Global Vaccination Counts Rise And US Retail Spending Declines : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money It's that time of the week again! Today on the show, our Indicators of The Week about the insufficient number of global vaccinations and a dip in retail spending.

Jabs And Retail: Indicators Of The Week

Jabs And Retail: Indicators Of The Week

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Following a very full news week, we're looking at the global vaccination rate with Chad Bown, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and reviewing the July dip in American retail spending with Rachana Shanbhogue, the finance editor at The Economist.

Chad is watching as the world surpasses 5 billion vaccine doses through the global COVID-19 vaccination effort. He's grappling with the idea of booster shots while so many are still waiting for their first dose of the vaccine.

As the Delta variant spreads, Rachana examines the challenges facing the economic recovery. She says the fall of retail spending in the U.S. can tell us about how the virus is impacting customer confidence, while also pointing toward another possible cause for the dip—glitches in the supply chain.

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