Hoey supports Operation Warp Speed

NCPA September 8, 2020

NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey has been asked to serve alongside administration officials and industry executives as part of Operation Warp Speed, the race to develop, approve, produce, and distribute hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines for COVID-19. “Developing a vaccine in record time is the first hurdle. Then we need a way to distribute hundreds of millions of doses in record time. Community pharmacies are crucial to the administration of the millions of doses that will be needed to overcome the debilitating effect of the virus, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to represent community pharmacy as part of the effort,” Hoey said. Operation Warp Speed is a government-wide effort that includes HHS, the CDC, the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. “Community pharmacies are located where the people are, including rural and medically underserved areas,” Hoey said. “Three quarters of them already provide immunizations, and the overwhelming majority plan to administer COVID-19 vaccines when they come to market.”