Up close with Bill Ritter: Mayor de Blasio closes New York schools, when COVID vaccine will be available and President Trump refusing to accept defeat

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has closed public schools in New York City in response to COVID-19 positivity rates reaching the 3% threshold. The move draws criticism and backlash among 1,1 million families affected who do not have computers, the Internet or childcare.Meanwhile, New York teachers have been promised a safe environment before school even starts this year. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew weigh on both sides of the argument. .

Additionally, ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr Jen Ashton discusses the recent increase in COVID cases across the country and tri-state region.

What impacts will a vaccine have, and how will it soon become available to the general public?

Additionally, ABC political director Rick Klein and political consultant Hank Sheinkopf are here to discuss President Trump’s recent behavior towards President-elect Joe Biden and whether or not the state legislature can cancel an election?

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