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Grail: Rodger Currie

Grail has appointed Rodger Currie as VP and head of government affairs and alliance development. Prior to Grail, Currie served as executive VP for advocacy at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America. Before working at PhRMA, Currie served as VP of global government affairs for Amgen from 2004 to 2010. Prior to Amgen, Currie held multiple roles in government relations at PhRMA. Prior to that, he was majority health counsel to the US House Committee of Energy and Commerce.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.