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Cleveland Clinic receives first shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The Clinic will begin administering the vaccine to caregivers at several regional locations on Thursday.

CLEVELAND — There is more good news in the fight against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Cleveland Clinic received its first shipments of the Moderna vaccine. This comes after the Clinic was one of the first health systems in Ohio to get the Pfizer vaccine last week.

Cleveland Clinic says it plans to start vaccinating caregivers at several regional locations on Thursday.

The Moderna vaccine has also been distributed to several local health systems this week, including University Hospitals, Southwest General, and Summa Health. It is considered easier to handle than Pfizer's vaccine since it doesn’t need to be stored at ultra-frozen temperatures.

The nation is scrambling to expand vaccinations as rapidly as Moderna and Pfizer can churn out doses. Moderna's is for people 18 and older, Pfizer's starts at age 16.

Moderna expects to have between 100 million and 125 million doses available globally in the first three months of 2021, with 85-100 million of those available in the U.S.

More than one million Americans have received a coronavirus vaccine, according to a tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the tally said 1,008,025 people in the U.S. had a COVID-19 vaccine administered. The count added that more than 9.4 million vaccinations have been shipped across the country.

You can see the shipments of the Moderna vaccine arriving at Cleveland Clinic in the player below:

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