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In PLoS One this week, researchers at the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza report their development of a pyrosequencing assay "for the rapid identification and subtyping of potential human influenza A virus reassortants based on all eight gene segments of the virus," which they say could enhance flu surveillance.

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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.