Biden to set new vaccination goals for Americans

UK reports 1,946 further COVID-19 cases, four more deaths

FILE PHOTO: An NHS worker stands next to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile testing unit in Tower Hamlets, London, Britain, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported on Tuesday a further 1,946 cases of coronavirus and an additional four deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to official data.

The total number of people to have received a first vaccine dose now stands at 34,667,904.

Dogecoin price surges above 50 cents following recent slump

The joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin appears to be making its investors real money.

The price of Dogecoin surged above 50 cents Tuesday, following a recent slump during which its value was cut in half.

As of Tuesday morning, Dogecoin’s price topped 57 cents, according to crypto market data site CoinGecko.

The prices of Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies plunged in late April as President Joe Biden was expected to unveil a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans that would nearly double levies on investment gains.

Dogecoin had been created as a joke poking fun at the rise of digital currency, but its price has climbed since the start of the year as more investors embrace cryptocurrencies like bitcoins and ether, which is the currency of Ethereum.

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Tanu Muino, Director Of Lil Nas X’s “Montero” Music Video, Inks With WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Tanu Muino, the Cuban Ukrainian director coming off of helming Lil Nas X’s music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the second single from his forthcoming studio album that gave the rapper his second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 after the monster hit “Old Town Road.”

With the signing, WME will build out Muino’s business across TV, film, documentary, fashion and branding.

The vibrant, VFX-heavy “Montero” video, which got a sneak peek with a Super Bowl ad this year, puts a queer spin on the story of original sin with its visual Bible and mythology references, spurring dialogue around the oppression faced by LGTBQ+ youth. The video generated about 3 million tweets within three days of its release.

Muino’s credits as a music video director include Cardi B’s hit “Up,” and she has also worked with the likes of Katy Perry and Rosalía. She launched a fashion line, Jealousy, in 2016.

Muino continues to be repped by UnderWonder for her music video work.

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AXA Q1 Revenues Down 3%

AXA (AXAHY.PK) Tuesday reported its first-quarter total gross revenues of 30.7 billion euros, down 3% from 31.7 billion euros last year.

On comparable basis, revenues rose 2% year-over-year.

“AXA’s total revenues grew by 2% in the first quarter, in a context which continued to be marked by Covid#19 related restrictions”, said Etienne Bouas- aurent, Group Chief Financial Officer. “This good performance was underpinned by sustained growth in our preferred segments, notably with P&C Commercial lines up 4%, Health up 5%, and with continued positive flowsand a favorable mix in L&S.”

Property & Casualty segment revenues dropped 4% to 17.4 billion euros, while Health segment revenues gained 3% to 4.2 billion euros. Life % Savings slipped 4% to 8.6 billion euros, while Asset Management gained 16% to 0.4 billion euros.

“AXA XL performed well in the quarter, pursuing its underwriting discipline, achieving significant price increases, targeted exposure reductions, and growing revenues by 4%. AXA Investment Managers also delivered strong performance, with Euro 13 billion net inflows and revenues up 17%.”

Biden to set new vaccination goals for Americans

President Joe Biden is setting new goals for vaccinations in America, calling for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have at least one shot, and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated, by July 4.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, as of Tuesday, 105 million Americans are fully vaccinated, while 147 million have had at least one dose.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden delivers remarks about new COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 27, 2021.

“To hit 70% of adults by July, 4, you need to deliver close to 100 million doses, shots, across the next 60 days or so. Some first shots, many second shots, over the next 60 days,” a senior administration official estimated on a call with reporters Tuesday shortly before Biden was set to speak.

Over the past 60 days, about 153 million doses have been distributed, so the new goal would represent a significant slowdown.

In the past, the administration has set goals that some public health experts have criticized as being low targets.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.