LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Louisville Sunday morning.
The vaccine, which was approved for emergency authorization by the FDA on Friday, began shipping out across the United States over the weekend. Moderna’s vaccine is the second to be authorized for emergency use, following the approval of Pfizer’s vaccine on December 11.
UPS previously announced in a release that through a partnership with global pharmaceutical and medical supply distributor McKesson, would assist in vaccine delivery efforts.
A truck carrying the vaccines was led into UPS Worldport around 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
“What a wonderful day, in addition to last week’s first vaccine delivery we now have the Moderna product out as well,” Captain Houston Mills of UPS said.
Last Sunday, a shipment of Pfizer vaccines was flown into Louisville from UPS, shipped in temperature-controlled boxes.
Over the weekend, crews went to work loading, tagging and shipping this second vaccine from Moderna around the US.
Two truckloads arrived at UPS Worldport Sunday morning, with more expected. The vaccines came from a McKesson distribution facility located in Shepherdsville.
Driving one of those trucks is Todd Elbie. He’s been with the company for 37 years. For him, Sunday’s delivery hit close to home after he lost his father to COVID-19 back in November.
”We lost a family member. And when I was asked to do this. I couldn’t think of a better honor to do than this today for my father,” Elbie said.
Elbie’s mother had the virus but recovered.
Sunday brought a sense of relief to Elbie after watching his family deal with the virus. He said as soon as he can get vaccinated, he will.
“I’m going to be first in line for my father, I’ll tell you that much,” Elbie said.
Officials say at least one shipment of vaccines from Sunday will be used here locally, but the name of that healthcare facility is not being given out. Heath care workers and nursing homes will be the first to receive the vaccines.