Ford buys freezers to store COVID-19 vaccine when available


A picture shows on February 18, 2019, the logo of US auto-maker Ford on a car in Blanquefort, southwestern France. – French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said he wanted to make sure the buy-out offer for the Blanquefort plant was “robust over the long-term” as doubts increase on the economic viability of the project. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP via Getty Images)

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has purchased a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store a COVID-19 vaccine that — once available — will be distributed to employees on a voluntary basis.

The Detroit News reported Tuesday that the Dearborn-based automaker said the freezer purchase is the first step in a broader vaccine distribution plan.

General Motors hasn’t bought any freezers for vaccine storage but said it’s taking steps to make a vaccine available to its employees.

At least three major drug companies have reported late-stage data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world waits for scientific breakthroughs that will end a pandemic that has pummeled the world economy and led to 1.4 million deaths.

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