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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined the state’s plan to distribute coronavirus vaccines across the state once they become available.
In a video message, the Governor outlined the recent pharmacological breakthroughs in the fight against the pandemic, including two promising vaccine candidates and a therapy made by Eli Lilly that prevents the virus from latching onto cells.
The potential vaccines, developed independently by Pfizer and Moderna, have been more than 90% effective in clinical trials. Both companies are preparing to apply for emergency approval from the FDA.
There are some complicating factors, however.
The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at 70 degrees below zero. DeSantis said the state has identified five hospital systems that are equipped for the job: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Memorial Healthcare System, Tampa General Hospital, Advent Health and UF Health Jax. The Moderna candidate doesn’t have any exotic storage requirements, but it