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Delaware may not get as many vaccines as it hoped it initially would

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States’ pre-orders for the first round of Coronavirus vaccines were due Friday night.

But Delaware still doesn’t know how many doses it’ll be getting in the first distribution.

Gov. John Carney says the state is asking for the maximum doses it can, but he doesn’t expect they’ll get what they’re asking for.

“The number has moved a little bit based on, I guess, new information but we’ll take what they allocate and we’ll distribute it as quickly and as effectively as possible," Carney told Delaware Public Media Friday. "We don’t want to waste one dose and we want tomake sure that it goes to the priority populations right off the top.”

The Division of Public Health requested 8,775 doses in the first round, and Carney says after that, the state should continue to receive more doses as they’re produced.

The state also already has some ultra-cold freezers in place to store the Pfizer vaccine, and more are being installed to meet demand.

But the states still don’t know when the vaccine will start distribution. The FDA must approve the vaccines before they can go out to the public.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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