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Following the retirement of Steven Gutman as director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, Don St. Pierre is serving as the acting director of the division until a permanent director can be hired.

OIVD has been interviewing candidates and a permanent director is expected to be hired by this spring, according to Alberto Gutierrez, deputy office director of new product evaluation at OIVD, who spoke at a meeting of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society in Washington, DC, this month.

The Scan

Rise of B.1.617.2 in the UK

According to the Guardian, UK officials expect the B.1.617.2 variant to soon be the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 there.

Anne Schuchat to Retire

Anne Schuchat is retiring after more than 30 years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Politico reports.

US to Share More Vaccines

CNN reports that the US will share 20 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines with other countries.

PNAS Papers on Gene Therapy Platform, Aspergillus Metabolome, Undernutrition Model Microbiome

In PNAS this week: approach to deliver protein-based treatments to cells, pan-secondary metabolome of Aspergillus, and more.