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NEW YORK – A collaborative effort involving various agencies in the federal government is soliciting proposals intended to dramatically scale up the US testing supply chain.

The collaboration includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary (OASH) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the National Institute of Health Rapid Acquisition of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and the United States Air Force.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.

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