Good morning, everyone. Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman in the waning hours of another working week. Just beyond today’s meetings, deadlines, and reply-all emails awaits the weekend. Perhaps you’ve planned an escape from wherever it is you’ve been holed up, a lengthy walk outdoors, or just some time nearer to thine couch. Be safe, whatever you do. And in the meantime, here are your requisite tidbits to begin this Friday. Do, as always, stay in touch.
President Trump promised a vaccine for Covid-19 “before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner” during a speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, STAT tells us. That pledge marks the most definitive timetable Trump has put on the normally lengthy process of developing a vaccine. And his declaration is certain to fuel anxiety that the White House will pressure the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine candidate before data from large-scale clinical trials are available.