June 9, Updates

J&J working to extend shelf-life of its vaccine

Speaking during the Wall Street Journal Tech Health event on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky said the company is working to ensure its vaccines can be used and deployed effectively. Gorsky’s comments follow a statement the company released yesterday, saying it is working to extend the shelf-life of its COVID-19 vaccine, amid reports that doses may expire before they are used in the U.S.

Half of Americans 12 and older now vaccinated, CDC says

Less than a month after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in people as young as 12 years in the U.S. Half of those 12 and older have now been fully vaccinated, according to data published Tuesday by the CDC.

State Department eases travel warnings on Mexico, Canada, other countries

The U.S. State Department has loosened its travel warnings for dozens of nations, including Mexico, Canada, France and Germany, in a move that could ease airline restrictions for people wanting to go overseas as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes in parts of the world.

More than half of Californians now in yellow tier

Five more counties — including San Diego — officially moved into California’s least restrictive category this week as part of the final update to the state’s color-coded COVID-19 reopening roadmap.