US begins flying Pfizer`s Covid-19 vaccine
Published: 12:47 PM, 28 November 2020 Updated: 11:04 AM, 29 November 2020
US beings flying Pfizer`s Covid-19 vaccine
The United States has begun airlifting the first large shipment of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine after receiving clearance from the country's Food and Drug Administration.
United will operate a chartered flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Brussels International Airport on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Pfizer has expanded storage capacity at specific distribution sites in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., and Karlsruhe, Germany. The drug company plans to use suitcase-size frozen storage in cargo planes and trucks to distribute the vaccine around the world.
The Wall Street Journal reports that United, as well as other airlines, are preparing to transport the vaccine in the future.
Pfizer reportedly began work on transporting the vaccine quickly after receiving approval from the FDA and other relevant authorities. Soon after, the news of the use of chartered aircraft for this purpose came to the limelight.
Note that the coronavirus vaccine produced by Pfizer must be stored at temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius or below. In a three-stage trial, the vaccine was found to be more than 90 percent effective.