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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. Under the circumstances, our agenda is, not surprisingly, rather modest. We plan to catch up on our reading, promenade with the energetic official mascot, and take a nap or three. And what about you? This remains a lovely time to enjoy the great outdoors. You could boost the economy with some careful dining choices. Or reach out to folks who are feeling isolated these days. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe — wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, who will help decide the fate of a Covid-19 vaccine, has vowed to resign if the Trump administration approves a vaccine before it is shown to be safe and effective, Reuters reports. Scientists, public health officials, and lawmakers are worried that the Trump administration will pressure the FDA to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine in advance of the November presidential election, even if data from clinical trials do not support its widespread use.

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