The coronavirus outbreaks that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans in 2020 was seen as a challenge, and all the countries have been battling with the deadly virus.
Now, the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine will begin arriving in states on Monday morning, U.S. officials said on Saturday, as the government gave the order to go ahead with it.
Reports revealed that trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx start delivery Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the United State, said by Army Gen. Gustave Perna of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program.
Also, an additional 450 or so facilities will get the vaccine between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first big shipment of the vaccine doses is less than 3 million available. though 3 million shots are expected to be shipped nationwide, but it was unclear exactly who would receive the first doses of the vaccine.
Health workers and nursing home residents were the priority. Perna said health authorities would decide.
A similar number of shots will be held back for those recipients’ second dose, which is needed for full protection from COVID-19.
The announcement Saturday kicks off a massive logistical operation involving the federal and state governments, private companies and health care workers to quickly distribute limited vaccine supplies throughout the U.S.
The challenge of distribution of vaccine, co-developed with BioNTech must be stored and shipped at ultra-low temperatures of about 94 degrees below zero.
However, Pfizer has developed shipping containers that use dry ice, and GPS-enabled sensors will allow the company to track each shipment and ensure it stays cold.
While the distribution location which is the main important aspect include hospitals and other sites able to meet those ultra-cold storage requirements. Within three weeks, vaccines should be delivered to all vaccination sites identified by state governments, such as local pharmacies, Perna said.