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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. If you are surprised that Friday has already arrived, perhaps you are working too hard? In any event, please join us as we daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is quite modest. We intend to spend time with the short person and training our official mascot to take in the mail and trim the hedges. And what about you? This may be a good time to finish your spring cleaning, bolster the economy with a few online orders, or reach out to folks who remain isolated. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But wear a mask and keep safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying group in America and the leading voice for corporate power in Washington, has suggested that more transparency is needed surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine deals that are being struck between drug makers and governments, The Independent reports. However, the U.S. Chamber stopped short of supporting demands for companies to relinquish patent and intellectual property rights, arguing that they should not simply be perceived as a “reward or bonus” that follows a discovery.

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