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NEW YORK – Streck announced Monday its ARM-D antibiotic resistance surveillance kits for the OXA, mobilized colistin resistance, and TEM/SHV/GES gene families received the CE mark and are now available in parts of Europe and Canada.

The real-time PCR kits can detect more than 1,000 antimicrobial resistance gene variants, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter, ampCs, extended-spectrum beta-lactamases, and mcr, La Vista, Nebraska-based Streck said.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.

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As cases of COVID-19 continued to grow this spring and summer in the US, so too did the number of Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA for clinical diagnostic tests aimed at detecting current and past infections.