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French researchers' unions are poised to strike on February 2nd in response to a decree that allows university presidents to determine how academics split their time between research and teaching -- moving the French research system closer to the Anglo-Saxon model, according to Science Insider. In a speech French president Nicolas Sarkozy called the current system, which is controlled by the state, "infantilizing and paralyzing." Sarkozy also said, "I don't see at all how a system of weak universities, led by a finicky central government, could be an efficient weapon in the battle for intelligence."

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.