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July 31, 2021
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New York health care worker among first to get Covid-19 vaccine 

Alex Azar, US secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a press briefing at the White House on November 19. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

“This is a 94% effective vaccine. It’s going through every, every, aspect of FDA process with integrity and transparent data,” US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Monday on “Today.”

“If you are recommended to get it and it’s available for you, oh, please do get it. Protect yourself and protect those around you. Please get the vaccine,” Azar said.

He reiterated that the US should have enough vaccine to inoculate 20 million people by the end of the month.

“We know we have a vaccine available to get to 20 million people by the end of December, and then a total of 50 million by the end of January, and, as Dr. Slaoui said, 100 million people by the end of March – but should have 100 million shots in arms by the end of February, between first and second doses.”

More on the vaccine: Eleven months after the earliest recorded case of coronavirus in the United States, medical workers are preparing to give the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with deliveries set to arrive at administration sites this morning.

Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country Sunday after it passed its last regulatory hurdle.

It’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines, but the CDC has recommended that frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities get the vaccine first. Officials warn it could be months before the vaccine becomes available to many Americans as the virus continues to surge, breaking grim state and national records.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta provides analysis: