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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, not surprisingly, is rather modest. We plan to promenade with our official mascot, catch up on some paperwork and keep tabs on pandemic developments. And what about you? Despite the circumstances, this remains an ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors. Conversely, you could remain inside and stare at the telly. Or you could reach out to someone feeling isolated by events. Well, whatever you do. We hope you have a grand time. But be safe — wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Russia’s leading respiratory doctor has quit over ‘gross violations’ of medical ethics that rushed through a Covid-19 vaccine, The Daily Mail reports. Professor Alexander Chuchalin quit the Russian health ministry ethics council after making a fierce attack on the new Sputnik V vaccine ahead of the body approving its registration. Amid deep skepticism among Western experts over the vaccine, it appears that Chuchalin sought and failed to block its registration on ‘safety’ grounds before quitting the ethics council.

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