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Winter Storms Delay Vaccine Transport, Causing LA Appointments To Be Postponed

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Thousands of COVID-19 vaccination appointments were postponed in L.A. as winter storms elsewhere in the country delayed shipments of doses.

But on Sunday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that L.A.'s delayed vaccines have been shipped and that all six city-run sites will resume operations on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Appointments that were postponed last week will be rescheduled immediately.

This news comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Southern California continues to decrease. On Friday, L.A. County reported 2,459 new cases of coronavirus. That’s nearly half the number reported two Fridays ago.

On Sunday, local officials reported 1,465 new COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 1,180,485 cases and 19,885 deaths.

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Two more cases of the COVID-19 variant first found in the U.K. have been confirmed in L.A., bringing the total to 14. British health officials have said that the variant is more easily transmitted than the original virus, and evidence suggests the variant may be deadlier, although more study is needed.