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Hello, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, now that the official mascot has settled into his designated snoozing corner and the short person is hovering over a laptop for another round of remote learning, such as it is. As for us, we are engaged in our usual ritual of brewing cups of stimulation — today, our choice is glazed doughnut — and foraging for items of interest. On that note, here are some tidbits. We hope your day is calm, safe, and productive. Meanwhile, do stay in touch, and stay safe — wear a mask. …

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is testing remdesivir to determine whether the drug is effective in treating new Covid-19 strains that emerged in the U.K. and South Africa, CNBC says. The antiviral drug, which last fall became the first treatment approved for Covid-19 in the U.S., has helped shorten the recovery time for some patients who are hospitalized with the coronavirus. Meanwhile, even with sales of the medicine surging, investors are not impressed, STAT notes.

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