First doses of Covid-19 vaccine distributed to US frontline workers

Covid-19 vaccine

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Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the first coronavirus vaccine dose in New York City on Monday morning.

She received the vaccine live on camera in an event in which New York governor Andrew Cuomo virtually joined in via video conference.

“I would like to thank all the frontline workers, all my colleagues who have been doing a yeoman’s job despite this pandemic all over the world,” Lindsay said.

“I feel hopeful today, relieved,” she said, adding that she hopes that this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.

“I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe. We’re in a pandemic, so we all need to do our parts.”

The Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of doses of the vaccine were shipped from the company’s plant in Michigan last night.

Frontline workers will be among the first to receive the vaccine, and it will be made available to more Americans in the coming months.