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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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The UK and the European Union have come to a sticking point in the negotiation of how the UK might remain involved in the Horizon Europe research program, the Guardian reports.

The New York Times reports that experts pushed during a meeting of an FDA advisory board for the agency to require more safety data from SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials.

The Washington Post reports Moderna expects that it will have enough data on its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to submit to regulatory authorities by mid-November.

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