According to the CDC vaccine tracker, over 110 million doses have been delivered across the country and nearly 83 million administered. This is compared to last Christmas when 9.5 million doses were distributed and over 1 million doses were administered.
The only way to truly get ahead of the pandemic and back to normal life is scientifically approved vaccines to be distributed across the globe.
President Biden on March 2nd said that there will be enough vaccines available for all adults in the U.S. by the end of May, two months earlier than he had previously anticipated.
This is thanks to a third vaccine approved by the FDA from Johnson & Johnson as rival pharmaceutical company Merck teams up to help.
All three FDA-approved vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing “very serious illness and death,” according to the director of the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
As more vaccines become FDA-approved, distribution is becoming more complex.
- Johnson & Johnson had made nearly four million doses for immediate distribution and is expected to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million doses by summer.
- Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, without the supplement from Merck, are scheduled to supply enough doses in the U.S. in March to vaccinate about 80 million people.
- In April, enough doses will be supplied for 125 million people, assuming shots from AstraZeneca PLC and Novavax Inc. are effective and approved by the FDA.
- By the end of May, the U.S. may have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to fully vaccinate all 210,000 million adults 18-and-older in the U.S.
To transport and deliver these vaccines, the Pfizer vaccine is required to be kept at -70 degrees Celsius and the Moderna vaccine to be kept at -20 degrees Celsius.
For Johnson & Johnson, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “this vaccine does not need to be kept in a freezer and can be stored at refrigerated temperatures, so it is easy to transport and store and allows for expanded availability in most community settings and mobile sites, as supply scales up.”
For truckers, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should make it easier for truck drivers who find it hard to return to the same location at a specific date and time for two vaccine doses.
How fleets are managing vaccine robberies across the world
Covid-19 vaccines on the black market are already selling for $200 or more per dose and in the coming months, billions of doses will be distributed across the world.
With that cargo worth tens of billions of dollars, the vaccine rollout poses the biggest security challenge in a generation for freight haulers.
The packages, containing 1,000 to 5,000 doses, will be shipped by air to major distribution hubs and then delivered by trucks to hospitals, outpatient clinics, community vaccination locations and pharmacies.
Some freight companies are using GPS tracking technology on shipments, digital locks on their trucks that can only be opened remotely, extra driver training on how to respond to attacks on cargo, pallets of vials are unmarked and sometimes escorted by armed guards.
All these efforts are to protect drivers, ensure vaccines are delivered safely, and doses can get into the arms of as many people as possible so life can get back to normal.
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