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Flemming Ornskov

Flemming Ornskov was appointed to Centogene's supervisory board and elected its non-executive chairman, effective April 1. He most recently was CEO of Shire. Prior to that, he held senior positions at several pharmaceutical firms, such as Bayer, Novartis, and Merck & Co. As a non-executive chairman, Ornskov will oversee Centogene's strategy development, US expansion, and strategic M&A. 

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.