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First vaccine doses will be targeted, Minnesota health officials say


December 1, 2020

University of Maryland School of Medicine – via AP

This May 4, 2020, photo shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Pfizer announced on Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose.

Who gets COVID-19 vaccines first, and when, in Minnesota will hinge on recommendations Tuesday by a federal advisory panel.

Minnesota leaders expect limited initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines - once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves them - and the need to ration supplies so they will be most effective at reducing the toll of the pandemic.

"Our vaccinations will be very targeted when the first doses come to Minnesota," said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director. "It won't be a situation where you line up outside a grocery store."


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