The US has distributed more than 275 million doses of coronavirus vaccines since the start of the rollout nearly half of all Americans. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 158 million Americans, or 47.7 percent of the total population, received at least one injection.
The Ukrainian Parliament has deposed Health Minister Maksym Stepanov for this mishandling the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. The country with a population of 42 million has taken just under 1 million injections and has only 27,454 residents who have received two doses. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal asked parliament to remove Stepanov from his government.
Texas local officials attempting to impose a mask mandate could be fined up to $ 1,000, Governor Greg Abbott announced as part of an executive order preventing government agencies in the state need face covering. The decision applies to counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities and civil servants.
About 28.5 billion coronavirus vaccines would likely be needed to stop the pandemic by 2023 and slow virus mutations according to estimates by Deutsche Post DHL. The research paper from one of the world’s largest logistics companies and McKinsey suggests that 7-9 billion doses should be released in the next two years.
Sales at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, grew 2.7 percent year-over-year to $ 138 billion for the three months to the end of April, exceeding analyst forecasts of $ 132 billion. Comparable store sales at Walmart’s U.S. stores were up 6 percent excluding fuel, above estimates for a profit of 0.8 percent as the company won market share in groceries.
Jaguar Land Rover made a profit of £ 534 million between January and March as car sales in China and the US rebounded, although the company lost a full year loss after writing off the cost of old technology. The group suffered a financial blow from £ 1.5 billion in past investments revolves around electric vehicles and ends its long-term reliance on diesel.
New York-based retailer Macy’s said demand remained strong in the home, jewelry, fragrance and luxury categories sales recovered faster than expected in the first fiscal quarter. Macy’s revenues grew by more than half to $ 4.7 billion, and the company increased its forecast from $ 20.8 billion in 2021 to $ 22.2 billion in net sales by 2021.
Home Depot posted record first-quarter sales due to pandemic-induced increase in DIY projects continued to stimulate demand. The retailer generated $ 37.5 billion in revenue, a 32.7 percent year-over-year increase and exceeded analyst expectations of $ 35 billion. Same-store sales were up 31 percent, compared to a 24.5 percent increase over the holiday season.