Which nations are finest for street journeys? See the highest 5 on the earth

The highly transmissible omicron Covid-19 variant has some travelers thinking twice about air travel again.

while travel bookings are surging this year, some people are sticking with one of the biggest trends to have emerged from the pandemic: the road trip.

“With driving you can significantly lower your risk of exposure when interacting with large groups … making it a safer option,” said Anja Benson, public relations and marketing manager at the vacation home rental website Holidu.

Road trips also give travelers the chance to “clear their minds — something that many will be keen to do after almost two years of being cooped up inside,” she added.

Holidu is behind a new list to inspire travelers to buckle up and hit the road. its “Cross Country Road Trip Index” published in December Factors analyzed such as road quality, gas prices and landscape variety in 118 countries.

It also took into account the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a given country and the number of cities in the top 100 world ranking, as determined by the website BestCities.org.

These factors, plus others, were weighted equally in the ranking. When countries tied, the country with the best road infrastructure was given the edge because “having decent roads to drive on is something that every ‘road tripper’ will deem important,” said Benson.

Here are the top five countries on that list, along with famous routes in each destination.

1.United States

Home to 29 of the 100 best-ranked cities in the worldthe United States offers road warriors a range of landscapes, from mountains and deserts to glaciers and forests.

The country also ranked eighth in the world for road quality.

U.S. Route 66

  • Popular route: Chicago, Illinois to the Santa Monica Pier in California
  • Distance: about 2,450 miles

The old US Route 66 stretched across three time zones and eight states — Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Known as the country’s “Mother Road,” Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985, when American transportation officials decertified it and voted to remove its highway signs. Drivers can still trace much of the old route, though the highways have new names now.

Roy’s Motel & Cafe along historic Route 66 in Amboy, California.

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Those who do can see St. Louis’ Gateway Arch; half-buried cars at the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, Texas; and Route 66 relics along walking tours in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Along the way, there are small towns with old-school diners and vintage barbershops with remnants of the 20th-century Americana that made the route famous.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Popular route: San Diego, California to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • Distance: about 1,250 miles

Pacific Coast Highway — called “the 101,” “Highway 1” or “PCH,” depending on the location — extends much of the length of the US West Coast, providing breathtaking views of the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean.

The route passes national parks, beaches and picturesque coastal towns as well as cities like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Oregon’s Portland.

Travelers can soak in the sun at famous beaches like Long Beach and Huntington Beach, or enjoy the giant trees at Redwood National Park.

Pacific Coast Highway’s Bixby Bridge, near Big Sur, California.

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For a shorter trip, drivers can begin at San Juan Capistrano in Southern California and end at Leggett, north of San Francisco. It’s about half the distance, but still takes drivers along the majority of the Californian coastline.

2. Mexico

Known for its beach resorts and colorful culture, Mexico is also home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it No. 7 in the world by number of heritage sites.

Like its neighbor to the north, Mexico has deserts and mountain ranges. It also has jungles, which give it an edge when it comes to the number of animals present in the country — another factor in the road trip ranking.

Baja California Peninsula

  • Popular route: Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas
  • Distance: about 1,625 miles

Many travel guides recommend a drive down Baja California, a state in Mexico south of the US state of California.

Road trippers can stop to explore Cabo Pulmo, one of the most well-known diving sites along the peninsula. Much of the diving is geared toward experienced divers, though snorkelers can also see Mexico’s diverse marine life.

Visiting Cabo Pulmo between January and March is ideal for whale watching, when humpback and gray whales can be spotted in area lagoons.

Yucatan Peninsula Loop

  • Popular route: Cancun, back to Cancun
  • Distance: about 1,460 miles

Travelers who circle the Yucatan Peninsula can take in the region’s history, culture and famous beach towns.

Drivers can choose their own path, but common routes include a stop to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza — designated one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2017 — and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Mayan monuments of Uxmal and the Spanish colonial harbor town of Campeche.

A tourist stands next to the algae-tinted pink lakes of Los Colorados in Yucatan, Mexico.

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On the way back to Cancun, travelers can stop in the beach towns of Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. Another picturesque spot is the collection of pink lakes in Las Coloradas, although visitors are no longer allowed to swim in the water.


Holidu’s study ranks Canada as the sixth country in the world for its “natural assets,” which include its national parks.

The country also scored high for its road infrastructure, with popular cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal clinching spots on the best city list.

Trans Canada Highway

  • Popular route: Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Labrador
  • Distance: about 4,860 miles

Known as the second-longest national highway in the world, the Trans-Canada Highway runs through all of Canada’s 10 provinces. It can take a month or more to fully take in the picturesque views along the route.

Fall colors along the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden in British Columbia, Canada.

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Hiking in Glacier National Park is a highlight for many road-trippers. The park is open year-round with campgrounds opening in late June, and ski season running from November to April.

