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Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke was received by a standing ovation following the world premier of filmmaker David Modigliani's HBO documentary "Running with Beto" at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday, the Daily Beast reports.

Details: The film follows O'Rourke on the campaign trail as he fought to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). During the showing, O'Rourke's campaign sent an email to supporters teasing a "big announcement."

"There's been an outpouring of speculation, excitement, and support from people across the country — everyone eagerly waiting for the news ... Many of us are crossing our fingers and hoping that Beto has decided to run."
— email drafted by Cynthia Cano, O'Rourke's former deputy campaign manager

Go deeper: Report: Beto O'Rourke to announce 2020 bid after ruling out Senate run

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
6 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

7 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.