Nearly 49 million have been Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as several states prepare to offer injections to all adults in the coming weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the US has administered a total of 136.7 million doses since its introduction began in December, with 89.6 million Americans receiving at least one dose.
Germany has designated France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic as “areas of high incidence“From Sunday and on, visitors will have to submit a negative coronavirus test to participate. The decision to place France in the high-risk category has raised concerns on both sides of the border.
Another 100 million children did not learn basic reading skills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus in 2020, reversing two decades of progress and causing a ‘learning loss’ that could take up to 10 years to recover, according to UNESCO estimates. Schools around the world closed an average of 25 weeks last year.
French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire political opponents on Friday on his refusal to take the blame for the recent increase in Covid-19 infections threatening to overwhelm the intensive care units of hospitals in Paris and the North. The government finally shut down nearly a third of the country a week ago.
Cruise operator Cunard will limit its summer tours of the UK coastline to vaccinated UK residents, the company has announced. Cunard said Friday that only people who waited a week after receiving their second dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine would be allowed on board the Queen Elizabeth liner.
The Serum Institute of India blamed a fire at its factory delayed commercial shipments of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines weeks before New Delhi imposed a de facto ban on dose exports to expand its vaccination drive. SII CEO Adar Poonawalla warned that “a fire in one of our buildings has created obstacles to … expansion”.
A vaccine factory in the Netherlands on the middle of a spit between London and Brussels has received approval from the European Medicines Agency to start supplying Oxford / AstraZeneca injections to the EU. The EMA said Friday that the Leiden factory – run by subcontractor Halix – has been approved for production and export.
British engineers Smiths increased his six-month dividend after a pandemic-driven surge in demand for semiconductor testing fueled a decline in industrial sales. The FTSE 100 group increased its dividend to 11.7p, up from 11p over a year ago, after exceeding expectations on head of operating profit, which fell 6 percent to £ 166 million.