Covid-19 Vaccine Update – Hospitals and medical facilities will be the first to receive shipments of the vaccine packed in dry ice to stay cool for up to 10 days.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has shifted much of the global population into a panic and closed down entire economies. Here in the U.S., we’ve had social distancing rules in place for the last 8 months to help slow the spread. In the early stages, among the biggest concerns was the fact that there were no vaccines to prevent COVID-19 and little was known about the virus and how it was spread. Researchers and drug companies have been working around the clock to bring a solution to the public.
At the time of this post, a new vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was cleared for emergency use by the FDA and will begin shipping out (92.9 million doses to be exact) for use in just a few days.
The drug was cleared after data showed it was 95 percent effective. Other medical supplies are also being shipped to administer the vaccine which includes syringes, mixing vials, and alcohol wipes.
Hospitals and medical facilities will be the first to receive shipments of the vaccine packed in dry ice to stay cool for up to 10 days. Each package will also be monitored with wireless tracking devices as they make their way through the shipping networks.
Those to be vaccinated first include health care workers who are at high risk for exposure, those living in nursing homes and at long-term care facilities – also falling the greatest victim to the virus since it began. The hope is to start building up safeguards by spring to finally stop the spread of the virus.
More COVID-19 vaccines are being developed by companies such as Massachusetts-based Moderna that will soon also go through the review process and be cleared for use.
What this means for medical facilities that will be administering the vaccines over the next several months and into the following year – is an influx in patients, higher traffic, more medical records, and tracking needs, and much more medical waste to manage.
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