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At least 70% of New York adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday, meaning all state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions are lifted effective immediately.

Why it matters: Once the epicenter of the pandemic, Tuesday's announcement brings New York one step closer towards normalcy and a "return to life as we know it," Cuomo said.

Details: In almost all cases, the state will end capacity limits and no longer mandate social distancing or disinfection protocols, according to the New York Times.

  • Public venues like movie theaters, commercial buildings and barber shops will not need to ask their customers for contact tracing information.

What he's saying: "This is a momentous day — and we deserve it, because it has been a long, long road," Cuomo said, per NBC4 New York. "It's a day to look backward and remember where we were, but also a day to look forward to where we're going."

The big picture: New York joins fourteen other states and Washington, D.C. to reach the 70% threshold.

  • Vermont on Monday became the first state to have 80% of its eligible population receive at least one dose of the vaccine.

Yes, but: The U.S. reached a grim milestone Tuesday, against the backdrop of increasing optimism about the state of the pandemic, as the country's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 600,000.

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New York City revives vaccine passports

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New York City yesterday became the first city in the U.S. to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for indoor dining and other leisure activities, a measure popular among public health experts but previously squashed by political backlash to "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: Employers and now local governments are starting to ensure that remaining unvaccinated will have consequences for everyday life, testing the resolve of those who say nothing could persuade them to get a shot.

Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after sexual harassment findings

Cuomo with Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer in September 2020. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign on Tuesday after an independent investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, in violation of state and federal law.

Why it matters: Unlike dozens of other prominent Democrats, Biden held off on calling for Cuomo's resignation in March when the allegations of sexual misconduct first emerged.

Aug 3, 2021 - Health

Israel reinstates COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

Elderly residents wait to receive their third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a medical center in Tel Aviv on Aug. 2. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Israel announced Tuesday it will tighten public health measures due to surging in COVID-19 case numbers.

Driving the news: The latest restrictions come as Israel saw nearly 4,000 new daily cases reported on Tuesday, the highest count so far since the country began experiencing an uptick last month, the AP reports.

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