Pfizer Chooses Tennessee as One of Four States for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Pilot Program

by Vivian Jones


Tennessee is one of four states chosen by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to help refine plans for the delivery and deployment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if it receives approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer announced Tuesday.

The pilot program will help support states’ planning, deployment and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine and adapt findings for use in other states to support vaccine distribution. Tennessee released its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan last month.

“One of the most important aspects of our response is building a dependable infrastructure to distribute the approved COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in our state,” Gov. Bill Lee told said Tuesday during a news conference. “Pfizer selected our state because of our plan, because of our ability to build out a strong infrastructure, and we’re thankful for that partnership and what it means to Tennessee.”

Moderna and Pfizer – drug makers that are working to develop, test and seek FDA approval for a COVID-19 vaccine – recently announced their vaccines are effective at a rate of more than 90 percent in clinical trials.

“Although actual data has not yet been published, the companies both report effectiveness in excess of 90%. If this indeed is accurate, this far exceeds what we had initially expected, and is an incredibly encouraging advancement towards widespread herd immunity,” Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said.

Piercey said Pfizer and Moderna likely will submit efficacy data to the FDA within the next month. Once the FDA has the information it needs, it likely will take several days to a few weeks to make a decision on whether to approve the vaccine. Once a vaccine is approved by the FDA, it could be distributed to Tennessee in as little as 24 hours.

Pfizer selected Tennessee, Rhode Island, Texas and New Mexico for the pilot program because of their differences in size, diversity of populations, immunization infrastructure and the states’ need to reach people in urban and rural settings, the company said. Tennessee will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine doses earlier than other states because of the program.

“This pilot program and our collaboration with U.S. and state officials will help us prepare for broader vaccine deployment in the near future, subject to authorization or approval, as we work to address this urgent public health need,” said Angela Hwang, group president of Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group. “We are hopeful that results from this vaccine delivery pilot will serve as the model for other U.S. states and international governments.”

Tuesday’s announcement came as the Tennessee Department of Health has reported record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, along with increased test positivity rates. Piercey encouraged Tennesseans with or without COVID-19 symptoms to be tested.

“Despite widespread availability of testing, the recent high positivity rates really worried us because they tell us people aren’t getting tested. They’re either not getting tested because they choose not to or because they’re not showing symptoms,” Piercey said.

“Please hear me clearly,” she said. “We cannot control the spread of this virus if we don’t know who has it.”

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Vivian Jones reports on Tennessee and South Carolina for The Center Square. Her writing has appeared in the Detroit News, The Hill, and publications of The Heartland Institute.
Photo “Pfizer Vaccine Development” by Pfizer.





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10 Thoughts to “Pfizer Chooses Tennessee as One of Four States for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Pilot Program”

  1. LM

    A particular big pharma company is developing their COVID vaccine using a derivitive of lung cells from a 14 weeks gestation aborted fetus ( look up MRC 5). No , thanks.

  2. Steve Allen

    I believe Tennessee was chosen because there are so many unhealthy residents who have been sucked into the belief that they need to be on a steady diet of prescription drugs instead of taking ownership of the their own health by eating right and exercising daily.

  3. Ron Welch

    As long as it is not mandated which would be in VIOLATION OF THE State Constitution, especially the relevant sections, 1, 2, 7 and 8 below. We have a right to be SECURE IN OUR PERSONS!

