December 13, 2020
In the Media

The vaccination effort that has kicked off will rely on a sprawling chain of people, processes and connections that will all have to work to make the campaign successful. The mass mobilization is one of the largest in the U.S. since the country’s factories were repurposed during World War II, the WSJ’s Sarah Krouse, Jared S. Hopkins, and Anna Wilde Mathews write, and relies on factory workers, truck drivers, pilots, pharmacists and health-care workers, among others.

It requires ultracold freezers, dry ice, needles, masks, and swabs converging simultaneously at thousands of locations. Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics says “everything has to come together” even though there is no single “conductor to the symphony.” Many say they are keenly focused on their own critical piece of the chain, with one pharmacy operations chief calling it “the biggest and most important thing I’ve been involved with.”

Wall Street Journal