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Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign said Thursday that it raised $34.5 million in 2019's fourth quarter, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Sanders' haul is the most any candidate has raised in a single quarter so far in the Democratic primary race, easily surpassing the $25.3 million he raked in during Q3.

  • Sanders received more than 1.8 million donations in the quarter, with an average donation of $18.53.

The state of play: While Sanders is one of the first candidates to announce his fundraising for the quarter, it's unlikely to be topped by any of his competitors.

  • Pete Buttigieg's campaign said it raised $24.7 million during the same span, while Andrew Yang's campaign announced it had pulled in $16.5 million.
  • Elizabeth Warren's campaign warned its supporters last week that it had only raised $17 million, triggering a fundraising push to reach $20 million by the end of the year.

Go deeper: Bernie Sanders releases letters from doctors deeming him fit for presidency

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Pfizer testing oral pill for prevention of COVID

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Pfizer announced Monday that it is testing an oral antiviral drug that would help prevent COVID-19.

Why it matters: This drug is one of several antiviral pills that could have a massive impact on coronavirus treatment since not everyone will get a vaccine, and it may take years to fully vaccinate people in certain countries, per Axios' Alison Snyder.

Scoop: Dems' sneaky sabotage

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A group tied to prominent Democratic strategists is posing as a conservative outfit to try to drive a wedge between the Republican candidate for Virginia governor and his core voters, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The state's gubernatorial race is expected to be tight and could be a national bellwether. As Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin's campaign hypes improving poll numbers, Democrats are trying to chip away at his support in GOP strongholds.

House coalescing around infrastructure deal

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is seen leaving a meeting of the House Democratic caucus on Monday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

House Democrats started Monday to coalesce around a deal to pass President Biden's signature Build Back Better infrastructure package, with progressive opposition weakening and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seeming to de-link the biggest components of it.

What they're saying: “We can’t be ready to say, 'Until the Senate passes the [$3.5 trillion reconciliation] bill, we can’t do BIF,'" the speaker told House Democrats, using shorthand for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. She indicated the House would vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill — focused on roads and bridges — on Thursday.