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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Moderna announces 94.5% efficacy rate on COVID-19 vaccine | Second coronavirus vaccine over 90% | Fauci touts results as ‘truly outstanding’ | Timing for general public | Trump walks back tweet saying Biden ‘won’ | Trump’s national security adviser vows ‘professional transition’ of power | House returns | 15 days to fund the government and for coronavirus relief negotiations | SpaceX astronauts sneak Baby Yoda onto spacecraft

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Amazing news on a second COVID-19 vaccine!:

 

 

The drug company Moderna, who has also been working on a coronavirus vaccine, announced this morning that its vaccine is 94.5 percent effective. https://bit.ly/36HZYoO 

Didn’t we know this already?: Last week, drug company Pfizer announced that its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. This means a second vaccine appears to be effective.  

What to know about the trial: Moderna performed its vaccine trial on 30,000 volunteers, half of which were given a placebo. Of the 15,000 volunteers receiving a placebo, 90 developed COVID-19. Of the 15,000 who received the actual vaccine, just 5 tested positive for the coronavirus. There were 11 severe cases that were all from the placebo group.   

What happens next?: Moderna will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration. If authorized, it can begin vaccinating people in December (!)

When can the general public receive the vaccine?: Most people could start receiving the vaccine in the spring, after high priority groups have first received it.

READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MODERNA:

https://bwnews.pr/3nyfPNp

REACTION FROM DR. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciBiden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' Jake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election 24 percent of New Yorkers unlikely to get COVID-19 vaccine: poll MORE:

Via CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, touted the news. https://cnn.it/36JQOYS

Yes, yes, yes!: "These are obviously very exciting results…It's just as good as it gets -- 94.5% is truly outstanding." 

Fauci’s timing: "I think that everybody else will start to get vaccinated towards the end of April. And that will go into May, June, July. It will take a couple of months to do."

THIS MORNING — LET’S JUST SAY STOCK MARKETS LOVED THIS NEWS:

Following Moderna’s announcement, “The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a gain of more than 350 points Monday, rising 1.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose roughly 0.1 percent, and the S&P 500 index rose 0.8 percent.” https://bit.ly/3psgfXw

It’s Monday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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LATEST WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION

To bring Katy Perry into this: ‘You’re hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out’:

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Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE walked back a tweet that he said President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE won the presidential election. https://bit.ly/2IJWWZl 

Trump tweeted on Sunday morning: “He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” https://bit.ly/3pxoYYw

Trump also tweeted: “All of the mechanical ‘glitches’ that took place on Election Night were really THEM getting caught trying to steal votes. They succeeded plenty, however, without getting caught. Mail-in elections are a sick joke!” https://bit.ly/2KdLC8d 

Shortly after: #TrumpConceded trended on Twitter. https://bit.ly/36CXfNC

But Trump later clarified: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” https://bit.ly/36GNH3Z

TRUMP’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER PROMISES A ‘PROFESSIONAL TRANSITION’:

Speaking to The Hill’s editor-at-large Steve Clemons at the Global Security Forum, “President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, on Monday said there will be a ‘professional transition’ to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration despite Trump’s refusal to concede that he lost the election.” https://bit.ly/36ALDdS 

In O’Brien’s words: “If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies. We may have policy disagreements but look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council. There’s no question about it.”

PLAY THIS OUT — TIDBIT FROM ROLL CALL’S NIELS LESNIEWSKI:

“If you believe Donald Trump WON THE ELECTION [which he did not], then you also believe Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBiden-Harris ticket the first in US history to surpass 80 million votes Most Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 Press: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up MORE will still be vice president and therefore the Georgia Senate races won't affect Senate control. [this is the logic problem now facing the Senate GOP] https://bit.ly/38NtNHp

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

Set your clock for 15 days. Go.:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, the House and Senate are both in session with 15 works days left to avert a government shutdown and to negotiate a long-awaited coronavirus relief package. https://bit.ly/38KBo9y

Why 15 days: Congress will be out next week for Thanksgiving and is currently scheduled to leave Washington on Dec. 11 for the year. 

Where the coronavirus relief deal stands: “Both sides say they want a deal on a relief bill. But while it's still relatively early in the lame-duck session, there's no clear path at the moment to a deal, despite the steep economic and health consequences.” 

Where government funding stands: “Congress has until Dec. 11 to fund the government. One question looming over any talks is whether President Trump, fuming over his election loss, will sign anything beyond a continuing resolution, a short-term bill that would fund the government until early next year at fiscal 2020 levels.”

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL THIS WEEK:

House leadership elections: House Republicans are scheduled to hold their leadership elections on Tuesday; Democrats are planning their elections for Wednesday and Thursday. The gist: Leadership in both parties are expected to retain their positions.

Nominations: “Senate Republicans appear poised to confirm Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve board after keeping her nomination in limbo for months.”  

Twitter and Facebook executives are back: “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-S.C.) announced late last month that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergDemocrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Hillicon Valley: Facebook content moderators demand more workplace protections | Ousted cyber official blasts Giuliani press conference | Tech firms fall short on misinformation targeting Latino vote MORE will testify before the committee on Tuesday … Graham is expected to focus the hearing on the platforms’ handling of the 2020 elections and a recent New York Post article that Twitter initially prevented the spread of on its platform.”  

Context and details for eachhttps://bit.ly/38KBo9y

DEMOCRATS WANT TO SHARPEN THEIR MESSAGE AFTER THE NOV. 3 SETBACK:

https://bit.ly/3pJvAmS

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 11,048,174 

U.S. death toll: 246,255 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Journalists everywhere take notes:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35BkoRi 

Read the excerpthttps://bit.ly/3lFrGci

Throwback — 20 years ago, minus 10 days:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/36JZT4d

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in D.C. and is flying to Dover, Del., later today. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns MORE are in Wilmington, Del.

TodayPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris receive a briefing on the economy.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors on COVID-19. 

2 p.m. EST: The House meets.  

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. 

4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. 

5:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a dignified transfer of a fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base. 

5:30 p.m. EST: A cloture vote on a nomination in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/32MGnTa

6:30 p.m. EST: Votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3pAcj71 

6:55 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C. 

Nov. 19: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Hill's Diversity & Inclusion Summit.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/35q97mo

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:45 p.m. ESTPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris deliver remarks on the economy. C-SPAN livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2K3n5T5

11 p.m. EST: “NASA provides full coverage of SpaceX Crew Dragon docking to the International Space Station, followed by a welcoming ceremony and news conference.” C-SPAN livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2K5kaJA

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Fast Food Day.

Space launches are so incredibly cool:

Four astronauts launched into space yesterday evening aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. https://cbsn.ws/35AOfJl

How long it will take the crew to reach the International Space Station: 27 hours 

The astronauts: “Commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi” https://cbsn.ws/35AOfJl

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Omg, the astronauts snuck a Baby Yoda onto the spacecraft: No, seriously! Here’s a photohttps://bit.ly/3f4y1v5

This is a wild photo of the rocket launching through the cloudshttps://bit.ly/3kCLfAo

If you missed it — here’s video of the launchhttps://bit.ly/2H6z0hT 

Whoa — check out the view from The University of Central Florida: 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/32RknH3 

And from a nearby hospital — it’s amazing how clearly you can see ithttps://bit.ly/3noZ5rS 

The view from Miamihttps://bit.ly/2UuK9Mr

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceSpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - World reacts to news of second COVID-19 vaccine with 90 percent efficacy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down MORE attended: Here are photos of them watching: https://bit.ly/2UwCflV

And to make you smile on a Monday afternoon, here’s a hamster with a creative solution: https://bit.ly/32PeyK8