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Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Tony Fadell, best known as one of the creators of the iPod and later co-founder and CEO of Nest, is joining the advisory council of Magna, a Canadian auto parts supplier and manufacturer, he told several media outlets.

What it means: Over the last few years, there's been an increasing interest in the next generation of vehicles, including a boom in development of self-driving technology. And with Silicon Valley now in the race along established automakers, companies like Magna are looking to bring in the needed expertise.

Fadell will be joined by former Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas, and MIT mechanical engineering professor Ian Hunter, along with three others. Fadell has shown a growing interest in automotive in the last couple of years, quietly helping found Actev Motors, a startup that built an electric go-kart.

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While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

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Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

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Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.

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