Ford Motor Co. has ordered a dozen freezers to store the new COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
Pfizer, which announced on November 20 that it is requesting emergency approval for its 95% effective vaccine, said the vaccine should be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Moderna and AstraZeneca should be stored at similar cool temperatures.
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“It’s important to Ford because the health and safety of our employees is a top priority,” Kelli Felker, Ford’s global head of manufacturing and labor communications, told FOX Business. “We have ordered dozens of freezers to make COVID-19 available to our employees on a voluntary basis when it becomes available.”
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The company is working to start vaccinating with employees just now, although plans are still being considered, the Free Press reported. The carmaker hit sales significantly in the spring due to the epidemic and factory shutdown.
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Felker added that workers followed safety protocols such as “daily health survey, daily temperature tests [and] necessary to use masks at all times “until and vaccination” would be another layer on top [Ford is] it already helps keep our employees safe. “
“We take COVID very seriously,” he said.
Reuters said the first U.S. coronavirus vaccinations could take place as early as mid-December.
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