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Covid Vaccine Makers Kept Prepayments for Canceled Shots for Poor Nations

Separately, Johnson & Johnson is demanding additional payment for unwanted shots, confidential documents show. As global demand for Covid-19 vaccines dries up, the program responsible for vaccinating the world’s poor has been urgently negotiating to try to get out of its deals with pharmaceutical companies for shots it no longer needs. Drug companies have so far declined to refund $1.4 billion in advance payments...

To Prevent Cancer, More Women Should Consider Removing Fallopian Tubes, Experts Say

A top research group is urging even women without genetic risks to have their fallopian tubes removed under certain circumstances. There is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, so doctors urge women at high genetic risk for the disease to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed once they are done having children, usually around the age of 40. On Wednesday, a leading...

Snapchat now has more than 2 million paid subscribers

Snapchat now has more than 2 million paid subscribers

Snapchat has more than 2 million paid subscribers on its Snapchat+ program, the company said during its latest earnings report. Snap noted that the paid plan, which costs $3.99 a month, is a part of “diversifying” its revenue pipelines. The social network first launched Snapchat+ in June 2022 in countries like the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and the United...

Egyptian financial services provider MNT-Halan valued at $1B in $400M funding

Egyptian financial services provider MNT-Halan valued at $1B in $400M funding

Egyptian fintech and e-commerce ecosystem MNT-Halan has raised up to $400 million in equity and debt financing from local and global investors as it continues to serve underbanked and unbanked customers in the North African country. The round includes $260 million in equity financing and $140 million through two securitized bond issuances secured within the past year, investments that will now see MNT-Halan command...

Aussies, Drop That Fish! It May Be Endangered Shark.

It’s a classic meal for any Australian: fish and chips (fries) by the beach, the dual flavors of vinegar and fresh seafood mixing in your mouth as the crashing of the ocean waves provides a soothing background as you catch up with mates. Sounds lovely, right? It is. Until you realize that the fish you’re eating isn’t fish… it could be an endangered shark...

Administration Expected to Endorse Limited Drilling in Alaska Project

An environmental review expected soon would effectively signal that the Willow project proceed, according to people familiar with the report. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expected to propose a scaled-down version of a sprawling oil drilling project in the North Slope of Alaska, according to two people familiar with the decision. The proposal would allow drilling to proceed on a limited basis as...

Superstrata e-bike review: Rebel without a cause

Superstrata e-bike review: Rebel without a cause

Superstrata’s e-bike is a strange specimen — there’s no two ways about it. In some ways that makes sense; the bike’s concept, borne out in seamless 3D-printed carbon fiber, springs from an equally strange premise. We’ll get into that. Talking to Sonny Vu, founder of Superstrata’s parent company Arevo, the bikes were crafted not out of a love of cycling, the hunt for a...

Tesla records $204M loss from bitcoin in 2022

Tesla records $204M loss from bitcoin in 2022

Tesla recorded a $204 million impairment loss in 2022 on its bitcoin holdings, according to regulatory filings. The loss was offset by $64 million in profits from bitcoin trading, leaving the automaker with a net loss of $140 million. Tesla had invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin during the first quarter of 2021, stating that it believed in the longevity of the cryptocurrency. At the...

Raye: ‘My drug use got pretty deep and really dangerous’

Raye: ‘My drug use got pretty deep and really dangerous’

Getty Images By Mark Savage BBC Music Correspondent Raye has one of the most triumphant ‘told-you-so’ stories of recent chart history. Signed to Polydor Records as a teenager, she spent years on pop’s periphery, writing songs for Beyoncé and Little Mix, and lending her vocals to top 10 hits by David Guetta and Jax Jones. But her solo material never scaled those heights and,...

Snow Moon 2023: Exactly When To See February’s Full Moon Rise From Where You Live

No prizes for guessing how February’s full “Snow Moon” got its name. It’s also been called the “Ice Moon” and “Storm Moon,” but whatever its popular name there’s no doubt that the rising of the full Moon each month is one of the most beautiful sites in nature. Not when it’s “up,” but when it appears on the horizon. A full Moon high in...