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Detroit Daily Round-Up 1/25: Pfizer announces new COVID-19 vaccine study, free at-home COVID test arrivals and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Tuesday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. I hope everyone had as much "fun" shoveling their driveway as I did yesterday — let's start this week off strong!

Today is Tuesday, January 25, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Pfizer, BioNTech announces new COVID-19 vaccine study aimed at combating omicron

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On Tuesday, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced the beginning of a study aimed at comparing its original COVID-19 vaccine with doses created to combat the highly contagious omicron variant.

The new study is enrolling up to 1,420 healthy adults, ages 18 to 55, to test the updated omicron-based shots for use as either a booster or primary vaccinations. The study will also look to enroll some unvaccinated volunteers who will receive three doses of the omicron-based vaccine.

Metro Detroiters set to receive free at-home COVID tests

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Metro Detroiters who ordered free at-home COVID tests last week on the government website covidtests.gov should expect to receive them at some point this week.

Originally, the estimated shipping time was 7 to 12 days, but some kits are arriving ahead of schedule.

GM's EV, battery plants to receive $824M in incentives

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On Tuesday, Michigan's economic development board approved $824 million in incentives and assistance for General Motors Co. to develop electric vehicle and battery plants in the state.

The approval will help add 4,000 jobs to Michigan, assist GM towards its goal of selling only electric passenger vehicles by 2035.

Meijer to hand out free N95 masks to customers

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Any customers that enter Meijer stores will receive three N95 masks.

According to the company, it has received around 3 million masks from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services program. In stores, the masks will be located by the greeter stand in piles of three for customers to take.

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