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The quest to stave off a potential flu pandemic has led scientists to Sir Mark Sykes, a Brit who died from the Spanish flu 89 years ago, reports the BBC. The aristocrat's grandkids have authorized researchers to exhume the body, which was buried in a lead coffin, to search for viral DNA.

 

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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.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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.