Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, could barely sleep from excitement on the night of Friday, December 18. She had been chosen to be one of the first people in North Carolina—and in the U.S.A.—to receive the recently-approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19, and she was scheduled to receive her shot at 1 p.m. the next day. People don't usually feel giddy before getting jabbed with a needle, but this day had been a long time coming for Mieses Malchuk.

"I've been looking forward to this vaccine so much," she tells "I recognize that this has the ability to get us back to normal and change the course of the pandemic."

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