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Monday, July 6 2020


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We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION

That’s Kanye West shocking the entire world by declaring his intent to run for the highest office in the Amreeki land—in a tweet, of course! Can he do it? Yes, he can still run as an independent candidate. Is he serious? 🤷  But, hey, he has Elon Musk’s support. If so, expect more bizarre bro photos like this. Also: Kimmie as First Lady? Illustration: Parth Savla

the big story

WTF is going on with the ICMR?

The TLDR: Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research wrote a letter to 12 hospitals conducting human trials for a ‘made in India’ vaccine called Covaxin. The demand: get it ready by August 15 (which is—not coincidentally—Independence Day, when the PM traditionally makes his laal kila speech).

 

The outlandish deadline had medical experts up in arms. And the ICMR is now in damage control mode. We take a closer look at the council and its role in fighting the pandemic—and whether this incident indicates a serious cause for alarm.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • India is now #3 in its Covid count
  • The China update: PR in the time of trouble
  • Gallery of Covid idiots
  • Prince Andrew is in big, big trouble

 

Smart And Curious

  • How we ‘lose’ our regional accents
  • The End of the Girlboss
  • The man who invented the four letter code
  • When David Bowie theatrically came out as gay—but really wasn’t

 

Life Advisory

  • A valuable guide to procuring blood plasma
  • Is JioMeet any good?
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