Governor delivers remarks at Dodger Stadium, one of the nation’s largest community vaccination sites
LOS ANGELES – As California passes a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom today delivered his third State of the State address to the Legislature and the people of California in a virtual presentation from Dodger Stadium – one of the nation’s largest community vaccination sites.
The Governor highlighted the state’s continued progress in battling the pandemic, reflected on the Californians who have been lost to COVID-19 and recognized everyday Californians who have risen to meet the challenges of this unprecedented time – including the health workers now vaccinating some of the most vulnerable Californians at the stadium.
The Governor also highlighted the urgent relief the state is providing to the hardest hit Californians and small businesses, and how the state is working to accelerate the reopening of schools across California. Governor Newsom laid out the work ahead to continue to safely reopen and ensure the state emerges from the pandemic in an equitable, broad-based recovery.
He said, ” We developed the most comprehensive COVID testing program in the country—including a first-in-the-nation state-run testing lab.We enlisted additional health care workers to expand capacity. We readied our ICUs.”
He also mentioned , All of which is why California’s death rate has remained one of the lowest per capita in the nation: 134 deaths per 100,000, compared to 158 nationally, 153 in Texas and 247 in New York.
California is the first to launch mass-vaccination sites in partnership with FEMA, now a model for other states.
Today, California has the most robust vaccination program in America. California now ranks sixth in the world for vaccine distribution, ahead of countries like Israel, Russia, Germany and France