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•  Larry Kramer, an author and playwright who used his work and high profile to fight for an aggressive national response to the AIDS epidemic, has passed away of pneumonia.  He was 84, and was best known for his play "The Normal Heart."

The Wall Street Journal this morning writes that "early in his activist years, Mr. Kramer often criticized Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and now a leader in trying to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. During the AIDS crisis, activists often saw the agency as too slow to pursue research on treatments. In time, Dr. Fauci gave Mr. Kramer credit for his impact.  'There is no question in my mind that Larry helped change medicine in this country,' Dr. Fauci told The New Yorker in 2002. 'In American medicine there are two eras, Before Larry and After Larry'."