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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States. Millions of doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will soon be shipped around the country so vaccinations can begin within days.

“The FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.

Healthcare workers and nursing home residents are expected to get the vaccine first, including in Indiana, as soon as Monday or Tuesday.