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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, courtesy of blue skies and deliciously cool breezes wafting about the Pharmalot campus. Moreover, our rambunctious official mascot is now happily snoozing on the floor, providing an opportunity to brew cups of stimulation and attend to our to-do list. Nothing like a quiet pup when there is work to be done. Speaking of which, here are a few tidbits to get you started. We hope your day is simply smashing — a little optimism never hurts — and you stay safe. …

The Food and Drug Administration has broadened its investigation of a serious illness in AstraZeneca’s (AZN) Covid-19 vaccine study and will look at data from earlier trials of similar vaccines developed by the same scientists, Reuters reports. The large, late-stage U.S. trial has been on hold since Sept. 6, after a study participant in the U.K. fell ill with what was believed to be a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis. The requested data was expected to arrive this week, after which the FDA would need time to analyze it.

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