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Russia has announced that its Sputnik V SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is also highly effective at protecting against infections, the Wall Street Journal reports. This announcement, it notes, comes on the heels of Pfizer and BioNTech reporting earlier this week that initial data indicated their vaccine is more than 90 percent effective.

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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.