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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) logo. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to allow new uses for asbestos in manufacturing — even though the toxic chemical has been linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases — has triggered concerns from disease advocacy groups, reports CBS News.

The details: Critics have lambasted the move, announced in June, saying the EPA failed to realize the dangers of the fibrous mineral. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group said the agency would "green light" the chemical industry to "continue business as usual, and by signaling that even the most dangerous chemicals are unlikely to be restricted or banned." The EPA, however, said companies would be prohibited from manufacturing, processing or importing for new uses of asbestos without its approval.

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Why it matters: Bourla told CNBC in December that company polling found that one of the most effective ways to increase confidence in the vaccine was to have the CEO take it.

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Between the lines: The SEC in December sued Ripple, and Garlinghouse personally, for allegedly selling over $1.3 billion in unregistered securities. Ripple's response is that its cryptocurrency, called XRP, didn't require registration because it's an asset rather than a security.

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Why it matters: Widespread uptake of the vaccine — which might require annual booster shots — will reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread and mutate, but it's unclear who will pay for future shots or how much they'll cost.

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