Gov. Edwards will hold a news conference to address Louisiana’s rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at 2:30 p.m. today. The governor’s address will come three days after the first doses of the Pfizer-manufactured COVID-19 were distributed and beginning to be administered to front-line healthcare workers at hospitals across the state. Between 125,000 and 135,000 front-line healthcare personnel will be the first people in the state to receive the vaccine, Gov. Edwards said. Doctors, nurses, as well as hospital food service workers and custodial staff, will be included in that group. Edwards says the state hopes to vaccinate 160,000 people in the first priority group comprised of people who work in hospitals and nursing homes, by the end of December. There are around 200,000 to 215,000 people who make up that first group. A second COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the biotechnology company Moderna, which will first be distributed to the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities, could also be approved by the FDA today.