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A ceremony was held at Harvard to hand out the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, says this AP article. The award is given by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for "oddball but often surprisingly practical scientific achievements," some of which included that Coke acts as a spermicide, foods that sound better taste better, and exotic dancers make more money when they are at peak fertility. A full list of winners is listed in the story.

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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.