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…
• The US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers: 47,536,536 total cases … 778,316 deaths … and 37,604,540 reported recoveries.
The global numbers: 251,763,170 total cases … 5,083,682 fatalities … and 227,927,854 recoveries. (Source.)
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 78.9 percent of the US population age 12 and older, and 67.5 percent of the total US population, has received at least one dose of vaccine, while 68.4 percent of the 12-and-older population and 58.5 percent of the total US population has been fully vaccinated.
The CDC also says that almost one third of the US population age 65 and older - 31.6 percent - has received a vaccine booster shot.
• The New York Times reports that "Pfizer and BioNTech asked federal regulators Tuesday to authorize their coronavirus booster shot for those 18 and older, a move that would likely make every adult in America eligible for an extra injection.
"The Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant the request, perhaps before Thanksgiving and well ahead of Christmas travel and gatherings. The prospect of all 181 million fully vaccinated adults in the nation having access to extra shots is a turnaround from two months ago, when an expert advisory committee to the F.DA. overwhelmingly recommended against Pfizer-BioNTech’s request to authorize boosters for all adult recipients of that vaccine."
• The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) said yesterday that it has "joined with a number of state and national trade associations in suing the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over its COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard for employers with 100 or more employees. The lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit."
“Our industry is facing a labor shortage and supply chain disruptions,” said Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president, government relations. “The OSHA rule will make all of this worse, and everyday Americans will take the brunt of the problems it creates.”
Or, the OSHA rule will actually keep people from getting sick and dying, will help to bring about the end of Covid-19's pandemic phase. Just sayin'…. If NACS thinks it is OSHA that is making things worse, then we're going to have to agree to disagree. But the numbers, in terms of vaccine effectiveness, suggest that they're wrong. See our next story…
• The Texas Tribune reports that a new study from the Texas Department of State Health Services says that "the COVID-19 vaccine dramatically prevents death and is the best tool to prevent transmission of the deadly virus.
"Out of nearly 29,000 Texans who have died from COVID-related illnesses since mid-January, only 8% of them were fully vaccinated against the virus, according to a report detailing the Texas Department of State Health Services’ findings.
"And more than half of those deaths among vaccinated people were among Texans older than 75, the age group that is most vulnerable to the virus, the study shows."
The story goes on: "State health officials also found the vaccine greatly reduced the risk of virus transmission, including the highly contagious delta variant that ravaged the state over the summer. Only 3% of 1.5 million positive COVID-19 tests examined since mid-January occurred in people who were already vaccinated."
“We’ve known for a while that vaccines were going to have a protective effect on a large segment of our population,” Dr. Jennifer A. Shuford, state epidemiologist, tells the Tribune. “By looking at our own population and seeing what the impact of the vaccines have been on that population, we’re hoping just to be able to reach people here in Texas and show them the difference that being fully vaccinated can make in their lives and for their communities.”