The government will soon announce plans to transport a novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) vaccine reminiscent of a military operation. Within the government ‘Operation name’ is under reviewThe story comes out. However, there are criticisms that it is focusing on public relations because there is no elaborate plan to determine who and how the vaccine will be delivered.
“When it reaches the scale of 40 people, it will be launched next week”
“Through the’operation name’ within the government”
Unlike the US military, there is no’cold chain’ equipment
I can’t confirm the contract with the logistics company
According to multiple government sources on the 14th As early as next week, the military-led’vaccine transport headquarters’ was launched.I am going to make it. These sources said, “We know that we will announce a specific plan by the 17th at the latest.” “In the draft, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 40 people“We will build an organization with it.”
Prior to this, the recent’Corona 19 Vaccination Response Promotion Team’ Deputy Chief of Staff Park Joo-gyeong, formerly the Army Logistics Commander, was appointed as Vaccine Transportation HeadquartersIt was announced that the naval forces would come to the fore. However, Park, who was appointed as deputy manager last month, will be It is a plan to serve as the head of the headquarters temporarily.
This is Donald Trump’s US administration’s COVID-19 vaccine development and dissemination project. Active 4-star general (Gustav Furna), commander of the U.S. Army Logistics at the command tower of’Operation Warp Speed’It is similar to sitting. For this reason, it has been observed that the Korean military will be in charge of transporting the Corona 19 vaccine directly like the US military.
In this regard, the vaccine transport plan to be announced by the government ‘Control (管制)’Sources said that the content is included. One source explained that “the military will be in charge of providing overall control of vaccine shipments and assisting in safe, rapid and effective delivery of vaccines.” This means that the military will monitor the vaccine transport process in real time and transport some to respond to accidental situations such as theft.
However, this does not mean that the military is responsible for all of the actual vaccine transport. In order to prevent any corona 19 vaccine from deterioration during distribution, ‘Cold chain’I need to have There are no special refrigerated vehicles in the military.
In the case of Pfizer-Bio&Tech, which has secured 10 million people, transportation conditions are very difficult, such as maintaining -70 degrees below the average winter temperature in Antarctica. A senior military official who wanted to remain anonymous said, “We inoculate tetanus and hantavirus vaccines at military hospitals, but these vaccines are also shipped by specialized companies.”The US military has the ability to transport vaccines (cold chain), and the US mainland is a continent, so the military needs to be involved, but it is questionable whether Korea is also the case.Said. In this regard, it is said that a contract with a private logistics company that will actually start shipping vaccines has not yet been completed.
For this reason, it is pointed out from inside and outside the military, “Isn’t the government considering the public relations effect to create a military-led form?” In this regard, one source “I know that the government is struggling to attach a’operation name’ like the United States.”And conveyed the atmosphere.
Military authorities are officially cautious about the vaccine transport plan. Defense Ministry spokesman Bu Seung-chan said at a regular briefing on the 14th that “the vaccine vaccination and transport plan will be decided through consultations with relevant ministries,” and “There is no decision yet.”
At a press conference on the 4th, Chung Eun-kyung said, “We will prepare a specific vaccination plan in January and announce it after consultation with related ministries.”
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