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Global Vaccine Approach

The director-general of the World Health Organization has called for an end to "vaccine nationalism," NPR reports.

In a briefing yesterday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instead urged nations to join a global vaccine agreement called the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility, which would enable global sharing of COVID-19 vaccines. "The fastest way to end this pandemic and to reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest risk populations everywhere," Tedros said at the briefing, according to New Scientist.

This call, NPR notes, comes as the European Union, US, UK, and Switzerland have struck deals with vaccine makers for access to candidate vaccines. Tedros said he was concerned that "vaccine nationalism" would lead to some countries stockpiling vaccines, leaving others with limited access to vaccines, noting that this occurred in the early days of the pandemic with protective gear. "Nationalism exacerbated the pandemic and contributed to the total failure of the global supply chain," he said, according to NPR.

NPR adds the deadline to set the terms of the new agreement is at the end of the month.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.