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The beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic is finally here.
The first federally approved COVID-19 vaccine was expected to arrive at 145 locations across all 50 states in the US Monday morning, including New York – and vaccinations were set to begin shortly after.
The vaccine, developed by the Manhattan-based drugmaker Pfizer and the German company BioNTech, was authorized for emergency use in the US by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday night, setting in motion the largest vaccination effort in American history.
Shipments of Pfizer’s vaccine will be staggered, arriving in 145 distribution centers Monday, with an additional 425 sites getting shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday, federal officials said.
Delivery trucks with special refrigeration equipment departed from a Pfizer facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday as part of the plan to ship millions of doses of the vaccine to the most vulnerable Americans.
About 2.9 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed this week in the first phase of the vaccine rollout.
Another 2.9 million doses will be held back to ensure that those who received the first dose of the two-dose vaccine get their second dose three weeks later, Gen. Gustave Perna of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed has said.
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