Sea to Sky Highway

  • Popular route: Horseshoe Bay to Whistler, both in British Columbia
  • Distance: about 75 miles

A road trip along the Sea to Sky Highway — officially Highway 99 — is filled with natural, cultural and outdoor sport attractions.

Though the distance is short, road trippers routinely stretch out the drive over several days. This grants travelers time to stop at places such as the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, which brings visitors 885 meters (2,900 feet) above sea level for panoramic views of the coastal mountains.

In the winter months, the gondola serves crowds of families who come to ski, hike and snowboard.


With affordable accommodations, food and fuel prices, money goes far in Malaysia, the only country in Asia to make the top five.

“One thing that Asia offers road trippers over western countries is value for money,” said Holidu’s Benson. Malaysia is the “seventh cheapest country in the world for gas at only $1.87 a gallon.”

Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

  • Distance: about 125 miles

The drive from the buzzing capital city of Kuala Lumpur to the high altitudes of Cameron Highlands can be done in half a day.

Dotted with tea plantations and hiking trails, Cameron Highlands is lush and cooler than other parts of Malaysia.

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Strawberry-picking season usually lasts from May to August, but travelers who visit at other times can explore the municipality’s bee and butterfly farms.

Cameron Highlands is also well known for its tea plantations. Rolling green hills and English-style cottages surround the area for visitors looking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea break.

Petaling Jaya to Langkawi

  • Distance: about 300 miles

This road trip covers most of Malaysia’s western coast, from Petaling Jaya — a city on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur — to the islands of Langkawi, which are accessible via ferry.

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge popular with tourists.

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To take a break from the sweltering heat, travelers can stop by the seven-tiered Taman Eko Rimba Kanching waterfalls for a swim. From there, it’s only half an hour to Selangor Fruit Valleya 646-hectare tropical fruit farm with a petting zoo and tram ride.

5 Argentina

Road trippers passing the Argentinian capital city of Bueno Aires — ranked No. 63 on the list of 100 best cities — can “explore its mansion-lined cobblestone streets, bustling boulevards and its nightlife that goes on until dawn,” said Benson.

Those looking for a quieter journey can visit the Yacutinga Rainforest, Andes mountain range or the Patagonian Desert.

route 40

  • Popular route: Cabo Virgenes, Patagonia to La Quiaca, Jujuy province
  • Distance: about 3,230 miles

Argentina’s Route 40 is said to be one of the most captivating road trips in the world.

Ruta de los Siete Lagos, also known as Route of the Seven Lakes, in Argentina.

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One of the biggest highlights along the route is the Route of the Seven Lakes. Visitors can spend an entire day exploring the mountainous backdrops, small villages and aquarium-blue waterfalls in the lake region.

There are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, including Los Glaciares National Park — the country’s largest national park — and the Cueva de las Manos, or “Cave of Hands,” with cave drawings of human hands executed between 9,500 to 13,000 years agoaccording to UNESCO.

Buenos Aires to Salta

  • Distance: about 925 miles

Travelers embarking on this route usually spend the weekend in Mendoza, arguably Argentina’s most acclaimed wine region. Many of the vineyards here produce the country’s signature wine grape — Malbec. Horseback riding is a popular way to take in the breathtaking scenery.

Vineyards in the Mendoza wine region of Argentina.

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The region also attracts visitors looking for an adrenaline rush, with options to go paragliding and whitewater rafting on the Mendoza River.

WHO says omicron Covid variant has unfold to 38 nations

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The World Health Organization said Friday that the Covid-Omicron variant was detected in 38 countries, up from 23 two days ago, with early data suggesting the strain is more contagious than Delta.

“We’re seeing an increasing rate of growth, we’re seeing more and more omicrons being discovered,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for Covid-19, during a Q&A livestream on the group’s social media channels on Friday. “But we have reports of Omicron in 38 countries in all six WHO regions.”

“There is an indication of increased portability. We need to understand whether it is more or less negotiable compared to Delta,” said Van Kerkhove, noting that the Delta variant is still prevalent around the world.

Van Kerkhove said it was too early to understand the severity of the disease caused by omicrones. Early reports of mild symptoms in some of the first cases it was identified were based on a group of university students who tend to be younger and have milder symptoms than older adults, she said.

“There have been initial reports that it was milder, but it’s really too early,” said Van Kerkhove. “Everyone who is infected with SARS-CoV-2, regardless of the variant, always starts with a mild illness. And so it might stop with a mild illness, some people are of course asymptomatic, but it can stop with a mild illness or something “may take some time”.

Van Kerkove said hospital stays are increasing in South Africa, but public health officials have not yet seen an increased risk of death, but they are waiting for more data.

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergency health program, said public health officials initially saw mild cases with the alpha and delta variants as well. It could be two weeks before increased Omicron-related mortality is detected if the variant actually causes a more severe illness.

