October 6 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Adam Renton, Nick Thompson, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, October 7, 2020
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6:29 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

US Chamber of Commerce calls delay of stimulus talks "disappointing"

From CNN's Matt Egan

The US Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday called President Trump’s decision to stop negotiating with congressional leaders on a new stimulus package until after the November election "disappointing."

“Washington’s failure to enact additional COVID relief will be felt on Main Streets and at kitchen tables across the United States," said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, in a statement. "It is especially disappointing given that less than a month ago a bipartisan group of Members of Congress outlined a reasonable compromise that would have provided the economy with the support it needs while helping our nation recover from this pandemic. Republican and Democratic leaders should follow their example.”
5:25 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

NIH director says he is "optimistic" a coronavirus vaccine will be proven safe and effective by 2021

From CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holds up a model of the coronavirus during a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Operation Warp Speed on July 2 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holds up a model of the coronavirus during a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Operation Warp Speed on July 2 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Saul Loeb/Pool/Getty Images

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said he's optimistic that the US will have a vaccine by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.

“I'm one of those who's optimistic we will have one or more vaccines that turn out to be safe and effective by sometime around the end of this year, maybe a little bit into January,” he said.

The politicization of the vaccine development process has been a distraction, one that has polarized many people, Collins noted during a Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington virtual symposium on vaccine development.

“Putting all that aside and dealing with the fact that we have this huge problem of vaccine hesitancy that needs to be dealt with, I am still guardedly optimistic that come 2021, we're going to be on a path – over many months, let's not talk about this being a quick solution, but on a path – where we can eventually put Covid-19 in the rear view mirror, although we will be changed by it, and I think he will be around us globally for quite a long time to come,” said Collins.

5:16 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

New York governor says local governments must enforce new Covid-19 cluster restrictions

From CNN's Julian Cummings

Source: State of New York
Source: State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said local governments will be responsible for enforcing the new Covid-19 cluster restrictions announced today.

Cuomo said that the lack of enforcement has contributed to the current problems being seen in Covid clusters in New York state.

“If we had enforced the rules, we would not be there today,” Cuomo said.

All local governments will be required to assign people to a state enforcement task force, he said. 

New York City will be required to assign 400 personnel to the enforcement task force.

“The state does not have the resources to do enforcement, it must be done by the local level. I have no problem doing it. I just don’t have the resources to do it," Cuomo said.

3:56 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Updated FDA guidelines close door on vaccine manufacturers getting an EUA before Election Day

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Sandra Rodriguez, 63, receives a Covid-19 vaccination from Yaquelin De La Cruz at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13.
Sandra Rodriguez, 63, receives a Covid-19 vaccination from Yaquelin De La Cruz at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

The US Food and Drug Administration posted guidance Tuesday for companies hoping to get emergency use authorization (EUA) for coronavirus vaccines, and said they will have to include at least two months of follow-up after volunteers get their second dose of vaccine.

That would mean no company could seek an EUA before mid-November, because the vaccines furthest along in clinical trials – those made by Pfizer and Moderna – both require waiting either 21 or 28 days between doses.

“Data from Phase 3 studies should include a median follow-up duration of at least two months after completion of the full vaccination regimen to help provide adequate information to assess a vaccine’s benefit-risk profile, including: adverse events; cases of severe COVID-19 disease among study subjects; and cases of COVID-19 occurring during the timeframe when adaptive (rather than innate) and memory immune responses to the vaccine would be responsible for a protective effect,” the FDA said in the guidance.

"Being open and clear about the circumstances under which the issuance of an emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine would be appropriate is critical to building public confidence and ensuring the use of COVID-19 vaccines once available,” said Dr. Peter Marks, who directs the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. 

“The FDA's new guidance on emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines underscores that commitment by further outlining the process and recommended scientific data and information that would support an emergency use authorization decision. In addition to outlining our expectations for vaccine sponsors, we also hope the agency's guidance on COVID-19 vaccines helps the public understand our science-based decision-making process that assures vaccine quality, safety and efficacy for any vaccine that is authorized or approved."

The FDA earlier Tuesday posted discussion documents for vaccine advisers with similar language.

3:52 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

A Vermont apple orchard reported an outbreak of 27 Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Anna Sturla

Vermont is battling a Covid-19 outbreak among migrant workers at an apple orchard, state officials announced Monday. 

Champlain Orchards in Addison County had 27 workers test positive over the weekend, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday. The commissioner had previously announced 26; one more test result came in after the initial announcement.  

