Monday, August 29 2022

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People who are otherwise healthy—especially if they are young, have been vaccinated, have had a boost already—boosting them again, I'm just not sure it's really a good use of resources.

That’s AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot dismissing the utility of booster Covid shots in an interview with The Telegraph UK. He argues that research already shows that the first jab offers immunity to younger people for “more than a year for sure”—even for three or four years. It is only valuable in the case of the elderly as they are more at risk. FYI: a number of countries, including India and the US, have been urging citizens to get a booster vaccination.


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Big Story

Gone in 12 seconds: The Supertech super-demolition

The TLDR: On Sunday, the entire nation watched enthralled as two towers in Noida came crashing down. The largest such demolition in the country is a symbol of astounding developer greed—and the state of real estate in India.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • An important note for splainer subscribers 
  • Pakistan’s devastating floods
  • The Indian cricket team’s sweet Asia Cup victory 
  • FIFA lifts AIFF ban
  • What did Trump take from the White House?
  • The new ‘maida’ offensive on inflation
  • Moderna sues Pfizer over Covid vaccines
  • Racism row over call centre AI tech
  • Arcade Fire’s #MeToo controversy
  • Nigeria bans white models
  • A key study on doggy dementia


Sanity Break

  • Lim Heng Swee’s cat landscapes


A list of good reads

  • An interesting travel trend called ‘random trips’
  • 'Bihari'—the ubiquitous Indian slur
  • The aesthetic splendour of…‘The Simpsons’!
  • The painful phenomenon of ‘touch starvation’


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