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David Baltimore, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, addressed his crowd at the AAAS annual meeting and said that "scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research," according to this BBC news article. He added that the "one shot" at success for this vaccine would come in the form of changing genes in stem cells, the article reports.

 

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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.