Brian McCoy, Sigma Supply Company of North America, talks about what goes into designing the right packaging for vaccines that need to be stored at extremely low temperatures. To access CNBC’s exclusive live video, subscribe to CNBC PRO: U.S. officials said on Monday they plan to ship just under 6 million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine once the Food and Drug Administration will have issued an approval for emergency use, which could come as early as Friday. Medical supplies company McKesson will obtain Moderna doses for packaging and distribution at 3,285 locations across the country, Gen. Gustav Perna, who oversees the logistics of President Donald Trump’s vaccination program Operation Warp, told reporters. Speed. FedEx and UPS will be responsible for shipping the doses to their final locations, he added. Moderna’s vaccine requires two doses four weeks apart. Moderna’s initial vaccine shipments are more than double the 2.9 million doses the United States was preparing to ship for Pfizer’s vaccine. “The difference in quantities was what was available when we were planning the initial delivery,” Perna said at a press briefing. “From the 15th [of] November, I broke the chalk line on what was available to Pfizer so the States could do the planning. … We wanted them to have enough time to do the planning and realize where they wanted to go first. Monday’s briefing comes as Americans have started receiving some of Pfizer’s first vaccines. Northwell Health of New York delivered the state’s first doses of vaccine just before 9:30 a.m. ET. Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the first shot, eliciting applause from spectators. Many states are already working with CVS Health, Walgreens and other local pharmacies to help them expand vaccine availability in rural areas and other locations, Perna said, adding that states are monitoring where the doses go. . Initial doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will be limited as manufacturing accelerates, with officials predicting it will take months to vaccinate everyone in the United States who wishes to be vaccinated. The vaccine is expected to be distributed in stages, with America’s most critical workers and vulnerable people receiving first. The CDC has provided states with a plan that recommends prioritizing healthcare workers and nursing homes first, but states can distribute the vaccine as they see fit. Moderna’s vaccine could be cleared for emergency use as early as Friday. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee is due to review Moderna’s vaccine on Thursday. The advisory group recommended Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use last Thursday and the FDA approved it for emergency use the next day. Dr Moncef Slaoui, who heads Operation Warp Speed, said Monday that U.S. officials expect 20 million Americans to receive their first injection of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine this month. He added that 100 million “vaccines injected into the guns” – between the first dose and the boosters – will be administered by the end of February. Some 100 million Americans could be fully immunized by the end of March, or about a third of the U.S. population, he said. As with Pfizer’s vaccine, the United States will reserve additional doses of Moderna’s vaccine so patients can get their second doses and store them as a precaution, Perna said. He did not disclose how much Moderna vaccine was on hold, but the United States has set aside 500,000 doses of Pfizer. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the United States needs to withhold doses to ensure people can receive their second dose when the time comes. »Subscribe to CNBC TV:» Subscribe to CNBC: »Subscribe to CNBC Classic: Turn to CNBC TV for the latest stock news and analysis. From market futures to live price updates, CNBC is the world leader in business news. The News with Shepard Smith is a daily CNBC news podcast that provides in-depth, non-partisan coverage and perspective on the day’s most important stories. Available at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT daily starting September 30: Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: Follow CNBC News on Facebook: Follow CNBC News on Twitter: Follow CNBC News on Instagram: #CNBC #CNBCTV.
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