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Fact Check: Pfizer's Recovery Efforts After NC Tornado Address Fentanyl Supply, Not Vaccine Supply

Bridget Mulroy
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Fact Check: Tornado hits Pfizer warehouse in North Carolina holding vaccines. Pfizer says they do “not manufacture or store its [C19+] vaccine or treatment for the disease at the facility.”

Facts: The tornado ripped through North Carolina and hit one of the Pfizer warehouses in the state. Pfizer has two warehouses in North Carolina. One in Rocky Mount, Carolina, and the other in Sanford, North Carolina. The tornado hit the Pfizer warehouse in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. An EF-3 tornado hit the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Pfizer facility, around noon on 19 July 2023. Vaccines are stored at the Pfizer facility in Sanford, North Carolina, not the Rocky Mount facility.

Facts: Following the tornado, Pfizer issued a letter to hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the United States to inform them of the drugs they were unable to supply following the tornado’s destruction. The list of drugs included fentanyl, heparin, epinephrine, lidocaine, and sodium chloride.

Facts: When the tornado struck, Quality Control Manager Chris Song and facility workers watched the tornado compromise the facility’s structure and supply stocks. The tornado conveniently struck a few months after the US Congress issued an official statement on the country’s fentanyl crisis.

Facts: This last week, President Biden met with his Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping. The goal was to pause China’s ever-flowing supply of fentanyl to the United States.

Time will tell if progress has been made, and if the tornado genuinely impacted Pfizer’s ability to supply fentanyl to medical institutions across the country. Regardless, the truth always comes to light.

Pfizer’s Letter to Hospitals: https://www.medline.com/media/assets/pdf/vendor-list/Pfizer-Inc-Rocky-Mount-NC-Communication.pdf


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