Dr. Fauci discusses vaccines and the pandemic as US sees surge in cases
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, said a nationwide policy on masks and social distancing is crucial to mitigating the spread of Covid-19 after the US recorded its highest single-day total 184,000 new Covid-19 cases last week. He also told CNN's Jake Tapper "it would be better" if government health officials could start working with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, underscoring the importance of a smooth transition process as the country grapples with the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
As the U.S. continues to deal with a rise in COVID-19, So is Europe.
And France, like much of the continent, is struggling to get control of an autumn surge in cases after a record-setting weekend.
NewsNet's Europe correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Lyon, France. Storm Vamco barreled into Vietnam on Sunday after wreaking devastation in the Philippines , where the death toll rose further and the search for survivors continued. Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority said at least five people were injured but no fatalities were reported. The storm, which was downgraded from a typhoon, made landfall with winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph), uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off houses and schools. In an effort to reduce the number of casualties, Vietnamese authorities had evacuated some 650,000 residents from seven coastal provinces to higher and safer ground.
Vamco is the latest in a series of storms that have pummeled Vietnam over the past six weeks, causing flooding and landslides that have resulted in the deaths of at least 159 people while 70 others are still missing. The severe weather events have damaged or destroyed more than 400,000 homes, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Roads and bridges have been washed away, power supplies disrupted, and crucial food crops ruined, meaning at least 150,000 people are at risk of going hungry. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce a reworking of the country's Covid-19 lockdown rules in a televised speech Tuesday night following a drop in nationwide infections. The WHO has warned hospitals and intensive care units are running close to or above capacity in "too many countries", as the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across Europe.