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Good morning, one and all. Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman in the waning hours of yet another work week. Below are your requisite tidbits to get the morning started. Hope all goes well, and do let us know if you hear anything interesting out there. …

Hydroxychloroquine did not lead to faster symptom improvement among patients who had Covid-19 symptoms and were not hospitalized, STAT reports, marking the latest study in which the repurposed malaria drug appeared useless in the current outbreak. The result is likely to inflame the long-running political conflict around the drug, which President Trump said he took to prevent Covid-19 infection. But the study itself has significant limitations that prevent it from being a final word on the subject.


The U.K. government is “more than 95% sure” that Russian state-sponsored hackers are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine data from leading companies and research groups, the Guardian tells us. According to security minister James Brokenshire, hackers have targeted U.K., U.S., and Canadian organizations involved in vaccine development. It’s unclear whether any of the attacks compromised medical information.

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