“It takes time, unfortunately,” said Ryan. “We have seen this in previous waves of this pandemic as well. When the incidence rate increases, it takes a week or two for it to lead to hospital admissions and deaths.”

Van Kerkhove warned that there is a reporting bias at the moment that may obscure how virulent the variant really is. Many of the people around the world who tested positive for Omicron have been healthy travelers, which may explain why the symptoms reported so far are mild.

“When you travel you are not sick or you shouldn’t travel when you are sick,” said Van Kerkhove. “So there is a bias in what is being recognized at the moment, but that will change over time.”

The first person in the United States to test positive for Omicron was a fully vaccinated traveler between the ages of 18 and 49 who was returning to the San Francisco area from South Africa.

Van Kerkhove called on nations around the world to step up genetic sequencing of Covid-19 cases to identify new variants and share the results publicly in order to better understand the evolution of the virus.

“Now is the time to strengthen the systems,” she said. “We’ve been hearing that for a long time, but it’s not too late for that – systems need to be strengthened.”

Van Kerkhove noted that South Africa was the first country to report Omicron to WHO, but the schedule could change as more countries are backlog of Covid cases as of November.

“So some of the earliest cases of this particular variant may not occur in South Africa,” she said.

Van Kerkhove and Ryan said the current vaccines are still the most effective measure to slow down the transmission of the virus. Ryan said there was “a clear link” between vaccine injustice and the development of variants around the world. WHO has repeatedly criticized rich nations for not doing enough to provide vaccines to people in poorer countries.

Pfizer and Modern have said it will be about two weeks before researchers know how Omicron is affecting the current vaccines while researchers collect data.

“Right now there’s no need to change the vaccines we’re currently using,” said Ryan. “There is no evidence of it. There is no evidence of change, but there is a lot of work to see how we could change these vaccines if we did change, and that work has to be done in advance.”

5 vaccinated international locations with excessive Covid charges depend on China vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines from Chinese companies Sinopharm (left) and Sinovac arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on June 8, 2021.

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Among the countries with both high vaccination rates and high Covid-19 infection rates, most rely on vaccines made in China, a CNBC analysis shows.

The results come like the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines faces increasing scrutiny, aggravated by missing data to protect against the more transferable delta variant. CNBC found that weekly population-adjusted Covid cases have remained elevated in at least six of the world’s most heavily vaccinated countries – and five of them rely on vaccines from China.

As of July 6, CNBC identified 36 countries with more than 1,000 new confirmed cases per million people weekly based on numbers from Our world in data, which compiles information from sources such as the World Health Organization, governments and researchers at Oxford University. CNBC then identified countries among those 36 where more than 60% of the population had received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.

There were six countries and five of them use Chinese vaccines as an essential part of their national vaccination programs: United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Mongolia, Uruguay and Chile. The only country among them that doesn’t depend on Chinese vaccines is that United Kingdom.

The UK has now approved vaccines from Moderna, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen. UK Covid cases have increased in recent weeks as the more transferable delta variant has spread there.

Sinopharm and Sinovac did not respond to CNBC requests for comment.

Several factors can lead to an increase in Covid cases in countries with high vaccination rates. Vaccines do not offer one hundred percent protection, so those who are vaccinated can still get infected. At the same time, new variants of the coronavirus might prove better at overcoming vaccines.

The best option for many countries

Still, countries shouldn’t stop using Covid-19 vaccines from China, epidemiologists say, especially when vaccine supplies are limited in low- and middle-income countries.

Many of the countries and territories that have approved Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are developing countries that cannot compete with wealthier countries for vaccines developed in the United States and Europe.

Ben Cowling, a professor in the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, said countries could choose to use certain vaccines depending on their long-term goals.

“Some countries may accept low prevalence as long as there are relatively few serious cases and deaths from COVID-19,” Cowling, who heads the school’s epidemiology and biostatistics department, told CNBC in an email. “That should be achievable with a high coverage of all available vaccines.”

However, some countries avoid vaccines in China. Costa Rica last month refused to deliver vaccines Developed by Sinovac after it was completed is not effective enough.

WHO approval

The World Health Organization has approved Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for emergency use.

The effectiveness of the two Chinese vaccines is less than that of PfizerBioNTech and Modern, both of which have shown greater than 90% effectiveness.

Sinopharm’s vaccine is 79% effective against symptomatic Covid infections, the WHO says, but its effectiveness in certain groups – such as people over 60 – is not clear. The Effectiveness of Sinovac’s shot depending on the country in which the proceedings took place, from around 50% to over 80%.

Experts say that the results cannot be directly compared between clinical trials because each study is structured differently. However, a study in Hong Kong found “significantly higher” antibody levels in people who received the BioNTech injection compared to those who received the Sinovac vaccine This was reported by the South China Morning Post.

