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States Where the Most People Are Vaccinated

With the threat of the Omicron variant looming, the national COVID-19 vaccination effort is as urgent as it ever has been. So far, an estimated 204,578,725 Americans have been fully vaccinated, or 62.5% of the population.

Some states are proving more effective than others in getting their residents vaccinated. Depending on the state, the share of the population that has been fully vaccinated ranges from as low as 46.9% all the way up to 76.4%.

Due in large part to vaccine hesitancy and resistance, millions of doses are currently sitting idle under the purview of state governments, yet to be administered. As of Dec. 21, only about 82.0% of the 606,309,300 doses of the vaccine that have been distributed to the 50 states and Washington D.C. have been administered. In one state, only 69.1% of delivered doses have gone into the arms of residents.

Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. In total, there have been 15,456 known infections for every 100,000 people nationwide.

Gold gains ₹140; silver jumps ₹290

In the international market, gold was trading with gains at $1,807 per ounce and silver was flat at $22.87 per ounce

Gold in the national capital on Thursday gained ₹140 to ₹47,268 per 10 gram in line with strong international precious metal prices, according to HDFC Securities.

In the previous trade, the precious metal settled at ₹47,128 per 10 gram.

Silver also jumped ₹290 to ₹61,099 per kg from ₹₹60,809 per kg in the previous trade.

In the international market, gold was trading with gains at $1,807 per ounce and silver was flat at $22.87 per ounce.

"Gold prices traded higher with spot gold prices at COMEX trading at $1,807 per ounce on Thursday. Gold prices traded higher helped by weaker dollar and fall in U.S. bond yields ahead of Christmas holiday," HDFC Securities, Senior Analyst (Commodities), Tapan Patel said.

Sensex jumps 385 pts on firm global cues; Nifty reclaims 17,000

Nifty advanced 117.15 points

Equity benchmark Sensex surged 385 points on Thursday following gains in index majors Infosys, ITC and HDFC amid a positive trend overseas.

The 30-share index jumped 384.72 points or 0.68% to end at 57,315.28. Similarly, the NSE Nifty advanced 117.15 points or 0.69% to 17,072.60.

PowerGrid was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising around 4%, followed by ITC, Bajaj Finance, Infosys, NTPC and Tech Mahindra.

On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma, Maruti and UltraTech Cement were among the laggards.

"Indian markets opened in green following positive Asian market peers as investors reacted to studies about reduced risk of hospitalisation and severe disease with Omicron compared to Delta," said Narendra Solanki, Head- Equity Research (Fundamental), Anand Rathi.

During the afternoon session, markets continued their firm trade. Additional support came as rating agency ICRA stated that profitability of sugar, fertiliser and dairy sectors will remain stable in FY22, he noted.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul ended with gains.

Stock exchanges in Europe were also trading on a positive note in mid-session deals.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude slipped 0.08% to $75.22 per barrel.

Quidel To Acquire Ortho Clinical Diagnostics – Quick Facts

Quidel Corporation (QDEL) and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Holdings plc (OCDX) have entered an agreement, under which Quidel will acquire Ortho for $24.68 per share of common stock using a combination of cash and newly issued shares in the combined company, representing an equity value of approximately $6.0 billion. The total consideration includes $1.75 billion of cash. The combined company will acquire Ortho’s net debt of $2.0 billion.

Ortho shareholders will receive $7.14 in cash per share and 0.1055 shares of stock in the combined company for each Ortho common share, with Ortho shareholders expected to own approximately 38% of the combined company.

Quidel’s President and CEO, Douglas Bryant, will serve as Chairman and CEO of the combined company. Joseph Busky will be CFO, and Robert Bujarski will be President and Chief Operating Officer.

Hyundai Venue crosses 2.5 lakh sales milestone

The Hyundai Venue, the carmaker’s first-ever compact SUV, has crossed the 2,50,000-unit sales mark in India. The milestone comes 31 months after the Venue was launched in May 2019.

The promise of the Hyundai Venue was revealed in the first six months when it clocked 50,000 sales. Demand somewhat slowed down in subsequent months — 1,00,000 in 15 months, 2,00,000 in 25 months and 2,50,000 in 31 months. This can also be put down to the Venue being in a the most hotly contested SUV sub-segment of compact SUVs.

The Venue is available with three engine options — an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol; a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel; and a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol.

The Venue’s basic shape makes it look like a scaled-down Creta, but the styling is far more flamboyant, particularly the split headlamp arrangement. Its interior is neatly styled and the dashboard houses the 8-inch touchscreen high up is particularly user-friendly. Hyundai has also incorporated plenty of storage for small items in the Venue cabin and even the boot is large enough to hold two suitcases. Where the Venue loses out is in rear seat space. Legroom is far from class-leading and the relatively small rear windows make the cabin feel smaller than it is.

5 things to watch on Fox Nation this Christmas holiday

Have an All-American Christmas with the Duffys this year!

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