Me an the boys once were all vaxd pic.twitter.com/g10F6fO5RV— DYLAN (@dylangarsee) April 6, 2021
ABOVE: When you're vaccinated and young enough to eat literally anything without consequences.
INSTAGRAM: Glow cutie Chris Lowell is a photographer, too, and isn't shy about posting nude self-portraits. You're welcome!
EUROPEAN PHARMACEUTICAL REVIEW: Many gay men have groused about how quickly the COVID-19 vaccine happened compared to the nonexistent one for HIV. In truth, they're very different viruses. However, it would appear that the innovations achieved in creating a COVID-19 vaccine has rubbed off — an HIV vaccine with a purported 97% efficacy rate is in a historic first-in-human trial as we speak:
Dr Schief commented: “This study demonstrates proof of principle for a new vaccine concept for HIV, a concept that could be applied to other pathogens as well. With our many collaborators on the study team, we showed that vaccines can be designed to stimulate rare immune cells with specific properties and this targeted stimulation can be very efficient in humans. We believe this approach will be key to making an HIV vaccine and possibly important for making vaccines against other pathogens.”
The company’s said this study sets the stage for additional clinical trials that will seek to refine and extend the approach, with the long-term goal of creating a safe and effective HIV vaccine. As a next step, the collaborators are partnering with the biotechnology company Moderna to develop and test an mRNA-based vaccine that harnesses the approach to produce the same beneficial immune cells. According to the team, using mRNA technology could significantly accelerate the pace of HIV vaccine development, as it did with vaccines for COVID-19.
HUFF POST: Biden is moving up the deadline for COVID-19 vaccinations — everyone in the country age 16+ can get it starting April 19, regardless of the state in which you live.
VOX: Senate Democrats can pass another bill with just 51 votes, bypassing the filibuster, according to the Senate parliamentarian. Take that, Joe Manchin.
HUFF POST: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) has written — or authorized — a defiant editorial in the right-wing Washington Times insisting he won't resign. Calling himself “a congressman who loathes the swamp and fights both sides of it on a daily basis,” he asserts:
Since I’m taking my turn under the gun, let me address the allegations against me directly. First, I have never, ever paid for sex. And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old. My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it was not and is not illegal.
“Yesteryear” is apparently a reference to alleged actions of 24 months ago. (Trumpworld's support of Gaetz is so yesteryear.)
Bob Kent, the person Gaetz claims was extorting him, did a bemused interview with Chris Cuomo in which he denied Gaetz's claims:
Exclusive: Bob Kent, a key figure in the Rep. Matt Gaetz extortion claim, responds saying he never threatened or made demands when he met with the embattled congressman's father. https://t.co/6mxO3RJeD4 pic.twitter.com/zCiwLKpNbp— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 6, 2021
NPR: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, surprised the shee-it out of everyone by vetoing his state's ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth, calling it a government overreach. The right is ever-so-unhappy with him.
FORBES: I'd love to be considered for the Forbes list of billionaires, but would be embarrassed to be on it unless I were noted for giving a lot of money away. (Not counting the money I'd be pumping into the economy as a verified spendthrift.) Everyone's giddy that Kim Kardashian is now a billionaire, too, yayz, just like her sis and soon-t0-be-ex-husband.
L.A. TIMES: If Chloé Zhao wins the Oscar for her direction of Nomadland, she will deserve it for directing and will deserve it for the person she is.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Indoor-bubble play.
PEOPLE: Kelly Sills, a tourist from Louisiana, was arrested at Disney Springs in February after refusing to submit to a (mostly meaningless) temperature check. His excuse? “I spent $15,000 to come here!” Does Dumbo give lapdances now?
PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: A new, ONLINE-NOW version of The Picture of Dorian Gray featurse Russell Tovey, Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.