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…

•. Here are the up-to-date US numbers for the Covid-19 coronavirus:  34,406,001 total cases … 617,166 deaths … and 28,711,315 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  179,287,781 total cases …   3,882,808 fatalities … 163,850,309 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 65.4 percent of the US population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 55.8 percent being fully vaccinated.   The CDC also reports that a total of 149.7 people in the US now are fully vaccinated.

•  The Washington Post quotes Scott Gottlieb, former chief of the Us Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as saying this weekend that "the transmission of the more contagious delta variant in the United States could spur a fall surge in coronavirus infections if only 75 percent of the country’s eligible population is vaccinated."  Gottlieb said that "states with low vaccination rates already are showing a concerning rise in cases with the spreading of delta, which is up to 60 percent more contagious than earlier variants."

"Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri show very substantial upsurges of infections. That’s based entirely on how much population-wide immunity you have based on vaccination,” Gottlieb said, urging "a renewed vaccination push closer to the fall, as people prepare to return to school and work, when he said they may be more open to the shots."