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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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