Generics giant Teva Pharmaceuticals reached a $15 million agreement with the state of Louisiana to settle claims against the company over its marketing of opioid products that contributed to the opioid addiction epidemic that swept across the United States and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

The United States plans to donate an additional 500 million Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to nations around the world, lifting the total the country is sharing to more than 1 billion doses, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The United States will continue to press for a waiver of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments even as it and other Group of Seven rich nations sharply expand donations of vaccines to poorer countries.

The United States on June 10 raised the pressure on other Group of Seven (G7) leaders to share their vaccine hoards to bring an end to the pandemic by pledging to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to the world’s poorest countries.

2020 was a challenging year in more ways than one, and many agencies acknowledged those hardships in holiday cards and video messages. One agency took a slightly different approach: CDM New York created their own eBay page to auction off “The Year 2020” at a starting price of a single penny.

Gilead Sciences Inc., maker of the closely watched experimental coronavirus drug remdesivir, said the company will work with international partners to expand production of the potential COVID-19 treatment.

In response to calls for personal protective equipment for health care workers and other front-line responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck & Co. Inc. is donating 300,000 masks to New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Merck already donated 500,000 masks for use in New York City.

Gilead Sciences Inc. announced that the company will donate Truvada for PrEP (emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg tablets) to the U.S. CDC.

Donating billions of dollars to global funds that fight poverty and disease is one of the best investments governments can make to boost security and economic growth, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates said.

Illinois-based AbbVie donated $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).