DeWine: Ohio could see first batch of vaccines around Dec. 15

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COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — During his Tuesday briefing, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state could start seeing the first batch of vaccines around mid-December.  

DeWine announced that after a phone call with other state governors and the White House, he expects Ohio to start receiving vaccines around Dec. 15.  

“You don’t have it until you have it in hand, but our understanding is first batch comes in, maybe, at 30,000, but that these batches are going to come in every few days,” DeWine said.

DeWine stated that the first batch will come from Pfizer, followed by Moderna a week later, pending approval by U.S. regulators.

On Nov. 19, Pfizer asked U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine. The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective. And on Nov. 16, Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study.

“The typical timeline is going to take 4 to 6 years for most vaccines,” said Dr. Justin Cole, director for the Center for Pharmacy Innovation at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. “So the fact that we are just over, really, over eight months into a pandemic, at least here in the United States, and already have vaccine candidates is pretty impressive.”

The vaccine will be administered in two shots, said DeWine, with the second coming three to four weeks after the initial shot.

“Obviously you’d like to vaccinate everybody in the state on the first day, but obviously that’s not possible and this is gonna take a few months,” DeWine said. “But we’re gonna start and go as fast as it’s shipped to us.”

DeWine also stated that those who are in direct contact with people who have COVID-19 will be prioritized to receive the first batch of the vaccine, as well as those who care for people in a congregate setting.

“But we are still refining that, and we will certainly make that order public when that’s done,” the governor added.

As for when the the general public may be able to get the vaccine, DeWine didn’t discuss an exact timeline. Cole said it’ll likely take some time.

“For the general public, I think a lot of it really is determined by how quickly the supply can be ramped up to all the states,” Cole said. “That could be a matter of a couple of months or it could be significantly longer.”

The FDA’s vaccine committee will be discussing Pfizer’s emergency use authorization request on Dec. 10.

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