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McKesson Europe’s role throughout the pandemic

Our purpose throughout the coronavirus outbreak has been to protect our patients, customers and employees. Our teams have been working tirelessly, around the clock, to ensure that we’re supporting the healthcare needs of our local communities and those who are the most vulnerable.

McKesson Europe has safely distributed more than 28 million COVID-19 vaccines across Europe.  We were selected to distribute these vital medicines in several European countries including England, France and Austria and — on top of delivering testing services — our colleagues are now starting to administer vaccinations in some of our community pharmacies. In the United States, McKesson Corporation is the government’s centralized distributor for refrigerated and frozen vaccines.

With more then 70 distribution centers across Europe, our infrastructure, capability and experience have helped us to manage the challenges presented by storing and distributing the various vaccines according to their manufacturer’s requirements.

European governments and public health bodies have seen the importance of leveraging the expertise of pharmaceutical wholesalers as they managed the pandemic. McKesson already delivers to over 54,000 hospitals and pharmacies every single day across Europe; delivering life-saving medicines, medical products and healthcare services to patients wherever, and whenever they need them.

Community pharmacies are well placed to support national and local testing efforts by offering accessible and convenient COVID-19 tests to local communities. In several European countries, McKesson pharmacy teams are conducting testing with others ready to do so as governments move to managing the coronavirus in its endemic phase.

We’re also now proud that our pharmacists have begun to play a part in national vaccine efforts. In London, Her Majesty the Queen’s pharmacy John Bell & Croyden was chosen as McKesson’s first European vaccination centre. Experienced and qualified staff that had been conducting COVID-19 tests are now going the extra mile to ensure people can receive their vaccine. These colleagues have now been joined by pharmacy teams in Ireland and Norway and as the vaccine rollout continues across Europe, more of our pharmacists will be involved in administering these invaluable injections.