Almost three million Americans will begin receiving the covid-19 vaccine during the next few days starting this Monday, after the first shipments of the Pfizer serum began a logistics process designed by the Pentagon that should be the beginning of the end of a pandemic that is approaching 300,000 deaths and is out of control.
The first refrigerated trucks from logistics operators Fedex, UPS and Boyle began to leave the Pfizer plant in Portage (Michigan) with the first ultra-cold chests in which the vials must be transported to some 600 vaccination points established throughout the country with help from the Armed Forces and states.
In total, 6.4 million doses will be distributed on this first day, although only about 2.9 million will be administered during the next week, while the rest will be reserved for the mandatory second inoculation that must be administered three weeks later to obtain the 95 % of effectiveness recorded during tests.
The day this Sunday marked the beginning of a historic vaccination operation that will test an extremely complex medical supply network that requires road and air transport, storage in airports and hospitals, as well as medical production at maximum capacity and guarantee.
The effort to vaccinate 140 million vulnerable and priority people as quickly as possible requires the collaboration of pharmaceutical companies, logistics companies, the military, the health departments of all 50 states, and hospitals and pharmacies.
Moncef Slaoui, the chief medical officer of Operation Warp Speed (OWS) said this Sunday in an interview with Fox News that his goal is for between 75 and 80% of the US population to be vaccinated to guarantee group immunity and that that level should be reached between May and June,
The General of the Army, Gus Perna, head of the OWS compared this moment to the Allied landing in Normandy. “It is D-Day. As in World War II, this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. We know that there is a path ahead of us that will be arduous, “he said.
The United States could begin to register more than 20,000 weekly deaths during the Christmas holidays, despite the fact that it is expected that by the end of the year 40 million vials will already be available in the vaccination centers, to which the vaccines of Moderna, who could get emergency clearance for his candidate next week.