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In the UK, members of parliament are kept aware of what's going on in science through several channels, the most prominent being the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, says The Guardian's Adam Smith. POST gives MPs briefings on a wide range of topics, and holds seminars for them, in collaboration with scientists and industry. Though they are not perfect, these POSTnotes, as they are called, are a good resource for politicians, Smith says.

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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.