Published on: September 20, 2021
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 numbers for the US: 42,900,906 total cases … 691,880 deaths … and 32,503,995 reported recoveries.
The global numbers: 229,291,098 total cases … 4,705,472 fatalities … and 205,914,152 reported recoveries. (Source.)
• The New York Times reports that "the average U.S. daily death toll from Covid-19 over the last seven days surpassed 2,000 this weekend, the first time since March 1 that deaths have been so high, according to a New York Times database.
"Texas and Florida, two of the hardest-hit states in the country, account for more than 30 percent of those deaths: Florida, where 56 percent of the population is vaccinated, averages about 353 deaths a day, and Texas, where 50 percent of the population is vaccinated, averages about 286 deaths a day."
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 74.6 percent of the US population age 12 and older has received at least of vaccine, with 63.9 percent being fully vaccinated.
• The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel on vaccine protocols recommended that coronavirus booster shots be made available to people 65 years of age and older, as well as for adults who for various reasons and at risk for serious disease.
According to the story, "The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official overseeing coronavirus vaccines, indicated that the final decision could be slightly different, encompassing people who are at higher risk of infection because of their professions, such as health-care workers and front-line employees, including teachers. The advisory committee members were polled on whether they would agree with making boosters available to people who were at risk of infection because of workplace exposure, and they all said yes.
"A decision about boosters from the FDA is expected by next week, and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee is slated to meet Wednesday and Thursday to recommend how a third shot should be used."
The Post also reports that "Anthony S. Fauci, the White House’s chief coronavirus medical adviser, said data about booster shots for those who had received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines could be a few weeks away from being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration."
• From the Los Angeles Times:
"Amid persistent concerns that the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines may be waning, a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that America’s workhorse shot is significantly less effective at preventing severe cases of disease over the long term than many experts had realized.
"Data collected from 18 states between March and August suggest the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduces the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 by 91% in the first four months after receiving the second dose. Beyond 120 days, however, that vaccine efficacy drops to 77%.
"Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine was 93% effective at reducing the short-term risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and remained 92% effective after 120 days.
"Overall, 54% of fully vaccinated Americans have been immunized with the Pfizer shot."
• From the Wall Street Journal:
"West Virginia has one of the fastest rates of new Covid-19 cases in the nation, a surge some state health officials say is at least in part due to the state’s low vaccination rate.
At 46%, West Virginia has the lowest percentage of its eligible population fully vaccinated of any state, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The low percentage is striking. The state was initially considered a vaccine-rollout success story. In February, it had vaccinated a higher percentage of its population than any other state.
"Early on, the state excelled at vaccinating people in nursing homes and others who were eager to get the shot, but then it ran into a roadblock of hesitant people, state officials say. It has joined other states with high numbers of hospitalized Covid-19 patients."
That's too bad, because Gov. Jim Justice has been on the right side of this issue, saying things like, "You don’t need to die and you don’t need to get sick to make a point.” But I guess some people do … though for the life of me, I do not understand what point they are making, except they think it would be a better world without vaccines for smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, flu, pneumonia and shingles.