170,000 COVID-19 vaccines expected to be delivered to NYS on December 15

Posted at 12:09 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 12:09:51-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — During a COVID-19 update Wednesday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 170,000 COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer) are expected to be delivered to NYS on December 15 if all safety and efficacy approvals are granted.

Cuomo also said the state expects additional allocations of Pfizer's vaccine and initial allocations of Moderna's vaccine this month.

NYS agrees with the CDC recommendation for a vaccination program that prioritizes health care workers and residents of long term care facilities, according to Cuomo.

Officials said by the end of December there is expected to be 40 million vaccine doses available nationwide, enough for 20 million people to receive two doses. This equates to six percent of Americans.

According to the governor experts say the nation can expect a return to a "normal" economy when 75 to 85 percent of the nation is vaccinated, experts suggest this could take until somewhere between June and September.