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Few Billion More

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

Top of the List

CNBC reports NIH Director Francis Collins told a congressional committee that assessing the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine is the agency's "top priority." 

The move raises questions about what precisely is an LDT outside of FDA jurisdiction and heightens concerns that poorly validated tests will enter the market and endanger public health.

According to ScienceInsider, the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine is planning a study of racism in academic research.

Call to Expand

The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The appropriations committee recommended that the NIH receive a total of $46.96 billion in NIH funding for FY 2021, a nearly 13 percent increase over its current budget.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

Limiting Influence

US lawmakers propose a bill to address foreign influence on federal research, Science reports.

Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that aims to prevent the theft of US-funded research, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A New NSF?

A new bill would reshape the US National Science Foundation to include a focus on technological development, according to Science.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

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