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Several COVID-19 vaccines are already showing promising results.
At a media briefing Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina is preparing for when safe and effective vaccines become available.
Cooper says the state is preparing to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be kept in “ultra-cold” storage.
Gov. Cooper says the COVID-19 vaccine will be free regardless of whether someone has health insurance.
State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen explained hospital and healthcare staff with high-risk of exposure will be the first to receive the vaccine.
With cases of COVID-19 rising and an increase in the number of residents hospitalized due to the virus, Gov. Cooper says “all options are on the table” and “we will do what we need to do” to slow the spread of the virus.
As of Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human services reports there have been 367,395 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. 5,284 of those cases have resulted in death. 2,033 people were currently hospitalized with the virus.