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Cuomo: NY State Will Receive 170K COVID Vaccines This Month

New York State will receive an initial delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000 New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The state expects to receive the vaccines, created by Pfizer, on Dec. 15.

The first recipients will be healthcare workers and seniors in congregate facilities, per federal guidelines, Cuomo said. New York State expects additional allocations of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna later this month.

At a briefing Wednesday, Cuomo stressed the importance of containing the spread of the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic to avoid overwhelming hospital capacity. He also cited the expectation that manufacturing and distributing vaccines will take months.

“By the end of December, the administration suggests that there will be enough to vaccinate 20 million people with two dosages, which is 40 million dosages,” he said. “Six percent of Americans, having available dosages by the beginning of January—you see how far we have to go.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).