Pfizer sets up its 'biggest ever' vaccination distribution campaign

New York-based drugmaker Pfizer Inc has built an extensive supply chain to handle the delivery of its anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. A supply chain hub in Kalamazoo, MI, has 350 large freezers to enable the company to deliver up to 100 million doses this year and another 1.3 billion in 2021.

New York-based drugmaker Pfizer Inc has built an extensive supply chain to handle the delivery of its anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. A supply chain hub in Kalamazoo, MI, has 350 large freezers to enable the company to deliver up to 100 million doses this year and another 1.3 billion in 2021. Like other companies testing potential COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer is making arrangements with its logistics partners so it can move quickly if its vaccine receives approval from FDA and from regulators in other countries. Tanya Alcorn, Pfizer's supply-chain vice president, says: "It's the biggest-ever vaccination campaign. If we get the FDA approval, we will be able to ship the vaccines very shortly after." Pfizer is working with Germany's BioNTech SE on one of several experimental COVID-19 vaccines currently in late-stage testing. Pfizer says it may know if its vaccine is effective by October's end, and could potentially apply for the vaccine's emergency-use authorization by late November. The company is expected to rely on its refrigerated storage sites at its Kalamazoo facility and another in Puurs, Belgium, as well as dozens of cargo-jet flights and hundreds of daily truck trips. Distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, WI, and in Karlsruhe, Germany, are equipped to provide additional storage capacity.