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1.  President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Brian Deese to head his National Economic Council. As NPR's XXX reports, Deese, like many of Biden's other picks, is another alum of the Obama administration.
  Brian Deese worked in the Obama White House during the financial crisis who* helped rescue the auto industry. Later he helped negotiate the Paris climate accords. But in the sign that the Biden transition team expects some pushback to Deese, he released a glossy video to promote him.
  "I am asking Brian Deese to do this job because he is someone who looks at hard problems, and finds solutions that help make life better for American families."
  Deese is a controversial pick for some far left progressives who did not want to see him in the White House again because of his work in the financial world. After he left the Obama administration, Deese became the global head of sustainable investing at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager.


2.  When a Covid -19 vaccine is ready for distribution, vice president Mike Pence says the systems are in place to get doses out quickly, Pence speaking today at a distribution round table event in Memphis. Vice President says official's Operation Warp Speed the White House group involved in the effort of working with companies like CBS,Walgreens and Fed Ex to quickly deploy the shots.
  "We expect to be shipping covid-19 vaccines within 24 hours of approval and we expect vaccines to begin to be administered to Americans in that first group. Within 24 hours of that."
   FDA emergency approval of a vaccine is expected soon, two of the vaccines currently seeking emergency approval including one from Pfizer requires extremely cold shipping.


3.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 90% of US hospitals are what it calls a red zone, where beds are quickly filling up. NPR’s Ping Huang reports it's true across the country.
  Previous covid-19 waves hit specific cities or regions of the country, Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, says this time it's different.
   "Right now we unfortunately have a pandemic that's really throughout the nation. So we are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our health care systems."
  More than 100,000 people are current hospitalized with Covid, and beds are filling quickly. The wave is still growing and has not yet peaked. If you have not gotten Covid yet health officials say you can reduce your risk of ending up in a hospital by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others and staying out of stuffy indoor spaces.


4.  Social media giant Facebook removed some false claims made during the presidential race. Now the company says it intends to do the same when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines. Facebook announcing today it will take down any claims about vaccines it sees on Facebook or Instagram that turn out to be false.


5.  On Wall Street today, the Dow was up 85 points, this is NPR.


6.  A bit of boost for airplane builder Boeing which has been grappling with the lengthy retooling of its 737Max jet after an extended grounding. Chicago-based company announcing today it received an order from one of Europe's biggest budget airlines for 75Max jets, bringing total orders to more than 200. The announcement comes weeks before the planes are expected to begin flying again. Boeing grounded the 737Max last year for two fatal crashes that claimed the lives of 346 people.


7.  OPEC and its allies have decided on a small increase in oil production beginning in January, the announcement comes after the cartel had an unexpectedly thorny negotiations this week.
  Vaccine news has sent oil prices up but demand is still low, so market was surprised that OPEC is planning to boost production. The change will be gradual, but lots of chances to adjust. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman is Saudi Arabia's energy minister.
  "We can tweak upward, we can tweak downward and we can stay put, and, it is all about addressing uncertainty. If you have an uncertain situation, you need to be attentive."
   Talks were more difficult than expected as countries clashed over how to execute cuts fairly. Meetings were scheduled for two days but stretched on for most of the week.


8.  Crude oil futures prices moved higher after OPEC agreed to back up somewhat on production, oil ending the section up 76 cent a barrel to close it at 45.64 a barrel in New York.
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