Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer Inc.) PFE -0.92% has begun to deliver its Covid-19 vaccine. Trucks were sent from its factory in Michigan to inject the vaccine to health departments and hospitals to prevent the outbreak from skyrocketing.
A Pfizer spokesperson said that the trucks of United Parcel Service and FedEx were withdrawn from Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant, shipped to the central distribution center, and headed for 145 health departments and hospitals across the United States.
The truck contains more than 500,000 doses of vaccine, which must be kept at -94 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although it may take a day or two to train employees and start injections, medical staff treating Covid-19 patients, nursing home residents, and other personnel may start vaccination on Monday.
Note: Based on the time of first administration. Each person takes it in two doses, three to four weeks apart. The demographic group numbers are based on the U.S. population of each group. Because of the overlap between the groups, the number of adults over 65 and those with high-risk conditions who need to be vaccinated is less than the total population, and some people will be vaccinated earlier.
Source: Ministry of Health and Human Services (vaccination targets); CDC (priority groups) Erik Brynildsen, Todd Lindeman, Josh Ulick and Taylor Umlauf / The Wall Street Journal
After the fastest vaccine development in history, the work of injecting vaccines also faces the same daunting challenge: months-long vaccination campaigns to eliminate polio virus have never been seen.
“People shouldn’t forget that we are even talking about how extraordinary it is to have a vaccine until mid-December. In January, I don’t think anyone thought it was feasible.” said Kelly Moore, deputy director of immunization education for the Immunization Action Alliance .
Initial supply will be restricted. Pfizer expects to provide 25 million doses to the United States this year, including 2.9 million doses in the first week. Vaccinations require two injections three weeks apart, so only half of people will get the vaccine. Countries will decide where to inject.
General Gustav Perner, the chief operating officer of the federal government’s “Operation Anti-Warp Line” vaccine operation, said on Saturday that the initial supplies will be distributed in 636 regions across the country, and 145 regions are expected to receive the vaccine on Monday. .
General Perna said that another 425 locations should be delivered on Tuesday, while the remaining 66 locations will be picked up on Wednesday.
Hospitals scheduled to be transported have been weighing difficult decisions about which employees should be vaccinated first. The hospital has also been studying how to give vaccinators time to deal with any side effects.
The Presbyterian Health Care Service is the largest health system in New Mexico, and due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, it is providing vaccinations for employees.
Jeff Salvon-Harman, chief patient safety officer of the Presbyterian Church, said the health system expects to deliver 4,000 doses of the vaccine for the first time next week and will start vaccinating within one day of receipt.
Dr. Salvon-Harmon said he was surprised by the speed of development of this vaccine, but in New Mexico, it was a double-edged sword.
He said: “On the one hand, now for our caregivers and everyone working here, the risk is the greatest, because there are too many Covids in our facilities.” “But in terms of competition-first manpower, The timing will not be worse.”
The new coronavirus has infected more than 15.8 million people in the United States, causing 295,500 deaths, separating families, rebuilding jobs and hitting the economy. The number of cases has been increasing in recent weeks.
For months, the health authorities have been waiting for the arrival of vaccines that can prevent Covid-19 and allow people to gather in groups, schools, businesses and other places to fully open up.
On Friday, after a trial of 44,000 people, the drug has achieved 95% effects and is generally well tolerated. The US Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer) and German partner BioNTech SE BNTX authorized the vaccine It is -2.06%.
Partly for this reason, and partly for speed, the company created its own containers to transport doses while keeping the doses cool and safe. The company has also established its own distribution network, skipping traditional drug wholesalers, and using logistics companies such as United Parcel Service and FedEx.
The US government is dividing supply among states, territories and jurisdictions based on the adult population.
At the top of the list will be the 21 million U.S. medical staff, such as doctors and nurses treating Covid-19 patients, as well as residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. pharmacies will provide and manage most vaccine doses in 15,600 nursing homes and 29,000 assisted living communities in the U.S.
Paul Simon of Los Angeles County said that the nine sites in Los Angeles County are expected to receive a total of about 83,000 doses of vaccines, and will start distributing vaccines to 83 hospitals and then deliver them to frontline medical workers as soon as possible. Chief Scientific Officer of the Health Department.
In order to ensure that they return to the vaccine for the second time in a few weeks, department and hospital officials have arranged for the newly vaccinated vaccine to receive a yellow card indicating the type of vaccine vaccinated, the date of the vaccination and when they need to return.
Dr. Simon also said that, in addition, a data system has been set up to store information and can alert people via text messages and emails when a second dose is needed.
In Colorado, 20 members of the National Guard are scheduled to deploy to seven locations in more rural areas of the state on Sunday. These sites have been set up to store some of the first 46,800 doses of Pfizer in the necessary ultra-cold temperature for delivery to Colorado.
The brig gene. Scott Sherman said that members of the Guard have been trained to break large doses of drugs into smaller batches, put them in ultra-cold storage containers, and then send them to the countryside hospital.
The Colorado National Guard also coordinated with mail couriers to deliver vaccines to these agencies, and in some cases, they prepared to deliver vaccines themselves.
In addition, about 15 hospitals, most of which are located in densely populated areas of the state, such as downtown Denver, are preparing to obtain direct transportation of Pfizer vaccines.
Moncef Slaoui, chief consultant of the federal government’s coronavirus response plan, said that given that the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is about 95%, immunization of 70% of the population will produce the necessary immunity to protect even unvaccinated cattle.
Post time: Dec-21-2020