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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Cairo on Saturday for around three hours, according to the Washington Post, and said that while the countries had previously been "drifting apart," ties had "never been stronger" than under Trump.

Why it matters: NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that the three hour meeting "focused heavily on counter-terrorism." They also discussed two Americans who were imprisoned in Egypt in 2013, WaPo reports, and Sisi told Pence he would give their cases "very serious attention." Pence and Sisi also discussed terrorism, North Korea, and religious freedom.

  • One more thing: Egyptian security originally blocked the press from entering the presidential palace where Pence was meeting with Sisi, until they were allowed in to cover "brief statements...that only happened after intense negotiation between Pence's staff and Egyptian authorities," per WaPo. The next stop on Pence's Middle East tour is Jordan.

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Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

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Twitter on Thursday labeled a tweet from Russian state media outlet RT (formerly Russia Today) that included a video implying widespread voter fraud is plaguing, and potentially delegitimizing, the U.S. election.

Why it matters: It's the first time Twitter has labeled RT's account with a civic integrity label, or a designation used to highlight efforts to manipulate or interfere in elections or other civic processes.