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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was somehow relaxing and invigorating, despite the challenging events swirling about, because the usual routine of deadlines, Zoom and Skype calls, and growing to-do lists has, of course, returned. You knew this would happen, yes? After all, the world keeps spinning. So time to get cracking. Here are a few items of interest to help you get started. We hope your day is tolerable and even productive. And as always, do keep in touch. …

In a stunning declaration of authority, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar barred the nation’s health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, from signing any new rules regarding the nation’s foods, medicines, medical devices, and other products, including vaccines, The New York Times reports. It remains unclear if or how the move would change the vetting and approval process for Covid-19 vaccines, three of which are in advanced clinical trials in the U.S.

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  • May one observe that, if the NY Times reporting is correct, Mr Meadows was attempting to take the concept of “buying votes / voters” (albeit with other peoples money) to a new level? On second thought, was he attempting to facilitate bribery?

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