Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Tuesday morning

The State of the PR Nation; Trump administration rejected Pfizer’s offer for more COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Tuesday morning

New this morning: The State of the PR Nation. PRWeek reached out to PR pros on the client and agency sides in 27 cities to assess the State of the PR Nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic and find out how they’re situated as we head into 2021. The responses detail what the last few months have been like, both in their specific organizations and industries, and also in the cities where they are based. Check out our interactive map.

The Trump administration had a chance to secure more Pfizer vaccine doses. During the summer, the pharma company offered the Trump administration the chance to lock in supplies beyond the 100 million doses the pharmaceutical maker agreed to sell the government as part of a $1.95 billion deal. But people familiar with the matter told The New York Times that the administration never made the deal. A senior administration official told reporters Monday that the NYT story is "false." 

Happening today: The White House “Vaccine Summit.” The meeting is an opportunity for the White House to pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly issue emergency use authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and private-sector executives will attend the summit and other invitees include drug distributors, pharmacies and logistics companies such as McKesson, Walgreens Boots Alliance, CVS Health, United Parcel Service and FedEx. Pfizer and Moderna will not attend the summit, reported Stat News.

A second judge said Trump cannot ban TikTok. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington fully blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ban the app. Nichols noted that lawyers for TikTok demonstrated that Trump officials' "failure to adequately consider an obvious and reasonable alternative before banning TikTok" renders the crackdown against the app "arbitrary and capricious." TikTok said in a statement that is it “pleased” with the decision and is “focused on continuing to build TikTok as the home that 100 million Americans, including families and small businesses, rely upon for expression, connection, economic livelihood and true joy.”

Pringles has accepted John Oliver’s challenge. After the Last Week Tonight host said he will give $10,000 to Feeding America if the snack brand reveals mascot Julius Pringles’ body, Pringles responded on Twitter late Monday. “Challenge accepted @iamjohnoliver,” Pringles tweeted. “It's been a hot minute since Mr. P has made a public appearance and he’s actually got a new look. He'll be ready for his full body debut tomorrow.” What do you think he will look like? Take our poll.

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