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Louisiana vaccine distribution slated for another boost

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards(Melinda Deslatte | AP)
Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 5:23 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 4:58 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is on track for its largest shipments of coronavirus vaccine doses to date and could soon receive enough shots to roll out larger immunization locations because a third vaccine is nearing federal approval. That’s according to Gov. John Bel Edwards and his chief public health adviser.

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Dr. Joe Kanter says federal officials have told Louisiana it should receive about 38,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine the first week after its FDA approval. And that approval could come as soon as this weekend.

Those doses would come on top of the 97,000 doses of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines the state expects to receive next week.

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