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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating, despite the challenging circumstances, because that familiar routine of phone calls, Zoom and Skype meetings and deadlines has predictably returned. What can you do? The world somehow keeps spinning. To cope, yes, we are quaffing mandatory cups of stimulation. Our choice today is cinnamon dolce. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you started. Hope your day goes well, and do keep in touch. …

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is willing to fast-track a Covid-19 vaccine before clinical trials are complete if it is deemed “appropriate,” Reuters writes, citing a report in The Financial Times. Hahn stressed politics would not play a part. “This is going to be a science, medicine, data decision. … It is up to the [vaccine developer] to apply for authorization or approval, and we make an adjudication of their application. If they do that before the end of Phase 3, we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination.”


Seventy-eight percent of Americans worry the Covid-19 vaccine approval process is being driven more by politics than science, according to a new survey from STAT and the Harris Poll, a reflection of concern that the Trump administration may give the green light to a vaccine prematurely. The response was largely bipartisan, with 72% of Republicans and 82% of Democrats expressing such worries, according to the poll, which was conducted last week and surveyed 2,067 American adults.

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