HonorHealth does dry run as states prepare plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

With the FDA advisory panel meeting in just a few days to review the first vaccine candidate, states are working on how to distribute the Pfizer vaccine if it gets approved.
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review the first vaccine candidate, states are working on how to distribute the pfizer vaccine, if it gets approved. ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman takes a look at how one health system is testing its plan. Can I have you please roll up your sleeve. Reporter: Sterilization, real syringes, the swapping of latex glove, lines of cars. This is my first simulation for today. Reporter: This is a dry run. Honorhealth system they spent two months plan ago head of the most complex vaccine distribution in medical history. How did that feel? That felt good. I was really surprised, Mary. You pinched the skin. You got the needle ready and a band-aid. Are you trying to make it feel as real as possible? Yes. Reporter: When the vaccine arrives dozens of sites like this across the country hope to vaccinate the first several million first responders and frontline health care workers and volume will be key. They cycled through 50 cars but when they get the real vaccine all of these lanes will be open and hope to get through 1500 a day. But there are many unknowns. Chiefly the timing and quantity of those first pfizer doses. We're going to have a lot of little details come up. The bones of the structure are good and the team has worked hard to get this together. Now our work is going to be putting all those details in place and fine-tuning over the next couple of weeks. Reporter: Among those details, ABC news has learned that pfizer and the government still have not hammered out protocols for the specific handling of the vaccine once it's taken out of these freezers and thawed. Governors across the count rolling out potential plans on who gets vaccinated first. In Texas officials outlining the first week's allotment initially focusing on health care workers treating covid patients, essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations. In the hard hit midwest Ohio's department of health prioritizing everyday exposure. This first tier is really targeted to the people who every day are facing the highest exposure and the highest risk to the virus. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Matt Gutman, ABC news, Phoenix. And pfizer hasn't commented on the specific handling of the vaccine once it's taken out of those freezers and thawed.

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