10 things you need to know today: November 20, 2020

Trump administration coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx appeared Thursday in a White House briefing with other leading public health officials for the first time in months, appealing to Americans to “increase their vigilance” as potential vaccines get closer to approval. Birx made her remarks on a day when the U.S. recorded nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths, bringing the national total to more than 252,000. Vice President Mike Pence appeared at the briefing and expressed optimism, saying that the nation “has never been more prepared to combat this virus than we are today.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, sought to reassure the public about the safety of the two vaccines nearing approval. “We need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in an inappropriate way,” he said. [The New York Times]

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