tv New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman CNN December 14, 2020 5:00am-6:00am PST
it's an historic morning here, overnight, vaccines began arriving at airports across the country. this is of course wildly welcome news but it does not mean the end of the pandemic yet and the death toll at the same time continues to rise. today the united states will pass 300,000 deaths. when will that end? well, the head of the government's operation warp speed vaccine program predicts there will not be enough people vaccinated to approach herd immunity which is what we need until may or june. >> incredible coincidence that the day americans start getting the shots, the coronavirus vaccine is the day we'll pass 300,000 deaths. it shows what an overwhelming accomplishment this is and the overwhelming need. it is also the first monday after the second wednesday in december, which means it's electoral college day. by law, this is the day that electors meet in each of their states to cast the official votes for president. we will watch this distinct ceremonial and frankly bizarre
process unfold all day on cnn. joe biden will win, again, just as he did in election day, just as he did in the supreme court on friday, and while in some ways this is a formality today, it is hugely important historically and constitutionally and will provide senior republicans, many of whom have stoked undemocratic, dangerous conspiracy theories perhaps their best chance to acknowledge the reality of joe biden's victory. we will see if they stop lying today. it's had an impact. the michigan house and senate offices are closed today because of credible threats of violence.
>> reporter: right, in fact, we anticipate the first doses should arrive, 975 of them at the ohio state university medical center about an hour from now. they anticipated between 9:00 and 9:30 and once they arrive, they figured it would take about an hour to maybe an hour and a half to prepare, because there are some process that it has to go through, you have to thaw it. it comes at a tremendously cold temperature and you also have to dilute it before you can administer it. there are 28 to 30 front line health care workers already selected and they will be the first at this particular medical facility to receive this vaccine and it comes at a time actually in a month where ohio is expected to see perhaps the deadliest month of the entire pandemic, talking about december. it's a bittersweet moment because so much hope is riding on this and yet we already know the tremendous cost of this pandemic as far as lives and those who continue to suffer and as a nation, you just cannot let your guard down at this moment,
but still, day one of what is going to be a monumental process of vaccinating every american. it is hoped. john? >> martin, let us know the moment that that truck drives by. we are watching every step of this process so closely. >> reporter: you bet. >> it is historic. thanks for being there. the nerve center for this incredible logistical undertaking. the front row seat at the pfizer plant in michigan, pete, what are you seeing this morning? >> reporter: this moment is not over. the trucks moved back into position here at pfizer's kalamazoo, michigan, vaccine fa facility, almost a repeat of what we saw yesterday. yesterday pfizer workers packed extra boxes of vaccine to go out today. yesterday the ups and fedex trucks carrying the first shipment of vaccine left here 8:30 in the morning on board 189 boxes of the pfizer vaccine, about a thousand vials to a box, that means just shy of 1 million
doses are going out to all 50 state. operation warp speed says it's going to 600 individual locations, places like hospitals and pharmacies, cvs and walgreens. the deliveries are happening this morning but the bulk of the shipments will arrive tomorrow a cording to operation warp speed. pfizer says months of planning and practice and dry runs went into this incredible achievement. >> i count tea be more confident in the distribution of of the vaccine. we worked over many months doing test shipments, improving our shippers making sure they can maintain temperature during the entire journey and we're happy with the solution. >> reporter: the trucks that are leaving here are under escort by u.s. marshals and going to places like airports, some of those vaccine flights are actually landing today. we've seen some land at lax, we're expecting another one in maryland. this is a massive movement,
alisyn. it all begins right here in michigan. >> pete, come back to us when you see the next step, because we are standing by for whatever happens this morning. thank you very much. joining us is cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, i just want to get your thoughts on this morning. obviously we've all been together every morning for the past 11 months, as we've been reporting on this horrible pandemic and when we spoke to dr. reiner this morning, he was a little emotional and he likened it to, you know, jfk's moon shot in terms of its ambition and speed. what the united states has pulled off has been remarkable. >> yes. i've heard that from a lot of folks. i remember some of the folks with the university of washington first talking about this vaccine a couple of months ago as it became increasingly clear that the data was going to be extraordinary, 90% plus
efficacy. i don't think people really understand the context of this in terms of how just how challenging something like this is. there are vaccines that we still don't have. hiv/aids 40 years working on a vaccine, roto virus, dr. paul on the program it took a quarter century and that was considered more typical. so when people started talking about a year, 18 months even for this vaccine, people thought maybe that was just to sort of try and provide some sense of hope in the middle of what was becoming increasingly tragic, unfolding of this pandemic. so it is remarkable and keep in mind, the fda would have accepted 50% efficacy for this vaccine. so these initial numbers came out, they were 95%. i mean, the pace of medical innovation and i think the way that we think about therapeutics and vaccines has forever been changed by what has happened this year. post covid, we're going to be a
different medical society because people's backs were pushed up against the wall and they responded and it's going to make a huge difference. >> sanjay, we've seen the trucks leaving for the last 24 hours or so. to the extent that we know and there is some still unknowns in this, what are we going to see today? are we going to see a truck pull up to a hospital, someone run out with a briefcase, one into a room and then have a doctor take a syringe out and put it in someone's arm? the last step, what are you watching for today? >> so the last mile of all this is, yes, the trucks are going to pull up. there's probably these areas within the hospitals or pharmacies sort of designated as you know, there's an immense cold storage challenge here, but they're going to stay in these thermal slippers so we'll see those as they're going into the hospital and then we know in some of the places people will receive vaccines today, which means they will come out of the thermal slippers and you'll see these vials.
