By Matthew Peron, Mike STOBBE and Mark SCOLFORO, Associated Press
The first trucks to carry the COVID-19 vaccine were established for widespread use in the United States Michigan Manufacturing plants on Sunday, along with shots that are critical to preventing the nation’s coronovirus outbreak, are destined to reach the states a day later.
An assembly line of workers began in the morning pulling dosas from a freezer, boxing up the vaccine and loading the units on pallets so they could be put on trucks at the Pfizer plant in Michigan. Dry ice, shipping labels and packing tape were in the form of workers – donating masks, face shields and gloves – putting the packages together inside the warehouse.
A forklift driver transported the boxes to a loading area, where another forklift driver moved pallets on a semitrack from inside the facility.
The shipment of the Pfizer vaccine will accelerate the vaccination effort at a turning point in the epidemic in American history, which killed 1.6 million worldwide and left 71 million sick.
Initially, approximately 3 million doses were expected to be sent out, and the priority is for health care workers and nursing home residents to have infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in the US. Spot in the fight against the epidemic that killed nearly 300,000 Americans.
Federal officials say the first shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine will be staggered, reaching 145 distribution centers on Monday, with an additional 425 sites on Tuesday and the remaining 66 on Wednesday. The vaccines, co-developed by German partner Bioentech, are being rolled out based on the adult population of each state.
Pennsylvania Dr. Graham Snyder said health care giant UPMC has selected employees who are critical to the operation of its facilities because of the first round of vaccinations, which led to the center’s vaccine task force.
“It’s very thrilling. I will be thrilled, the moment when we manage our first dose.” This will obviously be a watershed moment for us. “
Snyder said that the UPMC system estimates that half of its employees are willing to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
The vaccine is going to hospitals and other sites that can keep it at extremely low temperatures – about 94 degrees below zero. Pfizer is using containers with dry ice and GPS-enabled sensors to keep each shipment colder than Antarctica weather.
Federal officials said that doses should be distributed to all vaccination sites identified by states, such as local pharmacies, within three weeks.
He said employees approved for the first round are receiving texts and emails instructing them to schedule their initial injections.
“I would say there is excitement,” Kemer said Saturday. “There is thought that maybe they are not so afraid to come to work if they can be vaccinated and be immune.”
The rollout will ensure that there is enough vaccine to give people the two doses necessary for complete protection against COVID-19. This means that the government is withdrawing 3 million doses, which in the first round are to be vaccinated a few weeks after the second vaccination.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, saying it is highly protective and presents no major safety issues. Although American regulators worked for months to emphasize the rigor and independence of their review, they faced political pressure until the final stages.
There is concern that a shot that could have undermined vaccination efforts in a country with deeply mastery doubts about the vaccine. The FDA chief said the agency’s decision was based on science and not the politics, despite the White House threatening to fire it if the vaccine was not approved before Saturday.
While the vaccine was determined to be safe, regulators in the UK are investigating several serious allergic reactions. FDA instructions tell providers that they do not give any of its ingredients with a known history of severe allergic reactions.
Another vaccine by Modern will be reviewed by an expert panel this week and may soon be allowed for public use.
Peron reported from Washington, Stobey New York And Scolforo from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Associated Press Medical Writer Lauren Nirgard, in Alexandria Virginia, And Health Writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this story.
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