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the fda advisory committee just voted to recommend a green light for pfizer's vaccine. >> the fda will take under consideration that recommendation and will very likely act on it quite soon. >> really, really just fearing what's going to happen over the next several weeks. hospitals are overwhelmed. >> more than 100 u.s. house republicans have signed on to support a texas lawsuit, seeking to overturn the 2020 results. >> legal experts said they doubt the high court will take it up. >> failing to accept this reality puts the country in a very dangerous moment in time. >> they're trying to use democracy to undermine democracy. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john
berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day," it is friday. >> oh, fantastic! >> we keep getting here pretty quickly now. >> but we keep being surprised by it. >> it's december 91, 6:00 here in new york. this morning, the first coronavirus vaccine in the united states is a giant step closer to arms in need. an fda advisory panel recommended emergency use authorization of the pfizer vaccine. the fda itself could sign on as early as today, which means the first shots could be given in days, the beginning of next week. hospitals across the country are now receiving supplies ahead of the vaccine shipments. also overnight, a really interesting and important setback for a separate drugmaker. sanofi and glaxosmithkline announced that their vaccine showed an insufficient immune response in clinical trials. the u.s. government had actually been depending on this vaccine as well, had pre-purchased, what, 100 million doses of this one, as well.
back to the drawing board for these companies, and now they don't expect their vaccine to be ready until the end of next year. still, the pandemic raging out of control. the deadliest week in the u.s. since it began. the cdc director says for the next 60 to 90 days, the u.s. should expect more deaths each day than we had on september 11th. every day for up to 90 days, he says. hospitalizations in the united states, they just keep on rising, which means, frankly, the death toll likely will not drop in any substantial way for a long time. more than 107,000 americans hospitalized this morning. according to a cnn analysis, as of last week, a third of hospitals nationwide were at 90% capacity in their icus. we also have big developments in washington overnight. stimulus negotiations appear to be on the brink of collapse. finger pointing could lead to a shutdown of the u.s. government tonight, if the senate is not able to pass a spending bill. the house has adjourned, members
going home for a few days without getting the relief that so many americans desperately need. and these 106 house republicans did find time to sign on to a far-fetched trump-backed texas lawsuit that seeks to invalidate millions of valid votes. we will get into that and who these folks are. but we begin with the pandemic. cnn's adrienne broaddus is live in chicago at a hospital preparing for the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine. what are they doing this morning, adrienne? >> alisyn, good morning to you. here at rush university medical center, they've transformed this hallway into a vaccination distribution center. you see behind me, they have bays set up, and when the vaccine arrives, they'll be ready to roll it out. but first, we've got to get through the next few weeks. as the pandemic continues to worsen across the country, one
ray of hope, with an advisory board for the food and drug administration emergency use authorization for pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. >> i voted yes. i think we know enough now to say that this appears to be our way out of this awful, awful mess. >> reporter: after the full fda signs off, which can happen at any time, an advisory panel for the centers for disease control and prevention is expected to vote sunday, whether to recommend the vaccine. once the full cdc signs off, vaccinations can start. here in chicago, hospitals are preparing. they're starting to receive the pfizer vaccine by getting freezers capable of storing the vaccine ready at the appropriate temperature. they're also setting up vaccine bays like this one at rush university medical center, to streamline the vaccination process once emergency use authorization is granted. >> we, as a nation, need to continue to wear the masks, to
keep the physical distance, to avoid crowds. we're not through with this just because we're starting a vaccine program. >> reporter: but as the country prepares for the potential first vaccine doses, some hospitals are quickly reaching their breaking point. cdc director dr. robert redfield thinks the next few months will be tough. >> probably for the next 60 to 90 days, we're going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at pearl harbor. >> more than 2,700 deaths were reported thursday. and in the first ten days of december, the united states reported more than 2 million new coronavirus infections. more than 107,000 coronavirus patients are in the hospital, a record. in new mexico, the surge forcing the state to activate its, quote, crisis cares standards, including suspending all
nonessential surgeries. los angeles county shattering its daily case record again, reporting more than 12,800 new cases. >> it's happening so quickly, sometimes we can't even take in these numbers. that's up 128% since last week. 300% since last month. 1,000% since a month and a half ago. >> reporter: and pennsylvania seeing a substantial uptick in cases this month. starting saturday, indoor dining, gyms, and indoor entertainment, such as movie theaters, will close until january 4th. >> over the past several weeks, it's become clear that we need to take further mitigation actions to protect pennsylvanians and stop the spread of covid-19. we all hoped it would not come to this. >> and lauter today, rush will test the system that they have put in place. you can call ate drill. it's their way of seeing any
