmakers again, this time the pennsylvania house speaker as he seeks to overturn the election and legal challenges keep failing. we'll talk about that next. for veterans like martin.
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defenders are more than willing to help. pennsylvania is the third state trump reached out to republican officials. cnn confirms the president made multiple calls to pennsylvania's house speaker inquiring about the election results. let's go to gloria borger, cnn chief political analyst. gloria, as the president is making these phone calls, we know the pennsylvania supreme court is calling a legal challenge, quote, unquote, fundamentally frivolous. is this just evidence that no amount of phone calls to state officials is going to undo this election? >> i think it is. and let me quote a republican here, senator pat toomey who is not running for re-election. he says these phone calls are completely unacceptable, while some people are characterizing the phone calls as informational from the president, give me a break. when the president of the united states calls you and wants to find out what's going on in your state and how you might be able
to overturn the vote of the american people, i would say that's applying pressure. what the president is clearly doing is election tampering. and you can't do that. and elected officials or nonelected officials, anyone, the american public should not stand for it. but that's exactly what he has been doing from the white house. it is remarkable. >> pennsylvania is the fir-- is first state he tried to do it in, in michigan, georgia, governor kemp, long time royal to the president. let's talk about trump strategy, assuming there is a strategy, gloria. fight relentlessly and don't concede. if he says he wants to run in 2024, what's he playing to here? and do you think it will work? >> well, it depends what the meaning of work is and that is
look, if this is a president who is going for the long term political win here, whether it is for 2024, or to be the king maker for republicans without being the king, he has about 50% of republicans believing the election was rigged. so in a way politically you could argue that it might be working for him in the long term. he is undermining american democracy in the process. legally it is not working for him. he is not going to be reelected, he is not going to be sworn in january 20th, but he may be playing a different game here and he doesn't care whether the democratic process is undermined as a result. that's not what he is thinking about. as usual, donald trump is thinking about his own future and what it will hold for him and the more people he can gather behind him as he tries to
finish the fight one way or another, that's why he won't concede is really what he wants. >> as you point out, there are a number of republicans in washington who refuse to accept the election results who are on team trump. today the congressional republican leaders rejected this resolution, asserting joe biden is even the president-elect. my question is just, you know, we're going to have a new president january 20th. how long can they keep this up? >> i think they can keep it up until january 19th, if they want to, december 14th, the electors meet and vote, and that should be the end of it. and i believe that that's probably going to be the end of it. just imagine this. you have a meeting of top congressional leaders, democrats, republicans, i believe three and three, they're planning the inauguration. and they won't even vote, the republicans won't even vote to say this is joe biden's
inauguration. now, the republicans say roy blunt said that's not our job, that's not what we're here for, we are here to plan inauguration. not our job to ascertain who is the next president. but it is kind of ridiculous that mitch mcconnell, roy blunt, et cetera, won't say that and that is because as we all know they're worried about january 5th, they're worried about who is going to win in the georgia runoff because that means control of the senate and they don't want to anger donald trump because he has 74 million supporters out there, and they need him to be on their side so they can win georgia. that's what this is about. >> gloria borger, we wait to see who controls the senate and if some members of congress grow up. administrator i can't, tha-- gl you. >> any moment we should be hearing from president-elect joe
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let's get a sneak peek. there he is. the president-elect arriving in wilmington, delaware for this event, introducing his health care team who will be battling the pandemic, helping with distribution of vaccines, mitigating the spread. we're about to see that, we will take you there live momentarily. on capitol hill, a controversial physician that questioned the use of vaccines testifying before the senate homeland security committee about the pandemic. republicans invited vaccine critic dr. jane orient to the hearing on covid solutions and treatment. sun lynn s tell us why republican senators wanted her. >> brooke, it certainly was a controversial pick by republicans up here on capitol hill today and democrats are
calling her testimony dangerous, especially given the point we are, where we are as a nation as everyone is trying to get educated, learn about vaccines in the works. dr. jane orient is someone widely seen as a vaccine skeptic. she heads up a right wing advocacy group opposed to government involvement in health care, someone who has spoken at length about use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients, something the fda is not in support of. those are things she echoed in her testimony again. democrats are enraged on the committee and all but boycotted essentially. some were in the committee room, but didn't ask questions of her today. we only heard from the top democrat on the committee, senator gary peters, and he blasted republicans for essentially giving what he calls a conspiracy theorist a platform today. >> the minority was not consulted about the scope of this hearing before it was
noticed. the panelists have been selected for their political, not medical views, and for that reason, the composition of the panel creates a false and terribly harmful impression of the scientific and medical consensus. i welcome diverse perspectives, but we have a responsibility to follow science and facts, not conspiracy theories, and not disinformation. >> very notably, not just the democrats on the committee are opposed to her testifying today. senator mitt romney, a republican here in the senate, someone who sits on that committee did not attend the committee hearing today. when he caught up with reporters a short time ago, brooke, he talked about her testimony and said, quote, i think it's nuts to bring that into the senate. brooke? >> sunlen, thank you. some breaking news in the world of sports. one of the biggest rivalries in all of college sports according to statement from university of
michigan, the wolverines are cancelling sunday's game at ohio state university because of increasing number of covid cases and student athletes in quarantine on the michigan side. game off. in florida, there's new video of a dramatic police raid at the home of this covid data scientist who had been fired. she says she's being targeted by the governor. >> police, come down now. come down the stairs. >> i have children. what are you doing, my children! i felt like i was just fighting an uphill battle in my career. as a little kid i knew that i wanted to work with computers. ♪ so when i heard about the applied digital skills courses, that definitely appealed to me. you're learning how to create spreadsheets, documents, forms and surveys. i'm thinking i can become more marketable.
