Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester in the Queens borough of New York
Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester in the Queens borough of New York
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The biggest vaccination drive in American history got underway on Monday with a critical care nurse becoming the first person in the US to be vaccinated live on air for COVID-19, providing a glimmer of hope as the country nears the grim milestone of nearly 300,000 coronavirus deaths.

The first trucks carrying the COVID-19 vaccine pulled out of a Pfitzer manufacturing plant in Michigan on Sunday, en route to 636 predetermined locations, amid a botched government response that has made the US the worst-hit country in the world. With the winter holidays still ahead, experts warn that the pandemic could continue to get worse.

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