Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee discusses next steps for testing protocols

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive early next week in Houston, questions remain about what happens after the vaccine is here.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and others plan to give an update Saturday on the vaccine and testing protocols.

Shipping companies UPS and FedEx will deliver Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 state locations, according to Operation Warp Speed officials. Another 450 sites will get the vaccine on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The vaccine is expected to arrive Monday morning so that health workers would be available to receive the shots and begin giving them.

“Texas is slated to receive more doses THIS MONTH than the total number of Texans who have tested positive for COVID,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Saturday.

The COVD vaccine will arrive in Texas within 48 hours & will be distributed immediately.

Texas is slated to receive more doses THIS MONTH than the total number of Texans who have tested positive for COVID.

Vaccines are voluntary, never forced.https://t.co/8NLDrWlKO9

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 12, 2020

The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans.

Shots for health workers and nursing home residents are expected to begin in the coming days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of what promises to be a strongly protective vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech.


READ: FDA emergency authorization use letter to Pfizer

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