An appeals court upheld a New York law that requires drugmakers to fund opioid addiction programs. The law collects taxes from drug companies and distributors to fund a program that covers costs for treatment, prevention and recovery related to the opioid crisis. (STAT)

More Black and Hispanic children are dying from COVID-19 than white children, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 75% of children dying from COVID-19 are minorities, the report found. (The Washington Post)

Eli Lilly said its rheumatoid arthritis drug helped speed recovery in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The company combined its drug, Olumiant, with Gilead’s COVID-19 medicine Veklury in the trial. (BioPharma Dive)

COVID-19 has set back years of progress on public health goals, according to a report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates expects progress to recover “in two to three years” once a vaccine is available. (The New York Times)

Participants in Pfizer’s late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial showed mild to moderate side effects, the company said. More than 12,000 study participants have already received a second dose of the vaccine, executives said. (Reuters)