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A blog post at Science reports that Francis Collins is widely considered the top contender for new director of the NIH under the Obama administration. "Collins, buttonholed today at a meeting of one of the Obama transition teams, answered 'no comment' when asked if he aspired to the post," the blog post says. GTO's fingers are crossed for you, Francis.

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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.