New York is expected to receive its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines within two weeks, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday. The shipment of 170,000 vaccines, produced by Pfizer, will be followed by a second Pfizer batch, and a third shipment from Moderna, he said.
“We expect, if all safety & efficacy approvals are granted, to receive these doses on December 15,” Cuomo said. But he also warned that it would be months before the vaccine is distributed to all.
The announcement came on top of a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities be the first in line to receive the vaccines.
Of the 193,551 Covid-19 tests reported Tuesday, 8,973 were positive (4.63% of total). Total hospitalizations reached 3,924, and another 69 Covid deaths were recorded.
This story will update.