North Carolina prepares to distribute COVID-19 vaccine in upcoming weeks as it becomes available

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 11:03:10-05

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force held a briefing Tuesday to provide updates on the state's COVID-19 response.

During the briefing, Cooper announced that North Carolina will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which requires ultra-cold storage.

As of Tuesday, there are now 345,906 PCR positive cases and 21,489 antigen positive cases, 2,033 people hospitalized and 5,284 COVID-19-related deaths.

North Carolina's statewide percent of positive COVID-19 tests jumped to 10.2% on Tuesday, up from 9.05%, and has risen every day for the last four days.

Cooper says for months, officials have been preparing for the delivery of the vaccine.

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The vaccine will be free regardless if one has health insurance. There will be priority for health care providers and those with severe illness to receive the vaccine.

Cooper says an advisory board will review the vaccine trial independently before the vaccine is distributed.

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