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The $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package, aimed at bolstering the economy against the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, has been signed into law by President Trump.

More Funds

The Washington Post reports the US Senate is to vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package today.

Seeking an Exemption

According to the Washington Post, an NIH researcher has been stymied in getting an exemption to use fetal tissue to study possible COVID-19 treatments.

Just for US?

The Trump Administration may have offered a German biopharmaceutical firm a large sum of money for the exclusive right to a vaccine, the Guardian reports.

In announcing a national emergency on Friday, Trump paraded out executives from the private sector as the administration tries to increase testing capacity

Billions Requested

The White House has asked for $2.5 billion in funding to address the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Associated Press.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 calls for an 8 percent cut to the US National Institutes of Health budget.

The president's latest budget request marks the fourth time he has sought to reduce funding to the National Institutes of Health.

Level of Transparency

Nature News reports that a US panel is reviewing current guidelines for federally funded gain-of-function viral research.

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Master's and doctoral students in the UK call on funding groups to extend their grants for the duration of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Guardian reports.

Squid can make edits to their RNA within the cytoplasm of their axons, Science News reports.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is putting $25 million toward COVID-19 treatment research, according to the Verge.

In Science this week: researchers engineer version of Cas9 that is nearly PAM-less, and more.