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Beijing Sequence

China has sequenced the genome of the Beijing SARS-CoV-2 strain to find ties to European strains, though World Health Organization officials only say it originated outside the city. 

An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

President Donald Trump announced the US would be leaving the World Health Organization, NBC News reports.

President Donald Trump renews his call in a letter to cease US funding of the World Health Organization if the agency doesn't make changes, USA Today reports.

Already Behind

NPR reports the US was behind on its payments to the World Health Organization when President Trump announced he'd be cutting off funding.

The test will be included in the World Health Organizations list of prequalified in vitro diagnostics and UN agencies will be able to procure it.

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.

The collaboration includes setting up a new testing laboratory that will investigate the use of alternative chemical reagents for test kits.

The researchers explained why the virus was given the SARS-CoV-2 name and why it is not considered a new species.


The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.