Trucks carrying the recently licensed Covid-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson began being distributed en route Monday to states and sites that have been searching for more doses to increase vaccines.
McKesson Corp., which acts as the centralized distributor of J&J vaccines, is working with FedEx and UPS to ship the doses nationwide. Shipments are expected to reach states and vaccination sites on Tuesday, the Biden administration said.
A FedEx Corp. spokeswoman said collections had begun at a McKesson facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The shipping company is using its distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee, to deliver the doses across the country.
UPS trucks picked up the J&J vaccine from a McKesson facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., On Monday and took it to a UPS facility in Louisville, Ky., A United Parcel Service Inc. spokesperson said. plane to UPS sites nationwide for vehicle delivery on Tuesday morning.
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the J&J vaccine on Saturday. The pharmaceutical company had prepared nearly four million doses for the initial shipment. The administration said it expects about 20 million doses to be delivered by the end of March.