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Bloomberg has built an interesting tool to track the number of Tesla's mass-market Model 3 electric vehicles that are emerging from the company's California factory.

Driving the news: Check out their Model 3 production tracker here, which as of Friday morning was showing 7,535 built and a current rate of 956 per week.

Why it matters: The Model 3 is vital for Tesla's future but also for the market penetration of EV technology. But the production ramp-up has unfolded more slowly than founder Elon Musk initially pledged.

  • The company now hopes to be producing 5,000 per week by the end of the second quarter.

Bloomberg's methodology: Tesla does not provide real-time production figures, so Bloomberg says it is using multiple methods to obtain its estimates after gathering and analyzing the Vehicle Identification Number data.

  • The Bloomberg Model 3 tracker "relies on data from official U.S. government resources, social media reports, and direct communication with Tesla owners."
  • They created a tool that lets consumers report them directly.

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CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

Snapchat.

Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.