New York State could see its first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in just a couple of weeks.

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Today, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced that we could get our first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in a couple of weeks. According to WIVB, the State could receive 170,000 doses, if everything gets approved.

Governor Cuomo tweeted about the vaccine doses,

"New York’s first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine will be enough for 170,000 New Yorkers. We expect, if all safety & efficacy approvals are granted, to receive these doses on December 15."

 

First Doses Will Only Vaccinate 6% of Population

The first doses will be administered to healthcare professionals, as well as residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. and the elderly in long-term care facilities.  According to WKBW, there will be 40 million doses available by the end of December.  However, since the vaccine requires people to receive two doses, only approximately 20 million people will receive the vaccine in the first national, wide-spread, phase.

Governor Cuomo says that the majority of people will need to be vaccinated before the United States can get back to normal,

According to the governor experts say the nation can expect a return to a 'normal' economy when 75 to 85 percent of the nation is vaccinated, experts suggest this could take until somewhere between June and September.

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