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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Good Start Genetics announced today that it has signed a coverage agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for its carrier screening tests.

With this and other coverage contracts, the company said that it now has payor coverage for more than 130 million individuals.

A company official declined to provide details about the BCBS deal.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

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