* VACCINE: Denmark on Wednesday became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine altogether over a potential link to a rare but serious form of blood clot. GREENSIL: A British parliamentary committee said it will launch an inquiry into the failure of Greensill Capital and how the finance ministry responded to lobbying efforts which were made on behalf of the firm by former prime minister David Cameron. ASTRAZENECA: Canada's health ministry said on Wednesday it would not restrict use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after a review showed the benefits outweighed the very rare risk of blood clots. COPPER: London copper prices fell on Thursday as an extended rise in inventories in the London Metal Exchange pressured prices. GOLD: Gold prices edged higher on Thursday buoyed by a weaker dollar, while investors awaited U.S. weekly jobless claims and March retail sales data for further clarity on the recovery in the world's largest economy.
* GOLD: Oil prices were lower on Thursday though holding near one-month highs after futures jumped in the previous as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others upgraded forecasts for oil demand as major economies recover from the pandemic. British shares ended higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in heavyweight energy and travel stocks, while Tesco (LON: TSCO ) slipped to the bottom of the index after reporting a 20% drop in full-year pretax profit. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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