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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather modest. We hope to hang with a short person, catch up on our reading and tackle our growing list of errands. And what about you? Given concerns over fast-moving global events, this may be a good time to unwind with a captivating book or watch a moving picture. You could also touch base with someone special. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe and try not to panic. Enjoy, and see you soon…

A Merck (MRK) executive has a warning for those working on a coronavirus vaccine, Bloomberg News says. If the virus is as bad as some public health officials fear, everyone will need to be immunized. But not everyone gets seriously ill, so a vaccine, which would be given to healthy people, would have to be very safe. Ensuring that is a long process. “I am very cautious on overpromising on the success of a coronavirus vaccine as well as the timing,” said Julie Gerberding, who was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the SARS outbreak and is now Merck’s chief patient officer. “We have never made a vaccine for the world.”

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