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Race for Vaccine Faces Distribution Challenges

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A nurse draws blood from a professor before he receives the experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. (Luca Sola/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:19 AM

Even if a vaccine is developed to eradicate the coronavirus, experts say that we’re not equipped with enough hardware such as syringes, needles and vials to distribute the product to the millions of Americans in need.

According to The Hill, a comprehensive report outlining the “efficient manufacturing, financing, and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine,” said that given the recommendation of two doses per person, we’ll need 462 doses to achieve herd immunity and 660 million doses for the entire U.S. population. The report, submitted by the Center for American Progress, said that the government so far has not released a comprehensive vaccine plan.

“A massive coordinated effort is needed and there is little evidence that the Trump administration is adequately preparing now,” stated the report, according to The Hill.

Elleen Kane, a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Department, told the The New York Times that the department “has been working daily with our manufacturers to secure those supplies and assist them with any anticipated obstacles in their supply chains.”

One of the problems about securing enough equipment to store and distribute the coronavirus vaccine is that until it’s developed and approved, we don’t know what form it will take. According to the Times, both RNA and DNA-based vaccines might require different storage and refrigeration requirements because the technology is new. In Europe, flu vaccines are stored in ready-to-use glass syringes, while in the U.S. we prefer plastic syringes that draw from single-dose or multidose vials.

In order to meet the anticipated demand for efficient and timely coronavirus distribution, medical supply companies will have to go into overdrive to manufacture enough equipment, according to the Times.

“You really need to over invest in this situation,” Awi Federgruen, of Columbia Business School, who is an expert on supply chains, told The Hill. “The extra investment costs in this area pale against the cost of having to delay the distribution of vaccines for another three, four months.”

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