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A project studying how coronaviruses may spread from bats to people has lost its federal US funding, Politico reports.

According to Politico, the National Institutes of Health informed EcoHealth Alliance, the sponsor of the study, that it was ending its grant. In all, it says the group has received more than $3.7 million since 2015 to study coronaviruses.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

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