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NEW YORK – The COVID-19 pandemic has thus far presented many life science research tool providers and fledgling diagnostic firms with an immediate opportunity to generate meaningful revenues from diagnostic testing in 2020.

For some firms, this opportunity may be short-lived. For others, it will perhaps serve as a launching pad for sustainable, long-term growth driven by diagnostic testing.

Fluidigm President and CEO Chris Linthwaite this week made it clear that he sees his company, long a pure-play omics research firm, in the latter category.

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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.