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…

•  The United States now has had a total of 81,686,628 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,005,056 deaths and 64,876,974 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 485,726,078 total cases, with 6,158,117 resultant fatalities and 421,152,329 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 76.9 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 65.5 percent are fully vaccinated … and 44.8 percent have received a vaccine booster dose.

•  Axios reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized "a second COVID-19 booster shot for Americans age 50 or older on Tuesday … The agency cleared an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines in an effort to protect older Americans if there is another surge in infections.

"The authorization comes as communities across the U.S. are shutting down COVID testing and vaccination sites, despite warnings from experts that another wave caused by new variants could be coming soon."

The Washington Post adds:  "The shots, which can be given at least four months after a first booster dose, are not a permanent solution to the pandemic. But with a still-more-transmissible version of the omicron coronavirus variant becoming dominant in the United States, even a short-term immunity boost among those at risk of severe illness could provide a valuable layer of protection."