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UK variant accounts for 70% of COVID cases in Pakistan – researcher

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70% of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: A man receives a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a vaccination center in Karachi, Pakistan April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar SoomroThe […]

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New Zealand to resume Australia "travel bubble" as Sydney COVID threat eases

FILE PHOTO: A passenger arrives from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo(Reuters) – New Zealand will lift its partial suspension of a “travel bubble” with Australia from midnight on Sunday as fears of […]

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What do Scots think of independence ahead of key elections?

London (CNN Business)Investors are waiting for the final results of parliamentary elections in Scotland that could spark radical changes to the political and economic landscape of the United Kingdom. A decisive victory from Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party, which wants to break away from the United Kingdom, could force a standoff with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His permission is needed […]

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SEC Chairman Gary Gensler says more investor protections are needed for bitcoin and crypto markets

Gary Gensler told CNBC that he sees the attraction to bitcoin for traders but regulation is needed to prevent fraud and other issues. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have boomed since late last year, fueled by increased institutional adoption for some of the more established names and increased interest from retail traders. "To the extent that something is a security, the […]

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5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: Futures rose ahead of jobs report, after the Dow's record close Economists expect an April gain of 1 million nonfarm jobs Fed warns about potential for 'significant declines' in asset prices India reports more than 400,000 daily cases for the third time in […]

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EU executive eyes new Pfizer deal for 1.8 billion COVID vaccines "very soon"

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of the “Comirnaty” Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside the exhibition palace transformed into a vaccination center in Nice as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive said on Friday it hoped the bloc would soon be able to […]

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Pfizer-BioNTech start full U.S. approval application for COVID-19 vaccine

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SA said on Friday they have started an application process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine, currently only authorized for emergency use.FILE PHOTO: A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for MTA employees at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal […]

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Japan government set to extend state of emergency to May 31

(Corrects Suga’s first name in paragraph 6)FILE PHOTO: A woman in kimono clad and pedestrians wearing protective face masks, make their way at a shopping district on the first day of the country’s third state of emergency, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s government is set to extend on […]

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