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Artifacts from the first COVID-19 vaccination in the US are headed to the Smithsonian

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A Black woman sits in a chair while another Black woman holds her upper arm and prepares to administer the vaccine. Sanda Lindsay receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. | Photo by Mark Lennihan - Pool/Getty Images

The glass vial used in the first US COVID-19 vaccination has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The museum also acquired related items including the scrubs and vaccination card of Sandra Lindsay, director of critical care nursing at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center who, on December 14th, 2020, became the first person in the US to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

“The urgent need for effective vaccines in the U.S. was met with unprecedented speed,” said Anthea M. Hartig, the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan director, in a statement Tuesday. “These now historic artifacts document not only this remarkable scientific progress but represent the hope offered to millions living through the cascading crises...

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