Northam highlights COVID-19 vaccine, education in State of the Commonwealth address

In his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, Gov. Ralph Northam laid out his agenda for 2021, which includes managing the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuilding the Virginia economy, getting children back into school and further addressing criminal justice reform.

Getting the state back to normal hinges on a successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout and Virginians taking the vaccine when it is available to them, Northam said in the address. This is the first step in reopening schools and rebuilding the economy, he said.

“We now have the best tool: vaccines,” Northam said. “As a doctor, I can tell you the incredible effort and cooperation it took
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