A worker works inside a lab at the SinoVac vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China's pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S.
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A worker works inside a lab at the SinoVac vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China's pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S.
Credit: Ng Han Guan/ AP

Monday on Political Rewind: The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is headed to hundreds of distribution centers in all 50 states. Gov. Brian Kemp last week said the first round in Georgia will go to long-term care facilities and front-line medical workers. He warned residents to stay vigilant and continue to practice safety precautions such as wearing a mask.

Interim dean at Georgia State University's School of Public Health Dr. Rodney Lyn said the vaccine will roll out in increments.

"There is a greater need than vaccine available at the moment," Lyn said. "We expect most to be vaccinated by the summer, but it will be a phased approach with health care workers and the most vulnerable vaccinated first."

Reported cases of COVID-19 are surging in the state. Four of the five single-day records of newly reported coronavirus cases were reported since Dec. 4.

Our panel of experts discusses what to expect as the vaccine arrives in Georgia.

Panelists:

Dr. Rodney Lyn — Interim Dean, Georgia State University School of Public Health

Dr. Ben Lopman — Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University

Dr. Keren Landman — Journalist, Physician, Epidemiologist

Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution