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A town in the UK is launching a study with the hope of eventually testing all its residents for COVID-19 each week, New Scientist reports.

It adds that the new test, rather than relying on uncomfortable nasal swabs, uses more readily accessible saliva samples and that the test is based on an approach called RT-LAMP that may be cheaper and faster than the standard PCR approach. 

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.