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Once again, another working week will soon draw to a close. If you are surprised that Friday has already arrived, perhaps you are working too hard? In any event, please join us as we daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is uncertain at the moment, but we intend to spend time with a couple of the short people, promenade with the official mascots, and take a few naps. And what about you? This is a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. You could putter around the garden. Or catch up with someone special after months of keeping your distance. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday again got an earful from lawmakers opposed to the Biden administration’s call to waive intellectual property protection on Covid-19 vaccines, Law360 reports. Tai, who testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, was pressed for details about what the U.S. would seek in negotiations over the waiver, how long it would last, how it would be implemented, and whether the U.S. would walk away if other countries insisted that it apply to more than just vaccines.


The Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) Covid-19 vaccine became a target of conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns as soon as it was announced, reaching millions of people on sites like Twitter, Reddit, and 4chan, CBS News reports, citing a recent analysis from Blackbird, a cyber defense firm. Conspiracy narratives, like the false belief that the vaccine was delayed for political reasons, flourished on social networks in the fall and early winter.

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