Good morning, everyone, and nice to see you again after an extended holiday break on this side of the pond. We hope the respite was refreshing and invigorating, because the usual routine of Zoom meetings, Skype calls, and deadlines has predictably returned. But what can you do? Despite the gloom and doom, the world keeps spinning. So time to grab a cup of stimulation — coconut is our choice today — and get cracking. On that note, here are a few items of interest to jumpstart your day. We hope all goes well, and do keep in touch. …

Moderna (MRNA) reported that its Covid-19 vaccine continued to deliver strong results, showing 94% efficacy in the main analysis of its key study and, as a result, the company will immediately seek regulatory clearances in the U.S. and Europe, STAT writes. The milestone suggests there could be two vaccines before the end of 2020. Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) released positive results for a similar vaccine on Nov. 18, and requested an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration two days later.

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