The Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID vaccines for young kids, but Florida is the only state not to pre-order supplies. After the FDA approved ​​vaccines for children as young as 6 months old, Florida is the only state to decline ordering a supply. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Floridians are still “free to choose,” despite encouragement from White House and healthcare officials. (USA Today)

Sources said Merck is exploring a purchase of Seagen. Talks have been under way for a while and a deal isn’t imminent, sources said, cautioning that pulling one off could be tricky given the heightened risk of a regulatory challenge. (The Wall Street Journal)

Johnson & Johnson inked a clinical trial deal with Stand Up To Cancer. The $5 million sponsorship agreement aims to boost diversity in early phase clinical trials by funding four groups of researchers across the U.S. working to remove barriers to enrolling more patients. (Endpoints News)

The World Health Organization panel backed the use of Omicron-adapted vaccines as booster dose. Such a variant-adapted vaccine may benefit those who have already received the primary series of shots, the agency’s panel on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition said, citing available data. (Reuters)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is studying the sudden surge of hepatitis cases in children. Infections caused by adenovirus 41 have led to liver failure in 800 pediatric cases according to the WHO. (STAT News)