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Perhaps trying to keep the Jenny McCarthys of the world at bay, the World Health Organization took time out to announce that "the swine flu virus did not result from a laboratory accident" despite "rumors started by an Australian virologist," according to the New York Times. WHO Deputy Director Keiji Fukuda is quoted as saying, "We took this very seriously. ... But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus."

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

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