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Distributing COVID-19 vaccine calls for big-time security

Drugmaker Pfizer said Monday its early data is showing that their COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective and they expect to have more than a billion doses manufactured next year.

Operation Warp Speed is charged with distributing the vaccine to 300 million Americans and is run by military specialists brought in from around the world, with billions of dollars already spent on the efforts.

They’re preparing to distribute the vaccine as soon as it’s approved.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

No matter what community you live in, there are soldiers and package delivery services, and they’ll have a role in getting any vaccine distributed.

The Department of Defense has the logistics experience, the planning experience and the people necessary to make this complicated plan come together.

Gen. Gustave Perna’s overseeing every dose, from its manufacture to the injection.

“We know it’s a two-dose vaccine, so we want to ensure that we can manage the– the delivery of the first dose and ensure the delivery of the second dose– while we simultaneously integrate new rounds of doses being delivered to the American people,” he said.

That’s 700 million doses to deliver safely, securely and on a time schedule to every corner of the United States. The operation will call on armed guards and, perhaps, soldiers on planes, trucks, at storage sites and distribution centers. It will be complicated, but the plans are in place.

The goal is to have it done by the spring. The wild card is how many people will accept a vaccination.

Click to access OWS-VACCINE-DISTRIBUTION-GRAPHIC.pdf

Reporter:Rich Kolko
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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