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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 US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  34,464,956 total cases … 618,685 deaths … and 28,871,914 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  180,833,446 cases … 3,917,623 fatalities … and 165,465,939 reported recoveries.    (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 65.7 percent of the US population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, and that 56.2 percent is fully vaccinated.

• Axios reports that "the World Health Organization anticipates vulnerable populations will need to get an annual COVID-19 booster shot to be protected against variants, while the general population may need one every two years.

The WHO also "forecasts that the need for boosters in wealthier countries could push poorer nations, which have barely received any vaccine, to the back of the line and further widen the gap of vaccine inequality."

The CDC isn't yet going that far, Axios writes, saying this week that "the vulnerable, like the elderly and transplant recipients, might need annual boosters but there was yet not enough evidence to support the need for boosters for the general population."