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Top Trump administration officials will meet Friday to nail down ideas for executive actions President Trump can take to rein in rising drug prices — a way to try to fulfill a campaign promise without waiting on Congress.

Who will be there: It's being led by Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, and will include Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, per a source familiar with the meeting. Andrew Bremberg, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, is also heavily involved in the effort.

Why it matters: Trump has been prodding his team for months to come up with actions he can take on his own. A strong set of executive actions could give him a chance to push a more populist health care agenda, and maybe even change the subject from the troubled Affordable Care Act repeal bill.

What he might do: A leading idea the officials are looking at, according to Bloomberg, would promote "value-based" drug pricing — in which insurers pay for drugs based on how well they work on specific diseases and patients.

Per a White House official: "Rising drug prices are a main concern for American consumers and an issue the President has been consistently vocal about addressing. The President and his team are committed to creating an environment that is conducive to innovation and improving patients health outcomes."

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Aduhelm is bombing

The average list price of Aduhelm is roughly $4,300 per monthly infusion. Photo: Biogen

Biogen sold $300,000 worth of Aduhelm in the third quarter, well below Wall Street's expectations, which prompted analysts at Raymond James to call the Alzheimer's drug "potentially the worst drug launch of all time" amid Biogen's "persistent hyperbole about the drug's purported benefits."

The big picture: Aduhelm's controversial approval and high price tag have shaped the market reaction. Health insurers are hesitant to cover Aduhelm until Medicare makes a decision next year, and doctors aren't embracing the drug either.

23 mins ago - Health

COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

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India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

A health worker inoculates a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man wearing a face mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Beawar, India, in September. Photo: Sumit Saraswat/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% has received at least one dose.

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