Gov. Gavin Newsom tours Long Beach mass vaccination site


Governor Gavin Newsom toured the Long Beach mass vaccination site at the Convention Center Monday with Mayor Robert Garcia.

Newsom said California is making progress tackling the pandemic with the state virus positivity rate down to 3 percent.

He says a month ago it stood at nearly nine percent and calls it a 'bright light' at the end of the tunnel.

On Twitter Monday Newsom wrote "NEW: California has now administered over 7.4 million vaccines. We now rank 6th in the world."

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The state has battled with a limited supply of coronavirus vaccines and most recently hampered by the severe weather across the country including LA which had to postpone appointments at city-run sites Friday and Saturday.

He says the state is still dealing with a situation of very limited vaccine supply because manufacturing of doses is limited.

He says we got 1.3 million shots last week when we had the capacity to deliver 4 million doses: "It's not simply what we are capable of administering and we can do exponentially more but nonetheless we are seeing modest improvement week to week."

The Governor held up Long Beach as a model for vaccinating teachers, saying the local school district has announced the reopening of elementary schools late next month.

Garcia also wrote on Twitter Monday "Thank you Governor @GavinNewsom for visiting Long Beach and personally thanking our health team, nurses, and National Guard. Was proud to show you our Convention Center mass vaccination site. We will continue to strive to be a statewide model."