As booster vaccinations against COVID-19 take centre stage in the fight against the Omicron variant, we could use a lift. With the wearing of facemasks compulsory again in shops, retailers want help to police it. The FTSE All-Share is tumbling again as Moderna’s CEO predicts that existing vaccines will struggle with the new strain. Sixty stocks in the US, including Virgin Galactic, DraftKings and Zillow are languishing at least 50% below their 2021 highs.
We need assistance in some other areas too, with the economic rebound causing the EU’s greenhouse gases to rise nearly 20%. Twitter has lost its founding CEO, while Tiger Woods doesn’t think he’ll ever return to full-time golf. Although EasyJet’s full-year revenues are down 52%, the airline expects to return to near pre-pandemic capacity in Q422. Sign up for Edison’s webinar on how digital healthcare can build a healthy ecosystem.
DOING IT FOR OURSELVES
Some are taking matters into their own hands, with Accenture creating 3,000 new highly skilled UK tech jobs and Asda chartering a cargo ship to prevent Christmas shortages. Goods shipped directly from Ireland to the EU are up 50% in six months, while Morgan Stanley is extending its $75/day repayments of private transport to the office for another month. As Lego gives its 20,000 employees three days’ extra holiday, this man has spent $260,000 building a replica of the Taj Mahal for his wife. While Sweden’s one-day woman prime minister is back for another term, Angela Merkel has picked a punk song as the soundtrack for her military leaving ceremony. This pregnant New Zealand politician was already in labour when she cycled to a hospital at 2am, giving birth an hour later.
TRUSTING OUR ANIMAL INSTINCTS
As Thailand’s monkey festival returns after a two-year hiatus, scientists have found that clusters of frog cells can undergo a form of replication never before seen in plants or animals. But Sir David Attenborough has told ‘honeybee propaganda’ on a plaque in an Australian shopping centre to buzz off after being incorrectly attributed with a famous quotation.