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The Austin area will receive an initial allotment of 13,650 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, pending approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Austin Public Health announced on Friday.


These first doses will go to a handful of hospitals in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties, with top priority given to healthcare workers.

"We are excited for our hospital systems partners to begin vaccinating our front-line hospital workers against this virus," Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said in a statement.

APH has convened a vaccine distribution coalition, but ultimately the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services dictate how vaccine doses will be distributed.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that the state would receive 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine starting on Dec. 14.

That same day, the Wall Street Journal reported that Pfizer had to cut its initial 2020 shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in half due to supply chain issues.

Chris Van Deusen, director of media relations for DSHS, said that this new information won't affect the doses that Texas is projected to receive.

The FDA will begin reviewing Pfizer's application for an emergency use authorization for its COVID vaccine on Dec. 10.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the UK issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week.

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