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Vaccines Safe for Adolescents

A COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is safe and 100% effective in children aged 12 to 15, the companies announced yesterday. In the trial that included 2,260 participants, zero infections were reported in the vaccinated group compared to 18 cases in the placebo group. The cohort will be studied for long-term safety and effectiveness for two years while the companies seek emergency use authorization in the coming weeks.

Biden Pitches Infrastructure

The Biden administration released details of a sweeping $2.3T infrastructure and jobs plan, unveiled as the president gave remarks at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, training center. The proposal would spend funds over eight years while projecting to recoup the cost over 15 years via tax hikes on corporations (see full plan).

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> Microsoft wins bid for contract to supply augmented reality headsets to US Army; contract could total $21.8B over 10 years (More)

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> Minneapolis cashier testifies he believed George Floyd didn’t know he was using a counterfeit bill, appeared to be under the influence; the incident precipitated the police interaction that led to Floyd’s death (More) | Witness breaks down over body camera footage played in court (More)

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How mRNA Technology Could Change the World

Atlantic | Derek Thompson. The pandemic was the first time vaccines relying on mRNA — messenger RNA, essentially genetic instructions — were used to treat a disease in a clinical setting. But the flexibility of the four-decade-old technology may allow scientists to mimic almost any protein in existence. (Read, $$)

The Google Empire

Land of the Giants | Shirin Ghaffary, Alex Kantrowitz. (Podcast) Season three of the hit podcast explores the history of Google, from its inception to its rise as one of the world’s most powerful companies. (Apple, Google, Spotify)

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robert massimi

Drama critic for Nimbus Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and New York Lifestyles Magazine. Producer, editor and writer.