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NEW YORK – A genomic analysis of a handful of ancient Yersinia pestis isolates from different parts of Europe has revealed potential reintroduction sources for the pathogen, which continued to crop up for centuries following the initial Black Death pandemic in the 1300s. It also uncovered characteristic genetic features in a 'Second Plague' strain that was detected as recently as the early 19th century.

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

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