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Some people with "long COVID" say their symptoms have gotten better after they received a vaccine, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The evidence so far is largely anecdotal, but further research could help determine whether vaccines can offer some help to the millions of people worldwide who are suffering through long-term illness that science doesn't understand very well.

Driving the news: A small pre-print study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, found that dozens of people with long COVID saw their symptoms either improve or stay the same after they got a vaccine.

  • In an informal survey from Survivor Corps, a nonprofit for people with long COVID, 251 members said they felt no different after vaccination, while 206 said their conditions improved and 72 reported that they felt worse.

What they're saying: "This could be psychosomatic at the end of the day, or it could be evidence of viral persistence," Survivor Corps founder Diana Berrent said.

What's next: Yale University immunologist Akiko Iwasaki has laid out a few possible reasons vaccines might help with long-haul symptoms, and is planning a formal study.

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The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

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CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

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The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.