The Biden administration will invest $7.4 billion in expanding public health capacity in the U.S., officials announced Thursday. The effort will include the hiring of school nurses and improving disease detection efforts. (AP)

PerkinElmer has acquired Nexcelom Bioscience for $260 million. Nexcelom specializes in next-gen cell and gene therapies as well as immuno-oncology drugs and vaccines. (Endpoints News)

Ohio has come up with a unique way to convince more people to get vaccinated: offering $1 million to five newly inoculated people drawn from a lottery. The money will come from federal COVID-19 relief funds. (Politico)

A blood expert and researcher in Germany may have discovered the link between vaccines and blood clots. Andreas Greinacher said the viral vector vaccines may cause an autoimmune response related to certain proteins and a preservative found in the AstraZeneca vaccine. (The Wall Street Journal)

Some two in three Americans support the Biden administration’s backing of a vaccine patent waiver, according to a new survey. Those in favor of the waiver believe it would help lessen the pandemic and address global vaccine access issues. (STAT)