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Rise and shine, another busy day is on the way. Most days are busy, though, yes? So why not surrender to the rapid-fire pace and reach for a cup of stimulation to help the neurons get moving? Our coffee kettle stands ready, along with a pouch of glazed original doughnut, a flavor for the adventurous. As always, we have also assembled a few items of interest to move things along. We hope your day goes well and you conquer the world, such as it is. And please do reach out if you hear something saucy or have a secret dossier that needs a home. …

Germany, Italy, France, and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca (AZN) over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself, The Wall Street Journal says. The European Medicines Agency is expected by Thursday to give its verdict on safety and potential risks from a review of the reported cases. And STAT explains why this is a curious incident.

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