business news in context, analysis with attitude

Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  In the United States, there now have been a total of 46,999,771 cases of Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 768,847 deaths and 37,009,990 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 248,431,166 total coronavirus cases, with 5,031,919 resultant fatalities and 225,103,843 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 78.2 percent of the US population age 12 and older has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, with 67.9 percent of that group being fully vaccinated.  In addition, the CDC says, 66.9 percent of the total US population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, with 58.1 percent b being fully vaccinated.

The CDC also says that 25.6 percent of the US population age 65 and older has received a vaccine booster shot.

•  Axios reports that "CDC director Rochelle Walensky endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11, marking the final step in the approval process that makes coronavirus vaccines available to younger children as soon as Friday … The CDC panel's endorsement comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration's authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for the age group on Friday.  Each of the shots administered to kids 5-11 will be about a third of the size of the adult dose."