The Biden administration has reversed a Trump-era policy limiting penalties on nursing homes for safety violations. While COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes have declined since the start of vaccine administration, safety issues such as inadequate staffing, a lack of protective equipment and faulty infection control remain. (The New York Times)

New York City will offer $100 to individuals who receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run site. The incentive arrives as caseloads have started to increase in the city. (CNBC Weekly)

The Food and Drug Administration halted the confirmatory trial for Oncopeptides’ multiple myeloma drug Pepaxto. In the latest trial, use of the drug, which received accelerated approval earlier this year, led to an increased risk of death. (Endpoints News)

According to new data from an ongoing study, efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine declines from 96% to 84% after six months. Overall efficacy of the vaccine against severe illness remains high at 97%. (STAT)The British government announced people from the U.S. or EU who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter the country without quarantining. Travelers will be asked to take COVID-19 tests before and after arrival. (AP)