NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the state of the state address.
In the past year, New York state has been one of the hardest hit areas in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1.13 million New Yorkers have been infected by the virus and at least 39,600 have died, while thousands across the state have lost their jobs or their businesses.
All eyes are now on the available vaccines, as Cuomo has again loosened restrictions on who can get vaccinated. Health professionals throughout the state have reported having to throw out vaccines because of not being able to find the correct people allowed to receive it. On Friday, Cuomo announced that a new wave of essential workers, including teachers, as well as any New Yorker over the age of 75 are now eligible to receive the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the state has received more than 1.2 million doses of the vaccine; more than 400,000 New Yorkers have actually received their first dose.