Louisiana Doctor Receives State’s First Covid-19 Vaccine in Jefferson Parish

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The first Covid-19 shots were administered by U.S. hospitals Monday, the initial step in a historic drive to immunize millions of people this week as the Pfizer Inc. vaccine is distributed nationwide.

In New York, an early epicenter of the U.S. crisis, critical-care nurse Sandra Lindsay received the first shot in the state at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Governor Andrew Cuomo joined the event via video from his office in Albany, thanking the nurse for her work throughout the pandemic.

“I believe this is the weapon that will win the war,” said Cuomo, who had asked an advisory group to independently review the safety of Covid-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech SE vaccine offers a glimmer of hope amid a pandemic that has already seen almost 300,000 Americans die. About 200,000 people are testing positive for the virus every day in the nation’s worst surge to date.

The government plans to distribute at least 2.9 million doses to U.S. states during the week ahead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the first shots go to health-care workers and those in long-term care facilities, including the nation’s hard-hit nursing homes.

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