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Officially Notified

The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

No Gene Drive Ban

Vox reports that the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity decided against a gene drive moratorium.

Gene Drives Ahead

The UN Convention on Biodiversity has rejected a moratorium on gene drives, Nature News says.

The organization's bioethics committee called for a moratorium on germline editing and regulations on personal genomic testing.

Twelve member nations and the UN have joined the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources, an effort to share the benefits of global genetics resources.

Qiagen will supply ESE-Quant Tube Scanners to national health authorities in 35 emerging countries in Africa, Asia, and South America under the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme in veterinary diseases.

The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

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

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.