Pharmaceutical distributor celebrates World Immunization Week
Morris & Dickson, the nation’s largest independent full-line pharmaceutical distributor, celebrates World Immunization Week by acknowledging its pivotal role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the pandemic.
Initial shipments of the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson arrived at M&D’s Shreveport distribution center in December 2020. Since then, the company has distributed 1,414,240 vaccinations to health systems and retail pharmacies.
World Immunization Week, April 24 – 30, aims to highlight the collective action needed to promote the use of vaccines that protect people of all ages against disease. The World Health Assembly first organized World Immunization Week in 2012.
“Morris & Dickson proudly celebrates World Immunization Week and our role in the fight against COVID-19,” said Jody Hatcher, Chief Executive Officer at Morris & Dickson. “Our people and state-of-the-art distribution system made it possible to distribute nearly 1.5 million life-saving vaccines to date.”
Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio, tetanus, and COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates active immunization currently averts 2 to 3 million deaths every year. However, 22.6 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines, mostly in developing countries.
The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people and their communities to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. It is supported by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Vaccine Alliance, and more.
With over 30,000 SKUs, Morris & Dickson’s singular focus is the reliable, next-day delivery of drugs and related products to health systems, independent pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, and alternative care facilities across 19 states (and counting).