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CHICAGO – Add IBM to the growing list of companies developing new information technology to expedite research into the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in hopes of finding treatments for COVID-19.

IBM Research said that it has been "actively developing" new cloud and artificial intelligence-based technologies to help researchers accelerate drug discovery and treatment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with IBM Watson Health, the company has announced the free availability of a series of informatics tools in pursuit of answers.

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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.

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