October 16, 2021

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UK’s Pfizer Kovid Vaccine Rollout: How It Happens

UK's Pfizer Kovid Vaccine Rollout: How It Happens

A nurse prepares to give a man a flu vaccine.

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Pfizer, for use in a wide range of on and in the UK the first country in the world approved a vaccine koronavairas of bayoentek. In a way, that’s the easy part.

Now, it is making millions of doses of vaccine with specialized transport and storage requirements, setting up appropriate vaccination sites and providing shots first to the most vulnerable members of its population and health care personnel.

With the vaccination program set to begin next week, UK officials have agreed that this roll-out will not be easy. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, for example, warned that the vaccination program was “one of the biggest civilian transportation efforts we have ever faced as a nation”, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that giving the vaccine poses “enormous transportation challenges.”

“Make no mistake, it will be a challenging roll out,” Investment Group Shore Capital health analysts Dr Adam Barker and Dr Tara Ravindran said on Wednesday.

“Although the NHS is well versed in the distribution of vaccines (which provides about 15 million flu vaccines a year, for example), the Pfizer / BioMTech candidate has well-flagged features that make it even more difficult to deliver.”

Capturing the logistical challenges posed by the transport and distribution of the MRNA-based vaccine – developed at breakneck speed and proven to be 95% effective in preventing Kovid-19 infection in the final stage clinical trials – analysts say:

“The applicant needs to be stored longer at minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit) and delivered in special delivery containers that can hold the product for up to 10 days,” they noted.

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“Once the containers arrive at the vaccination site, they can be used for temporary storage for another 30 days (until they are filled with dry ice every five days) and after the vaccine is thawed, it can be stored at refrigerated temperatures (2-8 degrees C) for up to five days.”

Pfizer’s vaccines for the UK come from the company’s manufacturing site in Purs‌, Belgium (which, surprisingly, is used to supply Europe). Dose of thousands. The 975 batches arrive in special freezer boxes, which are then shipped or shipped to the UK and delivered to hospital vaccination centers.

‘Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Manufacturing’

To those accused of distributing the vaccine, DHL Express’s chief executive John Pearson said: “This is a manufacturing, manufacturing, manufacturing case.”

The German courier DHL already has a “Medical Express” service, specializing in delivering products with specific critical requirements such as the need for consistent and consistent temperature control. Pearson said the company was calling for a “near future” involvement in the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine to the UK.

“We are focused on source pick-up and destination delivery and we want to make sure it stays within its temperature, it’s part of us, and we are hugely committed to what we do,” he told CNBC’s Squakbox Europe on Thursday.

Pearson said the logical challenge is “within our wheelhouse.”

“Our shipping time to any of our 220 countries is one to five days. For example, the Pfizer vaccine can maintain its temperature sensitivity for 10 days, so there is also a buffer,” he said.

“Essentially, all we have to do is make sure we have all the hazardous goods permits, all the active loggers on the boxes that make sure the temperature is maintained for the entire trip, and then deliver it to where we asked.”

When do people get vaccinated?

The UK has already pre-ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer and BioMtech’s vaccine – enough to vaccinate 20 million people – but delivery will not be done all at once.

“The distribution of 40 and doses will take place in phases in 2020 and 2021, with agreements in place to ensure equal distribution of vaccines across geographical areas,” Pfizer said Wednesday.

“Now that the vaccine is authorized in the UK, companies will take immediate action to begin distribution of vaccine doses. The first dose will reach the UK in the coming days, with full delivery in 2021.”

A worker puts BNT162b2, a candidate for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, in a dated photograph at the Pfizer facility in Purs, Belgium.

Pfizer | By Reuters

Health Secretary Hancock told the UK House of Commons on Wednesday that each batch of the vaccine would be tested for safety. “I can confirm that the batch test was completed this morning for the first deployment of the 800,000 dosage vaccine.” Told Parliament.

The country’s national health service will begin vaccinating next week, but NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens stressed on Wednesday Vaccination program It will be held from January 2021 to March and April “for endangered populations”.

The government plans to start distributing the vaccine from 50 “hospital hubs”, as well as from community settings such as doctor surgeries.

Who will get first?

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization in the UK (JCVI) Depart on Wednesday hoping to receive the vaccine first“The first priorities for any Kovid-19 vaccination program should be the prevention of COVID – 19 deaths and the protection of health and social care personnel and systems.”

The priority list is as follows:

  1. Residents in a care home for the elderly and their caregivers
  2. Those 80 years and older and frontline health and social care workers
  3. Those 75 years and older
  4. Those 70 years and older and people who are medically very vulnerable
  5. Those 65 years and older
  6. People between the ages of 16 and 64 are at higher risk of serious illness and death with underlying health conditions
  7. Those are 60 years and older
  8. Those 55 years and older
  9. Those 50 years and older

Shore Capital’s health analysts expect volunteers across multiple departments (from nurses and paramedics, to trained volunteers and vets) to participate in the rollout. On Wednesday, the NHS ‘Volunteers Responders Network called on volunteers to be trained to help distribute or receive the vaccine.

Aside from the need to hire people to distribute vaccines, other challenges require a strong IT system to identify those who have been vaccinated. Individuals also need to be notified when a candidate needs to receive a second dose, which comes 21 days after the first dose.

“In addition, Pfizer / BioMtech’s product must be diluted with saline before handling, which is not very common with other vaccines. .