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florida law enforcement officers raided the home of rebekah jones, state's former data scientist accusing the governor and other officials trying to cover up the extent of the pandemic. by the way, fired back in may and her home security video captured the monday morning confrontation she then shared with cnn. >> come outside. outside. >> who else is in the house? >> my two children and my husband. >> where is your husband at? >> calm down. >> you want the children now? >> calm down. >> come down the stairs. now! >> police, come down now! >> search warrant. come down the chairs. >> you're pointing a gun at my children! he just pointed a gun at my children. >> search warrant. come down the stairs, sir. >> up there -- >> what's that? it's a baby.
>> come down the stairs. come down. given you every opportunity to come down. >> drew griffin, senior correspondent digging on all of this today. drew, why did this happen? and it's my understanding she actually doesn't believe she's the real target here? >> reporter: yeah. the video certainly makes it seem like this was overkill by the police. they claim she didn't answer the door 20 minutes and wouldn't answer the phone or hung up the phone, but be that as it may, no one arrested. they left with a computer, her phone, her hard drive. rebekah jones, goes back to a feud havingry the state and ron desantis. fired in may saying she blew the whistle on state officials she claimed were coveri ining up tr deaths in florida related to coronavirus. the governor said fired basically for insubordination. this current investigation is focusinging, according to an affidavit, on whether or not an
alert messaging email inside the state was broken into and used to solicit information, and she told chris cuomo last night, rec becca jo becca -- rebecca jones is a way to silence inside the government people. >> took my phone and what i used to run my companies and on my phone is every communication i've ever had with someone who works at state come to me in confidence and told me things that could get them fired, or in trouble like this. and i just want to say to all of those people right now, if he doesn't know already, desantis will know soon enough you've been talking to me. so be careful. desantis needs to worry less what i'm writing about and more about the people sick and dies in his state and doing this to me will not stop me from reporting the data, ever. >> reporter: what she is doing, brooke, she runs her own covid
tracking site now, independent of florida government, as she filed a whistle-blower complaint and facing potential legal troubles the state of florida. >> what's desantis saying? >> reporter: interestingly enough, his spokesperson said he had nothing to do with this. the governor's office had no involvement, no knowledge, no nothing of this investigation. that's from desantis' spokesperson. so right now we're just waiting to see what will happen as far as this investigation. again, nobody arrested. just her electronic material taken away. >> keep following if for us. we'll want an update, drew griffin, appreciate you. reminder to you, moments from now seeing these duelling e events from president-elect biden and president trump from the prowse. approaches to this covid pandemic now the worst it has ever been.
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. all right. top of the hour. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin and here is the president-elect joe biden. >> -- we faced as a nation more than 285,000 dead americans, because of covid-19 and counting. last week covid-19 was the number one cause of death in america. for black, latino and native americans, nearly three times as
likely to die from it. covid-19 is a mass casualty. for families and friends left behind, there's a gaping hole in your heart that will never be fully healed. as a country, we've been living with this pandemic for so long. we're at risk of becoming numb to its toll on all of us. you know, wee resigned to feel that there's nothing we can do. we can't trust one another. that we must accept death, pain and sorrow. we're in the midst of this pandemic that has infected almost 15 million americans. 1 out of every 22 people in our country often with devastating consequences of health and this very moment what is the outgoing administration asking the supreme court to do in the united states supreme court? to repeal the entirety of the
affordable care act when we need it most. a law on the front lines against the pandemic. protects more than 100 million americans who live with pre-existing conditions. which will increase now including those with lung scarring and heart damage as a consequence of covid-19. it provides coverage for more than 20 million americans who get the care they need if share showing symptoms of covid-19. the law that fulfillals our moral obligation here in america, health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a few. as all of you know, i know that out of our collective pain we're going to find collective purpose. to control the pandemic, to save lives, and to heal as a nation. today i'm pleased to announce a team who's going to do just that. it's a team of world-class experts at the