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 33,274,659 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 592,409 deaths and 25,966,389 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 155,061,321 total coronavirus cases, with 3,243,519 resultant fatalities and 132,557,594 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 56.4 percent US residents 18 years of age or older have received at least one vaccination, with 40.8 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  From the Washington Post this morning:

"President Biden declared a new goal Tuesday that 70 percent of adults will have at least one coronavirus vaccine shot by the Fourth of July as the White House grappled with how to send Americans a complex message: A normal life is within reach if you get vaccinated — but the crisis is far from over, so don’t fully relax your guard.

"Biden has been accused of sending mixed messages recently by continuing to wear a mask outside despite official guidance that he does not need to, since he is fully vaccinated. The White House is reaching out to scientists and public health experts to understand how the science is evolving as more people get vaccinated and which restrictions they can and cannot relax, according to people familiar with or engaged in the conversations … Beyond aiming for 70 percent of adults to have at least one vaccine shot by Independence Day, Biden said in remarks at the White House on Tuesday, he wants 60 percent to be fully vaccinated by the same time, part of an effort to create a nascent sense of normalcy by the holiday.