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In response to a post at Nature's Nautilus that scoffs at papers with more than 20 contributing authors, blogger RPM points out that some disciplines need a lot of people to complete a project. In genome sequencing projects, RPM says, several people take part in proposing the idea, actually sequencing the genome, assembling it, and analyzing the sequence.

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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.