Cuomo expresses concern over virus mutations; vaccine supply

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 20, 2021 08:37 PM
Created: January 20, 2021 08:09 PM

Gov. Cuomo held a virtual briefing on coronavirus Wednesday afternoon.

Cuomo focused on issues with vaccine supply, monitoring for mutations of the virus and the $15 billion he's looking for from the federal government.

Cuomo says at this point, New York has more of a distribution system than product to distribute.

The state Department of Health's website says so far 84% of the vaccines received have been administered.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Full coronavirus briefing from Gov. Cuomo

Just over 1 million doses of the initial shots have been received, about 907,000 have been administered to people.

However, only about 136,000 doses of the second shots have been received and nearly 93,000 have been administered.
Gov. Cuomo then turned to mutations.

Four new cases of the UK strain have been found. Two are linked back to N. Fox Jewelers in Saratoga Springs.

Cuomo says there are South African and Brazilian strains as well. It's not known if they're more transmissible or more lethal.

Cuomo says the mutations haven't been found in New York yet, but he thinks it's only a matter of time.

He believes the same is true for a mutation that's vaccine resistant.

Hear some of his concerns by watching the video of Emily Burkhard’s story.

As for the latest numbers:

  • Current infection rate: 6.84%
  • Hospitalizations 9,273
  • Deaths: 185
  • Capital Region 7-day average – 7.08%
  • Mohawk Valley 7-day average – 7.70%

MORE INFORMATION: New York State Coronavirus Dashboard

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