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Ngozi Ezike

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When someone gets a vaccine, how long will it take to become effective? What happens when groups of people are approved to be vaccinated? Are experts concerned about long-term safety? These are some of the many questions readers sent us that we’ve put to health and science experts.

Illinois marked what Gov. JB Pritzker called “a solemn milestone” Wednesday when public health officials announced 238 deaths from COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, by far the highest single-day fatality number since the pandemic began.

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The state of Illinois’ plan for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available puts front-line health care workers first in line to be inoculated, but shifting projections on how many initial doses the state is likely to receive, the various temperature storage requirements for different vaccines and changing federal recommendations make it uncertain exactly how that plan will roll out.

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