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Pierre Meulien

Pierre Meulien will step down as president and CEO of Genome Canada on July 17 to become the executive director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative in Belgium. Meulien has been with Genome Canada since October 2010. The organization has begun a global search for his successor. Cindy Bell, a member of Genome Canada's executive management team, will serve as its president and CEO on an interim basis.

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.