they'll be thawed, so bring town t down the temperature and usually have many doses inside one of these vials so you dilute out the various doses, depending on which size vial it is, you'll have a certain number of doses. you'll see those loaded up into syringes with a needle. it's basic stuff at that point and eventually, the shot goes into an arm. there is a process here, because of the cold storage, that you got to do these things in a pretty timely fashion. you can't just stick it in the refrigerator, wait for it for a while overnight and take it out. there's a timing to all this, which i think a lot of the hospitals have been sort of preparing for. that's what we're going to see and it sounds like maybe within the next couple of hours, we may see some of those shots happening fort first time. >> sanjay, last hour you had a chance to talk to the pfizer ceo. you were the first doctor on net york television to begin doing that. what did he share with you?
>> there was a couple things. one, they're going to have 25 million doses available in the united states by the end of the year, 25 million doses will be available around the world. 1.3 billion doses pfizer plans on making, roughly 100 million towses a month which is an enormous ramp-up in manufacturing and they can deliver on that in terms of overall manufacturing the raw ingredients and also the quality controls but right now, only 100 million doses is guaranteed to be coming to the united states. so how that sort of plays out i think is going to be very important. also critically important mr. bb bourla, instead of giving the two-dose regimen to everybody, the 6 million they have to everyone, they still want to hold half of those doses back to
provide that second dose. it's a point of debate, it will continue to be a point of deb e debate. when you think of the immediate effects of this vaccine, even after the first dose, it's clear it will have an impact on public health probably bringing the death rates down first, followed by hospitalizations and eventually infections. >> one of the truisms we've learned during the course of the pandemic, sanjay, vaccines don't save lives. vaccinations do. people have to get the shots and there is what is called vaccine hesitancy, some people who might be nervous about this and secretary of health and human services alex azar addressed that today. listen. >> this is a 94% effective vaccine. it's gone through every aspect of fda process with integrity and transparent data. if you are recommended to get it and it's available for you, please do get it. protect yourself and protect those around you but please, get
the vaccine. >> so sanjay, how do you think we can get this message out? >> well, i do think that the consistently reinforcing what the process has been, it's been a really fast development of a vaccine but the process by which you determine something is safe and effective, those benchmarks have been met and we've seen that and tried to report on them every step of the way. i've looked at the data. lots of people looked at the data outside of federal government now to the extent there was some hesitancy because the fda authorized other things like :and i think that eroded some of the trust. for this vaccine, it makes a difference. as you see health care workers start to get this vaccine today and you'll see this over the next days and weeks, i think that's going to make a difference. health care workers who are people who put a scientific eye
on this, look at the data and roll up their sleeves themselves i think as more and more people see that, also are reminded that it is 90% plus effective i think that will make a difference. 60% of the country says they're willing to get a vaccine. we want closer to 70%. 16 million people have been confirmed to have been infected as well in this country, the number may be two to three times higher than that even, even though that's not the way you want to get immunity by getting natural infection, that will also add to the overall level of people who actually have antibodies, so i'm becoming increasingly confident. it's going to take time but i'm becoming increasingly confident we'll get to the desired numbers of 70% of the country or so having immunity to this virus. >> if you're confident, we're confident. so that's great to hear.
