Operation Warp Speed has 100 million vaccine kits ready to go if and when distribution of a coronavirus vaccine starts, Gen. Gustave Perna, Warp Speed’s chief operating officer, said Thursday.
Vaccine maker Pfizer says it plans to ask the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its vaccine on Friday, and federal government officials have said they expect to have 40 million doses of vaccine ready to go in December.
Perna told a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force that the operation will be ready to move quickly after any FDA authorization.
“We take the Pfizer vaccine – they are capable of distributing on their own,” Perna said. “They will utilize FedEx and UPS in order to execute distribution. Simultaneously we will ship ancillary kits, needles and alcohol wipes and the dilution required to meet the vaccine at the end state facilities we are talking about,” he said.
Vaccine maker Moderna is also expected to apply for EUA soon. Both companies have been manufacturing vaccine doses in the expectation that their products will be proven safe and effective.
“For Moderna vaccines, what we're going to do is that we are going to meet up the vaccine with the kits at a distribution warehouse. We’re going to put them together and distribute through FedEx and UPS down to our administration sites,” Perna said.
“We are taking it from fill-finish and bringing together all of the requirements to administer the vaccine and sending it down to the distribution sites. Any place a state wants to administer the vaccine, as long as they are enrolled into our process, we can distribute the vaccine,” Perna added.
“We can distribute the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. We can go to one place in the state or 10,000 places in the state.”