Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Following the recent development of Covid-19 vaccines by Pfizer, BioNTech, and
Moderna, many countries are getting ready to distribute vaccines to their citizens. The UK is set to begin giving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 8th, while Russia and China have created their vaccines, with China planning on sharing theirs with Latin American countries.
In the United States, both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are pending FDA approval, with states picking hospitals to receive the first vaccine batch. Florida is no exception.
Five Floridian hospitals have been announced to be getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:
Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, AdventHealth Orlando, Tampa General Hospital, and UF Health Jacksonville. Memorial Regional Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital, in particular, are set to begin administering the vaccine earlier than the others, with them waiting for final approval.
The shipment of these vaccines is a complicated task. To begin with, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the one currently planned on being distributed, has to be kept at -100 degrees Fahrenheit. The vaccines are produced in a plant in Portage, Michigan, so they
have to be transported while retaining that temperature. American Airlines has been practicing to ensure they’re adequately cooled.
From the plant, the vaccines will be driven on Interstate 94 to Detroit International Airport, from which they will be flown to Miami International Airport. From there, the vaccines will be transported to the hospitals. The vaccine will require two doses to be taken 21 days apart.