Some experts suggest that the technology behind the various Covid vaccines could explain differences in their effectiveness.

Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines trigger an immune response by exposing the body to a weakened or “inactivated” virus – a best practice which has been used by vaccines for decades. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna based their vaccines on a technology called messenger RNA, which instructs the body to make viral proteins that trigger an immune response.

“Inactivated vaccines are easy to make and are known for their safety, but tend to have a weaker immune response compared to some other vaccine types,” said Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow on Global Health at the University of Southampton in the UK. wrote in an article published on the Conversation website.

Still, large phase three clinical trials showed that inactivated vaccines were “highly effective against serious illness and death” from Covid, Cowling said.

The professor told CNBC that the spikes in Covid cases in some countries using Chinese vaccines “are typically an increase in mild infections with very few severe cases in fully vaccinated people”.

‘Herd Immunity’

When vaccines are less effective, more people need to be vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity”. This happens when the virus stops being transmitted quickly because most people are immune to a vaccination or have recovered from an infection.

Some countries decided to try to achieve herd immunity at the beginning of the pandemic, but are not known to have succeeded. Some who said they would achieve herd immunity like Swedento be at the end affected by Covid much harder than neighboring countries that went the vaccination route.

A study by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales Wales in Sydney claimed that in New South Wales, Australia, herd immunity could be achieved if 66% of the population were given vaccines with 90% effectiveness against all infections.

The percentage of the population who needs to be vaccinated increases to 86% when vaccine effectiveness is 70%, and herd immunity is not achievable when vaccine effectiveness is below 60%, the study showed.

International locations wrestle with COVID-19 surges, concern India-style disaster

SOHAG, Egypt – Countries worldwide grappling with new coronavirus surges are trying to make sure they aren’t being hit by an Indian-style disaster. They face many of the same risks, including large populations who have evaded restraint and fragile health systems that have been shaken under the strain.

In a province on the Nile in southern Egypt, hospitals have been flooded with COVID-19 patients, a major focus of a third swelling across the country. Doctors in Sohag Province warn that the health system there could collapse even if the government buys new supplies.

“I guess there isn’t a family in Sohag that doesn’t have a corona case,” said Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy Mansour, Head of the Provincial Medical Association. “We lost five doctors in a week.”

He said a scenario like India is a possibility, but “God willing, it’s a very distant possibility.”

The Egyptian government has long hesitated to impose new lockdowns and on Wednesday announced its toughest restrictions in months. It ordered cafes, restaurants, shops and malls to close at 9 p.m. and banned large gatherings for two weeks, as well as the closure of beaches and parks during the upcoming Eid el-Fitr holidays at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Egypt isn’t the only one seeing new infections. Globally, more cases have been reported in the past two weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, said World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom.

India and Brazil made up a large part of it, “but there are many other countries around the world that are facing a very fragile situation,” he said. “What is happening in India and Brazil could happen elsewhere if we don’t all take these public health precautions.”

India has been hit by a catastrophic spike in COVID-19 infections after its prime minister boasted of beating the pandemic and pursuing several massive bottlenecks. New cases and deaths rose nearly 30 times in March and April. The health system is overwhelmed and patients are desperate for oxygen and other supplies.

Wealthier nations find room to open up as they immunize more of their populations. But countries where vaccination was slow or minimal. They have to grapple with the question of whether to block themselves out to thwart new waves and damage their economies – all with the possibility of Indian style tragedy.

In Turkey, the number of new cases increased almost sixfold from the beginning of March and reached a high of more than 60,000 per day. The government imposed a three-week national lockdown on April 29, but liberated many sectors, allowing millions to keep working.

The numbers have plummeted, but medical experts are calling for a 28-day full shutdown of all non-essential services while only about 10 million of the more than 80 million people have been fully vaccinated.

“These restrictions were not the restrictions we asked for,” said Vedat Bulut, general secretary of the independent Turkish medical association.

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Chinas 87-Milliarden-Dollar-Elektroauto-Riese hat noch kein Fahrzeug verkauft

