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FILE – This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
FILE – This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
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BOSTON – The Baker administration placed its first order with the federal government on Friday for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control has allocated 59,475 doses of the vaccine to Massachusetts for the first shipment, which state officials expect to be part of 300,000 doses delivered by the end of the month.

That full allotment of 300,000 vaccines will be for the first dose of a two-dose regimen required with the Pfizer vaccine. In addition to Pfizer, Cambridge-based Moderna is awaiting emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, and a meeting has been scheduled by the FDA for Dec.17 to discuss Moderna’s application.

The Baker administration said it has been preparing for the likelihood that multiple vaccines could soon become available, and submitted a final distribution plan to the CDC for review on Friday.

The state’s earlier draft distribution plan from October indicated that health care workers exposed to or who treat people with COVID-19 would be given priority for the first-arriving doses of vaccine, along with those with underlying medical conditions or who are over 65 and at greater risk from the virus.

 

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