A limited number of doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 could be arriving in Iowa within weeks and will be distributed to hospitals based on the number of COVID-19 patients being treated.

“Iowa will be receiving more than 2000 doses of the new monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of Covid-19,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynold said. “The therapeutic is targeted for adults age 65 or with certain medical conditions and for children over the age of 12 who are immunocompromised.”

The vaccine developed by Phizer must be kept in ultra-cold freezers with temperatures approaching 100 degrees below zero. The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified 24 suitable freezers around the state, some located in hospitals. State officials say more freezers may be purchased and placed in rural areas.

More than 1,000 Iowa health care providers and agencies have filled out applications and received state approval to help provide the vaccinations, officials said

Reynolds said the medication will be distributed to what she called “interested” Iowa hospitals, based on the number of Covid patients they’ve been treating.

Patients will need to receive two shots, approximately two to three weeks apart.

The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the vaccine but is expected to soon.

A second vaccine, developed by Moderna, could be shipped by the first of the year, both vaccines have shown to be more than 90 percent effective in fighting the virus.

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