The Morning Dispatch: POTUS Broods While COVID Explodes

Happy Monday! SpaceX sent another four astronauts into orbit last night. We’ve got dibs on being aboard the next launch.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • In an interview with Defense One, Amb. James Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement, admitted that he and his team misled senior White House leadership about troop levels in Syria. “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey said, adding that the actual number of troops in Syria is a “lot more” than the 200 President Trump agreed to leave there in 2019.

  • Head of Operation Warp Speed Dr. Moncef Slaoui said on Friday he expects the United States to have enough vaccine doses available to immunize 20 million Americans in December and 25 to 30 million every month after that. The estimates are based on predicted success for the leading vaccine candidates developed by drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna.

  • NBC News on Friday projected its final two uncalled states—Georgia and North Carolina—for Joe Biden and Donald Trump, respectively. Recounts and lawsuits will continue, but Joe Biden is all but assured to win the Electoral College 306 to 232.

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