Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that announced last week that its COVID-19 vaccine had been 90% effective, has just announced a pilot program in four states, according to reports. Reuters agency.
New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas were chosen for their size, population diversity, immune makeup and the need to reach rural and urban populations, the agency says.
This is not to say that these states will receive the vaccine earlier than others, says Reuters.
One factor to take into account in the distribution of the vaccine is that they must be stored between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. But according to Pfizer, the vaccine needs to be transported and stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit, Reuters says.
“We are hopeful that the results of the pilot program to distribute the vaccine will serve as a model for other states and countries,” Pfizer said in a statement cited by Reuters.
In addition to Pfizer, Moderna’s vaccine is also highly effective, 94%, as reported Monday.