A few weeks ago, Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Chief Medical Officer at Walmart, Announced that the chain was preparing to supply Covid-19 vaccine In its more than 5,000 pharmacies in the United States. Now, this rumor has spread in social networks Pfizer’s antibodies can be purchased at Walmart and Sam’s Club for only $ 20 , That is, about 400 Mexican Pesos. But what is the truth in this?
According to an official statement from Walmart, the company was in the process of acquiring the necessary equipment to store vaccines such as special freezers and dry ice. They should be kept at a temperature between -80 and -60 ° C to remain effective for 6 months. In a typical hospital refrigeration unit, the drug will remain viable for five days, Pfizer said.
Many people misunderstood the advertisement and Spread that the Pfizer vaccine would be sold in such supermarkets. The rumor was accompanied by a principled image, where it appears that the drug will be available as a vaporizer cartridge. Each dose is assumed that Pfizer and BioNtech will agree with the US government: $ 20.
– Why is this trend? (@Porkestendencia) 27 December 2020
Mexican Internet Users Repeated the misinformation, expressing his displeasure that the country’s government would not commercialize the vaccine. A few days ago, when the first consignment of Pfizer’s drug against Coronavirus arrived in Mexico, Hugo Lopez-Gatel Clarified that The federal government will not allow it to be sold by individuals And warn For the population regarding potential fraud.
Many accused the government Andres Manuel López Obredor Want to monopolize the vaccine by preventing people from taking the supplements themselves.
Vaccine for #COVID. 19 Will start selling at Walmart
But in the United States
He does not go to Mexico because those who have the money can buy it and where he and his vote live, he prefers to die thousands of Mexicans.
– It hurts Mexico (@me_duele_mexico) 27 December 2020
Many more stated their plans to travel to the United States as soon as possible to achieve this.
And in the seafood department at Walmart pic.twitter.com/VAXhWBb12w
Nobody said that it will be easy. (@ luz611230) 27 December 2020
Will the vaccine be available at Vaccim and Sam’s Club?
Actually, Walmart and Sam’s Club Pharmacies will be vaccinated against COVID-19, but will not be for sale, At least not for now.
According to the company, the idea is to expand the vaccination network and reach remote areas, with “90% of the US population living within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Walmart.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the plan could speed up the vaccination process in the US, where nearly a million doses have been applied as of 23 December.
Can anyone be vaccinated at Walmart in the United States?
No. The vaccination schedule established by the CDC is very similar to what many countries would follow, such as Mexico. Health workers and the elderly will be given priority, Then protect the remaining population in stages.
As per a recent recommendation, we provide more than 5,000 pharmacies in Sam’s clubs and Walmart stores to our predecessor 1 billion people and elderly Americans when it comes time to manage essential workers in ‘Priority 1B’ and ‘Priority 1C’. Are prepared to prepare. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of CDC, “ Chen said.
A few months ago, when announced operation Warp speed, United States Government Pledges To Receive 300 million doses Against COVID-19 by 2021. However, on 24 December CNN reported According to the CDC, there were only 9.5 million current dose. The day before, the CDC itself confirmed that One million people have been vaccinated in that country. Nevertheless, it is estimated that 20 million doses will be applied to the population by the second week of January.
In early December, still president of the United States, Donald Trump, Signed a decree prioritizing citizens of the neighboring country to receive vaccines against COVID-19. Therefore a foreign visitor is unlikely to use vaccination at this time.
in conclusion, For now, the supermarket chain is not selling vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is not known if there are plans to do so in the future, once the drug is applied to the most vulnerable population. In the meantime, you do not need to keep your visa on hand or pack your bags to get vaccinated at Walmart in the United States.
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