/New Mexico selected to participate in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine pilot program – KOAT New Mexico

New Mexico selected to participate in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine pilot program – KOAT New Mexico


New Mexico is one of four states selected to participate in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine pilot program. Earlier this week Pfizer announced that New Mexico, Texas, Rhode Island and Tennessee were the states chosen to help refine the plan for the delivery and distribution of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. State health officials said the program will focus more on the distribution of a vaccine and how it will be stored and not actually a program where people will be given a vaccine.”I think any time we have a time to be involved in a clinical study like this is an opportunity,” said Dr. Barry Ramo, KOAT’s doctor. In a statement a Pfizer spokesperson said, “This pilot program and our collaboration with U.S. and state officials will help us prepare for broader vaccine deployment in the near future, subject to authorization or approval, as we work to address this urgent public health need. We are hopeful that results from this vaccine delivery pilot will serve as the model for other U.S. states and international governments, as they prepare to implement effective COVID-19 vaccine programs.”The states were selected based on their size, diverse demographics, and immunization infrastructure. The need to reach very rural areas also played a part.”It’s a complex drug, vaccine to distribute, because it has to be so cool, that they have to look at it a vary of ways to distribute it to various different areas,” said Ramo. State leaders are grateful for the opportunity. In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office said in part, “We have agreed to participate in Pfizer’s U.S. COVID-19 immunization pilot program, in order to help refine plans for the delivery and distribution and administering of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, once the FDA authorizes its use as a safe and effective vaccine. The lessons learned from this pilot program should help New Mexico, other states, tribal partners, and the federal government in administering the vaccine effectively and efficiently to diverse populations and communities.”Pfizer’s vaccine has shown to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. The vaccine has to be shipped and stored at negative 70 degrees Celsius.When it comes to the actual vaccine, a spokesperson for the Lujan Grisham’s office said that the state submitted a vaccination plan to the CDC last month and that they’ve been working to identify areas of the state for those ultra-cold freezers. “They need to have the kind of population we have in New Mexico, so we can be very helpful in that regard,” Ramo said.

New Mexico is one of four states selected to participate in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine pilot program.

Earlier this week Pfizer announced that New Mexico, Texas, Rhode Island and Tennessee were the states chosen to help refine the plan for the delivery and distribution of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. State health officials said the program will focus more on the distribution of a vaccine and how it will be stored and not actually a program where people will be given a vaccine.

“I think any time we have a time to be involved in a clinical study like this is an opportunity,” said Dr. Barry Ramo, KOAT’s doctor.

In a statement a Pfizer spokesperson said, “This pilot program and our collaboration with U.S. and state officials will help us prepare for broader vaccine deployment in the near future, subject to authorization or approval, as we work to address this urgent public health need. We are hopeful that results from this vaccine delivery pilot will serve as the model for other U.S. states and international governments, as they prepare to implement effective COVID-19 vaccine programs.”

The states were selected based on their size, diverse demographics, and immunization infrastructure. The need to reach very rural areas also played a part.

“It’s a complex drug, vaccine to distribute, because it has to be so cool, that they have to look at it a vary of ways to distribute it to various different areas,” said Ramo.

State leaders are grateful for the opportunity. In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office said in part, “We have agreed to participate in Pfizer’s U.S. COVID-19 immunization pilot program, in order to help refine plans for the delivery and distribution and administering of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, once the FDA authorizes its use as a safe and effective vaccine. The lessons learned from this pilot program should help New Mexico, other states, tribal partners, and the federal government in administering the vaccine effectively and efficiently to diverse populations and communities.”

Pfizer’s vaccine has shown to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. The vaccine has to be shipped and stored at negative 70 degrees Celsius.

When it comes to the actual vaccine, a spokesperson for the Lujan Grisham’s office said that the state submitted a vaccination plan to the CDC last month and that they’ve been working to identify areas of the state for those ultra-cold freezers.

“They need to have the kind of population we have in New Mexico, so we can be very helpful in that regard,” Ramo said.

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