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US Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) doesn't like that the NIH was exempt from paying its 2.5 percent tax on its stimulus funds that every federal agency usually pays from their research budget to fund the Small Business Innovation Research program, reports ScienceInsider. At an oversight hearing, Landrieu told NIH's acting head of extramural research, Sally Rockey, how stimulus funds have affected small businesses.

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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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