The first shipments of Moderna’s COVID-19 shots began to leave warehouses early Sunday, expanding vaccination efforts to end the pandemic in the United States.
McKesson Corp, which sells the vaccine, said in a statement around 6 a.m. that the rollout of COVID-19 shots and supplemental care kits has begun.
Deliveries of the vaccine arrived at distribution centers on Saturday to be containerized and loaded onto trucks after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency drug use approval.
The vaccine is expected to be launched in more than 3,700 locations across the country.
The US government has announced that it will be distributing 5.9 million Moderna shots this week, in addition to 2 million from Pfizer, the first vaccine approved in the US.
US General Gustave Perna told reporters that the first boxes of Moderna are expected to arrive at health care providers on Monday.
Some states have chosen Moderna’s vaccine for hard-to-reach rural areas because it can be stored in standard temperature refrigerators for 30 days – unlike Pfizers, which must be shipped at -94 degrees Fahrenheit and are only kept at standard temperature for five days Can be refrigerator temperatures.
With postal wires