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Forced Out

Former BARDA chief Rick Bright tells the New York Times he was forced out because he pushed for strict testing of a coronavirus treatment touted by President Donald Trump.

Unfounded Rumor

Experts tell NPR that theories about a lab origin for SARS-CoV-2 are unfounded.

Big Blue's IBM Research and Watson divisions are teaming with several national consortia to unlock and share molecular and clinical coronavirus data on HPC platforms.

US President Donald Trump has announced that he would halt funding the World Health Organization, according to the New York Times.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut World Health Organization funding over its pandemic response, which would affect its ability to do its work and which he might not be able to do.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

Relief Bill Signed

Politico reports President Donald Trump has signed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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.

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A new analysis suggests warming, not the arrival of humans, led to the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros thousands of years ago, the Economist reports.

Chinese health officials uncovered SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA on imported frozen food, but the New York Times reports catching COVID-19 that way would be unlikely.

The UK has ordered 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Novavax and 30 million doses from Janssen, according to the Guardian.

In Science this week: machine learning model predicts whether ion channel mutations will cause disease, and more.