Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 14.
Happening now, coronavirus vaccines are on their way to hospitals across the country. Today - 145 sites across the country are expected to get that vaccine. Other sites are on target to get shipments by Wednesday. An estimated 2.9 million doses will be distributed within a week. Butte County Public Health officials told Action News Now, the state has set aside 10,000 doses of the vaccine for Butte County. Enloe Medical Center will receive some of those – but with limited doses – it may be late spring before the general public is able to get vaccinated. And because of that health leaders say everyone must continue efforts to prevent the Covid-19 spread.
A group of medical experts from California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada say the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe for public use. It is now authorized in several western states. Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement via social media. The approval comes just 24 hours after the head of the centers for disease control approved the vaccine.
A record-breaking number of coronavirus cases in two major California counties this weekend. Los Angeles County again breaking a record for coronavirus hospitalizations. And San Francisco County reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began statewide, more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported just Sunday.
Organizers are pushing for a recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, say they have collected more than half of the nearly 1.5 million petition signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot. Recall organizers have until mid-March to gather signatures. California’s last recall was in 2003, when voters installed republican Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor.
US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign
The FBI and homeland security's cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency is now investigating after a data breach involved the U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments. Agents say they are trying to mitigate potential compromises. Sources speaking with the Washington post blamed Russian government hackers for the attack.
The electoral college is expected to formally elect Joe Biden as president today. The first states set to vote are Indiana, Tennessee and Vermont, which will take place at 10 a.m. Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania’s electors are slated to vote at noon. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the vote Monday.