First dose of Pfizer coronovirus vaccine arrived in Belgium from US: report

The first dose of Pfizer’s coronovirus vaccine candidate has been flown from Belgium to the US, a source familiar with United Airlines’ COVID Vaccine Readiness Task Team plan confirmed to NBC on Saturday.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that United began chartering flights to send vaccine supplements to the United States. In a statement to The Hill on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also confirmed that it was “supporting the first large-scale air shipment of a vaccine.”

A source said the FAA allows the network to carry 15,000 pounds of dry ice per flight, which is five times the permitted limit.

Pfizer’s vaccine should be kept at below-freezing temperatures to maintain dose effectiveness.

United did not confirm flight details for The Hill, but said it would “support a vaccine delivery effort globally,” with its shipment running through the airline’s United Cargo division.

Pfizer’s vaccine candidate is developed in partnership with German biotechnology company BioNotech, and last week, Pfizer applied for the Emergency Use Authority (EUA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine will be distributed as soon as it is approved.

According to the Financial Times Saturday report, the United Kingdom slated to approve Pfizer’s vaccine early next week.


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