unforeseen issues before those much-needed shots are given to health care workers. >> good, yes. a dry run. that seems really important. adrienne, thank you very much for that reporting. so also developing this morning, congressional negotiations on the critical coronavirus relief package appear to be on the brink of collapse. sources tell cnn that senate majority leader mitch mcconnell sees no path for bipartisan agreement on two key sticking points, funding for state and local governments, which democrats are pushing for, and corporate liability protection, which republicans want. 12 million unemployed workers will lose aid by christmas if congress does not act by the end of next week. and desperately is growing across the country. food lines stretched for miles in cities like los angeles yesterday. new u.s. unemployment claims just hit their highest level since mid-september. >> while this is happening, the threat of a government shutdown looms over a separate short-term
spending bill that will only fund the government through next week. they wanted to fund it short-term to reach this bigger deal, but even that might not work. the senate has until midnight tonight to pass this bill. senator brrernie sanders is demanding the senate vote on a provision to give americans $1200 stimulus check and senator rand paul is also standing in the way over this in his opposition to a separate defense policy bill. the house has gone home for the weekend. president-elect joe biden and vice president-elect kamala harris will formally announce new cabinet nominees and more senior advisers today. cnn's jessica dean is live in wilmington, delaware, with a preview. so what do we know, jessica? >> reporter: well, good morning to you, alisyn. this is a larger group that we're going to be introduced to later this afternoon. let me walk you through some of the names that will be introduced, some of the people that will be introduced. denis mcdonough has been tapped to lead the department of veterans affairs. he's president obama's former chief of staff. and they were looking for
someone with government experience to really know how to pull the levers of government in a notoriously challenging agency to run. also, ohio congresswoman marcia fudge has been tapped to lead the housing and urban development department. and also, tom vilsack, former iowa governor tom vilsack has been tapped to reprise his role as agriculture secretary. that's a role he had for the entirety of the obama administration. now, all of those are senate confirmed posts. so they will all go through the senate confirmation process. we're also going to hear about susan rice today. of course, she was in the mix as a potential running mate to biden and also as secretary of state, but she has been tapped to lead and be the director of the white house domestic policy counsel. so her portfolio will oversee, as it says, all of the domestic policy here in the united states. that's a lot of biden's build back better plan that we heard about on the campaign trail infrastructure, clean energy. there are a host of things that she's going to be walking through and working on. that is not a senate-confirmed
post. that is an appointee post. now, we are also learning that biden is hoping to complete his cabinet by christmas. so there's a deadline, it might move around, but right now the hope is to get everyone announced by christmas, before the christmas holiday. now, all of this is coming as overnight, "time" magazine named president-elect biden and vice president-elect kamala harris as its person of the year, saying they're changing america's story. they also named dr. anthony fauci and front line health care workers as guardians of the year. of course, alisyn, dr. fauci will continue to serve in his capacity that he has been and also come on as biden and harris' chief medical adviser, as they work to get their arms around this pandemic. alisyn? >> jessica, thank you so much. shouldn't person of the year be plural? persons of the year. >> also, apparently the president is suing "time" magazine because he didn't win. he's filed a lawsuit with the
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this morning, we are one step closer to americans being able to get a coronavirus vaccine. overnight, an fda advisory panel gave the green light to pfizer. that's the vaccine, formal approval by the fda could come as soon as this morning. even during our program. so we'll keep you posted. joining us now is dr. peter hotez, the dean of the national school of tropical medicine at bay hardware colle baylor college of medicine in houston. so dr. hotez, everybody is waiting to see what happens today and when americans can get vaccinated. and dr. fauci had said that if
this all goes apace, you know, that things could return to normal as early as this summer or early fall. what do you think of that timeline? >> yeah, i think it's certainly possible, alisyn. first of all, it's good news today that the eua may be issued today, or even if it's not, early next week, that's just fabulous news. start rolling out the vaccine. and that will be the beginning of a long road to recovery. i think the timeline of summer/fall feeling like we're back to normal, yes, i think it's possible. a lot of stars will have to align. you know, we estimate with a group in new york that about 60 to 80% of the u.s. population would have to be vaccinated in order to halt transmission of the virus. that's a pretty high bar. it means we'll probably have to vaccinate adolescents and some pediatric -- younger pediatric population and we have to have those trials in place.
