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Vaccines raise hopes as COVID spreads


December 9, 2020

COVID-19 is spreading wildly across Oregon, state officials say, and the past weeks have been the worst throughout the entire pandemic for deaths, new cases and hospitalizations – every metric by which the severity by which it is measured.

But, says Gov. Kate Brown, there is hope on the horizon: two COVID vaccines are on the brink of FDA approval, and the first doses are expected to arrive in Oregon on Dec. 15.

“Our hardest days still lie ahead,” said Brown at a Dec. 4 press conference, visibly excited at the prospect of vaccines arriving in Oregon this month.

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