At least six U.S. states, including Georgia, did not fully sign on to a proposed $26 billion settlement with three drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson – which have been accused of fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic – according to the states’ attorneys general.

California on Aug. 11 became the first U.S. state to require that its teachers and other school staff be vaccinated or regularly tested for Covid-19, a move Governor Gavin Newsom called “a responsible step” to ensure the safety of children.

Shape Therapeutics generated $112 million from a recent Series B financing round the Seattle biotechnology firm co-led with Decheng Capital and Breton Capital.

New cases of Covid-19 in the United States fell for a third week in a row, the first time the country saw such an extended decline since last September, though more than a million people are still being infected every week.

Many Americans are hesitant to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to research from Invisibly.

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.

U.S. distribution of Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine began on Dec. 19, with more than 3,700 sites due to start receiving and administering shots as soon as Dec. 21, vastly widening the rollout started by Pfizer Inc.

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.

The United States recorded more than 1 million new Covid-19 cases in the past week as new infections rose in every state except for Hawaii, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.

The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases with at least 102,591 new infections and as hospitals in several states reported a rising tide of patients, according to a Reuters tally.