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 United States now has had a total of 83,437,158 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,023,908 deaths and 80,872,122 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 515,968,559 total cases, with 6,272,457 resultant fatalities and 470,783,855 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.7 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66.3 percent are fully vaccinated … and 45.9 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to limit the authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-dose Covid-19 vaccine, saying that it now is "only for adults for whom other shots aren’t available or medically appropriate, or who won’t take another vaccine.

"The FDA said it was making the move after confirming a total of 60 cases, including nine deaths, of the clotting condition known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS, among the millions of people who got the J&J shot.

"The change will likely sharply scale back use of a vaccine that health authorities had once hoped would be a convenient option for many people, but has become a third choice for most people because of the emergence of the risk for the rare but life-threatening side effect."

•  Southeastern Grocers (SEG) said yesterday that it "is now offering rapid testing for COVID-19 in all Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie pharmacies throughout the Southeast communities it serves. This new pharmacy offering will allow patients to conveniently self-administer a nasal swab test under the guidance of a pharmacist.

Patients receive certified testing results in 15 minutes or less through a secure email or text message and results are valid to present for travel or event attendance, such as concerts, sporting events or other gatherings. The grocer is offering a reduced price on testing during the month of May for $19.99 (regular price $24.99) and patients are asked to bring their ID card or driver’s license, and smartphone (if available) to their preferred pharmacy location for testing."

Or, in the words of Irish politician John Philpot Curran, :"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."