Texas might obtain preliminary coronavirus vaccine doses for 1.4 million folks this month, Gov. Greg Abbott says


Texas may obtain coronavirus vaccine doses to provide an preliminary dose to as much as 1.4 million Texans in December, assuming U.S. well being officers approve coronavirus vaccine candidates from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna, Gov. Greg Abbott introduced Wednesday.

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has promised to ship Texas as many as 1.4 million doses of forthcoming vaccines within the month of December, Abbott stated. The vaccines require two doses per particular person, and state well being officers have stated well being care employees can be first in line.

Abbott stated the vaccine candidates would possible arrive in Texas the week of Dec. 14. A second cargo is predicted to reach in January.

“The State of Texas is already ready for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and can swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily select to be immunized,” Abbott stated in a information launch. “As we await the primary cargo of those vaccines, we’ll work with communities to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19.”

Correction, Dec. 2, 2020: A earlier model of this story incorrectly acknowledged the quantity of people that could possibly be vaccinated when Texas receives an preliminary provide of coronavirus vaccine. It will likely be sufficient to provide 1.4 million folks an preliminary dose, not two doses for 700,000 folks.

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