The first positive case was discovered last week. The case came toward the end of the migrant workers' quarantine period after arriving in the state in mid-September, and the person is believed to have become ill outside of Vermont, according to Dr. Levine.

State officials said that the orchard owner was complying with guidance and that apples were disinfected before being sold.

Vermont has had the fewest Covid-19 cases of any state, with only 1,821 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The state saw no Covid-related deaths or ICU admissions in September, according to state Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak.

3:53 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Berlin issues nighttime restrictions as Covid-19 cases rise in Germany

From CNN's Fred Pleitgen in Berlin

Dr. Wiebke Bergner takes a throat swab sample from a woman seeking a test for possible Covid-19 infection during the novel coronavirus pandemic on August 7, in Berlin, Germany. 
Dr. Wiebke Bergner takes a throat swab sample from a woman seeking a test for possible Covid-19 infection during the novel coronavirus pandemic on August 7, in Berlin, Germany.  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Bars, restaurants and stores in the German capital Berlin will have to shut down between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting Saturday, the city’s senate decided on Tuesday. 

The move comes as coronavirus infections in several districts have been soaring. 

Pharmacies and service stations are exempt from the new rules which the senate says will be in place until at least Oct. 31, according to Berlin’s official website. 

The number of people allowed to gather in a group in the night hours between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be limited to five and no more than ten people at a time will be allowed to attend gatherings indoors. 

The move comes as coronavirus infections in Germany remain on the rise. 

The country recorded more than 2,600 new cases on Tuesday according to Germany’s center for disease control. 

The number of patients requiring intensive medical care is also steadily rising, official data shows.

3:47 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Pelosi on Trump halting stimulus negotiations: "Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray"

From CNN's Phil Mattingly, Manu Raju and Clare Foran

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement reacting to a series of tweets from President Trump announcing he was pulling the plug on stimulus negotiations. 

"Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray," she said.

"Today, once again, President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress," Pelosi said in the statement.

"Walking away from coronavirus talks demonstrates that President Trump is unwilling to crush the virus, as is required by the Heroes Act. He shows his contempt for science, his disdain for our heroes — in health care, first responders, sanitation, transportation, food workers, teachers, teachers, teachers and others — and he refuses to put money in workers’ pockets, unless his name is printed on the check," she continued.

Some background: The decision to pull the plug on the talks is a major blow to Americans still struggling with the fallout from the once-in-a century pandemic and endangers an economic recovery that for months was driven by the initial $2.2 trillion stimulus passed by Congress in the spring.

With that money largely spent and gone, economists have warned more support is imperative in the months ahead.

While Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi were still far apart on a final agreement, according to multiple people involved, they were still very much in negotiations — with the two scheduled to talk by phone Tuesday afternoon and having continued to trade paper and legislative text over the last several days.

3:43 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

First indications of vaccine candidates' safety not expected until at least November, official says

From CNN Lauren Mascarenhas

Moncef Slaoui listens as US President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15 in Washington.
Moncef Slaoui listens as US President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15 in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The first indications of whether early coronavirus vaccine candidates are safe and effective won’t be ready until November or December, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed, said Tuesday.

“We're reasonably pleased with the progress. It's been really fast, and we expect to have three waves of efficacy readouts over the next several months,” Slaoui said at a vaccine symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins University.

“First wave with the RNA vaccines imminently November/December, a second wave with the non-replicating vectors vaccine In January or February,” he said, adding that the third wave with a protein platform is expected in March or April. 

Slaoui said that the expectation is that companies will file for emergency use authorization or full approval of their vaccines following the readouts.

 

3:39 p.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Trump says he is ending stimulus talks

From CNN's Phil Mattingly 

Eric Gay/AP
Eric Gay/AP

President Trump has ordered his negotiators to halt negotiations over a new stimulus package. 

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business," he tweeted.

Trump tweeted shortly after a private conference call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the administration’s top negotiator.

The decision to pull the plug on the talks is a major blow to Americans still struggling with the fallout from the once-in-a century pandemic and endangers an economic recovery that for months was driven by the initial $2.2 trillion stimulus passed by Congress in the spring. With that money largely spent and gone, economists have warned more support is imperative in the months ahead. 

While Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were still far apart on a final agreement, according to multiple people involved, they were still very much in negotiations – with the two scheduled to talk by phone on Tuesday afternoon and having continued to trade paper and legislative text over the last several days. 

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