Pence in Memphis to discuss Operation Warp Speed

Vice President Mike Pence greets Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland (left) before a roundtable discussion in an Air National Guard hangar at Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. At right was FED EX Founder Fred Smith. (Photo by © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Vice-President Mike Pence was in Memphis Thursday for a roundtable discussion of Operation Warp Speed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine distribution program and Tennessee’s plan to operationalize vaccinations once approved.

Gov. Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee greeted Pence at Memphis International Airport.

The roundtable was held in Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing hangar. Presenters included Fred Smith, founder of FedEx Corp., which is based in Memphis and is expected to ship vaccines.

Photojournalist Karen Pulfer Focht was on hand to capture the event.