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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