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Minnesota could receive its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week


December 9, 2020

ALEX KORMANN • – Star Tribune

Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke's Respiratory Clinic, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through testing site in September.

Shipments of the first COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Minnesota next week, and by year's end, the state expects to receive 183,400 doses.

The arrival of the vaccine holds the promise of reshaping the pandemic, but the highly infectious virus is likely to continue spreading for several months because it will take time for most people to get inoculated.

The federal government, which controls the distribution of the vaccine to the states, has told Minnesota officials that the first shipment will contain 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is expected to get federal regulatory approval on Thursday.


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