FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines make their way to the US

Upon the FDA’s approval, about 185,000 vials of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped and are expected to reach all 50 states on Monday, December 14, 2020. 


According to an article published by CNBC, “more than 2,300 deaths were recorded [December 12]” and “new infections continue to explode, with more than 219,000 cases reported.”


On December 11, 2020, Louisiana reported nearly 3,000 cases, according to The New York Times.


CNN reported that after the first batch of vaccines are received, the next batch is expected to arrive in all states on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.


Some areas including New Orleans, are offering flu-shot vaccine sites in order to test out large-scale vaccine administration in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine. 


Distribution of the vaccine will be determined by priority. The first group that has been approved to receive the vaccine includes healthcare workers and nursing home residents. Distribution to this group is set to happen throughout the remainder of December. 


Essential workers are expected to be eligible for the vaccine in early 2021, along with the senior citizens and people with existing medical conditions. The vaccine is expected to be available to the general public beginning as early as Spring 2021.


In regards to LSU, President Tom Galligan mentioned in a press conference early December that the administration hopes to have vaccine sites available to students and faculty by Fall 2021. ‘


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