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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…

•  In the United States, we've now had 34,766,404 total Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 623,029 deaths and 29,274349 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 188,134,301 total coronavirus cases, with 4,057,017 resultant deaths, and 172,060,692 reported recoveries. (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 67.7 percent of the Us population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 58.9 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  From the Washington Post:

"The Food and Drug Administration announced a new warning for the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Monday, saying the shot has been linked to a serious but rare side effect called Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the nerves.

"About 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré have been detected in vaccine recipients after the administration of 12.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, according to a companion statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors vaccine safety systems with the FDA. Of these reports, 95 were serious and required hospitalization, the FDA statement said. There was one death … The cases have largely been reported about two weeks after vaccination and mostly in men, many aged 50 and older, according to the CDC. Most people fully recover from Guillain-Barré."