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Out of the Frying Pan

Kathleen Sebelius edged one step closer to being the US Secretary of Health and Human Services yesterday when the Senate Finance Committee endorsed her, enabling a full Senate vote on her appointment. This article from the LA Times details the partisan bickering that went along with the committee vote and the criticism that has been raised about the Kansas governor, including income tax issues, improper reporting of political contributions, and supporting research on "the comparative effectiveness of drugs and medical procedures."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.