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Rep. Charlie Crist in June 2020 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) — a Republican governor-turned-Democratic congressman — officially launched his bid Tuesday to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Why it matters: Crist is the first Democrat to announce a run against DeSantis, who he targeted in his campaign launch ad for his response to the pandemic. DeSantis faced criticism for directing vaccines toward wealthy communities.

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WH: Getting vaccinated "most important" step in hurricane preparedness

President Biden speaking at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The "most important" step Americans should take to prepare for peak hurricane season is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in case they have to evacuate, the White House said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The statement followed President Biden's meeting on hurricane preparedness with senior FEMA officials and others, who advised him of the measure — hours before Tropical Storm Fred formed near Puerto Rico. Florida is in the path of the storm, which could possibly intensify into a hurricane.

Aug 11, 2021 - Health

The school districts defying Texas, Florida governors and mandating masks

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Several school districts in Florida and at least two in Texas have a message for their governors: Masks for teachers and students are a must, even if it means defying orders.

Driving the news: As students head back to the classroom, health experts across the country are sounding the alarm on the increasing impact of COVID-19 on children, prompting debate — and, at times, threats of funding cuts — over whether masks should be required in schools.

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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for all private companies.

Why it matters: De Blasio, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the "first-in-the-nation measure" will go into effect starting Dec. 27. It will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.