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Axios' Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei launched the Smarter Faster Revolution college tour this afternoon at UNC Chapel Hill at an event presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jeff Immelt, Former Chairman and CEO, General ElectricT.H. Anthony Foxx, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation Ali Marano, Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity & Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tyler Fleming, the Editor in Chief of The Daily Tar Heel, introduces Mike Allen. The two co-wrote an article earlier this week about today's media climate. Lauren Olinger
"You can be scared about changes to the workforce or you can look for opportunities," Jim says as he and Mike kick off the event. Lauren Olinger
Immelt tells students not to be intimidated by technology. "You need to know the art of the possible."Lauren Olinger
Marano speaks about JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s efforts to have "diversity of thought" among its employees. Lauren Olinger

Foxx says that America's future is a driverless one. "It's inevitable."

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Axios Editor in Chief Nick Johnston speaks with Professor Tamara Rice's interactive media class after the event.Lauren Olinger

Some Tar Heels who just got Smarter Faster.

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Next stop, the University of Michigan.

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Pac-12 will play football this fall, reversing course

A view of Levi's Stadium during the 2019 Pac-12 Championship football game. Photo: Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Pac-12, which includes universities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington state, will play football starting Nov. 6, reversing its earlier decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China

Data: Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia.

Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will be a period of months or even years in which supply lags far behind global demand. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m. EST: 32,062,182 — Total deaths: 979,701 — Total recoveries: 22,057,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m EST: 6,967,103 — Total deaths: 202,558 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: Cases are surging again in 22 states — New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Business: America is closing out its strongest quarter of economic growth.
  5. Technology: 2020 tech solutions may be sapping our resolve to beat the pandemic.
  6. Sports: Here's what college basketball will look like this season.
  7. Science: During COVID-19 shutdown, a common sparrow changed its song.

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