In California, however, cases have declined since they peaked earlier this year. The state currently has an average of 2,700 new cases per day, the lowest since June. The C.D.C. As of Tuesday, 35 percent of the state's total population had received at least one vaccine, and 18 percent were fully vaccinated.
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"With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page of our animal system and try to fully reopen the California economy," Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. "We can now start planning our life after the pandemic."
Many public health experts say the nation is in a race between vaccines and variants, and that vaccines seem to have the upper hand, at least for now. However, public health officials fear that future iterations of the virus may be more resistant.
At the same time, they are seeing an increase in young people, especially between the ages of 18 and 24. Dr. Walensky told reporters Monday that the C.D.C. worked with states to investigate outbreaks in young people that she said might be related to extracurricular activities or sports.
Mr Biden spoke Tuesday after visiting a vaccination clinic at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia that works with community health centers to offer vaccinations. He made the rounds of the makeshift clinic and showed flashes of his old self – the sunny retail politician who loves to get close to people with a pat on the arm or a squeeze on the shoulder.
"He's going to be tough – he's got so much muscle there," the president joked to a nurse as he squeezed the shoulder of a muscular man who was about to get his shot. "Tell you what, I could have been an All-American if I had that."
But his ease belied the seriousness of the message he would later deliver in the White House. There he marked a milestone: More than 150 million Covid-19 shots have been administered to Americans since Mr. Biden took office, putting the nation on the right track, his goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in the United States To reach office at the end of this month.