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 31,496,976 total confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in the deaths of 569,282 people and 24,058,562 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  132,499,396 total coronavirus cases … 2,875,844 resultant fatalities … and 106,831,250 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  CNN reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the nation administered more than four million vaccinations last Saturday, and currently is averaging about three million vaccines a day.

•  From the Washington Post:

"At least 107.5 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S.

This includes more than 62.4 million people who have been fully vaccinated … 207.9 million doses have been distributed."

This means that almost 19 percent of the US population has been fully vaccinated, and almost a third has receive3d at least one dose of the vaccine.

•  From the Wall Street Journal:

"Newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose, as several states resumed reporting data after the Easter weekend, while vaccination efforts across the country continued to accelerate.

"The U.S. reported more than 78,000 new cases for Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published early Tuesday … While new cases remain elevated, the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. has been gaining steam, with an average of 3.1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered each day over the past week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data."

•  From Axios:

"Just half of U.S. parents plan to get their children vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they can, and 48% said they wouldn't."

•  From Axios:

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that while it recommends all staff and travelers aboard cruise ships be vaccinated for COVID-19, cruise companies do not need to mandate vaccines in order to resume travel safely … CDC guidance will still mandate that masks be worn on board by staff and passengers, as well as at 'all U.S. transportation hubs, including seaports and ferry terminals'."

There aren't enough vaccines in existence to make me want to go on those petrie dishes of disease called cruise ships again … but I felt that way before the pandemic.

•  From the New York Times:

"Walgreens has inoculated hundreds of thousands of Americans against Covid-19 this year using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. But the pharmacy chain has not been following guidance from federal health officials about the timing of second doses.

"People are supposed to get two doses, three weeks apart. Walgreens, however, separated them by four weeks because that made it faster and simpler for the company to schedule appointments.

"There is no evidence that separating the doses by an extra week decreases the vaccine’s effectiveness. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a three-week gap, the agency says it is acceptable to separate the doses by up to six weeks if necessary."

Now, however, "Walgreens is changing its system. Starting as soon as the end of the week, the pharmacy will automatically schedule people for Pfizer doses three weeks apart."

Seems like a prototypical example of a retailer putting organizational priorities above the concerns of its shoppers.  Not the best way to succeed, IMNSHO.