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How Pennsylvania plans to handle COVID vaccine distribution

Nov 25, 2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says she's confident in the state's plan for rolling out vaccines.
Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health and president of Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, is "very confident" in the state's vaccine plan, but says it will need more funding.
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Getting states prepared to distribute COVID vaccines

The list includes funding, a plan for communicating with the public, medical personnel training and storage capabilities.
Among other things, states need government funding that hasn't been approved, says  Claire Hannan of the Association of Immunization Managers.
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AstraZeneca vaccine is third to show promising data in unprecedented hurry-up race

Nov 23, 2020
The COVID-19 vaccine is being produced so quickly due to a combination of factors involving the research community, government, industry and the public.
A volunteer receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida.
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Hard decisions loom in prioritizing who gets COVID-19 vaccine first

Nov 11, 2020
"There will be consequences, always, from these choices," says former WHO chair David Salisbury. "But we try to make them with the best interests of the most people at heart."
"The real big challenge for COVID vaccination is that we're talking not just about people at risk, but we're talking about everybody," says David Salisbury, former chair of the World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization.
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Vaccine experts see hurdles in fighting efficacy, safety misinformation

Nov 10, 2020
As of now, confidence in a potential COVID-19 vaccine is lower than confidence in other vaccines, one specialist says.
Heidi Larson, director of Vaccine Confidence Project, says people are most concerned about the safety of a new COVID-19 vaccine.
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Researchers work to diversify clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Nov 10, 2020
Researchers say they must overcome deep mistrust of medical research in the Black, Latinx and Native American communities in recruiting volunteers for vaccine testing.
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Why Pfizer says it pushed for transparency and diversity in vaccine development process

Nov 9, 2020
To build public trust, Pfizer shared details of their trials: who was tested, the race and ethnicity of participants, how they were monitored, how to measure success and funding sources.
A person walks by Pfizer headquarters on Nov. 9, 2020, in New York City. Transparency is key for a vaccine-skeptical public.
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No, there aren’t millions of glass vials waiting for a coronavirus vaccine yet

Oct 23, 2020
The manufacturing can't happen until suppliers know exactly which vaccine candidates they're working with.
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DHL exec says "big challenge" for vaccine distribution is "joint effort" between governments, producers

Oct 14, 2020
Katja Busch says efficient vaccine distribution is most dependent on coordinated efforts between the involved parties.
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States are scrambling to build vaccine distribution infrastructure

Oct 8, 2020
Health departments will need trained personnel and equipment like syringes and vials. And states want special funding.
A volunteer receives a COVID-19 vaccination in a trial at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, in August.
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