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Mark Walport, the immunologist who heads up the Wellcome Trust, will be the next chief scientific adviser for the British government, reports Nature News. Walport will take over the post, advising the prime minister and cabinet, succeeding population biologist John Beddington next April.

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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.

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

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

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.