US life expectancy drops, a vaccine contract revelation, and news on shots and variants (CNN)

CNN quoted Eileen Crimmins of the USC Leonard Davis School on COVID-19’s impact on U.S. life expectancy. “A year of life expectancy lost doesn’t really give you a true sense of how serious this has been. Millions of life years were actually lost,” she told CNN. “Covid is on track to cause more deaths than cancer or heart disease, and that’s important.”