June 15, Updates

White House will host a July 4 celebration to mark ‘independence from the virus’

The White House will host a celebration for thousands of essential workers and military families on July 4 on the South Lawn to mark the U.S.’s “independence from the virus,” according to a White House official.

US donates batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Mexico

Mexico has received a batch of 1,350,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the U.S., officials from both countries have confirmed.

Researchers find more evidence COVID was circulating in December 2019

Researchers have found more evidence that coronavirus was circulating at low levels across the United States as early as December 2019 – weeks before the first officially reported cases.

You should ‘strongly consider’ getting vaccinated because of Delta variant, former White House adviser says

Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response, said on CNN’s New Day Tuesday that the Delta variant is a reason to encourage unvaccinated people to “strongly consider” getting a vaccine, as communities with low rates will be subject to potential outbreaks.

California reopening: Why officials say it’s safer this time around

Tuesday is not the first time California has tried to reopen its economy during the pandemic. But officials are hopeful it will be the last.

California reopens, says goodbye to nearly all COVID restrictions

California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. At the stroke of midnight, California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions and ushered in what has been billed as the state’s “Grand Reopening.