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The Department of Transportation is prepared for “immediate mass shipment” of coronavirus vaccines within the U.S., department officials said Tuesday.



Transportation Dept: Preparations in place for 'immediate mass shipment' of COVID-19 vaccines


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Transportation Dept: Preparations in place for ‘immediate mass shipment’ of COVID-19 vaccines

The department said in a news release that it has developed “appropriate safety requirements for all potential hazards involved in shipping the vaccine, including standards for dry ice and lithium batteries used in cooling.” Private sector firms will collaborate with government agencies to move the drugs from the manufacturers to distribution hubs.

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Current plans involve delivering enough doses for about 40 million Americans through December and January, department officials told Reuters. The rollout of the vaccine will be prioritized, with the first doses going to health care workers. These workers could be given their first dosage within a day of Pfizer’s vaccine being granted emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration.

“The department has laid the groundwork for the safe transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine and is proud to support this historic endeavor,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.

In November, transportation officials conducted a trial run to test its capacity to rapidly ship deliveries of the drug in the space of a few weeks, Reuters reported.

The Transportation Department has also ensured flight crews will be able to fly uninterrupted and deal with additional cargo demand. United Airlines is set to distribute shipments of Pfizer’s vaccine through charter flights.

Pfizer and its partner on the vaccine, German firm BioNTech, received emergency authorization from the United Kingdom’s drug regulation body on Wednesday, becoming the first to issue such an authorization.

“Help is on its way,″ British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC. “We now have a vaccine. We’re the first country in the world to have one formally clinically authorized but, between now and then, we’ve got to hold on, we’ve got to hold our resolve.”

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Celebrating 20 years of operation, co-owner Karen Johnston also gets community service award


PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Karen Johnston, co-owner of Greshams All About Automotive, greets customers at the downtown shop.

All About Automotive is celebrating its 20th anniversary, just racked up another award and is looking for a new spot to do business for the next 20 years and beyond.

“We love being in downtown,” co-owner Karen Johnston said, noting that it is convenient for many people to drop off their cars and walk to work or do some local errands.

But Johnston said the land where All About Automotive is located has been for sale “on and off” and the shop is looking for another location.

Restrictive zoning laws make it challenging for the Johnstons to find a new site. That, coupled with high land prices, has made finding a new spot for the repair shop a headache.

All About Automotive, founded in October 2000, repairs and services foreign and domestic cars and trucks at 139 N.W. Second St., tucked away in downtown Gresham.

But All About Automotive has been successful for two decades and Johnston is confident that will continue.

“Our philosophy and code of ethics is that we treat customers the way we would want to be treated,” said Johnston.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Johnston was one of 20 national winners of the Community Pillars Aware from Synchony, a financial services firm. The award is given to small businesses who support the community through times of change.

All About Automotive does that with thorough vehicle inspections and giving customers the full story on their cars so they can make informed repair decisions, she said. All About Automotive strives to treat everyone the same, both men and women, making sure everything is explained in a way that each customer can understand.

Johnston said the business strives to develop long-term relationships with customers so they’ll keep coming back and recommend the shop to others.

The mechanics at All About Automotive are all ASE Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and complete continuing education classes to keep up with the ever-changing technology in today’s vehicles.

“Our industry changes every year,” Johnston said.

That not only requires employee education, but updates on equipment and tooling.

All About Automotive can handle jobs from air conditioning to wheel alignment and from simple battery replacement to suspension work.

The Johnstons are also active in the community. They use students from the automotive technology program at Mt. Hood Community College and hire high schoolers interested in automotive careers as interns to help out in the shop. Supporting the educations of these students is one way they support the community.

“We love our communities. We support local schools, charities and events,” Karen said.

Johnston was recently honored with the “Community Pillars” award from Synchony, a financial services firm. She was one of 20 winners nationwide.

The Community Pillars award is given to owners of small businesses who have supported their communities through times of change.

Co-owner Steve Johnston attended Gresham High School, while Karen went to rival Barlow. Steve began studying automotive technology at Gresham High and went on to get a degree in auto technology from Mt. Hood Community College. He worked at multiple auto repair jobs until founding All About Automotive two decades ago. Steve

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