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New York state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine “as soon as this weekend” — with about 72,000 doses heading for New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
Plans also call for the suburban mid-Hudson region to get 19,200 doses and Long Island is set to receive 26,500.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, Cuomo said, after which a state panel will “immediately review and approve” the vaccine.
The vaccines “could arrive as soon as this weekend, assuming the FDA approves,” Cuomo said during the first briefing since he announced an end to appearances in front of reporters.
The state has identified 90 regional distribution centers that can provide the “really, really cold storage” needed to protect the vaccines, which will be administered first to nursing home residents and staffers, as well as “high-risk” hospital workers, Cuomo said.
There are about 700,000 hospital workers across the state, and officials will prioritize them by job description while hospitals will “select the names” of those who will get inoculated, Cuomo said.
Members of the New York State National Guard will also get vaccinated as part of a federal pilot program, Cuomo said.
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