Shipments of the primary COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer started arriving at distribution websites across the U.S., together with hospitals in New York, Michigan, Massachusetts and Maine on Monday.
On Friday, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency approval for the vaccine candidate created by Pfizer and BioNTech to be delivered within the U.S. Officers stated over the weekend, the primary shipments would exit beginning Monday to 636 areas nationwide recognized by the states and the territories. Lots of these websites are well being techniques.
Officers have stated Pfizer has 6.four million doses obtainable however are holding again 500,000 doses in reserve as a fail-safe for any issues that come up. From the remaining doses, they plan to carry again half to ship later this month to make sure all those that obtain the primary dose of the vaccine obtain the required second dose.
The Detroit Free Press reported crowds cheered as shipments left Pfizer amenities for distribution facilities and airports Monday morning.
Inside the hour, the primary shipments started arriving at distribution websites. At Michigan Drugs in Ann Arbor, officers stated they acquired their vaccines at 9 a.m. Monday morning.
It’s a terrific day at Michigan Drugs, which acquired 1,950 doses of the Pfizer Inc./BioNTech vaccine at about 9 a.m. this morning. We plan to start vaccinating our staff who’re most in danger this week. pic.twitter.com/th0X7TBjXH
— Michigan Drugs (@umichmedicine) December 14, 2020
CBS Boston Information reported Boston Medical Heart was additionally amongst hospitals to obtain vaccines.
At Northwell Well being in New York Metropolis, nurse Sandra Lindsay grew to become the primary New Yorker to obtain the vaccine in a publicized immunization.
Tampa Common Hospital acquired its first doses by way of FedEx truck at 10:10 a.m. with the primary shot administered to a nurse about an hour later, reported WFLA Information Channel 8.