South Korea has recorded two cases of a new COVID-19 variant currently known as “Delta Plus.” Some public health experts believe the new variant may be even more transmissible than the original Delta variant currently causing surges in the U.S. (The Washington Post)

New York City will become the first major U.S. city to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for entry to restaurants and gyms. The rule, set to start in September, will require customers and staff of restaurants and other indoor businesses to have at least one dose of the vaccine. (Reuters)

Sanofi will buy Translate Bio for $3.2 million, with the goal of developing an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine. In June, Sanofi announced it would launch an mRNA vaccines center of excellence to create six vaccine candidates by 2025. (STAT)

Biotech company BeiGene announced it will develop a 42-acre R&D and manufacturing campus in New Jersey. The company said it will hire hundreds of people to work at the new site. (Endpoints News)

One-third of all U.S. COVID-19 cases in the last week were in Florida and Texas, Biden administration COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said. States with low vaccination rates are seeing the highest volume of cases as the Delta variant spreads. (CNN)