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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:  46,174,547 total cases … 753,747 deaths … and 35,898,041 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  243,397,606 total cases … 4,947,807 fatalities … and 220,558,314 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.4 percent of the US population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 66.9 percent of that group being fully vaccinated.

The CDC also says that 15.7 percent of the US population age 65 and older age 65 and older has received a vaccine booster shot.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky recommended Covid-19 booster shots from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson and backed mixing vaccines with a different booster dose.

"With Dr. Walensky’s greenlight Thursday, the vaccine doses can now become available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies and vaccination sites on Friday, a CDC spokeswoman said. It follows unanimous recommendations from a panel of experts advising the CDC … The moves follow the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization Wednesday of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s booster shots. The FDA also said people can get an extra dose that is different from the vaccine they received for their primary series."

•  The Washington Post reports that "the number of Americans getting coronavirus vaccine boosters is outpacing the number of those getting their first vaccine shots, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the week ending Tuesday, a daily average of roughly 340,000 people received booster shots. Meanwhile, an average of 157,605 people each day received their first vaccine shot during the comparable period of time, government data shows.

"The numbers represent the vaccination gap among Americans. As additional vaccines are authorized by federal regulators as boosters, more people who had already been immunized will get further protection. At the same time, a large number of people nationwide remain unvaccinated, underscoring the challenge of improving protection against the coronavirus for the general population."