SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has identified two cases of the South African coronavirus variant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the findings on Wednesday during a trip to Fresno to tout the state's efforts to vaccinate people.
The presence of another variant marked a worrisome development even as the state's coronavirus cases and hospitalizations plummet.
More than 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. But local health officials and lawmakers continue to criticize the vaccine rollout as chaotic and confusing.
California plans to roll out a new centralized system for distributing vaccines next week.