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Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines arrive in an insulated box, tightly packed with dry ice, roughly double the size of a carry-on suitcase. Fully loaded, it weighs about 80 pounds.

Unremarkable as it may be, this rectangular package helps explain the considerable obstacles in rolling out Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine. The large box also represents how the pharma behemoth rebuffed the federal government, creating public health setbacks but greater profits.

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  • Do you have any other complaints about a vaccine development, production and distribution program that was successfully completed in an unprecedented brief amount of time, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and enabling our economy to return to an overall healthy state in one-half the Federal Reserve’s projected time?

  • I can’t believe I read this article. I realize you likely don’t write the headline, but it’s the most inane headline I think I’ve ever read. The question of shipping containers is valid in a post analysis of the situation but does anyone truly believe it was the ‘shipping’ containers that ‘delayed’ anything? increased their profits? O-M-G

  • Sad to see that STAT’s “journalism” has devolved into pejorative Monday morning quarterbacking.

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