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With COVID-19 vaccine distribution picking up for Santa Barbara County residents, hope is finally on the horizon – but the consequences of the pandemic are far from over. The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) remains committed to assisting those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses.

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More than three months into the U.S. vaccination drive, many of the numbers paint an increasingly encouraging picture, with 70% of Americans 65 and older receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19 deaths dipping below 1,000 a day on average for the first time since November.

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California’s improving coronavirus numbers continued their downward fall, leading to Tuesday’s announcement that much of the San Francisco Bay Area can reopen to a greater degree and that now 94% of the state’s population is out from under the most severe restrictions.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to centralize vaccine delivery, tracking and appointment making is taking shape with two of the state's most populous counties signing up, despite widespread resistance from local public health agencies that want to retain control.

Washington
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AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among all adults in a long-anticipated U.S. study, raising hopes that the findings could help rebuild public confidence in the beleaguered shot in other countries and moving a step closer to clearance for American use.

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In the early weeks of 2021, Californians are staying home way more than we did in our pre-pandemic life. Even so, we’re heading out to shop, dine and work far more now than in March 2020, when state officials issued the first sweeping stay-at-home order, or the dark period that followed the winter holidays, when we hunkered down as covid-19 caseloads exploded.

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