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…

•  The US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  33,515,308 total cases … 596,179 deaths … 26,507,427 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  159,665,632 total cases … 3,319,567 fatalities … 137,378,593 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that 58.2 percent of US residents age 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, with 44.3 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  The Washington Post reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  "cleared the first coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children as young as 12 on Monday, expanding access to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot to adolescents ahead of the next school year and marking another milestone in the nation’s battle with the virus.

The decision that the two-shot regimen is safe and effective for younger adolescents had been highly anticipated by many parents and pediatricians, particularly with the growing gap between what vaccinated and unvaccinated people may do safely.

"Evidence suggests that schools can function at low risk with prevention measures, such as masks and social distancing. But vaccines are poised to increase confidence in resuming in-person activities and are regarded as pivotal to returning to normalcy."