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The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports that Pfizer named Martin Mackay as the new chief of their struggling R&D program. Jacob Goldstein adds that Mackay, who has been at Pfizer for over ten years, is an odd choice since Pfizer had been looking to bring in fresh blood. Pfizer also announced the launch of a dedicated biotech unit in San Franciso that will be run by Corey Goodman.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.