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The speed with which funds from the stimulus package are given out by the NIH or NSF won't comprise the quality of the research, reports Science. To get the money out the door quickly and into researchers' hands, the funding agencies will look to the existing applicant pool and NIH is also soliciting for two-year challenge grants with an application deadline in late April. "Our instructions to the panels haven't changed," says Peter Marsh, the director of NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.