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Lamont: Connecticut Ready To Distribute Vaccine

Covid-19 Vaccine
Ted S. Warren

Governor Ned Lamont said Connecticut is prepared to begin distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it wins FDA approval. About 200 people at Pfizers’ Groton, Connecticut, lab are working on the vaccine.

Lamont said Connecticut has a COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force already in place.

Dr. Reginald Eadie of Trinity Health Care of New England heads the task force. He said the state has adequate cold storage facilities for the vaccine that would be initially distributed to healthcare workers and other frontline workers.

“When the Pfizer and other producers of the vaccine create a situation where either the supply is equal to the demand or the supply is greater than the demand that’s when we will expand the number of vaccinators throughout the state,” Eadie said.

Early data shows that the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer has more than 90 percent efficacy. Officials hope to get FDA approval in the next couple of months, but it might take a while for production to be ramped up to meet demand.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.