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 34,136,738 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 610,436 deaths and 27,940,918 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 171,935,794 total coronavirus cases,  with 3,575,702 resultant fatalities and 154,415,761 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 62.8 percent of the US population age 18 or older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 51.7 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  The New York Times reports that "Moderna on Tuesday became the latest pharmaceutical company to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for full approval for its Covid-19 vaccine for use in people 18 and older. F.D.A. approval would allow the company to market the shot directly to consumers, and could also help raise public confidence in the vaccine.

"Full approval could also make it easier for schools, employers, government agencies and the U.S. military, which has encountered resistance to coronavirus vaccines, to mandate vaccinations."

The Times adds that "last month Pfizer and BioNTech applied to the agency for full approval of their vaccine for use in people 16 and older.

"Moderna’s vaccine was authorized for emergency use in December, and as of Sunday, more than 151 million doses had been administered in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."