coronavirus vaccine

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

Teacher vaccinations are still a ways off, but efforts to inoculate school nurses against COVID-19 are already in full swing.

Four New Orleans public school nurses received the first dose of the vaccine Tuesday morning through the district’s partnership with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

CDC

On the heels of Pfizer’s announcement that the company’s COVID-19 vaccine currently in clinical trials is more than 90 percent effective, New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno addressed questions about how a vaccine would be distributed in the city at a press conference Monday.

(Courtresy of Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC)

As the country battles a third wave of COVID-19 cases, Louisiana has managed to keep its number of new infections relatively low. But with cases on the rise in neighboring Texas and Mississippi and in the northwestern corner of the state, Assistant Secretary of Public Health Dr. Joseph Kanter is worried that there could be another spike.

(Courtresy of Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC)

Last week as the nation watched COVID-19 infections climb for the third time in 2020, two pharmaceutical companies paused their clinical trials — one for a potential vaccine, another for a possible treatment.