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South Florida Public Hospitals Will Have Doses Of Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Within Weeks

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Two major public hospital networks in South Florida have been tapped to receive some of the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine candidate, considered to be a front runner in the fight to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Jackson Health System in Miami-Dade County and Memorial Healthcare System in southern Broward County are among a handful of providers who are working with the Florida Department of Health to help roll out about a million doses. The company’s preliminary data has shown the vaccine to be 95% effective across all age groups.

The company on Friday announced it was seeking emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the first step in a process that could lead to a rollout of vaccine doses for frontline healthcare workers as soon as next month. The vaccine could be in Memorial’s freezers by the end of November, according to Dr. Tom Macaluso, senior vice president and interim chief medical officer at the Broward hospital network.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.