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The research community was shocked in September to learn that American scientists in the 1940s had conducted Tuskegee-like experiments in Guatemala. Whereas the Tuskegee victims were denied the standard-of-care treatment for syphilis at the time so the researchers could watch the disease progress, the scientists in Guatemala went further and deliberately infected the research participants with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.