(Bloomberg) – Der weitläufige Popup-Showroom der China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group Ltd. befindet sich im Herzen des Nationalen Ausstellungs- und Kongresszentrums von Shanghai. Mit neun ausgestellten Modellen ist es kaum zu übersehen. Der Elektroauto-Emporkömmling hat einen der größten Stände auf der chinesischen Automobilausstellung 2021, die am Montag beginnt, gegenüber dem berühmten deutschen Autohersteller BMW AG. Doch seine kühne Präsenz widerlegt eine unangenehme Wahrheit: Evergrande hat kein einziges Auto unter seiner eigenen Marke verkauft. Chinas größter Immobilienentwickler verfügt über eine Reihe von Investitionen außerhalb von Immobilien, von Fußballclubs bis hin zu Altersdörfern. Aber es ist der jüngste Einstieg in Elektroautos, der die Fantasie der Anleger anregt. Die Aktionäre haben die in Hongkong notierten Aktien von Evergrande NEV in den letzten 12 Monaten um mehr als 1.000% nach oben getrieben, um Milliarden von Dollar an frischem Kapital aufzubringen. Es hat jetzt einen Marktwert von 87 Milliarden US-Dollar, mehr als Ford Motor Co. und General Motors Co. Ein solcher Überschwang über einen Autohersteller, der wiederholt Prognosen für die Massenproduktion eines Autos zurückgedrängt hat, ist ein Symbol für den Schaum, der eingebaut wurde Elektrofahrzeuge im vergangenen Jahr, bei denen Investoren Geld in eine Rallye steckten, die Elon Musk kurzzeitig zum reichsten Menschen der Welt machte und sich Sorgen um eine Blase machte. Vielleicht ist das nirgends so offensichtlich wie in China, wo sich der weltweit größte Markt für neue Energieautos befindet, auf dem 400 umwerfende EV-Hersteller um die Aufmerksamkeit der Verbraucher drängen, angeführt von einer Kabale von Start-ups, die mehr geschätzt werden als etablierte Auto-Spieler, die aber Evergrande NEV war ein relativ später Einstieg in diese Szene. Im März 2019 schwor Hui Ka Yan, Evergrandes Vorsitzender und einer der reichsten Männer Chinas, Musk zu übernehmen und der weltweit größte Hersteller von Elektrofahrzeugen in drei zu werden bis fünf Jahre. Die Modell Y-Frequenzweiche von Tesla Inc. hatte gerade ihr weltweites Debüt. In den zwei Jahren seitdem hat Tesla in China beneidenswerte Fuß gefasst, sein erstes Werk außerhalb der USA eröffnet und im März rund 35.500 Autos ausgeliefert. Der chinesische Rivale Nio Inc. erreichte Anfang dieses Monats einen bedeutenden Meilenstein, als sein 100.000stes Elektrofahrzeug vom Band lief und Musk dazu veranlasste, seine Glückwünsche zu twittern. Lesen Sie mehr: Nio, Xpeng strahlen Optimismus als Elektrofahrzeug-Boom aus: Shanghai Auto Show Trotz seiner hohen Ambitionen und Evergrande Aufgrund der hohen Bewertung von NEV hat Hui die Ziele für die Automobilproduktion wiederholt zurückgedrängt. Die Coterie reicher Freunde des Tycoons hat unter anderem Milliarden aufgebraucht, aber Autos – elektrisch oder auf andere Weise – herzustellen ist schwierig und äußerst kapitalintensiv. Die Bruttomargen von Nio bewegten sich erst Mitte 2020 nach Jahren schwerer Verluste und einer Rettungsleine einer Stadtregierung in den positiven Bereich. Nach einem Gewinnaufruf Ende März, nachdem sich der Verlust von Evergrande NEV für das Gesamtjahr 2020 um gähnende 67% vergrößert hatte, Hui sagte, das Unternehmen habe geplant, Ende dieses Jahres mit der Testproduktion zu beginnen, verzögert gegenüber dem ursprünglichen Zeitplan vom letzten September. Die Auslieferung wird voraussichtlich nicht vor 2022 beginnen. Die Erwartungen an eine jährliche Produktionskapazität von 500.000 bis 1 Million Elektrofahrzeugen bis März 2022 wurden ebenfalls bis 2025 verschoben. Dennoch gab das Unternehmen eine lebhafte neue Prognose heraus: 5 Millionen Autos pro Jahr bis 2035. Zum Vergleich: Der globale Riese Volkswagen AG hat im Jahr 2020 in China 3,85 Millionen Einheiten ausgeliefert. Nicht nur der verspätete Produktionsplan von Evergrande zieht die Augenbrauen hoch. Ein genauerer Blick unter die Haube des Unternehmens zeigt Praktiken, bei denen sich Branchenveteranen am Kopf kratzen: vom Verkauf von Wohnungen zu KPIs von Auto-Managern bis hin zum Versuch einer Modellpalette, die selbst für den etabliertesten Autohersteller ehrgeizig wäre Ein seltsames Unternehmen “, sagte Bill Russo, Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Beratungsfirma Automobility Ltd. in Shanghai. „Sie haben eine Menge Geld investiert, das nicht wirklich etwas zurückgegeben hat, und sie treten in eine Branche ein, in der sie nur ein sehr begrenztes Verständnis haben. Und ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob sie den technologischen Vorsprung von Nio oder Xpeng