the michigan capitol is closed after a credible threat. today is the day the electoral college meets in 50 states and washington, d.c., for electors to cast an official ballot. it's the strange constitutional quirk but very important and it is historic. joining us now cnn white house correspondent john harwood and natasha, senior correspondent at the grio. john, joe biden won the election last month and won in the supreme court last week and today he'll win when 538 people most of us never met and none of us know will cast the ballot for president. it's a formality but this is an off-ramp for the republicans who refused to acknowledge reality. what do you expect to see? >> i would expect some people to take that off-ramp. i don't think it will be turning a switch on and off and a lot of
ambitious and cynical republicans who don't have much attachment to principle continue to have the incentive to make noise all the way up 'til january the 6th, when the congress meets and certifies the electoral votes, to pretend they can overturn it, make noise, get quoted in the newspaper and get put on television. i think some of the more influential republicans may begin to start recognizing reality. i put mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader n that category. he's been saying we have a process. we're following the process. this is a big moment in the process. if mitch mcconnell in any way meant what he said about following the milestones along the way, this might be the day where he strikes a different tone and recognizes that joe biden's the president-elect. >> and yet, natasha, there's stuff that happens in congress and stuff that happens on the streets in the united states,
and this weekend saw these big pro trump rallies, and counter demonstrations, some of them escalated into violence, there was a big one in washington, d.c., they were in state capitols across the country. olympia, washington, somebody got shot. the problem is as you know, where everybody's in their echo chamber, some people are only hearing that somehow president trump is convinced, despite having lost 55 court cases that this was stolen and that's why when somebody on fox tv like karl rove says that's b.s. it's helpful and here is karl rove on fox news sunday. >> i think in the long run he's not helping himself or the country. america likes comebacks but they don't like sore losers and he's on the edge of looking like a sore loser and probably will
look like it after january 6th. >> do you think today will change anything in the mind of the real people who think this isn't over? >> look at that, some common sense on the air waves. i think that there were people who were committed to spinning and promoting this false narrative, and they have to keep it up. that is part of what is driving president trump, having a story and staying relevant, even after president-elect joe biden is inaugurated on january 20th. and i think that we saw more and more fringe voices coming to peek out on behalf of president donald trump, even after it became clear that joe biden won this election. so actually i don't expect there to be any change from many of these fringe voices. i'm thinking of giuliani, i'm thinking of steve scalise saying let the legal process play out, as if it hasn't already played out and their narrative is that
they are trying to restore trust in democracy for the americans who voted for donald trump who feel disenfranchised when in fact they're disenfranchising the millions who voted for president-elect joe biden. so i think they're going to stick to the script, but again, once january 6 hits, game over. >> natasha. this is an opportunity for mitch mcconnell, one that he might, might be willing to take. look, i'm not giving him medal for being a profile in courage here, what he's done the last month or so but the way he has spoken over the last week indicates he's been looking for a chance to turn the page. >> yes, i think that again when you have these, you were talking about this being a formality, something that the average american didn't pay attention to, it's a really important moment, this electoral college vote today, and again, that joint session that's going to happen on january 6th, because it allows leaders like mitch mcconnell to again point to the
process, to point to democracy at work, to point to this being about the law and not necessarily political loyalty, and we saw this with william barr as well, who sort of spoke to the limits of what he could do, based on the law and based on these institutions that are meant to protect us. so i agree. i think that this could be a moment for mitch mcconnell, for others who are looking for that escape route, but i think the ringmaster and his circus will continue on the side, and we'll have to see how that affects future elections. >> john, as you know, president trump has long trumpeted his presiding over this booming economy in the united states. he's taken complete credit for that, and you say when you look at the numbers, it's actually the opposite. >> well, he has a very poor economic record overall, once we get to the end of his term. now, obviously there are two different phases of his term, the first three years, and
there's this year. in the first three years, he was constantly lying and saying i've created the greatest economy in the world. that was false. he inherited trends of recovery from the obama administration, and again, presidents don't create the economy. presidents can influence it somewhat and have some effect on it, but the economy moves according to its own rhythmless. president obama took some actions to get us out of the great recession. those had some beneficial effects. the economy has been in a long recovery. trump continued that. unemployment rate going down, not because of what donald trump did, but because that was the trend in the economy. the two big things that donald trump did economically, tax cuts had very little lasting effect on the economy, brief short term boost and the china trade war harmed the economy, that's why he called it off before his re-election year. when you get to 2020, you had the pandemic, which of course
devastated economic activity, and what a president can do in that situation is respond to it and try to mitigate and control and ameliorate the problem. the president's response to the coronavirus was bumbled. we had an extended and continuing still to this moment terrible setback for the economy. we expect in december, because the trump administration has failed to control the coronavirus, they politicized it, they ensured that we had muddled, disorganized response on testing, on masks and all sorts of things, we expected in december, the economy will shed jobs. stop recovering, but actually shed jobs. and in the first quarter of 2021, as joe biden takes over, jpmorgan says that donald trump's going to hand joe biden a shrinking economy. that is a bad record, if you look overall, the 13th president since world war ii, trump will have presided, the economy is going to shrink by a substantial
amount this year, donald trump will have presided over the smallest economic growth of any of those 13 presidents and he's the only one of them who will leave office with fewer people employed than the day he went into office. >> one thing could mitigate that if congress gets anything done this week. john and natasha, thanks for being with us. what does it take to distribute ayn vaccinate millions of people maybe in a matter of days? closer look at one city's plan, next. today's ways of working may work differently tomorrow.
