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Coronavirus / US / Vaccine Approval #1274661

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 12, 2020
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(Studio: Jose Diaz Balart) Report introduced.

(Portage, Michigan: Gabe Gutierrez) The FDA authorization of the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine starting on Monday with logistical challenges to come featured; coronavirus vaccine statistics cited. [Operation Warp Speed chief operating officer Gen. Gustave PERNA@- calls this an historic day.] [FDA commissioner Stephen HAJN, President TRUMP - comment on the vaccine.] Why half of the doses are being held back for now discussed.

(Studio: Jose Diaz Balart) Report introduced.

(Lousiville, Kentucky: Morgan Chesky) The challenge of transport, storing & shipping the vaccine featured; details given about UPS & FedEx distribution plans. [Federal Express National President of the Americas Richard SMITH@- calls this a monumental event for the company.] [UPS health care president Wes WHEELER - talks about monitoring shipping.] The critical role for the Louisville hub for the vaccine doses for flights discussed.

(Studio: Jose Diaz Balart) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Meagan Fitzgerald) The preparations at hospitals for the vaccine featured; coronavirus statistics cited; scenes shown from Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai hospital. [Nurse Jamie JENKINS@, OFFICIAL, Connecticut infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul NEE@, sister of victim Angela HOWARD@- offer views on aspects of the coronavirus crisis & the vaccine.] How soon hospitals will receive the vaccine discussed.

(Studio: Jose Diaz Balart; New York: John Torres) The CDC recommendations for the vaccine use for pregnant women & for people who already had the disease & the timing for the second dose discussed.

(Studio: Jose Diaz Balart) How historic this vaccine achievement is explained. [Historian Michael BESCHLOSS - offers a historical perspective on the speed of the development of this vaccine.] [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Dr. Rcihard BESSER@- comments on the accomplishment.]

Balart, Jose Diaz;
Gutierrez, Gabe;
Chesky, Morgan;
Fitzgerald, Meagan;
Torres, John

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