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The grant-writing frenzy has passed fever pitch and a few numbers are in regarding the Challenge Grants. As of May 1st, Science Insider says that NIH received 10,000 grant applications, though more may come in as some researchers work around problems they had submitting to grants.gov. After crunching some numbers, Science Insider says that if NIH, as it has proposed, funds 200 of the $1 million, two-year grants, the success rate will be 2 percent. Ouch.

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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.

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