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The Daily Dash: COVID supply chain bumpy; Mnuchin says YRC loan was ‘risky’

UPS, FedEx tell Senate they are poised to ship doses, but Pennsylvania official says logistics performance is uneven. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, shipments made to test the COVID supply chain have resulted in some delivery performance issues. Plus, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he would not have made a $700 loan to YRC Worldwide and trucking safety groups have concerns about possible exemptions for vaccine deliveries.

Gaps in the COVID supply chain?

Mock shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine to test the federal government’s transportation and logistics planning have experienced spotty on-time performance, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachael Levine warned a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

Eric Kulisch has more on this story: Rehearsal exposes gaps in COVID vaccine delivery

YRC loan faces scrutiny

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged the $700 million loan made to less-than-truckload carrier YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) was “risky” and one that he would have not made.

Todd Maiden has more from the congressional hearing: Mnuchin would not have made $700M loan to YRC

Put public safety first

Truck safety groups wrote to a Senate committee on Wednesday urging senators to carefully craft any hours-of-service waivers or other exemptions related to COVID-19 vaccines delivery to protect truck drivers and the motoring public.

John Gallagher has details on what the groups are worried about: Truck safety groups caution against exemptions on hauling vaccines

Holiday delivery hitting some bumps

On a sequential week-over-week basis, it would appear that FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) and UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) are holding their own in delivering holiday packages on time. Year-over-year, as might be expected, is a different story.

Mark Solomon explains: Parcel delivery performance a tale of two holidays

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Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected].