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Morning Reading – Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Vaccine Arrived in a 63-Pound Box, Packed in Dry Ice – The New York Times

“Hospital workers, Cuomo’s people. Every one of us realized at that minute, just how profound that was going to be. We were putting a woman on the moon. It was a lunar landing.”

FT People of the Year: BioNTech’s Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci | Financial Times

The mere fact that a safe and effective inoculation is available less than a year after the genetic sequence for a new, pneumonia-like pathogen was released puts the achievement by Dr Sahin and Dr Tureci, who are the FT’s People of the Year for 2020, alongside the greatest medical breakthroughs of our time.

Giving Trump credit for the vaccine is the best way for Biden to unite the country – The Washington Post

The genius of Operation Warp Speed was the decision to run the vaccine development process in parallel rather than sequentially.

Three-quarters of states will elect governors in the next 2 years. Here’s a field guide. – POLITICO

Thirty-eight of 50 states — accounting for nearly 85 percent of the U.S. population — will hold gubernatorial elections between 2021 and 2022. A dozen states are likely in play, if not more, raising the potential for one party to expand its influence across the nation.

Glennon Doyle and Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon on Politics, Motherhood, and Doing Hard Things | Glamour

She is the first woman to manage a successful Democratic presidential campaign, the first woman to run a campaign that ousted an incumbent president, and of course the first person to spearhead a winning ticket in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic.

A wake-up for the world on cyber security | Financial Times

Any IT system, moreover, is only as secure as its weakest link. A central feature of this attack is that it utilised the supply chain, gaining access via software from a commercial supplier.

Christmas Trees Are the Hot New Pandemic Item – The Atlantic

There appears to be a run on Christmas trees. Over the past two weeks, the media have started to pick up on the apparent frenzy, but putting numbers to these observations is a little tricky because the industry is almost charmingly low on data.

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