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Pharmalittle: How Pfizer’s Covid vaccine boxes complicated rollout


Good morning! Elizabeth Cooney sitting in for Ed Silverman today as he gets an early start observing the long weekend on this side of the pond. That’s our signal to welcome summer, lift a mug of stimulation, and share some news to start your Friday. Pharmalittle (and Ed) will return on Tuesday.

Pfizer (PFE) Covid-19 vaccines arrive in an insulated box that’s roughly double the size of a carry-on suitcase, a package that helps explain the considerable obstacles in rolling out Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, a STAT exclusive reports. The large box also represents how the pharma behemoth rebuffed the federal government, creating public health setbacks and greater profits. A Pfizer spokesperson said the company’s box sizes were designed to get doses to as many people as quickly as possible.

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