NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gov. Bill Lee held a brief press conference where he took questions from local journalists after touring the Mid-Cumberland Regional Health Office.
Watch the full press conference below:
Lee addressed the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine that is expected in the upcoming days.
We’re talking with @GovBillLee and state health staff about the first vaccines which should come to the state.— Kyle Horan (@KyleHoranNC5) December 11, 2020
156,000 doses are expected in the first two weeks after FDA approval.
It’s unclear when the next shipment will be after that. pic.twitter.com/X1vFZoNfA6
The governor also spoke about the state of education in Tennessee, mentioning he is discussing the possibility of calling a special session to address the issues.
Earlier this week, Lee attended a COVID-19 vaccine summit at the White House, where President Donald Trump signed an executive order to make sure Americans get first access to a vaccine once it becomes available.
If the FDA approves the Pfizer vaccine, Tennessee is expected to get an initial 56,000 doses as the state continues to set record COVID-19 numbers in terms of new cases and deaths. On Monday, the state reported its 5,000th COVID-related death.