Maintaining COVID-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Presents Logistical Challenges, Experts Say

NPR: Transporting And Distributing Vaccines Will Be ‘Unprecedented’ Logistical Challenge
“…It’s a complex task that will involve not only shipping companies like FedEx and UPS, but also airlines better known for carrying people, not cargo. Dr. Kate O’Brien, director of WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, compares the monumental task ahead to climbing the world’s tallest mountain…” (Schaper, 12/12).

Vox: Why staying cold is so important to a Covid-19 vaccine
“…[T]he vaccine’s potential to provide immunity to the broader population is now threatened by a massive logistical hurdle in actually getting it to people safely: keeping the vaccine doses cold. Vaccines are fragile drugs that demand strict temperature controls lest they spoil. And they spoil a lot. According to the World Health Organization, about half of the vaccines distributed around the world go to waste, in large part because of a failure to properly control storage temperatures. That in turn undermines efforts to contain and eradicate disease…” (Irfan, 12/11).

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