Black Americans are getting vaccinated at a much lower rate than white Americans, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis. The disparity is rooted in structural racism, lack of access and mistrust. (Kaiser Health News)

Companies are rushing to develop new drugs to manage emerging COVID-19 variants. Therapies include new monoclonal antibodies that scientists hope will be easier to administer than current COVID-19 medications. (The Wall Street Journal)

Remote care startup K Health raised $132 million in funding following an uptick in virtual healthcare during the pandemic. The company, whose app uses artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases through anonymous patient records, was valued at $1.4 billion prior to the funding round. (Bloomberg)

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Levine, who currently serves as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, would be the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate. (The New York Times)

Hospitals in the U.K. are using blockchain from companies Everyware and Hedera Hashgraph to track the temperature of COVID-19 vaccines. They hope to maintain a digital record of vaccine temperatures to ensure proper storage. (CNBC Weekly)