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How COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Is Getting Done In The Kansas City Metro

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Many world leaders at this week's virtual U.N. summit hope it will be a vaccine made available and affordable to all countries, rich and poor. But with the U.S., China and Russia opting out of a collaborative effort to develop and distribute a vaccine, and some rich nations striking deals with pharmaceutical companies to secure millions of potential doses, the U.N. pleas are plentiful but likely in vain. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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This week, the Unified Government Public Health Department has 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines to distribute and they're being prioritized for essential workers in Wyandotte County.

Rarely knowing how many doses it will receive or when, the Unified Government Public Health Department is one of many struggling to navigate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Until we all have been inoculated, the dean of the UMKC School of Medicine says now is "not the time for us to let down our guard." As a new coronavirus strain gains traction in the U.S., it's important to continue following guidelines to prevent spreading the disease.

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