haben “, sagte er und bezog sich auf die in New York gelisteten chinesischen EV-Hersteller, die bereits intelligente Funktionen in ihren Autos einsetzen, wie beispielsweise laserbasierte Navigation Die Aktivitäten von Evergrande NEV zeigen das Ausmaß seines unorthodoxen Ansatzes. Während das Unternehmen drei Produktionsstandorte eingerichtet hat – in Guangzhou, Tianjin im Norden Chinas und Shanghai -, verfügt das Unternehmen nicht über eine allgemeine Montagelinie für Autos. Laut Angaben von Personen, die in den Fabriken gesehen haben, aber nicht identifiziert werden möchten, um vertrauliche Angelegenheiten zu besprechen, werden Geräte und Maschinen noch angepasst. Auf Fragen von Bloomberg antwortete Evergrande NEV, dass Maschinen für die Testproduktion vorbereitet würden und dies auch tun würden in der Lage sein, “ein Auto pro Minute” zu produzieren, sobald die volle Produktion erreicht ist. Das Unternehmen strebt im nächsten Jahr die Massenproduktion und Auslieferung von vier Modellen an – den Hengchi 5 und 6; der luxuriöse Hengchi 1 (der gegen Teslas Model S antreten wird); und die Hengchi 3, laut Leuten, die mit der Sache vertraut sind. Das Unternehmen hat den Investoren mitgeteilt, dass es beabsichtigt, bis 2022 100.000 Autos auszuliefern, sagte einer der Befragten, ungefähr die Anzahl der Einheiten, die Nio, Xpeng Inc. und Li Auto Inc., der andere in den USA gelistete chinesische EV-Konkurrent, im vergangenen Jahr ausgeliefert haben, zusammen Seine Mitarbeiter werden auch gebeten, beim Verkauf von Immobilien, dem Rückgrat des Evergrande-Imperiums, mitzuwirken. Neue Mitarbeiter müssen interne Schulungen absolvieren und an Seminaren teilnehmen, die sie über die Immobiliengeschichte des Unternehmens informieren und nichts mit dem Automobilbau zu tun haben. Darüber hinaus werden Mitarbeiter aus allen Abteilungen, von Produktionsmitarbeitern bis hin zu Backoffice-Mitarbeitern, aufgefordert, den Verkauf von Wohnungen zu fördern, indem sie Anzeigen in sozialen Medien schalten oder Verwandte und Freunde zu Verkaufszentren bringen, damit sie beschäftigt erscheinen. Mitarbeiter auf Führungsebene haben sogar Leistungsprämien, die mit solchen Bestrebungen verbunden sind, so die mit der Maßnahme vertrauten Personen. In der Zwischenzeit hat Evergrande NEV bei den ehrgeizigen Zielen Outsourcing- und Überspringverfahren angewendet, die in der Branche als übliche Praxis angesehen werden, sagen Personen mit Kenntnis der Situation Während es aggressiv einstellt und kürzlich Daniel Kirchert, einen ehemaligen BMW-Manager, der das EV-Startup Byton Ltd. mitbegründet hat, erzielte, hat das Unternehmen den größten Teil des Designs und der Forschung und Entwicklung seiner Autos an Zulieferer in Übersee vergeben, sagten einige der Leute. Die Vergabe eines Großteils der Konstruktions- und Konstruktionsarbeiten ist ein ungewöhnlicher Ansatz für ein Unternehmen, das eine solche Größenordnung erreichen möchte.14 Modelle Bei OnceOne eines dieser Unternehmen ist Kanadas Magna International Inc., die die Entwicklung der Hengchi 1 und 3, eines davon, anführt sagten die Leute. Evergrande NEV hat sich auch mit den chinesischen Technologiegiganten Tencent Holdings Ltd. und Baidu Inc. zusammengetan, um gemeinsam ein Softwaresystem für die Hengchi-Reihe zu entwickeln. Laut einer Erklärung vom letzten Monat können Fahrer mithilfe einer mobilen App das Auto anweisen, mit dem Autopiloten zu einem bestimmten Ort zu fahren, und mithilfe künstlicher Intelligenz Geräte zu Hause einschalten, während sie unterwegs sind. Ein Sprecher von Evergrande sagte, dies sei der Fall Zusammenarbeit mit internationalen Partnern wie Magna, der EDAG Engineering Group AG und dem österreichischen Teilehersteller AVL List GmbH bei der Entwicklung von „14 Modellen gleichzeitig“. Vertreter von Magna lehnten eine Stellungnahme ab. Ein Baidu-Sprecher sagte, das Unternehmen habe keine weiteren Details zu teilen, während ein Vertreter von Tencent sagte, das Software-Unternehmen sei bei einer verbundenen Firma namens Beijing Tinnove Technology Co., die unabhängig operiere. Tinnove reagierte nicht auf Anfragen nach Kommentaren. Anstatt atemberaubende Modellveröffentlichungen zu veröffentlichen, scheint Evergrande NEV alle Arten von Autos auf einmal unter seiner Marke Hengchi auf den Markt zu bringen, die einen brüllenden goldenen Löwen auf dem Abzeichen trägt und sich lose in “unaufhaltsam” übersetzt Galopp.’ Die neun Modelle, die auf den Markt gebracht werden, umfassen nahezu alle wichtigen Pkw-Segmente, von Limousinen über SUVs bis hin zu Mehrzweckfahrzeugen. Die Preise werden zwischen etwa 80.000 Yuan (12.000 USD) und 600.000 Yuan liegen, obwohl sich die endgültigen Kosten ändern könnten, sagte eine bekannte Person. Dies ist eine völlig andere Produktentwicklungsstrategie als bei EV-Pionieren wie Tesla, die nur vier Modelle im Angebot haben. Nio und Xpeng haben sich auch entschieden, sich auf nur eine Handvoll Marken zu konzentrieren, und haben selbst dann Schwierigkeiten, schwarze Zahlen zu schreiben. “Der Markt hat die Wirksamkeit der Strategie” Ein Produkt in Mode auf einmal “bewiesen”, sagte Zhang Xiang , ein Forscher der Automobilindustrie an der North China University of Technology. „Evergrande bietet viele Produkte an und erwartet einen Gewinn. Es gibt ein Fragezeichen darüber, ob dies funktionieren wird. “Ohne langfristige Autoherstellung hat Evergrande kompromisslose Richtlinien erlassen, um die neuesten Produktionsziele zu erreichen, so die Bevölkerung. Zwei Modelle, darunter der Hengchi 5, ein kompakter SUV, der mit dem G3 von Xpeng konkurriert, zielen auf die Massenproduktion in etwas mehr als 20 Monaten ab. Um dieses Timing zu erreichen, können bestimmte Branchenverfahren, wie die Herstellung von Maultierautos oder Testfahrzeugen, die mit Prototypkomponenten ausgestattet sind, die einer Bewertung bedürfen, übersprungen werden, so die mit der Situation vertrauten Personen. Evergrande teilte Bloomberg mit, dass es in eine „Sprintphase in Richtung Massenproduktion“ eingetreten sei. So wie es ist, konnte Bloomberg nur einen Fall finden, in dem der Hengchi 5 öffentlich gezeigt wurde, auf Fotos und körnigem Filmmaterial, das Evergrande im Februar veröffentlichte, als die Autos herumfuhren ein schneebedecktes Feld in der Inneren Mongolei. Die Aktien des Unternehmens erreichten einen Rekordwert. Es ist ungewöhnlich, diese Schritte zu beschönigen, sagte Zhong Shi, ein ehemaliger Projektmanager für die Automobilindustrie, der zum unabhängigen Analysten wurde. „Es gibt einen Standard-Engineering-Prozess für die Produktentwicklung, -validierung und -verifizierung, der mehrere Labor- und Straßentests umfasst.“ in China und überall sonst, sagte Zhong. “Es ist schwer, das auf weniger als drei Jahre zu komprimieren.” Obwohl es keinen Hinweis darauf gibt, dass Evergrandes Ansatz gegen Vorschriften verstößt, könnte sein Börsenlauf einer Realitätsprüfung unterzogen werden. Nach ähnlich starken Marktgewinnen haben einige EV-Startups in den USA, die ihre Rentabilität als umsatzgenerierende, profitable Unternehmen noch nicht bewiesen haben, in den letzten Monaten aufgrund von Bedenken hinsichtlich der Bewertungen und der Tatsache, dass etablierte Autohersteller wie VW schneller in den EV-Kampf vordringen, ihren Glanz verloren Lesen Sie mehr: Das Ende von Teslas Dominanz könnte näher sein als es scheintDer milliardenschwere Anstieg der Branche ist auch Pekings Aufmerksamkeit nicht entgangen. Die Evergrande NEV-Aktien fielen letzten Monat, nachdem ein Leitartikel der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua Bedenken hinsichtlich der Entwicklung des EV-Sektors hervorhob. Besonders besorgniserregend sind Unternehmen, die sich ihrer Verantwortung für den Bau hochwertiger Autos entziehen, ein blinder Wettlauf der Kommunalverwaltungen um die Gewinnung von Elektrofahrzeugprojekten und hohe Bewertungen von Unternehmen, die laut dem genannten Schreiben noch kein einziges Serienauto ausliefern müssen Evergrande speziell in dieser Hinsicht. “Die enorme Lücke zwischen Produktionskapazität und Marktwert zeigt, dass es auf dem NEV-Markt einen Hype gibt”, hieß es. Dennoch hat die Aktie von Evergrande NEV seitdem um 18% zugelegt, getragen von den Aussichten für den chinesischen Markt für Elektroautos. Laut BloombergNEF-Daten machen Elektrofahrzeuge derzeit etwa 5% des jährlichen Autoverkaufs in China aus. Die Nachfrageprognose wird voraussichtlich steigen, wenn der Markt reift und die Preise für Elektroautos fallen. Die Verkäufe von Elektrofahrzeugen in China könnten allein in diesem Jahr um mehr als 50% steigen, sagte das Forschungsunternehmen Canalys in einem Bericht vom Februar. Angesichts des zunehmenden Wettbewerbs bleiben einige außerhalb der treuen Aktionärsbasis von Evergrande NEV skeptisch: „Der Markt wird überfüllt, aber es sei denn, Sie haben dies getan Als bevorzugte Fahrspur gibt es nicht viele Gewinnchancen “, sagte Russo von Automobility. „Vielleicht gibt es Synergien mit den Immobilienunternehmen, aber im Moment ist es eine EV-Geschichte und eine ziemlich teure.“ Weitere Artikel wie diesen finden Sie unter bloomberg.com. Melden Sie sich jetzt an, um mit der vertrauenswürdigsten Wirtschaftsnachrichtenquelle auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

