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I tried something unusual the other day, to have, you know, a little fun. A column is usually the best way to deliver an opinion or comment on an event or a situation. Occasionally though the lucky columnist gets to bury a piece of news inside his or her piece. It spices things up and makes for a more informative and hopefully entertaining read. That is what I consider my job to be. The length I am given on my oldest column, The Thick End of the Wedge, is 900 words. I have never filed over length. If you're writing for print, you can't. This, though, is an online special. Long as hell.

 And so it was that, in the middle of the second week of January, while the government was still trying to cobble together vaccines capable of preventing the spread of Covid-19, someone told me that the guy in charge of selling the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine at Moderna, one of the two US drugmakers now with registered products on the market, was born in Durban and educated at Glenwood High and that he ...

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