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Science  11 Sep 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6509, pp. 1278-1279
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6509.1278

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In science news around the world, a test indicates that Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician, was poisoned with a Novichok, an exotic Soviet-era nerve agent also used in a 2018 assassination attempt against a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. Moncef Slaoui, scientific director of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. effort to quickly develop a vaccine for COVID-19, says he would resign immediately if political pressure was exerted to obtain premature regulatory approval of a vaccine candidate. Scientists hailed a move by the European Union to ban the use of lead ammunition near wetlands, blamed for the death annually of as many as 1.5 million aquatic birds in Europe who eat some of it. In one of the largest surveys of Americans since COVID-19 lockdowns began, a majority reported having some symptoms of depression, up from one-quarter in a prepandemic survey. The prevalence of symptoms graded as moderate to severe tripled, to 27.8% of respondents.

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