Up close with Bill Ritter: Plan for phased reopening of New York schools, availability of COVID-19 vaccine, President Trump opposing ramifications of his medical team


NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – In this episode of Up Close, Mayor Bill de Blasio decides there have been too many problems to start a full in-person learning for the New York school system. The school year begins on September 21, with a gradual reopening to in-person learning.The Grade 3 Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Special Education children in District 75 will begin on September 21, while Kindergarten to Grade 5 will begin on September 29 and high school will begin on October 1. United Teachers’ Federation Michael Mulgrew discusses the new schedule and what it took to change the mayor’s mind.

Additionally, on September 2, the director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, said states could get vaccinated by November 1, two days before election day.

Now, the CDC director predicts that most Americans will not have access to a coronavirus vaccine until late spring or summer next year.

ABC News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton is trying to clear up the confusion caused by the mix of politics and medicine.

Additionally, ABC News political director Rick Klein and political consultant Hank Sheinkopf speak out on medical experts opposed to President Trump and how that might affect his re-election campaign.

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Up Close with Bill Ritter airs Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. on Channel 7.

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