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#261 | Life in plastic, not so fantastic; Hugs are nice, that's not bombastic; US FDA says Covid vaccination to be less elastic
Hello, and welcome back to The Kable. We have a fairly light edition out for you today.
The WHO says it will need $2.5 billion this year, launching a funding appeal that says 339 million people now need humanitarian assistance globally. Maybe Microsoft has some funds left over.
It is the 24th of January already. Maybe it is time we stopped referring to 2023 as a new year. Especially since the news seems to be so much rehashing of last year. Like the fact that layoffs continue unabated in biopharma, with Merck KGaA being the latest, firing more than 130 people.
In more news from the US, the state of Massachusetts has reported two cases of a new, drug-resistant Gonorrhea strain.
And finally, in the first such regulatory proposal of its kind, the US FDA is mulling making Covid shots part of its annual immunisation protocol. At The Kable, we're not surprised. This was far too obvious a need. Here's hoping countries around the world sync up on this.