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Science  27 Nov 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6520, pp. 1016-1017
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6520.1016

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In science news around the world, the 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is officially over, giving the country respite from the disease for the first time in more than 2 years. Pfizer applies for emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, the first such request for a vaccine during the pandemic. U.S. regulators give their first approval to an at-home diagnostic test that can detect the coronavirus in just minutes. European authorities report detecting highly pathogenic avian influenza in eight countries, mostly in wild birds; the virus poses high risk to poultry producers but a low risk of infecting people. Democrats in the U.S. Congress say a political appointee given a senior post at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is unfit for the job because he lacks technical skills and holds pseudoscientific views about racial differences on IQ tests.

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