December 14, 2020
This is among the most important work in the history of our company, and we’re honored to be a part of the effort to help end this pandemic.
- On Monday, 145 distribution centers received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. On Tuesday, 425 distribution centers will get the second batch, with a third batch to 66 distribution centers scheduled for Wednesday.
- In November, Pfizer announced the results of its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial showing its vaccine, which must be stored at an ultra-cold temperature of -80°C, is over 90% effective.
- FedEx and UPS are utilizing tracking devices and Bluetooth technology to monitor the temperatures of vaccine packages.
- BIG PICTURE: The Pfizer-BioNTech is just the first of what’s expected to be many COVID-19 vaccines. On Friday, the Pfizer vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA – marking the first time a vaccine using mRNA technology has been licensed for human use in the U.S. This Thursday, the FDA will meet to consider emergency use authorization of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
- The first round of vaccines were administered Monday. The chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, has said he expects 20M people will receive the vaccine this month.
by Jenna Lee,