By Andy Brailo, Chief Customer Officer
Today’s announcement of the FDA’s emergency use approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is welcome news. The availability of vaccine doses in less than one year from COVID-19 onset in January of 2020 represents a remarkable scientific achievement and is a testament to American ingenuity and progress.
While a commercially available COVID-19 vaccine is an important milestone on the road to recovery, mass vaccination of the American people represents a monumental effort unlike any we’ve undertaken before. The distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to the public will be the supply chain and population health challenge of the pandemic.
Enormous hurdles and questions remain on security, cold-chain capability and supplies, and equitable access and distribution in rural and diverse communities. Alongside these added complexities, many of Premier’s members have been designated a hub, tasked with distribution to other vaccination facilities within their states.
As we move forward to vaccinate large portions of our population, Premier remains committed to sharing education, best practices and solutions ─ while working closely with our members to help ensure this vital effort runs as smoothly as possible. Our members, and the healthcare community, stand ready to rise to meet this monumental challenge.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.