5 Die In Fire At World’s Largest Vaccine Maker’s Campus; Vaccine Production Not Affected

PUNE, India — An afternoon fire on Jan. 21 that killed five people on the campus of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine production site, did not affect production of the coronavirus vaccine.

Another fire broke out at the campus around 7:30 p.m. No update was available by press time about any casualties or damage.

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Fiverr: Freelance Platform Sets Super Bowl Pitch

*TEL AVIV, Israel — Online freelancer platform Fiverr International will run its first Super Bowl ad during this year’s game on Feb. 7, joining an elite group of Israeli-founded companies to advertise during one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

The annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) drew 102 million viewers last year, and may well top that number due to COVID-19 restrictions that might keep home viewers glued to the broadcast on CBS, according to published reports.

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New Alternative Loan Plan Gives HBCU Students Financial Lift

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*President Joe Biden plans to cancel a minimum of $10,000 for student borrowers, as this debt crisis has disproportionately impacted Black borrowers, saddling them with the most student loan debt.

However, Robert F. Smith, America’s wealthiest Black man, isn’t waiting on the federal government to address the debt crisis among Black graduates.

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It’s A New Day; A New Dawn: Biden and Harris Now in Charge

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*An Inauguration Day unlike any other, Wednesday’s transfer of presidential power made history on a number of levels.

The ongoing and still growing coronavirus pandemic precipitated President Biden’s request that Americans not attend the quadrennial event. The attack on the U.S. Capitol also dictated the size of those invited to attend. Without exaggeration, there were more security forces on guard than there were guests on hand.

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Biden Signs Executive Order on Mask Wearing on I-Year Anniversary of Coronavirus in US

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*One year ago, on January 20, the first coronavirus case in the U.S. was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A man in Washington state tested positive for the virus after returning from Wuhan, China, where the pandemic outbreak originated.

The following day, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a call with journalists that “the risk to the American public is low,” but more information on the virus was developing daily.

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Wait. What?! Denmark Launches Children’s TV Show About Man with An Extra, Extra Long Penis!

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Still from the first episode of John Dillermand. Photograph: DRTV

*(Via NY Post) – It’s a show about overcoming life’s most intractable — albeit bizarre — obstacles, really.

Denmark’s John Dillermand is a claymation cartoon man who, like anyone else, enjoys grilling, taking walks around town and eating ice cream. But some of those activities can be difficult for a man with a comically long schlong.

The new children’s show, launching on Danish public television network DR, is aimed at entertaining 4- to 8-year-olds, who producers think will get a kick out of watching the perils of having a protracted penis.

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After Going Viral on Twitter, ‘Bean Dad’ Admits Parenting Tactic Was Half-Baked

Approximately 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine — and if you spent any time online during the first weekend of 2020, you probably saw something about “Bean Dad” on your newsfeed. Twitter was abuzz with a thread from a musician and podcast host named John Roderick that went horribly awry. What Roderick intended to be a valuable teaching moment backfired and showed that he has a lot to learn about parenting. Continue reading

Is Race Being Injected into Dispensing of COVID-19 Vaccines?

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*(Via LA Times) – At the height of a pandemic that has torn through America’s communities of color with particular ferocity, health officials are engaged in a fraught exercise in fairness: how to nudge communities of color toward the front of the line for scarce vaccines while pretending that race and ethnicity have no influence on vaccine priority.

The country has been deeply divided over quotas and affirmative action since long before the current health crisis. Assigning vaccine priority on the basis of race or ethnic heritage would therefore invite debate, recriminations and legal challenges.

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