U.S. Air Force Could Deploy Freighters to Fly Truckloads of Vaccine

Planners study whether C-5 and C-17 airlifters are needed to supplement commercial cargo carriers, source says

U.S. military aircraft will play a major role in emergency distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine because there aren’t enough private-sector cargo jets to handle the surge of millions of doses that must be maintained at subfreezing temperatures, according to a logistics expert with close ties to the government. 

One of the possible sites of distribution may be from the Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport, home of the 107th Airlift wing.


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