Cuomo: New York State to have over 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines by December 21

Posted at 5:25 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 17:25:53-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Moderna will send 346,000 COVID-19 vaccines to New York State by December 21st.

This on top of Gov. Cuomo's announcement that Pfizer is sending 170,000 COVID-19 vaccines to New York State which should arrive within the next few days.

"That is the weapon that ends the war. We're going to need a public education campaign to battle skepticism. We have to hit 75 to 85 percent of the population for the vaccine to be effective. We have 50 percent of the population saying they won't take the vaccine. That's a problem. We have to outreach to the Black, brown, poor communities. That's basic social justice. That has been overlooked, I'll speak to that in a moment. And we have to have the most aggressive distribution administration program and we're starting that right now. Good news is, the 170,000 doses from Pfizer that we announced should be here imminently, Sunday or Monday. We also will get through 346,000 doses of Moderna on top of the 170,000 and they'll be here the week of December 21. So, the vaccine is coming and we're ready to administer it," Gov. Cuomo said.

On Thursday, Gov. Cuomo sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar calling for, "a fair and equitable federal vaccination program."