The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine comes in 1,170-dose packages at minimum and expires after five days in a fridge, meaning too many doses on too tight a deadline for many rural communities to manage.


The logistical challenges of eventually getting the shots to rural kids of all ages will likely continue, at least in the short term.

That’s because the companies behind the sole vaccine with approval for 16- and 17-year-olds, Pfizer and BioNTech, have also been the first to seek federal approval to vaccinate younger ages after a trial showed the vaccine was effective in kids 12 through 15 years old.

Pfizer hopes to win regulatory approval for that age group before the start of the next school year.

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APRIL 23, 2021