we're going to need more vaccines. doing it alone with the mrna vaccines, i don't think the technology is robust enough to have all of the vaccination program done through mrna vaccines. it's possible, but i think we'll need the other adnovirus-based vaccines, so we'll need more players in this. and then, you know, we're going to have to convince americans to take the vaccine. and we have pretty aggressive anti-vaccine lobby. so far no one has shown any appetite for going up against the anti-vaccine lobby. so a lot of things have to happen. but definitely, the message is with each passing month now, i'm hopeful that things will start to get better. we'll start returning to a more normal american life. and i'm so excited that we have this opportunity through vaccinations. >> so you say we're going to need more vaccines. there was really interesting and perhaps surprising development
overnight glaxosmithkline and sanofi, which had been or is developing a vaccine, a vaccine the u.s. government has been counting on and pre-ordered just as many of those doses as they did for the pfizer vaccine, 100 million doses, they're not happy with the results they're getting and going back to the drawing board. what are they saying? they say they're not seeing the immune response they'd hoped for in older patients. you can look at this glass half empty, glass half full, i think it all the mark remarkable that moderna and pfizer are having the success that they have. it tells me that success isn't guaranteed and we should rejoice in the success that we have, but how much of a setback is it to get all the doses that you said you wanted? >> i thought it was great that sanofi and gsk were just transparent about it. that's a sign of classy companies, willing to do that. number two. the shingrix vaccine that many
of us over the age of 50 have taken is a recumbent vaccine with aso1. the sanofi covid vaccine is a similar kind of thing. so i'm a little surprised that that happened. and the setback is not only for the u.s. you remember, we don't have a lot of vaccine options globally for low and middle-income countries, because we're hearing that the moderna vaccine may be too expensive, we're hearing that the pfizer vaccine with that minus 100 degree deep freeze requirement is going to be very tough for a lot of low and middle-income countries. so we were counting -- you know, sanofi/gsk had been willing to indicate that they would be willing to donate 200 million doses to the sharing facility, so we were counting on that vaccine and we're rung out of options for low and middle-income countries. maybe the two adnoviruses, we
really needed that one. i hope we can work this out. >> we hope so, too. let's just put up on the screen what the next steps are that everybody wants to know, as far as we know, what lp happening today and early next week. so soon, the fda will authorize the emergency use. we don't know, again, if that's this morning, if it's today, if it's tomorrow. and then fooupfizer will begin shipping process. and we know that pharmacies and governors are waiting with open arms to receive those. on sunday, the cdc advisory committee will vote to recommend the vaccine, if everything continues as scheduled. the cdc must accept a recommendation and tuesday, the first shipments of the vaccine could be available, if everything follows suit. is there any way to speed any of this up? i mean, time is of the essence here. when i read the fda, yesterday, it green lit it, but it still has to authorize it. and the cdc has to receive it.
and is this just bureaucracy standing in the way at this point? >> yeah, i mean, the way it reads, it makes it sound like red tape, but i think it's more substantiative than that. there are still questions that need to be resolved regarding how we're going to handle this vaccine for pregnant women, because pregnant women are getting hit really hard with covid-19. how do you manage that? how do you weigh risk versus benefit? there are some tough decisions to make with pregnant women. there's tough decisions to make on the 16 and 17-year-olds. we heard last night that the four dissenting votes might have been because of the 16 and 17-year-olds and how you manage that. you know, you have the two allergic reactions in the uk. and, you know, there's -- and the uk took a very draconian measure of saying that we're not going to give the vaccine to individuals for now who have a severe allergic reaction. you know, in the u.s., you have
50 million people with allergies and several million people who carry epipens. if you exclude them, that's going to have a pretty chilling effect on the vaccine, both in terms of reaching those target numbers that dr. fauci hopes for, as well as the fact that it may turn people off to gettinging vaccinated in the first place. hold up you thread that needle and navigate it and not shut the door on too many people, these are tough decisions to make. so from my perspective, it's actually, wow, they're going to get all of that done by the weekend? that's pretty impressive. so it's -- it's all hands deck at the fda. they are working day and night. it's really extraordinary what they're doing. >> that is really helpful context. i withdraw my previous complaint. thank you very much, dr. hotez. we appreciate you. happy friday. >> happy friday. all the best. >> you too. so millions of americans are about to lose their lifelines.
