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First shipments of COVID vaccine arriving Monday

Posted at 8:04 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 22:04:14-05

WASHINGTON D.C. — The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine will arrive on Monday. Army General Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Warp Speed, told reporters Saturday that vaccines will begin moving from Pfizer's manufacturing facility to UPS and FedEx hubs within the next 24 hours.

From there, the vaccines will be sent to 636 pre-determined distribution sites nationwide. The first shipments will arrive at 145 of those sites on Monday, followed by deliveries at another 425 sites on Tuesday. The final 66 sites will receive vaccine shipments on Wednesday.

"Because of the sheer energy and the whole-of-America approach, I am absolutely 100% confident that we are going to distribute safely this precious commodity, needed to defeat the enemy COVID," Gen. Perna said.

The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine late Friday evening.