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Howard Jacob

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has appointed Howard Jacob vice president for medical genomics and chief medical genomics officer. Jacob has more than 25 years of experience in genetic sequencing and joins HudsonAlpha from the Medical College of Wisconsin where he served for almost 20 years, including as the founding director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center and as a professor of physiology. Previous to that, he was on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.