The first vaccination will begin as early as the 14th (local time) with the corona19 pandemic at its worst in the United States. It is noteworthy whether vaccination will serve as a’game changer’ in the United States, the world’s largest corona19 victim.
Pfizer vaccination starts today
1000 doses per pizza size
Supply of 25 million times by the end of Pfizer
Biden “needs leadership” in vaccine mistrust
The day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine on the 11th, the Vaccination Advisory Committee (ACIP), an advisory body for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decided to recommend the use of the vaccine.
The Pfizer and the US government launched an emergency operation to deliver 2.9 million doses of the first vaccine nationwide. Delivery of the vaccine began at 7 am on the 13th from Pfizer’s factory in Calamer, Michigan. Army General Gustaf Ferna, chief operating officer of the White House’s corona vaccine development program’Ultra-Rapid Operation’, said at a briefing on the 12th, “D-Day, when the US and the Allied Forces launched the 1944 landing operation in Normandy, France was a significant turning point in World War II. It was the beginning of the end of the war,” he said. “That’s where we stand today (in the war against Corona).” The first vaccine shipment in the United States, where more than 16 million people were confirmed by Corona and more than 300,000 people died, was reminiscent of an actual military operation.
President-elect Joe Biden said on the day that “we need the leadership of the president to design procedures to protect the lives of ourselves and our families,” and expressed his intention to take office before taking office. The background behind Biden’s remarks is the distrust of vaccines by many Americans. Only 47% said they would get the Corona 19 vaccine, and 26% said they would not get the vaccine at all.
Dry ice and special containers were used to transport Pfizer vaccines that require cryogenic storage at -70 degrees Celsius. The vaccine will be distributed to 636 delivery destinations across the U.S. from the morning of the 14th to the 16th as early as the morning of the 14th and by plane, and then to inoculation facilities such as pharmacies within three weeks. Delivery is handled by express companies such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Convoy vehicles are also operated to protect vaccine trucks to prevent accidents such as approaching protesters or traffic accidents. The vaccine is expected to arrive at large hospitals on the 14th, so it is expected to start the first vaccination for medical staff on that day.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Pfizer receives vaccine ingredients from St. Louis, Missouri and Andover, Massachusetts, and manufactures them at factories in Calamer, Michigan. The vaccine contains 5 doses per vial (1 dose is for one dose). A wide, square tray that looks like a pizza box contains about 200 bottles of vaccine. This means that a total of 1000 doses are contained in a pizza box. Five pizza box-shaped trays are stacked in a container and filled with dry ice to pack 5000 doses.
Elderly people living in long-term care facilities will start vaccinating next week, NYT said. CVS and Walgreen, a pharmacy contracted with the federal government, plan to dispatch their medical staff to 75,000 nursing facilities in 50 states to immunize residents and employees.
According to the WSJ, Pfizer plans to deliver up to 25 million doses of vaccine to the United States by the end of the year. In addition, if the modder or vaccine is approved by the FDA and CDC, it is expected to supply an additional 20 million doses within the year. Experts predict that if the vaccination proceeds smoothly, more than 70% of the population will become immune to Corona 19 after next summer, thereby achieving collective immunity.
Washington = correspondent Park Hyun-young, reporter Baek Hee-yeon [email protected]