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While the America Competes Act passed by Congress should increase science funding in the US, Wired Science notes that just how much money will be appropriated for that bill will be decided in early 2011. "House Republicans have made the National Science Foundation a symbol of wasteful spending, so America Competes may still lose," writes Wired's Brandon Keim.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.