While you were asleep: The two sides of the Covid coin

As South Africa’s vaccination drive suffered a huge dose-contamination setback just as the third wave of infections is gathering pace, parts of the world are readying to drop the mask.

In Germany, the health minister recommended ending the mask mandate for outdoor activities as infections recede, and in the US Apple plans to drop its mask requirement for vaccinated customers at many stores beginning next week. But in the boldest move, California announced the complete opening of its economy on June 15.

In the markets, oil hit a 32-month high as the roll-out of vaccines underpins an improved demand outlook in the US and Europe, reports Bloomberg.

Our hope is on Aspen Pharmacare which is set to begin the production of new J&J vaccines by mid-week, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Here’s a roundup of the world’s top and most interesting news headlines.

SA Business

Here’s how much tax you owe if you made a killing in bitcoin in SA – Business Insider

Liquor traders call for state collaboration on Covid-19 safety as third wave gains a foothold – Fin24

Industry experts question transparency, due diligence on SAA deal – SABC

US Business

How the wealthy hanging onto their money actually makes everyone else poorer – Business Insider

Bitcoin jumps above $39,000 on Elon Musk’s cleaner mining comment – MyBroadband

Wall Street’s message: Rein in ‘TechnoKing’ Musk’s Reign – Forbes


Where geopolitical power, inequality and corporate greed collide, vaccine apartheid is inevitable – Daily Maverick

US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility – CNN

The unbearably high price of ‘Free’ – Entrepreneur

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