The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that people who are fully vaccinated can meet with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks. The agency’s guidance represents its first official information released for individuals who have been vaccinated. (CNBC Weekly)

U.S. COVID-19 cases dropped by 12% in the last week, while vaccinations sped up to an average of 2.2 million shots per day. COVID-19 deaths declined by 18% during that same stretch. (Reuters)

The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Yescarta, a cell therapy being developed by Gilead’s Kite. In a Phase II study, Yescarta showed efficacy in treating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients, with 60% achieving complete remission. (Endpoints News)

In a Phase II study, Merck’s experimental drug molnupiravir showed promise in treating COVID-19. The drug could become the first oral antiviral therapy approved for treating the disease. (The Wall Street Journal)

U.S. officials said Russia launched a disinformation campaign designed to create doubts about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and boost the status of its own vaccine, Sputnik V. They claimed several outlets linked to Russian intelligence services have been spreading misleading information. (Business Insider)