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Courtesy Forbes

Vice President Harris is increasingly emphasizing policies supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship, from engaging bank CEOs, to working with Treasury Secretary Yellen on increasing capital for underserved small business owners, officials tell me.

Driving the news: Harris has crisscrossed the country to meet with small businesses to highlight the benefits in the American Rescue Plan, which allocated $60 billion to small businesses.

In an essay in Forbes' "50 Over 50" issue, out today, Harris (56) writes:

The pandemic has exposed the flaws and the fissures in our economy. … Today, our nation must reimagine our economy so that every American entrepreneur can launch and grow an enterprise. It is in this reimagining that we will remain competitive — and come out of this pandemic stronger."

What we're watching: Harris will be on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday for an interview with Mika Brzezinski. Harris shares this advice for women she mentors:

  • "I eat 'no' for breakfast. So have I been told, many times during my career, things from 'you are too young, it's not your turn, they are not ready for you, no one like you has done it before' — I have heard all of those things many times over the course of my career, but I didn't listen." Watch a preview.
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Aug 24, 2021 - Podcasts

What FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine means for a hard-hit state

The FDA yesterday granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine. Will it convince more people to get vaccinated? The answer to that question will be especially important in states with low vaccination rates and surging hospitalizations, like Alabama. That state is currently one of the hardest hit by COVID in the nation.

  • Plus, FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine raises questions about young kids.
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Guests: Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, Axios' Tina Reed and Jonathan Swan.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Ben O'Brien. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Americans are on board with coronavirus booster shots

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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The vast majority of Americans who are already vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated say they're likely to get a coronavirus booster shot, according to The Harris Poll.

But, but, but: More than half of respondents also said the need for boosters has impacted their confidence in the vaccine they've already received — further evidence that the Delta variant has delayed our return to normal life.

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused "significant" damage

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga's islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.