Amazon reported its second consecutive quarter of more than $ 100 billion in sales, comfortably beating Wall Street’s goals as it continues to reap the rewards of pandemic conditions. Net sales of $ 108.5 billion in the first three months of the year saw the company achieve a net profit of $ 8.1 billion, up more than 220% from the same period in 2020.
The majority of new coronavirus cases in the United States are linked to Covid-19 variant first identified in UK, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The B.1.1.7 strain of Covid-19 accounted for about 59.2% of coronavirus cases in the United States during the fortnight ended April 10.
Supporters of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine plan to sue the Brazilian health regulator for defamation. Officials in the Latin American nation this week cited risks and a lack of information about the effectiveness and quality of the shot, as well as failures in its development and clinical studies.
The US state of Michigan has established four specific stages of vaccination. In the first step of the “Vacc to Normal Challenge”, the rule on remote working will be lifted once 55% of Michiganders aged 16 and over have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and a 14 day period will have elapsed.
The rare blood clotting disorder linked to the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine particularly affects young adults, said the UK medicines regulator. The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency released the figures as government science advisers continued to debate whether anyone under the age of 40 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab.
French President Emmanuel Macron outlined an attempt, a four-step easing of the country’s lockdown, starting next week and ending in late June. “Our fight now is to vaccinate as quickly as possible to increase our collective immunity,” he said.
British household wealth has reached record levels during the pandemic due to rising house prices, rising values of defined benefit pensions and government support, official figures showed on Thursday. Household net wealth reached £ 11.4 billion, or the equivalent of £ 172,000 per person in the UK.
Europe has fully vaccinated 7% of its population against Covid-19, a proportion higher than the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, said the regional director of the World Health Organization. The percentage of inoculation compares to 5.5% of the population who have had Covid-19, based on confirmed cases reported to WHO.