United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL,
began charter flights on Friday to receive PFizer Inc.’s PFE doses,
and BNTX of BioNTech SE,
9 vaccine is ready for rapid distribution if the vaccine candidate is approved by regulators, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Last Friday, Pfizer and BioNTech applied for an emergency vaccine permit, making their vaccine candidate the first in line with US regulators. The companies said the vaccine, called BNT162b2, had a 95% efficacy rate in late-stage clinical trials. Pfizer is laying the groundwork for rapid movement if it receives approval from the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies around the world, the Wall Street Journal reported. The distribution plan includes existing and additional refrigeration storage facilities in the United States and Europe in addition to “dozens of cargo flights and hundreds of truck trips each day,” the newspaper said. Shares of Pfizer and United reached about 0.1% each in the extended session on Friday.