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Newsom Expresses Frustration Over California’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, Tries To Shift Blame

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California’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has not gone according to plan because of logistical hurdles, drawing the ire of the public and government officials such as Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Associated Press reported.

Thus far, about 1% of Californians have been vaccinated, according to the Associated Press. About 454,000 doses have been administered in the state of 40 million residents, the Associated Press reported. The California Department of Public Health claimed that the 454,000 doses are around a third of the 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the state, as reported by the AP. (RELATED: Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccines Have Yet To Be Used Since First US Distribution)

California aims to distribute the vaccine “with a sense of urgency that is required of this moment and the urgency that people demand,” Newsom said, but acknowledged that so far, the state’s efforts are “not good enough,” according to the AP.

Newsom attempted to shift the blame for some of the vaccine’s rollout. “The vaccines don’t arrive magically in some state facility,” the governor said, although that doesn’t explain why two thirds of the vaccine doses in the state have not been administered, according to the AP.

California’s coronavirus death toll is over 27,000, and the total number of cases recorded in the state is more than 2.4 million, according to The New York Times.