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In a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Robert Frost and Eric Olson show that the Let-7 family of miRNAs "regulates glucose metabolism in multiple organs." In a mouse model, Frost and Olson found evidence to suggest "anti-miR-induced Let-7 knockdown as a potential treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus."

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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.