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For 2008, the National Institutes of Health budget will increase by 1 percent. After President Bush vetoed a bill that would have given the NIH $1 billion more, Congress responded with a $329 million increase, or 1 percent, much of which -- $300 million -- is earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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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.