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Why the US is behind on tracking Covid-19 variants
03:48 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

More Americans say they are confident about getting a Covid-19 vaccine, but supplies are limited and new variants are raising concerns across the country.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday found 71% of those surveyed are willing to get vaccinated, up from 65% in late December and the highest number since July. So far, about 10% – almost 33.8 million Americans – have received at least one dose of the two-part vaccines, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 10.5 million people have been fully vaccinated.

And while US and state leaders are optimistic vaccinations will ramp up in coming months, challenges remain, including supply shortages and equal access. Public health experts also say the US is in a race against time as Covid-19 variants spread across the country.

Cuomo says New York arenas can open

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that arenas in the state can reopen February 23 with approval from the state’s Department of Health.

This applies to any large stadium or arena, whether it’s a hockey, baseball, football, soccer, or music venue, Cuomo said.