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new york city launching a vaccine command center to handle the logistics of getting people vaccinated and try to win the public's trust through community outreach. joining us is new york city mayor de blasio. good morning. >> good morning, alisyn, how are you doing? >> doing well. this san historic day amidst all of the sad and tragic news about the hospitalizations and the deaths. this is a moment that we
wouldn't have imagined obviously just a few months ago, and so just give us some of the nuts and bolts here. do you know what time the first person will be vaccinated in new york? >> well, alisyn, i just have to say at the outset we've been through so much in this city, we were the epicenter of this crisis. this is an amazing day, a day we have been waiting and praying for and it's not just a vaccine. it's a shot of hope. it really is a moment we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. so today, the vaccine is here in new york city. i'm proud to tell you, it is here. it has arrived. first vaccinations will happen later today, this afternoon i'm going to be there as one of the first new yorkers gets vaccinated and look, we have a lot of tough weeks ahead still, but this is going to put wind in our sails and give us the hope to keep going. >> do you know who, do you know the identity of the first person who will be vaccinated? >> i don't have that yet. i do know what our priorities
are. our priorities are the front line health care workers who have been the heroes of this cries, protecting them so they can protect all of us and nursing home residents and nursing homeworkers who have been through just the brunt of this. workesr who have been through just the brunt of this. we know the vaccine is here in new york city. you'll start to see vaccine given out in the course of the day. i'll be there to narrate it for you when it comes at one of our hospitals. vaccinations start today in new york city, throughout the week, more and more we're going to go fast because we have that command center that you mentioned which is going to make sure the vaccine is moving quickly, where it's needed most and we're going to be transparent about who is getting the vaccine, how the priorities are being followed. we're not allowing people to cut in line. doesn't matter how much money you have, how much privilege you
have, you have to wait your turn like everybody else. we're going to make sure, alisyn, that the neighborhoods hit hardest by the coronavirus and overwhelmingly, black, latino and asian communities, that they get their fair share and they get priority in getting this vaccine out. >> when do you think you'll get one? >> you know what? i believe in this vaccine. my health care team believes in it but i'm going to wait until it's my turn. i think it's really important for leaders to follow the instructions of our health care leadership and when they say it's time for a leader to go up there, because it's our priority time, by age, by health care, et cetera, that's when i'll get mine. >> so at the same time this promising development is happening, obviously optizations arou hospitalizations around the country are going up. today indoor dining in new york city is being shut down and i know that you and governor cuomo don't ever reach the decisions
lightly. if i pull up the data of where the most spread happens, the way coronavirus is spread is in these small gatherings with friends and neighbors and family. that's 74% of the spread. number two health kcare higher history at the colleges. number four education and number five is restaurant and bars. it's 1.5% of the spread and so is it possible that closing restaurants isn't going to do what you hope it will? >> there's no question we're dealing with a huge and complex challenge. i feel for the restaurant owners. we've been working so hard to help them stay open. they we created outdoor dining as a permanent feature to help restaurants survive and the
hundreds of thousands of people who work there. the problem, positivity for the coronavirus increased intensely in new york city and state in recent weeks. hospitalizations we're seeing a surge of hospitalizations. we have pro-to-protect people's lives, we have to protect our hospital's ability to save lives and when it comes to this situation, you have to start shutting down the most sensitive areas and look, governor cuomo said in a "new york times" interview that he could see a larger shutdown in new york city. i think he's right, it's something we have to be ready for in the coming weeks because this momentum that the disease has right now we've got to stop it before it causes too much damage, too much pain and we have to stop it to give time for the vaccine to really be properly distributed. this is the last big battle against the coronavirus here in new york city. we have a tough december, tough january.
