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As the country reopens, we’ve begun checking in with American mayors who are grappling with decisions around relaxing restrictions and opening school, offices and other businesses, just to name a few. Today, we talk to Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz.

  • Plus, a COVID-19 vaccine for teenagers gets FDA approval.
  • And, the Biden administration’s move to protect transgender healthcare.

Guests: Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz., and Axios' Orion Rummler and Marisa Fernandez.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, Alex Sugiura, and Michael Hanf. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-old adolescents, the agency announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The emergency authorization marks a critical milestone in the push to get more Americans vaccinated and fully reopen schools for in-person learning this fall.

May 10, 2021 - Health

HHS restores Obama-era transgender health care protections

Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra on May 5 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Biden administration will reinstate anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, that had been narrowed under the Trump administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra confirmed Monday.

Why it matters: A Trump-era rule that excluded gender identity from sex discrimination protections made it easier for doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to deny transgender people health coverage.