Tractor-trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning, according to reports, launching the largest and complex vaccine distribution project in the United States.
This came after Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have applied to the European drugs regulator for conditional authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine, following similar steps in Britain and the United States on Nov. 20.
“We have spent months strategizing with Operation Warp Speed officials and our healthcare customers on efficient vaccine logistics, and the time has arrived to put the plan into action,” Wes Wheeler, president of UPS Healthcare, said on Saturday, as Reuters quoted.
While the UK reported allergic reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the United States considers healthcare workers and elderly residents of long-term care homes the first in line to receive the inoculations.
Pfizer’s inoculations have the most restrictive requirements for shipping and storage temperature, minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94°F), the report wrote.