More than 18,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been given out so far in West Virginia and a total of more than 60,000 doses have arrived or are arriving, Gov. Jim Justice said.
At a news conference Wednesday, the governor said the state is still on track to finish vaccinations for residents and staff at long-term care facilities in the state – all 214 – by Dec. 28. In comparison, he said the state of Texas will not begin vaccinations in nursing home facilities until that date.
The governor said the state continues to lead the nation in the administration of coronavirus vaccinations.
Pfizer said Wednesday it will supply the U.S. government with an additional 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine under a new agreement between the pharmaceutical giant and the Trump administration.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said that will bring their total current commitment to 200 million doses for the U.S. That should be enough to vaccinate 100 million people with the two-shot regimen. The government also has an option to purchase an additional 400 million doses.