(Saint Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz is applauding word that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing millions of doses of COVID1-9 vaccine to the states.

Walz and other governors requested last week that the feds distribute up to 50-percent produced doses that were being held back by the Trump administration. Walz said," Minnesotans are ready for the COVID-19 vaccine -- it is how we will crush this virus, save lives, and finally resume normalcy." The governor says we are closer to the end of the pandemic than we were yesterday.