The Mind-Boggling Logistics of Vaccine Distribution

A massive transportation network is standing at the ready as coronavirus vaccines receive government clearance.

The delicate, mind-boggling logistics of distributing the vaccines will be crucial. The challenges of moving millions of doses — over thousands of miles and under strict temperature specifications — are enormous.

Within 24 hours of an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers and shippers are prepared to activate the delivery chain — a complex system of warehouses, trucks, planes, and, ultimately, delivery to the site where shots are administered. The planning, dry runs, and stockpiling is already underway.

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