Operation Warp Speed Leader Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery

By  //  December 25, 2020

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By the end of the year, 20 million doses of vaccine will have been delivered

Hospital Corpsman Ezequiel Vega receives the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Operation Warp Speed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Operation Warp Speed is a national initiative to accelerate the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. (U.S. Navy image by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas)

(Defense.gov) — This week, 7.9 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine were allocated for delivery. More than 7.8 million will have been delivered, said Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna.

Next week’s allocation is 4.67 million doses, with 2.67 million coming from Pfizer-BioNTech and 2 million from Moderna, he said.

By the end of the year, 20 million doses of vaccine will have been delivered, Perna said.

Every day, OWS is compiling lessons learned, he said, to become even more efficient as time goes by at quality control and volume and scale of packing and delivery, he noted.

“We’re learning. We’re getting better, and every day we’re getting stronger,” he said. “We’re in a steady drumbeat of continuous vaccine delivery. We want it to be even smoother every single day.

U.S. Army Spc. Ying Chen, assigned to Joint Task Force COVID-19, New York National Guard, prepares a dosage of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Camp Smith Training Site Medical Readiness Clinic, N.Y., on December 18, 2020. The New York National Guard is participating in a Department of Defense vaccine pilot program in which 44,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are being administered to front line medical personnel at 16 locations around the world. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni)

“We are working with the states in collaboration to make sure that we have a continuous contact with everybody who’s receiving the vaccine so that we can make sure that they know when the package is arriving or if the package will be late,” Perna said.

“We’re confirming and always getting better at the development of addresses to ensure that we know the right places to go to, and there’s no delay there.