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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. Once again, our agenda is exceedingly modest. We plan to hang with a short person or two, promenade with our official mascot, and catch up on our reading. And what about you? This is an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. On that note, you could start hunting for the Great Pumpkin. Or you could reach out to someone feeling isolated these days. Well, whatever you do, be safe — and wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

President Trump, who has frequently dismissed the significance of the Covid-19 pandemic and rarely wears masks in public, announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he contracted the coronavirus and is now quarantined, STAT writes. Trump, who is 74 and is considered overweight, is at high risk of having a serious bout of the illness. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, a person aged 65 to 74 is five times as likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 as someone aged 18 to 29, and 90 times more likely to die from the illness.


Gilead Sciences (GILD) will resume control of the distribution of remdesivir as a Covid-19 treatment to U.S. hospitals, The Wall Street Journal tells us. The Food and Drug Administration had taken over distribution in May after issuing emergency authorization for the drug as a coronavirus treatment. Gilead said it has since increased manufacturing capacity and, in recent weeks, states and territories have not been accepting or needing their full allotments of remdesivir, and hospitals have not been purchasing the full amount allocated to them by states.

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