The National Institutes of Health has licensed its spike protein technology to the World Health Organization to aid the global vaccination effort. The technology license will allow manufacturers around the world to develop their own COVID-19 vaccines. (CNBC Weekly)

Massachusetts agreed to pay $56 million to settle a lawsuit over a fatal COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans’ care center. Some 84 people died at the center during the early days of the pandemic. (Reuters)

More than 107,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2021 – a new record high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose deaths have risen by 50% in the last two years. (Politico)

A new study revealed that taking cerebrospinal fluid from young mice and transferring it to old ones appeared to improve memory. The researchers pinpointed a protein, Fgf17, linked to memory improvement. (Endpoints News)

As the Food and Drug Administration prepares to reverse loosened regulations on mental health apps, Limbix, Big Health and other health-tech companies are pushing back. During the pandemic, the FDA announced an emergency policy that allowed companies to release digital therapeutics around mental health without FDA marketing authorization. (STAT)