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SARS-CoV-2 circulated under the radar in the New York City area for a "prolonged period," according to a viral genome sequencing analysis led by investigators at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. The researchers considered SARS-CoV-2 sequence data, infected individuals' travel or exposure histories, and other factors, focusing on 864 cases diagnosed in the NYC metro area this spring.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.