Transcript for States rush to roll back COVID restrictions
We sure do, George. We are starting the weekend with some encouraging news. Want you to take a look at the famous indy motor speedway, home of the indy 500 opening ups a megavaccination site this morning. More than 16,000 people signed up to get a of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine this weekend. A good site. Several mass vaccination sites operating around the clock seven days a week including Yankee stadium. All this, of course, on the heels of that major milestone, the U.S. Averaging at least 2 million shots a day. Such good news at this hour. More than 54 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That's 21% of the adult population of our country. But now there are growing fears in some states they're re-opening too quickly. In Atlanta health officials concerned this weekend's all-star festivities could be a superspreader event and Steve osunsami live outside the CDC with the new warnings. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, George. Authorities here at the CDC are struggling with competing messages, yes, the vaccine is rolling out but they warn that it is still not yet time for large parties and super large gatherings. The CDC this morning says that for the first time in the united States, more than 2 million vaccine doses are being put into arms each day. In New York, they were up all night at Yankee stadium where they're now giving out that single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I feel like everyone should take it. You can't go wrong. Reporter: States like Texas say that the vaccine is one of the reasons why they're now starting to ease up on covid-related restrictions. Starting next week the state no longer requires anyone to wear a face covering in public. Texas governor Greg Abbott got an earful from public health officials and answered critics Thursday night. The rank requirement being ee limit natured isn't going to make that big of a change in the state of Texas, also people in Texas will continue to wear masks even though there's not a state mandate. Reporter: Mississippi is saying good-bye to face masks also. In California high schools getting back to indoor and outdoor sports but this states like Connecticut, Alabama and West Virginia they're still so concerned about the spread of disease they are extending rules requiring masks. The bottom line is we've kept the mandate in place because it's helped. Reporter: In Atlanta the city's mayor is asking people not to come to town for the NBA all-star game this weekend. She says Georgia has the sixth highest number of cases and fifth highest number of deaths. On top of that they rank dead last in the number of shots in arms for every 100,000 people. We anticipate there will be a lot of activities in our nightlife districts so we're making sure we are prepared. Reporter: The NBA is not selling any tickets to the all-star game. It's closed to the public. There are no official public events. But authorities still worry that bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be packed. Both the president and the director of the CDC are now trying to convince states that now is not the time to roll back public health measures. They worry that we will lose many of the gains that we've made against the coronavirus. We do not want to do that. Steve, thank you so much.
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