The U.S. COVID death count surpassed 1 million. The death total from COVID now exceeds the number of Americans that perished during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic. (NPR)

House Democrats introduced a bill to provide an additional $28 million to the Food and Drug Administration to address the baby formula shortage. The bill would provide resources to keep fraudulent formula products off store shelves and helps acquire better data on the formula marketplace. (CBS News)

The FDA authorized Pfizer’s COVID booster for children between ages 5 and 11. “While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement. (Axios)

West Virginia Attorney General said the opioid trial against Johnson & Johnson, Teva, and Allergan will end next week. The state and Janssen, a J&J subsidiary, reached a $99 million settlement a few weeks into the trial, but Teva and Allergan still await an outcome. (WV MetroNews

Clover Therapeutics rebranded to Character Biosciences. The San Francisco-based biotech also announced $18 million in new funding via a Series A funding round. (Endpoints News)