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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Americans' political affiliations could determine which source they trust for information about the coronavirus, with 51% of Republicans saying they trust President Trump over CDC scientists, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's another indication of how partisan politics have consumed the national conversation about the virus, and how Trump's attacks on his own health officials have affected public opinion.

  • An Axios-Ipsos coronavirus poll out in June showed a political divide on mask-wearing habits based on party affiliation.
  • Trump and top government scientists have at times given conflicting messages about the virus, with Trump claiming earlier this month that his CDC director was "incorrect" and "confused" about the timeline for widespread vaccine distribution.

By the numbers: 70% of all likely voters who responded to the poll said they trust CDC scientists more than Trump, while 21% chose the president.

  • 51% of Republican respondents preferred Trump, while 36% chose CDC scientists.
  • 97% of Democratic respondents chose the CDC, while 1% said they prefer Trump.

The big picture: 42% of all voters approved of Trump's response to the coronavirus, while 56% said they disapprove. 87% of Republicans approved, while 96% of Democrats disapproved.

Go deeper: The CDC's crumbling reputation

Methodology: The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,302 likely voters nationwide from September 17 - 21. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

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Dec 31, 2020 - Health

U.S. set to end 2020 with just over 3 million vaccine doses administered

A healthcare worker hands Patrick Range, Sr., 88, a vaccination card after giving him the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Dec. 30. Photo: Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Americans received just over 3 million initial doses of coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech in the 19 days following first shipments, according to a Bloomberg tally of government websites and CDC data.

Why it matters: It's far below Operation Warp Speed's goal of administering 20 million doses by the end of the year, raising concerns about how long it may be until enough people are vaccinated in the U.S. for life to return to normal.

Dec 31, 2020 - Health

WHO lists Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

A healthcare worker giving a patient a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in Florida on Dec. 30. Photo: Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Thursday listed Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

Why it matters: The approval — the WHO's first for a coronavirus vaccine — may allow some countries to expedite their own regulatory approval processes so they can import and administer the vaccine quicker, the WHO said.

Updated 38 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Senate action on stimulus bill continues as Dems reach deal on jobless aid

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.