The strain was discovered in the United Kingdom before spreading to other European nations.
He says it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate all of phases 1A and 1B at the current rate that the state is receiving vaccines. "We are shocked that an invisible enemy could reach such death and destruction especially in this, the most wealthy and powerful nation on earth".
NYC vaccine hubs open; eligibility expands Monday Three new vaccination hubs open in New York City Sunday as health officials prepare to welcome the next subgroup of individuals who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes people 75 years old or older and more front-line essential workers such as first responders and teachers. The mayor pushed for access to the vaccination to be expanded, but the governor claimed the state didn't have enough doses.
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After an employee at the jewelry store was found to have the variant, the state's Wadsworth Laboratory sequenced the virus from five more employees who had tested positive for COVID.
The first case in the United States was identified in Colorado on Tuesday afternoon, December 29.
Cuomo is in the process of enacting several initiatives to ensure that NY will be ready should the state face another health crisis in the future.
"We simply can not stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass", Cuomo said. "New Yorkers would not give up".More news: Capitol Police officer who responded to attack has died
As part of its budget due April 1, the state has proposed legalizing recreational, adult marijuana use as well as state-sponsored mobile sports betting.
NY lawmakers and Cuomo have planned to reduce state spending by as much as $8 billion to make up for the state's expected large drop in sales and income tax revenue.
It's unclear whether the state will ever pay out that local aid.
Cuomo said another 188 New Yorkers battling the virus had died.More news: Florida Man Seen with Speaker's Lectern During Capitol Riot Arrested
"I believe they will do justice", he said.