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this morning, the president of the united states is trying to overturn the election in public, the election he lost by more than 7 million votes. he has signed on to a suit from the texas attorney general to the supreme court, asking them to throw out millions of ballots in four swing states. the president is literally and openly trying to undermine democracy before our eyes. now, you might be used to hearing it, but it's still shocking and historic. what's even more surprising this morning, though, is that 106 members of congress have signed on in support. 106 members who, let's be clear, know better. they do. of course they do. take the members who signed on from pennsylvania. three of them had served in the
pennsylvania legislature, where they took an oath, quote, i do solemnly swear that i will support, obey, and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of this commonwealth, and that i will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity. with fidelity. fidelity to whom, you might ask? i promise it wasn't fidelity to texas. that's not part of the job. they know that! they know better! of course they do. now, how do i know that? there are 16 members who signed on from the four states under attack. 16 members who say the ballots from their states should be thrown out. surely, then, these 16 members have all tendered their resignations from congress or have agreed not to serve in congress until the matter is resolved? why? because they were on the same ballots! how could they live with themselves staying in congress when they feel so passionately that they waon a fraudulent election. so how many of them have stepped aside? zero.
because they know better. of course they do. they're playing this dangerous game with democracy. your vote, your franchise, and they know it. as columnist thomas friedman told wolf yesterday, is it worth sacrificing everything for this? i mean, seriously. just for free parking at national airport? joining us now, cnn political analyst, margaret talev. she's a politics and white house editor at axios. also with us, john harris, he is the founding editor of politico. and john, you're here to talk me down from the ledge a little bit. >> okay, that's a big job. >> it's not, i think, you disagree the historic and outrageous nature of this lawsuit and what 106 republican members have just signed on to, and it is historic, but you also note, i think, eloquently, and maybe accurately, that history tells us that this won't last from donald trump. that as much as of a threat as this is today, it will be less so starting january 21st. >> that is my belief, that
history does not bode well for the idea that trump is going to have a sustained movement, based on what you say accurately is an outrage, a false claim that the election was stolen and that that is going to sustain. the reason i say that is trump is not unique in american history, he's unique in becoming president, but as far as being a politician, we've seen it many times before. joe mccarthy as an example, george wallace as an example. those movements always flame out rather quickly. and i think there's a good chance that will happen with trump, too, once we get past january 20th. >> but john, here's the fly in the ointment of your theory. those examples that you gave didn't have right-wing media allies that have taken a huge foothold now in the country. and so, as you know, we're in this incredibly bifurcated media landscape, where some people are in the echo chamber and only hearing the information from,
you know, radically right-wing networks. and so, isn't -- doesn't that ensure, particularly if president trump gets involved with one of them, that trumpism goes on >> it's possible, you know, i'll take the bet, but i know i could lose it. another reason i'm not particularly sanguine about president trump's politics after january 20th is that his message hasn't really adapted at all. when he got elected in 2016, it wasn't just on the power of his personality. he had an agenda, trade, antiglobalization, immigration. now he stand for trump only and trump's grievances only. all of these people are with them now, they're worked up, they're angry, he's helped make them so. are they going to stay that way? what does this have to do with solving any problem in my person's life, whether they're a republican or democrat or not affiliated at all. how does what trump is doing
make the country better or any individual person better? >> one of the thing john points out incredibly astutely is that trumpism, when it came to power in 2016, was about more than just donald trump. it was about some stuff. it was about immigration and building a wall and anti-muslim stuff and trade. it's not about anything anymore. it's about donald trump. that's all he's talking about. himself and his election. and short of any policy thing, it may not have the fuel to continue. and i talk about policy this morning, margaret, because, i mean, there's some stuff going on in america this morning. not sure you've heard, but there's this pandemic, which is killing people at record levels, which the president isn't anywhere on. and then there's stimulus talks on capitol hill. people need relief. i mean, 12 million people are going to lose the relief they have right now in a few weeks, and these talks appear to be stalled. so what are you hearing? what's your reporting on any hope for progress? >> well, good morning, john and
