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Randy Mancini 15 December 20, 2020

Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Moderna’s newly approved vaccine is already on the road and could be administered as soon as Monday.

On Sunday, vials of the vaccine began shipping out from distribution centers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

5.9 million doses are expected to be delivered to more than 3,700 locations across the United States. This came just days after the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine.

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US biotechnology company Moderna on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Arnold Monto, the head of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, expressed optimism the authorization will help end the coronavirus pandemic.

“Congratulations to us all for achieving this Emergency Use Authorization for a second vaccine,” Dr. Monto stated. “Which along with other events, will eventually… break the back of the pandemic.”

On Sunday, initial recipients will be decided by an expert advisory panel.

This has truly been a historic week! The #COVID19 vaccine is being delivered across the country to save lives and bring hope to millions. pic.twitter.com/VZLm1FVHfw

— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) December 18, 2020

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