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Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline is not so sure that academia is the place for translational research, as both "the process of turning an interesting idea into a real drug target" and that of "turning an interesting compound into a real drug … involve a lot of laborious detail work, of the kind that does not mint fresh PhDs nor energize the postdocs." However, because the National Institutes of Health has recently expressed increased interest in supporting translational research — most recently by funding Clinical and Translational Science Awards at new academic sites, as our sister publicatio

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

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