alisyn. look, i thought john's piece was brilliant and really thought provoking. and it's so important to look at history, as you place all of this in context. but to me the question is not just can president trump himself swooi survive, but the kind of threads that have been enflamed and the trends that have begun survive. on the one hand, it's the end of the year. it's a fight over, is the government going to shut down? every year i've covered politics or at least many years that we've all covered politics, that's been the fight. will they go home for christmas? can the spending bill gets done? this is a little bit different. it combines these two things, these last pushes of president trump's fight for power with these more traditional threads. when you look at it through a traditional lens, look, congress has the ability to get a lot done in the final days of the year, if they really want to, if voters want them to, if they really feel the pressure to do it. we're seeing jobless numbers creep up to the highest levels
since september. it's a holiday season, coronavirus is going to get worse before it gets better. there is a lot of reason for them to be able to come together and figure this out and deliver some cash relief, if they are really motivated to do it. but to me, this underlying question, which is not just president trump's action, but the fact that there are 18 attorneys general, supposed to be the top law enforcement officials of their state willing to go along with something that they know has no merit and that the reason that they're doing it is they know that the supreme court will say that it has no merit. the fact that a half of the republicans in congress are willing to be putting their time in this direction, when there are these problems that are real and much bigger. and the fact that so many americans at home are watching this and they just are confused. they're not actually sure. like, is there fraud in the election or not fraud in the election? are they going to get stimulus relief or not? and they don't understand,
necessarily, all the intrigue of washington. they don't want to understand. these are the real challenges that i think will go on, beyond trump's presidency. >> you're so right, margaret. they understand that they're waiting in food lines, while all of these strange court cases keep cropping up. i think by one count, donald trump is 1 to 55, winning of the court cases verse losing of the court cases. so john, when you look at that list of republicans that have signed on to this meritless, far-fetched court case, it's also interesting whose names are not on there. so why isn't congressman kevin mccarthy's name on there? why isn't doug collins' name on there? >> well, because they've chosen not to surrender all kind of -- all independent judgment or all principle. i wouldn't necessarily call it a profile in courage to not sign on. i do think the people who did sign on, it's a profile in
cowardice. but it's a reflection of what donald trump has done really for five years, when he first started getting involved in presidential politics. he asked one question, which side are you on? the establishment's or mine, throughout his presidency, which side are you on? now he's once again saying, which side are you on? in this case, it's are you on my side or the side of precedent, law, custom, and the traditions of democracy. and a lot of people will say, if you're calling the question, i guess i better be on your side, because i'm afraid of my voters and the voters that support you. >> john, margaret, everyone, go read john's piece. it's got incredible history and joe mccarthy not being able to get a lunch date ultimately before he passed away, and margaret axios has great stuff this morning as well. thank you for being with us. the president trump carrying out the first lame-duck
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trump administration carrying out its ninth federal execution since july. 40-year-old brandon bernard was put to death by lethal injection in indiana. bernard was involved in the murder of two youth ministers from iowa when he was 18 years old. he is the youngest offender to be executed by the u.s. government in 70 years. a source tells cnn that president trump approved this execution because of the violent nature of the crime, despite pleas for a stay from high-profile advocates, like kim kardashian. bernard's execution was also the first in a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years. the trump administration has scheduled four more executions before joe biden's inauguration. three are black men, one is a woman. and it's just interesting, john, there was a 17-year hiatus on federal executions and then bill barr and president trump did away with that. and now there is a bit of an execution spree. >> definitely a rush to get it done before the end of the
administration, which is unprecedented. >> and i would like to know more about the thinking there. and also, of course, the juxtaposition of this spree of pardoning his convicted friends and then a spree of executing convicted non-friends. and those happening simultaneously. i just want to know more about why they feel the need to do all of these executions in a lame-duck period. >> it is worth noting, well, because joe biden does not support the same thing. and i will note that executive orders are one thing, they can be reversed. executions can not. >> good point. developing this morning, congressional negotiations over a critical economic relief package appear to be on the brink of collapse. millions of unemployed americans could lose their aid within days. cnn's vanessai ieyou yurkevich s with the latest.
