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Coronavirus vaccines to arrive in Florida within weeks, DeSantis says

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Coronavirus vaccines to arrive in Florida within weeks, DeSantis says

Tallahassee, Fl (treasurecoast.com)-Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says hospitals throughout the state may begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines within the next three to six weeks.

The governor said Florida has been actively planning and preparing for vaccine distribution, and has purchased five million syringes, five million needles, and five million alcohol swabs.

The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which DeSantis said could happen within the next few weeks

DeSantis said the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored in negative 70-degree temperatures, and state officials have identified five hospital systems in Florida that have the ability to store the vaccine at those temperatures.

Those hospitals are Jackson Memorial in Miami, Memorial Healthcare in Broward County, Tampa General, Advent Health in Orlando, and UF Health in Jacksonville.

The governor said that once the vaccines are FDA approved, they will be shipped out within 24 hours.

Many medical officials estimate the vaccines could be available to the general public by next spring.

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