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USA Today (April 17)

2021/ 04/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Nearly half of US adults have gotten at least 1 vaccine dose,” but cases are on the rise with more contagious variants. Globally, the “death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday… more than the population of Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.”


Financial Times (April 3)

2021/ 04/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Trading by amateur US investors has ebbed as popular bets stumble and vaccine programmes prompt consumers to focus on holidays and big purchases rather than have-a-go market speculation.”


Boston Globe Times (March 3)

2021/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“The president’s timetable” of having enough vaccine for every American by the end of May “provides a bright light at the end of a long, dark tunnel, although he acknowledged that the nation remains in a tenuous situation” as experts “fear a fourth surge of the pandemic, fueled by worrisome new variants, as states like Texas and Mississippi rush to fully reopen.”


MarketWatch (January 13)

2021/ 01/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The U.S. set another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, when more than 4,400 COVID-19 patients died, the most in a single day since the start of the outbreak, and experts said that with cases continuing to accelerate, the worst is still to come.” Simply put, the “vaccine program must speed up to avoid reaching 640,000 deaths by spring, equal to lives lost in the 1918 flu pandemic.”


Chicago Tribune (December 21)

2020/ 12/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Even as the first vaccine shots begin to roll out to health care workers, doctors and nurses say they are struggling to make it through the pandemic’s darkest surge yet, in an atmosphere some describe as bordering on exhaustion.” The staff shortage is now “nationwide, to the point that Illinois’ staffing woes seem merely average by comparison. In California, Wisconsin and Virginia, around 30% of hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages. It’s closer to 40% in Arizona and Missouri.”


San Francisco Chronicle (December 15)

2020/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Even as the first precious caches of coronavirus vaccine arrived in counties across California Monday, the pandemic showed no signs of abating, with hospitals straining under an influx of COVID-19 patients and deaths climbing across the state and region.”


Financial Times (November 16)

2020/ 11/ 17 by jd in Global News

“The US economy is facing an accelerating surge in coronavirus cases and harsh new restrictions on business activity without the cushion of meaningful fiscal support, raising fears of a blow to the recovery.” The market has rallied on vaccine advances, but “the deteriorating health situation across the country presents an imminent threat to the US economy as the winter months approach.”


The Economist (November 14)

2020/ 11/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Suddenly, hope. The promise of the new covid-19 vaccine is immense, but don’t underestimate the challenge of getting people vaccinated.”


Financial Times (November 10)

2020/ 11/ 11 by jd in Global News

“After the long night of Covid-19, a faint glow is visible on the horizon.” Pfizer’s 90% efficacy is more than we could dream for in a vacine, but the “euphoria should be tempered; any return to normality will take time…. Science has made a breakthrough. But don’t throw away your face covering just yet.”


Bloomberg (September 24)

2020/ 09/ 25 by jd in Global News

“As the likelihood of additional federal stimulus fades, U.S. stock investors are returning their focus to the coronavirus pandemic and not liking what they see.” Consumers are again cutting back and “the prospects for a vaccine in the next few months have also waned just as the latest data shows an uptick in cases.” Moves by the Federal Reserve and “$3 trillion of federal stimulus helped fuel a torrid five-month rally that began in March,” but “their limitations have become clear.”


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