>> reporter: we spoke to one woman who is unemployed and her family to find out whhow she's making ends meet this holiday season and beyond. >> i would describe this as the last nice memory that i had. >> reporter: angela kearny stands in front of her tree at home in pottstown, pennsylvania, reminiscing with her aunt and longing for last christmas. >> this was when i received the new job. i was going to be able to buy a home for my family. >> reporter: the new job was as a paralegal after she put herself through school in her 40s while recovering from surgery to fix a disability, racking up $63,000 in student loans. with a new salary of $55,000, she was finally able to provide for her children. >> that is more money than i've ever seen in my life. i promised them we would get a house. i promised them that they would be normal children and then the
pandemic hit and i can't keep those promises anymore. >> it looks like everybody's dancing. >> just four months after landing that job, kearny was furloughed in march and her weekly unemployment of $300 does little to cover the bills for her and her three children living at home. >> i have to take the bills and throw them up and pick the ones and hope that they total the amount that i have. >> reporter: her unemployment is slated to run out in january, along with 12 million other americans and dozens of programs designed to protect them will, too. >> first student loan, you know, payments have been halted, so once that expires, that's a new bill that's going to hit people quickly. you have local eviction bans that will expire. and of course, the expansion of unemployment insurance, as that's going away, we're seeing more people not put back to work. >> reporter: for years, kearny and her family were on several government assistance programs,
including disability and food stamps. last year, she finally got off them. >> a lot of it was determination on my part, to climb this mountain and we got shoved off the mountain. >> reporter: which sent them right back on food stamps. >> how much money do you get on that card? >> we get $400 a month. >> does that cover it? >> it has to, right? >> congress is negotiating a stimulus bill that could drastically shape the next few months for families like the kearnies, but significantly long-term relief may not arrive until president-elect biden is inaugurated in late january. >> for a lot of families, waiting until after the inauguration is just going to be too late. >> christmas will look different for many american families, including the kearnies. >> what do you think of our lights this year? >> this year, she's prioritizing paying the electric bill just to keep the lights and christmas spirit alive. >> the bills won't be paid for december, because santa's coming
to town. santa will be here. >> reporter: and angela's story is just one of many where families are having to decide between paying the rent and buying their children christmas presents. and one of the things that we've heard constantly that many families have worked really hard to get out of doubt, and that is exactly where they're finding themselves again right now. a lot of people have wrecked their credit. that has repercussions on their future for people like angela who wanted to buy that home. and john with, angela is trying plan a wonderful christmas for her family, but also has to appear in court next week, because the credit card companies are coming, they're wanting their money and she says she simply doesn't know where she's going to come up with that money. >> she needs someone she can count on and right now she cannot count on the u.s. government at all. iie ieier cao
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for the first time since world war ii, the army/navy football game will be played on campus at west point. coy wire there with more in the bleacher report. hey, coy. >> good morning, john. army/navy game, one of the greatest sports rivalry in the world. we'll have more on that in a minute. first, thursday night football. patriots at rams, in one of the most impressive streaks in nfl history is over. new england losing to l.a. 24-3 last night for their seventh loss of the season. and that synapse the pats' 17 consecutive seasons winning at least 12 games. kam newton throwing for an
interception before he was pulled in the third quarter. coach belichick simply saying cam's our quarterback. new england now two and a half games out of the final playoff spot with three games to go. they haven't missed the playoffs since 2009. now, to the army/navy game. a rivalry dating back 130 years. traditionally played in philadelphia, a neutral site. but this season, due to the pandemic, it's being played here at west point for the first time since 1943. we asked the players and coaches from both sides what it means to be playing on army's home turf. >> being in our own backyard, it's going to be an incredible feeling. and just knowing you're being a part of history. >> i'm looking forward to beating army in their home stadium in a year that's like no other. >> beating army at west point is all the bragging rights of the world. >> beat them at their house, it would be awesome. >> it would mean a lot ffor us o beat navy, whether it was at
west point, in annapolis, or out on the interstate. >> the very first army/navy game was played here at west point on this plain inside me. inside the stadium tomorrow, there will be 8,000 fans, the cadets and midshipmen coming up from annapolis. and president trump is scheduled to be here as well. he attended last season's game as well. john, he's the tenth sitting president to have attended an army/navy game. >> obviously, it will be very different, but still always exciting. coy, thanks so much. "new day" continues right now. >> the fda advisory committee just voted to recommend a green light for pfizer's vaccine. >> the fda will take on the consideration of that recommendation and will very likely act on it quite soon. >> i'm really, really just fearing what's going to happen over the next several weeks. hospitals are