The University of Oxford will begin testing coronavirus vaccines from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer / Bioentech and Astrogeneneka for 820 volunteers from the UK. Scientists say that if both vaccines can be used simultaneously, it will allow for greater flexibility in the distribution of vaccines worldwide. Test results should be known by June. The British government contributed seven million pounds to this research, about 205 million crowns. The United Kingdom yesterday won 10 million vaccinated people, one-seventh of its population.
The agreement on the limits of nuclear weapons was extended
Shortly before the expiration of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the United States and Russia agreed to extend it for another five years. The current document, signed by both parties in Prague in 2010, was due to end on February 5. The Russian parliament approved the new START agreement in January, and now the Americans have joined. For example, the treaty limits the number of nuclear weapons stationed at carriers to a maximum of 1,550 on each side and the number of missiles and bombers to seven hundred. The previous US administration of Donald Trump wanted to include China in the deal, but it failed.
From markets and stock markets
The stock markets closed mixed
U.S. stock markets did not move much on Wednesday. Only the owner of Google Alphabet drew attention to its significant growth, which was helped by good financial results in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, the markets were dragged down by discounted shares of Facebook, Apple or Amazon. The S&P 500 index was up 0.1 percent overall. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.12 percent. However, Nasdaq hybrid technology fell 0.02 percent. European definitions also disagreed with the direction yesterday. While the German DAX strengthened 0.71 percent, the British FTSE 100 fell 0.14 percent. French CAC 40 closed at zero.
The ant team has reached an agreement with Chinese authorities
Ant Group, a Chinese company owned by billionaire Jack Ma’s Alibaba concern, agreed with Chinese regulators on Wednesday to restructure it. Will be notified to the Agency Bloomberg. The company will be transformed into a holding company, thus subject to capital requirements such as banks. All previous year activities will be included in the holding. The company may still enter the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets in the future, but it is not yet clear when that will be. Shares of Alibaba rose 3.5 percent yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange.
Tweet of the day
News News Warning: The number of Govt-19 vaccines worldwide is higher than the total number of confirmed cases.
– Financial Times (in Financial Hours) February 3, 2021
“Positive news: The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 worldwide is more than the number of confirmed cases. According to our data, more than 105 million people have been vaccinated so far, while more than 103 million have been positively tested.
The British daily Financial Times points out Important milestone In the process of vaccination.
This will happen today:
- President of the United States Joe Biden He will talk about his next foreign policy in the US State Department. It is expected to announce plans to significantly increase the refugee reception quota.
- The currency committee meets British Central Bank. This will determine the interest rates.
- The United States will release its fourth quarter results Ford car maker.