WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Stock futures were flat ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest projections, which could provide cues on when policymakers may begin to dial back support for the economy. The Fed is also slated to release new forecasts and could pencil in an initial rate hike for 2023.
- Fed expected to signal start of monetary policy shift debate – Reuters
- The Fed is heavily favored to stay the course with easy policies through 2021 – CNBC
- “Any signal that the Federal Reserve will tighten policy on Wednesday could ripple across emerging markets that are dependent on the U.S. dollar. Prime among them is Turkey.” – @WSJmarkets
- A new study offers evidence that seven people in five states may have been infected with coronavirus well before the first confirmed cases appeared in those states. The results are consistent with those of another study that identified coronavirus antibodies in blood donated as early as mid-December 2019. Still, some experts caution the new study is flawed and may simply be a methodological error.
- As the U.S. COVID-related death toll reached more than 600,000, over half of the country’s population has received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine. For the medically vulnerable, studies continue to seek to understand how the vaccines will affect people with immune disorders, cancer and transplants. A new study suggests a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may boost protection for some people with weakened immune systems.
- Fresh scrutiny from the Biden administration and calls for greater candor from prominent scientists have brought the lab leak theory back to the fore. The idea that the coronavirus may have escaped from a lab had previously been widely dismissed by scientists and shunned by others for its connection with former President Donald Trump.
- Jon Stewart on Stephen Colbert: Does the former Daily Show host believe the lab-leak theory? – Slate
- The Battle Over the Coronavirus Lab-Leak Theory – The New Yorker
- Why Scientists Tweak Lab Viruses to Make Them More Contagious – Scientific American
- “Evaluation of SARS2 sequence is just one element of a broader mosaic of information we must evaluate to assess lab leak theory. Another highly relevant set of facts are the decisions of Chinese government to withhold key data. It’s reasonable to draw inferences from that behavior” – @ScottGottliebMD
- The Girl Scouts have found themselves with 15 million boxes of unsold cookies after the pandemic prompted thinner demand and had many troops nixing their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. The impact will be felt by local councils and troops, who depend on cookie sales to fund programming. The Girl Scouts normally sell around 200 million boxes of cookies per year, or around $800 million worth.
- No, you can’t buy the Girl Scouts’ 15 million extra cookie boxes – Fast Company
- Girl Scout cookies take flight in Virginia drone deliveries – The Associated Press
- “I immediately reached out to a source with a connection to the local Girl Scout troop to see if they wanted to unload cookies on a willing customer. Response: No, they don’t want to diminish the brand by making the cookies available on demand. So why are they complaining to NYT?” – @HopeSeck
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