The Morning Dispatch: Hey, Big Spender

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that their COVID-19 vaccine was 100 percent effective for adolescents ages 12 to 15 in a Phase 3 clinical trial. The companies plan to submit the data to the Food and Drug Administration to broaden the vaccine’s current emergency use authorization.

  • Iowa Democrat Rita Hart on Wednesday formally withdrew her challenge of Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election win, which had been certified by Iowa’s bipartisan state elections board. A growing number of congressional Democrats had expressed uneasiness with the prospect of overturning the election result in the House.

  • Human error at a vaccine manufacturing plant in Baltimore run by Emergent BioSolutions may have rendered up to 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine unusable. The mistake does not affect any doses currently in circulation or scheduled to go out next week (those were produced in the Netherlands), but will likely slow the vaccine’s rollout over the coming month.

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