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Top of the morning to you. Gray skies are hovering over the Pharmalot campus right now, but our spirits remain sunny, nonetheless. Why? We will trot out a bit of insight from the Morning Mayor, who would say, ‘Every new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.’ While you tug on the ribbon, we will be brewing yet another cup of stimulation — and invite you to join us. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest to help you on your journey today. We hope all goes well and that you remain safe. And one more thing — do keep in touch. …

The U.S. government pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Covid-19 vaccine is unlikely to be lifted for at least another week or 10 days, after an independent panel of experts declined to vote on whether usage should resume, STAT says. Federal health officials urged states to halt usage on Tuesday to seek advice from the panel on some rare but serious clotting problems seen in some people. One person has died. Many panel members said they did not have enough information to estimate benefits and risks, or to restrict use to certain age groups.


The Biden administration expanded its short list of candidates to lead the Food and Drug Administration and several women of color are now in the running, The Wall Street Journal reports. Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock was once considered likely to be nominated for the job permanently, but that prospect is clouded by senators calling on President Biden to bring in new FDA leadership. The White House has also been under pressure to name more Asian-Americans to high-ranking posts following a recent series of attacks on that population.

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