3 Things To Know Today

1 Fauci: Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Here By November

You may have heard that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by November – and it’s true. Reports began circulating yesterday that the CDC is now telling officials to ‘get ready’ – and it’s been confirmed by Dr. Anthony Fauci. He says a coronavirus vaccine could be available sooner than expected if clinical trials underway “produce overwhelmingly positive results.” Fauci says an independent board has authority to end trials weeks early if interim results are overwhelmingly positive or negative – and that could mean a vaccine by November. Still, Fauci says the end of the year is more likely.At the moment, two ongoing clinical trials involving 30-thousand volunteers are expected to wrap up by the end of this year. But Fauci says if a vaccine was deemed safe and effective, researchers would have "a moral obligation" to end the trial early and make the vaccine available to everyone in the study.

2 Trump Encouraging NC To "Try And Vote Twice"

There’s an old saying about “vote early and often,” but it appears that President Trump is taking that a step further. While in North Carolina yesterday, he suggested that voters should try and test their state's election system. How? Voting once by mail, then again in person. That’s a problem – because it’s illegal (and actually, a felony). It’s also pretty ironic considering it’s precisely the type of election fraud he’s been railing against for months. "Let them send it in and let them go vote,” he said. “And if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote.” For those wondering if voter fraud is actually an issue, one analysis from the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice found only 491 cases of absentee voter fraud out of billions of votes cast across all U.S. elections from 2000 to 2012.

3 Germany Says Putin Rival Was Poisoned With Nerve Agent

German officials say Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. The 44-year-old critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin became ill while flying. It was suspected to be in his tea. Now German government officials have made it official and say in a statement that Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent from the Novichok group, which has been used in other cases of Russian dissidents. You might recall that back in 2018 former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal both fell seriously ill after the attack in Britain. Another woman accidentally exposed died. Russia has denied involvement in any poisoning plots. Meanwhile, Navalny remains in intensive care on a ventilator.