The Federal Aviation Administration will tell its air traffic controllers that flights carrying the coronavirus vaccine should be handled as a priority.
UPS and FedEx will carry Pfizer’s vaccine by air and ground as part of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development and distribution effort, once it is authorized.
The FAA told CNN that air carriers will provide lists of flights carrying vaccines to a command center in Warrenton, Virginia, outside Washington, DC, “which will alert air traffic control facilities in the field that these are priority flights.”
“The Command Center will closely track the flights along their routes to ensure they are given priority to the degree possible,” the FAA said in a statement.
Air carriers say swift transportation of the coronavirus vaccine by air is critical as they could be moving the vaccine the furthest distances and need to remain at ultra-cold temperatures.