let's fight one more battle, and then the vaccine will have been spread and do its work. we've got to be disciplined in this last chance to make sure we fight the coronavirus back. >> i understand, but in terms of you saying that we have to start shutting down the most sensitive places t doesn't look like restaurants are that place, and so on balance, maybe it would be more important to protect people's livelihoods and paychecks than a place that does 1.5% of the spreading. sflets >> it's a fair concern. our health care leaders say when you're trying to stop this momentum with the disease, you have to do a number of different things. it's not just one thing. we're not going to people's homes to check how many people are around the table. we have to deal with the places where people gather. with restaurants they're gathering indoors and without face coverings on because you're eating and drinking. they are sensitive. that's been proven all over the world, al sib. unfortunately, this is just one much a number of steps that i
think are going to be needed. there's going to be more restrictions after this. >> like what? >> it's not choosing one industry. this is the first, i fear. >> what do you imagine? >> we have a lot more to do to say the least. >> what kind of restrictions? just to prepare us, what other restrictions are you imagining next? >> you're talking, quoting from governor cuomo the potential of doing a full pause shutdown in the coming weeks because we can't let this momentum go. we opened our schools when most inner cities didn't. we kept our schools safe but now we're seeing the kind of level of infection with the coronavirus we haven't seen since may and we have to stop
momentum. p prosave lives, protect hospitals, turn the page over the next month or two. them our economy comes back strong. >> in terms of the full shutdown is that across the board, targeted and what would be the trigger for that? >> something more across the board because of the sheer magnitude of what we're facing. a conversation we have with the government and the state has constantly. we're sensitive to the fact it's the holidays, it's the holiday shopping season. we want people to shop at those local small businesses, mom and pop stores, help them through, but in the end, our number one job is to protect people's health and safety. i think the direction we're going in could well be one of those fuller shutdowns. >> okay, mayor bill blps bls we appreciate your time. thanks for the information.
we'll be watching at the vaccinations command centers today. >> it's going to be a good day, alisyn. thank you. >> thank you, you, too. some wintry weather today but the northeast is about to get its first major winter storm. chad myers is going to tell us when and where, and if john and i will show up for work on thursday. when it comes to autism,
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enroll by december 15th. so a major winter storm brewing, taking aim at the northeast. the question is, will i get a snow day, but not alisyn? cnn meteorologist chad myers with the forecast. chad, this is big. >> it is. it is going to be a big storm. certainly more than a foot of snow in many, many places.
watches are already posted. they're not warnings yet because this doesn't happen until wednesday. they will get upgraded to warnings. o'keefe's, for dry cracked skin. it isn't what you're seeing outside now. that is a rain event for most people aless kro the northeast. what we're seeing later on is a storm in colorado that will move in the same places, but air slightly colder, than what ewe'e seeing. rain is over by evening rush hour. the storm is back out here still making snow in colorado for the ski resorts. by tomorrow in oklahoma and texas and runs up the east coast and colder with this storm and there will be significant snow. models this morning are absolutely colder, cold enough to make all snow in new york. new york usually it's a
rain/snow slushy mess. all snow in new york, ice into parts of virginia. european model slightly deeper, could be two feet in the poconos and ten inches in new york city, no question about that and the american model not far on its heels. this is going to be a big one. will you get to work on friday? only if you spend the night wednesday night. alisyn? >> you're saying john and i should not come to work on thursday morning? >> that is correct. work from home. >> he's an expert. >> you heard it here first. thank you very much. >> making snow out of nothing at all is my favorite air supply song. >> wow. that's old school. thank you. early in-person voting begins today in the georgia senate runoff races. they will decide which party controls the senate. cnn's nick valencia is live in atlanta. how is it going, nick? >> good morning, alisyn. georgia continues to be the center of the political world here as early in-person voting begins today in the two highly contested senate runoff races. also today an often overlooked process will get a lot of
attention especially as president trump continues to repeat unfounded and unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. the 16 democratic electors are expected to certify the 2020 election win for president-elect joe bided aboujoe biden as well president-elect kamala harris. in the afternoon the 16 democratic electors will enter the senate chambers in the georgia capitol, cast two votes, one for president, one for vice president. six certificates generated and in order to finalize the votes sent off to four locations including mike pence, northern district of georgia as well as the secretary of state here and that will then go be counted january 6. this is a formality that was attempted to be blocked by president trump and his allies through litigation, a lawsuit that was thrown out by a federal judge and again this is expected just to be a formality. the 16 electors are a who's who
of the democratic party including stacey abrams who many people here in the state credit with a very successful mobilization effort to get out the democratic vote. also u.s. representative-elect nikiyah williams and calvin smyer, state representative and the only one of the 16 electors to cast a vote for the last time ai democrat won in 1929. he did juxtapose this year with the last time he voted in 1992, he worries about the external of those trying to undermine today's vote. >> thank you. we are we think moments away from the first coronavirus vaccines being given. up next we'll speak to one of the front line doctors who is first in line to receive it.
