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Challenges Ahead as Officials Develop COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

December 5th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

It's now estimated that Maryland will have enough doses of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of December to at least cover health care employees. Speaking on "Good Morning America," Gov. Larry Hogan listed the planned order of distribution, saying health care workers will get it first, followed by nursing homes and first responders as the supply increases. "We are hoping to get 300,000 by the end of December, and then hopefully, it is really going to ramp up from there as production starts to accelerate," Hogan told GMA. During an afternoon briefing, experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health detailed the challenges ahead.

"We need a phased approach because we will have insufficient numbers of doses to reach all who should or want to get the vaccine," said Dr. William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center.

States must coordinate distribution and resources. The Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold storage, which Pfizer itself is trying to solve.