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The Covid-19 vaccine is rolling out in the U.S.

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It is here, Covid-19 vaccine makes its debut in the United States this week. About 2.9 billion were sent over and given out Monday to healthcare workers and at risk patients. 

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines will have many stages and is the most massive vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the U.S. Made by Pfizer and BioNTech it is the first and only one approved for use in the U.S. Regulations set this past weekend have made it possible for anyone 16 or older to be able to be vaccinated. 

Also over the weekend, the first round was shipped to all 50 states. The first american to receive a Covid-19 vaccine was a New York critical care nurse. 

During a livestream this morning with New York Governor Cuomo, “I believe in science. As a nurse, my practice is guided by science and so I trust that. What I don’t trust is that, if I contract COVID, I don’t know how it would impact or those who I come in contact with, so I encourage everyone to take the vaccine.”

As the vaccine is distributed to select Americans the prediction is that supplies will possibly run out over a couple of weeks. Between now and the end of 2020, the U.S. only expects to vaccinate about 20 million people. 

Pfizer said it would roll out a second batch of 2.9 million doses shortly after the first batch. The U.S. government is opting to keep 500,000 doses in reserve to address any shipping or distribution mishaps. Pfizer claimed its trials showed the vaccine was 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.