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A sign marking the entrance to a Walgreens store in San Francisco. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Walgreens Boots Alliance, former CEO Gregory Wasson and former CFO Wade Miquelon each settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which charged them with making misleading profit forecasts in 2013 and 2014.

The bottom line: This is another example of why financial projections should not be viewed as gospel.

The details: Walgreens will pay $34.5 million to settle the case without acknowledging denial or wrongdoing, while Wasson and Miquelon each will pay a $160,000 penalty. The executives surprised investors by dropping a core measure of profit after the prices of generic drugs unexpectedly increased, according to the SEC.

Perspective:

  • Wasson made $82.8 million in his final year at Walgreens. That means his $160,000 penalty was just 0.2% of his haul from that final year. That's equivalent to a $114 fine for someone who makes $60,000 a year .
  • The $34.5 million fine Walgreens has to pay? It's 2.6% of just this year's second-quarter net profit.

Go deeper: Read the full settlement.

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Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

2 hours ago - Health

Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.

3 hours ago - World

Two years of COVID-19

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Axios Visuals

Two years ago Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory disease was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about just how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last.

The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.