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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Sam Harris, the author of The End of Faith, discusses why he is uncomfortable with Francis Collins' nomination to be NIH director. Harris says that Collins has impeccable credentials but that it's important to understand how Collins' faith relates to scientific research. Harris walks through the text of slides that Collins presented at a talk at Berkeley in 2008.

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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.