Gov. Cuomo: NYC may get 1st coronavirus vaccine doses by tomorrow
New York City may receive their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine within the next 24 hours, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccine for emergency use late Friday.
The authorization comes after Thursday's FDA advisory panel when independent experts gave the vaccine a vote of confidence.
The vaccinations are coming as the city undergoes another round of restrictions, including a halt to indoor dining.
The US government also doubled its order of the Moderna vaccine from 100 to 200 million doses.
Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown to be about 95% effective.
The Moderna vaccine is expected to go through the same authorization process Pfizer went through before is made available.
Cuomo says the vaccination will only be effective if a large percentage of people take it.
He says outreach, education and other efforts that will have to be put into place to get a higher number of the population to be vaccinated.