The White House is increasing the supply of coronavirus vaccines sent each week to states to 13.5 million doses, and is also doubling the amount shipped to pharmacies to 2 million doses during the week of Feb. 15.

Walmart Inc. is preparing to offer Covid-19 vaccinations in seven more states, as well as in Chicago and Puerto Rico, expanding beyond the two states where the company’s pharmacists are offering inoculations.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll topped 400,000 on Jan. 19, according to a Reuters tally, as the country hardest hit by the pandemic struggled to meet the demand for vaccines to stem the spread of infection.

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban – best known as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and an investor on the ABC business reality series “Shark Tank” – is diving into generic drugs with a new startup, dubbed Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company.

Nearly 9 million Americans had been given their first Covid-19 vaccination dose as of Jan. 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, as states scrambled to step up inoculations that have yet to slow the roaring pandemic.

The United States recorded 10,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 1.1 million new cases for the week ended Nov. 29, although state and health officials said the Thanksgiving holiday likely caused numbers to be under-reported.

U.S. health officials and politicians pleaded with Americans to stay at home over the Thanksgiving holiday and abide by constraints placed on social and economic life as record coronavirus caseloads pushed hospitals to their limits.

Bristol Myers Squibb said the U.S. health regulator deferred a decision on an experimental blood cancer therapy that the company acquired in the $74 billion buyout of Celgene due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed the 11 million mark, according to a Reuters tally, as the third wave of Covid-19 infections surged across the country.

U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled they are unlikely to strike down the Obamacare healthcare law in a legal challenge brought by Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states and joined by President Donald Trump’s administration.