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The White House chief of staff threatened to fire Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, unless the FDA approves a coronavirus by Friday, the Washington Post reported.
According to the Post Mark Meadows told Stephen to submit his resignation if the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was not approved by the end of the day. The newspaper cited people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Senate has passed a temporary government-wide funding bill, averting a government shutdown at midnight and buying time for negotiations over Covid-19 relief.
The stop-gap measure, which is expected to be signed by Donald Trump at some point today, will keep the government running until December 18.
An emerging $900 billion aid package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers hit a rough patch after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell swung against the effort, but negotiations are ongoing and pressure remains intense.