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More Action Needed To Determine Vaccines’ Heat Stability, Develop Better Cold Chains

The Guardian: Vaccine development: thinking out of the cold box
Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser for Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign

“…[M]ore attention, and funds, need to be paid towards strengthening logistics and cold chain systems in these poorer countries, but we also need more action from the vaccine manufacturers to determine the true thermostability of vaccines, and a regulatory framework that acknowledges and expedites this reality. … In the long term, the next generation of vaccines should be developed with ambitious heat stability targets so that burdensome cold chain requirements can be avoided from the outset…” (5/19).

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