Here’s what we know so far about the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona

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By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Republic

Arizona is expecting its initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, but not everyone will get it right away. While the vaccine provides some realistic hope for an end to the pandemic, the logistics of distribution are massive and there are challenges to get it to residents around the state.

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Arizona is expecting its initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, but not everyone will get it right away.

While the vaccine provides some realistic hope for an end to the pandemic, the logistics of distribution are massive and there are challenges to get it to residents around the state.

For now, each state is handling its own vaccine distribution and variations are expected. Leaving COVID-19 management up to states was a hallmark of President Donald Trump’s administration that could change under President-elect Joe Biden, but because the vaccine is set to arrive this month, it may be too late for Biden to put a national vaccine program in place.

“It’s hard for me to see the Biden administration accepting 50 different vaccination programs, but it’s also true that the train is leaving the station before they take office,” said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Here’s what we know so far:

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