Pfizer anticipates producing 50 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year, down from an earlier target of 100 million doses.   © Reuters December 4, 2020 12:02 JST

UNITED STATES – Tractor trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning, according to reports, launching the largest and complex vaccine distribution project in the United States.

This came after Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have applied to the European drugs regulator for conditional authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine, following similar steps in Britain and the United States on Nov. 20.

“We have spent months strategizing with Operation Warp Speed officials and our healthcare customers on efficient vaccine logistics, and the time has arrived to put the plan into action,” Wes Wheeler, president of UPS Healthcare, said on Saturday, as Reuters quoted.

While UK reported allergic reaction on Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the United States considers healthcare workers and elderly residents of long-term care homes the first in line to receive the inoculations.

Pfizer’s inoculations have the most restrictive requirements for shipping and storage temperature, minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94°F), the report wrote.

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