Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna, the second approved coronavirus vaccine in the country, began shipment from warehouses and shipped to healthcare facilities across the United States on Sunday.
The distributor, McKesson, said it began shipping vaccines and vaccine booster kits shortly after 6 a.m. US East Coast time.
The distribution of Moderna vaccine to more than 3,700 locations in the United States will significantly expand the vaccine rollout launched last week by Pfizer. The US government plans to deliver 5.9 million doses of Moderna vaccine and 2 million doses to Pfizer this week.
However, the ambitious goal of delivering the first vaccine to 20 million Americans by the end of the year could be pushed back to the first week of January, Army General Gustav Pern told reporters Saturday.
The start of distribution of Moderna vaccine will significantly expand the availability of vaccines against COVID-19, while the number of deaths of this respiratory disease in the country recently exceeded 310 thousand.
Some states prefer to use Moderna vaccine for hard-to-reach areas because it can be stored for up to 30 days in standard temperature refrigerators. Pfizer vaccine must be transported and stored at –70 degrees and can only be stored in conventional refrigerators for five days.