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 current US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  84,473,447 total cases … 1,027,285 deaths … and 81,380,775 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  524,263,182 total cases … 6,293,039 fatalities … and 494,202,326 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 … 66.5 percent are fully vaccinated … and 46.4 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose.

•  Axios reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday "authorized booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11 … Children aged 5-11 can get their first booster shot five months 'at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine,' the FDA said."

"While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease," FDA commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.