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It's time to step up that research into the H1N1 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that "an estimated 22 million Americans have been sickened with swine flu since April and 3,900 have died," according to this article in the Wall Street Journal. "The sharply higher numbers of illnesses and deaths are the result of the CDC trying to better quantify the new H1N1 flu's impact, authorities said, and do not mean the disease has become more virulent."

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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.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.