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Alex Brandon / AP

Apparently, the United States and Canada can't agree on how the call from Justin Trudeau to Donald Trump (that apparently saved NAFTA two weeks ago) came about. Both involve Jared Kushner and calls to Canadian compatriots, but the timeline is in dispute.

The White House's story: Trudeau aides called Kushner in a frenzy over media reports that Trump wanted to back out of NAFTA. Kushner said that Trudeau needed to talk to Trump directly, and he called the Canadians back when Trump was ready to chat.

The Canadian version: Kushner called Trudeau's chief of staff first, telling her that Trump was free to talk about NAFTA — and that Trudeau might want to call now.

One big question: The narratives put Kushner on very different sides of the issue: Did he do a favor for his Canadian counterparts or did he undermine his father-in-law?

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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.

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

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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.

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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.