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Top eight CNS stories for today including Pfizer is seeking emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine; The pandemic has reached a new grim milestone with more than 11,000 new daily deaths recorded globally; Markets dipped slightly to end a mishmash week of trading, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including Pfizer is seeking emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine; The pandemic has reached a new grim milestone with more than 11,000 new daily deaths recorded globally; Markets dipped slightly to end a mishmash week of trading, and more.

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National

1.) Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its partner BioNTech will forge ahead in their pursuit of emergency use authorization for their Covid-19 vaccine, a booster the company declared this week was 95% effective. 

Pedestrians walk past Pfizer world headquarters, Monday Nov. 9, 2020, in New York. Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, but it doesn't mean a vaccine is imminent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

2.) Covid never came up, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday, recapping talks with Republicans that focused exclusively on the federal budget as the country marked its 250,000th death to the pandemic.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

3.) A move by the Treasury Department to pull back funds from the Federal Reserve spooked investors on Friday, with markets dipping slightly to end a mishmash week of trading. 

In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news conference at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Regional

4.) Registering its third-highest monthly haul since 1990, California added 145,000 jobs in October and dropped its unemployment rate below 10% for the first time since before the pandemic.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo people wait in line to inquire about job openings with Marshalls during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Friday, Dec. 6, the U.S. government issues the November jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

5.) Wisconsin’s governor declared another 60-day state of emergency over the state’s rampant coronavirus spread on Friday in addition to issuing a new face coverings mandate.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, the heart rates, blood pressure levels and oxygen levels of COVID-19 patients are closely tracked in an intermediate care wing of UW Hospital's COVID-19 unit in Madison, Wis. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency advised Americans on Thursday, Nov. 19, not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

6.) In his most recent dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief visits a pristine area that also boasts a coastal enclave at the center of a battle over who has the right to access California’s iconic beaches.

(Courthouse News photo / Chris Marshall)

International

7.) The coronavirus pandemic has reached a new grim milestone with more than 11,000 new daily deaths recorded globally for the first time this week over several days in a row, making it the deadliest week yet.

A Woman and child wear face coverings whilst holding a dog as they stand by a COVID-19 distancing sign beside a bus stop on Waterloo Bridge during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Britain yesterday registered 501 daily COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test and is the fifth country in the world to record more than 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

8.) Thirty-four scientists’ two-month expedition to Mount Everest last year produced four new research papers examining how climate change and pollution have impacted the tallest place on Earth.

**ONE-TIME USE ONLY** Aerial view of the Mount Everest landscape with the village of Phortse in the background. The National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition was the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to the mountain in history. (Image credit: Mark Fisher/National Geographic.)
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