Texas prepares to distribute Pfizer vaccine once available


 

FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, file photo, a sign with the Pfizer logo stands outside the corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada in Montreal. Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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UPDATED 8:04 AM PT – Sunday, November 22, 2020

As pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine makes progress towards reaching governmental approval, Texas is already preparing for distribution.

Last week, the Texas Department of State Health Services identified 20 locations where Pfizer will begin distributing it’s COVID-19 vaccine once it reaches Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

This comes as Pfizer picked the Lone Star state as one of the first to test its distribution. State health officials believe Texas is unquestionably ready to further fight the pandemic once the vaccine becomes available.

“With the Pfizer vaccine, the plan is to pre-position sites across Texas, so that as soon as we do get approval that we would be able to start vaccinating relatively quickly with that federal guidance,” explained Imelda Garcia, Associate Commissioner for the Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services.

Health officials still have yet to publicly identify the 20 sites. In order to qualify, the location would have to have a health care system with over a thousand workers as well as a deep freezer capable of storing over a thousand doses at once.

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