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The New York Times reports on the winners of this year's Lasker Awards, which are worth $250,000 each and will be presented October 1 by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The Jackson Laboratory's Douglas Coleman and Rockefeller University's Jeffrey Friedman are sharing the Lasker prize for basic research. Both are being honored for their discovery of the hormone leptin.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

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