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An unintended consequence of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 is slowing down public health research, says an article at Science Progress. The Act intended "to reduce the burden to citizens associated with government data collections" but added an extra layer of Office of Management and Budget review to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This then, slows down the pace of research.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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