Worries about vaccine rollout rise as NY finds virus variant in Saratoga Springs

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:21 PM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In an effort to speed up what has been a sluggish rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, New York’s governor threatened Monday to fine hospitals up to $100,000 if they don’t finish their first round of inoculations by the end of the week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the threat hours before announcing the discovery of the state’s first known case of a new, more contagious variant of the virus.

The governor said a man in his 60s who works at a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs tested positive for the variant.

The discovery seemed to underscore the need for more urgency in a vaccination campaign that has, so far, moved at a snail’s pace.

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