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 32,404,463 confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 581,061 deaths and 24,961,229 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 142,066,934 coronavirus cases, with 3,034,412 resultant fatalities, and 120,633,661 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that more than half the country age 18 or older - 50.4 percent - has received at least one vaccine, with almost a third (32.5 percent) having been fully vaccinated.  Eighty-one percent of people 65 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 65.9 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "states including Connecticut, Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and South Dakota have more than 30% of their populations vaccinated, the data show, while 24 states have reported more than 40% of their populations have received at least one dose. More than 58% of those in New Hampshire have received at least one dose, the data show."

•  The New York Times reports that "all adults in every U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine," meeting the deadline set by the federal government.

The Times goes on:  "Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the last states to expand eligibility, opening vaccinations to all adults on Monday."

•  "The nationwide pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine is likely to be lifted Friday, according to Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert," the Washington Post reports.

"In interviews on political talk shows Sunday morning, Fauci said that he expected federal health officials would decide the vaccine’s future in the United States by the end of this week and that he did not anticipate its use would be canceled outright."