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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Lots More Tests

The Wall Street Journal reports on an increased push for COVID-19 testing in the US.

Xavier Becerra, the Health and Human Services Secretary nominee says his main focus, if confirmed, would be the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the New York Times, President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

The collaboration is part of a public health surveillance initiative with the US Department of Health and Human Services and eTrueNorth.

The wastewater analytics firm will work with the two government agencies to analyze samples from treatment plants across the US for SARS-CoV-2 viral elements.

The GenomeWeb Index outperformed the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which all fell in October.

Three US agencies warn of ransomware attacks aimed at hospitals, CBS News reports.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that it would use Fluidigm's saliva-based molecular SARS-CoV-2 test as part of a federal surge testing program.

The firm will deploy 6 million of its rapid point-of-care molecular tests by March 2021, using the money to increase production capacity.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.