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President Trump, faced with multiple crises and falling poll numbers less than five months before the presidential election, is prodding top health officials to move faster on a historically ambitious timeline to approve a Covid-19 vaccine by year’s end, The Washington Post writes. In a meeting last month, Trump pushed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar repeatedly to speed the unprecedented timeline. Trump wants some people to be able to get a vaccine sooner than the end of the year to demonstrate an end to the pandemic is within reach.


Nearly 9 in 10 Americans are concerned that drug makers will take advantage of the pandemic to raise prices, STAT reports, citing a new poll. In all, 55% are very concerned about price hikes and another 33% are somewhat concerned. And reactions were similar regardless of sex, race, or household income, according to the survey from Gallup and West Health, a research and policy organization. But views differed along party lines, with more Democrats than Republicans or independents bracing for higher medicine costs.

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