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Coronavirus

Singapore scores own goal with cartoon coronavirus superheroes

PR campaign, criticized as tone deaf, angers Liverpool soccer fans to boot

The Virus Vanguard, Singapore's team of coronavirus fighters, landed with a thud.   © Government of Singapore

SINGAPORE -- The Singaporean government has backpedaled away from a coronavirus PR campaign that was supposed to lighten the mood but instead came across as insensitive -- and alienated Liverpool soccer fans.

A government website on Monday introduced the Virus Vanguard, an Avengers-style squad of cartoon superheroes that fight COVID-19 and promote the city-state's prevention tactics. By Tuesday they were gone, replaced with only silhouettes.

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