NC health system aims to be early vaccine distributor

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Atrium Health (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The CEO of Atrium Health in North Carolina says he anticipates the hospital network will be chosen as an “early site” to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc.

Atrium Health CEO Gene Woods said Tuesday that the Charlotte-based health system has purchased refrigeration units that could store 300,000 does of the vaccine. Those units are necessary since the vaccine needs to be kept at low temperatures.

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Pfizer says the vaccine has 90% effectiveness based on early and incomplete test results.

The Charlotte Observer reports Atrium Health has taken a financial hit this year responding to the virus outbreak, and initially postponing many non-essential surgeries.