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COVID roundup: Vaccines in long-term care facilities; Moderna coming this week; 1,988 cases, 15 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that several long-term care facilities in the Commonwealth began administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. “Again, our goal is to get everyone in long-term care facilities vaccinated by March 1,” said Beshear. “If we do that, we cut off 66 percent of the deaths that we have been experiencing. We also reduce hospitalizations and we free up more health care...

Moderna vaccine on its way, says Beshear, as he reports 1,765 cases, 26 deaths; fewer cases this week

Gov. Andy Beshear hailed the authorization of the Moderna vaccine against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), saying this second vaccine will be administered soon in the Commonwealth. “There’s good news today: We got the final authorization necessary for the Moderna vaccine,” the Governor said. “That is being shipped all around the United States. We hope on Monday or Tuesday at the latest...

Understanding the creation of vaccines, and how they will change the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky It has been nearly one year since SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) changed the world. With millions of people infected and over a quarter-million dead in the United States (U.S.), the novel coronavirus continues its pervasive hold on our health and well-being. After months of stress, frustration and uncertainty, people are itching to travel and visit loved ones during the...

Beshear reports 1,972 cases, 10 deaths, says state expects 38K Pfizer, 109K Moderna doses in December

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state is expecting two additional COVID-19 vaccine shipments before the end of the year. In total, the state expects at least 38,000 Pfizer doses and 109,000 Moderna doses in December. The Governor expects more Pfizer allocations to be announced at a later date, possibly before the end of the month. “The end of this virus is out there. We can see it, and we can feel...

DHS, drug makers provide tips to avoid scams as distribution of coronavirus vaccines begins

As several coronavirus vaccines move toward approval, not only is the general public anxious for them to be widely distributed in hopes of getting back to a normal life, but so are the scammers, who are “ready to use that desperation to their advantage,” federal investigators told The Associated Press. (Image from WHSV-TV, via Kentucky Health News) Department of Homeland Security investigators...

Beshear reports 1,514 cases, 3 deaths, says vaccine is coming but new targeted steps may be needed

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that COVID-19 continues to spread at a frightening pace within the Commonwealth and across the United States. Two companies, Moderna and Pfizer, have announced their vaccines appear to be more than 90% effective as clinical trials continue. The Governor said he hopes this great news will inspire all Kentuckians to keep fighting the virus in the months before those...