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Rivals UPS and FedEx work together to ship Covid-19 vaccines

UPS and FedEx, normally rivals, have been working side by side to ship the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first of the vaccines to win US government approval

15 December 2020 - 19:00
UPS and FedEx, normally rivals, have been working side by side to ship the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first of the vaccines to win US government approval.

The two shipping companies said they had put plans they had been working on for months into action after the Food and Drug Administration gave the vaccine emergency authorisation late week.



Delivery of the first vaccines comes as the virus continues to rage across America.



At a recent conference last week, General Gustave F Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to bring a vaccine to market, said that boxes were being packed at Pfizer's plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and would be shipped to UPS and FedEx distribution hubs, where they would be dispersed to 636 locations across the country.



General Perna specified that 145 sites would receive the vaccine on Monday, 425 on Tuesday and 66 on Wednesday, reports The New York Times.



'Make no mistake, distribution has begun,' he said.


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