Less than two weeks. That’s how quickly the Lehigh Valley could start to see coronavirus vaccines for the first round of residents.

The state of Pennsylvania is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Lehigh Valley pharmaceutical companies to create COVID-19 vaccines. And as WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, it could bring nearly 100 new jobs to the area.

Pennsylvania has closed its state capitol complex to the public next week, over concerns about rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

With nearly 5,000 Pennsylvanians in the hospital with COVID-19, intensive care units are full in some parts of the state. The long-feared milestone comes on a day with more than 11,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Hundreds waited in line Wednesday in Northampton‌ ‌County for the first day of free COVID-19 testing at a new pop-up site deployed by the state.


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