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Derek Kan (L) tours California infrastructure projects with Rep. Jeff Dunham. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

The White House is considering Derek Kan, undersecretary at the Department of Transportation, for a spot on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, Bloomberg reports. A source close to the situation tells Axios that the leak reads like a "trial balloon," after President Trump's past four picks failed to pass muster.

The bottom line: Kan already has made it through the Senate confirmation process in order to move into his current position, which could make the White House believe he'd have smoother sailing than past nominees.

  • Kan isn't considered an expert on monetary policy, but did study economic history at the London School of Economics. He also served as as chief economist to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the financial crisis and its Dodd-Frank aftermath.
  • He later joined Lyft as a general manager and was named by President Obama to the Amtrak board.

Go deeper: Trump works to fill out the Fed board

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat U.S. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/Getty Images. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.