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The US National Institutes of Health recently received funds to create the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The center's acting director, Thomas Insel, who is also in charge of the National Institute of Mental Health, sat down with ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser to talk about some of NIH's plans for NCATS, and how the new center will work with industry to improve R&D.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

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