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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.

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill seeking increased funding for certain fields, including synthetic biology, ScienceInsider reports. 

Starting Soon

The Verge reports that the US will begin pilot programs to collect DNA from individuals detained at the border this week.

Long Time to Recover

The New York Times looks into the waning influence of science on US governmental policy-making.

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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.