The delivery was ultra-secure. The first doses of the vaccine designed by the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories arrived Saturday morning in France, in an undisclosed location. So far, only “a few dozen” patients will receive their injection on Sunday. The vaccination campaign will follow a “prioritization strategy” to inject the vaccine against Covid-19 to fragile people in the first place. Two establishments were chosen: the long-term care unit of the René-Muret hospital (AP-HP) in Sevran, in Seine-Saint-Denis, and the geriatric center of Champmaillot, which depends on the Dijon CHU.
The place of receipt of the vaccines has not been disclosed. The only clarification is that this is a storage site in Île-de-France, in the near suburbs of Paris. The first doses should arrive there in the morning, a priori between 7 am and 8 am. The majority of doses will be stored at -80 degrees. The rest should be placed in positive-cold containers, thawed, and should therefore be injected within five days.
Two establishments volunteering to start the campaign
It is precisely these doses which will take the direction of the two establishments having volunteered. If they were chosen, it is because they meet the conditions to go quickly: a doctor present on site, a limited number of residents and above all patients for whom it was easy to obtain consent. No need for example to call on a trusted person.
These establishments also needed to have a pharmacy capable of storing vaccines. This is the case at René-Muret hospital, located in Seine-Saint-Denis, a department also very affected by the epidemic.