California Governor Gavin Newsom visits a COVID-19 mobile vaccination center in South Gate, California on March 10, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state would reopen its economy by June 15, provided coronavirus vaccine and hospitalization cases remain stable.
“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our animal system and try to fully reopen the California economy,” Newsom said in a statement.
“We can now start planning our post-pandemic life. We need to remain vigilant and continue the practices that brought us here – wearing masks and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter,” he said added.
Newsom’s announcement comes as California is projected to exceed more than 20 million vaccine doses administered.
The latest revelation comes as federal health officials warn that Americans should continue to adhere to public health measures as the warmer summer months approach.
“You may remember a little over a year ago when we were looking for the summer to save ourselves from surges. It was just the opposite,” said White House Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Monday during a White House coronavirus briefing.
“We saw some significant waves over the summer. I think we shouldn’t even think about relying on the weather to get rid of whatever we’re in right now,” he added.
Fauci also said Monday that Americans should continue to receive both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, despite a recent study suggesting that only one dose might be enough.
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