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, we've now had 32,224,139 confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 578,993 deaths and 24,770,980 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 139,807,715 coronavirus cases, with 3,002302 resultant fatalities and 118,834,719 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Washington Post reports that "at least 125.8 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S.  This includes more than 78.5 million people who have been fully vaccinated … 255.4 million doses have been distributed."

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "a study by the University of Oxford found the risk of rare but sometimes-deadly blood clotting is roughly eight to 10 times greater in Covid-19 sufferers than in people who have received any of the first three Western-developed vaccines that are widely available—from Pfizer and BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc. and AstraZeneca PLC.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified about 5,800 cases of Covid-19 infection among the 66 million-plus Americans who have completed a full course of vaccination. That’s a rate of 0.009%, and in line with expectations, officials said."

•  The New York Times reports that Albert Bourla, the CEO at Pfizer, said yesterday that " a third dose of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine would 'likely' be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.  'There are vaccines like polio where one dose is enough, and there are vaccines like flu that you need every year,' he said.  'The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus'."

•  The Washington Post writes that "the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has turned into a patchwork of regional hotspots, with some states hammered by a surge of infections and hospitalizations even as others have seen the crisis begin to ease. The spring wave of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest since March 4.

"Thirty-eight states have reported an increase during the past week in the number of people hospitalized with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to a Washington Post analysis of data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"But the national statistics don’t capture the intensity of the coronavirus emergency in the hotspots. Michigan reported more than 10,000 new infections on Tuesday alone. The state on Wednesday reported an average of 46 deaths a day, up from 16 a month earlier."

•  In New Orleans, a number of restaurants and bars are working with public health officials on a "shot for shots" promotion - people go to select establishments, get vaccinated, and then  are able to get a free shot of booze.

Laissez le bon temps rouler.