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First coronavirus vaccine shipments leave Pfizer facility, head to states

But even as state officials scrambled to distribute the first doses, they criticized the federal government for a lack of transparency and limited financial help, warning that both could hamper efforts to quickly vaccinate the most vulnerable populations, including health-care workers and the elderly.

As the vaccine doses made their way to hospitals Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield gave the final nod, greenlighting the decision to recommend Pfizer’s vaccine for those 16 and older.

Additionally, the governors of California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada announced Sunday that an independent review of the Pfizer vaccine found it was safe for public use. They said the vaccine was on the way but did not give a specific estimate for when the first shots would be given.

As the vaccine arrived at a Louisville hub for distribution across the east coast Sunday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) moved up

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When Will Hospitals Start Getting Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine? Operation Warp Speed Official Gives Update

After months of anticipation amid an unabating pandemic, the first delivery of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered Monday to U.S. hospitals, according to officials.

The vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use only. The vaccine is 95% effective. 

On Saturday, boxes filled with the vaccine will be distributed from the Pfizer manufacturing location to various locations around the U.S. after they leave UPS and FexEx hubs. The vaccine shipments are going to 636 locations. 

In a press briefing on Saturday, Gen. Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, spoke about the delivery of Pfizer’s vaccine.

“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive the vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial delivery of the Pfizer orders,” Perna stated.

Health departments will be giving out

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First truckloads of COVID vaccine in US are ready to roll

The first trucks carrying a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States were set to pull out of a Michigan manufacturing plant Sunday, with the shots that are critical to stopping the nation’s coronavirus outbreak destined to reach states a day later.

An assembly line of workers began in the early morning hours pulling doses out of a freezer, boxing the vaccine and loading the units onto pallets so they could be placed on trucks at a Pfizer plant in Michigan. Dry ice, shipping labels and packing tape were on hand as the workers — donning masks, face shields and gloves — put together the packages inside the warehouse.

One forklift driver transported the boxes to a loading area where a second forklift driver transferred the pallets from inside the facility onto a semitruck.

Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in

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D.C. coronavirus vaccine: Fire Chief Donnelly, other firefighters to get first doses

Kaiser Permanente, which will administer the doses, expects to receive its initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday and must finish training its staff on how to handle the drug and give the shots, said LaToya Foster, a spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

Other hospitals and health-care systems getting part of the initial shipment will begin vaccinating their workers as soon as they have completed the training process.

Foster said the fire personnel were chosen because they are willing to be vaccinated on camera and talk about it publicly, which officials hope will build confidence in a vaccine that has been politicized and is distrusted by many — especially in communities of color.

“I’m getting vaccinated for my city,” Lt. Keisha Jackson, who is in the homeland security division, said in an emailed statement. “In the last nine months, I’ve seen COVID devastate my department. I’ve

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We asked a former CDC director about the coronavirus vaccine. Here’s what he said

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, kicking off a massive nationwide operation to get nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine to hospitals and drug stores across the country. 

But questions still remain over just how vaccine distribution will exactly play out, who should be among the first to receive an injection and how public messaging plays a critical role in establishing trust in the vaccination process. 

Here’s a look at our Q&A with Dr. Richard Besser, former acting CDC director and president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


This week the FDA’s advisory board approved for emergency use the COVID vaccine, and the FDA has since approved it. What should we expect the next few days to look like in terms of getting an injection to those who need it most?

The Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine is a tremendous

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Refuting Trump, FDA commissioner says vaccine could not have been authorized sooner

In an interview with Fox News Saturday, Trump, after seeming to take credit for the speed of the vaccine’s development, said that the Food and Drug Administration could have authorized the shot for emergency use “last week.”

“They could have even done it a week sooner,” the president continued.

“We do not feel that this could have been out a week earlier,” Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA commissioner, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We went through our process. We promised the American people that we would do a thorough review of the application and that’s

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First COVID-19 vaccine shipments leave Pfizer plant in Michigan

The first shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines were reportedly transported from the pharmaceutical company’s facility in Portage, Michigan early Sunday.

According to CNN, roughly 184,275 vials of the vaccine, spread across about 190 boxes, left the plant in freight trucks. The vials will reportedly be delivered to every state by the start of the coming week.

The company is also reportedly sending out an additional 390,000 vials on Monday.

The development comes several days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency authorization to the vaccine, which was produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, on Friday.

A day later, a panel of advisers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also voted to recommend the medication be administered to those in the country ages 16 and older. The director of the CDC is expected to accept that recommendation, clearing the way for vaccines to be administered. The vaccine

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Vaccine doses are shipping to all 50 states

NIH director says reluctance to take vaccine source of concern, pleads with people to get inoculated

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Michigan, U.S., December 13, 2020.

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National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said that surveys showing that many Americans are reluctant to receive a Covid-19 vaccine are a “source of great concern for all of us” and urged the public to get inoculated.

“I would like to plead to people who are listening to this this morning, to really hit the reset button on whatever they think they knew about this vaccine that might cause them to be so skeptical,” Collins told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“The data is out there now. It has been discussed in a public meeting, all the details on the

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Trucks with first COVID-19 vaccine in US get ready to roll

The first trucks carrying a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States were set to pull out of a Michigan manufacturing plant Sunday, with the shots that are critical to stopping the nation’s coronavirus outbreak destined to reach states a day later.

An assembly line of workers began in the early morning hours pulling doses out of a freezer, boxing the vaccine and loading the units onto pallets so they could be placed on trucks at a Pfizer plant in Michigan. Dry ice, shipping labels and packing tape were on hand as the workers — donning masks, face shields and gloves — put together the packages inside the warehouse.

One forklift driver transported the boxes to a loading area where a second forklift driver transferred the pallets from inside the facility onto a semitruck.

Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in

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Vaccine coming, but it’s unclear when it will be approved for those under age 16

Vaccinations of New Yorkers against the coronavirus are expected to begin in the coming days and eventually expand to anyone who wants it — except kids under 16.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization on Friday for the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is only for people 16 and older.

It’s unclear when younger teenagers and children will be eligible, said Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Medicine.

Pfizer just recently, in October, received FDA authorization to include children as young as 12 in its vaccine clinical trials.

But, Nachman said, “From my perspective, we need to worry about all of the children.”

The FDA limited the vaccine to those at least 16 because 12- to 15-year-olds were added to the trials too late to obtain adequate safety data, said Nachman, one of seven members of the state’s clinical advisory task force,

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