Pa. Health Secretary says hospitals are preparing to administer “promising” new COVID-19 vaccine

Written by on November 10, 2020

 Pa. Health Secretary says hospitals are preparing to administer “promising” new COVID-19 vaccine

By Brett Sholtis, WITF

November 10, 2020

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Drug maker Pfizer says its experimental COVID-19 vaccine appears to be more than 90% effective.

Meanwhile Pennsylvania – like much of the United States – is seeing record new coronavirus cases, according to the state health department. 

Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine says the vaccine is very promising and that hospitals around the state are ready to receive it, assuming it passes safety studies in the coming weeks. 

“And so our job comes when they say that’s done. And then they will notify us about the distribution, and we stand ready to distribute and administer the vaccine,” she said.

In the meantime, Levine says the vaccine is no replacement for mask-wearing, social distancing and other safety precautions. 

She urges Pennsylvanians to avoid gatherings during this holiday season.

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