Tampa General one of Florida’s first hospitals to receive coronavirus vaccine

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Florida is preparing to receive two coronavirus vaccines that could arrive in the state as soon as three weeks from now, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday on Twitter.He said the state has identified five Florida hospitals, including Tampa General, that have the ability to store and distribute millions of doses manufactured by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna, possibly by the end of December.Both companies have reported 95 percent effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccines. DeSantis said they’ll be shipped across the country within 24 hours of approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which he expects to happen in three to six weeks.Florida is ready with millions of syringes, needles and alcohol swabs to be used to distribute the medicines, the governor said. The state also is working to get vaccines shipped to CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, which will work with about 2,000 long-term care facilities to distribute the drugs to residents.DeSantis also announced a new antibody treatment available to coronavirus patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The first dose was administered Wednesday at Tampa General, the hospital said. It’s had great success in clinical trials, reducing the rate of hospitalization for those patients by 70 percent, …

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