Preparations are in full swing to receive and begin distributing the first round of COVID-10 vaccines in New York State.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo December 3 demonstrated the packaging developed to transport the medicine from Pfiser that has to be kept extremely cold in specially designed glass vials developed by Corning Glass.

New York City officials say they have facilities ready for the anticipated arrival of vaccines December 15. NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says more than 50 City hospitals either already have access to ultra-cold storage or will have ultra-cold freezers delivered soon.

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Broome County Health Department officials say they have submitted local plans to the New York State Department of Health for handling and distributing the shots when they are available.

Rebecca Kauffman, the director of Broome County's Health Department, says they have been working with the county's partners: UHS, Lourdes Ascension Health and Binghamton University, to tap hospital and Pharmacy School resources for future vaccine distribution.

Governor Cuomo says he expects 170,000 doses of Pfiser's vaccine to arrive in the state December 15.

It has not been determined how many of those doses are earmarked for downstate and how many may be spread among other regions of New York.

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