Booming Retail Sales From Brexit Set New Course For Britain EU Ferry Market

Joe Biden has received the first of two coronavirus vaccine shots, doing so live on television, as US officials seek to

boost public confidence in the jab. The US president-elect was given his first of two shots made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in Delaware on Monday.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson said the country’s food supplies were largely unaffected by that delays were only

occurring at Dover – and thus only affecting 20 per cent of the total coming from Europe. “The vast majority of food, medicines and other supplies are coming and going as normal,” the prime minister said.

Health officials in Ireland said a “third wave” of the coronavirus pandemic is under way as they

urged people to stop socialising in the run-up to Christmas. The warning on Monday came as the government said it was organising two emergency flights to bring home Irish residents stranded there as a result of the travel ban

The US is planning to study how people with serious allergies respond to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, after some recipients in the US and UK experienced

rare side effects. Moncef Slaoui, who leads Operation Warp Speed, said the National Institutes of Health would conduct a trial “to try to understand the mechanisms”.

A Deliveroo rider cycles past a restaurant in London’s Mayfair

Deliveroo’s losses ballooned to £317.7m in 2019, up by a third from the previous year, as the food delivery company grappled with

competition and regulatory scrutiny before the pandemic boosted it to profitability. Revenues increased 62 per cent over the year to £771.8m.

Stena Line, the ferry operator, has doubled the capacity of a direct freight service between Ireland and France because of the

severe disruption caused by the closure of the Dover-Calais route. The move came with hundreds of Irish truckers stranded in Britain on Monday unable to complete their journey.

Deutsche Post DHL said it was stopping all deliveries of parcels to Britain due to transport restrictions imposed by a number of countries after a new, apparently more virulent strain of the coronavirus appeared in the UK. It said

letters and postcards to the UK and Ireland were not affected by the measure.

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy the real estate software company RealPage in a deal that values it at $10.2bn. RealPage’s

shares tumbled at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March, falling by a third to $42.69 in less than a fortnight, but they have since risen higher than their pre-crisis level.

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Covid live: 75 more cases of Omicron variant found in England; Ireland announces new restrictions


Covid live: 75 more cases of Omicron variant found in England; Ireland announces new restrictions