Happy Monday! We were barely able to finish today’s newsletter in time because we devoted our entire weekend to getting really, really mad at an anthropomorphic bird.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The House of Representatives ended a months-long standoff Friday night and voted 228-206 to pass the bipartisan infrastructure package approved by the Senate in August. Thirteen Republicans crossed party lines to support the $1 trillion bill that includes about $550 billion in new spending, while six progressive Democrats voted against it.
Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral, PAXLOVID, was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 percent when taken shortly after a COVID diagnosis, according to data from a randomized Phase II/III trial of high-risk patients released on Friday. Just 0.8 percent of those receiving PAXLOVID within three days of COVID symptom onset were hospitalized, compared to 7 percent of those who received a placebo.