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Science  02 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6512, pp. 14-15
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6512.14

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In science news around the world, the global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 1 million. One of the largest studies of its kind indicates the United States is a long way from reaching "herd immunity" to the disease, when a large portion of the population would become resistant to the virus that causes it, slowing the rate of new infections. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one of the largest research philanthropies, says it will begin to require scientists it funds to make research papers in which they played a leading role immediately free to read. France plans to bring scientists and journalists closer together in an effort to boost public access to reliable scientific information and combat misinformation. The U.S. political battle over when to stop tracking down Americans who haven't completed the 2020 census continues, as a court overturns the Trump administration's deadline of 30 September and the Census Bureau says it plans to finish the fieldwork by 5 October.

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