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General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks at an Axios event in Boston. Photo: Lawrence Jackson for Axios

Speaking at an Axios event on Friday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tesla was among the "capable" electric vehicle competitors as GM expands its presence in the market by ramping up its commitment to electric cars beyond the Chevrolet Bolt.

"[Tesla has] very capable electric vehicles. When we look at the landscape of competition from a car company perspective, whether it's Tesla or whether it's some of the global [equipment manufacturers], there's very capable competition and that's what kind of drives us. That's why we've been so aggressive on investing in technology and moving quickly."

Go deeper: Exclusive poll: Electric cars show growth potential despite doubts.

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3 hours ago - Health

Food banks feel the strain without holiday volunteers

People wait in line at Food Bank Community Kitchen on Nov. 25 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City

America's food banks are sounding the alarm during this unprecedented holiday season.

The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

5 hours ago - Health

AstraZeneca CEO: "We need to do an additional study" on COVID vaccine

Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.