The Smithsonian is home to a variety of artifacts, and now it’s the home of a very important part of recent history pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.
Per the Associated Press (AP), The Smithsonian has acquired the vial that held the first COVID-19 vaccine dose that was administered in the United States. In addition to the vial, other materials related to the dose, including “…shipping equipment and the medical scrubs and ID badge of the New York City nurse who was America’s first coronavirus vaccine recipient,” were also obtained by the museum.
The AP notes, “The first dose of vaccine in the U.S. was given on Dec. 14, 2020, by Northwell Health, a New York-based health provider, to Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse.”
Smithsonian director Anthea M. Hartig said in a statement, “We wanted objects that would tell the full story. Everything from the scrubs to the freezer unit that shipped the vaccines.”
The AP adds, “Although there are a host of coronavirus-related anniversaries taking place, the museum is choosing to mark Thursday – March 11, the day last year that the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. That’s also the week that much of American life shut down as the virus made inroads into offices, homes and sporting events.”
While the nation is approaching the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, there has been some promising news as of late. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals that included being able to gather with another household without having to wear masks. This news from the CDC came about a week after President Joe Biden announced there will be enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May.
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