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Lamont: 40,000 Vaccine Doses Should Be Available In Connecticut By Dec. 14

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Seth Wenig
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AP

Governor Ned Lamont said Connecticut should receive its first 20,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine within the next two weeks and its first 20,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine before the end of the month.

Lamont said Connecticut should get the 40,000 doses of vaccine earlier than had been anticipated. He said the first doses should arrive by mid-December.

“December 14 is the date they are hoping for, for Pfizer," Lamont said. "We’ve worked very hard with CVS and Walgreens making sure they have the distribution in place, focused on nursing homes and we also can get that out to the hospitals.”

The Pfizer vaccines are to be distributed to the state directly from the company. About 200 Connecticut researchers are working on the vaccine at Pfizer’s Groton labs. The Moderna vaccine would be distributed by the federal government.

Both vaccine manufactures expect to obtain FDA authorization before distribution begins.

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.