Early data on Moderna vaccine is exciting, but will sore loser Trump throw a wrench in distribution?

first_imgThe Biden administration needs to be able to hit the ground running on vaccine distribution—lives depend on it.“Of course it would be better if we could start working with them,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN’s State of the Union, comparing it to passing the baton in a relay race: “You don’t want to stop and then give it to somebody,” he said. “You want to just essentially keep going.” Trump’s extended refusal to admit the reality of his loss threatens that.- Advertisement – “We need to be talking to them as quickly as possible,” Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on Meet the Press. “It’s great to have a vaccine, but vaccines don’t save lives: vaccinations save lives. And that means you’ve got to get that vaccine into people’s arms all over this country. It’s a giant logistical project.” Having that giant logistical project administered by the Biden administration, at least after the first month, will be a huge benefit for the nation. But Trump could throw a wrench into the process, and that’s just the kind of thing he’d enjoy doing. Moderna’s vaccine does have one significant logistical advantage over Pfizer’s. While it too needs to be stored at cold temperature, there’s a significant difference in how cold: minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit for Moderna, and minus 94 Fahrenheit for Pfizer. Moderna’s vaccine can also be refrigerated for 30 days and left at room temperature for 12 hours. That will make distribution easier, though other vaccines are in trials that don’t require refrigeration at all, and that require only one dose instead of two.- Advertisement – Good news is on the way, medically and politically. We need to hunker down, keeping ourselves and others safe through the coming dark, difficult months, and get through to the other side.center_img – Advertisement –last_img

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