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We’re overlaying Pfizer’s vaccine income amid rising entry gaps, and a lethal crash in Mexico City.

Pfizer mentioned its Covid-19 vaccine generated $3.5 billion in income within the first three months of this yr, practically 1 / 4 of its income.

The firm didn’t disclose particulars, nevertheless it predicted revenue margins can be within the high-20-percent vary. That would translate into roughly $900 million in pretax vaccine income within the first quarter.

Pfizer has been extensively credited with growing a know-how that has saved an untold variety of lives. But its vaccine is disproportionately reaching the world’s wealthy — an consequence, to date no less than, at odds with its chief government’s pledge to make sure that poorer nations “have the same access as the rest of the world.”

Context: As of mid-April, rich nations had secured greater than 87 % of the greater than 700 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines distributed worldwide, whereas poor nations had obtained solely 0.2 %, in line with the World Health Organization.

China is constructing factories for electrical automobiles virtually as quick as the remainder of the world mixed, with plans for eight million automobiles a yr.

There are dangers, but when China succeeds in positioning itself, it can have a leg up in a world that’s more and more centered on combating local weather change. Manufacturers are utilizing billions of {dollars} they’ve raised from native and worldwide traders to beat established carmakers to the market.

The nation already has the electric-car infrastructure, and international automakers together with Volkswagen are constructing extra factories in China. The e-commerce big Alibaba and two state-backed companies has arrange an electrical automobile three way partnership, IM Motors, which plans to roll out its automobiles subsequent yr.

The numbers: China can be making over eight million electrical automobiles a yr by 2028, in line with some estimates. Europe is on observe to make 5.7 million absolutely electrical automobiles by then whereas North American automakers lag behind with only one.4 million electrical automobiles a yr by 2028.

Challenges: Many new Chinese corporations are betting shoppers will spend $40,000 or extra on automobiles from new corporations they haven’t heard of, at the same time as extra in style manufacturers like Buicks, Volkswagens and Mercedes-Benzes fill the roads already.


A subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed on Monday, sending a prepare plunging to the bottom and killing no less than 23 folks, together with kids.

Emergency employees scrambled to a scene the place tilted prepare automobiles lay amid tangled wires and twisted steel, pulling dozens of individuals from the wreckage and transporting greater than 70 folks to hospitals with accidents.

“It is sad news,” mentioned President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who vowed {that a} thorough investigation can be carried out. The subway system has been the supply of rising concern after a number of accidents and an earthquake in 2017.

Other Big Stories

Mozambique has had its share of heartache, however final yr it celebrated an environmental triumph when it designated a stunningly stunning new nationwide park: Chimanimani. It’s not daily {that a} nation with a previous rife with conflict fulfills an bold conservation purpose.

The psychologist Adam Grant just lately wrote about languishing, a way of stagnation that lies someplace between burnout and despair. The reverse of that, psychologists say, is flourishing: emotional, bodily and psychological health. Here are some steps that can assist you get there.

Savor and have fun small issues. Celebrations assist to create and cement relationships. It’s not simply the large events that must be marked. Acknowledging small moments can also be necessary for well-being. Psychologists name it savoring, or appreciating an occasion or exercise within the second.

Do 5 good deeds. Acts of kindness not solely assist others; additionally they can assist you flourish. Research reveals that performing 5 acts of kindness in a single day, as soon as every week, can have a robust impact. Volunteer work may also enhance well-being.

Try one thing new. Join a ebook membership or operating group, take a pottery class, or go to a museum or outside artwork exhibit. Dr. Grant mentioned studying a ability after which instructing it to somebody, or taking over ardour tasks as hobbies, may also result in achievement. This part of the pandemic gives a brand new alternative to replicate and ask a brand new query: “How do I want to spend my time?”

Add pan-fried tofu to those vegan dan dan noodles.

What to Read

Michael Lewis’s “The Premonition” is about medical renegades who warned for years of a pandemic.

What to Listen To

“Daddy’s Home,” St. Vincent’s sixth album, expounds on the prolonged documentaries, Janet Jackson bust and Joni Mitchell album that feed her creativity.

Now Time to Play

Here’s as we speak’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: “The Lion King” lion (5 letters).

And right here is as we speak’s Spelling Bee.

You can discover all our puzzles right here.


That’s it for as we speak’s briefing. And a correction: Yesterday’s briefing misidentified our reporter Isabel Kershner’s function. She is a correspondent in Jerusalem, not the bureau chief.

See you subsequent time. — Melina

P.S. Karan Deep Singh, our reporter in New Delhi, spoke to CNN concerning the seek for oxygen throughout India’s Covid disaster.

The newest episode of “The Daily” is concerning the inhabitants slowdown within the U.S.

You can attain Melina and the staff at briefing@nytimes.com.

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