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Grail: Matthew Young

Grail has appointed Matthew Young as chief operating officer. Young joins Grail from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently served as executive VP and CFO. Prior to Jazz, Young worked in investment banking for about 20 years in positions at Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, and Lehman Brothers. He currently is a board member at PRA Health Sciences. Young is also a lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of CytomX Therapeutics. 

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.