WHO says 87% of the world’s provide has gone to higher-income nations

Wealthy countries have received the vast majority of the world’s supply of Covid-19 vaccine doses, while poor countries have received less than 1%, the World Health Organization said at a news conference on Friday.

Of the 700 million vaccine doses distributed worldwide, “over 87% went to high-income or high- and middle-income countries, while low-income countries received just 0.2%,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

On average, 1 in 4 people in high-income countries have received one Coronavirus Vaccine, compared to just 1 in more than 500 in low-income countries, Tedros said.

“There is still a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines,” he said.

Tedros said there is a shortage of doses for COVAX, a global alliance that aims to provide coronavirus vaccines to poor nations.

“We understand that some countries and companies plan to make their own bilateral vaccine donations and bypass COVAX for their own political or commercial reasons,” said Tedros. “These bilateral agreements run the risk of igniting the flames of vaccine inequality.”

According to Tedros, COVAX partners – including the WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – are pursuing strategies to accelerate production and supply.

The alliance seeks donations from countries with an oversupply of vaccines, is accelerating the review of further vaccines and is discussing ways to expand global production capacity with several countries, said Tedros and Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley.

Austria, different EU nations complain over unequal vaccine distribution

Nursing staff are waiting for the vaccine against COVID 19 from AstraZeneca at the sports center of the University of CUS Turin on March 14, 2021 in Turin, Italy.

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LONDON – Six members of the European Union have raised concerns about the block’s distribution of Covid-19 vaccines after AstraZeneca cut its delivery targets again.

Austria, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia wrote to the European Commission on Saturday to complain that there are no proportionate bumps being delivered among the 27 countries in the European Union.

“If this system continued, it would continue to create and exacerbate large disparities between member states through the summer,” wrote the heads of state in a letter received from CNBC.

Initially, it was agreed that vaccines purchased by the EU would be distributed in proportion to a country’s population. However, some countries have introduced flexibility into the system so that they can opt for a more specific vaccine based on price and maintenance conditions.

The European Commission replied to the letter by saying that distribution was a “transparent process” and that it was the decision of the Member States to introduce this flexibility.

“If a Member State decides under this system not to take up its pro-rata allocation, the doses will be distributed among the other interested Member States,” said a statement by the Commission.

For example, according to media reports, Bulgaria chose to receive fewer Pfizer and BioNTech shots, the most expensive of the vaccines, and more of the one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. As a result, other EU countries were able to buy the surplus Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines.

The Bulgarian government was not immediately available for comment when it was contacted by CNBC on Monday.

If we hadn’t had the Commission doing this work on behalf of the European Union, the competition and the issues with which you opened this interview would have been greater.

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President of the Eurogroup

Bulgaria and the other signatories are among the EU countries with the lowest number of vaccines received, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

They fear that without changes, some EU states “could achieve herd immunity in a few weeks, while others would lag far behind,” they said in their letter.

Your complaint follows the message that AstraZeneca will not achieve its delivery targets in the coming months. The Swedish-British pharmaceutical company confirmed to CNBC on Monday that it will ship 30 million doses to the EU by the end of the first quarter and an additional 70 million doses in the second quarter.

These numbers are below what the bloc expected.

“Why do you get this idea now because you know that Austria is a member of the Steering Committee like the 26 other Member States and, like the others, has been informed of the previous allocations,” said a European official who did not want this due to the sensitivity of the problem be named, said CNBC on Sunday.

This comment suggests that the six countries could have dealt with the issue internally rather than writing a letter and making it public.

Pascal Donohoe, Ireland’s finance minister, told CNBC Monday that the problems “would have been bigger” had it not been for the work of the European Commission to monitor vaccine distribution.

It is expected to be discussed at the next European Summit later this month.