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South Carolina health officials reported on Sunday that 825 more people tested positive for COVID-19. To date, there have been 175,730 confirmed cases in South Carolina since March.
Additionally, 20 more people have died due to complications with the virus. There have been 3,776 COVID-19-related deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC on Saturday statewide was 6,321 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.1%.
Health officials say the overarching goal of this vaccination plan is the equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state, based on the most current federal guidance and recommendations.
“Safety is the top priority in any vaccine development and no vaccine will be released until it has undergone the rigorous scientific and clinical testing that’s required as part of all vaccine development,” said Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist. “Scientists had already begun research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses, and that earlier research provided a head start for rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”
During the initial stages of the national COVID-19 Vaccination Program, there will be a limited supply of the vaccine.
That limited supply will be made available to certain identified groups, including front-line medical workers and nursing home residents.
COVID-19 vaccine supply is expected to increase substantially and be more widely available to the public in 2021.