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(December 15, 2020) This past weekend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in the United States.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has determined that rural areas, like San Miguel County, will wait for the Moderna vaccine due to the ultracold storage needed for the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna, the second company to submit an application for an EUA, is expected to receive approval from the FDA later this week, meaning shipments could be distributed as early as next week. With 100 doses coming to San Miguel County Public Health and 100 to the Telluride Regional Medical Center, allocations of various numbers could be distributed as frequently as weekly thereafter.