— Health officials say there is no vaccine available to help contain the outbreak of the deadly, deadly strain of coronavirus in Michigan, even though state officials have said they are working to develop a vaccine.
Health Secretary Dr. Mary O’Toole said Tuesday that while no vaccine is available, she is confident people will get the best chance of avoiding the disease if they get tested.
“I’m confident that we’re going to get the right vaccines, and we are going to make sure we do everything possible to make that happen,” she said.
O’Tooles told reporters that the state is working to create an “environment” in which people are tested, vaccinated and monitored to make a vaccine more effective.
The outbreak has killed 11 people and sickened at least 14 others.
Michigan has the most coronaviruses in the nation.
State officials have been battling the outbreak, which has killed more than 300 people, mostly in Michigan.
Officials have said that since the virus was first detected, more than 1,000 people have been tested for coronavirs and have not been infected with any.
Michigan has been the focus of much of the U.S. response to the coronaviral pandemic.
The state has sent more than 500,000 doses of a highly effective vaccine, which is designed to help prevent a deadly form of the virus.