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Good morning, everyone, and nice to see you after an extended holiday break. We hope the new year somehow got off to a good start, despite the drumbeat of challenging news out there. What can you do, though, but persevere? After all, the world manages to keep spinning. On that note, please join us for a much-needed cup of stimulation — our choice today is caramel vanilla cream — as we forage for items of interest. Speaking of which, here are some tidbits to help you get started. Hope the day goes well, and do keep in touch. …

The U.S. government is considering giving some people half the dose of the Moderna (MRNA) Covid-19 vaccine in order to speed vaccinations, Reuters says. Officials are in talks with Moderna and the Food and Drug Administration about stretching supplies of the vaccine, which requires two shots. “We know that for the Moderna vaccine, giving half of the dose to people between the ages of 18 and 55, two doses, half the dose … means exactly achieving the objective of immunizing double the number of people with the doses we have,” said Moncef Slaoui, who heads Operation Warp Speed.

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