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 31,560,438 confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 570,260 deaths and 24,122,221 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 133,130,885 coronavirus cases, with 2,889,054 resultant fatalities and 107,368,388 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  From the Wall Street Journal:

"Newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. declined … The U.S. reported more than 61,000 new cases for Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published early Wednesday … Tuesday’s figure was lower than Monday’s revised tally of 77,794, when several states resumed reporting data after the Easter weekend."

•  The Washington Post writes that "at least 108.3 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S.  This includes more than 63 million people who have been fully vaccinated … 219.2 million doses have been distributed."

•  The federal government is saying that "all U.S. adults should be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines by April 19," advancing the May 1 deadline that was set just weeks ago.

The Wall Street Journal writes that "vaccinations appear to be starting to reshape the pandemic in the U.S., with the Americans who have long faced the highest mortality risk increasingly protected.

"Public-health researchers caution, however, that the pandemic is far from over. Officials have cited as reasons for concern the spread of new, highly transmissible variants, along with an increase in travel and looser restrictions in several states. Late last month, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said she had a feeling of 'impending doom' about the increase in new Covid-19 cases."

•  The Los Angeles Times reports that the state of California has set a reopening date - June 15, which the story suggests "is the clearest indication yet that the hard-hit state may be entering its final phase of the COVID-19 pandemic."

However, the story notes, "Getting back to business as usual is dependent on two primary factors: a sufficient vaccine supply to inoculate all those who are eligible and willing, and stable and low numbers of people hospitalized with COVID-19."

•  The New York Times has a piece about how unusual it is for people who have been vaccinated to test positive for Covid-19, writing that "one study found that just four out of 8,121 fully vaccinated employees at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas became infected. The other found that only seven out of 14,990 workers at UC San Diego Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles tested positive two or more weeks after receiving a second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. Both reports, published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, show how well the vaccines work in the real world, and during a period of intense transmission."

•  The Washington Post reports that "nearly 8 in 10 teachers, school staff members and child-care workers have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, federal officials said, after a push to make the vaccines available to them."

The story goes on: "The CDC said Tuesday that more than 2 million teachers, school staff and child-care workers were vaccinated through the pharmacy program in March and another 5 to 6 million were vaccinated through state programs through the end of March.

"Separately, a survey released Tuesday by the American Federation of Teachers of its members also found about 8 in 10 had been vaccinated. Among those who have not, about half said they do not want the vaccine."

•  Target Corp. said this week that it will contribute $5 million to support US and global vaccination programs, with $1 million immediately earmarked for programs that offer free and subsidized Lyft rides to vaccination centers for people living in underserved communities.