The U.S. reported nearly 59,000 new coronavirus infections and over 1,500 deaths Wednesday. President Biden said the U.S. plans to order another 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if vaccinations continue at their current pace, the U.S. could reach herd immunity by early fall.
In Texas, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is threatening to sue the city of Austin if it enforces a citywide mask mandate. On Wednesday, Texas officially lifted all compulsory public health measures — including limits on public gatherings and mask requirements — though individual businesses can still require customers to wear masks.