Health Officials Encouraged To Go Rogue, Defy Bad Local Leadership As Covid Crisis Worsens
Rachel Maddow reports on the White House Coronavirus Task Force being so alarmed by the pace and deadliness of the spread of Covid-19 that they're encouraging local health officials to go around leaders who aren't taking the virus seriously in order to encourage extreme precautions. Aired on 12/3/2020.
The "economic emergency" caused by Covid-19 has only just begun, according to the UK's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, as he warned the pandemic would deal lasting damage to growth and jobs. The Food and Drug Administration could approve Moderna's coronavirus vaccine Friday, which means 6 million doses could be shipped around the country as soon as next week. CBS News correspondent David Begnaud and Dr. Bob Lahita, professor at New York Medical College, join CBSN to discuss the nation's worsening crisis and the new vaccine. Health experts in the United States say the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest exodus of senior public health officials in American history.
Some say they have been the target of political activists, conservative groups and anti-vaccination campaigners who have united around common goals.
Al Jazeera's Victoria Gatenby reports. Top health officials are warning Americans not to let their guard down despite optimism that the FDA could authorize a coronavirus vaccine this week. Hospitals across the U.S. are struggling to handle the growing flood of patients. CBS News' David Begnaud reports, and Dr. Ron Elfenbein, medical director and owner of First Call Medical Center, joins CBSN to discuss how to combat misinformation and skepticism surrounding the virus and the vaccine.