It is the second vaccine approved in the UK, following Pfizer and BioNTech’s. “Risk sentiment remains buoyant, with vaccine roll-out hopes providing confidence despite growing COVID-19 case numbers,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi.
In Asia, China revised down its national growth rate for 2019 to 6% from 6.1%, mainly because of a $77 billion cut in manufacturing. The manufacturing sector contributed about 2% of the country’s 2019 GDP.
Bitcoin continued its historic streak by rising 1.3%, to $27,746. A tumultuous year saw “the king of crypto” surge in price from under $4,000 in March to a new all-time high of above $28,000 this week, said Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Bitfinex.
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