Dr. Anthony Fauci is backing a plan that would develop vaccines in advance of the next pandemic. The government-backed effort would devote billions of dollars to developing “prototype” vaccines for 20 different types of virus families. (The New York Times)

In its third acquisition since November 2020, PerkinElmer snapped up antibody and reagents provider BioLegend for $5.25 billion. The deal is designed to increase PerkinElmer’s presence in antibody-focused markets. (Endpoints News)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for most of its health workers, becoming the first federal agency to do so. The agency has given workers eight weeks to receive the vaccine. (The Washington Post)

President Biden said Monday that some Americans with long COVID may qualify for federal disability resources. Long COVID can qualify as a disability if it “substantially limits one or more major life activities,” noted guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice. (CNBC Weekly)

According to a STAT investigation, some of Epic Systems’ artificial intelligence algorithms are providing inaccurate information about seriously ill patients. The report highlights the need for healthcare providers to remain cautious about using AI to guide patient care. (STAT)