US: How the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine roll-out will work

The head of distribution for the United States’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, Operation Warp Speed, has unveiled the initial roll-out plan for Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, which was approved for emergency use late Friday.

During a news conference on Saturday, Army General Gustave Perna said the first doses of the vaccine would arrive at sites across the country as early as Monday.

Perna said the first shipments would arrive at 145 sites – mostly large medical centres – on Monday, the next would land at 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final doses would arrive at 66 sites on Wednesday.

“We note that the road ahead will be tough. We know that situations will occur, but we will figure it out together collectively to solve the problems,” Perna said.

While 6.4 million doses are initially available, only half will be immediately sent out. The other half will be reserved for inoculated patients to receive a second dose in three weeks, as is required for the vaccine to be effective.

Perna said the first shipments would arrive at 145 sites – mostly large medical centres – on Monday, the next would land at 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final doses would arrive at 66 sites on Wednesday.

“We note that the road ahead will be tough. We know that situations will occur, but we will figure it out together collectively to solve the problems,” Perna said.

While 6.4 million doses are initially available, only half will be immediately sent out. The other half will be reserved for inoculated patients to receive a second dose in three weeks, as is required for the vaccine to be effective.

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