Amazon reported its second consecutive quarter of $100bn-plus gross sales, comfortably beating Wall Road’s targets because it continues to reap the rewards of pandemic circumstances. Web gross sales of $108.5bn within the first three months of the yr helped the corporate obtain a internet revenue of $8.1bn, up by greater than 220 per cent on the identical interval in 2020.

The vast majority of new coronavirus circumstances within the US are linked to the Covid-19 variant first recognized within the UK, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The B.1.1.7 pressure of Covid-19 made up an estimated 59.2 per cent of US coronavirus circumstances within the fortnight ended April 10. 

The backers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine intend to sue the Brazilian well being regulator for defamation. Officers within the Latin American nation this week cited dangers and a lack of expertise over the shot’s effectiveness and high quality, in addition to failings in its growth and medical research. 

The US state of Michigan has set out 4 particular vaccination milestones. In step one of the “Vacc to Regular Problem” the rule on distant working shall be lifted as soon as 55 per cent of Michiganders aged 16 and older have acquired their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and a 14-day interval has handed. 

The uncommon blood clotting dysfunction linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine notably impacts youthful adults, the UK medicines regulator mentioned. The Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company launched the figures as authorities scientific advisers continued to debate whether or not everybody underneath 40 needs to be supplied an alternative choice to the AstraZeneca jab. 

French president Emmanuel Macron has outlined a tentative, four-stage easing of the nation’s lockdown, beginning subsequent week and ending on the finish of June. “Our battle now’s to vaccinate as shortly as attainable to extend our collective immunity,” he mentioned.

UK family wealth has risen to file ranges through the pandemic on the again of rising home costs, elevated worth of outlined profit pensions and authorities help, official figures confirmed on Thursday. Households’ internet wealth rose to £11.4tn, the equal of £172,000 per individual within the UK. 

Europe has totally vaccinated 7 per cent of its inhabitants in opposition to Covid-19, a larger proportion than the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances, the regional director of the World Well being Group has mentioned. The inoculation proportion compares with 5.5 per cent of the inhabitants who’ve had Covid-19, primarily based on confirmed circumstances reported to the WHO.


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