The U.S. has reached a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic after a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for widespread use by the national Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The first doses of Pfizer’s recently-authorized coronavirus vaccine began shipping out of Michigan and Wisconsin on Sunday, Dec. 13 and will start reaching their destinations across the nation on Monday.
After granting Pfizer’s emergency use authorization request for its coronavirus vaccine, the FDA addressed some of the public’s major concerns regarding the vaccine during a news conference Saturday. FDA officials advised pregnant or breastfeeding women, along with individuals with histories of allergic reactions, to consult with a doctor before receiving the vaccine — among other concerns.
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Following the Pfizer vaccine’s authorization on Dec. 11, Michigan officials have outlined how the vaccine will be distributed in the state in the coming months.
Due to limited quantities of and high demand for a COVID-19 vaccine, states are planning to administer the vaccinations in multiple phases, prioritizing individuals who are at greater risk.