April 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 3 points higher at 6,945 points on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
* ASTRAZENECA: Hong Kong said on Friday it will delay shipments of AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine this year amid mounting concerns over possible links between the shot and very rare cases of blood clots. HSBC: HSBC HSBA.L and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a combined $300 million in financing to help Asia's supply chains boost manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines, the two lenders said on Friday. WIZZ AIR: Wizz Air WIZZ.L has replaced its flight operations chief after he was apparently recorded telling his team to draw up a redundancy list of pilots who were often sick or "caused grief" while sparing cheaper contract crew. ASTRAZENECA: The Dutch government will limit use of the AstraZeneca AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine to people above age 60 following rare cases of blood clots, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Thursday. ASTRAZENECA: Australia and the Philippines limited use of AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, while the African Union dropped plans to buy the shot amid global shortages, dealing further blows to the company's hopes to deliver a vaccine for the world. GOLD: Gold prices fell on Friday as robust economic data from China boosted hopes of a swift recovery, although bullion was set to rise more than 1% on the week as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields pulled back from recent highs. OIL: Oil prices edged up in early Asian trade on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar, as investors weighed rising supplies and the impact on fuel demand from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed up 0.8% on Thursday as heavyweight mining stocks tracked rising metal prices UK CORPORATE DIARY: Impax Asset Management
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