“As a result of the historic pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed and careful logistics planning, the FAA is today supporting the first mass airlift of vaccines,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.
The FAA said it set up a Covid-19 aviation team in October “to deliver vaccines safely, quickly, and efficiently.”
He said more vaccines should be transported by dry ice and, in collaboration with manufacturers, air carriers and airports, would provide guidance on standards for the safe transport of large quantities of hazardous materials in air cargo.
For example, vaccinating Pfizer Covid requires a large amount of dry ice to keep it at a negative 75 degrees Celsius.
“In addition to mitigating the safety risks associated with the safe transport of vaccines, the FAA provides round-the-clock air freight services for the movement of air cargo and prioritizes cargo-carrying flights such as vaccinations and nation-critical personnel. “- read the FAA’s statement on Friday.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices wants to get advice from the public before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides on emergency vaccination, ACIP president Dr. Jose Romero told CNN.
Pfizer has turned to the FDA for an EUA vaccine, and the biotechnology company Moderna is expected to do so soon.