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An international committee led by Elias Zerhouni, and which included Harold Varmus and Peter Agre, suggested that France overhaul its life science research by creating one funding institute, rather than having many as it does now, and giving the universities autonomy. The plan, however, is being contested by researchers' unions, says this news 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.