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In a report addressed to the US National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director, an NIH working group says that the agency needs to take steps to combat racial bias in the funding of research grants, reports Science's Michael Price. The group says its goal is to correct what it calls the "disturbing discrepancy" between the number of black applicants winning R01 awards compared to white applicants.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

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