Prestigious Medical Journal Calls for US Leadership to Be Voted out over COVID-19 Failure
In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic - and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office.
EU Expands Powers to Block Chinese and US Companies from Horizon Europe
Research ministers have agreed to more aggressively police foreign participation in the EU's research programme, adding a new provision to Horizon Europe that is aimed primarily at preventing China and the US from getting access to sensitive European research.
Trump administration bars FDA from regulating some laboratory tests, including for coronavirus
The Trump administration this week blocked the Food and Drug Administration from regulating a broad swath of laboratory tests, including for the coronavirus, in a move strongly opposed by the agency. The new policy stunned many health experts and laboratories because of its timing, several months into a pandemic.Some public health experts worry defective tests could end up on the market, but others cheer the change, saying it is long overdue.
UNC-Chapel Hill Reverses Plans for In-person Classes After 130 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill abruptly decided it will no longer hold in-person classes on campus after about 130 students tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week since classes began.
Grieving and Frustrated: Black Scientists Call out Racism in the Wake of Police Killings
As marchers in the United States and around the world filled the streets this past week to protest against police brutality and racial injustice, Black scientists grieved openly on social media, calling for action on racism in society and in science.
Chief Scientist Investigating NOAA's Backing of Trump over Experts on Dorian
The acting chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is investigating whether the agency's response to President Trump's claims about Hurricane Dorian constituted a violation of policies and ethics.
EPA Plan to End Funding for Children's Health Research Leaves Scientists Scrambling
Despite repeatedly expressing public support for children’s health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ending funding for a network of research centers focused on environmental threats to kids, imperiling several long-running studies of pollutants’ effects on child development.