Dr. Richard Bates drove nearly 150 miles earlier this month to take a coolant carrying 130 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from Med Michigan Medical Center
In the Midland to their hospital in Albena – a city of around 10,000 people located on Lake Huron Thunder Bay.
The journey takes approximately three hours each way, and the Alpena is about 70 miles off the highway, and much of the drive is on two-lane roads.
Bates is an obstetrician and gynecologist and regional vice president of medical affairs at MidMichigan Health, which received a shipment of 2,925 doses of the vaccine on December 16.
It was only two days after ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York City
, Became one of the first people in the United States to get vaccinated.
MidMichigan Health has also shipped the doses to other facilities in its system, which serves 23 counties.
Bates is from Albina and compared delivering the vaccine to his hometown to having a baby.
He told CNN, “It was an incredible experience to see our employees receive the vaccine, as was the birth of a new baby and the handover of that child to his parents, who had just spent months and sometimes years thinking and dreaming and pinning their hopes on that child.” Golodryga. “Seeing our staff in tears, taking pictures of them getting the vaccine and sharing it with their families – it was really special.”
The US government’s Warp Speed Operation has promised to deliver 20 million vaccine doses by January 1. But that effort is behind schedule
Pfizer vaccine should be kept in The temperatures are extremely cold, which creates a logistical challenge for hospitals and smaller facilities that do not have special freezers
It can reach at least 75 degrees below zero. It can be packaged in dry ice for transportation and can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Health officials across the United States It has been preparing for months to distribute vaccines
And deliver it safely to remote communities.
He bought MidMichigan Medical Center Frozen freezer before the Pfizer vaccine
Authorized by the FDA.
Another Moderna vaccine that can be stored at -20 ° C below zero and kept in the fridge for up to 30 days before it expires.
The vaccine provides A. A ray of hope for health care workers
, Who are struggling to take care of record numbers of Covid-19 cases.
Bates said helping to deliver the vaccine was a powerful experiment.
“The feelings and emotions in the room were tangible, they were real and that was something really special to be a part of,” he said.
It has made another delivery since then and has two more flights next week.
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