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vaccine arriving. [ applause ] such a wonderful sound to hear, that's at the university of michigan hospital right there. could you see the u.p.s. deliveryperson leaving the box of vaccine there and getting a round of applause, as she walked out. what a moment to be witnessing and we'll be following this all day long as those boxes get unpacked and the shots get administered. here to discuss now how the health care facilities are rolling out the vaccine is dr. nicholas gilpin, the director of infection prevention and epidemiology at beaumont health and you will be the first person at your hospital to get the pfizer vaccine today. when? when today? >> great question. still working out the logistics. i'm expecting to hopefully get it sometime this afternoon. >> how did you end up first in line and why? >> well, it's a great question. i think i kind of live in this
sort of hybrid world where part of my job is i'm an infeckness disease doctor and taking care of a lot of covid patients so i have a front line caregiver role but more important than that, to our health care providers, i've been very much involved with the pandemic response and the vaccine preparedness efforts, so i'm really i'm fortunate to be looked at by our health care providers as a leader and i think as a leader my job is to be a good ambassador for the vaccine and show our front line staff that it is safe and it is effective. >> and there was i understand some concern among the front line staff, a touch of hesitancy. what were those concerns? >> i think the conversation has changed a lot over the last several weeks and months. it went from really a theoretical idea of what is a vaccine and what might that look like to now actually having a vaccine and having data.
i still have a lot of conversations with doctors and nurses and i feel like the confidence in the vaccine has grown a lot, but there are still a lot of folks stopping me and asking, are you going to get it? is it safe? and i think this is a good way for me to put my money where my mouth is. >> that's right, you can say yeah. in fact, i did get it. look at this band-aid in my ample. i think it's perfectly safe. you are leading right now and that is so important to set this example. we showed pictures moments ago, you might have heard the applause from a different hospital in michigan with a box of vaccine got dropped off and the u. s delivery person got a round of applause as thshe walked out. reflect on this moment the magnitude what have we're all going through right now? >> this has been the longest year in the history of years, like nothing i've experienced and probably anyone else has experienced. this feels like the beginning step in what will hopefully be our ticket out of here.
i think it's important for us as health care workers to lead by example. i think that it inspires confidence in the public, if we as health care providers and physicians can get this vaccine. it sends a clear message that we believe it's safe, and i really hope the public will follow suit. >> how is this going to change? you're going to go to bed tonight a different person in a sense. you will have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which in a few day also give you some immunity, not complete immunity. you need to get the second dose three or four weeks from now. how do you anticipate this changing your life? >> what a good question. in the short term i don't expect a lot is going to change. the new mission is going to be one of being an ambassador and being an advocate for the vaccine, but practically speaking, i'm still going to be seeing patients. i'm still going to be wearing a mask. i'm still going to be practicing hand hygiene and doing all the things that i and other
physicians have been preaching out about for months. i guess that's probably the best answer i can give you. >> yes. maybe life itself won't change for you very quickly over the next few weeks, but over the next several months and into next summer, life for all of us will change, doctor, i have to believe that's something a huge weight off your shoulders. >> man, i hope so. i'm ready to be over this. i think the whole world is ready to move on and get toward something that looks more normal. >> dr. gilpin, thank you for everything you have done. thank you for being willing to go first today, letting people see you lead, getting this vaccine, which the data does show is safe. thank you for everything you do. we really appreciate your time. >> thank you. it is this momentous, historic day. we will watch people get the first dose of coronavirus vaccine sometime in the next few hours. also, today's the day the electoral college votes. the election becomes even more official today.
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i'm anderson cooper alongside erin burnett. this is special live coverage of two historic events under way right now, hospitals across america are preparing to issue their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 11 months after the first case was documented here in the u.s. all 50 states are set to receive the vaccine today. cnn is live at several locations from the first vialseing delivered. it is a monumental development and comes as the country nears a haunting milestone. nearly 300,000 americans have lost their lives in this pandemic, and the crisis is worsening. the u.s. hit another record