Associated Press –‘Route out’ of pandemic: UK gives 1st COVID-19 vaccine doses

A retired British shop clerk received the first shot in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program Tuesday, signaling the start of a global immunization effort intended to offer a route out of a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million.

NPR – FDA analysis of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine finds it effective and safe

The Food and Drug Administration released a detailed analysis Tuesday morning of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech ahead of a Thursday meeting of a group of independent experts that will advise the agency on whether to grant the vaccine emergency use authorization, or EUA.

POLITICO – Climate purity tests for Biden nominees split enviros

Climate change activists who helped rally progressive voters behind Joe Biden in the election are now testing their political capital by putting the president-elect's nominees through a purity test to make sure they are devoted to eliminating fossil fuels.

POLITICO – ‘They’re not ready’: Students are about to flood college campuses. The virus could, too.

Hundreds of the nation’s colleges and universities plan to bring thousands of students back to campus next semester even though most of the schools are unprepared or unequipped for the volume of testing needed to keep Covid-19 infections in check.

Kaiser Health News – In Becerra, an HHS nominee with political skill but no front-line health experience

Xavier Becerra, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is set to be a pandemic-era secretary with no public health experience. Whether that matters depends on whom you ask.