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Kenosha County home to one US distribution site for Pfizer COVID vaccine – WISN Milwaukee

Kenosha County home to one US distribution site for Pfizer COVID vaccine – WISN Milwaukee

Drugmaker Pfizer says when it begins distributing that vaccine, as early as next month, much of it will come through Kenosha County. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinThe world welcomed the news this week that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is nearly ready to roll out.”The cavalry is coming here. Vaccines will have a major positive impact,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. WISN 12 News has learned that when that process begins, the Village of Pleasant Prairie will play a prominent role, as one of just two U.S. distribution sites for the Pfizer vaccine.Village administrator Nathan Thiel said the pharmaceutical giant reached out about distribution centers the company has had there for more than a decade.”We needed to work through building permits. We needed to make sure the building was prepared and ready to handle the vaccine,” Thiel said. A Pfizer spokesman told WISN 12 News, “We are currently working to (modify) the facility and install the required equipment in addition to hiring additional staff.”The company said it will add about 150 employees.Pfizer officials aren’t saying exactly how or where in Pleasant Prairie that distribution will play out. Village officials told WISN 12 News the company has two facilities there.The majority of the vaccine distribution will happen at Pfizer’s main site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.The company said its Pleasant Prairie location would also be used for vaccine storage and to move additional doses, saying adding, “The Pleasant Prairie distribution site plays a critical role in distributing the vaccine to the American public.””We’re excited. We’re excited to be a part of a solution to a national pandemic,” Thiel said. The Pleasant Prairie site will have a designated area equipped with deep freezers to allow the vaccine to be stored at minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit.Pfizer told WISN 12 News it expects that facility to distribute 1 to 2 million doses of vaccine per week in December and about 5 million by spring. Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Drugmaker Pfizer says when it begins distributing that vaccine, as early as next month, much of it will come through Kenosha County.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The world welcomed the news this week that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is nearly ready to roll out.

“The cavalry is coming here. Vaccines will have a major positive impact,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

WISN 12 News has learned that when that process begins, the Village of Pleasant Prairie will play a prominent role, as one of just two U.S. distribution sites for the Pfizer vaccine.

Village administrator Nathan Thiel said the pharmaceutical giant reached out about distribution centers the company has had there for more than a decade.

“We needed to work through building permits. We needed to make sure the building was prepared and ready to handle the vaccine,” Thiel said.

A Pfizer spokesman told WISN 12 News, “We are currently working to (modify) the facility and install the required equipment in addition to hiring additional staff.”

The company said it will add about 150 employees.

Pfizer officials aren’t saying exactly how or where in Pleasant Prairie that distribution will play out. Village officials told WISN 12 News the company has two facilities there.

The majority of the vaccine distribution will happen at Pfizer’s main site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The company said its Pleasant Prairie location would also be used for vaccine storage and to move additional doses, saying adding, “The Pleasant Prairie distribution site plays a critical role in distributing the vaccine to the American public.”

“We’re excited. We’re excited to be a part of a solution to a national pandemic,” Thiel said.

The Pleasant Prairie site will have a designated area equipped with deep freezers to allow the vaccine to be stored at minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pfizer told WISN 12 News it expects that facility to distribute 1 to 2 million doses of vaccine per week in December and about 5 million by spring.

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