Second coronavirus vaccine ready to ship out

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Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool)

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (Associated Press) — Workers began packaging shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. on Sunday.

The vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health is a desperately needed boost to efforts to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

Employees at a factory in the Memphis area were boxing up the shots just three days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine.

An expert committee later Sunday will debate who should be next in line for early doses of the vaccine. Early shots are mostly being given to health care workers and residents of long-term care homes.

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