    Whereas, The people of the state, in the mode provided by said Act, have called said convention, and elected delegates to represent them therein; now therefore, We, the delegates and representatives of the people of the state of Tennessee, duly elected, and in convention assembled, in pursuance of said act of Assembly have ordained and established the following Constitution and form of government for this state, which we recommend to the people of Tennessee for their ratification: thatis to say:
    Declaration of Rights.
    Section 1. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and hap- piness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.
    Section 2. That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doc- trine of nonresistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
    Section 3. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience; that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to main- tain any minister against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.
    Section 4. That no political or religious test, other than an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state.
    Section 5. The elections shall be free and equal, and the right of suffrage, as hereinafter declared, shall never be denied to any person entitled thereto, except upon a conviction by a jury of some infamous crime, previously ascertained and declared by law, and judgment thereon by court of competent jurisdiction.
    Section 6. That the right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate, and no reli- gious or political test shall ever be required as a qualification for jurors.
    Section 7. That the people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures; and that general war- rants, whereby an officer may be commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the fact committed, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offences are not particularly described and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty and ought not be granted.
    Section 8. That no man shall be taken or imprisoned, or disseized of his free- hold, liberties or privileges, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any manner destroyed or deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land.
    Section 9. That in all criminal prosecutions, the accused hath the right to be heard by himself and his counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the accusa- tion against him, and to have a copy thereof, to meet the witnesses face to face, to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and in prosecutions

  4. LB

    Why out of all the states in our nation was Tenn. chosen in the top four for this untested vaccine? Could it be our Governor was convinced by his friend Bill Gates? Could it be Tenn. is conservative and resistant to the liberal agenda? Could it be they want to kill us all? There has to be an agenda.

  5. Kevin

    Pilot or Plot, which is it? Kudos to all of the previous commenters for hitting the nail on the head!

    My spin is that no, zero, nada “air-borne” virus caused flu like disease has ever been arrested by a vaccine! At best the current “flu vaccine”, for a variety of reasons, is only 40% effective. That means that 60% of the people who get the vaccine get the disease. This means that a large number of people walk around asymptomatic, meaning the virus is still going to be everywhere!

    So, unless we stand up to this hoax right now, get ready for the annual Covid vaccine (Pfizer makes a bazillion), followed by the yearly Covid panic (Government takes away more of our freedoms), followed by the yearly call for shutting down our economy (China eats our lunch), and a yearly mask mandate (further subjugation of the Sheeple).

  6. Wolf Woman

    A noted virologist and Emeritus Head of the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany explains that the scientific “standard” for vaccine creation is “four to five years.” The prominent physician dismisses the notion that a coronavirus vaccine so hastily developed could be safe.”

    He goes on to say . . .”the vaccine is “gene-based,” and the way it works is “still unknown scientifically and medically.” More from other immunologists . . . “The vaccines are made up of pieces of genetic material, either mRNA or DNA, that encode the instructions for making the protein. The mRNA or DNA then enters cells, which read the instructions and churn out copies of the protein for the immune system to rally against.”

    So my fellow Tennesseans, let Big Pharma, who can’t be sued if you develop an autoimmune disease that plagues you the rest of your life, tinker with your DNA and hope for the best. Go ahead and gamble the farm on a vaccine that may or may not keep you from getting a nasty flu that has a recovery rate of 99.9% for those under age 70. I have had two doctors tell me not to take the vaccine until it has been thoroughly tested

    Bill Lee is ignorant of the ramifications of this new methodology and misguided to offer Tennesseans as guinea pigs.

  7. David S. Blackwell RN, BSN

    Any PCR test spun above 35 cycles produces false positives. Dr. Fauci is on record. So why does the FDA allow cycles up to 40? The fraud is immense.

  8. Karen Bracken

    So how much is the state getting paid for their efforts?? They don’t care about anything but money even if they push a vaccine that is truly not ready for prime time. When people start getting sick or worse dying big Pharma is held harmless. So why should they care if their vaccine is safe or not. You cannot tell if any pharmaceutical is safe after just 2 months. Sometimes the effects of these poisons take years to surface. We all would be better off staying away from McDonalds and taking better care of our bodies and our immune systems. This is one Tennessean that WILL NOT be taking this vaccine or any vaccine. If they try to impede my freedom because I refuse I will sue them and I believe I will win. Hopefully lots of folks will do the same. There are many well known doctors and researchers that say this vaccine is dangerous. They have nothing to gain by telling us the truth. They are not going to make trillions of dollars off further pain and suffering. So you get the flu. People have been getting the flu forever. COVID is no different. Except of course when you need a political boogie man to drive an agenda.

  9. Mike Johnson