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Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day, and especially so here on the Pharmalot campus, where the short person remains hunched over a laptop, the official mascot is chasing wildlife, and we are scrambling to attack our to-do list. No doubt, you can relate. After all, this is only the middle of the week and there is so much to be done. This calls, as you may imagine, for a hot cup of stimulation. We are enjoying salted caramel mocha today, a sweet reminder of the Jersey shore. Feel free to join us. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits. Hope your journey today is a smooth one. Meanwhile, stay safe and stay in touch. …

The top executives of Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), which ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine in a Baltimore plant in March, will testify to at a House subcommittee  at 10:30 a.m. ET today (you can watch here). A Food and Drug Administration inspection found serious violations, including failures to investigate instances of contamination, maintain sanitary conditions and sterile equipment, and lack of trained personnel. Emergent was awarded a $628 million contract last year to manufacture the vaccines but has not produced a single usable dose.


Emergent founder and executive chairman Fuad El-Hibri will be questioned by lawmakers that he and his employees spent tens of thousands of dollars helping to elect, The New York Times reports. Since 2018, El-Hibri and his wife, Nancy, donated at least $150,000 to groups affiliated with the top Republican on the panel, Steve Scalise (R-La.). At least two other subcommittee members received donations during the 2020 election cycle from the Emergent political action committee, which gave about $1.4 million over the past decade to members of both parties.

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