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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 Covid-19 coronavirus figures for the United States:  31,637,243 confirmed cases … 572,849 deaths … and 24,206,539 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  133,821,495 cases … 2,904,005 fatalities … and 107,903,691 reported recoveries.  (Source.)


•  The Washington Post reports that  "at least 110 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S.  This includes more than 64.4 million people who have been fully vaccinated … 225.3 million doses have been distributed."


•  From the Boston Globe:

"The B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus, first found in the United Kingdom, has overtaken the initial form of the virus in the United States and is now the country’s most common strain, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing that the version had overtaken other mutations that have emerged, as well as the initial version of the virus in the U.S.

“'It is the most common lineage, period,' she said. 'These trends are pointing to two clear truths — one, the virus still has hold on us, infecting people and putting them in harm’s way, and we need to remain vigilant, and two, we need to continue to accelerate our vaccination efforts.'

"B.1.1.7 is more easily transmitted and appears to also be more harmful once a person has contracted it, US officials have said. Last week, Walensky said B.1.1.7 was the predominant variant in five U.S. regions, which have two-thirds of the country’s population, though the CDC said at the time that it still trailed the initial version of the virus."


•  The other day we featured a sports-themed Ad Council public service commercial (PSA) designed to persuade people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.  Willie Nelson provided the soundtrack, with his version of "I'll Be Seeing You."

Now, Budweiser, also working with the Ad Council, is out with its own vaccine promotion ad (which also promotes beer drinking).  The song is the same, and the tag line is "Good Times Are Coming."