These initial flights are a link in the vast global supply chain that is being planned to meet the logistical challenge of distributing COVID vaccines.
Pfizer’s distribution plan includes refrigerated storage sites at end-of-collection centers in several regions such as Michigan (the United States) and Port (Belgium).
The plan also includes adding storage capacity at distribution sites such as Karlsruhe (Germany), in addition to dozens of flights and hundreds of road trips, daily.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, on Friday, that it is supporting “the first large-scale air shipment of vaccine,” and that it is working with airlines to transport Covid-19 vaccines safely.
United has sought permission to carry more dry ice than allowed on flights, to maintain the extremely low temperatures required to prevent pollen spoilage.
And last week, Pfizer requested permission from the United States for the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine it had developed with German Biontech.
This step coincides with a sharp rise in cases and deaths from the disease in the United States and other regions around the world.
So far, the Covid epidemic has infected more than 61 million people around the world, and 1,447,669 deaths.