Pfizer Opts Out of US Government COVID-19 Distribution Program

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  • Pfizer has announced that it will not use the US government's vaccine distribution partner, McKesson, to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine in the US if approved
  • The company said this on Thursday, adding that it will use its own distribution scheme to deliver the vaccine to healthcare providers
  • Pfizer plans to ship out 7.6 million doses of the vaccine per day from its facilities in Michigan, Puurs, Kalamazoo, and Belgium once it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Pfizer has also designed refrigerators the size of a suitcase to maintain the vaccines at a temperature of negative 103 Fahrenheit for up to 10 days
  • Pfizer says its distribution plan had been approved by the US government and is designed to ship the vaccines from the production plants directly to the point of vaccination