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BD Inks $750M Term Loan Deal

NEW YORK (360Dx) – Becton Dickinson disclosed this week it has entered into a $750 million, 364-day term loan agreement.

Wells Fargo is the administrative agent of the agreement for the senior unsecured term loan facility, which was disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based BD said that borrowings under the facility were used to partially refinance a three-year term loan agreement inked in May 2017 with Citibank and other lenders.

The new loan agreement was reached on Sept. 6.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.