The very first truckloads filled with the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine headed out yesterday from Michigan. Destination: the entire country. The first vaccine shots are expected to be given to health care workers and at nursing homes this upcoming week.
COVID-19 has so far killed around 1.6 million people worldwide, with an estimated 71 million people having the virus.
About 3 million doses of the vaccine are expected to be on route to various destinations across the U.S. In the U.S., nearly 300,000 Americans have died because of the virus.
Today, Monday, 145 distribution centers will welcome the COVID-19 vaccine shipments, with an added 425 distribution sites getting further shipments on Tuesday.
The vaccine will be delivered to hospitals that can store it at extremely low temperatures. This being 94 degrees below zero. As a matter of fact, Pfizer has employed the use of dry ice and GPS-enabled sensors to make sure each shipment stays colder than the weather in Antarctica.
When will the vaccine be available to the public in general? Dr. Fauci has stated that the vaccine might not get to the general public until around April, once essential workers and delicate segments of the population have been injected with the vaccine.