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1.  When President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail 4 years ago, he promised a lower prescription drug prices. Now as time running out for his administration, he says he’s finalizing some drug price rules. NPR pharmaceutical correspondent Sydney Lupkin has more.
The last minute drug price rules are likely to get caught on the courts but that didn't stop the Trump administration from announcing them anyway. First the President announced a rule that would make change the way discounts negotiated by middleman called pharmacy benefit managers are passed on to Medicare patients.
  "Today's action ends the injustice and requires that the discounts go directly to people, these are the people that needed."
  He also announced a rule requiring Medicare to pay the same, cheaper price for some drugs that other countries pay. This affects the drugs patients receive in a hospital as part of Medicare part B.


2.  Even with positive news of potential vaccines on the horizon, it's likely to be spring as the earliest before any coronavirus vaccine is widely available to the general public. And the numbers heading into the holiday season are not looking good. According to the Johns-Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, total infections in the US now top 11.7 million after the biggest one day gain on record yesterday, reported 188,000 new positive cases. The country meanwhile is averaging more than 1300 Covid-19 deaths per day. The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 is also at new highs.


3.  Pfizer says it is asking the Food and Drug Administration today to start reviewing its coronavirus vaccine application. NPR's Richard Harris  reports, the first Americans could get a shot though would likely be early December.
  Pfizer and another company Moderna, both have vaccines that the companies say are 95% effective. The safety profile looks good too based on early reports. But the challenge of distributing the Pfizer vaccine is the need to be kept far colder than regular freezer temperatures. But Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told NPR the company uses dry ice in special shipping containers to transport the vaccine.
  "We have done this repeatedly with 150 research sites that we engaged all over the world. So we know exactly how it's done, and it works very, very well."
  The company hopes to produce enough vaccine for about 12 million Americans by the end of the year and much more in 2021.


4.  A recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin's two most heavily Democratic counties has began with President Donald Trump's campaign hopping to discard tens of thousands of absentee ballots. Over Trump's three objections attempted to discard the ballots were denied by the three-member Dane County Board of Canvassers戴恩县游说者委员会 twice already on bipartisan votes. Trump expected to make a similar objection in Milwaukee County密尔沃基县. Joe Biden won the state by 20600 votes.


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6.  The NBA's Toronto Raptors多伦多猛龙队 will begin the upcoming season playing their so-called home games in Tampa坦帕市, Florida. NPR's XX reports, today's announcement comes after the team and the Canadian Government could not agree on how to deal with pandemic travel restrictions between Canada and the US.
  The Raptors and the NBA were trying to figure out a plan with the Canadian government to avoid the current 14-day quarantine. It would be required both for NBA teams coming to Toronto to play and for the Raptors who would travel to the US and back to Canada. The Associated Press reports the Canadian government decide there's too much Covid-19 in the US to OK cross border travel that's not essential. With the season starting in a little over a month, the Raptors and NBA were pushing for a quick decision. And now they have it, playing a Raptors home games in Tampa.
   Toronto's Majorly Baseball team the Blue Jays冠蓝鸦 also had a backbone season主要赛季 during the pandemic, playing its home games in Buffalo, New York.

7.  Michigan say legislators have been meeting in the White House today with President Trump as the President appears to be making an extraordinary effort aimed at overturning Joe Biden's overwhelming win there. The state has yet to certify the election results however Biden won Michigan by insurmountable难以超越的 154,000 votes. Trump's surrogates代理人 having been trying to convince Judges and lawmakers to set aside the popular vote and swapping Republican chosen electors, something unlikely to succeed.

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