E Telephone Issues

Of all things our landline telephones went down Sat. and there was no one doing repairs until today. But there seem to be so many other lines down that I cannot even find out when they will come to fix ours. We use a revendor called Spectrotel but I am probably going to switch to Verizon or ATT soon as I am a shareholder of both. Moreover, the pickpocket who nabbed my wallet last Nov. has now filed for unemployment using my ID with the State of New York. I remain fully employed with this blog. With all that going on I am late and incomplete, why I filed yesterday. I knew there would be telephone issues but I was not aware that the pickpocket is now claiming unemployment insurance in my name.

It never rains but it pours. Here is what matters the most Monday, March 15:

Drug-makers

*Takeda of Japan is up for multiple reasons today, first that it will manufacture the Johnson & Johnson single jab covid-19 drug in its German contractor IDT's Biologika GmbH factory, currently making dengue vaccine which it will switch back to after 3 months. TAK adds JnJ to the other virus jabs it already makes under license from Novovax and Moderna. The latter today filed for a covid-19 jab needing only normal refrigeration.

TAK also filed a new drug application in its homeland for Lanadelumab injections to prevent hereditary angioedema attacks in people over 12, a rare genetic disorder that results in swelling which can be fatal. And most importantly, phase III trials of TAK-620, maribavir to treat transplant recipients with cytomegalovirus infections (refactory, with and without resistance) is 3x more effective than conventional anti-virus treatments. The latter result was present today at the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. TAK gained 1.79% at the US open and now is up 2.25%.

*Astra-Zeneca's covid-19 inoculation is suspected of causing fatal blood clots and despite the company's denials, the jab has been banned in France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and Thailand. The AZN drug was developed by Oxford University which sounds like a good omen but may not be. (Apart from my husband, Oxford's most prestigious college, Balliol, produced Dame Cressida Dick. She is the London police chief whose officers manhandled and handcuffed women protesting the murder of a London resident by a policeman, allegedly because they were violating covid quarantine. Both the Mayor and the home secretary have called for her resignation.) AZN rose 0.45% as it was supported in UK trading, will fall.

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William K. 3 weeks ago Member's comment

Interesting and well written, as always, V.L.