Starbucks taps for help on Washington state Kovid vaccine rollout


With the aim of boosting the slow pace of operations of the Kovid-19 vaccines, the Washington government said on Monday that the state has turned to Starbucks to set a new goal of streamlining logistics and taking 45,000 doses a day.

The company said that Starbucks has assigned 11 employees with expertise in labor and deployment, operations and research and development to work full-time on vaccine delivery in its home state.

Inslee said the state is arranging to install vaccines and drive-by vaccination sites for more than 2,000 pharmacies. He said that Microsoft, another Seattle-based corporation, would also set up a vaccine site to vaccinate 5,000 per day.

“This is a unique challenge to the total mobilization of our resources in the United States and every state,” Insley said. “We did it in World War II when we built Liberty ships in Washington state. We have reached a level of production that no one can imagine as we set ambitious targets. “

The two vaccines approved for use in the United States are remarkably effective, but the nationwide rollout has slowed since they began rolling out a month ago. Nationwide, 12.2 million people received one dose of coronavirus vaccines, and among a total population of 330.8 million Americans, only 1.6 million received both doses, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Trump administration promised to have 20 million Americans vaccinated by the end of 2020.

“We don’t think it’s an acceptable pace,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. “So we have to dramatically increase it and accelerate progress.”

Democrat said how difficult it would be for all health care workers in the state to get vaccinations quickly before moving to other populations, and it was not confirmed that fewer people signed up for the vaccination.

“We have the same challenges that every state has, because we have started working on the hardest part of it – a very small group of people who are health care workers,” he said. “” And to identify them and vector them into sites – it’s been a slow part of the process. Now we will start opening it to people over 65 years of age. It is very easy to communicate and coordinate to get into that group. “

Starbucks began discussions with Washington State earlier this month about a partnership working on the vaccine rollout. According to data from the CDC, Washington, with a population of 7.6 million, only 31,581 people received both doses of the coronovirus vaccine. This week the state began allowing vaccinations to people over 65 years of age.

Starbucks employees assigned to work on vaccine delivery will use the company’s computer system simulation modeling to find ways to accelerate vaccination according to state and company. The company and Washington hope the partnership will create a better vaccine distribution network in the state’s 39 counties and 29 tribal countries.

President-Elect Joe Biden said last week that he met the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard to help set up vaccine clinics around the country to meet the goal of operating 100 million shots in the first 100 days of his term. Will deploy

Many states have begun working with large pharmacy chains to expand the distribution of vaccines to health care workers. However West Virginia has vaccinated more residents than any other state by working with smaller, independent pharmacies instead of larger chains.

Last week several Democratic governors, including Inslee, said the Trump administration misled them as to whether there was a national repository of Kovid-19 vaccines for the second dose. Inslee said the federal government had told the governors that there was a strategic reserve.

Inslee said he was more confident that a Biden administration would do a better job of distributing the vaccine to the states.

“I believe we’re going to have a much better relationship,” Inslee said. “The federal government did not intentionally deceive us, as the previous administration did. And that’s why I’m feeling great moving forward our federal partnership. “

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