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Alaska receives first COVID-19 vaccine doses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State health officials say Alaska has begun receiving its initial doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccine shipment arrived Sunday night on a UPS plane. The state’s chief medical officer says Alaska’s initial allocation of 35,100 doses is expected to arrive through Wednesday. Facilities could start administering the vaccine to front-line healthcare workers shortly after receiving the shipment. The state’s initial tranche of vaccine will include 11,700 doses allocated by the Indian Health Service to Alaska’s tribes. The state is working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to coordinate shipment of the vaccine across the state, including to rural villages.


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