Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will begin leaving the company’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant on Sunday, stored in boxes containing dry ice capable of staying at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), the freezing temperature needed to keep medication.
General Gus Perna, who oversees the massive logistics operation as part of the government’s Operation Warp Speed, compared the moment to D-Day, the turning point in World War II.
“I am absolutely 100% convinced that we will safely distribute this precious product, this vaccine, necessary to defeat the enemy Covid,” he said.
Over the past two weeks, the United States has repeatedly surpassed 2,000 Covid-related deaths a day, rivaling the numbers it saw at the start of the pandemic.
Mr Perna said hundreds of sites, including hospitals and other distribution centers, would receive the vaccines Monday through Wednesday, which would cover the first wave of around three million people to be vaccinated.
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