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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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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.