The World Health Organization is tracking a new COVID-19 variant known as “mu,” or B.1.621. The strain includes mutations that may have the potential to dodge immunity from previous infections or vaccination, the WHO says. (CNBC)

More companies are considering financial penalties for unvaccinated workers, according to a new Willis Towers Watson survey which found 17% of some 961 companies would do so. Last week, Delta Air Lines said it would charge unvaccinated workers $200 per month. (MarketWatch)

Democrats in Congress will be working on an effort to give Medicare power to negotiate drug prices in the coming weeks. The plan, if it’s pushed through, would be the biggest change to the Medicare drug benefit since its inception. (STAT)

Data from a tofacitinib safety study shows the drug increases the risk of serious heart-related events. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now requiring warnings for the drug, which is in the JAK inhibitor class. (MedPage Today)

New facilities designed specifically for mental health emergencies are popping up across the U.S. to help address the rising rates of mental illness during the pandemic. They also aim to stem the high numbers of people with mental health issues who are often dropped at emergency rooms or jails during crises. (WSJ)