Pfizer to start pilot delivery for COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer has kicked off a pilot delivery program for its COVID-19 vaccine in four U.S states.

The vaccine reached a major milestone this week when initial data showed it to be more than 90 percent effective.

But one challenge Pfizer faces is the shipping of the vaccine that must be stored at minus 94 degrees Farenheit, significantly below the standard for other vaccines.

The four states include Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee and differ in size, diversity of population as well as immunization.

In a statement on Monday (16 November), the company said they were hopeful the pilot would serve as the model for other U.S states as well as international governments.

They also clarified that the four states will not receive vaccine doses earlier than other states by virtue of the pilot.

Pfizer expects to have enough safety data from the ongoing large scale late-stage trials by the third week of November, before moving ahead to apply for emergency use authorization (EUA).