'Greatest rays of hope': Gov. DeSantis announces statewide vaccine distribution plan

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a statewide vaccine distribution plan.

In a video message released Thursday afternoon, DeSantis said the federal government expects there will be roughly 40 million combined doses of the two vaccines being produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

DeSantis did not say how many would be available for Floridians, though he’s hopeful the shipments could begin arriving by the end of the year, pending the FDA’s approval of both drugs.

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“The good thing about this is millions of doses are ready to ship as we speak,” said DeSantis. “As soon as the FDA approves, they will then go out within the next 24 hours. We expect our hospitals, hopefully, to receive these within the next 3 to 6 weeks. It is all contingent on when the FDA approves.”

DeSantis also touched on a new therapeutic developed by Eli Lilly. He said the treatment is a monoclonal antibody cocktail, which is administered through an IV. It takes about an hour for the IV to be administered, and then an hour

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