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NBC News 13 Jan 2021

California Gov. Newsom Speaks On Slow Covid Vaccine Rollout


After a slow start, Gov. Newsom promised 1 million more residents would be vaccinated by this weekend. Some of California's most iconic landmarks are now becoming mass vaccination sites.

Criticism is mounting over Europe's slow COVID-19 vaccination drive, with the European Union trailing well behind the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel.
Only a few weeks after inoculations started, some members of the bloc are already facing vaccine shortages.
The Dutch government came under heavy criticism from lawmakers on Tuesday over a COVID-19 vaccination plan that has the first shots set to be administered on Wednesday, making the Netherlands the last EU nation to begin vaccinations.
The Dutch delay mirrors the chaotic strategy overall across the EU.
The European Medical Agency has yet to approve the Moderna vaccine, which is already widely used in the US and the UK.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
"I think that's the right direction... Just about every professional says the schools -- especially K-8 -- should be kept open whenever it's possible to keep them open safely."

New York Gov. Cuomo spoke on NYC schools reopening during a teleconference on Sunday.
In the United States, coronavirus cases are soaring. Hospitalisations and deaths hit new highs this week, and those figures are expected to grow.
California's Governor Gavin Newsom said he is "pulling the emergency brake" and will impose three-week stay-at-home orders in parts of the state based on hospital capacity.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.
Watch as California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a coronavirus briefing.

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