The most consequential vaccine in our lifetimes has received full FDA approval, and with it, a new brand name. Please take note of your location, whereabouts, and what the air smelled, as well as the time you heard the name of this lifesaving, groundbreaking miracle, Comirnaty.
It’s not true, it’s the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine name. Comirnaty. It’s something I have typed at least twenty times today, and I still don’t get it.
According to FiercePharma, it was actually a branding agency that came up with the idea. It is a combination of “Covid-19 immunity”, “mRNA”, and “community”
According to the FDA, it’s pronounced “Koe-mir-a-tee”.
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This one was a hit with the internet.
It’s a stupid name for a very great thing. It was like when Netflix temporarily rebranded itself as Qwikster. It’s still the one I would choose, gun to mine, over all the others, including RnaxCovi and Kovimerna.
It’s a joy to wait to hear the name of the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is a simple idea. ModernaVax if you’re feeling edgy.
OnlyFans CEO Tim Stokely spoke out to the Financial Times to clarify his app’s decision to ban explicit sexual content.
If you haven’t seen it yet:
OnlyFans, an online subscription platform that allows users (“fans”), to pay creators directly for their work, announced a major outcry late last week. Although the app will still allow nudity and ban sexually explicit conduct, it would also ban content that contains sex acts.
It was confusing. OnlyFans wasn’t a porn site. However, the app was a financial lifeline for a large community of sex workers during the pandemic.
The decision is a result of a much wider and concerted crackdown across the internet, driven largely by payment processors like Mastercard and Visa, who, behind the scenes, oversee every transaction, whether you’re paying for groceries or tipping a performer on OnlyFans, Business’ Brian Fung writes.
Mastercard introduced a new set of requirements in April for adult-content transactions. Platforms will be required to verify the age and identity of anyone posting or depicted online in porn.
According to banks, the issue is not prudishness. They are trying to avoid legal exposure.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Again, sex workers are being ignored as collateral damage. We couldn’t include them all here, but my colleague Sara Ashley O’Brien spoke to several OnlyFans creators about how the new rules will gut their businesses.
The difficulty in distinguishing between legal, consensual images uploaded by entrepreneurs and criminally sourced, abusive content is what it all boils down to. Mastercard will not stand for the former when it is under pressure to sort out the latter. OnlyFans may be trying to stand up for the creative community but it is also a business and can’t make any money without processing payments.
OnlyFans’ question is whether or not it can survive in this new, less sexy life, or whether or not it becomes the next Tumblr. Nightcap is not a place to bet, but we would put our money on Tumblr.
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Officially, the bulls have taken over Wall Street. The Nasdaq surpassed the 15,000 level for the first time ever Tuesday, thanks to tech stocks. The S&P 500 also reached a new record. All eyes now turn to the Dow, Wall Street’s most well-known market barometer. It is only a few hundred points away from the landmark of 36,000.
What is going on with the rest of the world?
- Airbnb has promised to provide housing free of charge for 20,000 Afghan refugees.
- Security researchers have discovered that a data breach that affected many companies and agencies, including American Airlines, Maryland’s health department, and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, exposed the personal information of millions of people to the internet for months.
- Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether Boeing employees, who are supposed to flag safety issues with aircraft, are being pressured not to raise concerns. Spoiler alert! It looks like they are.
- McDonald’s was forced to discontinue selling milkshakes at almost 1,300 UK restaurants due to staff shortages, delays in supply chains, and other factors.